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The Simpsons: An Uncensored, Unauthorized History

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  • Posted January 5, 2010

    Interesting Read for Simpsons Fanatics

    This unauthorized look at the creation and behind-the-scenes workings of the Fox television staple "The Simpsons" is an interesting look at how the creative and business sides of television production work and will likely appeal most to serious fans of the show.

    It's mostly a tsunami of interviews strung together with minimal narrative by the author. The book covers the origin of the show and focuses largely on the early years where the show really developed its character and shines a light on some of the key figures in the evolution of the program.

    I enjoyed being taken behind the scenes to see how important clout is in the business and just how many creative minds it takes to get a show like this off the ground. There is plenty of focus on the large egos needed to create the show and plenty of drama to keep the reader moving forward.

    There were times that the book seemed to be spinning its wheels in place a bit - I think it would have benefitted from more aggressive editing. The sheer amount of interviews and quotes was impressive but could have been cut back while still getting its point across.

    Being an unauthorized history, the author did not land direct interviews with key figures in the book, relying on previously published quotes from Matt Groening and others. Since the book raises issues involving Groening, as well as James Brooks and Sam Simon, it would have been great to have their reactions to some of the opinions given about them and their actions.

    The author also is fairly clear in his opinion about recent seasons and the quality of other related programs in the book. His opinions do not really take away from core stories related.

    I found this book interesting and would recommend it for anyone who would like a glance into the back rooms of a TV program. Simpsons fans should certainly consider reading this.

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