Prime-time Animation: A mockery of pop culture The Simpsons, which debuted in 1987 on The Tracey Ullman Show, was created by Matt Groening. Groening brought to the drawing board a warped satire on pop culture, which produced ripples in prime-time animation forever. Prime-time animation now contains spoofs on not only Western culture, but humanity as well. Due to these satirical, stereotypical views on Western and pop culture, and their irreverence, (prime-time) animated sitcoms have become unsuitable for children. This was all because of the work of one man and his sketches of a typical nuclear family. The Simpsons and Matt Groening lead a revolution: Prime-time animation now presents a mockery of pop culture.
The Simpsons was a watershed cartoon and will be remembered for its warped sense of humour and satirical views. "The show will definitely have a permanent home in the pantheon of American culture (Martin, C5)." It quickly became the most influential cartoon in prime-time animation.
"(It) is no longer the novelty it was when The Simpsons expanded from itty-bits of cartoon fun on The Tracey Ullman Show into a sizzling Fox series phenomenon in the early months of 1990 (Duffy, )." The Simpsons paved the way for the great influx of prime-time animated satires of today, including Futurama (another Groening creation), King of the Hill, and Family Guy because of the unique personality of the show and its characters.
Family Guy is a prime-time animation that derived its satirical outlook on pop culture from its spiritual grandfather, The Simpsons. "Family guy, about the middle-class Griffins, takes on everything from Star Trek to Scooby Doo, Tiananmen Square to the Third Reich (Zerbisias, F8)." These are examples of important media events that have become part of our society. Thus, these references provide the audience with situations that they can...