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The Simpsons

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  • Submitted: 26/08/2005
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The Simpsons

The Simpson is now arguably the biggest sitcom and animation of TV history, but what is it that makes it so successful compared to traditional sitcoms. In order to answer this question, we have to look at sitcom as a whole; then the difference if any between modern and traditional sitcoms. Sitcoms when first released were aimed at families and it tried to show what American should be like. Sitcoms, are popular for many different reasons; some of these including that they were episodic in nature therefore you didn't have to watch them from the beginning. Also the American had fought in world war two, so shows like "Leave it to Beaver" showed them what they want. The producer used varies comic devices to make the audience laugh; these including visual humour, word play, funny situations and hyperbole.

Traditional Sitcoms used to follow a narrative structure; such as the father worked and the mother was a housewife. The family was set in a white sub-urban community "utopias" where the elders were still respected. The storylines were set around the family which was middle-class and they were very tight together. Most of the characters in traditional

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