The Simpsons also promotes family values and Homer, Marge, Bart, Lisa and Maggie are all intertwined in a close family unit. Despite all the troubles and mishaps they may face, the Simpsons always overcome their problems and every episode concludes with them together. Religious and racial tolerance is another topic the show tackles which characters from all sorts of ethnic backgrounds including Apu, a Hindu Indian immigrant and Krusty the clown, a Jewish entertainer. Both have had special episodes to themselves revealing that their true inner nature is just the same as anyone else.
There is an enormous amount of moral and social issues dealt with by The Simpsons. Some of these occur in episodes repeatedly, maybe to add emphasis their importance. For example, the villainous Sideshow Bob is always trying to murder Bart because he foiled him in his scheme to conquer childrens television. However, despite trying repeatedly Bob has yet to succeed. The message behind this is clear: crime does not pay.
After thirteen seasons and 276 episodes, The Simpsons have become a cultural phenomenon with Bart being named as one of the most influential figures of the 1990s. With celebrity guest voices and innumerable catch phrases like eat my shorts and doh! the programme will forever be a celebrated classic.
In contrast to The Simpsons, Southpark does not possess any deep underlying themes or messages. Similar to other sitcoms like The Young Ones and Faulty Towers It only exists purely for entertainment values. The coarse language and often obscene story lines may be offensive to some viewers, especially when the show involves four eight year old children as the central characters. However, its twisted humour still succeeds to amuse many others.
A typical episode portrays the strange day to day lives of Eric, Kenny, Stan and Kyle. Kenny dies a gruesome death in each episode and this has become a trademark for the program. The show, similar to The Simpsons and all other memorable sitcoms, has also spawned many catch phrases. Southpark specialises in creating comedy from another persons misfortune. If everybody took Southpark too seriously then it has the potential to offend anyone and everyone.
The level of perception in situation comedies varies from one to the next. Whereas The Simpsons contains a spectrum of deep messages, other sitcoms like Southpark have no meaning whatsoever except to entertain viewers. Although both are animated shows, the former still possesses similarities to contemporary society and its themes are very realistic issues.