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The serious side of 'The Simpsons' and 'Seinfeld'
The serious side of 'The Simpsons' and 'Seinfeld'

Twenty-five years ago — in 1989, to save you the math — two situation comedies premiered, each destined to become American institutions, even as each regarded American institutions with a jaundiced and ironic eye. One was a cartoon, set in a midsized Anytown called Springfield, the other a seemingly standard sitcom set in a semi-mythic Manhattan. Yet they were very much of a piece, in the way that their characters — a family in the former, in the latter a family in all but name — viewed and rebuked the world. "The Simpsons," which begins its 26th season Sunday on Fox, is the longest-running comedy or drama in the history of American prime-time TV, not to...

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