"The Simpsons" is an American animated sitcom created by Matt Groening for the Fox Broadcasting Company. The series is a satirical depiction of American life, epitomized by the Simpson family, which consists of Homer, Marge, Bart, Lisa, and Maggie. The show is set in the fictional town of Springfield and parodies American culture and society, television, and the human condition.

"Simpsons Roasting on an Open Fire", titled onscreen as "The Simpsons Christmas Special", is the first series premiere and first episode of the American animated television series "The Simpsons". The television special, "The Simpsons Christmas Special" originally aired on December 17, 1989. Commercials for the next episode ("Bart the Genius") ran during breaks for this episode.

The episode was written by Mimi Pond and directed by David Silverman. "Simpsons Roasting on an Open Fire" was nominated for two Emmy Awards in 1990 and has received positive reviews from television critics. It was viewed by approximately 13.4 million people in its original airing.

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