Twin Peaks Usenet Archive
Subject: Re: Intellectualism, Twin Peaks & The Simpsons
From: jbuck@janus.Berkeley.EDU (Joe Buck)
Date: 1991-04-17, 20:16
In article <3389@beguine.UUCP> George.Harris@bbs.acs.unc.edu (George Harris) writes:
> > The Simpsons is easily as intellectual as anything else
> >on the 4 commercial networks, & most stuff on PBS.
> > In fact, I have never seen a more cinematicly aware TV
> >show, nor one with more social insight.
I don't know about "intellectual". I will say this: "The Simpsons" is
the most deeply subversive show on television; it's also the most
explicitly leftist show on television (which I think is just great, by
the way). It's deeply anti-authority; it's no accident that grade
school principals are banning Bart Simpson tee shirts. It would have
been banned as Communist not too many years ago, and the banners could
collect plenty of evidence for their contentions (the treatment of Homer
Simpson's boss and workplace is amazing). Its satire of American life
is some of the bitterest stuff I've ever seen on the tube, and it still
manages to be funny. Or at least that's how it is in better weeks.