Is Georgia ripping off The Simpsons?

Meet a very familar family...

They’re an animated yellow-skinned, four-fingered family, with dopey overweight father, and a mother who wears a blue dress and pearls.

This is not the Simpsons, but The Samsonadzes – a new Georgian series that has been accused of ripping off Homer and co.

Even the title sequence features a camera zooming down through through the clouds into a brightly coloured town, like the Fox equivalent, and a remarkably similar theme tune.

But the makers of the new show, which launched on Imedi TV six weeks ago, insist it’s not a rip-off of the hugely successful global franchise.

Chief animator Irina Kharabashvili has admitted ‘It looks like [The Simpsons] and it is close because the idea is about family. But it is nothing closer.’

Creator Shalva Ramishvili admitted he was a fan of the Simpsons, but told Eurasianet he did not seek permission because he was simply making a family comedy, which could not be copyrighted.

He added: ‘If we were making The Simpsons, with the same personalities, that would be different.’

But some viewers have been irritated at what they consider a attempt to duplicate their favourite characters on the cheap.

Fox have yet to comment or take any action against the Samsonadze.

Here is the first episode:

Published: 18 Dec 2009

Live comedy picks

We see you are using AdBlocker software. Chortle relies on advertisers to fund this website so it’s free for you, so we would ask that you disable it for this site. Our ads are non-intrusive and relevant. Help keep Chortle viable.