Homer might become a braniac, Marge might develop a gambling addiction or nerdy Lisa could find herself among the cool kids for a half-hour, but by the end of each episode of The Simpsons — which first appeared 30 years ago as short segments on The Tracey Ullman Show — the family and its hometown of Springfield resets to status quo. Courtesy of Fox hide caption

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30 Years Later, 'The Simpsons' Are A Part Of The American Family

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Actress Marcia Wallace has died at age 70. She was a fixture on American television for decades, thanks to long-running roles on The Bob Newhart Show and The Simpsons. Angela Weiss/Getty Images hide caption

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The "Harlem Shake" has certainly gone global. Sunday in Lausanne, Switzerland, these folks joined in. Christian Brun /EPA /LANDOV hide caption

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Matt Groening has revealed the location of the real-life home of The Simpsons. AP hide caption

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D'Oh! Springfield In 'Simpsons' Was Based On Town In Oregon All Along

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