A Tribute to the Intense Loneliness of Marge Simpson, As Told By the Creator of 'Bojack Horseman'

By Vivian Kane | Twitter | August 16, 2016 | Comments ()

By Vivian Kane | Twitter | August 16, 2016 |


Thanks to the FX Simpsons World app and a huge hole in my fiancee’s pop culture catalogue, I’ve spent the last couple of months slowly working through a full Simpsons rewatch. And there’s something I noticed that I couldn’t possibly have been aware of on my first childhood watch, or when revisiting individual episodes later on: this show is dark. Way darker than I remembered. And most specifically, Marge is a character with obvious depths of loneliness—




And self-esteem struggles.


This darkness comes up over and over and over, and most of us never noticed it, at least not as any deep, permanent and insightful through-line for her character. But Raphael Bob-Waksberg, the creator of Bojack Horseman noticed. And when this man, of all people, takes notice of your character’s palpable sadness, you know the bleakness runs deep. He posted a multi-tweet poetic tribute to Marge’s unexplored loneliness, as told through an imagined encounter with her now late neighbor.

Bob-Waksberg posted the tribute last month, but in typical overlooked, unexamined Marge fashion, people are just now starting to take note.

Via The AV Club.

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