In several episodes, events have been linked to specific time periods, although this timeline has been contradicted in subsequent episodes. In " The Way We Was " season two , , it is revealed via flashback that Marge attended Springfield High School, and in her final year met Homer Simpson , after they both were sent to detention—Homer for smoking in the bathroom with Barney, and Marge for burning her bra in a feminist protest. She was at first wary of Homer, but agreed to go to the prom with him, although she ended up going with Artie Ziff after Homer received tutoring lessons were a means to get to know her better, while knowing that she needed to sleep for a school meet. However, she regretted going with Artie when he started to pressure her to have sex after prom.
The series is a satirical parody of a working-class American lifestyle epitomized by its eponymous family, which consists of Homer, Marge, Bart, Lisa, and Maggie Simpson. The show is set in the fictional city of Springfield, and lampoons American culture, society, television and many aspects of the human condition. The family was conceived by Groening shortly before a pitch for a series of animated shorts with the producer James L. Groening created a dysfunctional family and named the characters after members of his own family, substituting Bart for his own name. After a three-season run, the sketch was developed into a half-hour prime time show and was an early hit for FOX, becoming the first FOX series to land in the Top 30 ratings in a season — Since its premiere in late , over episodes have been produced and broadcast by FOX, which also broadcasts Family Guy.