Informal, Mid-Formal, and Formal Review Set of the Simpsons

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Jessica Church
Professor _______
English 110
October 11, 2012
The Simpsons: An Informal Review
When I was a kid I watched The Simpsons every Sunday. It gave me a nostalgic feeling watching different episodes from the same series week after week. It was a tradition. I, like the other 15 million weekly viewers of the show, had fallen in love with The Simpsons. I like the irony and humor that’s put into each episode. Many of the jokes on the show are parodies of other shows, movies, or music icons. Adults can laugh at the stuff that goes over kid’s heads. Homer, Marge, Lisa, Bart, and Maggie make up the Simpsons’ clan. They are your average middle class dysfunctional family. Homer is an alcoholic oaf with the mind of a child who always pursues his impulsive aspirations. Meanwhile, his wife Marge is left to clean up after him and install morals in their kids. Bart is a little devil. He likes to do what he wants which often lands him in trouble. Lisa is a little genius who stands up for what she believes in. She has a musical gift and loves to play the saxophone. Maggie has only spoken a few times and is a minor character in the plot. I and many others agree that all of them together make for some hilarious and satirical situations. You never know what is going to pop out of left field in Springfield, which is the family’s hometown. The Simpsons deserves five out of five laughing viewers.

The Simpsons: A Midlevel Review
The Simpsons is a wildly popular television show. Homer, Marge, Lisa, Bart and Maggie make up the famous family. For a cartoon, this yellow family has had a remarkable impact on post-modern society. It is the first of its kind, in that a cartoon is portraying a realistic nuclear American family. The show was first created as a series of short skits by Matt Groening for The Tracy Ullman Show. Two years later in 1989, The Simpsons became a primetime hit for the FOX Broadcasting Network. Fast forward to 2012 and the show has become a billion dollar media franchise. It has been credited for being the longest running animated series ever. The Simpsons won the title after surpassing The Flintstones’ record of 18 seasons back in 1997. Today, The Simpsons is in their 23rd season. Americans have enjoyed The Simpsons’ oddities since the series began. After being on the air as long as they have, their character-isms have impacted our society. Homer’s catchphrase “D’oh” was put into the 2001 Oxford Dictionary. Bart made number 46 in Time magazine’s Most Influential People of the 20th century column. As a promotional stunt for The Simpsons Movie (2007), 11 Seven-Elevens in the U.S. were transformed into Quick-E-Marts, Springfield’s version of a convenience store. For those who don’t watch the show, Springfield is home to The Simpsons. What makes The Simpsons unique is the satire used in the show. The characters behave opposite to how a sensible person would. The show makes you think because the obvious solution to the character’s problems is very simple yet no one points it out. Instead the characters (mainly Homer) behave contradictory to how a normal person would. One could mistake Homer as “special.” After all he has had a crayon lodged in his brain since he was a child. It’s almost like he avoids logical reasoning on purpose. One’s own series of rationalizations influences how one feels while watching the show. Their jokes are not obviously stated, so one may miss the point of some dialogue if they are not expecting it. For example when Bart and Lisa’s hockey teams play against each other, Marge and Homer offer them different advice. Marge said, “We love you both! You’re not in competition with each other! Repeat: You are not in competition with each other!” While Homer said, “You’re in direct competition. And don’t go easy on each other just because you’re brother and sister. I want to see you both fighting for your parents’ love!” These two responses are extremely contradictory and send conflicting messages...
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