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Simpsons writers discuss satire on TV

Simpsons News — Posted 11 Nov, 2003 by Scott

Scholarly academics and enthusiastic fans of “The Simpsons” and “King of the Hill” filled an auditorium in the Psychology building Friday afternoon for a discussion with Paul Lieberstein, Greg Daniels and John Collier, three veteran writers of the animated shows. The event, presented by the Program in American Studies, was called “Homer, Hank & the American Dream: Social & Political Satire on American Television.”

The discussion quickly developed into a question-and-answer session on the writers’ approaches to creating new episodes and storylines.

According to the writers, when “The Simpsons” first aired, it was the complete opposite of “The Cosby Show” and “Family Ties,” two of the most popular television shows of the time. Homer Simpson was a man who was chasing the American dream, but wanted “everything without consequences.” Yet the show still focused on something most Americans could relate to: a home, a family, a steady job and exercising liberties. Read the full story by Clicking Here.

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