• Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

Evaluation of a TV serial

Extracts from this document...

Introduction

MEDIA HOMEWORK INTRODUCTION In this assignment I am going to analyse the opening of an episode of a Television show of my choice. For this assignment I have selected The Simpsons as my choice to analyse. The Simpsons is an animated American sitcom created by Matt Groening for the Fox Broadcasting Company. It is a soft-satirical parody of the "Middle American" lifestyle epitomized by its titular family, which consists of Homer, Marge, Bart, Lisa, and Maggie. The show is set in the fictional town of Springfield, and lampoons many aspects of the human condition, as well as American culture, society as a whole, and television itself. Since its debut on December 17, 1989, the show has aired 408 episodes over 19 seasons. It is presently airing its nineteenth season. The season 18 finale, aired on May 20, 2007 was the 400th episode, and 2007 marks the 20th anniversary of The Simpsons franchise. The Simpsons are a typical family who live in a fictional "Middle American" town of Springfield. ...read more.

Middle

In effect, The Simpsons defies ordinary genre classification because of its mixture of so many varieties of programs. Another unique characteristic of the show is that it mixes different types of genres in the form of a cartoon. Everything from drug use, censorship, racism, violence, and hatred to contemporary social movements, pop culture, and politics has been etched in celluloid by individuals. Despite its animated form, The Simpsons takes several different genres of television and blends them together to produce one of the most stylistically varied programs VISUAL AND AUDIO ELEMENTS The Simpsons' opening sequence is one of the show's most memorable hallmarks. All episodes open with the camera zooming through the show's title towards the town of Springfield. The camera then follows the members of the family on their way home. Upon entering their house, the Simpsons settle down on their couch to watch television. The opening was created by David Silverman, the first task he did when production began on the show. The series' distinctive theme song was composed by musician Danny Elfman in 1989, after Groening approached him requesting a retro style piece. ...read more.

Conclusion

Twentieth ended up emphasizing the adult appeal of The Simpsons to target 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. access periods. Competitors contended that because the cartoon is not a classic adult situation comedy, it should be targeted to children. Twentieth executives supported their decision and countered criticism by citing that The Simpsons regularly beat or tied The Cosby Show during its Thursday 8 p.m. airing years earlier. The decision to make adults the target audience was a difficult one to make because there was no precedent of an animated series airing in prime access, where stations can determine if it has the straight adult appeal of a live-action situation comedy. After being aired as a successful Christmas special in 1989, the show consistently scored high ratings in its prime-time slot on Sunday evenings. Since The Simpsons was a success from the outset, it cannot be said that the show suffered with cancellations or the like, as is common to many of the quality prime-time dramas. In fact, for a time, it was stacked up against the extremely successful The Cosby Show, and Twentieth Television executives noted it often beat out Cosby head-to-head in the ratings. ...read more.

The above preview is unformatted text

This student written piece of work is one of many that can be found in our AS and A Level Television section.

Found what you're looking for?

  • Start learning 29% faster today
  • 150,000+ documents available
  • Just £6.99 a month

Not the one? Search for your essay title...
  • Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

See related essaysSee related essays

Related AS and A Level Television essays

  1. The Truman Show

    When he finally reaches the end of the set and is at the set's exit, Christof makes one last bid for trying to save his show. Truman hears a voice from the 'heavens' asking him to stay, the Christof tells him to stay and that his life was actually a television show with him, the show's star.

  2. Free essay

    Comparing Aileen - Life and Death of a Serial Killer & When We Were ...

    Ali and Forman appear on-screen, but only as they did around the time of the fight. Also what I found quite strange was that No interviews with either of the boxers are presented. When We Were Kings has several good points, including footage of Ali's press conference and unsurprisingly, however,

  1. Reality TV is a huge success to the television industry in the 1990s.

    Among these early reality programmes, Crimewatch (BBC, 1984- ) was most influential. Jon Dovey said it 'has been seen as central to the development of the form, particularly in respect of debates around criminology and the media' (Creeber, 2001: 135).

  2. The Simpsons Coursework"Bart gets an F" Introduction: ...

    argue that the Simpsons don't care about each other, which is the reason for them not greeting one another, and that they come home hurriedly solely to watch TV. During the whole opening sequence, there are three gags. The first one is the "Chalkboard gag" where Bart writes about the silly things he shouldn't do.

  1. The Simpsons is the most successful animated feature in television history. In this essay ...

    This could also mean that the mass media can indoctrinate people making them think it is the most important thing in life. To me, this proposes that the media have some kind of influence over the way people live their lives.

  2. Discussing The simpsons.

    Homer then notices a perfect family ,which then made Homer want to be like them. Therefore Homer takes the family to a therapy center but it all goes wrong and in the end Homer and his family go home together.

  1. Analyse the opening sequence of the Simpsons. How does the opening sequence appeal to ...

    So she is kind of a role breaker as well but she is not as bad as her brother! She can be described as an excellent student who is completely the opposite of Bart except they both enjoy violent cartoons. The cartoon shows the family always gets in little arguments.

  2. GCSE English Coursework "The simpsons" EN3 ...

    Many other individuals like me would argue that statement for example Jamie Oliver as he said "Homer is the man as far as am concerned. My favorite guest was Barry White, who sang to charm the snakes into Homers house, to prevent them being killed on whacking day".

  • Over 160,000 pieces
    of student written work
  • Annotated by
    experienced teachers
  • Ideas and feedback to
    improve your own work