Maggie Simpson is a fictional character
in the animated
television series The Simpsons. She first appeared on television in the Tracey Ullman Show short "Good Night" on April
19, 1987. Maggie was created and designed by cartoonist
Matt Groening while he was waiting in the lobby of James L. Brooks' office. She received her first name from Groening's youngest sister. After appearing on The Tracey Ullman Show for three years, the Simpson family was given their own series on the Fox Broadcasting
Company which debuted December 17, 1989.
Maggie is the youngest child
of Homer and Marge, and sister to Bart and Lisa. She is often seen sucking on her red pacifier and, when she walks, she trips over her clothing and falls on her face (this running gag is used much more in earlier seasons). Being
an infant, she has not learned how to talk. However, she did appear to talk in the first Tracey Ullman Show short.
Though she rarely talks, she frequently makes a characteristic sucking noise with her pacifier, which has become synonymous with the character