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Al Jean

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This article is about the crew member. For the character, see Al Jean (character).
Al Jean
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Crew Information
Gender:
Male ♂
Job: Writer
Producer
Showrunner
Birth date: January 9, 1961 (1961-01-09) (age 62)
Status:
Active
Number of episodes: 624
Seasons active: Season 1 - Present
First short: The Longest Daycare
Most recent short: Feliz Navidad
First episode: "Simpsons Roasting on an Open Fire"
Most recent episode: "My Life as a Vlog"
First album: The Simpsons Sing the Blues
Latest album: The Simpsons: Testify


Alfred Ernest "Al" Jean (born January 9, 1961) is an American producer and writer. He is the current showrunner and executive producer of The Simpsons. He was also interviewed in The Simpsons: Celebrity Friends, The Simpsons: Mischief & Mayhem, The Simpsons: Access All Areas, The Simpsons 20th Anniversary Special – In 3-D! On Ice!, The Simpsons: America's First Family and Springfield of Dreams: The Legend of Homer Simpson.

Biography[edit]

He was born in Farmington Hills, Michigan, where he graduated from Harrison High School. His family owns a hardware store across the street from the high school, called Jean's Hardware. He attended Harvard University at the age of 16, majoring in mathematics.[1] He went on to write for the National Lampoon, The Tonight Show, Johnny Carson, ALF and It's Garry Shandling's Show.

Career[edit]

In 1989 he and writing partner Mike Reiss were hired to write for The Simpsons. Jean wrote numerous episodes including "Moaning Lisa" and "The Way We Was". Jean and Reiss served as showrunners for season 3 and season 4. In 1994 they left to create the animated series The Critic. The show caused controversy after its lead character Jay Sherman appeared in the episode "A Star Is Burns". It was canceled after 23 produced episodes but was released on DVD and has a cult following. The two next worked for Disney and created the show Teen Angel. They occasionally returned to produce episodes of The Simpsons, such as "Simpson Tide".

He returned to the show as a writer in season 10 before becoming executive producer and showrunner again from season 13. He has remained in this position ever since. He co-wrote and produced The Simpsons Movie in 2007.

He is married to Stephanie Gillis.[2] The two were wed in Enniskerry, Ireland in 2002.[3]

Awards[edit]

Award Year Episode Result
Annie Award for Best Individual Achievement: Producing in a TV Production 1997[4] "The Springfield Files" Won
Annie Award for Outstanding Individual Achievement for Writing in an Animated Television Production 2001[5] "HOMЯ" Nominated
Annie Award for Writing in an Animated Feature Production 2007[6] The Simpsons Movie
Annie Award for Outstanding Achievement, Writing in an Animated TV/Broadcast Production 2015[7] "I Won't Be Home for Christmas"
Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Animated Program 1990[8] "Life on the Fast Lane" Won
"Simpsons Roasting on an Open Fire" Nominated
1991[9] "Homer vs. Lisa and the 8th Commandment" Won
1992[10] "Radio Bart" Nominated
1995[11] "Lisa's Wedding" Won
1996[12] "Treehouse of Horror VI" Nominated
1999[13] "Viva Ned Flanders" Nominated
2000[14] "Behind the Laughter" Won
2001[15] "HOMЯ"
2002[16] "She of Little Faith" Nominated
Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Animated Program 2003[17] "Three Gays of the Condo" Won
2004[18] "The Way We Weren't" Nominated
2005[19] "Future-Drama"
2006[20] "The Seemingly Never-Ending Story" Won
2007[21] "The Haw-Hawed Couple" Nominated
2008[22] "Eternal Moonshine of the Simpson Mind" Won
2009[23] "Gone Maggie Gone" Nominated
2010[24] "Once Upon a Time in Springfield"
2011[25] "Angry Dad: The Movie"
2012[26] "Holidays of Future Passed"
Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Animated Program 2013[27] "Treehouse of Horror XXIII"
2015[28] "Treehouse of Horror XXV"
2016[29] "Halloween of Horror"
2017[30] "The Town"
2018[31] "Gone Boy"
2019[32] "Mad About the Toy" Won
2020[33] "Thanksgiving of Horror" Nominated
2021[34] "The Dad-Feelings Limited"
2022[35] "Pixelated and Afraid"
Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Interactive Program 2017[36] Planet of the Couches Nominated
Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Short Form Animated Program 2021[37] The Force Awakens from Its Nap
2022[38] When Billie Met Lisa

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Parody lyrics by[edit]

Hans Zimmer would like to thank[edit]

Interviewee[edit]

References[edit]

  1. NewsWeek - The Maths Behind Simpsons Women
  2. "They're the Simpsons, man, but who the hell is Al Jean?", Canberra Times. Retrieved on 2010-01-05. 
  3. "Simpsons' producer Al Jean got married", Daily Mail. 
  4. The Annie Awards - "Legacy: 25th Annual Annie Award Nominees and Winners (1997)" (archived on Wayback Machine)
  5. The Annie Awards - "Legacy: 29th Annual Annie Award Nominees and Winners (2001)" (archived on Wayback Machine)
  6. The Annie Awards - "Legacy: 35th Annual Annie Award Nominees and Winners (2007)" (archived on Wayback Machine)
  7. The Annie Awards - "43rd Annie Awards" (archived on Wayback Machine)
  8. Television Academy - "42nd Emmy Awards Nominees and Winners"
  9. Television Academy - "Outstanding Animated Program (for Programming One Hour or Less) – 1991"
  10. Television Academy - "Outstanding Animated Program (for Programming One Hour or Less) – 1992"
  11. Television Academy - "Outstanding Animated Program (for Programming One Hour or Less) – 1995"
  12. Television Academy - "Outstanding Animated Program (for Programming One Hour or Less) – 1996"
  13. Television Academy - "Outstanding Animated Program (for Programming One Hour or Less) – 1999"
  14. Television Academy - "Outstanding Animated Program (for Programming One Hour or Less) – 2000"
  15. Television Academy - "Outstanding Animated Program (for Programming Less than One Hour) – 2001"
  16. Television Academy - "Outstanding Animated Program (for programming less than one hour) - 2002"
  17. Television Academy - "Outstanding Animated Program (for Programming Less than One Hour) – 2003"
  18. Television Academy - "Outstanding Animated Program (for programming less than one hour) - 2004"
  19. Television Academy - "Outstanding Animated Program (for programming less than one hour) - 2005"
  20. Television Academy - "Outstanding Animated Program (for programming less than one hour) - 2006"
  21. Television Academy - "Outstanding Animated Program (for programming less than one hour) - 2007"
  22. Television Academy - "Outstanding Animated Program (for programming less than one hour) - 2008"
  23. Television Academy - "Outstanding Animated Program (for programming less than one hour) - 2009"
  24. Television Academy - "Outstanding Animated Program - 2010"
  25. Television Academy - "Outstanding Animated Program - 2011"
  26. Television Academy - "Outstanding Animated Program - 2012"
  27. Television Academy - "Outstanding Animated Program - 2013"
  28. Television Academy - "Outstanding Animated Program - 2015"
  29. Television Academy - "Outstanding Animated Program - 2016"
  30. Television Academy - "Outstanding Animated Program - 2017"
  31. Television Academy - "Outstanding Animated Program - 2018"
  32. Television Academy - "Outstanding Animated Program - 2019"
  33. Television Academy - "Outstanding Animated Program - 2020"
  34. Television Academy - "Outstanding Animated Program - 2021"
  35. Television Academy - "Outstanding Animated Program - 2022"
  36. Television Academy - "Outstanding Creative Achievement in Interactive Media within a Scripted Program - 2017"
  37. Television Academy - Outstanding Short Form Animated Program - 2021"
  38. Television Academy - Outstanding Short Form Animated Program - 2022"


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