Can you name these Simpsons characters from one image?

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"The Simpsons" is a true pop culture icon. The prime-time animated television show has won more than 30 Emmy awards, earned its creators, owners and cast members billions of dollars, and infiltrated every possible part of popular culture. There are Simpsons theme parks, video games, a feature film and mountains of merchandise. But beyond its material success, "The Simpsons" has become a noteworthy part of American (and worldwide) culture. The catchphrases of Simpsons characters have become part of the English lexicon, and the show has changed how we understand comedy and satire. A good episode of "The Simpsons" can be electrifyingly smart and make you laugh at a loud belch or a character getting hit with a rake. The show's writers might use a subplot to poke fun at organized religion, while also parodying a famous film and developing the personality of a supporting character. "The Simpsons" has been derided by critics and hated by parents ("don't have a cow, man"), beloved by fans ("hi-dilly-ho, neighborinos!"), accepted as a mainstream success ("meh") and eventually dismissed as having lost its luster ("d'oh!"). How did this crudely animated, anti-authoritarian cartoon become such a massive success? It all started when a cartoonist panicked moments before a big meeting and had to come up with a brand-new idea on the spot. "The Simpsons" creator Matt Groening was about to meet with producer James L. Brooks in 1987 when he realized his original idea to pitch an animated version of his comic strip "Life in Hell" was doomed to fail. Groening thought up a more TV-friendly idea about a deeply flawed but still lovable suburban family, hurriedly naming them after members of his own family. Brooks liked the pitch, and "The Simpsons" debuted as brief filler segments during the sketch comedy show "The Tracey Ullman Show" in April 1987. The sketches were successful enough that the Fox network, still relatively new and searching for hit programming, expanded it to a half-hour, prime-time animated show late in 1989. "The Simpsons" takes the basic form of the American situation comedy — a family deals with life's various problems in a funny way — and amplifies it, using animation to bend reality and make every scenario as ludicrous and hilarious as possible. Homer is the oafish father, Marge the worried mom, Bart the rambunctious son, Lisa the put-upon, too-smart-for-her-own-good daughter, and Maggie the cute, reticent toddler. They're surrounded by an enormous cast of outrageous characters, including a villainous boss à la Howard Hughes, a constantly overwhelmed school principal, a creepy bartender, an obnoxious next-door neighbor and dozens more. Their exploits range from the banal (Homer and his friends join a bowling league) to the bizarre (Mr. Burns builds a giant shield to deny the entire town access to the sun). The show's popularity detonated like a pop culture landmine. Much of the early success was focused on Bart Simpson, whose "eat my shorts, man" irreverence seemed to tap into a vein of defiance in American culture at the time. There was controversy, though: Bart Simpson T-shirts were banned from some schools, and William Bennett, director of the Office of National Drug Control Policy, suggested that watching "The Simpsons" was a bad idea for the residents of a drug rehab center [source: Skonie and Kinsley]. The earliest Simpsons clips were animated by a studio called Klasky Csupo. Basing its animation on Groening's sketches, Klasky Csupo gave the show its initial rough animation style and bright color palette, including the yellow skin of the characters. Over the decades, especially with the U.S. government-mandated move to digital television in 2009, the animation gradually became smoother and more refined. Of course, it takes a cast to voice the beloved Simpsons family and a crew to keep the show on air. Although there are hundreds of characters on "The Simpsons," the primary vocal cast consists of only six people: Dan Castellaneta as Homer; Julie Kavner as Marge; Nancy Cartwright as Bart; Yeardley Smith as Lisa; Hank Azaria as tons of characters; and Harry Shearer as even more characters. While Kavner and Smith focus on their main characters, Cartwright voices several child characters on "The Simpsons." Castellaneta also gives voice to Krusty, Barney, Mayor Quimby, Groundskeeper Willy and several other characters. Azaria does the voices for Apu, Snake, Comic Book Guy, Cletus, Moe, the Sea Captain, Chief Wiggum and a truly embiggened number of others. Shearer voices Principal Skinner, Mr. Burns, Smithers, Reverend Lovejoy, Ned Flanders, Dr. Hibbert and a cromulent number of additional characters. Springfield, the town where "The Simpsons" is set, is a major part of the show's success because it's so adaptable — literally anything can happen. Paradoxically, it's a stand-in for every small town in the U.S., with friendly neighbors and an "everybody knows your name" feel. But it also hosts multiple universities, sports teams and stadiums, a major airport, a monorail and several significant landmarks (like a gorge, a volcano, a tire fire and a Mystery Spot). Groening chose the name "Springfield" partly because it's a common one in the U.S., and the writers intentionally play with the idea that the town's specific location is impossible to determine. They've hidden it on maps, prevented characters from talking about it or described it in impossible ways (like when Ned said the state it's in borders Kentucky, Maine, Nevada and Ohio ... which is a geographic impossibility). Groening said he named the town after Springfield, Oregon, in an interview, leading people to think the northwestern city was the show's actual setting. But an episode of the show that premiered soon after the interview debunked the myth in Bart's chalkboard gag, where he writes "the true location of Springfield is in any state but yours" [source: Busis]. There are hundreds of stores, museums, hotels, restaurants, bars, schools and other locations in Springfield, but some are more prominent than others. There's the Kwik-E-Mart, operated by Apu Nahasapeemapetilon. There's Mr. Burns' nuclear power plant, where Homer is paid for a job he is profoundly unqualified to do. Bart and Lisa attend school at Springfield Elementary, never aging through 30 years of episodes. Homer spends a lot of his free time drinking Duff beer at Moe's Tavern. Of course, the Simpson family is usually in their home, a modest suburban house with a polite, if overbearingly religious, neighbor named Ned. "The Simpsons" is so popular it literally has changed the world. The worldwide audience for a Simpsons episode is in the tens of millions — while it's popular in English-speaking countries, it's been translated into German, Japanese, Spanish, Italian, Arabic and many other languages. These translations can require significant alterations to the stories and characters because so many of "The Simpsons" themes and jokes are specific to American culture. But a surprising amount of the show's appeal transcends language and cultural barriers. Homer is a hilarious doofus in any language, and the show's focus on a strong, loving family (even if they're pretty flawed) wins over viewers in every culture. The words "d'oh" and "meh" have even been added to English-language dictionaries. In its prime — the 1990s, roughly — "The Simpsons" averaged more than 15 million viewers per episode. And during 2004 contract negotiations, it was estimated that Fox had earned $2.5 billion on Simpsons advertising, merchandise and licensing fees [source: Weinraub]. You might say the Simpsons are the Beatles of television, an especially Simpson-esque comparison, since "The Simpsons" not only parodied the career of the Beatles in the episode "Homer's Barbershop Quartet," but also all three Beatles who were alive during production of "The Simpsons" appeared on the show. The big-time success of "The Simpsons" has brought it into a wide array of industries beyond television. There are Simpsons-themed rides at Universal Studios theme parks in Florida and California. "The Simpsons Movie" was released in 2007, with box office earnings eventually topping $500 million. And if you can think of a piece of merchandise, you can find it with a Simpsons character printed on it. As of May 2017, Simpsons fans can access every single episode of the show's entire run with a video streaming app from Fox. Some of the show's cultural impact is less tangible. The show's catchphrases and one-liners create a shared cultural knowledge among fans. And its success as a prime-time animated show led directly to the creation of others of its kind, like "Family Guy" and "Futurama," and less directly to an explosion of sharp-witted animated shows aimed at adults. There's nothing less funny than explaining a joke, but that's exactly what sociologists and critics have done over the years, analyzing how "The Simpsons" uses humor in complex ways. The best Simpsons episodes layer jokes using multiple references — to the show itself, to cultural concepts and to simple comedic ideas like sight gags, all prodding at satirical ideas about American culture. An example: Homer ignoring the voices in his head ("Dental plan!" "Lisa needs braces!") to vote against his own interest is funny all by itself, but even funnier if you understand the decades-old film trope of depicting a character's echoing memories. And the joke is even better if you're aware of the history of labor rights in the U.S. That's a lot of weight for one joke to carry. The show has declined in popularity over its decades-long run — there was an average of 4 million viewers in season 27 as compared to 10 million in season 17 — and a lot has been written about why "The Simpsons" isn't as good as it once was. The main cast members even agreed to a pay cut to $300,000 per-episode from $400,000 in 2011, due to the show's declining ratings. It's possible that during the mid-'90s the show was so good that even the tiniest slip in quality is glaring. The show might be a victim of "'The Simpsons' did it already," as writers have increasing difficulty coming up with fresh stories and jokes. "The Simpsons" might still be as good as it ever was, but the audience could be fragmented and distracted by a splintered media landscape. It's also possible that the writing just hasn't been as good, or the show's satire seems quaint in an era when reality has become too unbelievable to mock. It's likely a little bit of all those factors. Yet, as of May 2017, "The Simpsons" has broadcast more than 600 episodes and aired for more seasons than any prime-time scripted show in TV history. By the time its 30th season ends, there will be more episodes of "The Simpsons" than any prime-time scripted show, surpassing the record held by "Gunsmoke".

The father of Bart, Lisa, and Maggie as well as husband to Marge, Homer Simpson is voiced by Dan Castellaneta. Although he fights with them often, he loves his family dearly. Homer is not the sharpest tool in the shed, unfortunately. That said, he works at the Springfield Nuclear Power Station. His favorite sayings are 'Doh!' and 'Why you little....' and he loves Duff beer and donuts.

Reverend Timothy Lovejoy is the minister at the local Baptist Church frequented by the Simpson family. He is married to Helen and they have a daughter, Jessica. Lovejoy is disillusioned with his job and flock, particularly with the questions posed to him continually by Ned Flanders. He has a love for model trains.

Agnes Skinner is the strict mother of Principal Skinner, with whom he still lives. She is a mean old lady who treats her son as if he were a little kid. Her previous jobs include wing-walker and receptionist. And her catchphrase? Well, it would be linked to her poor son, wouldn't it? 'Seymour!'

One of the most recognizable cartoon characters in the world, Bart Simpson is the naughty son of Homer and Marge Simpson. Aside from his great love of pulling phone pranks and for the cartoon Itchy and Scratchy, Bart loves to terrorize Principal Skinner, the head of his school. From an early age, Bart was a troublemaker. In fact, it is rumored he mooned Dr. Hibbert during a sonogram performed on Marge while she was still pregnant with him. Bart has many catch phrases but his favorite is certainly 'Ay Carumba!' followed closely by 'I'm Bart Simpson. Who the hell are you?' Bart is voiced by Nancy Cartwright.

The mother of Milhouse, Bart's best friend, Luann Van Houten is of Italian/Greek descent. She married Kirk Van Houten, her cousin, and their union produced Milhouse. Luann, however, left Kirk and while his life went downhill, she began dating a range of men, including Pyro, the American Gladiator. She even had a one night stand with Otto, the school bus driver. Luanne is voiced by Maggie Rosewell.

Helen Lovejoy is the wife of Reverend Timothy Lovejoy. She gave birth to their daughter, Jessica, a love interest of Bart at times. Helen, although friends with Marge most of the time, loves to spread rumors about her. It is said that she is the godmother of Bart and Lisa.

The glue that binds the Simpson family together, Marge is a stay-at-home-mom. She met Homer in her final year at Springfield Elementary. The two eventually fell in love and married when Marge found out she was pregnant with Bart. Although Marge is a housewife, she has performed many temporary jobs in Springfield, including teacher, police officer, janitor, and anchorwoman, to name a few. Marge, who is voiced by Julie Cavner, has a number of catchphrases, including 'Hmmm' and 'Oh!'

Rabbi Hyman is the local Jewish spiritual leader in Springfield. Although he wanted his son to follow in his footsteps, that never happened. Instead, the two became estranged because his son became Krusty the Clown. Later, Bart and Lisa bring the two back together. Rabbi Hyman was voiced by both Jackie Mason and Dan Castellaneta.

Charles Montgomery Plantagenet Schicklgruber Burns. The most powerful man in Springfield. Mr. Burns is a rich, rich man and the owner of the Springfield Nuclear Power Station and many other buildings and companies around town. He is always helped by his foster son, Smithers. His favorite catchphrase is 'Excellent!' and he has fired Homer Simpson on numerous occasions.

The family doctor of the Simpsons, Dr. Hibbert is married to Bernice. He has a large family consisting of two daughters and three sons. He is voiced by Harry Shearer and his favorite expression is 'A-heh-heh-heh.'

Todd Flanders is the youngest son of Ned and Maude Flanders. His religious parents have brought up Todd and his brother, Rod, in a very sheltered way, although living next to Bart Simpson exposes the boys to a range of Simpson shenanigans. His favorite saying is 'Lies make baby Jesus cry.'

Lisa Simpson is the second of the Simpson children. She is extremely talented, both academically and musically and loves to play the saxophone. She is also concerned about a number of issues, particularly those pertaining to the environment. Essentially, she is the moral compass of the Simpson household. Lisa's favorite phrase is 'If anyone wants me, I'll be in my room.' Lisa is voiced by Yeardley Smith.

Santa's Little Helper is a greyhound racing dog abandoned after running stone last in a race. Homer, having bet on the dog to win, takes him home and he becomes a Simpson family pet. His former names while racing included No. 8 and Suds McDuff of America.

Although he has a doctorate in Computer Science, Apu started working at the Kwik-E-Mart to pay off his student loan. He has never left. Apu is married to Manjula Nahasapeemapetilon. He is voiced by Hank Azaria.

Carl Carlson is safety operations supervisor at the Springfield nuclear power station where he works with Homer and Lenny who are his friends from childhood. Carl grew up in Iceland and might be a war hero, as once referenced by Mr. Burns. He is also a genius with an IQ of 214, although he loves nothing more than a few cold beers at Moe's and going bowling.

Part of the TV cartoon series, "Itchy and Scratchy," loved by the Simpson children, Itchy is a mouse that attempts to kill, maim and disfigure his greatest enemy, Scratchy - and almost always gets it right, except for a single occasion where Scratchy actually wins. This violent cartoon is clearly a parody of "Tom and Jerry."

Ned Flanders is the very religious neighbor of the Simpson family. He was married to Maude, who unfortunately died. They had two children, Rod and Todd, who Ned raises in a very sheltered way. Although Homer hates him, Ned will help out his neighbor in any way possible. His catch phrase is 'Okilly-dokilly' and he is voiced by Harry Shearer.

MIss Elizabeth Hoover is a teacher at Springfield Elementary School. Although she believes it is her job to school children properly, she is a very stressed out individual who occasionally smokes and drinks on the job. Miss Hoover is a neighbor to Luann Van Houten.

Milhouse Van Houten is Bart Simpson's best friend and they attend Springfield Elementary together. He is fairly naive, which means he is quickly led astray by Bart. Milhouse is the son of Laura and Kirk Van Houten. He is voiced by Pamela Hayden.

The mayor of Springfield, Joe Quimby is forever surrounded by his bodyguards. That's probably because he is fairly corrupt, bent on keeping himself in power, having affairs and taking cash in the form of bribes from the local Mafia Don, Fat Tony. His catch phrase is 'Vote Quimby' and no matter the situation, he finds the time to say it.

A local college professor and scientist, Professor Frink has zero social skills although he always comes up with crazy inventions to help out Springfield. The problem is, they often never work, leading to Frink saying one of his catchphrases, 'Oops, I forgot to carry the one.' Some of his crazier inventions include earmuffs made from hamburgers, a flying motorbike and the '8-month after' pill.

The owner of Moe's tavern, a favored drinking hole in Springfield, Moe Szyslak is an entrepreneur. Not many people know he has other businesses such as a bagel shop in Colorado and a food shop in the Springfield Mall. He emigrated to the United States from the Netherlands. Moe is part of a long-time running gag on the show where Bart makes prank calls to Moe's Tavern.

Kent Brockman is the anchorman for Channel 6's weekday news program as well as a host of other shows. For a journalist, he has some shoddy ethical standards, often approaching stories in a way to increase ratings. Brockman is voiced by Harry Shearer.

Doris Freedman is the lunch lady at Springfield Elementary School. She just isn't very good at her job and doesn't care what she feeds the kids. Some ingredients she has used in school lunches include gym mats, beef hearts, horse testicles and even shredded paper. After the death of voice artist Doris Grau in 1995, the character didn't have a spoken part for 10 years, until Tress MacNeille played her from 2007.

Herschel Shmoikel Pinchas Yerucham Krustofsky, or simply Krusty the Clown to the people of Springfield. Despite his Rabbi father not wanting him to go into the entertainment industry and become a clown, Krusty did anyway, building a massive empire that includes a TV show, theme park, and fast food outlets. Krusty has been married 15 times, including marriages to Eartha Kitt and Mia Farrow.

Lenny Leonard is best friends with Carl Carlson and friends with Homer Simpson. In fact, the trio have been friends since their time at Springfield Elementary. Lenny works with Carl and Homer at the Springfield Nuclear power station. Lenny is voiced by Harry Shearer.

His real name is Discothèque Stuart and he owns the local disco in Springfield, simply called Stu's Disco. Disco Stu often talks in the third person and once married Marge's sister, Selma Bouvier. He wasn't always known as Disco Stu. In the past, he worked as a sea captain and was known as Nautical Stu but he gave up his job for the love of disco.

The personal assistant to Mr. Burns, Smithers was raised by the millionaire. He is deeply in love with Mr. Burns, although his boss never seems to pick up on this. Smithers is allergic to bees and is lactose intolerant. He is also the president of the Malibu Stacy fan club, a doll popular with the children of Springfield. Smithers is voiced by Harry Shearer.

Martin Prince attends Springfield Elementary with Bart Simpson. He is the cleverest kid in his class and this often makes him a target, particularly for Nelson Muntz, the school bully. Martin is very intelligent and rivals Lisa Simpson on that level. Martin is voiced by Russi Taylor.

Gary Chalmers is the local superintendent for Springfield Elementary. He is forever on Principal Skinner's case, particularly the mistakes made by the hapless head of the school. His visits to the school are often accompanied by massive disasters, mostly at the hands of Bart Simpson.

'BURRRRRRPPPP' Local town drunk Barney Grumble is forever belching. He is a friend of Homer Simpson and often frequents Moe's Tavern where he drinks himself into a stupor. Barney was a straight 'A' student destined to go to Harvard until he was introduced to alcohol, particularly Duff beer, by Homer. And it was all downhill from there...

Dr. William "Willie" MacDougal III, originally from Scotland, is the groundskeeper at Springfield Elementary. He has a mop of flaming red hair and a bushy beard and is often a nemesis of Bart Simpson. He talks in a very thick Scottish accent. Willie is voiced by Dan Castellaneta.

Duff Man helps promote the favorite beer of Springfield - Duff! He often speaks in the third person and his real name is Barry Huffman. 'Duffman is here to refill your beer' is one of his catch phrases.

Teaching Bart Simpson is no easy task but it is something Edna Krabappel had to do on a daily basis. That said, she has little care for the well being of the children in her class and sees teaching as a way to pay the bills. During her time, Edna had many affairs with a number of men, including Principal Skinner, Moe, and others. She eventually married Ned Flanders and died in a later episode.

B-grade actor Troy McClure makes various appearances on "The Simpsons." Generally, he is selling some questionable products starting with the line, 'Hi! I'm Troy McClure! You may remember me from such films as...' The character was retired after season 10 when Phil Hartmann, the actor who voiced him, died.

Dr. Eleanor Abernathy, or the Crazy Cat Lady as she is known, surrounds herself with feline friends. She is mentally unstable, often shouting at passersby or even throwing members of her litter at them! She did, however, give one of her cats to Lisa. He became Snowball V in the Simpson household.

Nelson is the biggest bully in Springfield Elementary. He loves picking on Ralph but has had run-ins with all the other children. In fact, in the early years of "The Simpsons," Nelson was Bart's enemy. From time to time, however, he shows a softer side, particularly when spending time with Lisa. His trademark phrase is 'Ha Ha.' It is usually delivered while pointing at the unfortunate person at whom he is laughing.

The head of the Springfield police, Chief Wiggum is married to Sarah and is the father of Ralph. He is fairly corrupt, often taking backhanders from Mayor Quimby and Fat Tony, the boss of the local Mob. Even Bart and Homer have bribed him before. He is always with his two officers, Eddie and Lou. Wiggum is voiced by Hank Azaria.

This character is a mascot for the Capital City baseball team. He is also a member of the state legislature. In fact, he bought his seat for a rumored $80,000.

The character of Dan Gillick only appeared in a single Simpsons episode where he was voiced by Steve Carrell. Gillick served as the Don of the Springfield Mafia while their leader, Fat Tony, was forced to partake in jury duty. His regular role before his big promotion? Mafia accountant.

Patty Bouvier is the twin sister to Selma as well as the older sister of Marge Simpson. And she hates Homer! Unlike her sisters, Patty is a lesbian although, at one point, she did date Principal Skinner. She is voiced by Julie Kavner.

Abe Simpson is the father of Homer and the patriarch of the Simpson family. Abe lives in the Springfield retirement home where he often recounts stories of his exploits during World War II. He is voiced by Dan Castellaneta.

Bumblebee Man, or Yaritza Burgos, is a television star. He appears on the TV sitcom "Channel Ocho." Rumor has it that he never takes off his costume, not even in private. He is voiced by Dan Castellaneta and Hank Azaria.

Poor Seymour Skinner! Never before has one man been so tormented by one kid. Skinner's nemesis is Bart Simpson, who manages to get under his skin by pulling all kinds of pranks at Springfield Elementary. He served in the US Army during the Vietnam War as a Green Beret. He still lives at home with his mom and is voiced by Harry Shearer.

Hans Moleman claims to be 31 but is more likely over 70. He once served four terms as the Mayor of Springfield. In many episodes, poor Hans gets crushed by something heavy. This has become a running gag on the show.

The youngest Simpson sibling, Maggie is never without her pacifier. For a baby, Maggie has managed some incredible feats, such as hitting her father with a mallet and shooting Mr. Burns. She also always seems to trip over clothing when she walks.

The son of Police Chief Wiggum, Ralph is noted for his odd sayings and strange behavior. This is probably due to the fact that he was dropped on his head as a young child. Ralph is a talented actor and tap dancer and once played George Washington in a school play.

Part of the TV cartoon series, "Itchy and Scratchy," loved by the Simpson children, Scratchy is a cat that attempts to kill, maim and disfigure his greatest enemy, Itchy the mouse. Generally, Scratchy is always hurt in some way in each episode. In fact, there are only three episodes in which he comes away unscathed. This violent cartoon is clearly a parody of "Tom and Jerry."

Lionel Hutz is a lawyer operating out of Springfield who the Simpson family use from time to time. The problem is, he is not very good at his job, although he has won some cases for them. He was officially retired from the show in 1998, but still makes an occasional appearance.

Known to most as Comic Book Guy, Jeffrey Albertson owns the local comic store in Springfield. Of course, he is super geeky and during his studies, translated the Lord of the Rings into Klingon for a thesis. He once had a relationship with Agnes Skinner, the mother of Principal Skinner. He is voiced by Hank Azaria.

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