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I DIDNT DO ITHow The Simpsons Affects Kids The Simpsons is one of Americas most popular television shows It ranks as thenumber one television program for viewers under eighteen years of age However theideals that The Simpsons conveys are not always wholesome sometimes not even ingood taste It is inevitable that The Simpsons is affecting children Matt Groening took up drawing to escape from his troubles in 1977 At thetime Groening was working for the LA Reader a free weekly newspaper He beganworking on Life in Hell a humorous comic strip consisting of people with rabbit earsThe LA Reader picked up a copy of his comic strip and liked what they saw Life inHell gradually became a common comic strip in many free weeklies and collegenewspapers across the country It even developed a cult status Varhola 1 Life in Hell drew the attention of James L Brooks producer of works such asTaxi The Mary Tyler Moore Show and Terms of Endearment Brooks originallywanted Groening to make an animated pilot of Life in Hell Groening chose not to doso in fear of loosing royalties from papers that printed the strip Groening presentedBrooks with an overweight balding father a mother with a blue beehive hairdo andthree obnoxious spiky haired children Groening intended for them to represent thetypical American family who love each other and drive each other crazy Groeningnamed the characters after his own family His parents were named Homer andMargaret and he had two younger sisters named Lisa and Maggie Bart was an anagramfor brat Groening chose the last name Simpson to sound like the typical Americanfamily name Varhola 2 Brooks decided to put the 30 or 60 second animations on between skits on TheTracy Ullman Show on the unsuccessful Fox network Cast members Dan Castellanetaand Julie Kavner did the voices of Homer and Marge Yeardley Smith later to star inHermans Head did
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