TheSimpsons

Common Sense Media says

Cult TV show's site promotes movie, products.

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What parents need to know

Positive messages

No surprise to Simpsons' fans, some characters are crass and rude.

Violence
Not applicable
Sex

Odd sequence in intro to the Simpsons character bios section shows buxom women vying for job by kissing the boss in a janitor's closet.

Language

The boards aren't regularly monitored and once in a while an iffy comment does appear: "sex, drugs, rock'n'roll…speed, weed, birth-controll…lifes a bitch, than u die..fuk the world and lets get high," but they are few and far between.

Consumerism

Promotes Simpsons TV show, movie (links to movie site, too), and sells related products in the extensive store.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking
Not applicable

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this site mirrors the long-running, popular TV show's belovedly weird shticks. The humor in the site's content might go over the heads of younger teens, and you'll probably want to talk about the show's satire with older ones. Kids must be 13 to post on the boards, which appear to generally stick to topical -- although often silly -- information: "Homer=The Greatest Man in television history." Reply: "Homer=Figure of Religion." Once in a while an iffy comment does appear: "sex, drugs, rock'n'roll…speed, weed, birth-controll…lifes a bitch, than u die..fuk the world and lets get high," but they are few and far between. There's an odd sequence in the intro to the Character Bios section that shows buxom women vying for a job by kissing the boss in a janitor's closet, and the quotes under the screen shots of each episode often talk about beer, hurting someone with a chainsaw, pooping, porn, and other questionable themes. The site also promotes the Simpsons Movie and has a link to an extensive store.

Parents say

Kids say

What's it about?

Devotees of The Simpsons will find a bonanza of information and obscure things to buy at Fox network's official site for Matt Groening's popular cartoon show. They can also browse through a guide to all 400 episodes (equipped with mostly tactless quotes from the specific episode); read show character bios; post a message (in the Springfield Community Forum) for fellow obsessed fans to respond to; play a trivia game; enter a contest to win Simpsons stuff in the shop; or link to The Simpsons Movie site.

Is it any good?

QUALITY
 

Overall, there's nothing spectacularly new or innovative on this straightforward promotional site, just standard fan food with lots to view and even more to sell. If you're familiar with The Simpsons, none of the crass, silly, and sometimes not-good-for-kids behavior will be a surprise on this site. Yet an odd sequence in the intro to the Character Bios section showing buxom women vying for job by kissing the boss in a janitor's closet may cross the line into the questionable social message arena for the 13-year-old group recommended for this site.

The Forum area is probably of most concern for parents, as it's not regularly monitored. Surprisingly, it generally sticks to topical -- albeit often silly -- Simpsons information: "Homer=The Greatest Man in television history." Reply: "Homer=Figure of Religion." Once in a while an iffy comment does appear on the boards: "sex, drugs, rock'n'roll…speed, weed, birth-controll…lifes a bitch, than u die..fuk the world and lets get high," but they are few and far between. Users have to enter a DOB and e-mail address to post something, but everyone is able to read the messages.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about talk about The Simpsons empire. From bobbleheads to movie gear, how can enjoying a show or a movie transform into a consumer glut? Families can also talk about the use of social satire. How does a making funny character with flaws help us think about what's right and wrong with certain attitudes and behaviors in American culture?

Website details

Genre:Fan Sites
Pricing structure:Free

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Kid, 12 years old June 14, 2014
AGE
12
QUALITY
 
I have seen the simpsons. im fine with it. im also 12 and watch it most of the time
What other families should know
Too much swearing
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
Teen, 13 years old Written byiwritereviews101 May 30, 2014
AGE
10
QUALITY
 

Make sure the episode is clean.

I have been watching the show since I was five. The show can get a little sketchy, but for the most part, it's fine. Sometimes Marge and Homer do have s*x, but you don't see them doing *it*. If your kids are not familiar with drugs and alcohol than I DO NOT suggest you letting your kids watch it. Also my little brothers are 6, 8, and 11, whenever they watch an episode, my mom makes sure that nothing "Bad" leaks out. I recommend having person over 12 watch the show with a younger child. P.S Make sure you talk to your child about what might happen during show.
What other families should know
Too much violence
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
Kid, 9 years old June 22, 2011
AGE
10
QUALITY
 

watch and learn

there is nude pics and bad language in the simpsons but not alot so it is ok to watch this is a message from a 10 year old. it is for 2+
What other families should know
Too much sex

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