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Critics describe the series as the most realistically surreal cartoon series ever Former First Lady Barbara Bush commented in an interview that was published by People magazine September 1990 that the show was the dumbest thing Ive ever seen In 1992 a group of parents in Greenwood South Carolina protested the school boards approval of the name Springfield Elementary for a new school being built there Springfield is the name of the Simpsons hometown The school board supervising Greenwood had sponsored a creative writing contest that would ultimately allow local students to choose the new schools name The concerned parents group decried the choice saying that the character of Bart Simpson is a bad role model and said that it was disgrace that the district would honor the name of Barts school The school board although initially unaware of the names television counterpart held firm Greenwood now has an elementary school named Springfield The Simpsons a constant festival of disrespect has graced television if graced is a word that can ever be applied to the cartoon family and the United States with a greater impact than most television series ever created No wonder such a debate has arisen around the characters their lives and most importantly their attitudes Artist-cartoonist-writer Matt Groenings animated family began life as disruptive little drawings tucked in between the sketches of real actors on The Tracey Ullman Show in 1987 Groening says that he created these bright yellow bulgy-eyed characters-Homer and Marge Simpson along with their children Bart Lisa and infant Maggie to offer an alternative to the audience and show them theres something else out there than the mainstream trash that they are presented as the only thing Tucker 1993 The Simpsons made their debut as a half-hour series on FOX Television on January 14 1990 Both its critics and fans describe the show as one of televisions most painfully accurate and painfully funny portraits of
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