Defining Satire

The Simpsons

Work Time

Read, with your class, the article on “The Simpsons” from the Museum of Broadcast Communications.

Annotate and consider the following questions as you read. Then write your responses to the questions.

  • Why did one critic call it “the most radical show on primetime”? What’s an example of something in the article that you could use as evidence that “The Simpsons” is “radical”?
  • Why is it, nonetheless, incredibly popular? And what’s a statistic or detail from the article that you could use to prove its popularity?
  • What makes it satire?

Open Notebook

Talk about your responses with your classmates.