Simpsons-describing how the opening titles add to the Simpsons popularity and why they are so important to the Simpsons package

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The opening titles to "The Simpsons" are so important because it tells the viewer exactly what they are in for. It introduces the main characters and the town of Springfield. The viewer can relate and recognise the working class family and anybody can interact with the T.V. It is important they are working class because most of the viewers watching the "The Simpsons" are working class, so it is easier for them to relate to "The Simpsons". It is also very original to change the titles and a new viewer is introduced straight away and can understand what is happening away.

"The Simpsons" was created by Matt Groening and is now one of the most popular programmes ever to reign. However, when it first started it was taking up thirty-second slots during intervals in the "Tracy Ullman Show". Since then it has grown to become popular in over one hundred countries and captures a regular audience of over twenty-four million each week.

It was screened on the fourteenth of January 1990 and in its first year overtook the most popular situation comedy on television "The Cosby Show".

One of the biggest factors for "The Simpsons" success is hat it is on a "Prime-time slot", which is extraordinary for a cartoon.

The opening titles are one of the major reasons for "The Simpsons" unlevelled success. One of the main successes of "The Simpsons" opening titles effectiveness is the visual style of the sequence. In the opening sequence numerous places including the school, the power plant, the kwik-e-mart, the music room, the street, "The Simpsons" household and "Marge's" car. These are everyday places that anybody can relate to. Also different people can relate to different places i.e. child at school, man at work and it confirms the normality...