This is a great read, if you like the cartoon and want a more in-depth analysis of it.
The chapter about economics is, in particular, quite amazing. It explains why, rather than being the “middle-class” family, as they are regularly seen as, the Simpsons are working-class, plain and simple.
And it ties in with how so many poor Americans consider themselves (vaguely) middle-class when they really aren’t.
As Henry points out brilliantly about the first ever episode: “A middle-class family does not struggle to buy decent Christmas presents for their kids.”
Fuck, even from the get-go, the implication was there.