As “The Simpsons” readies for its 500th episode on Sunday (Feb. 19), it seems like a good time to look back on the longest-running comedy in TV history.
Here are some interesting factoids about the franchise, its character and the people involved. Some of the numbers are staggering. Some others, like Homer’s IQ, perhaps a bit less so.
3 – Highest chart position of the album “The Simpsons Sing the Blues.” The album was also certified double platinum.
9 – Number of comic book series that have been printed based on the TV series
18 – Letters in Apu’s Nahasapeemapetilon last name
27 – Prime time Emmy Awards
55 – Homer’s IQ
104 – Age of Mr. Burns
159 – Lisa’s IQ
1992 – Year in which President George H.W. Bush says, “We’re going to strengthen the American family to make them more like the Waltons and less like the Simpsons”
2001 – Year in which “D’oh!” was added to the Oxford English Dictionary
5197 – Consecutive minutes of viewing of “The Simpsons” by Jeremiah Franco and Carin Shreve. They set the Guinness Record in the process.
7021 – The address on Hollywood Blvd. where The Simpsons have a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame
9066 – Days since “The Simpsons” debuted as animated shorts on “The Tracey Ullman Show,” on April 19, 1987
400,000 – Per episode salary (in U.S. Dollars) of the main character Hank Azaria, Nancy Cartwright, Dan Castellaneta, Julie Kavner, Harry Shearer and Yeardley Smith from 2008-11. They have since all agreed to a pay cut.
4,300,000 – Total viewers of the episode which aired on Feb. 12, 2012
33,600,000 – Total viewers of the 1990 episode “Bart Gets an F,” the highest-rated episode in the show’s history
65,000,000 – Cost (in USD) of “The Simpsons Movie”
527,000,000 – The worldwide gross (in USD) of “The Simpsons Movie”
1,000,000,000 – Number of stamps featuring “The Simpsons” printed by the U.S. Postal System