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whenever i see this gif
i think of this one time my sister was riding in the car and she was doodling
and she finished drawing this shark right at a stop light so she turns to the guy in the car next to her and holds up her drawing and shows it to him
and he looks over at it and he makes like that exact expression
- I hate drawing
- I hate it
- I hate everything I draw
- I LOVE IT, IT MAKES ME HAPPY
- DRAWING IS FUN
- WHOA, LOOK AT HOW I CAN DRAW, INCREDIBLE
- no, it’s bad
- yeah, I am bad at it
- I hate drawing
- dang, I love drawing
This perfectly summarizes why I love the Simpsons and hate Family Guy.
I watched that episode with my family and I could just feel how uncomfortable everyone was. Honestly, it was a really jarring, unpleasant episode.
Homer is a terrible dad. So is Peter. But Homer’s saving grace has always been that he tries—he’s bad at it and he fucks it up a lot, but he loves his family and he wants to be better than he is.
One of my favorite Homer moments is in “Diatribe of a Mad Housewife.” Tl;dr Marge writes a steamy romance novel starring herself and Ned, and when Homer finds out, he chases down Ned and, rather than attack him, asks him to teach him how to be a better husband.
There’s some part of his stupid self that wants to do better.
I never got that impression with Peter. Instead, the family has gotten more and more abusive towards Meg. It’s really unsettling for me when I started realizing that’s what happens sometimes in abusive families. Abusers sometimes single out one child to abuse, and quite often the other family members take the abuser’s side. After all, it’s easier to side with an abuser than to run the risk of becoming the target yourself.
There’s never really a point where it seems like Peter cares at all that his shitty behavior impacts his family. It actually seems to have gotten worse over the years. He expects everyone to clean up his messes because that’s always what happens; there’s really no reason for him not to be shitty.
And it’s easy to see how Meg is affected. She doesn’t have much of a character, really, because so much her screen time is devoted to being abused. The bits of character development all seem to hinge on her being this sad, neglected person who’s trying her best but never really gets any help from anyone. Quite the opposite; there have been a lot of episodes where her family sabotages any attempts to be herself.
It can be easy to forget how awful this behavior is when the only context is the show itself (frankly, everyone on Family Guy is kind of terrible). Seeing it played against the Simpsons, who are a flawed and dysfunctional but ultimately loving family, was painful to watch.
Even lately, with Homer getting more and more stupid in order to compete with Family Guy (Seriously, the entire downturn of the Simpsons recently has been because they have to pander to Family Guy fans), you still get the sense that he actually does care when he’s coherent enough to finally realize there is a problem. Another great example is the early episode about how Lisa got her saxophone. Homer saved money for an air conditioner for months, and on the way to get it, Lisa saw the sax and wanted it. So Homer took all the money he saved, and bought that instead.
Okay, like… I agree with all of this, absolutely, 100%, I do. But the thing that’s bugging me is that, to me, comparing The Simpsons and comparing Family Guy is an “apples to oranges” kind of game. They’re both fruits, but they’re totally different.
I think a lot of people are really quick to argue why one is better than the other (and just to make myself perfectly clear, the answer is The Simpsons), but if you watch either of these shows you know that they’re only comparable on the surface; both animated, both dysfunctional family sitcoms, on the same network, etc etc. And the only reason we compare them in the first place is because FG is derivative of the Simpsons.
And I don’t mean that in the “they copied!” way. I mean that The Simpsons literally paved the way for shows like Family Guy to even happen. It influenced an entire generation. And sort of the whole underlying theme of this dumb crossover is to have a little meta discussion about it and highlight those differences.
Almost every single scene or gag in this episode was meant to juxtapose the two shows. Meg and Lisa in this scene (highlighting the differences in how their treated, as the troubled/depressed/outsider daughter), Bart and Stewie making prank calls to Moe (highlighting the differences in humor; Bart does his charming little toilet wordplay, Stewie just yells something aggressive and horrifying), Homer and Peter at the bar (discussing how Pawtucket ie. the beer in Family Guy ie. Family Guy itself is just a shittier version of Duff ie. the beer in the Simpsons ie. The Simpsons itself)… like… it’s all literally right there, and very intentional, and they’re absolutely aware of what they’re doing. They’re absolutely aware that these jokes accentuate the criticisms of their show. This isn’t the first time they’ve done it either, and I hate to say it, but that’s one of the few things I actually kind of enjoy about FG.
I’m not saying it’s not important to have these discussions; I could sit around all day long and talk about this shit, and I have. I’m doing it now. The Simpsons is crafted in such a way that you’re supposed to care about the characters and what’s happening with them. They’re flawed, but they’re human. Family Guy doesn’t do that with it’s characters; they’re just vessels for jokes. Sometimes they’ll do an episode that clearly showcases they’re able to write character-driven stuff, but the problem is that it hinges on you giving a shit about the characters, and it’s too late for that, because they started off hollow and that’s what stuck with us.
I’m not saying it’s NECESSARY for a show to have good, flawed, relatable characters, but for those of us who prefer the Simpsons, that’s what we’re used to, and that’s what we go out seeking or expecting. That’s not Family Guy’s M.O., and (usually), they don’t pretend like it is.
I don’t really know why I bothered to type this whole thing out because I’m not getting at anything important, it just bugs me because if you’ve watched either of these shows, the differences are incredibly evident. Apples to oranges.
Shout out to the people who have already asked the exact questions from my homework on yahoo answers
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This is a piece of shitty mid-2000s humour that I hope never disappears from the internet