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The Simpsons: A Complete Guide to Our Favorite Family Paperback – Oct 4 1997

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Harper Design; 1 edition (Oct. 4 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0060952520
  • ISBN-13: 978-0060952525
  • Product Dimensions: 20.3 x 1.4 x 23.2 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 635 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars 207 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #82,713 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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.

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"The Simpsons: A Complete Guide to Our Favourite Family" is as info-packed and as fun as it can possibly be.
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.
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If you're a die-hard fan like me and want to know every little hidden secret in each episode, then this book is for you. I wouldn't recommend it for the person that catches an episode of Simpsons whenever they can. This book is so full of trivia tid-bits that you can rest assured that many Simpson newsgroups popped up after the release of this book. Each episode has one or two pages dedicated to it and on these pages you will find, the episode's technical details, a synopsis of the episode, memorable quotes from memorable characters, chunks of "must-memorise" dialogue, film/literary/historical references, and "What You Might Have Missed" - a section of little hidden jokes. Apart from the episode guide there is a list of Homer's "Mmmms", a list of Homer's "Doh's", all the couch gags, all of Bart's blackboard writings, a list of the cast and what voices they do, a list of the signs seen in Springfield, a list of Krusty merchandise, an episode guide for the 42 Simpson shorts seen on the Tracey Ullman show, and an episode guide for The Itchy and Scratch Show. This is NOT one of those 15 page black and white books printed on recycled newspaper with illegible writing and blurry images. This is a high-quality publication from Matt Groening himself.
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I always wanted to get this book since it came out but just never got around to it until now. Well, I got it dirt cheap but I'm still pleased to have it.
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.
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This book is a good buy for all sorts of people. It was great for someone like me, who has been taping simpsons for years, and has unpossibly large number of episodes on tape, with little organization, and many repeats. It VERY much helped me to get a handle on what episodes I really had, and which ones I hadn't seen and so forth. You might not have guessed it, but being a true simpsons fan takes some organization. :-)

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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