I chose to watch the Simpsons, one of the longest running television shows in history. What makes this show so popular? This racy animated sitcom was created in 1987, and airs on the Fox network every Sunday at eight o'clock. The Simpson's represent a satire of the typical American family in a way that had never been seen before on television. It is unlike older TV shows of the past where every family member seemed to be perfect. The creators of The Simpsons are not afraid to show their character's flaws; they actually embrace them. The Simpsons are a family that millions of people love to watch because they use humor to deal with their problems and face contemporary conflicts that people can actually relate to. .
However, in some ways, the Simpsons follow suit with past decades of programming. The Simpsons are a nuclear family; the father is the breadwinner and there is a caring mother that stays home and cooks and cleans. They have three children Bart, Lisa, and Maggie, and they also have a dog. They're portrayed as being a blue-collar family. Homer, the father, works at a nuclear power plant in Springfield. The creators of the Simpson's have designed a family unit that reflects the perceptions of what many believe a modern American family to be.
Every episode starts with Bart, the son, writing on the chalkboard because he's done something wrong.Lisa, the daughter, playing a solo on the saxophone.Marge, the mom, grocery shopping and leaving her baby at the checkout counter and Homer, the father, messing up or sleeping on the job. At the end of the day all the members of the family are racing home, weaving dangerously through traffic, all ending up miraculously at home at the same time. Upon entering, they all race for the couch to watch their TV shows. Sound familiar? I think we all can relate in some way or another with the Simpson family.
Homer is portrayed as a middle-aged stereotypical American man.