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The Simpsons Impact On Family Values

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The Simpsons Impact on Family Values

The Simpsons first came to life on April 19th, 1987. It was aired as a
‘filler’ in the commercial breaks of ‘The Tracey Ullman Show’ and was
animated in 30 second mini-episodes. Matt Groening, the proud producer
and creator of The Simpsons, made these 30 second episodes after being
recognized for his ‘life is hell’ comic strip and asked by a fan,
Pauly Platt, if he would be interested in coming up with ideas for an
animation. Groening ceased the opportunity and now, 18 years on The
Simpsons have become a global success and have been honored with: a
Peabody award, over 20 Emmy awards, over 50 Emmy nominations, over 20
Annie awards, four Genesis awards a Golden Globe nomination and many
more accolades.

People seem to engage with the Simpsons so well because they are
portraying the average family but obviously with some not so average
experiences. The Simpsons themselves are a simple family in a small
town in Middle America called Springfield. They are: Homer (the loyal
but stupid father), Marge (the frustrated, trapped housewife/mother),
Bart (the rebellious son), Lisa (the unappreciated genius daughter),
and Maggie (the silent baby). This is a model family that many other
families may relate to or in someway mirror, but the main difference
being that the Simpsons qualities are exaggerated. On the other hand
there are people that dislike the Simpsons, possibly because they
think people viewing the programmes will stereotype American families
due to the Simpson family. People who don’t like the Simpsons may feel
that people watching it will ‘bracket off’ all American men, for
example, as being greedy, stupid, almost primitive and narrow-minded
because this is how Homer is perceived on the programme. The Simpsons
are also so well loved because they have no specific target audience;
they have such a wide variety of humour, from slapstick to academic
references, which is sure to have all age groups, male or female, in
stitches.

Family values are basically ‘social norms’ for describing a family and
the ‘proper’ roles of its members. ‘Most often, the term connotes a
conservative ideology that supports sexual morality and traditional
gender roles, and that opposes homosexual relationships, same-sex
marriage, and abortion. The term may also refer to endorsing
censorship of phenomena in the media (such as many forms of nudity,
profanity, sexuality, and violence) which children might view’
en.Wikipedia.org.

Many people feel ‘The Simpsons’ promote family values because
basically every bizarre event that has happened in every episode has
been as a result of 1or more member/s of the family trying to please
the rest of the family. This is evident in ‘Blue-collar slob’ in which
homer becomes an astronaut. He does this because he feels he has lost
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