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The Simpsons is an American animated sitcom created by Matt Groening, for the Fox Broadcasting Company. It is the longest running American animated series, beginning in 1989 and continuing to air to this day.

BBC Two became the first terrestrial television channel to carry the show (it had already been airing in the UK for a number of years on cable and satellite channel Sky 1) which it began airing on 27th November 1997.

BBC Two later gave up the rights to the series due to expenses, airing its final episode on 7th May 2004. The terrestrial television rights to the show moved to Channel 4, which began airing in November of the same year.

All of the first eleven seasons aired on BBC Two during its run there, with the exception of the season 9 episode "The City of New York vs Homer Simpson", which had been pulled from most television broadcasts worldwide for a number of years due to the September 11 attacks.

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