Tracey Ullman Show
The Tracey Ullman Show was a weekly television variety
show, hosted by comedienne Tracey Ullman. It debuted in April 1987 as the
FOX network's first series and ran until May 1990. The show featured
sketch comedy along with many musical numbers. Much of the current success
of FOX can be attributed the hugely successful spin-off,
The show won eight Emmy Awards, including two for Outstanding
Variety, Music or Comedy Program.
The Simpsons shorts
The Simpsons made their TV
debut on he Tracey Ullman Show in 1987.
family debuted in short animated cartoons on The Tracey Ullman Show before
being spun off into their own half-hour series. These shorts, also called
"bumpers", aired before and after commercial breaks during the
first three seasons of the show.
All of them were written by Matt Groening and animated at Klasky-Csupo
by a team of animators consisting of David Silverman, Wes Archer, and Bill
Kopp. The characters' yellow skin color was invented by colorist Georgi
Peluse, who wanted to make the cartoons more interesting and unique. Matt
Groening has joked that it was done so people would think the tint control
was broken on their TV set, as a high tint setting can cause a Caucasian
person's skin to appear yellowish.
In the beginning, the drawings appeared very crude because the
animators were more or less just tracing over Groening's storyboards, but
as the series developed, so did the designs and layouts of the characters
and the "Simpsons drawing style" was ultimately conceived. This
style evolved even more throughout the first few seasons of The
Simpsons and was used more than a decade later on Futurama,
another animated series created by Matt Groening.
Dr. N!Godatu was another series of animated shorts created by M.
K. Brown (and animated by the same Klasky-Csupo team) that alternated
every other week with the Simpsons shorts, but were dropped after
the first season of the show. By this point, Groening's shorts had gained
much more popularity and the producers saw no reason to continue Brown's