'The Simpsons' Turns 20; Bart's Still 10 For the past two decades, when a social phenomenon became just a bit too trendy, you could bet The Simpsons would make sharp but good-natured fun of it. Host Liane Hansen marks the 20th anniversary of the Fox cartoon show.
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'The Simpsons' Turns 20; Bart's Still 10

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'The Simpsons' Turns 20; Bart's Still 10

'The Simpsons' Turns 20; Bart's Still 10

'The Simpsons' Turns 20; Bart's Still 10

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For the past two decades, when a social phenomenon became just a bit too trendy, you could bet The Simpsons would make sharp but good-natured fun of it. Host Liane Hansen marks the 20th anniversary of the Fox cartoon show.

LIANE HANSEN, host:

Tonight, "The Simpsons" marks its 20th year with an hour-long special. To be skewered by Homer, Marge, Lisa or even baby Maggie has become a badge of honor. Some of you tech nerds and gadget geeks might remember this message from the mouth of Bart Simpson.

(Soundbite of TV show, "The Simpsons")

Unidentified Man: Greetings, it is I your insanely great leader Steve Mobs. I'm speaking to you from Mapple(ph) Headquarters deep below the sea with an announcement that will completely change the way you look at everything. And that announcement is:

Ms. NANCY CARTWRIGHT: (as Bart Simpson) You're all losers. You think you're cool because you buy a $500 phone with a picture of a fruit on it? Well, guess what? They cost eight bucks to make and I pee on every one.

HANSEN: For the past two decades, when a social phenomenon became just a bit too trendy and if there was a trend that became a bit too hip you can bet "The Simpsons" made sharp but good natured fun of it. Here's to the next 20 years.

(Soundbite of TV show, "The Simpsons")

Ms. CARTWRIGHT: (as Bart Simpson) Cool, man.

Mr. DAN CASTELLANETA: (as Homer Simpson) (Singing) It's been so long now, and it seems that it was only yesterday. Ain't it funny how time slipped away?

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