I've produced our Presentation 4 podcast in lieu of answering the TV blog question. Since I expect to have limited Internet access for the next few days, I'm posting the link to my podcast now.
The podcast is about Coshocton County high school football graduates who will be playing college football this season...
I'd like to quickly compare Homer Simpson and Fred Flintstone. They have many similarities. Both of these guys are blue-collar family men, loyal to their friends and keen on male-bonding rituals (hanging out at Moe's, the bowling alley or the Water Buffalo lodge). Although Homer and Fred occasionally display positive virtues of the American everyman, they are both prone to horrible lapses in judgement... often leading to hours upon hours of animated hilarity. Fred is the better father, referring to his infant daughter Pebbles as, "My Little Pebbly-Poo" and never being cross toward her. Homer, however, frequently strangles Bart with such severity and force that Bart's tongue seizes and his eyes bulge. He often neglects Lisa and has occasionally forgotten that Maggie even exists.
More seriously... Amidst the comedy, both "The Flintstones" and "The Simpsons" have some underlying social commentary, but I believe that Homer, his family, and the town of Springfield have addressed a great deal more important issues, with subtle and clever social commentary. I think that since the advent of TV, shows have gradually, but steadily addressed more and more issues that were previously considered taboo or uncomfortable.