The Tracey Ullman Show

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Tracey Ullman

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The Tracey Ullman Show is an American television variety show starring Tracey Ullman. A typical episode of The Tracey Ullman Show consists of two or three sketches (or playlets) featuring Tracey Ullman playing an array of characters along with her supporting cast of Julie Kavner, Dan Castellaneta, Sam McMurray, Joseph Malone – and, in the case of season three, Anna Levine.
She emigrated from the United Kingdom to the United States where she starred in her own network television comedy series, The Tracey Ullman Show, from 1987 until 1990, which also featured the first appearances of the long-running animated media franchise, The Simpsons.

The Simpsons shorts

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The show is also known for producing a series of shorts featuring the Simpson family, which was later adapted into the longest running American scripted primetime television series The Simpsons.
The Simpsons shorts are an American animated TV series of 48 one-minute shorts that ran on the variety television program The Tracey Ullman Show for three seasons, before the characters spun off into The Simpsons, their own half-hour prime-time show.

Fox Broadcasting Company

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It debuted on Fox on April 5, 1987 (the network's second original primetime series to air following Married... with Children) and ran until May 26, 1990.
The network expanded its programming into prime time on April 5, 1987, inaugurating its Sunday night lineup with the premieres of the sitcom Married... with Children and the sketch comedy series The Tracey Ullman Show.

The Simpsons

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The show is also known for producing a series of shorts featuring the Simpson family, which was later adapted into the longest running American scripted primetime television series The Simpsons.
The shorts became a part of The Tracey Ullman Show on April 19, 1987.

Simpson family

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The show is also known for producing a series of shorts featuring the Simpson family, which was later adapted into the longest running American scripted primetime television series The Simpsons.
The family debuted on Fox on April 19, 1987 in The Tracey Ullman Show short "Good Night" and were later spun off into their own series, which debuted on Fox in the U.S. on December 17, 1989.

Paula Abdul

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The show blended sketch comedy with musical numbers and dance routines, choreographed by Paula Abdul, along with animated shorts.
She received the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Choreography twice for her work on The Tracey Ullman Show, and her own performance at the American Music Awards in 1990.

Julie Kavner

A typical episode of The Tracey Ullman Show consists of two or three sketches (or playlets) featuring Tracey Ullman playing an array of characters along with her supporting cast of Julie Kavner, Dan Castellaneta, Sam McMurray, Joseph Malone – and, in the case of season three, Anna Levine.
Starting in 1987, Kavner started appearing on The Tracey Ullman Show.

Gracie Films

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The show was produced by Gracie Films and 20th Century Fox Television.

James L. Brooks

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The format was conceived by creator and executive producer James L. Brooks, who was looking to showcase the show's multitalented star.
Although he did not intend to do so, Brooks returned to television in 1987 as the producer of The Tracey Ullman Show.

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It debuted on Fox on April 5, 1987 (the network's second original primetime series to air following Married... with Children) and ran until May 26, 1990.
Fellow freshman series included Duet, cancelled in 1989, along with It's Garry Shandling's Show and The Tracey Ullman Show, both of which were canceled in 1990.

Sam McMurray

A typical episode of The Tracey Ullman Show consists of two or three sketches (or playlets) featuring Tracey Ullman playing an array of characters along with her supporting cast of Julie Kavner, Dan Castellaneta, Sam McMurray, Joseph Malone – and, in the case of season three, Anna Levine.
Among McMurray's film credits are Raising Arizona, National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation, Drop Dead Gorgeous, L.A. Story, The Wizard as Jimmy's stepfather Mr. Bateman, and C.H.U.D. On television, he was a featured player on The Tracey Ullman Show, played a recurring role as Chandler's boss on Friends, he also appeared in The King of Queens as Doug and Deacon's boss and also appeared in Disney's Recess, Freaks and Geeks, Home Improvement, The Sopranos, The Tick and Breaking Bad.

Anna Thomson

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A typical episode of The Tracey Ullman Show consists of two or three sketches (or playlets) featuring Tracey Ullman playing an array of characters along with her supporting cast of Julie Kavner, Dan Castellaneta, Sam McMurray, Joseph Malone – and, in the case of season three, Anna Levine.
On television she has played the role of Anna Rostov on The Colbys, The Tracey Ullman Show and the HBO comedy sketch show Hardcore TV.

Dan Castellaneta

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A typical episode of The Tracey Ullman Show consists of two or three sketches (or playlets) featuring Tracey Ullman playing an array of characters along with her supporting cast of Julie Kavner, Dan Castellaneta, Sam McMurray, Joseph Malone – and, in the case of season three, Anna Levine.
He auditioned for a role in The Tracey Ullman Show and his first meeting underwhelmed Tracey Ullman and the other producers.

Party Over Here

This was the first sketch comedy show to have a female star on Fox; the second was Party Over Here in 2015.
This was also the second female-led sketch comedy show to be aired on Fox, the first was The Tracey Ullman Show in 1987.

Matt Groening

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Estin was given with a drawing of Life in Hell by Matt Groening from Richard Sakai.
In 1985, Brooks contacted Groening with the proposition of working in animation for the Fox variety show The Tracey Ullman Show.

Jerry Belson

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Brooks, along with co-executive Brooks, Jerry Belson, Ken Estin, and Heide Perlman went on a retreat in Northern California to think through the show.
Belson also helped produce The Drew Carey Show, The Norm Show and The Tracey Ullman Show.

Kay Clark

One original character created solely by Ullman back in Britain that was uprooted for the show: long-suffering British spinster Kay Clark.
For the Fox show series, Kay works for a paper-products distribution company, a job Ullman once held.

Ken Estin

Brooks, along with co-executive Brooks, Jerry Belson, Ken Estin, and Heide Perlman went on a retreat in Northern California to think through the show.
He has worked on Taxi and Cheers and co-created The Tracey Ullman Show with James L. Brooks. In 1982 Ken won an Emmy Award for Best Writing in a Comedy Series for the episode "Elegant Iggy" featuring Christopher Lloyd on Taxi and in 1989 he won an Emmy Award for producing The Tracey Ullman Show. Ken has had an additional eleven Emmy Award nominations.

Life in Hell

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Estin was given with a drawing of Life in Hell by Matt Groening from Richard Sakai.
In 1985, Brooks contacted Groening with the proposition of developing a series of short animated skits, called "bumpers", for The Tracey Ullman Show.

Doris Grau

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She continued to do this until the 1990s and worked on films such as Point Blank and King Kong and television shows such as Cheers and The Tracey Ullman Show.

Sam Simon

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Sam Simon, like Estin, wrote for Taxi, as well as executive produced the show.
The premise for the series originated as a series of short cartoons airing in 1987 as part of The Tracey Ullman Show, on which Simon was a writer and executive producer alongside James L. Brooks, with whom Simon had worked on Taxi.

Richard Sakai

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Estin was given with a drawing of Life in Hell by Matt Groening from Richard Sakai.
He has also produced episodes of The Tracey Ullman Show, The Critic, Phenom, and What About Joan? in addition to his work on The Simpsons, for which he has won several Emmy Awards.

Jay Kogen

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Born to a Jewish family, Kogen has co-written several episodes of The Tracey Ullman Show and The Simpsons along with former writing partner Wallace Wolodarsky.

George Clinton (musician)

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George Clinton was hired to write and perform the show's funk-infused theme song, "You're Thinking Right."
Clinton wrote "You're Thinking Right", the theme song for The Tracey Ullman Show.

Art Wolff

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Directing episodes of The Tracey Ullman Show, It's Garry Shandling's Show, The Powers That Be, Dream On, and most notably the original Seinfeld pilot episode "The Seinfeld Chronicles".