The Simpsons


The Simpsons


In their more than twenty years on Fox Network, the Simpsons have become not only a staple in the primetime line-up but also American cultural icons. Created by Matt Groening with early help from comedy genius James L. Brooks, "The Simpsons" brilliantly but brutally satirize working-class American life. Homer personifies the character of the average "working stiff," oblivious to the myriad ways his job and family abuse and exploit him. Marge, Homer's wife, captures the plight of the long-suffering housewife, imprisoned by but also devoted to her family. Precocious pre-teen Bart embodies every aggressive, rebellious, marginally criminal urge in adolescent American boys"”James Dean on a skateboard. Lisa, Bart's sister, represents every family's precious little princess; and Maggie is just "the baby." "The Simpsons" TV show owns a privileged place in American television history: In 2009, the simply but cleverly animated series surpassed "Gunsmoke" and "Law and Order," becoming the longest-running primetime series. Along the way to the record, "The Simpsons" became America's longest-running animated program and its longest-running sitcom. Even more impressively, "The Simpsons" earned a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, and Time magazine called it the twentieth century's best television series.

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Emily Peacock

Undoubtfully, cinematography has been my passion since a very young age. Even now, watching a new movie or series always prompts me to ask a lot of questions to the author. Thus, every little essay about a title is definitely not a spoiler, but rather an attempt to explore the idea.

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