Tomorrow marks the 20th anniversary of The Simpsons. The Christmas-themed special “Simpsons Roasting on an Open Fire,” was the first show to air (following the Simpsons earlier appearances on The Tracey Ullman Show), after which the series resumed on January 14, 1990, to become the longest-running American primetime entertainment series.
The current Emmy magazine (Issue #6, 2009) features a cover story celebrating The Simpsons‘ 20th. Within Emmy magazine’s pages you’ll find a listing of several of the writers-producer’s favorite episodes over the series long run to-date. What is “Simpsons” creator Matt Groening’s favorite episode? Groening chose “Lisa the Skeptic” from season 9 (airdate: 11/23/97). To see what other episodes were chosen, pick up a copy of Emmy magazine, currently on newsstands.
Go to the Archive’s The Simpsons page to watch James L. Brooks’ interview in which he discusses the development of the show.