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Simpson Throughout this essay, I will be addressing several key points, some of which demonstrate conventional stereotypes and typical roles within an American family. As mentioned previously, this essay will review the first ever episode "Simpson's Roasting On an Open Fire". This exclusive episode introduces a rather unique and special feeling, as it is the first ever Simpsons episode to be broadcast on television. This is a Christmas cracker of an episode as we see a family mostly considered for their one liners and distinct way of life. Homer is the centre of this predicament as he battles to salvage his family from a Christmas crisis. As beer bellied, foul mouthed Homer scurries with his beloved wife to pay a visit the school pantomime, they are unaware of the heavy falling snow, which prevents them from reaching earlier to their intended destination. Homer then in a bid to prove his caring personality and loving nature sets out to become Santa in a battle to rescue his family from a rather unpredicted Christmas crisis. After hours of hard work this dream is then shattered when he finds that his job pay is the small sum of only 13 dollars. The end snapshot is quite effective as it demonstrates to us the general love and affection each character shows for each other. ...read more.


This also clarifies the reason as to why her self confidence level is so high, and also shows her to be undermining a conventional, more authority figure. The last element of this opening sequence adds something new to our understanding, as in the final couch gag, the family become together as a family union. This is dissimilar to previous scenes as from independent humans they are all as one, and more essentially upholds the stereotypes of a conventional American sitcom family, because normal service is resumed at the end. Another point is that the Simpsons are quite realistic. As the audience's increasing knowledge of the family develops, they are rapidly identifying how unconventional the Simpson's family really is at times. Generally speaking, The Simpsons family are very close, however at times they do not bond as a well as a family unit, therefore this reiterates and moreover demonstrates the sheer lack of communication and social roles held within the family. In addition to this, each character is almost given the impression, that their own family members are more or less their own victims, which is quite eccentric. Generally speaking, having witnessed the father/son relationship on a number of occasions, the audience are now given the inkling that these two characters are somewhat identical in a number of ways. ...read more.


The animation ensures that the characters do not alter, change or transform the personalities or appearances of these characters. Inevitably, it has reorientation, and normal service is resumed at the end. Some critics regard The Simpsons as a 'dysfunctional' family whilst others have praised the show as offering a more realistic representation of the family. However based on several viewpoints about this, I have progressively come to the conclusion that it covers both of these features. It mirrors real life situations and also upholds stereotypes. It is not only realistic but also humorous, however it is the characters that throw the idea of stereotypes astray. This special sitcom also comprises of several types of comedy, such as one liner, slapstick and satire which is illustrated in the opening sequence, which is another reason as to why the Simpsons has almost created a new genre for audiences looking for high quality entertainment. The Simpsons to some extent has had a huge influence over modern day society. It has formed something unique and special, not only for mainstream audiences, but more significantly for future sitcoms, as a first-class role model. Generally The Simpson's includes a variety of elements that construct a very unique and also sets up a compelling and gripping sitcom. Matt Groening has undoubtedly created a new genre, which is called animated, grotesque family sitcom, which has influenced, and shocked many people with its ability to mirror and epitomize the modern day society that we are living in. ...read more.

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