The Simpson's debuted as a TV series on December 17, 1989. After 26 years, it's now, according to Wikipedia, the "longest-running American scripted primetime television series."

They must be doing something right. I have friends who think it's best days are behind it, but I still think (on average) "The Simpsons" is funnier and smarter than "Family Guy". (I will admit, "South Park" has given it a run for the money, but I'll always love Homer and the gang a little bit more.)

And just exactly what goes into making an episode of "The Simpsons"? The people at the have talked to the people responsible and done a great job of detailing everything it takes to go from an idea to your TV.

Bonus: a tutorial about how to draw Bart.


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