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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 1200 pages
  • Publisher: Harper Paperbacks (October 26, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0061711284
  • ASIN: B004Y6MUFY
  • Product Dimensions: 14 x 14 x 18 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.5 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (45 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #412,457 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Product Description
Look what you get in this cromulent compendium!

Comprehensive episode synopses for 20 seasons of The Simpsons, including 128 new gut-busting episodes never before covered! Stuff you may have missed! More screen shots than ever before! Over four hundred character profiles! Every chalkboard phrase Bart has ever written! Nifty new art throughout! Quotes and quips from all your favorite characters! Two or more jam-packed pages devoted to every episode!

As well as:
• Every couch gag
• A complete filmography of "Itchy & Scratchy"
• Every "D'oh" or "Mmm..." Homer has ever uttered
• Every song ever sung by the citizens of Springfield
• Every marquee message from the First Church of Springfield
• A tribute to star of stage, screen, infomercials, and filmstrips, Troy McClure
• The largest collection of Krusty the Clown merchandise outside of Bart's bedroom
• A complete list of celebrity guest stars

And much, much more...

Packaged in the ultimate wraparound slipcase and weighing in at a hefty 8.8 pounds, Simpsons World The Ultimate Episode Guide: Seasons 1-20 is meant for reading, not throwing!

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About the Author

Matt Groening, the creator and executive producer of the Emmy® Award-winning series The Simpsons, as well as creator of the cartoon strip "Life in Hell" and the animated FOX television series Futurama, is the man responsible for bringing animation back to primetime and creating an immortal nuclear family. In addition, Groening formed Bongo Comics Group in 1993 and currently serves as publisher of The Simpsons Library of Wisdom, Simpsons Episode Guides, Simpsons Comics, Bart Simpson Comics, Radioactive Man Comics, Simpsons Comics Treasure Trove, the annual Bart Simpson's Treehouse of Horror, Futurama Comics and more than 36 comic compilations, as well as many instant classics including Bart Simpsons Guide to Life, The Simpsons Handbook and The Simpsons Uncensored Family Album.


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Matt Groening, creator and executive producer of Fox's Emmy Award®-winning series The Simpsons, made television history by bringing animation back to primetime and creating an immortal nuclear family. The Simpsons is the longest running primetime animated series in television history and is currently the longest-running comedy on television, having aired more than 400 episodes. In July 2007, the highly anticipated feature film The Simpsons Movie opened in theaters with worldwide grosses of more than $525 million to date.

Originally brought to life in 1987 for The Tracey Ullman Show, The Simpsons was Groening's amazing entry into the television animation world. Previously, he was best-known for his "Life in Hell" cartoon strip, an irreverent portrayal of love, work, school, life and relationships that currently appears in more than 250 newspapers worldwide and in a multitude of books.

Groening's other Emmy-Award®-winning creation, Futurama, launched on Fox in March 1999 and ran for five seasons. Last year Fox released the direct-to-DVD full-length original feature Futurama: Bender's Big Score. Three additional films will be released and the entire series with new episodes will air on Comedy Central this year.

In 1993, Groening formed Bongo Comics Group, where he serves as publisher of The Simpsons Library of Wisdom, Simpsons Episode Guides, Simpsons Comics, Bart Simpson Comics, Radioactive Man Comics, Simpsons Comics Treasure Trove, the annual Bart Simpson's Treehouse of Horror, Futurama Comics, more than 36 comic compilations, as well as instant classics including Bart Simpsons Guide to Life, The Simpsons Handbook, and The Simpsons Uncensored Family Album among others!

In addition to the many awards bestowed on his creations (including Emmys, Annies, and the prestigious Peabody Award), Groening was personally honored with the Rueben Award for Outstanding Cartoonist of the Year, the highest honor presented by the National Cartoonist Society. To date there are more than 14 million copies of books from HarperCollins in print throughout North America, the UK, and Australia based on The Simpsons, Futurama, and Life in Hell.

Customer Reviews

An absolute must for the serious Simpsons fan.
Kristin J Alkire
With every single chapter and every page being all full color shows the quality it was being made.
Nhi
Hardback complete episode guide to the Simpsons.
J. Wan

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83 of 86 people found the following review helpful By J. Wan on October 30, 2010
Format: Paperback
What is it? Hardback complete episode guide to the Simpsons. It has a sewn in book mark (the sign of high class real serious books). In fact, it might have been better as two hard back volumes.
Is it just a re-hash of the older published guides with some new stuff? NO! While there is some recycled stuff, there is new stuff which wasn't in the earlier guides, so even for seasons 1-10 there are new bits and pieces.
Besides the usual episode synopsis (1003 pages worth), writer-director-executive director-guest star credits, what else is there? (1) complete list of the Tracy Ullman shorts with brief descriptions and notable quotes, (2)detailed discussion of opening sequences - season 1, season 2-20, current opening, special xmas opening, post movie opening, billboard gag list, (3) list of couch gags and episode tags, (4) list of every time Homer says "D'Oh", (5) list of when Homer says "MMM...", (6) all of the church marquees,"Funeral Today: Homer Simpson's Vegas Wife", (7) Complete Itchy and Scratchy filmography by title and episode "Why Do Fools Fall in Lava?" and untitled clips, Itchy and Scratchy Movie, Itchy and Scratchy Radio show-musical-puppet show, Itchy and Scratchy Commercials, (8) List of all the crap Krusty sold out for and slapped his name "Krusty-O's",(9) Tribute to Troy McClure with complete list of all educational films/filmstrips, infomercials, TV shows, self help videos, and films "Here Comes the Coast Guard", (10) Lyrics to all of the songs sung in the show "We're sending our love down the well", "Dr. Zaius", (11) List of who does what voice - Dan Castellaneta has nearly 4 pages, (12)List of celebrity guest stars, Isabella Rossellini is between Charlie Rose and JK Rowling, (13) obsessive fan detailed index "Amy, cries like little girl 836"
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28 of 30 people found the following review helpful By av1975 on October 29, 2010
Format: Paperback
I own the other episode guides as well and this makes my collection complete. My friends love to read through it and there is so much stuff in there I didn't know, it might take years before I read it all. I could only imagine what kind of effort went into making this book.. 1200 pages! If there was ever anything you ever wanted to know about The Simpsons, it's probably in this book.
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29 of 33 people found the following review helpful By AtomicDrew on October 26, 2010
Format: Paperback
Amazing. Comprehensive. Beautiful. It does exactly what it is designed to do, it makes me want to re-watch every episode with this on my lap.
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23 of 26 people found the following review helpful By Ellen Paulin on October 30, 2010
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This was the grand finale of the 20 year celebration of The Simpsons. This book has it all, the first 441 episodes and every couch gag, guest star, every "D'oh" and "Mmm..." Homer has ever said, and of course, a tribute to Troy McClure. If you are a Simpson fan, buy this book now, I saw it at a bookstore and it was $150 and it is only [...] on Amazon but I am sure that will change fast.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Devidia2 on November 8, 2010
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This is a huge tome full of anything you'd ever want to know about the world of the Simpsons. My only complaint being that the print is pretty small in most sections of the pages, so make sure you have a good set of glasses on hand. Otherwise, a very impressive effort. Well worth the money if you're a Simpsons fan. It's also pretty heavy so you'll be working out those biceps picking it up. You won't want to put it down.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Regular Joe on September 4, 2012
Format: Paperback
I bought this at a B&M retail store today (BN) for $20. There is no way I would fork out $100 or $150, but for $20 it's an amazing and fun centerpiece to all of your Simpson DVD & blu-ray sets. Filled with far more than any fan could ever ask for and a reference for the films producers, it is fun to look through and enjoy when you are watching the series. Now if only seasons 15-19 would come out on DVD so we could enjoy those too...Get it done!
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Alex on July 13, 2012
Format: Hardcover
I was fortunate enough to catch Barnes and Nobles sale of this book for a measly $15. Yes, $15. At that price, there was no way I couldn't get this book... even if I HATED The Simpsons. But, being a huge Simpson fan, I got it for me, rather than to buy and sell for a huge profit. Eh. Even though that wouldn't have been too bad of an idea.

So why 4 stars? One reason. And ONLY one reason. The book is TOO BIG. It would have been a much better idea for Harper to have made this a set of two volumes (10 seasons a piece) so that the book could be read somewhat comfortably. With this book as it is -- 1200 freakin' pages -- it's basically impossible to read it comfortably unless you are sitting down at a table. I know it seems unfair to knock a star off for something like that, but it's just a bit too inconvenient for me.

This book really does have it ALL for the first twenty seasons of the show. Episode synopses, several lines from each episode, "In Case You Missed It" sections, information on specific characters, and WAY more... including a list of Itchy and Scratchy episodes, The Simpsons Tracy Ullman short synopses, Homer's "Mmm's" and "D'oh!"s, and a lot more.

Also, as many people have already stated, the content for early seasons that are already in episode guide form aren't copied and pasted here -- there are a few different informational tidbits, pictures, quotes, and more. For the price I got it, there was no reason for me not to get it. At its standard price of -- I believe -- $150, that seems expensive, but even then you get a LOT for your money. The average Simpson fan may not even read this whole book in his/her lifetime... but I'll definitely get around to it.
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