The Simpsons: A Complete Guide to Our Favorite Family Paperback – Oct 4 1997
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Nearly a decade into their run, it's clear that The Simpsons is one of the best-loved and most influential television shows to come down the pike in a long while. If the show's attitude was a little less pervasive, this encyclopedic book would be aimed solely at Simpsons addicts. But that's not entirely true--Matt Groening and Ray Richmond have created a book that is essential for anyone interested in where TV is today. That's not to suggest that the book is serious, though--it's not. The Simpsons: A Complete Guide to Our Favorite Family (that's debatable, but who cares?) is a collection of everything related to the show, from all the "couch gags" during the end of the opening credits, to the complete words to the theme song from The Itchy and Scratchy Show. There are broadcast dates, credits, and hidden jokes for every episode. You'll even find a list of things that make Homer go "Mmm..."
If you're a fan of the show, you'll be hard-pressed to find fault with Ray Richmond's collection. The only glaring one is that the stills often look a little blurry. Oh, and couldn't they have come up with a funnier title? But that's nitpicking. Simpsons fans, you know what to do.
* "A magnificent display of writing...The collection is a joy to read and one to savor." (Publishers Weekly, starred review ) --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.See all Product Description
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This book covers the first ten years of the cartoon, every episode from the early Tracey Ullman shorts (1987) to the 8th series (1997). Each full length episode is covered in a very colourful page or two. Each has it's own outline, set of screenshots, the featured chalkboard gag, and array of the most memorable quotes (and songs, if any) from the episode. Dotted around are lists of popular culture references. as well as a box featuring thing to look out for in each episode, such as funny stuff in the background. (This makes watching the old episodes all the more fun)
But that's not all. Dotted through the book are character profiles on all your favourites Springfield citizens - Mr Burns, Chief Wiggum, Krusty - and even some that you might have forgotten. Remember Frank Scorpio, or Dr Foster? This guide does!
Wedged in between season listings are all sorts of fun facts. Who plays what voice, how many times has Homer said "mmm" or "d'oh!", an Itchy and Scratchy episode guide and so much more!
This book one of the most colourful, easy to read and enjoyable episode guides there's ever been. It's like watching the show, but without the TV. Fans of the Simpsons will never tire of this book, I should know. My copy has been VERY well read. Ideal for a birthday or christmas gift.
In order, every episode from 1989 to the 1998 season is covered in this book. Each show is given a plot synopsis, funniest lines in quotations, trivia notes and in-joke references along with pictures and cast details. Every page margin has a special section for one-off or returning cameo characters such as Gil or Handsome Pete. The trivia comes in sections called 'Stuff you may have missed' but most of it is easy to spot first time you watch the episodes. The real subtle humor is mostly left out and I can't imagine why this is.
Once each individual season is cover a double page spread is devoted to such whacky stuff as 'The Signs of Springfield'. Anyone who watches the show will know that there is some pretty weird stuff written over the town such as 'Costingtons-Over 200 years without a slogan' or 'Don't eat beef...eat deer'.
Matt Groening designed this book himself and he's done a cool job. It's easy to read and quickly accessible as a reference guide. There are two more books so far in this series that cover the seasons since 1998. I'll get round to buying them someday coz if they are exactly like this then they are definitely worth it.
It's also a great book for people who just like the simpsons and want to laugh. They take lots of notable quotes from each episode, and funny things to watch for, etc. All of this is just funny to read even if you're nowhere near a television.
Another great part about this book is lists. There are lists of couch gags, bart's chalkboard, who does what voice (this is a GREAT one), Homer's "mmmm... (insert funny thing here)" quotes, etc....
For the price, this is a WEALTH of information for anyone who even just sorta likes the Simpsons. The only thing I could *Possibly* complain about would be that I want MORE. Which, thankfully, comes in the form of more books for more episodes! (hopefully this trend will never stop :-)
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I've had this book for real long time, I've must've read it over 100 times now. A Complete *not so Complete* Guide has every episode from the very first season when it was just... Read morePublished on Dec 20 2003 by Michael Null
A lot of ground is covered in this single volume. Each episode has one or two pages formatted in a consistant fashion. Read morePublished on April 2 2003 by Warren Holzem
I have seen and recorded every episode in this guide and this guide pointed out everything that I needed to know. Read morePublished on March 8 2003
This should be a required text for anyone who wants to be a student of America's favorite family! It's hilarious to read, and with all the things you may have missed, it'll leave... Read morePublished on Dec 3 2002 by Paul MacDonald
As the Simpsons television show continuess to air fresh episodes, as well as daily reruns in syndication, much like a fine wine-it gets better with age. Read morePublished on Nov. 29 2002 by T.
This book is a must for Simpson fans.
The pages are very nice!
This is NOT another dumb 20 page simple guide! Read more
This book is great if you are looking for a lot of detailed and interesting information about the Simpsons. Read morePublished on Aug. 18 2002
Simply the best show on television.
This book makes the perfect companion to the growing DVD release of the Simpsons. Read more
This book is an excellent book that explains each Simpsons episode in lots of detail. It includes pictures from the episode, a breif summary of the episode, a biography of a... Read morePublished on July 18 2002 by Caroline
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