30 years and running: In 1987, Bart, Homer and Marge first appeared short filler segments on the sketch comedy program "The Tracey Ullman Show". Today, the yellow bunch from Springfield doesn't seem to have lost much of its appeal. If you measure audience dedication by Facebook fans they are just behind Mr. Bean. Costs for TV spots aired during the show are on the decline, but are still going pretty strong overall. Some believers argue that watching the Simpsons can provide you with a realistic general education.