TV Club Classic: The Simpsons (Classic): “Bart Star”

Bart Star” (season nine, episode six; originally aired 11/09/1997)

In which it’s very easy to criticize (fun, too)…

It would be easy, and somewhat accurate, to describe Homer Simpson as a bad father. He’s selfish, dismissive, and generally refuses to take any interest in his children’s lives unless prompted or provoked. He learned his stubbornness and casual indifference from his old man, but he picked up his more buffoonish qualities all on his own. Though Homer’s marriage and the birth of his three children are easily the best things he’s ever accomplished on purpose, he regularly forgets this fact (some would say every week) and it’s only when he screws up in a myriad of different ways does he remember the importance of his home life. Homer Simpson is the id of the American everyman run amok, which basically means that fatherhood …

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