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The Simpsons 20th: Comedy [Family] Tree

The Simpsons celebrate their 20th anniversary this week on Thursday, and CNN Entertainment published this chart "The Simpsons Comedy Tree" on Monday.  A combination Nightingale Rose Graph (also called a polar area diagram), family tree and timeline, this simple chart connects the influences that impacted Matt Groening and the creators of the Simpsons as well as the shows that came after.
"The Simpsons" stands on the comedic shoulders of many that came before -- and has influenced countless works that have arrived since. Here are just a few of the roots of the "Simpsons" comedy tree and the branches of those it gave life to. (The following, illustrated by the doughnut at the top of the story, is by no means complete, and each member has its own, sometimes overlapping influences.) 
Thanks to Tony Hendra's "Going Too Far" for inspiration and cartoonist Art Spiegelman for having his fingerprints all over the place.
The article also includes descriptions of the actual influence for each of these shows.

Thanks for the link Matt!


For those Simpsons fans of you, here is also the poster created exclusively for Entertainment Weekly celebrating the release of the 20th season DVD set on Jan 12.  Dude, make sure to go look at the large, scrollable version.

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Congratulations to the Simpson Family on their 2oth anniversary!
September 9, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterChicago Limo Rental
The Simpsons are in fact part of a generation, influenced by so many that is just impossible not to count them as a one of the biggest shows in TV history. and the amount of original characters is just huge over the last 20 years. and the amount of special guests is just unbelievable as well.
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Hi, I am really thankful to your blog for helping me find this treasure, at the moment I really would like to know how to make polar area diagrams. Any idea what software might have been used to make infographics such as these?
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