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The Simpsons: Influence on Pop Culture, Media, and Politics

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Transcript of The Simpsons: Influence on Pop Culture, Media, and Politics

The Simpsons: Influence on
Pop Culture, Media, and Society

The Simpsons is a 30 minute animated sitcom created by Matt Groening.
The show takes place in the town of Springfield, and follows the lives of the Simpson family.
The show first aired on The Tracey Ullman show on April 19, 1987 as a minute long segment.
2 years later, it was given a 30 minute
time slot on FOX.
"Could last for 50 years"
-The Telegraph
The Simpsons has been around for 26 seasons, having created a total of 556 episodes.
They are TV's longest running scripted sitcom - animated and live action.
Ken Tucker of Entertainmnt Weekly described The Simpsons as "the American family at its most complicated, drawn as simple cartoons".
So, why is The Simpsons so popular?
It's relatable:
The characters are based on normal citizens, so the general public can relate to them, and sympathize with them.
Bart Simpson
Bart is one of the most relatable
characters on the show. He's a
young, mischievious boy who often
plays tricks on people, and hates
school. Many other boys can relate
to him, and adults can reminisce about
their own through his.
Lisa Simpson
Lisa, the younger and more
intelligent sister often serves
as the moral compass of the
show
Homer Simpson
Homer earns money for his family
working at a local power plantation.
He's lazy, dumb, and is often short-
tempered when it comes to Bart. But he's
really just a normal father who loves his
family.

Marge Simpson
Marge is the patient, stereotypical TV
mother of the family. She puts up with
the crazy antics of her children and husband.
She takes her family's problems with
humor and compassion.
The Simpsons
The Family
Maggie Simpson
Maggie is the youngest of the family. She has only said a few words ever in the show, yet she is very smart. She reciprocates many actions she sees.
Simpson's Influence
Marge's letter to Babara Bush after she
stated that: "The Simpsons is the dumbest thing
I've ever seen".
Simpson's Reaction to Criticisms
During a campaign speech, George
W. Bush stated that: "We are going to keep
on trying to strengthen the American family,
to make American families more like the
Waltons and a lot less like the Simpsons".
The feud inspired the episode "Two Bad
Neighbors". on Jan 14, 1996.
by Max Kennedy
Society
The Simpsons points out the presence of social class in our society. Says there should be no discrimination or social ranking.
Krusty the Clown, an influential celebrity, gets away with many illegal activities. The police tolerate them because of his higher social ranking.
The Simpsons can have both positive and negative effects on our society.
The important thing is that the show gives us topics to think about- and the audience can interpret it how they like.
Media and World
The Simpson's Ride
Treehouse of Horror
In these yearly Halloween specials, The Simpsons
has parodied films such as:
The Shining
Nightmare on Elm Street
Charlie Brown
Twilight
Transformers
Harry Potter
Government and Politics
The Simpsons often portrays large corporations,
businesses, and authority figures, and poloticians in a negative light. They often take advantage of their workers.
Bibliography
Ortved, John. "The Simpsons Family Values." N.p., Aug. 2007. Web. 23 May 2014. <http://www.vanityfair.com/culture/features/2007/08/simpsons200708>.
Kinnear, Simon. "100 Greatest Simpsons Movie References." N.p., 31 Jan. 2014. Web. 23 May 2014. <http://www.totalfilm.com/features/100-greatest-simpsons-movie-references>.
Waltonen, Karma. "4 Simpsons Controversies That Didn't End in Lawsuits." Mental Floss. N.p., 18 May 2009. Web. 23 May 2014. <http://mentalfloss.com/article/21750/4-simpsons-controversies-didnt-end-lawsuits>.
Friar, Christine. "Marge Simpson's Letter to Former First Lady Barbara Bush." The Huffington Post. N.p., 20 Sept. 2011. Web. 23 May 2014. <http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/09/20/marge-simpsons-letter-to-barbara-bush_n_971950.html>.
Simpsons Movie promotion had 7-11s convert to "Kwik-E-Marts" during the summer the movie came out
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