Economics/Class Relations

The Life in The Simpsons Is No Longer Attainable

By Dani Alexis Ryskamp The Atlantic

The most famous dysfunctional family of 1990s television enjoyed, by today’s standards, an almost dreamily secure existence.

The most famous dysfunctional family of 1990s television enjoyed, by today’s standards, an almost dreamily secure existence that now seems out of reach for all too many Americans. I refer, of course, to the Simpsons. Homer, a high-school graduate whose union job at the nuclear-power plant required little technical skill, supported a family of five. A home, a car, food, regular doctor’s appointments, and enough left over for plenty of beer at the local bar were all attainable on a single working-class salary. Bart might have had to find $1,000 for the family to go to England, but he didn’t have to worry that his parents would lose their home.

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