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4.0 out of 5 stars A Simpsons smorgasbord!, November 8, 2000
This review is from: The Simpsons: A Complete Guide to Our Favorite Family (Paperback)
"The Simpsons" has consistently distinguished itself as one of the most intelligently written comedies on television. This book is a gloriously detailed guide to the series' first eight seasons.
Each individual episode gets a full page (in some cases, two pages) which contains a plot summary, full-color scenes, memorable lines of dialogue, writing/directing credits and other appetizing tidbits. The book's many supplemental sections include a complete "Itchy and Scratchy" filmography, a collection of Krusty the Clown merchandise, and a guide to the original Simpsons short films.
As ambitious and successful as this book is, there are some omissions. I would have liked to have seen photos and short bios of each of the main cast members who bring these characters to life. Some perspective on the show's impact upon pop culture would also have been welcome.
These criticisms aside, this is a wonderfully funny and informative book. From the secret ingredient in the "Flaming Moe" to the lyrics of "The Stonecutters' Song," this book is packed with delights and surprises. If you are a casual "Simpsons" fan, this book may turn you into an obsessed fanatic; if you are already such a fanatic, you will be in heaven.
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