How The Simpsons Evolved Over Time

The Simpsons manages to be both timeless and a throwback - it's been on television for 30 years. Some critics might claim The Simpsons isn't good anymore, but it's evolved with the times and influenced countless modern animators.

Starting as short animated sketches, the family first appeared on The Tracey Ullman Show in the late '80s. The characters' colorful complexions and minimalist features were something of a mistake, though. When creator Matt Groening originally drew the designs, he assumed animators would improve upon them. The animators kept Groening's preliminary sketches, however, giving the world the Simpsons they now know and love.

While recent Simpsons seasons may pale in comparison to the show in its heyday, the characters certainly look a whole lot better than they did in the 1980s.