The Simpsons actor explains what's happened to Marge's voice

Marge Simpson
-Credit: (Image: 20th Century Fox)

Many of us of a certain generation have grown up glued to our TV screens watching The Simpsons.

Since its debut as a filler on the Tracey Ullman Show in 1987, with viewers recalling the early short where Homer awkwardly suggested the family "all go out for frosty chocolate milkshakes", almost 800 episodes of the iconic show have helped to turn the likes of Bart, Lisa, Maggie, Homer and Marge into household names.

Despite being the grand old age of 35 the appeal of the animated show shows no signs of slowing down but it's understandable that some of the actors will have changed with the times.

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Marge has been voiced by Julie Kavner, who also plays Patty and Selma Bouvier, since the inception of The Simpsons and the matriarch has always had a gravelly tone which the actor has said in interviews is due to a bump on her vocal chords.

As Kavner's voice has aged since the early days of The Simpsons, so has Marge's, with producers reducing the higher register of the character's voice as it began to strain on the actor's vocal chords. The actors' voices aren't the only aspects of the show which have changed with the times.

In 2017 A documentary, The Problem with Apu, criticised the character for being a stereotype and the Kwik-e-Mart owner made his last full appearance after actor Hank Azaria - who is also the voice of Moe Szyslak, Chief Wiggum, Comic Book Guy, Snake Jailbird and Professor Frink - announced that he and the production crew had agreed for him to step down as the voice of Apu.

Following the death of actor Marcia Wallace in 2013 her character, Springfield Elementary School's fourth grade teacher Edna Krabappel, was retired from the show. The characters of Troy McClure and Lionel Hutz were also retired after the murder of actor Phil Hartman.

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