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1 a.m. observastions (AKA I swear to god I’ll go to sleep after this)

As previously stated, I am watching the complete series of “The Simpsons” whenever I get a chance to just sit down. And I cannot help but compare the family dynamic to the other two FOX animated sitcoms, “Family Guy” and “Bob’s Burgers”.

The most obvious thing that stands out is the way the patriarch of the family treats the children. Both Homer and Bob are far from World’s Greatest Father, but the little things that they do for their children put them far above and beyond when compared with Peter Griffin. The only child he ever really seems to care for is Chris.

There are little things that Homer and Bob do throughout the series’ that show how much they cares for their children. Granted, I’ve stopped watching “Family Guy”, but even before I stopped, Peter was never shown as much of a father. He loves his wife dearly, but not so much the kids.



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Lisa’s role on The Simpsons is a natural fit for episodes where the writers want to ground the show in emotional reality. For some, that makes her something of a killjoy, a too-rational counterpoint to Springfield’s broader comic insanity. And in 25 years, she, like every other member of the family, has certainly seen those qualities exaggerated in unflattering ways. But there’s a reason why Lisa is at the center of some of the show’s most affecting episodes (especially with Yeardley Smith as her voice)—of all the myriad residents of Springfield, Lisa is the most alone.
Sure, her family loves her—in their way—but her intelligence sets her apart, even as the little girl in her wants nothing more than to be one of the crowd. Lisa appeals to every viewer who looks at the craziness and boorishness of a loud, dumb world and longs to both transcend it and be embraced by it. And since Springfield is our world, only exponentially crazier and more boorish, Lisa’s isolation is even more profound
The Simpsons: “Summer Of 4 Ft. 2” · TV Club · The A.V. Club (via wilwheaton)
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