The first Simpsons episode aired in 1989 and has been one of the most popular shows in the U.S. It is an American animated sitcom created by Matt Groening for the Fox Broadcasting Company. The show is about a dysfunctional family. Homer is the father and works for a nuclear power plant. His wife Marge is a very responsible mother. They have three kids, Bart, Lisa, and Maggie. Together this family of five face’s many adventures. So, what makes this show so popular?
Malcolm Gladwell wrote a book called “The Tipping Point” in 2000. In chapter three he talked about “The Stickiness Factor”. The Stickiness Factor explains that there are different ways to make a message contagious and memorable. Gladwell mentions that in order for a show to become “sticky” there are several details you should pay attention to. First, you have to pay attention to the structure and format of the show. Secondly, the show has to communicate a practical and personal piece of information. Lastly, a connection should be made between the show and the viewers. All of these factors make a show memorable.
Over the years, The Simpsons apply this technique to their own show. They are very creative when it comes to attracting viewers one way is using gender stereotypes. Over the years, Lisa has faced many stereotypes, but she has always been able to overcome those …show more content…
The author describes how gender role are perpetuated by the media and in most shows “lead female actors exists primarily to create romantic tension”. The Simpsons presents stereotypes in a different way. Instead of having female actors support male actors they also utilize Lisa by created a cautionary tone of what America could be. Like the author discussed gender roles exist because we accept them. The animators of The Simpsons use Lisa to warn people about placing gender stereotypes on girls, especially at a young
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Homer Simpson embodies the average man of ‘Murica. He’s fat, white, balding, and straight. The purpose of both George and Homer is to create a character that others can relate to, or at the very least create an understanding of the humdrum character by relating them to someone the readers may know in their
The female characters were weak, more concern about being attractive, not smart and they emotional during social situations. In regards, to female bias on TV, a 1977 Nancy Signorelli’s "study of Television Shows and Commercials, Movies, Music Videos, and Teen Magazine Articles and Ads,” shows that women play fewer and less significant roles in "television programs.” It further clams that females “are seen working... or cast as professionals" only in limited scenes. Instead, they are presented more as having no occupation and caring more about their relationships. The report further indicates that "women rely on their male… partner to help them solve problems and… achieve their goals;" and that "women in media” do things that describe them as "stereotypical females..., grooming or peering…" The findings by the report are convincing; especially when watching those episodes during the TV
Women in the Workplace Compared to the 1930’s, things have really changed in the workplace. Especially with women. With the start of World War II women started their endeavor into the workplace. In the article “Scenes and Un-Scenes: A Woman’s Work” the photos really capture how women begun their work and moved up.
Television programs often retain an aspect of reality in order to relate to the audience and commentate on social issues. Although both The Goldbergs and The Twilight Zone address controversial issues such as gender roles, insanity, and ethnic stereotypes, genre differentiates their approach and their audiences’ receptiveness to change. Whereas The Goldbergs, an ethnic sitcom, addresses the external world using comedic relief, The Twilight Zone, a science fiction program, delves into the human mind using imagination. Despite their common efforts to direct social change, the programs are inverse images of one another, and The Twilight Zone’s genre structure allows it to resonate more with the audience. From 1949 to 1956, The Goldbergs dominated television as the first televised sitcom.
In the TV show Freaks and Geeks, many stereotypes are presented through the use of media elements. The filmmakers used the media elements of setting and characters to show the different stereotypes in Freaks and Geeks. The media element setting is used to show stereotypes of the stereotypical high school environment using tools like time and place. Setting displays the stereotype that all high schools have certain groups assigned to their own tables. In the case of the TV show Freaks and Geeks, the geeks sit at one table and the jocks sit at another.
The media is notorious for misrepresenting different groups of people(s). Television shows often give us, the consumers, exactly what we didn’t ask for…flat, 2 dimensional characters. As defined by TV Tropes, “A flat character is one that has only the bare minimum of characteristics necessary to play their role in the story.” They are often the idealized versions of stereotypes to the typically white male producers. However, while it is true that a majority of characters do poor job of representing a certain type of person or people, at the very least they are still portrayed and contribute to a plot.
Maya Angelou, a famous writer, once said, “I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel” (Forbes). This quote is not only relevant for life, but it also has significance for a television series because a television show, if it is good enough, can change an entire day for someone. For the audience of a show, they will most likely not remember every single aspect of it, but they will remember how that show made them laugh, cry, or feel any other emotion. The Office proves to be the best comedic television series through its overall comedic value, plot, originality, and the awards the show has won.
Challenging Stereotypes: How “Modern” Is Modern Family? The show won the Emmy Award for Outstanding Comedy Series in each of its first five years and the Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series four times. If you have never heard about “Modern Family," you have never seen comedy. Modern Family is an American television show that portrays the ‘Modernism’ in families nowadays in America.
Family Guy is an adult animated sitcom created by American producer, Seth Macfarlane. The show focuses on the Griffins, an elementary family consisting of main protagonists – Peter Griffin, his wife Lois and their three children Chris, Meg, Stewie and their talking dog, Brian. Family Guy is unlike any television sitcom. It was created to break all the social norms and ignores all the laws of most television shows. In the show, we see all the common issues and stereotypes in popular media that most American’s deal with today.
Television situational comedies have the ability to represent different values or concerns of their audience, these values often change every decade or so to reflect and highlight the changes that the audience is experiencing within society, at the time of production. Between the years of 1950 and 2010, the representation of gender roles and family structure has been addressed and featured in various sitcoms, such as “Father Knows Best” and “Modern Family”, through the use of narrative conventions, symbolic, audio and technical codes. These representations have transformed over time to reflect the changes in social, political, and historical contexts. The 1950’s sitcom “Father Knows Best” traditionally represents the values of gender roles and family structure in a 1950’society, with the father, held high as the breadwinner of the family and the mother as the sole homemaker.
Homer, Marge, Bart, Lisa, and Maggie all get episodes with their perspectives being the premise of the episode. The influence the Simpsons have left on the world is clearly seen in people’s humor and hidden references. Even Homer Simpson’s catchphrase, “d’oh” is now a word. (Go ahead look it
Modern Family is a popular primetime television show that airs Wednesday nights on ABC. This hit comedy presents the daily lifestyles of three separate but related families who reside in the suburbs of Los Angeles, California. The Dunphys are shown as the traditional white American family while the Pritchett-Tucker family are a homosexual couple with an adopted daughter named Lily. The Pritchetts are the last family who are an interracial couple with a large age gap. On the surface, this show seems to be one of the most diverse on television.
The show Family Guy portrays a middle-class family, which has a stay-at-home mother (Lois), a working father (Peter), two children in school (Meg and Chris), a baby (Stewie), and a pet dog (Brian). For a long period, a typical American family was regarded as a family structure that consisted of a man, his wife, and one or more biological or adopted children. By viewing the Griffins family from a psychological viewpoint, it will be able to demonstrate whether the Griffins family is not an accurate portrayal of the typical American family. Evaluating the Typical American Family and The Griffins’ Families in America have increasingly become more diverse, and more complex, compared to the “Leave it to the Beaver” ideal, where the perfect family
Gender roles in the past decades When watching The Simpsons family interact, their family depict what a ‘nuclear family’ look like with the father being the breadwinner and the mother staying at home doing the cooking and looking after the kids. It sends a message of what a ‘traditional’ family look/ed like in the past. “Gender roles are the product of the interactions between individuals and their environments, and they give individuals cues about what sort of behaviour is believed to be appropriate
Television programs will sharpen gender roles among society. Children learn gender roles through television program. Television will teach children what is the appropriate way for them to behave according to their gender role. Based on the studies of Chartschlaa (2004), founds that approximately 17.7 % of major characters in prime time television were women. The women is a less important and significant actor on the television channels.