WesFX wrote:How the creator seems to channel his opinions through the opinions of the characters
That's going against a lot of comedies. I could name a number of shows that follow the same formula: a group of supporting characters having to put up with the main character, a bumbling fool such as Homer Simpson or Michael Scott. (Notice that Marge hasn't divorced Homer's ass for all the stuff he's done.) Do you really think the show would improve if Lois and Peter's friends just abandoned him?
The problem is I don't watch The Simpsons or The Office. The other problem is that the logistics are different; from what I've seen of The Simpsons and The Office, Homer and Michael never do anything as stupid or harmful to others as what Peter regularly does. The other thing is, notice I didn't point out people that basically can't leave Peter (his kids, his parents, his coworkers)? Everyone at The Office needs their job, and again, Homer is nowhere near as bad as Peter (again, from what I've seen) so Marge is perfectly fine. Even Stan (or whatever the dad's name is) from American Dad isn't anywhere as bad as Peter, and it's made by the same damn guy.
whatareyouBUYIN wrote: And every writer channels their opinions through their characters, whether directly or through contradiction. Not just TV writers, but authors and screenwriters as well.
You say every
but I can think of plenty of comedies that never make (real) political or cultural references (through which the writer might convey their opinions of); Squidbillies, The Oblongs, Home Movies, Saul of the Molemen, Fat Guy Stuck in Internet, Venture Brothers, 12 oz Mouse, Metalocalypse, Aqua Teen Hunger Force, Mission Hill; basically everything that has ever been on Adult Swim, which is why I love the (sub)network, and why I hate that they show Family Guy. It's a sore thumb.