The 25th anniversary of The Simpsons was this week! The half-hour sitcom began airing way back on December 17, 1989!
If you were raised on the humor of The Simpsons, as I was, you might have a bevvy of insults and comebacks culled straight from the show. For a hot-90s-minute, I was requesting that people “don’t have a cow, man” or for people to “eat my shorts”. Everything was totally coming up Milhouse whenever I dropped a Simpsons joke.
But that didn’t mean that younger-me understood every episode. The Simpsons really wasn’t a kid’s show, but we all somehow watched it. As a child, I had a limited frame of reference for all of the humor – and while this made the show appeal to both younger and older generations, it also made the show great to re-watch now that I’m an adult. Some of those jokes I missed as a kid really hit the mark now.
That being said, there are definitely episodes that your kids can’t even. Can’t even what? Understand? Handle? Come up Milhouse? Check out our list and suggest your own at the end!
You’ve read by now that this last weekend was the first weekend in America in over 50 years without the traditional Saturday Morning Cartoons. Tears were had all over Facebook, and everyone declared that the terrorists won.
And while everyone went bananas, my son and I watched cartoons. On Saturday morning, even.
Julie Samrick, of BlogHer, gets it. In light of the passing of Andy Griffith, Samrick thinks about how fathers on television are unfairly being portrayed as inferior, boorish adolescents. We said it years ago, and we’ll say it again: dads aren’t being represented well. And unfortunately, the trend isn’t over.
Samrick tells us why this is important: “According to a recent report in The New York Times, one of the strongest reasons women aren’t getting married today is because they don’t think men are as reliable as they used to be. The messages these women get day in and day out make this a sad, but understandable, reality in their minds.”
We often don’t take the time on 8BitDad to talk about celebrity deaths, but we wanted to take a minute to think about Andy Griffith’s passing, and how it is especially relevant to us because of his most famous role: Andy Taylor in The Andy Griffith Show.
Griffith’s character of Andy Taylor was a widower, raising a son (Opie, played by Ron Howard) on his own. In a time when television was obsessed with westerns and variety shows, The Andy Griffith Show stood as a family program that offered down-home country values…and genuine, honest fatherhood.
If you’re the drinkin’ type, check out Man Cave Daily’s list of “5 TV Dads It Would Be Fun to Get Drunk With.”
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Years ago, I worked for a men’s and fathers’ issue radio show called “His Side with Glenn Sacks“. And make no mistakes – it was the LARGEST men’s and fathers’ issues show in America at that time. Of course, it was one of the few men’s issues shows, largely because of the “boys don’t cry” mentality of America, and the assumption that men simply don’t have issues, and if they do, it’s because they caused them.
In any event, Robert Franklin, Esq. recently put up an article about domestic violence and “intimate terrorism,” which I at first thought was a sexy bedroom game. As Franklin explains, I’m wrong (go figure); intimate terrorism “is psychological or physical abuse that is intended to – and does – control the behavior of the other partner.”
His article is a good read, and it got me thinking about how we teach our daughters, as a society, that it’s okay to hit men.