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• On television’s influence on American culture, Krusty the Clown says, "Would it really be worth living in a world without television? I think the survivors would envy the dead."
• On New Age religion, Homer says, "To think, I turned to a cult for mindless happiness when I had beer all along."
• On the thorny issue of gun ownership and home security, Homer purchases a pistol at "Bloodbath and Beyond" and then tells Marge, "I don’t have to be careful, I got a gun."
• On the theme of community spirit, Bart thoughtlessly signs up with a local Boy Scout troop while on a sugar rush from eating a "Super-Squishee." The next day he realizes what he has done: "Oh, no. I joined the Junior Campers!" To which his sister, Lisa, responds: "The few, the proud, the geeky."
Delaney finds many more episodes relevant to major sociological issues such as environmentalism, feminism, romance and marriage, politics, education, health, aging, and more. Students of popular culture and laypersons alike will learn basic sociological concepts and theories in a refreshing, jargon-free work that offers plenty of entertainment.
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An Introduction to The Simpsons: "As far as anyone knows, we're a nice, normal family" Homer Simpson 17
The Culture We Live In: "Would it really be worth living in a world without television? I think the survivors would envy the dead" Krusty the Clown 32
Friendship and Community: "My mom won't let me be your friend anymore" Milhouse Van Houten 63
Love and Marriage: "Our marriage is like soft serve ice cream and trust is the hard chocolate shell that keeps it from melting onto our carpet" Homer Simpson 88
America's Family: The Simpsons: "Everybody in the kitchen! We're having a family meeting" Homer Simpson 112
Gender Roles and Expectations: "Let's buy makeup so the boys will like us" Malibu Stacy 137
Springfield: A Racial Melting Pot Often Lacking in Tolerance: "From this day forth, I am no longer an Indian living in America. I am an Indian American" Apu Nahasapeemapetilon 164
Religion and Other Things We Believe In: "To think, I turned to a cult for mindless happiness when I had beer all along" Homer Simpson 189
Beware the Enviromare: "This planet needs every friend it can get" Jesse Grass 218
The PoliticalWorld of Springfield: "Ah, just one thing. Are you guys any good at covering up youthful and middle-aged indiscretions?" Krusty the Clown 245
The Wide Diversity of Sports in Springfield: "Mom, I never won before, and I may never win again" Bart Simpson 274
Springfield's Educational System: Where Every Child Is Left Behind!: "I have had it with this school! The low test scores, class after class of ugly, ugly children" Superintendent Chalmers 306
Physical and Mental Health in Springfield: "All my life I have been an obese man trapped inside a fat man's body" Homer Simpson 335
Tricks and Treats: "Well, I'll be a son of a witch" Bart Simpson 362
The Animation Domination of The Simpsons: "Oh, Marge, cartoons don't have any deep meaning. They're just stupid drawings that give you a cheap laugh" Homer Simpson 388
Index of Cited Episodes 407