Top 7 Workplace Lessons From 'The Simpsons'

Claire Gordon

In its 500 episodes, "The Simpsons" has shredded every facet of modern American life. Its insights have been fodder for countless academic papers, and numerous books, like "The Simpsons and Society,""The Simpsons and Philosophy,""The Psychology of the Simpsons,""The Springfield Reformation,""The Gospel According to the Simpsons,""Simpsons in the Classroom,""Homer Simpson Goes to Washington," and "Simpsonology."

If "The Simpsons" can probe the deepest questions of philosophy, sociology, psychology, theology and political theory, we thought perhaps it had a few wise things to say about the workplace too.

Matt Groening and his team have been some of the country's greatest satirists for a quarter century now, and in that period the American workplace has undergone several revolutions: the advancement of women, the passage of the Americans With Disabilities Act, the decline of unions, and the large-scale outsourcing of American labor, to name a few. And "The Simpsons" has something to say about all of it.