Date on Master's Thesis/Doctoral Dissertation


Document Type

Master's Thesis

Degree Name



Women's and Gender Studies

Committee Chair

Pecknold, Diane

Author's Keywords

Prime time animation; Unruly; Kathleen Rowe; Carnivalesque; Television; Gender


Women on television; Animated television programs--Social aspects; Women in popular culture


Utilizing the criteria for unruly women established by Kathleen Rowe, this work engages with current television scholarship on animated sitcoms in order to come to an understanding of how unruliness as a category of behavior and embodiment is expanded in prime time animated sitcoms. In looking at the ways in which unruliness functions in animated series, examples from The Simpsons, King of the Hill, South Park, Daria, and Home Movies are examined. It is through this analysis that I prove that not only do the mother characters from all of these series embody unruliness, but through their prominence in their respective shows unruliness becomes normalized within the genre of prime time animated sitcoms.