The Simpsons

The Simpsons

An Uncensored, Unauthorized History

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Baker & Taylor
An unstinting behind-the-scenes history of the popular animated series traces its rise from an animated short on The Tracy Ullman Show to a mainstream institution while exposing alleged clashes between its studio executives and creative producers. 60,000 first printing.

Macmillan School

The Simpsons is one of the most successful shows to ever run on television. From its first moment on air, the series's rich characters, subversive themes, and layered humor resounded deeply with audiences both young and old who wanted more from their entertainment than what was being meted out at the time by the likes of Full House, Growing Pains, and Family Matters. Spawned as an animated short on The Tracy Ullman Show—mere filler on the way to commercial breaks—the series grew from a controversial cult favorite to a mainstream powerhouse, and after nineteen years the residents of Springfield no longer simply hold up a mirror to our way of life: they have ingrained themselves into it.
John Ortved's oral history will be the first-ever look behind the scenes at the creation and day-to-day running of The Simpsons, as told by many of the people who made it: among them writers, animators, producers, and network executives. It's an intriguing yet hilarious tale, full of betrayal, ambition, and love. Like the family it depicts, the show's creative forces have been riven by dysfunction from the get-go—outsize egos clashing with studio executives and one another over credit for and control of a pop-culture institution. Contrary to popular belief, The Simpsons did not spring out of one man's brain, fully formed, like a hilarious Athena. Its inception was a process, with many parents, and this book tells the story.

Publisher: New York : Faber and Faber
Copyright Date: ©2009
ISBN: 9781429931519
Branch Call Number: eBook
Characteristics: 1 online resource
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Additional Contributors: OverDrive, Inc


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Bryce_Crittenden Aug 20, 2015

Die hard Simpsons fans will be really frustrated by this book. There is some interesting insight into the creation and production of the show, especially the writers room; however, there is a lot that they just skim over that you wish you could learn more about. They devote about a paragraph to the passing of Phil Hartman and the author barely mentions some of the most famous episodes like Homer at the Bat. Casual fans should enjoy the look behind the scenes.

Jul 26, 2013


Aug 05, 2012

Pulls back the curtain on the people behind the Simpsons.

Oct 12, 2010

Holds the dubious honour of being the most error-riddled book I have ever read. Full of spelling and grammar mistakes. A complete mess.


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