Modern society owes a lot to the culture that is created by television. From nay genres, it is sitcoms that have been awarded a special place in our weekly schedule. The ruler of such must be The Simpsons. From 1987, this long-running American animation has become a well-known, well-received contribution to the twentieth and twenty-first century. It has been awarded with 27 Emmy’s, a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame and many of the idioms’ within the script have become welcome members of the English language. It has paved the way for other animations such as South Park, Family Guy, Futurama and The Critic, fluxating in the commonly-known era “the 90’s animated boom”. However, it is so much more.
It shines a clear light onto the dark, lazy lives of the Americans. It pokes fun of the stupidity of their ideologies. It steps back and jokes about the policies of the right-wing Republicans. It fights against the values of homophobia, and creates episodes surrounding it. Its feature film looks onto the political enhancement of Arnold Schwarzenegger and environmental issues. The series hihglights many issues constantly, making people think without taking life too seriously, a perfect mix for the easily-susceptible minds of our youths.
Not every person likes The Simpsons, and that I accept. George W. Bush openly said that he wanted ‘his’ country to be more like “The Walton’s rather than The Simpsons”, over-protective mothers shield their precious children from the show until they are old enough to vote, Benny4700 says that “it is a piece of shit”, but the influences, the laughs, the political activism that makes and surrounds the show makes it a timeless piece of global culture. Personally remembering times where – on a Friday night – I would watch The Simpsons, Malcolm in the Middle, Robot Wars, then Top of the Pops, followed by bed, my heart warms. Maybe, it is the memories of simpler times, maybe it is the cornucopia of Matt Groening’s literary intelligence, I do not know. But I will never discontinue my love for the nation’s longest-running animated sitcom.