Best American TV Show
Wendi: So. I wanna know why you think The Simpsons were so successful?
Ken: They have a kind of humor that funny to people of all ages. It's funny to people from all different walks of life. So I guess it appeals to the masses more than any other show.
Wendi: But how do they do that? How do you make something appealing to 8-year olds and fifty-year olds?
Ken: Yeah. It's difficult. Like I haven't really thought about it all that much but like they have jokes that only old people would get and they have the fart jokes that, you know, children love at the same time, so. Yeah. So I guess that's what, yeah. It's a phenomenom.
Wendi: It is crazy. The thing that I think is wild about that show, is that just the colors even. Do you know what I mean? It's so basic. Kind of like the lines and the colors. Everything is like incredibly basic, yet it's so, kind of strong and powerful. It's really weird.Do you have any idea of what I'm talking about?
Ken: Not really. No.
Wendi: It's just like a coloring book kind of with bright colors filling in the lines. I don't know. The animation, just the style, all of it. It's just all so simple yet, I don't know, it really works, like the characters and everything.
Ken: It doesn't have to be visually stimulating, or visually...
Wendi: Like sophisticated or anything.
Ken: Sophisticated to be funny, just like South Park isn't at all yet it's one of the more popular shows on TV right now.
Wendi: But I don't know. I think one of the really funny things about the Simpsons are like the shapes of the people and stuff, like the way like that guy has the big kind of beak, like the bartender guy.
Ken: Oh, yeah, Mo.
Wendi: He has like a beak. He almost looks like a duck in a way. And it's like you know. Marges hair and then like Homer's crazy beer belly. It's all just so funny and then like the people that are supposed to be stupid like they look stupid. You know, they have the really like stupic look. Like hammerhead sharks looking.
Ken: Yeah. Yeah.
Wendi: It's just all brilliant.
different walks of life
I think "The Simpsons" was so successful because it's funny
to people from all different walks of life.
We say that people come from 'different walks of life' when they come from different backgrounds and histories. Everyone has a different experience in life, and that unique experience is his 'walk.' Notice the following:
- We come from very different walks of life, but somehow
we became best friends.
- The best part of international travel is meeting people
from different walks of life.
The lines and the colors of that show is incredibly basic,
yet so strong and powerful.
Something that is 'incredibly basic' is not complicated at all. There are many new shows that have special effects and computer animation, but the Simpsons just uses a fundamental way to show the story. Notice the following:
- I am looking for an incredibly basic camera.
- Although the school is incredibly basic, I think the
students get a good education.
It really doesn't have to be visually stimulating for it to
When something 'stimulates' you, it makes one of your senses excited. Something that is 'visually stimulating' is interesting to look at or watch. In this case, a visually stimulating television program would have all kinds of special effects. Notice the following:
- Her dress is a little too visually stimulating for me.
- When you work in advertising, your job is to create
visually stimulating signs.
It also doesn't have to be sophisticated to be funny.
Here, 'sophisticated' is like 'complex' or 'detailed.' Notice the following:
- I was surprised how sophisticated the city was.
- The first few weeks they will be training you on how to
use this sophisticated machines.
Marge's hair and Homer's crazy beer belly are just so
Beer has a lot of calories in it, so when people drink a lot of beer, they sometimes get a big fat stomach, which is called a 'beer belly.' Notice the following:
- She got kind a beer belly when she went away to college.
- Most guys his age have a bit of a beer belly.
sophisticated • belly
Jeff looks back on the film he made.
Jeff recently made a film with his brothers.
Wendi and Ken discuss a successful TV show in America.
Wendi and Ken talk about watching TV as a youngster.
Wendi talks with Ken about his favorite movies.