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'Does The Simpsons promote family values or set bad examples?' The Simpsons first came to life on April 19th, 1987. It was aired as a 'filler' in the commercial breaks of 'The

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anGCSE English Coursework Media Piece- 'Does The Simpsons promote family values or set bad examples?' 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 recognised 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 honoured 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. ...read more.

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Even when the rest of the Simpson family weren't to sure if homer was telling the truth or not they decided to trust him, Lisa and Marge even persuaded Homer to declare his innocence on public access T.V. This just shows how much they are supporting him throughout his ordeal and that they will stand by him. It suggests they have very strong morals as a family and strong values also. They care for one another and will help each other out to pull through any given situation. In terms of its family values, The Simpsons is just leading the way among a few shows which stress the extent to which a dysfunctional family can bond together and work pretty well as a unit whenever given a difficult situation. Other shows have emerged replicating the Simpsons to some extent, For example 'Malcom In The Middle', this is a very popular sitcom also about a dysfunctional family but, much like the Simpsons they manage to pull through everything. This shows how successful the Simpsons have been as a result to its sense of morality and how justice is always done at the end of the day. This is proved because shows, such as 'Malcom In The Middle' have recognised this success and tried to follow in the footsteps of the simpsons. ...read more.

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This is a great way to exploit any bizarre situation in the world and show the viewer how the Simpsons would get through it because of there values and how they work together. The camera angles in 'Homer Badman' show homer taking a piece of candy off Ashley grants bottom but show it so it looks like he is grabbing her bottom and saying 'mmmm sweet candy'. This shows us how people can be manipulated to think a certain way with the slightest of tricks and promotes the fact in the programme that people should not be so judgemental until they have seen both sides of an argument. In this episode Homer is bought to justice after Willy shows him a tape of what happened (because he had secretly been filming them) so in the end justice is done. This is another value 'The Simpsons' promotes consistently through all its episodes (except Halloween specials). Overall I think the Simpsons can be seen to be promoting family values or setting bad examples depending on how much you are willing to open your mind up to the programme. Personally I think the Simpsons are a modal family who have big hearts and always manage to pull through for each other and I believe that if all families had the amount of love that is in the Simpson family the world would be a much better place. ?? ?? ?? ?? Matthew Bodnar-Smith 11PR Mr Horton ...read more.

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