I remember back in the day when my folks didn't want me and the Sprout to watch "The Simpsons" because they believed the hype. Parents and pundits were appalled at the time because Bart Simpson didn't do what he was told, and was a proud underachiever. My parents wanted me to be an obedient little book nerd, and thought this cartoon would set a bad example.
Talking about underachievement, today this poll says that more Americans are familiar with "The Simpsons" than the First Amendment to the United States Constitution.
I think this particular poll is a little simplistic. The Simpsons were a funny, weekly cartoon with memorable characters. You watch two episodes and you know who Homer and Bart are. There's not much debate when Bart says "eat my shorts." The First Amendment, however, is usually talked about by boring high school civics teachers, legal experts and self important punditry (Hi, my name's Patrick....). Every time you hear about it, someone's trying to lecture you. I've read about the 1st Amendment for years and years, and I'm still about 100,000 pages of case law short of knowing really what it means, and every time we bring it up we have a spirit of the law vs the letter of the law debate.
But off the top of my head:
First Amendment: Prohibits establishment of religion, ensures freedom of the press, ensures freedom of peacable assembly, ensures the right to petition for grievances (?) and there are one or two more I can't name. (Feeling kind of like a dummmy, now)
Simpsons: Homer, Marge, Lisa, Maggie, Bart, Ned Flanders, Krusty, Milhous. (Feel like I should know more about them as well....)