While 20th Century Fox was founded in 1935, Fox Network wasn’t born until 1986, just a few years after 91-year-old Australian media mogul Rupert Murdoch took over the company’s broadcast division. In those early days, Fox was eager to establish an identity, and they threw many shows against the wall to see what would stick. “21 Jump Street” was a hit for them in 1987, as was “Alien Nation” in 1989. Fox expanded the Nickelodeon series “Double Dare” into the network-friendly “Family Double Dare,” and they switched late at night competing with “The Late Show” hosted by Joan Rivers. In the sitcom, they introduced the world to “Married… With Children”, and their biggest cash cow was the cheap-to-produce and hugely engaging reality show “Cops.” , has been running for 14 years.
“The Tracy Ullman Show” was a huge hit in Fox’s early days, and that show would occasionally run an animated segment of “Simpsons” created by Groning, then known for its long-running comic strip ” Life in Hell”, which debuted in 1977. “The Simpsons” was considered edgy and daring at the time, so bold as to depict a family of sitcoms as crude, slightly goofy, and mildly erotic. ; Maybe this is the first time one hears cartoon characters say, “Damn it.” In an environment of growth and experimentation, producer James L. Brooks wanted to expand “The Simpsons” into a series.
https://www.slashfilm.com/965929/the-simpsons-was-never-supposed-to-run-for-more-than-13-episodes/ The Simpsons were never supposed to run more than 13 episodes