Watch This: A Simpsons episode sees class as a shortcut to respectability

One week a month, Watch This offers staff recommendations inspired by a new show coming out that week. This week: The return of Amazon’s Red Oaks has us thinking about TV’s other exclusive clubs.

The Simpsons, “Scenes From The Class Struggle In Springfield” (season seven, episode 14; originally aired 2/4/1996)

Marge Simpson, like most sitcom mothers, most often functions as the stable pillar around which the family chaos swirls. While the strongest episodes of The Simpsons are smart enough to play with that often thankless role in a way that’s both stranger and more heartfelt than most conventional TV shows, Marge still remains the somewhat anxious, nagging calm at the center of the storm. “Scenes From The Class Struggle In Springfield” is one of the rare episodes that indulges in Marge’s capacity for poor decision-making. It’s a rare enough theme that Homer even …

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