The world's most famous yellow family actually made their debut not in their own sitcom, but as a series of recurring shorts over three seasons of The Tracey Ullman Show. Back then, no one could have possibly guessed that “dumb yelling dad and his family” would have been a recipe for a marathon run and an undisputed place in the television hall of fame. But here we are! Not only did The Simpsons find success for themselves on Sunday nights on FOX, they opened the door for countless other animated sitcoms — many of which have had long, very successful tenures of their own. Bob’s Burgers has often been compared to The Simpsons’ glory days; the same for the Texas-set King of the Hill.
And so, here are 31 behind-the-scenes facts about all of this Simpsons-inspired animated TV goodness…
Bart has been in Groening's brain for a long time
Episodes take a long time
The original clickbait
What goes around...
John Ritter's final performance
Look at all these records!
Maggie's First Word
The Simpsons' First Appearance
The original plan for Krusty
Who is Jeff?
Homer Simpsons: The Origin
Hank Hill's Pitch
Jon Hamm's Toilet Voice
Louise's Hat: Origins
You can make the Burger of the Day
King of the Hill Trading Cards
King of the Hill's Big Move
A Dinner of Onions
For one year, they were... King
The inspiration behind "D'oh!"
Get paid in your pajamas
Bob's Burgers on Vinyl
Recording together has it's benefits
Who said fan art can't lead anywhere?
Who has time for scripts?
Only one Bob's Burgers cast member is doing "a voice"
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