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This perfectly summarizes why I love the Simpsons and hate Family Guy. 


So this.

I watched that episode with my family and I could just feel how uncomfortable everyone was. Honestly, it was a really jarring, unpleasant episode.

Homer is a terrible dad. So is Peter. But Homer’s saving grace has always been that he tries—he’s bad at it and he fucks it up a lot, but he loves his family and he wants to be better than he is.

One of my favorite Homer moments is in “Diatribe of a Mad Housewife.” Tl;dr Marge writes a steamy romance novel starring herself and Ned, and when Homer finds out, he chases down Ned and, rather than attack him, asks him to teach him how to be a better husband.

There’s some part of his stupid self that wants to do better.

I never got that impression with Peter. Instead, the family has gotten more and more abusive towards Meg. It’s really unsettling for me when I started realizing that’s what happens sometimes in abusive families. Abusers sometimes single out one child to abuse, and quite often the other family members take the abuser’s side. After all, it’s easier to side with an abuser than to run the risk of becoming the target yourself.

There’s never really a point where it seems like Peter cares at all that his shitty behavior impacts his family. It actually seems to have gotten worse over the years. He expects everyone to clean up his messes because that’s always what happens; there’s really no reason for him not to be shitty.

And it’s easy to see how Meg is affected. She doesn’t have much of a character, really, because so much her screen time is devoted to being abused. The bits of character development all seem to hinge on her being this sad, neglected person who’s trying her best but never really gets any help from anyone. Quite the opposite; there have been a lot of episodes where her family sabotages any attempts to be herself.

It can be easy to forget how awful this behavior is when the only context is the show itself (frankly, everyone on Family Guy is kind of terrible). Seeing it played against the Simpsons, who are a flawed and dysfunctional but ultimately loving family, was painful to watch.

This perfectly sums up why I don’t like Family Guy.

I watched this too, I thought it was funny, even this scene made me laugh, but they really should have devoted more time into Meg and Lisa’s sub-plot, if you can even call three scenes together a “sub-plot”. They set it up so that Meg was better at Lisa on the Saxomophone, and that Lisa was jealous about it, but then they went nowhere with it, she just immediately forgot about it. Remember when that new girl showed up who was better at Lisa at everything? It took Lisa a while to get over it, here it took her two seconds. This could have been handled well, and maybe even given Meg a chance to stand up for herself, if they had devoted more time into that than gags. More time could have been spent on that side-story, and the other ones, than that dumb fight scene in the end. This is why I hate modern Simpsons and love/hate Family Guy, they spend more time on stupid gags than the overall narrative and character development.

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This is what reading the comment section in Two Best Friends Play The Walking Dead Season 2  while acctually enjoying the playthrough/agreeing with Matt and Pat’s decisions feels like

all those Kenny apologists…

this gif is amazing thank you