Having recently reached its milestone 550th episode, THE SIMPSONS continues to strike a chord with viewers for irreverently poking fun at anything and everything. This season, THE SIMPSONS’ silver anniversary celebration continues, culminating on Jan. 14, 2015, the 25th anniversary of the series’ premiere on FOX. As the longest-running scripted series in television history, which Entertainment Weekly called the “No. 1 Greatest American Sitcom,” THE SIMPSONS has become one of the most consistently groundbreaking, innovative and recognizable entertainment franchises throughout the world. With its subversive humor and delightful wit, the series has made an indelible imprint on American pop culture, and its family members HOMER, MARGE, BART, LISA and MAGGIE are television icons. The Simpsons reside in the town of Springfield. Homer (Dan Castellaneta) works as a safety inspector at the local nuclear power plant; Marge (Julie Kavner) tries to keep the peace in her family; Bart (Nancy Cartwright) is the mischievous 10-year-old hellion; eight-year-old Lisa (Yeardley Smith) is the intelligent, saxophone-playing, vegetarian member of the family; and baby Maggie conveys emotions via pacifier sucks. The critically praised series has been bestowed with numerous honors, including a Peabody Award, 28 Emmy Awards, 29 Annie Awards, five Genesis Awards and seven Environmental Media Awards. It also is an official 2014 Webby Award honoree. THE SIMPSONS has been the subject of a hit feature film; created the Simpsons Ride at Universal Studios; received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame; was honored with five U.S. postal stamps personally designed by Matt Groening; was named the “Best Show of the 20th Century” by Time magazine; and won Vulture.com’s Sitcom Smackdown, earning the title “The Best Sitcom of the Past 30 Years.” Most recently, Harry Shearer won the 2014 Emmy Award for Outstanding Character Voice-Over Performance, for his work on the series. The family adventures continue this fall, when in the season premiere opener the unthinkable happens: a Springfield resident dies; KRUSTY (Castellaneta) plans to retire; Marge opens a sandwich franchise; Homer and Bart attempt to solve some father/son conflicts; MR. BURNS (Harry Shearer) finds a girlfriend in Democratic Assemblywoman Maxine Lombard (guest voice Jane Fonda); Bart schemes to bring down his new teacher, MR. LASSEN (guest voice Willem Dafoe), who is a terrible bully; Homer has a mid-life crisis; the cast of “Futurama” – guest voices Billy West, John DiMaggio, Katey Sagal, Maurice LaMarche, Phil LaMarr, Lauren Tom, and Tress MacNeille – makes an appearance in Springfield in a cross-over episode airing in November; and Mr. Burns loses all of his money to Tesla tycoon Elon Musk, guest-voicing as himself. Also, the upcoming “Treehouse of Horror XXV” will feature a spoof of Stanley Kubrick’s “A Clockwork Orange” and a few other of the director’s classic films. Additional guest voices this season include Nick Offerman, Sarah Silverman, David Hyde Pierce, Will Forte, Jeff Ross and Matthew Sweet. An episode written by Judd Apatow also will air this season. THE SIMPSONS is a Gracie Films production in association with 20th Century Fox Television. James L. Brooks, Matt Groening and Al Jean are the executive producers. Film Roman, a Starz Company, is the animation house.