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The Simpsons

Author : John Ortved
ISBN : 9781429931519
Genre : Performing Arts
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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.
Category: Performing Arts

The Simpsons

Author : John Ortved
ISBN : 0865479399
Genre : Performing Arts
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A 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.
Category: Performing Arts

The Simpsons

Author : John Ortved
ISBN : 1553657969
Genre : Simpsons (Television program)
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The story of TV's longest-running sitcom and the characters who created it, marking twenty years on the air. ~ "The Simpsons" will celebrate its twentieth anniversary this fall. No other TV show has had the enduring popularity or cultural influence that The Simpsons has. When it premiered in 1989, the enthusiastic reaction to its subversive humor was instantaneous. It is one of the most astounding successes in TV history. John Ortved's unauthorized history-the first ever to look behind the scenes of this pop culture phenomenon-tells how the series grew from a controversial cult favourite to a mainstream powerhouse thanks to a group of intense, thoughtful, and creative people who came together to make something unique in the history of American culture. The writers, animators, producers, and network executives-as much a dysfunctional but loving family as the show's stars themselves-are all here. It's an intriguing yet hilarious tale full of betrayal, ambition, and love. More than an amusing narrative of the making of The Simpsons, this is an intimate look at the characters behind this cultural juggernaut-their creativity, intelligence, hubris, ego, and passion. The result is a book that is as amusing, dramatic, and compelling as the show itself. Also available in hardcover.
Category: Simpsons (Television program)

Simpsons Confidential

Author : John Ortved
ISBN : 9781407028811
Genre : Biography & Autobiography
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The Simpsons is the world's most popular entertainment phenomenon, regularly voted on both sides of the Atlantic as the best TV show ever made. Simpsons Confidential is the uncensored, unauthorised oral history of the show from the people who made it happen. It takes you into the inner sanctum of the series to reveal the mechanics and politics of how The Simpsons became of global significance - from Matt Groening drawing his first Homer on the ride over to pitch the show, to Conan O'Brien and the other Harvard comedy geniuses taking us into the daily life of the writing room. Animators, writers, actors, directors, producers, executives and celebrity guest stars - everyone from Rupert Murdoch down - all offer their opinions, insights and stories. Positively fizzing with indiscretions and intrigue, here at last is the book that legions of Simpsons fans have been waiting for.
Category: Biography & Autobiography

The Simpsons Satire And American Culture

Author : M. Henry
ISBN : 9781137027795
Genre : Performing Arts
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How is The Simpsons a satirical artwork engaged with important social, political, and cultural issues? In time for the twenty-fifth anniversary, Henry offers the first comprehensive understanding of the show as a satire and explores the ways in which The Simpsons participates in the so-called "culture war" debates taking place in American society.
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I Can T Believe It S A Bigger And Better Updated Unofficial Simpsons Guide

Author : Warren Martyn
ISBN : 0753504952
Genre : Simpsons (Television program)
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The antics of the USA's best known dysfunctional family are captured and analyzed in this detailed episode guide. Popular culture homages and ironies are highlighted, critiques are provided for each episode and burgeoning themes are examined, including seasons nine and ten.
Category: Simpsons (Television program)

Leaving Springfield

Author : John Alberti
ISBN : 0814328490
Genre : Drama
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A study of the landmark television program The Simpsons which focuses on the show's dual roles as subversive political satire and mainstream mass media hit.
Category: Drama


Author : Mathew Klickstein
ISBN : 9781101614099
Genre : Social Science
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SLIMED! An Oral History of Nickelodeon's Golden Age tells the surprisingly complex, wonderfully nostalgic, and impressively compelling story of how Nickelodeon -- the First Kids' Network -- began as a DIY startup in the late 70s, and forged ahead through the early eighties with a tiny band of young artists and filmmakers who would go on to change everything about cable television, television in general, animation, and children's entertainment, proving just what can be done if the indie spirit is kept alive in the corporate world. Get the real back story about all of your favorite Golden Age Nick shows: Everything from such classics as You Can't Do That On Television, Out of Control and Double Dare to early 90s faves like The Adventures of Pete & Pete, the original three Nicktoons, Clarissa Explains It All and more ... All from those who made it happen!
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So Say We All

Author : Richard Hatch
ISBN : 9781932100945
Genre : Performing Arts
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The science-fiction television series Battlestar Galactica is known for raising thought-provoking questions concerning martial law, artificial intelligence, power and corruption, and ultimately what it means to be human. What ethical complexities come into play when one mistake could mean the anihilation of the human race? How do you maintain faith in the Gods when you're involved in an Armageddon of your own creation? What is the distinction between a terrorist and a freedom fighter? These questions are given an intelligent and insightful examination in this engaging collection of essays.
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The Psychology Of The Simpsons

Author : Alan S. Brown
ISBN : 1935251392
Genre : Performing Arts
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Psychologists turn their attention to “The Simpsons,” one of America’s most popular and beloved shows, in these essays that explore the function and dysfunctions of the show’s characters. Designed to appeal to both fans of the show and students of psychology, this unique blend of science and pop culture consists of essays by professional psychologists drawn from schools and clinical practices across the country. Each essay is designed to be accessible, thoughtful and entertaining, while providing the reader with insights into both “The Simpsons” and the latest in psychological thought. Every major area of psychology is covered, from clinical psychology and cognition to abnormal and evolutionary psychology, while fresh views on eclectic show topics such as gambling addiction, Pavlovian conditioning, family therapy and lobotomies are explored.
Category: Performing Arts