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Publisher's Summary

In celebration of The Simpsons 30th anniversary, the show’s longest-serving writer and producer offers a humorous look at the writing and making of the legendary Fox series that has become one of the most revered artistic achievements in television history.

Four-time Emmy winner Mike Reiss - who has worked on The Simpsons continuously since episode one in 1989 - shares stories, scandals, and gossip about working with America’s most iconic cartoon family ever. Reiss explains how the episodes are created and provides an inside look at the show’s writers, animators, actors, and celebrity guests. He answers a range of questions from Simpsons fans and die-hards and reminisces about the making of perennially favorite episodes.

In his freewheeling, irreverent comic style, Reiss reflects on his lifetime inside The Simpsons - a personal highlights reel of his achievements, observations, and favorite stories. Springfield Confidential exposes why Matt Groening decided to make all of the characters yellow; dishes on what it’s like to be crammed in a room full of funny writers 60 hours a week; and tells what Reiss learned after traveling to 71 countries where The Simpsons is watched (ironic note: there’s no electricity in many of these places); and even reveals where Springfield is located! He features unique interviews with Judd Apatow, who also provided the foreword, and Conan O'Brien, as well as with Simpsons legends Al Jean, Nancy Cartwright, Dan Castellaneta, and more.

Like Cary Elwes’ As You Wish, Jennifer Keishin Armstrong’s Seinfeldia, and Chris Smith’s The Daily Show: An Oral History, Springfield Confidential is a funny, informational, and exclusive look at one of the most beloved programs in all of television land.

©2018 Reiss Entertainment, Inc. (P)2018 HarperCollins Publishers

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Story was arrogant and the delivery was terrible..

While this is marketed as a Simpsons book, it's really a history in the career of Mike Reiss. While he does talk about The Simpsons the majority of the time, I quite frankly don't care which countries he hates or other TV Shows/Movies he loves.

Even the dive into The Simpsons was shallow and didn't really tell us anything new we couldn't get from listen to the commentaries. If you're looking for a Simpsons book that dives into the true history/legacy, I recommend, "The Simpsons
An Uncensored, Unauthorized History".

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Interesting stuff.

Offers a great inside look at what it has taken to make The Simpsons so good for so long.
I do think it was a mistake having the author also do the narration. This guy can't deliver a line and
has a really annoying way of speaking. Not all good writers are also good performers.
Also, it's sort of weird having the author reading solicited praise for himself from his peers. Not really needed.

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Hilarious and insightful

I loved this book.

Author shares a lot of fascinating behind the scenes stories and hilarious anecdotes. He reads the book himself and its a blast to listen to.

Also unlike many other books about comedy or sitcoms, this one is actually funny.

Just listen to it and enjoy =)

3 of 5 people found this review helpful

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More than a few irrelevant tangents

When talking about actual Simpsons insider information, this book is clearly brilliant. however he goes on so many tangents of egotistical bravado, and plain irrelevant information, it gets physically exhausting trying to keep up with how great he is, and how bad everyone else is. He talks bad about Trump, Republicans, and right leaning actors, and their shows so often, I couldn't tell if he was just a self-idolized leftist, or had homo-erotic feelings for President Trump so deep, he buries them with humor. I learned 3 things in this book. simps is a play on simpleton which equals Simpsons. the explanation for them being yellow, is anti-climactic, and the only person that talks more about Trump than Trump is Mike Riess. Conclusion, the title should read, Mike Riess my career in comedy, and a lifetime of writing for the Simpsons.

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Must Read for Simpsons fans

Loved getting an in depth look at what makes the Simpsons the king of sitcoms for the last 30 seasons.

Refreshing way of learning how comedy is structured and performed for the show.

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I am a Simpsons fan and this book was addictive!!

I am a Simpsons fan and this book was addictive!!! I wish it was longer!!!!!

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worst narration ever. content was boring.

the narrator was absolutely bland and unimaginative. the content was nothing special, nothing new. this book appears to be a desperate grab at keeping an audience that is slowly being bored to death.

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You know that annoying friend?

The one who needs to validate the self all the time and is definitely a guy who would say “m’lady” and call women ‘females.’ Plus, he gets a free racist joke by saying, “Well, I guess that part IS racist.” Some cool stories within actual ads for his services and outright brags and celebrity ass-kissing.

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Entertaining and slightly self indulgent

MR is clearly a very funny person who has worked hard, used his talents, and gotten some good breaks in life. Getting in on the ground floor of The Simpsons, that requires at least a little luck, and I think he knows that. He's very, very fortunate to have gotten filthy stinking rich in the entertainment industry. He knows he's got more money than God...and he doesn't let us forget it. It's funny how, you would think that people who make millions of dollars from doing something the rest of us only wish we could do wouldn't complain about their lot in life. And yet, funny enough, Mike Reiss does it anyway. He loves to remind us how he's so successful that he has been to 100 counties...and complain about the food. I found the book entertaining, and as a die-hard Simpsons fan I enjoyed the inside look. But the book isn't really The Simpsons as much as it is about Mike, and that's not really the topic we most want to hear about. I think that Mike would be an INCREDIBLY cool guy to meet at a party and listen to him regale with his witty, well-told stories. He's a raconteur, clearly. He would be the life of the party. You would want desperately to have him as a friend. You would hang out with him once or twice and brag to all your friends that you were BFFs. You would love to hear everything he has to say and you'd show him off at your own parties. For about a year. After that, you'd be less keen to have him around all the time. Sure, he's a great guy, you would say, and you still like hanging out with him. But I dunno, you would say to your partner, is it just me, or...doesn't it seem like it's all about him, and nothing's ever really good enough, you'd say...and, would it kill him to pick up the tab sometimes? You KNOW he's got the money.

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Loved it

If you are a fan of everything Simpsons and enjoy stories of old Hollywood comedy this book is for you!