There are families we love, families we hate, families we love to hate and families that we hate ourselves for loving. That?s a lot of hate and love up in the air, so why not battle it out in the ring? Here’s an imagined Royal Rumble of?American cartoon families.
For the past few decades or so, the throne, or better yet couch, has always belonged to The Simpsons. As the original animated family sitcom from the 90s, Homer, Marge, Bart, Lisa and Maggie have withstood the test of time and generation gaps, finding a way into the hearts and laughter of new and old fans. What started off as a short in the Tracy Ulman Show, the series makes use of pop culture references, situational and satirical humor, always poking fun at the life of middle-class America, usually culminating with a heart-warming end. With 596 episodes (and counting), it is no wonder that this beloved series has withstood time and the widening generation gap.
With the strong fan-base created by The Simpsons, other like-minded geniuses began following suit. Enter (the ring) Hank Hill and the rest of the characters of King of the Hill, another animated family sitcom, which has already been named as one of the best television series of all time by Time Magazine and TV Guide. Unlike The Simpsons though, King of the Hill required a more loyal following and deeper understanding, making use of dry, ironic and character-related humor. Holding the belt for third longest running animated series, King of the Hill officially tapped out in 2010, when series creators Mike Judge (Beavis and Butt-head) and Greg Daniels opted to immerse themselves in other projects, letting younger, more creative and obviously less funny writers take over.
And in the blue corner, weighing in at three kids, a dog, a Lois and Peter, is Family Guy! Probably the youngest (Hah!) of the three series in this article, Family Guy would also be the most notorious, with its toilet, slapstick and sometimes offensive humor. With jokes that probe (giggity) religion, politics, women?s rights and even LGBT rights, it is no surprise that the series has amassed millions of fans, who probably share the same twisted humor with creator Seth MacFarlane.
So who do we crown best American cartoon family? Numbers say it?s the Simpsons, fans of course would say it?s even. It all depends on your sense of humor. You want a half-naked girl catching hotdogs with her mouth? Family Guy! You want a rake to the face? The Simpsons! You want dry humor, well it?s raining. King of the Hill.
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