The Tracey Ullman Show

The Tracey Ullman Show is produced from 1987 to 1990 American comedy television program The comedienne and singer Tracey Ullman. From the show, the animated series The Simpsons came out, which is one of the main rate of hit U.S. TV channel Fox for two decades.

The show and its concept

The show was conceived by the producer James L. Brooks to Tracey Ullman around. Ullman, British actress and singer, was in the UK has long been known, had occurred there on TV and had some hits as a singer. Also in the USA they had landed with a song in the top ten. Brooks had produced in the 1970s television programs (including Mary Tyler Moore), in the meantime, he had turned to the cinema. To make a comedy show with Ullman, he returned to television and founded the production company Gracie Films. Together with 20th Century Fox Television, the show was produced.

The basic concept of the show was sketch comedy paired with musical elements, some cartoons were incorporated. The shipment usually began with a short speech Ullman, it was followed by the opening credits. In the following sketches Ullman was often heavily disguised and spoke with different accents, there were some recurring characters. The last sketch of the show included usually a dance number, then the show ended with another monologue Ullman, they go home with! ( Eng.: Go home! ) finished.

The program started in 1987 and ran, aired weekly, until 1990, a total of four seasons on Fox. After the Tracey Ullman Show Ullman has designed and carried two more years of shows: From 1996 to 1999 Tracey Takes On ... was produced from 2008 to 2010 State of the Union.

Cartoon short films

In the show a total of two animated short film series were integrated. In general, the short films were divided into three to four acts and shown before and after the commercial breaks of the show.

In the first broadcast of the April 5, 1987, first the figure of Dr. N! Godatu has been introduced. The shorts were drawn by M. K. Brown and animated by Klasky Csupo team, a company that also produces other cartoon series. Soon afterwards, also in April, 1987, The Simpsons had their debut.

These two strips have shown more or less alternately in the first season of the show. From the second season, however, Brown's Doctor was not continued because the Simpsons now enjoyed a much higher popularity with the public. From the fourth season of the show again, which was broadcast from the autumn of 1989, the Simpsons were no longer represented with new shorts, as they now had their own half-hour program on Fox.

Participants in the program (selection)

  • Tracey Ullman: himself / different figures
  • Joseph Malone is Herself / Various characters
  • Sam McMurray: himself / different figures
  • Anna Levine himself / different figures
  • Dan Castellaneta: himself / voice of Homer Simpson / Various characters
  • Julie Kavner: himself / voice of Marge Simpson / Various characters
  • Nancy Cartwright: voice of Bart Simpson
  • Yeardley Smith, voice of Lisa Simpson


The show was nominated over the years for several awards and won some of them. How was the show and / or the participants in the first two years, 1987 and 1988, nominated for five Emmys, including each in the category as a variety, music or comedy show for the script and for the show as a whole.

In 1989 the show was a total of ten times nominated for an Emmy, of which she won four. Among them was the award for outstanding variety, music or comedy show and an Emmy for choreography by Paula Abdul.

In 1990, the show also combined total winning four Emmys on itself, including the screenplay and the editing. For further four Emmys and was nominated.

Tracey Ullman in 1988, 1989 and 1990 for a Golden Globe for actress in the television series Category - nominated comedy / musical, but gained him only in 1988.