The Simpsons: A Reflection of Violence

Date of Award

Spring 2008

Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)


Sociology & Criminal Justice


Applied Sociology

Committee Director

Elizabeth Monk-Turner

Committee Member

Donald H. Smith

Committee Member

Judi Caron-Sheppard

Call Number for Print

Special Collections LD4331.S62 H87 2008


Violence in the media has always been a concern to many people. There have been numerous studies that have reviewed the effect that violent television programming has had on the people that have viewed; most of these studies have shown an increase in aggression in the people that viewed the violent programming. However, there have been very few, if any, studies that have examined the amount and type of violence that exists in television programs. This study uses the television program "The Simpsons", due to its popularity and longevity, to examine the amount and type of violence that exists. This study also studies whether or not there has been an increase in the amount of violence over a ten year span. A content analysis method was used to collect the data to be analyzed. In summary, there was an increase in the amount of violence between seasons one and ten. These findings may reflect the media as a whole and perhaps even society's desire for violent media.


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