Fear of a Yellow Planet: The Eight-Fingered, Cartoon Version of Anxiety
Chapter written for the book The Simpsons' Beloved Springfield: Essays on the TV Series and Town That Are Part of Us All. First aired in 1989, The Simpsons has become America’s most beloved animated show. It changed the world of television, bringing to the screen a cartoon for adults, a sitcom without a laugh track, an imperfect lower class family, a mixture of high and low comedy and satire for the masses. This collection of new essays explores the many ways in which The Simpsons reflects everyday life through its exploration of gender roles, music, death, food politics, science and religion, anxiety, friendship and more.
Madej, Seth (2019). "Fear of a Yellow Planet: The Eight-Fingered, Cartoon Version of Anxiety". In Karma Waltonen and Denise Du Vernay (Eds.), The Simpsons' Beloved Springfield: Essays on the TV Series and Town That Are Part of Us All (pp. 183-196). McFarland.