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"The Simpsons" BySneha Patel 10'O A sitcom is a situational comedy television series. Sitcoms usually use comic devices to make them funny like puns, violence and exaggeration. They use satire, farce, parody, jokes, gags and slapstick to entertain the audience. Sitcoms usually last 30 minutes if shown on commercial TV and they involve chracters having problems which they try to sort out. "Leaver it to Beaver" was about a typical, white middle-class 1950's family that had problems and worked together to work them out. They had the same sort of characters as "The Simpsons" but they didn't have the same controversial issues. When "All in the Family" aired in the 1970's it was a different story. A black family was introduced and it dealt with controversial subjects in realistic ways. It was the first show to do so. This made it popular. Nowadays "The Simpsons" has taken its place. It ridicules important people and deals with subjects that were earlier described as forbidden. "The Simpsons" takes advantage of being an animated sitcom and makes some drastic changes in life, for example the family is yellow skinned, has 4 fingers and seems to not age at all. In certain scenes they may be badly injured, but in the next they are fine. ...read more.


Bart gets a tattoo and all the money from Christmas is spent on getting rid of it. This is the complication. The problem is meant to be resolved by Homer's bonus but when he doesn't receive it he tries to get a job but this doesn't work as it is meant to. Homer feels like a failure, but when he and Bart take home Santa's Little Helper (a dog) the problem is resolved. In another example, "Bart Gets an F ", Bart is doing badly in school. He will stay back a year if he fails again which is the complication, so he tries to revise. He still fails the test but he showns he has learnt something which makes him pass. This is the resolution. The family evaluate this and everything is back to normal. This reveals to us that every episode of "The Simpsons" follows the same narrative structure. The stereotypes of the characters help show the audience what family life is really like. The characters are not stereotypes of normal TV families but of normal families. The show plays with what we are expecting; a nice family with the dad being the man of the house, good children; a family with no problems and really not a realistic family. ...read more.


By watching Bart being stupid and clever at the same time it shows them that life can be fun. Homer can do this for a lot of middle-aged men who are fed up of work. "The Simpsons" ridicules important people and when it does this middle-class pople would like this because they realise that being important and famous isn't what it seems to be. "The Simpsons" has become the sitcom of the new generation and old. It pulls together the realities of life and shows them in a new more exiting way. Over the years "The Simpsons" has changed sitcoms into controversial and interesting programmes. The show is successful because of the way it plays with our expectations and how it blows them out of proportion. It has taken ideas from past sitcoms like "Leave it to Beaver" and improved them. As it is a animated sitcom it makes it funnier as characters can do things that could not be possible in reality. Even celebraties have taken a shine to the sitcom. "You can learn all life's lesssons from watching The Simpsons " Mel Gibson. "The Simpsons" is the sitcom of the 21st century dealing with real life problems in a comic way. I think that the show can is really good at what it is meant to do which is entertain the audience, it not only shows the audience how life is but also involves them. ...read more.

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