Springfield Confidential: Jokes, Secrets, and Outright Lies from a Lifetime Writing for The Simpsons

Springfield Confidential: Jokes, Secrets, and Outright Lies from a Lifetime Writing for The Simpsons

?A truly great comic is rare. Mike Reiss, by definition, is a rarity.??Conan O'Brien In celebration of The Simpsons thirtieth 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 Re ?A truly great comic is rare. Mike Reiss, by definition, is a rarity.??Conan O'Brien In celebrat...

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Title:Springfield Confidential: Jokes, Secrets, and Outright Lies from a Lifetime Writing for The Simpsons
Author:Mike Reiss
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Genres:Nonfiction
ISBN:0062748033
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:320 pages pages

Springfield Confidential: Jokes, Secrets, and Outright Lies from a Lifetime Writing for The Simpsons Reviews

  • Matt Glaviano
    Jul 07, 2018

    SPRINGFIELD CONFIDENTIAL is chock full of exactly what every Simpson fan would want-behind the scenes information, (so to speak, it's a cartoon), a little background on the main writer and all the others, a bit of name dropping, (and maybe a little dirt?), on the hundreds of guest star...

    A peek into the world of comedy writing, animation, television production, world travel and more by Mike Reiss. This guy has been around since the beginning of the Simpsons show and has a lot of fun and funny stories to share. Whether you're a die hard fan, a casual watcher, or not r...

    Shopkeeper: Take this object, but beware it carries a terrible curse! Homer: Ooh, that's bad. Shopkeeper: But it comes with a free frogurt! Homer: That's good. Shopkeeper: The frogurt is also cursed. Homer: That's bad. Shopkeeper: But you get your choice of toppings. ...

    Despite wandering away from their contemporary adventures, The Simpsons is important to me. Not just me, but most people from my generation. Rarely a day goes by without at least one quote deliberately or unconsciously slipping its way into an unrelated conversation. A show so fiendish...

    More reviews (and no fluff) on the blog http://surrealtalvi.wordpress.com/ Springfield Confidential reads very much like a Simpsons version of a biography - irreverent, sarcastic, self effacing, and never taking itself too seriously. But at the same time, I actually want the serious v...

    An episode about Grandpa going fishing is entitled "the Old Man and the She". Or, one of the writers suggested a gag where Homer see a form which says, 'Do Nott write in the box', and Homer writes, "OK." Then, there's the joke about Brook Sheilds being so bad playing the role of Ann F...

    Springfield Confidential by Mike Reiss is a book that takes you behind the scenes of one of the longest running shows in American television history, The Simpsons. Springfield Confidential is hilarious. The book is fast paced, irreverent and packed with jokes, similar to a Simpsons epi...

    I confess, I am not a big fan of the Simpsons, Homer tends to annoy me too much to be able to watch the show religiously. I am though a fan of trivia and behind the scenes information and this book certainly delivers. Brilliantly fascinating read, with a author who is not afraid of v...

    It?s exactly the kind of book you?d expect a writer for The Simpsons to write but it has some truly funny and insightful moments and it makes me want to watch the show again. ...

    2,5 ...

    I think this is the third book I've read about the Simpsons. It's definitely the best. Reiss' book was breezy, funny, and full of little details that delighted this long time Simpsons fan. Really, really, fun; a wonderful book to have found after reading the crap I've read latel...

  • Mike
    Sep 17, 2018

    SPRINGFIELD CONFIDENTIAL is chock full of exactly what every Simpson fan would want-behind the scenes information, (so to speak, it's a cartoon), a little background on the main writer and all the others, a bit of name dropping, (and maybe a little dirt?), on the hundreds of guest star...

    A peek into the world of comedy writing, animation, television production, world travel and more by Mike Reiss. This guy has been around since the beginning of the Simpsons show and has a lot of fun and funny stories to share. Whether you're a die hard fan, a casual watcher, or not r...

    Shopkeeper: Take this object, but beware it carries a terrible curse! Homer: Ooh, that's bad. Shopkeeper: But it comes with a free frogurt! Homer: That's good. Shopkeeper: The frogurt is also cursed. Homer: That's bad. Shopkeeper: But you get your choice of toppings. ...

    Despite wandering away from their contemporary adventures, The Simpsons is important to me. Not just me, but most people from my generation. Rarely a day goes by without at least one quote deliberately or unconsciously slipping its way into an unrelated conversation. A show so fiendish...

    More reviews (and no fluff) on the blog http://surrealtalvi.wordpress.com/ Springfield Confidential reads very much like a Simpsons version of a biography - irreverent, sarcastic, self effacing, and never taking itself too seriously. But at the same time, I actually want the serious v...

    An episode about Grandpa going fishing is entitled "the Old Man and the She". Or, one of the writers suggested a gag where Homer see a form which says, 'Do Nott write in the box', and Homer writes, "OK." Then, there's the joke about Brook Sheilds being so bad playing the role of Ann F...

    Springfield Confidential by Mike Reiss is a book that takes you behind the scenes of one of the longest running shows in American television history, The Simpsons. Springfield Confidential is hilarious. The book is fast paced, irreverent and packed with jokes, similar to a Simpsons epi...

    I confess, I am not a big fan of the Simpsons, Homer tends to annoy me too much to be able to watch the show religiously. I am though a fan of trivia and behind the scenes information and this book certainly delivers. Brilliantly fascinating read, with a author who is not afraid of v...

    It?s exactly the kind of book you?d expect a writer for The Simpsons to write but it has some truly funny and insightful moments and it makes me want to watch the show again. ...

    2,5 ...

    I think this is the third book I've read about the Simpsons. It's definitely the best. Reiss' book was breezy, funny, and full of little details that delighted this long time Simpsons fan. Really, really, fun; a wonderful book to have found after reading the crap I've read latel...

    I wish that Reiss spent more time writing about The Simpsons and not attempting to be so glib. There are some great nuggets about the show, but far too often he goes off on tangents such as The Critic or his speaking and other writing engagements. It reads more like an autobiography at...

    It was so funny that I damn near pissed my pants! Touching, insightful, easy to read, and hard to put down. My only complaint is that I wanted the book to be longer: I was having so much fun with Mike Reiss and his adventures as a writer and world traveler that I didn't want the...

    It's certainly okay. Breezy, geeky, slight and silly fun. Perfectly fine as a mechanism for adorable Simpsons errata, but Mike Reiss's occasional hackery gets in the way. Its transformation from Springfield Confidential to Mike Reiss memoir happens a bit oddly, even if I did appreciate...

  • Alex
    Jul 12, 2018

    SPRINGFIELD CONFIDENTIAL is chock full of exactly what every Simpson fan would want-behind the scenes information, (so to speak, it's a cartoon), a little background on the main writer and all the others, a bit of name dropping, (and maybe a little dirt?), on the hundreds of guest star...

    A peek into the world of comedy writing, animation, television production, world travel and more by Mike Reiss. This guy has been around since the beginning of the Simpsons show and has a lot of fun and funny stories to share. Whether you're a die hard fan, a casual watcher, or not r...

    Shopkeeper: Take this object, but beware it carries a terrible curse! Homer: Ooh, that's bad. Shopkeeper: But it comes with a free frogurt! Homer: That's good. Shopkeeper: The frogurt is also cursed. Homer: That's bad. Shopkeeper: But you get your choice of toppings. ...

    Despite wandering away from their contemporary adventures, The Simpsons is important to me. Not just me, but most people from my generation. Rarely a day goes by without at least one quote deliberately or unconsciously slipping its way into an unrelated conversation. A show so fiendish...

    More reviews (and no fluff) on the blog http://surrealtalvi.wordpress.com/ Springfield Confidential reads very much like a Simpsons version of a biography - irreverent, sarcastic, self effacing, and never taking itself too seriously. But at the same time, I actually want the serious v...

    An episode about Grandpa going fishing is entitled "the Old Man and the She". Or, one of the writers suggested a gag where Homer see a form which says, 'Do Nott write in the box', and Homer writes, "OK." Then, there's the joke about Brook Sheilds being so bad playing the role of Ann F...

    Springfield Confidential by Mike Reiss is a book that takes you behind the scenes of one of the longest running shows in American television history, The Simpsons. Springfield Confidential is hilarious. The book is fast paced, irreverent and packed with jokes, similar to a Simpsons epi...

    I confess, I am not a big fan of the Simpsons, Homer tends to annoy me too much to be able to watch the show religiously. I am though a fan of trivia and behind the scenes information and this book certainly delivers. Brilliantly fascinating read, with a author who is not afraid of v...

    It?s exactly the kind of book you?d expect a writer for The Simpsons to write but it has some truly funny and insightful moments and it makes me want to watch the show again. ...

    2,5 ...

    I think this is the third book I've read about the Simpsons. It's definitely the best. Reiss' book was breezy, funny, and full of little details that delighted this long time Simpsons fan. Really, really, fun; a wonderful book to have found after reading the crap I've read latel...

    I wish that Reiss spent more time writing about The Simpsons and not attempting to be so glib. There are some great nuggets about the show, but far too often he goes off on tangents such as The Critic or his speaking and other writing engagements. It reads more like an autobiography at...

    It was so funny that I damn near pissed my pants! Touching, insightful, easy to read, and hard to put down. My only complaint is that I wanted the book to be longer: I was having so much fun with Mike Reiss and his adventures as a writer and world traveler that I didn't want the...

    It's certainly okay. Breezy, geeky, slight and silly fun. Perfectly fine as a mechanism for adorable Simpsons errata, but Mike Reiss's occasional hackery gets in the way. Its transformation from Springfield Confidential to Mike Reiss memoir happens a bit oddly, even if I did appreciate...

    At one point Reiss tries to answer the burning question about the single reason or genius person that made(makes?) The Simpsons is so great. Turns out it's staffed by really, really smart people on every level who all work really, really hard. It's awe-inspiring and daunting when you t...

    I've been a fan of The Simpsons since it was on The Tracey Ullman Show. Yeah, I'm dating myself but that's how long I've been a fan. I think I watched the show because I was a fan of Ms. Ullman but when I saw the first Simpsons short, I was hooked, and never missed an episode so I n...

    This is an amusing and insightful account of one of the original writers for The Simpsons, the longest running animated show (and one of the longest running TV shows of all time across all genres) on TV. The writer combines personal accounts and the accounts of other individuals to off...

    This was a fun, quick read, but you can tell the author writes for television because the jokes come at such a fast pace it?s almost overwhelming. A lot of slapstick thrown in that isn?t quite to my taste, but I?m sure other readers wouldn?t mind. It is GREAT fun learning all t...

    Fact about me that you may not know: I?m a Simpsons fan. Growing up my mom used to not let me watch it because of the language. So I had to sneak and watch it when she wasn?t around. I can?t pinpoint exactly what it is about the Simpsons that speaks to me, it just does. Overa...

    Even though I absolutely love The Simpsons, it took me awhile to get into this book. I didn't "get" Mike Reiss's humor at first, and so I kept putting this back down and reading something else instead. I wasn't even sure if I was going to actually read this or not, but the lure of behi...

  • Janine Urban
    Jun 25, 2018

    SPRINGFIELD CONFIDENTIAL is chock full of exactly what every Simpson fan would want-behind the scenes information, (so to speak, it's a cartoon), a little background on the main writer and all the others, a bit of name dropping, (and maybe a little dirt?), on the hundreds of guest star...

    A peek into the world of comedy writing, animation, television production, world travel and more by Mike Reiss. This guy has been around since the beginning of the Simpsons show and has a lot of fun and funny stories to share. Whether you're a die hard fan, a casual watcher, or not r...

    Shopkeeper: Take this object, but beware it carries a terrible curse! Homer: Ooh, that's bad. Shopkeeper: But it comes with a free frogurt! Homer: That's good. Shopkeeper: The frogurt is also cursed. Homer: That's bad. Shopkeeper: But you get your choice of toppings. ...

    Despite wandering away from their contemporary adventures, The Simpsons is important to me. Not just me, but most people from my generation. Rarely a day goes by without at least one quote deliberately or unconsciously slipping its way into an unrelated conversation. A show so fiendish...

    More reviews (and no fluff) on the blog http://surrealtalvi.wordpress.com/ Springfield Confidential reads very much like a Simpsons version of a biography - irreverent, sarcastic, self effacing, and never taking itself too seriously. But at the same time, I actually want the serious v...

    An episode about Grandpa going fishing is entitled "the Old Man and the She". Or, one of the writers suggested a gag where Homer see a form which says, 'Do Nott write in the box', and Homer writes, "OK." Then, there's the joke about Brook Sheilds being so bad playing the role of Ann F...

    Springfield Confidential by Mike Reiss is a book that takes you behind the scenes of one of the longest running shows in American television history, The Simpsons. Springfield Confidential is hilarious. The book is fast paced, irreverent and packed with jokes, similar to a Simpsons epi...

    I confess, I am not a big fan of the Simpsons, Homer tends to annoy me too much to be able to watch the show religiously. I am though a fan of trivia and behind the scenes information and this book certainly delivers. Brilliantly fascinating read, with a author who is not afraid of v...

    It?s exactly the kind of book you?d expect a writer for The Simpsons to write but it has some truly funny and insightful moments and it makes me want to watch the show again. ...

    2,5 ...

    I think this is the third book I've read about the Simpsons. It's definitely the best. Reiss' book was breezy, funny, and full of little details that delighted this long time Simpsons fan. Really, really, fun; a wonderful book to have found after reading the crap I've read latel...

    I wish that Reiss spent more time writing about The Simpsons and not attempting to be so glib. There are some great nuggets about the show, but far too often he goes off on tangents such as The Critic or his speaking and other writing engagements. It reads more like an autobiography at...

    It was so funny that I damn near pissed my pants! Touching, insightful, easy to read, and hard to put down. My only complaint is that I wanted the book to be longer: I was having so much fun with Mike Reiss and his adventures as a writer and world traveler that I didn't want the...

    It's certainly okay. Breezy, geeky, slight and silly fun. Perfectly fine as a mechanism for adorable Simpsons errata, but Mike Reiss's occasional hackery gets in the way. Its transformation from Springfield Confidential to Mike Reiss memoir happens a bit oddly, even if I did appreciate...

    At one point Reiss tries to answer the burning question about the single reason or genius person that made(makes?) The Simpsons is so great. Turns out it's staffed by really, really smart people on every level who all work really, really hard. It's awe-inspiring and daunting when you t...

    I've been a fan of The Simpsons since it was on The Tracey Ullman Show. Yeah, I'm dating myself but that's how long I've been a fan. I think I watched the show because I was a fan of Ms. Ullman but when I saw the first Simpsons short, I was hooked, and never missed an episode so I n...

    This is an amusing and insightful account of one of the original writers for The Simpsons, the longest running animated show (and one of the longest running TV shows of all time across all genres) on TV. The writer combines personal accounts and the accounts of other individuals to off...

    This was a fun, quick read, but you can tell the author writes for television because the jokes come at such a fast pace it?s almost overwhelming. A lot of slapstick thrown in that isn?t quite to my taste, but I?m sure other readers wouldn?t mind. It is GREAT fun learning all t...

    Fact about me that you may not know: I?m a Simpsons fan. Growing up my mom used to not let me watch it because of the language. So I had to sneak and watch it when she wasn?t around. I can?t pinpoint exactly what it is about the Simpsons that speaks to me, it just does. Overa...

  • Phil Simon
    Jul 25, 2018

    SPRINGFIELD CONFIDENTIAL is chock full of exactly what every Simpson fan would want-behind the scenes information, (so to speak, it's a cartoon), a little background on the main writer and all the others, a bit of name dropping, (and maybe a little dirt?), on the hundreds of guest star...

    A peek into the world of comedy writing, animation, television production, world travel and more by Mike Reiss. This guy has been around since the beginning of the Simpsons show and has a lot of fun and funny stories to share. Whether you're a die hard fan, a casual watcher, or not r...

    Shopkeeper: Take this object, but beware it carries a terrible curse! Homer: Ooh, that's bad. Shopkeeper: But it comes with a free frogurt! Homer: That's good. Shopkeeper: The frogurt is also cursed. Homer: That's bad. Shopkeeper: But you get your choice of toppings. ...

    Despite wandering away from their contemporary adventures, The Simpsons is important to me. Not just me, but most people from my generation. Rarely a day goes by without at least one quote deliberately or unconsciously slipping its way into an unrelated conversation. A show so fiendish...

    More reviews (and no fluff) on the blog http://surrealtalvi.wordpress.com/ Springfield Confidential reads very much like a Simpsons version of a biography - irreverent, sarcastic, self effacing, and never taking itself too seriously. But at the same time, I actually want the serious v...

    An episode about Grandpa going fishing is entitled "the Old Man and the She". Or, one of the writers suggested a gag where Homer see a form which says, 'Do Nott write in the box', and Homer writes, "OK." Then, there's the joke about Brook Sheilds being so bad playing the role of Ann F...

    Springfield Confidential by Mike Reiss is a book that takes you behind the scenes of one of the longest running shows in American television history, The Simpsons. Springfield Confidential is hilarious. The book is fast paced, irreverent and packed with jokes, similar to a Simpsons epi...

    I confess, I am not a big fan of the Simpsons, Homer tends to annoy me too much to be able to watch the show religiously. I am though a fan of trivia and behind the scenes information and this book certainly delivers. Brilliantly fascinating read, with a author who is not afraid of v...

    It?s exactly the kind of book you?d expect a writer for The Simpsons to write but it has some truly funny and insightful moments and it makes me want to watch the show again. ...

    2,5 ...

    I think this is the third book I've read about the Simpsons. It's definitely the best. Reiss' book was breezy, funny, and full of little details that delighted this long time Simpsons fan. Really, really, fun; a wonderful book to have found after reading the crap I've read latel...

    I wish that Reiss spent more time writing about The Simpsons and not attempting to be so glib. There are some great nuggets about the show, but far too often he goes off on tangents such as The Critic or his speaking and other writing engagements. It reads more like an autobiography at...

  • Rachel
    Mar 18, 2018

    SPRINGFIELD CONFIDENTIAL is chock full of exactly what every Simpson fan would want-behind the scenes information, (so to speak, it's a cartoon), a little background on the main writer and all the others, a bit of name dropping, (and maybe a little dirt?), on the hundreds of guest star...

    A peek into the world of comedy writing, animation, television production, world travel and more by Mike Reiss. This guy has been around since the beginning of the Simpsons show and has a lot of fun and funny stories to share. Whether you're a die hard fan, a casual watcher, or not r...

  • Scott Martin
    Jul 29, 2018

    SPRINGFIELD CONFIDENTIAL is chock full of exactly what every Simpson fan would want-behind the scenes information, (so to speak, it's a cartoon), a little background on the main writer and all the others, a bit of name dropping, (and maybe a little dirt?), on the hundreds of guest star...

    A peek into the world of comedy writing, animation, television production, world travel and more by Mike Reiss. This guy has been around since the beginning of the Simpsons show and has a lot of fun and funny stories to share. Whether you're a die hard fan, a casual watcher, or not r...

    Shopkeeper: Take this object, but beware it carries a terrible curse! Homer: Ooh, that's bad. Shopkeeper: But it comes with a free frogurt! Homer: That's good. Shopkeeper: The frogurt is also cursed. Homer: That's bad. Shopkeeper: But you get your choice of toppings. ...

    Despite wandering away from their contemporary adventures, The Simpsons is important to me. Not just me, but most people from my generation. Rarely a day goes by without at least one quote deliberately or unconsciously slipping its way into an unrelated conversation. A show so fiendish...

    More reviews (and no fluff) on the blog http://surrealtalvi.wordpress.com/ Springfield Confidential reads very much like a Simpsons version of a biography - irreverent, sarcastic, self effacing, and never taking itself too seriously. But at the same time, I actually want the serious v...

    An episode about Grandpa going fishing is entitled "the Old Man and the She". Or, one of the writers suggested a gag where Homer see a form which says, 'Do Nott write in the box', and Homer writes, "OK." Then, there's the joke about Brook Sheilds being so bad playing the role of Ann F...

    Springfield Confidential by Mike Reiss is a book that takes you behind the scenes of one of the longest running shows in American television history, The Simpsons. Springfield Confidential is hilarious. The book is fast paced, irreverent and packed with jokes, similar to a Simpsons epi...

    I confess, I am not a big fan of the Simpsons, Homer tends to annoy me too much to be able to watch the show religiously. I am though a fan of trivia and behind the scenes information and this book certainly delivers. Brilliantly fascinating read, with a author who is not afraid of v...

    It?s exactly the kind of book you?d expect a writer for The Simpsons to write but it has some truly funny and insightful moments and it makes me want to watch the show again. ...

    2,5 ...

    I think this is the third book I've read about the Simpsons. It's definitely the best. Reiss' book was breezy, funny, and full of little details that delighted this long time Simpsons fan. Really, really, fun; a wonderful book to have found after reading the crap I've read latel...

    I wish that Reiss spent more time writing about The Simpsons and not attempting to be so glib. There are some great nuggets about the show, but far too often he goes off on tangents such as The Critic or his speaking and other writing engagements. It reads more like an autobiography at...

    It was so funny that I damn near pissed my pants! Touching, insightful, easy to read, and hard to put down. My only complaint is that I wanted the book to be longer: I was having so much fun with Mike Reiss and his adventures as a writer and world traveler that I didn't want the...

    It's certainly okay. Breezy, geeky, slight and silly fun. Perfectly fine as a mechanism for adorable Simpsons errata, but Mike Reiss's occasional hackery gets in the way. Its transformation from Springfield Confidential to Mike Reiss memoir happens a bit oddly, even if I did appreciate...

    At one point Reiss tries to answer the burning question about the single reason or genius person that made(makes?) The Simpsons is so great. Turns out it's staffed by really, really smart people on every level who all work really, really hard. It's awe-inspiring and daunting when you t...

    I've been a fan of The Simpsons since it was on The Tracey Ullman Show. Yeah, I'm dating myself but that's how long I've been a fan. I think I watched the show because I was a fan of Ms. Ullman but when I saw the first Simpsons short, I was hooked, and never missed an episode so I n...

    This is an amusing and insightful account of one of the original writers for The Simpsons, the longest running animated show (and one of the longest running TV shows of all time across all genres) on TV. The writer combines personal accounts and the accounts of other individuals to off...

  • Robert
    Aug 07, 2018

    SPRINGFIELD CONFIDENTIAL is chock full of exactly what every Simpson fan would want-behind the scenes information, (so to speak, it's a cartoon), a little background on the main writer and all the others, a bit of name dropping, (and maybe a little dirt?), on the hundreds of guest star...

    A peek into the world of comedy writing, animation, television production, world travel and more by Mike Reiss. This guy has been around since the beginning of the Simpsons show and has a lot of fun and funny stories to share. Whether you're a die hard fan, a casual watcher, or not r...

    Shopkeeper: Take this object, but beware it carries a terrible curse! Homer: Ooh, that's bad. Shopkeeper: But it comes with a free frogurt! Homer: That's good. Shopkeeper: The frogurt is also cursed. Homer: That's bad. Shopkeeper: But you get your choice of toppings. ...

    Despite wandering away from their contemporary adventures, The Simpsons is important to me. Not just me, but most people from my generation. Rarely a day goes by without at least one quote deliberately or unconsciously slipping its way into an unrelated conversation. A show so fiendish...

    More reviews (and no fluff) on the blog http://surrealtalvi.wordpress.com/ Springfield Confidential reads very much like a Simpsons version of a biography - irreverent, sarcastic, self effacing, and never taking itself too seriously. But at the same time, I actually want the serious v...

    An episode about Grandpa going fishing is entitled "the Old Man and the She". Or, one of the writers suggested a gag where Homer see a form which says, 'Do Nott write in the box', and Homer writes, "OK." Then, there's the joke about Brook Sheilds being so bad playing the role of Ann F...

    Springfield Confidential by Mike Reiss is a book that takes you behind the scenes of one of the longest running shows in American television history, The Simpsons. Springfield Confidential is hilarious. The book is fast paced, irreverent and packed with jokes, similar to a Simpsons epi...

    I confess, I am not a big fan of the Simpsons, Homer tends to annoy me too much to be able to watch the show religiously. I am though a fan of trivia and behind the scenes information and this book certainly delivers. Brilliantly fascinating read, with a author who is not afraid of v...

    It?s exactly the kind of book you?d expect a writer for The Simpsons to write but it has some truly funny and insightful moments and it makes me want to watch the show again. ...

    2,5 ...

    I think this is the third book I've read about the Simpsons. It's definitely the best. Reiss' book was breezy, funny, and full of little details that delighted this long time Simpsons fan. Really, really, fun; a wonderful book to have found after reading the crap I've read latel...

    I wish that Reiss spent more time writing about The Simpsons and not attempting to be so glib. There are some great nuggets about the show, but far too often he goes off on tangents such as The Critic or his speaking and other writing engagements. It reads more like an autobiography at...

    It was so funny that I damn near pissed my pants! Touching, insightful, easy to read, and hard to put down. My only complaint is that I wanted the book to be longer: I was having so much fun with Mike Reiss and his adventures as a writer and world traveler that I didn't want the...

    It's certainly okay. Breezy, geeky, slight and silly fun. Perfectly fine as a mechanism for adorable Simpsons errata, but Mike Reiss's occasional hackery gets in the way. Its transformation from Springfield Confidential to Mike Reiss memoir happens a bit oddly, even if I did appreciate...

    At one point Reiss tries to answer the burning question about the single reason or genius person that made(makes?) The Simpsons is so great. Turns out it's staffed by really, really smart people on every level who all work really, really hard. It's awe-inspiring and daunting when you t...

    I've been a fan of The Simpsons since it was on The Tracey Ullman Show. Yeah, I'm dating myself but that's how long I've been a fan. I think I watched the show because I was a fan of Ms. Ullman but when I saw the first Simpsons short, I was hooked, and never missed an episode so I n...

    This is an amusing and insightful account of one of the original writers for The Simpsons, the longest running animated show (and one of the longest running TV shows of all time across all genres) on TV. The writer combines personal accounts and the accounts of other individuals to off...

    This was a fun, quick read, but you can tell the author writes for television because the jokes come at such a fast pace it?s almost overwhelming. A lot of slapstick thrown in that isn?t quite to my taste, but I?m sure other readers wouldn?t mind. It is GREAT fun learning all t...

    Fact about me that you may not know: I?m a Simpsons fan. Growing up my mom used to not let me watch it because of the language. So I had to sneak and watch it when she wasn?t around. I can?t pinpoint exactly what it is about the Simpsons that speaks to me, it just does. Overa...

    Even though I absolutely love The Simpsons, it took me awhile to get into this book. I didn't "get" Mike Reiss's humor at first, and so I kept putting this back down and reading something else instead. I wasn't even sure if I was going to actually read this or not, but the lure of behi...

    Simply a fun read with a few deeper (but not too deep) moments thrown in for heft. In other words it read like the very best episodes of The Simpsons. Reiss had has a wild ride and he invites the reader to join him on that ride. Learning some of the inside scoop, the personalities o...

    Like pretty much everyone on the planet I am a fan of The Simpsons. The show is a good waste of a half hour & while it's not ever been my favorite show, it has occasionally provided much needed laughter. This book serves in much the same way. It's most definitely not the best bo...

  • Tyler
    Sep 13, 2018

    SPRINGFIELD CONFIDENTIAL is chock full of exactly what every Simpson fan would want-behind the scenes information, (so to speak, it's a cartoon), a little background on the main writer and all the others, a bit of name dropping, (and maybe a little dirt?), on the hundreds of guest star...

    A peek into the world of comedy writing, animation, television production, world travel and more by Mike Reiss. This guy has been around since the beginning of the Simpsons show and has a lot of fun and funny stories to share. Whether you're a die hard fan, a casual watcher, or not r...

    Shopkeeper: Take this object, but beware it carries a terrible curse! Homer: Ooh, that's bad. Shopkeeper: But it comes with a free frogurt! Homer: That's good. Shopkeeper: The frogurt is also cursed. Homer: That's bad. Shopkeeper: But you get your choice of toppings. ...

    Despite wandering away from their contemporary adventures, The Simpsons is important to me. Not just me, but most people from my generation. Rarely a day goes by without at least one quote deliberately or unconsciously slipping its way into an unrelated conversation. A show so fiendish...

    More reviews (and no fluff) on the blog http://surrealtalvi.wordpress.com/ Springfield Confidential reads very much like a Simpsons version of a biography - irreverent, sarcastic, self effacing, and never taking itself too seriously. But at the same time, I actually want the serious v...

    An episode about Grandpa going fishing is entitled "the Old Man and the She". Or, one of the writers suggested a gag where Homer see a form which says, 'Do Nott write in the box', and Homer writes, "OK." Then, there's the joke about Brook Sheilds being so bad playing the role of Ann F...

    Springfield Confidential by Mike Reiss is a book that takes you behind the scenes of one of the longest running shows in American television history, The Simpsons. Springfield Confidential is hilarious. The book is fast paced, irreverent and packed with jokes, similar to a Simpsons epi...

    I confess, I am not a big fan of the Simpsons, Homer tends to annoy me too much to be able to watch the show religiously. I am though a fan of trivia and behind the scenes information and this book certainly delivers. Brilliantly fascinating read, with a author who is not afraid of v...

    It?s exactly the kind of book you?d expect a writer for The Simpsons to write but it has some truly funny and insightful moments and it makes me want to watch the show again. ...

    2,5 ...

    I think this is the third book I've read about the Simpsons. It's definitely the best. Reiss' book was breezy, funny, and full of little details that delighted this long time Simpsons fan. Really, really, fun; a wonderful book to have found after reading the crap I've read latel...

    I wish that Reiss spent more time writing about The Simpsons and not attempting to be so glib. There are some great nuggets about the show, but far too often he goes off on tangents such as The Critic or his speaking and other writing engagements. It reads more like an autobiography at...

    It was so funny that I damn near pissed my pants! Touching, insightful, easy to read, and hard to put down. My only complaint is that I wanted the book to be longer: I was having so much fun with Mike Reiss and his adventures as a writer and world traveler that I didn't want the...

    It's certainly okay. Breezy, geeky, slight and silly fun. Perfectly fine as a mechanism for adorable Simpsons errata, but Mike Reiss's occasional hackery gets in the way. Its transformation from Springfield Confidential to Mike Reiss memoir happens a bit oddly, even if I did appreciate...

    At one point Reiss tries to answer the burning question about the single reason or genius person that made(makes?) The Simpsons is so great. Turns out it's staffed by really, really smart people on every level who all work really, really hard. It's awe-inspiring and daunting when you t...

  • Yaroslav
    Jul 06, 2018

    SPRINGFIELD CONFIDENTIAL is chock full of exactly what every Simpson fan would want-behind the scenes information, (so to speak, it's a cartoon), a little background on the main writer and all the others, a bit of name dropping, (and maybe a little dirt?), on the hundreds of guest star...

    A peek into the world of comedy writing, animation, television production, world travel and more by Mike Reiss. This guy has been around since the beginning of the Simpsons show and has a lot of fun and funny stories to share. Whether you're a die hard fan, a casual watcher, or not r...

    Shopkeeper: Take this object, but beware it carries a terrible curse! Homer: Ooh, that's bad. Shopkeeper: But it comes with a free frogurt! Homer: That's good. Shopkeeper: The frogurt is also cursed. Homer: That's bad. Shopkeeper: But you get your choice of toppings. ...

    Despite wandering away from their contemporary adventures, The Simpsons is important to me. Not just me, but most people from my generation. Rarely a day goes by without at least one quote deliberately or unconsciously slipping its way into an unrelated conversation. A show so fiendish...

    More reviews (and no fluff) on the blog http://surrealtalvi.wordpress.com/ Springfield Confidential reads very much like a Simpsons version of a biography - irreverent, sarcastic, self effacing, and never taking itself too seriously. But at the same time, I actually want the serious v...

    An episode about Grandpa going fishing is entitled "the Old Man and the She". Or, one of the writers suggested a gag where Homer see a form which says, 'Do Nott write in the box', and Homer writes, "OK." Then, there's the joke about Brook Sheilds being so bad playing the role of Ann F...

    Springfield Confidential by Mike Reiss is a book that takes you behind the scenes of one of the longest running shows in American television history, The Simpsons. Springfield Confidential is hilarious. The book is fast paced, irreverent and packed with jokes, similar to a Simpsons epi...

    I confess, I am not a big fan of the Simpsons, Homer tends to annoy me too much to be able to watch the show religiously. I am though a fan of trivia and behind the scenes information and this book certainly delivers. Brilliantly fascinating read, with a author who is not afraid of v...

    It?s exactly the kind of book you?d expect a writer for The Simpsons to write but it has some truly funny and insightful moments and it makes me want to watch the show again. ...

    2,5 ...

  • Daniel Plotkin
    Jul 06, 2018

    SPRINGFIELD CONFIDENTIAL is chock full of exactly what every Simpson fan would want-behind the scenes information, (so to speak, it's a cartoon), a little background on the main writer and all the others, a bit of name dropping, (and maybe a little dirt?), on the hundreds of guest star...

    A peek into the world of comedy writing, animation, television production, world travel and more by Mike Reiss. This guy has been around since the beginning of the Simpsons show and has a lot of fun and funny stories to share. Whether you're a die hard fan, a casual watcher, or not r...

    Shopkeeper: Take this object, but beware it carries a terrible curse! Homer: Ooh, that's bad. Shopkeeper: But it comes with a free frogurt! Homer: That's good. Shopkeeper: The frogurt is also cursed. Homer: That's bad. Shopkeeper: But you get your choice of toppings. ...

    Despite wandering away from their contemporary adventures, The Simpsons is important to me. Not just me, but most people from my generation. Rarely a day goes by without at least one quote deliberately or unconsciously slipping its way into an unrelated conversation. A show so fiendish...

    More reviews (and no fluff) on the blog http://surrealtalvi.wordpress.com/ Springfield Confidential reads very much like a Simpsons version of a biography - irreverent, sarcastic, self effacing, and never taking itself too seriously. But at the same time, I actually want the serious v...

    An episode about Grandpa going fishing is entitled "the Old Man and the She". Or, one of the writers suggested a gag where Homer see a form which says, 'Do Nott write in the box', and Homer writes, "OK." Then, there's the joke about Brook Sheilds being so bad playing the role of Ann F...

    Springfield Confidential by Mike Reiss is a book that takes you behind the scenes of one of the longest running shows in American television history, The Simpsons. Springfield Confidential is hilarious. The book is fast paced, irreverent and packed with jokes, similar to a Simpsons epi...

    I confess, I am not a big fan of the Simpsons, Homer tends to annoy me too much to be able to watch the show religiously. I am though a fan of trivia and behind the scenes information and this book certainly delivers. Brilliantly fascinating read, with a author who is not afraid of v...

    It?s exactly the kind of book you?d expect a writer for The Simpsons to write but it has some truly funny and insightful moments and it makes me want to watch the show again. ...

    2,5 ...

    I think this is the third book I've read about the Simpsons. It's definitely the best. Reiss' book was breezy, funny, and full of little details that delighted this long time Simpsons fan. Really, really, fun; a wonderful book to have found after reading the crap I've read latel...

    I wish that Reiss spent more time writing about The Simpsons and not attempting to be so glib. There are some great nuggets about the show, but far too often he goes off on tangents such as The Critic or his speaking and other writing engagements. It reads more like an autobiography at...

    It was so funny that I damn near pissed my pants! Touching, insightful, easy to read, and hard to put down. My only complaint is that I wanted the book to be longer: I was having so much fun with Mike Reiss and his adventures as a writer and world traveler that I didn't want the...

    It's certainly okay. Breezy, geeky, slight and silly fun. Perfectly fine as a mechanism for adorable Simpsons errata, but Mike Reiss's occasional hackery gets in the way. Its transformation from Springfield Confidential to Mike Reiss memoir happens a bit oddly, even if I did appreciate...

    At one point Reiss tries to answer the burning question about the single reason or genius person that made(makes?) The Simpsons is so great. Turns out it's staffed by really, really smart people on every level who all work really, really hard. It's awe-inspiring and daunting when you t...

    I've been a fan of The Simpsons since it was on The Tracey Ullman Show. Yeah, I'm dating myself but that's how long I've been a fan. I think I watched the show because I was a fan of Ms. Ullman but when I saw the first Simpsons short, I was hooked, and never missed an episode so I n...

    This is an amusing and insightful account of one of the original writers for The Simpsons, the longest running animated show (and one of the longest running TV shows of all time across all genres) on TV. The writer combines personal accounts and the accounts of other individuals to off...

    This was a fun, quick read, but you can tell the author writes for television because the jokes come at such a fast pace it?s almost overwhelming. A lot of slapstick thrown in that isn?t quite to my taste, but I?m sure other readers wouldn?t mind. It is GREAT fun learning all t...

    Fact about me that you may not know: I?m a Simpsons fan. Growing up my mom used to not let me watch it because of the language. So I had to sneak and watch it when she wasn?t around. I can?t pinpoint exactly what it is about the Simpsons that speaks to me, it just does. Overa...

    Even though I absolutely love The Simpsons, it took me awhile to get into this book. I didn't "get" Mike Reiss's humor at first, and so I kept putting this back down and reading something else instead. I wasn't even sure if I was going to actually read this or not, but the lure of behi...

    Simply a fun read with a few deeper (but not too deep) moments thrown in for heft. In other words it read like the very best episodes of The Simpsons. Reiss had has a wild ride and he invites the reader to join him on that ride. Learning some of the inside scoop, the personalities o...

  • Amber Schroer
    Aug 12, 2018

    SPRINGFIELD CONFIDENTIAL is chock full of exactly what every Simpson fan would want-behind the scenes information, (so to speak, it's a cartoon), a little background on the main writer and all the others, a bit of name dropping, (and maybe a little dirt?), on the hundreds of guest star...

    A peek into the world of comedy writing, animation, television production, world travel and more by Mike Reiss. This guy has been around since the beginning of the Simpsons show and has a lot of fun and funny stories to share. Whether you're a die hard fan, a casual watcher, or not r...

    Shopkeeper: Take this object, but beware it carries a terrible curse! Homer: Ooh, that's bad. Shopkeeper: But it comes with a free frogurt! Homer: That's good. Shopkeeper: The frogurt is also cursed. Homer: That's bad. Shopkeeper: But you get your choice of toppings. ...

    Despite wandering away from their contemporary adventures, The Simpsons is important to me. Not just me, but most people from my generation. Rarely a day goes by without at least one quote deliberately or unconsciously slipping its way into an unrelated conversation. A show so fiendish...

    More reviews (and no fluff) on the blog http://surrealtalvi.wordpress.com/ Springfield Confidential reads very much like a Simpsons version of a biography - irreverent, sarcastic, self effacing, and never taking itself too seriously. But at the same time, I actually want the serious v...

    An episode about Grandpa going fishing is entitled "the Old Man and the She". Or, one of the writers suggested a gag where Homer see a form which says, 'Do Nott write in the box', and Homer writes, "OK." Then, there's the joke about Brook Sheilds being so bad playing the role of Ann F...

    Springfield Confidential by Mike Reiss is a book that takes you behind the scenes of one of the longest running shows in American television history, The Simpsons. Springfield Confidential is hilarious. The book is fast paced, irreverent and packed with jokes, similar to a Simpsons epi...

    I confess, I am not a big fan of the Simpsons, Homer tends to annoy me too much to be able to watch the show religiously. I am though a fan of trivia and behind the scenes information and this book certainly delivers. Brilliantly fascinating read, with a author who is not afraid of v...

    It?s exactly the kind of book you?d expect a writer for The Simpsons to write but it has some truly funny and insightful moments and it makes me want to watch the show again. ...

    2,5 ...

    I think this is the third book I've read about the Simpsons. It's definitely the best. Reiss' book was breezy, funny, and full of little details that delighted this long time Simpsons fan. Really, really, fun; a wonderful book to have found after reading the crap I've read latel...

    I wish that Reiss spent more time writing about The Simpsons and not attempting to be so glib. There are some great nuggets about the show, but far too often he goes off on tangents such as The Critic or his speaking and other writing engagements. It reads more like an autobiography at...

    It was so funny that I damn near pissed my pants! Touching, insightful, easy to read, and hard to put down. My only complaint is that I wanted the book to be longer: I was having so much fun with Mike Reiss and his adventures as a writer and world traveler that I didn't want the...

    It's certainly okay. Breezy, geeky, slight and silly fun. Perfectly fine as a mechanism for adorable Simpsons errata, but Mike Reiss's occasional hackery gets in the way. Its transformation from Springfield Confidential to Mike Reiss memoir happens a bit oddly, even if I did appreciate...

    At one point Reiss tries to answer the burning question about the single reason or genius person that made(makes?) The Simpsons is so great. Turns out it's staffed by really, really smart people on every level who all work really, really hard. It's awe-inspiring and daunting when you t...

    I've been a fan of The Simpsons since it was on The Tracey Ullman Show. Yeah, I'm dating myself but that's how long I've been a fan. I think I watched the show because I was a fan of Ms. Ullman but when I saw the first Simpsons short, I was hooked, and never missed an episode so I n...

    This is an amusing and insightful account of one of the original writers for The Simpsons, the longest running animated show (and one of the longest running TV shows of all time across all genres) on TV. The writer combines personal accounts and the accounts of other individuals to off...

    This was a fun, quick read, but you can tell the author writes for television because the jokes come at such a fast pace it?s almost overwhelming. A lot of slapstick thrown in that isn?t quite to my taste, but I?m sure other readers wouldn?t mind. It is GREAT fun learning all t...

    Fact about me that you may not know: I?m a Simpsons fan. Growing up my mom used to not let me watch it because of the language. So I had to sneak and watch it when she wasn?t around. I can?t pinpoint exactly what it is about the Simpsons that speaks to me, it just does. Overa...

    Even though I absolutely love The Simpsons, it took me awhile to get into this book. I didn't "get" Mike Reiss's humor at first, and so I kept putting this back down and reading something else instead. I wasn't even sure if I was going to actually read this or not, but the lure of behi...

    Simply a fun read with a few deeper (but not too deep) moments thrown in for heft. In other words it read like the very best episodes of The Simpsons. Reiss had has a wild ride and he invites the reader to join him on that ride. Learning some of the inside scoop, the personalities o...

    Like pretty much everyone on the planet I am a fan of The Simpsons. The show is a good waste of a half hour & while it's not ever been my favorite show, it has occasionally provided much needed laughter. This book serves in much the same way. It's most definitely not the best bo...

    Since apparently Mike Reiss (and all of the other simpsons writers) are fond of reading reviews: I think the Simpsons is a good, funny show. I feel slightly obligated to give this a five star rating, since....my entire profile is based around me identifying with Lisa and taking on he...

    This was one of those books that caught my eye in the new book section of the library. I have to admit that I have not been a big fan of the Simpsons but I have enjoyed the episodes that I have seen through the years. Mike Reiss has been a writer for the Simpsons for most of its thirt...

    I think every Simpson?s fan will enjoy this inside look at the conception, the creation, the writing, the casting, the animation, and the evolution of the show from Mike Reiss- a creator, writer, show runner, and producer that has been around since day 1 in one way or the other even ...

  • Sharon
    Jul 17, 2018

    SPRINGFIELD CONFIDENTIAL is chock full of exactly what every Simpson fan would want-behind the scenes information, (so to speak, it's a cartoon), a little background on the main writer and all the others, a bit of name dropping, (and maybe a little dirt?), on the hundreds of guest star...

    A peek into the world of comedy writing, animation, television production, world travel and more by Mike Reiss. This guy has been around since the beginning of the Simpsons show and has a lot of fun and funny stories to share. Whether you're a die hard fan, a casual watcher, or not r...

    Shopkeeper: Take this object, but beware it carries a terrible curse! Homer: Ooh, that's bad. Shopkeeper: But it comes with a free frogurt! Homer: That's good. Shopkeeper: The frogurt is also cursed. Homer: That's bad. Shopkeeper: But you get your choice of toppings. ...

    Despite wandering away from their contemporary adventures, The Simpsons is important to me. Not just me, but most people from my generation. Rarely a day goes by without at least one quote deliberately or unconsciously slipping its way into an unrelated conversation. A show so fiendish...

    More reviews (and no fluff) on the blog http://surrealtalvi.wordpress.com/ Springfield Confidential reads very much like a Simpsons version of a biography - irreverent, sarcastic, self effacing, and never taking itself too seriously. But at the same time, I actually want the serious v...

    An episode about Grandpa going fishing is entitled "the Old Man and the She". Or, one of the writers suggested a gag where Homer see a form which says, 'Do Nott write in the box', and Homer writes, "OK." Then, there's the joke about Brook Sheilds being so bad playing the role of Ann F...

    Springfield Confidential by Mike Reiss is a book that takes you behind the scenes of one of the longest running shows in American television history, The Simpsons. Springfield Confidential is hilarious. The book is fast paced, irreverent and packed with jokes, similar to a Simpsons epi...

    I confess, I am not a big fan of the Simpsons, Homer tends to annoy me too much to be able to watch the show religiously. I am though a fan of trivia and behind the scenes information and this book certainly delivers. Brilliantly fascinating read, with a author who is not afraid of v...

  • Brittany
    Jul 18, 2018

    SPRINGFIELD CONFIDENTIAL is chock full of exactly what every Simpson fan would want-behind the scenes information, (so to speak, it's a cartoon), a little background on the main writer and all the others, a bit of name dropping, (and maybe a little dirt?), on the hundreds of guest star...

    A peek into the world of comedy writing, animation, television production, world travel and more by Mike Reiss. This guy has been around since the beginning of the Simpsons show and has a lot of fun and funny stories to share. Whether you're a die hard fan, a casual watcher, or not r...

    Shopkeeper: Take this object, but beware it carries a terrible curse! Homer: Ooh, that's bad. Shopkeeper: But it comes with a free frogurt! Homer: That's good. Shopkeeper: The frogurt is also cursed. Homer: That's bad. Shopkeeper: But you get your choice of toppings. ...

    Despite wandering away from their contemporary adventures, The Simpsons is important to me. Not just me, but most people from my generation. Rarely a day goes by without at least one quote deliberately or unconsciously slipping its way into an unrelated conversation. A show so fiendish...

    More reviews (and no fluff) on the blog http://surrealtalvi.wordpress.com/ Springfield Confidential reads very much like a Simpsons version of a biography - irreverent, sarcastic, self effacing, and never taking itself too seriously. But at the same time, I actually want the serious v...

    An episode about Grandpa going fishing is entitled "the Old Man and the She". Or, one of the writers suggested a gag where Homer see a form which says, 'Do Nott write in the box', and Homer writes, "OK." Then, there's the joke about Brook Sheilds being so bad playing the role of Ann F...

    Springfield Confidential by Mike Reiss is a book that takes you behind the scenes of one of the longest running shows in American television history, The Simpsons. Springfield Confidential is hilarious. The book is fast paced, irreverent and packed with jokes, similar to a Simpsons epi...

    I confess, I am not a big fan of the Simpsons, Homer tends to annoy me too much to be able to watch the show religiously. I am though a fan of trivia and behind the scenes information and this book certainly delivers. Brilliantly fascinating read, with a author who is not afraid of v...

    It?s exactly the kind of book you?d expect a writer for The Simpsons to write but it has some truly funny and insightful moments and it makes me want to watch the show again. ...

    2,5 ...

    I think this is the third book I've read about the Simpsons. It's definitely the best. Reiss' book was breezy, funny, and full of little details that delighted this long time Simpsons fan. Really, really, fun; a wonderful book to have found after reading the crap I've read latel...

    I wish that Reiss spent more time writing about The Simpsons and not attempting to be so glib. There are some great nuggets about the show, but far too often he goes off on tangents such as The Critic or his speaking and other writing engagements. It reads more like an autobiography at...

    It was so funny that I damn near pissed my pants! Touching, insightful, easy to read, and hard to put down. My only complaint is that I wanted the book to be longer: I was having so much fun with Mike Reiss and his adventures as a writer and world traveler that I didn't want the...

    It's certainly okay. Breezy, geeky, slight and silly fun. Perfectly fine as a mechanism for adorable Simpsons errata, but Mike Reiss's occasional hackery gets in the way. Its transformation from Springfield Confidential to Mike Reiss memoir happens a bit oddly, even if I did appreciate...

    At one point Reiss tries to answer the burning question about the single reason or genius person that made(makes?) The Simpsons is so great. Turns out it's staffed by really, really smart people on every level who all work really, really hard. It's awe-inspiring and daunting when you t...

    I've been a fan of The Simpsons since it was on The Tracey Ullman Show. Yeah, I'm dating myself but that's how long I've been a fan. I think I watched the show because I was a fan of Ms. Ullman but when I saw the first Simpsons short, I was hooked, and never missed an episode so I n...

    This is an amusing and insightful account of one of the original writers for The Simpsons, the longest running animated show (and one of the longest running TV shows of all time across all genres) on TV. The writer combines personal accounts and the accounts of other individuals to off...

    This was a fun, quick read, but you can tell the author writes for television because the jokes come at such a fast pace it?s almost overwhelming. A lot of slapstick thrown in that isn?t quite to my taste, but I?m sure other readers wouldn?t mind. It is GREAT fun learning all t...

    Fact about me that you may not know: I?m a Simpsons fan. Growing up my mom used to not let me watch it because of the language. So I had to sneak and watch it when she wasn?t around. I can?t pinpoint exactly what it is about the Simpsons that speaks to me, it just does. Overa...

    Even though I absolutely love The Simpsons, it took me awhile to get into this book. I didn't "get" Mike Reiss's humor at first, and so I kept putting this back down and reading something else instead. I wasn't even sure if I was going to actually read this or not, but the lure of behi...

    Simply a fun read with a few deeper (but not too deep) moments thrown in for heft. In other words it read like the very best episodes of The Simpsons. Reiss had has a wild ride and he invites the reader to join him on that ride. Learning some of the inside scoop, the personalities o...

    Like pretty much everyone on the planet I am a fan of The Simpsons. The show is a good waste of a half hour & while it's not ever been my favorite show, it has occasionally provided much needed laughter. This book serves in much the same way. It's most definitely not the best bo...

    Since apparently Mike Reiss (and all of the other simpsons writers) are fond of reading reviews: I think the Simpsons is a good, funny show. I feel slightly obligated to give this a five star rating, since....my entire profile is based around me identifying with Lisa and taking on he...

    This was one of those books that caught my eye in the new book section of the library. I have to admit that I have not been a big fan of the Simpsons but I have enjoyed the episodes that I have seen through the years. Mike Reiss has been a writer for the Simpsons for most of its thirt...

    I think every Simpson?s fan will enjoy this inside look at the conception, the creation, the writing, the casting, the animation, and the evolution of the show from Mike Reiss- a creator, writer, show runner, and producer that has been around since day 1 in one way or the other even ...

    I didn't read all the way to the last page. The early sections on the author's personal history and the development of the Simpsons TV show were engaging. After page 200 or so, the content is less interesting (I never even known there was a show called "The Critic"). And by then Reiss'...

    As an all-time The Simpsons fan I found this book very interesting as it is authored by one of the pioneer writers of the show. Full of inside memories, comments and some good trivia it keeps with its promises in the title. Although I dont know if the part were the author states that F...

    Most books I pick up is recommendations or then I hear them on the podcast talking. This one was on a podcast I loved the whole idea that he would share something amazing in that book, but stories were nothing to fancy, few of them already heard on the podcast. Sure it was few of those...

    I truly loved this inside peek into a show I've been a fan of from its humble beginnings in the 90s. I found myself literally laughing out loud quite often in this book, especially from the middle onward when Reiss really hits his stride in writing. It's no surprise that his writing wo...

  • Amanda Mae
    Apr 25, 2018

    SPRINGFIELD CONFIDENTIAL is chock full of exactly what every Simpson fan would want-behind the scenes information, (so to speak, it's a cartoon), a little background on the main writer and all the others, a bit of name dropping, (and maybe a little dirt?), on the hundreds of guest star...

    A peek into the world of comedy writing, animation, television production, world travel and more by Mike Reiss. This guy has been around since the beginning of the Simpsons show and has a lot of fun and funny stories to share. Whether you're a die hard fan, a casual watcher, or not r...

    Shopkeeper: Take this object, but beware it carries a terrible curse! Homer: Ooh, that's bad. Shopkeeper: But it comes with a free frogurt! Homer: That's good. Shopkeeper: The frogurt is also cursed. Homer: That's bad. Shopkeeper: But you get your choice of toppings. ...

    Despite wandering away from their contemporary adventures, The Simpsons is important to me. Not just me, but most people from my generation. Rarely a day goes by without at least one quote deliberately or unconsciously slipping its way into an unrelated conversation. A show so fiendish...

    More reviews (and no fluff) on the blog http://surrealtalvi.wordpress.com/ Springfield Confidential reads very much like a Simpsons version of a biography - irreverent, sarcastic, self effacing, and never taking itself too seriously. But at the same time, I actually want the serious v...

    An episode about Grandpa going fishing is entitled "the Old Man and the She". Or, one of the writers suggested a gag where Homer see a form which says, 'Do Nott write in the box', and Homer writes, "OK." Then, there's the joke about Brook Sheilds being so bad playing the role of Ann F...

    Springfield Confidential by Mike Reiss is a book that takes you behind the scenes of one of the longest running shows in American television history, The Simpsons. Springfield Confidential is hilarious. The book is fast paced, irreverent and packed with jokes, similar to a Simpsons epi...

    I confess, I am not a big fan of the Simpsons, Homer tends to annoy me too much to be able to watch the show religiously. I am though a fan of trivia and behind the scenes information and this book certainly delivers. Brilliantly fascinating read, with a author who is not afraid of v...

    It?s exactly the kind of book you?d expect a writer for The Simpsons to write but it has some truly funny and insightful moments and it makes me want to watch the show again. ...

    2,5 ...

    I think this is the third book I've read about the Simpsons. It's definitely the best. Reiss' book was breezy, funny, and full of little details that delighted this long time Simpsons fan. Really, really, fun; a wonderful book to have found after reading the crap I've read latel...

    I wish that Reiss spent more time writing about The Simpsons and not attempting to be so glib. There are some great nuggets about the show, but far too often he goes off on tangents such as The Critic or his speaking and other writing engagements. It reads more like an autobiography at...

    It was so funny that I damn near pissed my pants! Touching, insightful, easy to read, and hard to put down. My only complaint is that I wanted the book to be longer: I was having so much fun with Mike Reiss and his adventures as a writer and world traveler that I didn't want the...

    It's certainly okay. Breezy, geeky, slight and silly fun. Perfectly fine as a mechanism for adorable Simpsons errata, but Mike Reiss's occasional hackery gets in the way. Its transformation from Springfield Confidential to Mike Reiss memoir happens a bit oddly, even if I did appreciate...

    At one point Reiss tries to answer the burning question about the single reason or genius person that made(makes?) The Simpsons is so great. Turns out it's staffed by really, really smart people on every level who all work really, really hard. It's awe-inspiring and daunting when you t...

    I've been a fan of The Simpsons since it was on The Tracey Ullman Show. Yeah, I'm dating myself but that's how long I've been a fan. I think I watched the show because I was a fan of Ms. Ullman but when I saw the first Simpsons short, I was hooked, and never missed an episode so I n...

    This is an amusing and insightful account of one of the original writers for The Simpsons, the longest running animated show (and one of the longest running TV shows of all time across all genres) on TV. The writer combines personal accounts and the accounts of other individuals to off...

    This was a fun, quick read, but you can tell the author writes for television because the jokes come at such a fast pace it?s almost overwhelming. A lot of slapstick thrown in that isn?t quite to my taste, but I?m sure other readers wouldn?t mind. It is GREAT fun learning all t...

  • Char
    Jun 24, 2018

    SPRINGFIELD CONFIDENTIAL is chock full of exactly what every Simpson fan would want-behind the scenes information, (so to speak, it's a cartoon), a little background on the main writer and all the others, a bit of name dropping, (and maybe a little dirt?), on the hundreds of guest star...

  • Elaine
    Jul 07, 2018

    SPRINGFIELD CONFIDENTIAL is chock full of exactly what every Simpson fan would want-behind the scenes information, (so to speak, it's a cartoon), a little background on the main writer and all the others, a bit of name dropping, (and maybe a little dirt?), on the hundreds of guest star...

    A peek into the world of comedy writing, animation, television production, world travel and more by Mike Reiss. This guy has been around since the beginning of the Simpsons show and has a lot of fun and funny stories to share. Whether you're a die hard fan, a casual watcher, or not r...

    Shopkeeper: Take this object, but beware it carries a terrible curse! Homer: Ooh, that's bad. Shopkeeper: But it comes with a free frogurt! Homer: That's good. Shopkeeper: The frogurt is also cursed. Homer: That's bad. Shopkeeper: But you get your choice of toppings. ...

    Despite wandering away from their contemporary adventures, The Simpsons is important to me. Not just me, but most people from my generation. Rarely a day goes by without at least one quote deliberately or unconsciously slipping its way into an unrelated conversation. A show so fiendish...

    More reviews (and no fluff) on the blog http://surrealtalvi.wordpress.com/ Springfield Confidential reads very much like a Simpsons version of a biography - irreverent, sarcastic, self effacing, and never taking itself too seriously. But at the same time, I actually want the serious v...

    An episode about Grandpa going fishing is entitled "the Old Man and the She". Or, one of the writers suggested a gag where Homer see a form which says, 'Do Nott write in the box', and Homer writes, "OK." Then, there's the joke about Brook Sheilds being so bad playing the role of Ann F...

    Springfield Confidential by Mike Reiss is a book that takes you behind the scenes of one of the longest running shows in American television history, The Simpsons. Springfield Confidential is hilarious. The book is fast paced, irreverent and packed with jokes, similar to a Simpsons epi...

    I confess, I am not a big fan of the Simpsons, Homer tends to annoy me too much to be able to watch the show religiously. I am though a fan of trivia and behind the scenes information and this book certainly delivers. Brilliantly fascinating read, with a author who is not afraid of v...

    It?s exactly the kind of book you?d expect a writer for The Simpsons to write but it has some truly funny and insightful moments and it makes me want to watch the show again. ...

    2,5 ...

    I think this is the third book I've read about the Simpsons. It's definitely the best. Reiss' book was breezy, funny, and full of little details that delighted this long time Simpsons fan. Really, really, fun; a wonderful book to have found after reading the crap I've read latel...

    I wish that Reiss spent more time writing about The Simpsons and not attempting to be so glib. There are some great nuggets about the show, but far too often he goes off on tangents such as The Critic or his speaking and other writing engagements. It reads more like an autobiography at...

    It was so funny that I damn near pissed my pants! Touching, insightful, easy to read, and hard to put down. My only complaint is that I wanted the book to be longer: I was having so much fun with Mike Reiss and his adventures as a writer and world traveler that I didn't want the...

    It's certainly okay. Breezy, geeky, slight and silly fun. Perfectly fine as a mechanism for adorable Simpsons errata, but Mike Reiss's occasional hackery gets in the way. Its transformation from Springfield Confidential to Mike Reiss memoir happens a bit oddly, even if I did appreciate...

    At one point Reiss tries to answer the burning question about the single reason or genius person that made(makes?) The Simpsons is so great. Turns out it's staffed by really, really smart people on every level who all work really, really hard. It's awe-inspiring and daunting when you t...

    I've been a fan of The Simpsons since it was on The Tracey Ullman Show. Yeah, I'm dating myself but that's how long I've been a fan. I think I watched the show because I was a fan of Ms. Ullman but when I saw the first Simpsons short, I was hooked, and never missed an episode so I n...

  • Susan Grodsky
    May 26, 2018

    SPRINGFIELD CONFIDENTIAL is chock full of exactly what every Simpson fan would want-behind the scenes information, (so to speak, it's a cartoon), a little background on the main writer and all the others, a bit of name dropping, (and maybe a little dirt?), on the hundreds of guest star...

    A peek into the world of comedy writing, animation, television production, world travel and more by Mike Reiss. This guy has been around since the beginning of the Simpsons show and has a lot of fun and funny stories to share. Whether you're a die hard fan, a casual watcher, or not r...

    Shopkeeper: Take this object, but beware it carries a terrible curse! Homer: Ooh, that's bad. Shopkeeper: But it comes with a free frogurt! Homer: That's good. Shopkeeper: The frogurt is also cursed. Homer: That's bad. Shopkeeper: But you get your choice of toppings. ...

    Despite wandering away from their contemporary adventures, The Simpsons is important to me. Not just me, but most people from my generation. Rarely a day goes by without at least one quote deliberately or unconsciously slipping its way into an unrelated conversation. A show so fiendish...

    More reviews (and no fluff) on the blog http://surrealtalvi.wordpress.com/ Springfield Confidential reads very much like a Simpsons version of a biography - irreverent, sarcastic, self effacing, and never taking itself too seriously. But at the same time, I actually want the serious v...

    An episode about Grandpa going fishing is entitled "the Old Man and the She". Or, one of the writers suggested a gag where Homer see a form which says, 'Do Nott write in the box', and Homer writes, "OK." Then, there's the joke about Brook Sheilds being so bad playing the role of Ann F...

    Springfield Confidential by Mike Reiss is a book that takes you behind the scenes of one of the longest running shows in American television history, The Simpsons. Springfield Confidential is hilarious. The book is fast paced, irreverent and packed with jokes, similar to a Simpsons epi...

    I confess, I am not a big fan of the Simpsons, Homer tends to annoy me too much to be able to watch the show religiously. I am though a fan of trivia and behind the scenes information and this book certainly delivers. Brilliantly fascinating read, with a author who is not afraid of v...

    It?s exactly the kind of book you?d expect a writer for The Simpsons to write but it has some truly funny and insightful moments and it makes me want to watch the show again. ...

    2,5 ...

    I think this is the third book I've read about the Simpsons. It's definitely the best. Reiss' book was breezy, funny, and full of little details that delighted this long time Simpsons fan. Really, really, fun; a wonderful book to have found after reading the crap I've read latel...

    I wish that Reiss spent more time writing about The Simpsons and not attempting to be so glib. There are some great nuggets about the show, but far too often he goes off on tangents such as The Critic or his speaking and other writing engagements. It reads more like an autobiography at...

    It was so funny that I damn near pissed my pants! Touching, insightful, easy to read, and hard to put down. My only complaint is that I wanted the book to be longer: I was having so much fun with Mike Reiss and his adventures as a writer and world traveler that I didn't want the...

    It's certainly okay. Breezy, geeky, slight and silly fun. Perfectly fine as a mechanism for adorable Simpsons errata, but Mike Reiss's occasional hackery gets in the way. Its transformation from Springfield Confidential to Mike Reiss memoir happens a bit oddly, even if I did appreciate...

    At one point Reiss tries to answer the burning question about the single reason or genius person that made(makes?) The Simpsons is so great. Turns out it's staffed by really, really smart people on every level who all work really, really hard. It's awe-inspiring and daunting when you t...

    I've been a fan of The Simpsons since it was on The Tracey Ullman Show. Yeah, I'm dating myself but that's how long I've been a fan. I think I watched the show because I was a fan of Ms. Ullman but when I saw the first Simpsons short, I was hooked, and never missed an episode so I n...

    This is an amusing and insightful account of one of the original writers for The Simpsons, the longest running animated show (and one of the longest running TV shows of all time across all genres) on TV. The writer combines personal accounts and the accounts of other individuals to off...

    This was a fun, quick read, but you can tell the author writes for television because the jokes come at such a fast pace it?s almost overwhelming. A lot of slapstick thrown in that isn?t quite to my taste, but I?m sure other readers wouldn?t mind. It is GREAT fun learning all t...

    Fact about me that you may not know: I?m a Simpsons fan. Growing up my mom used to not let me watch it because of the language. So I had to sneak and watch it when she wasn?t around. I can?t pinpoint exactly what it is about the Simpsons that speaks to me, it just does. Overa...

    Even though I absolutely love The Simpsons, it took me awhile to get into this book. I didn't "get" Mike Reiss's humor at first, and so I kept putting this back down and reading something else instead. I wasn't even sure if I was going to actually read this or not, but the lure of behi...

    Simply a fun read with a few deeper (but not too deep) moments thrown in for heft. In other words it read like the very best episodes of The Simpsons. Reiss had has a wild ride and he invites the reader to join him on that ride. Learning some of the inside scoop, the personalities o...

    Like pretty much everyone on the planet I am a fan of The Simpsons. The show is a good waste of a half hour & while it's not ever been my favorite show, it has occasionally provided much needed laughter. This book serves in much the same way. It's most definitely not the best bo...

    Since apparently Mike Reiss (and all of the other simpsons writers) are fond of reading reviews: I think the Simpsons is a good, funny show. I feel slightly obligated to give this a five star rating, since....my entire profile is based around me identifying with Lisa and taking on he...

    This was one of those books that caught my eye in the new book section of the library. I have to admit that I have not been a big fan of the Simpsons but I have enjoyed the episodes that I have seen through the years. Mike Reiss has been a writer for the Simpsons for most of its thirt...

    I think every Simpson?s fan will enjoy this inside look at the conception, the creation, the writing, the casting, the animation, and the evolution of the show from Mike Reiss- a creator, writer, show runner, and producer that has been around since day 1 in one way or the other even ...

    I didn't read all the way to the last page. The early sections on the author's personal history and the development of the Simpsons TV show were engaging. After page 200 or so, the content is less interesting (I never even known there was a show called "The Critic"). And by then Reiss'...

  • Alejandro Soifer
    Jun 26, 2018

    SPRINGFIELD CONFIDENTIAL is chock full of exactly what every Simpson fan would want-behind the scenes information, (so to speak, it's a cartoon), a little background on the main writer and all the others, a bit of name dropping, (and maybe a little dirt?), on the hundreds of guest star...

    A peek into the world of comedy writing, animation, television production, world travel and more by Mike Reiss. This guy has been around since the beginning of the Simpsons show and has a lot of fun and funny stories to share. Whether you're a die hard fan, a casual watcher, or not r...

    Shopkeeper: Take this object, but beware it carries a terrible curse! Homer: Ooh, that's bad. Shopkeeper: But it comes with a free frogurt! Homer: That's good. Shopkeeper: The frogurt is also cursed. Homer: That's bad. Shopkeeper: But you get your choice of toppings. ...

    Despite wandering away from their contemporary adventures, The Simpsons is important to me. Not just me, but most people from my generation. Rarely a day goes by without at least one quote deliberately or unconsciously slipping its way into an unrelated conversation. A show so fiendish...

    More reviews (and no fluff) on the blog http://surrealtalvi.wordpress.com/ Springfield Confidential reads very much like a Simpsons version of a biography - irreverent, sarcastic, self effacing, and never taking itself too seriously. But at the same time, I actually want the serious v...

    An episode about Grandpa going fishing is entitled "the Old Man and the She". Or, one of the writers suggested a gag where Homer see a form which says, 'Do Nott write in the box', and Homer writes, "OK." Then, there's the joke about Brook Sheilds being so bad playing the role of Ann F...

    Springfield Confidential by Mike Reiss is a book that takes you behind the scenes of one of the longest running shows in American television history, The Simpsons. Springfield Confidential is hilarious. The book is fast paced, irreverent and packed with jokes, similar to a Simpsons epi...

    I confess, I am not a big fan of the Simpsons, Homer tends to annoy me too much to be able to watch the show religiously. I am though a fan of trivia and behind the scenes information and this book certainly delivers. Brilliantly fascinating read, with a author who is not afraid of v...

    It?s exactly the kind of book you?d expect a writer for The Simpsons to write but it has some truly funny and insightful moments and it makes me want to watch the show again. ...

    2,5 ...

    I think this is the third book I've read about the Simpsons. It's definitely the best. Reiss' book was breezy, funny, and full of little details that delighted this long time Simpsons fan. Really, really, fun; a wonderful book to have found after reading the crap I've read latel...

    I wish that Reiss spent more time writing about The Simpsons and not attempting to be so glib. There are some great nuggets about the show, but far too often he goes off on tangents such as The Critic or his speaking and other writing engagements. It reads more like an autobiography at...

    It was so funny that I damn near pissed my pants! Touching, insightful, easy to read, and hard to put down. My only complaint is that I wanted the book to be longer: I was having so much fun with Mike Reiss and his adventures as a writer and world traveler that I didn't want the...

    It's certainly okay. Breezy, geeky, slight and silly fun. Perfectly fine as a mechanism for adorable Simpsons errata, but Mike Reiss's occasional hackery gets in the way. Its transformation from Springfield Confidential to Mike Reiss memoir happens a bit oddly, even if I did appreciate...

    At one point Reiss tries to answer the burning question about the single reason or genius person that made(makes?) The Simpsons is so great. Turns out it's staffed by really, really smart people on every level who all work really, really hard. It's awe-inspiring and daunting when you t...

    I've been a fan of The Simpsons since it was on The Tracey Ullman Show. Yeah, I'm dating myself but that's how long I've been a fan. I think I watched the show because I was a fan of Ms. Ullman but when I saw the first Simpsons short, I was hooked, and never missed an episode so I n...

    This is an amusing and insightful account of one of the original writers for The Simpsons, the longest running animated show (and one of the longest running TV shows of all time across all genres) on TV. The writer combines personal accounts and the accounts of other individuals to off...

    This was a fun, quick read, but you can tell the author writes for television because the jokes come at such a fast pace it?s almost overwhelming. A lot of slapstick thrown in that isn?t quite to my taste, but I?m sure other readers wouldn?t mind. It is GREAT fun learning all t...

    Fact about me that you may not know: I?m a Simpsons fan. Growing up my mom used to not let me watch it because of the language. So I had to sneak and watch it when she wasn?t around. I can?t pinpoint exactly what it is about the Simpsons that speaks to me, it just does. Overa...

    Even though I absolutely love The Simpsons, it took me awhile to get into this book. I didn't "get" Mike Reiss's humor at first, and so I kept putting this back down and reading something else instead. I wasn't even sure if I was going to actually read this or not, but the lure of behi...

    Simply a fun read with a few deeper (but not too deep) moments thrown in for heft. In other words it read like the very best episodes of The Simpsons. Reiss had has a wild ride and he invites the reader to join him on that ride. Learning some of the inside scoop, the personalities o...

    Like pretty much everyone on the planet I am a fan of The Simpsons. The show is a good waste of a half hour & while it's not ever been my favorite show, it has occasionally provided much needed laughter. This book serves in much the same way. It's most definitely not the best bo...

    Since apparently Mike Reiss (and all of the other simpsons writers) are fond of reading reviews: I think the Simpsons is a good, funny show. I feel slightly obligated to give this a five star rating, since....my entire profile is based around me identifying with Lisa and taking on he...

    This was one of those books that caught my eye in the new book section of the library. I have to admit that I have not been a big fan of the Simpsons but I have enjoyed the episodes that I have seen through the years. Mike Reiss has been a writer for the Simpsons for most of its thirt...

    I think every Simpson?s fan will enjoy this inside look at the conception, the creation, the writing, the casting, the animation, and the evolution of the show from Mike Reiss- a creator, writer, show runner, and producer that has been around since day 1 in one way or the other even ...

    I didn't read all the way to the last page. The early sections on the author's personal history and the development of the Simpsons TV show were engaging. After page 200 or so, the content is less interesting (I never even known there was a show called "The Critic"). And by then Reiss'...

    As an all-time The Simpsons fan I found this book very interesting as it is authored by one of the pioneer writers of the show. Full of inside memories, comments and some good trivia it keeps with its promises in the title. Although I dont know if the part were the author states that F...

  • Online Eccentric Librarian
    Aug 17, 2018

    SPRINGFIELD CONFIDENTIAL is chock full of exactly what every Simpson fan would want-behind the scenes information, (so to speak, it's a cartoon), a little background on the main writer and all the others, a bit of name dropping, (and maybe a little dirt?), on the hundreds of guest star...

    A peek into the world of comedy writing, animation, television production, world travel and more by Mike Reiss. This guy has been around since the beginning of the Simpsons show and has a lot of fun and funny stories to share. Whether you're a die hard fan, a casual watcher, or not r...

    Shopkeeper: Take this object, but beware it carries a terrible curse! Homer: Ooh, that's bad. Shopkeeper: But it comes with a free frogurt! Homer: That's good. Shopkeeper: The frogurt is also cursed. Homer: That's bad. Shopkeeper: But you get your choice of toppings. ...

    Despite wandering away from their contemporary adventures, The Simpsons is important to me. Not just me, but most people from my generation. Rarely a day goes by without at least one quote deliberately or unconsciously slipping its way into an unrelated conversation. A show so fiendish...

    More reviews (and no fluff) on the blog http://surrealtalvi.wordpress.com/ Springfield Confidential reads very much like a Simpsons version of a biography - irreverent, sarcastic, self effacing, and never taking itself too seriously. But at the same time, I actually want the serious v...

  • Gerald Matzke
    Aug 13, 2018

    SPRINGFIELD CONFIDENTIAL is chock full of exactly what every Simpson fan would want-behind the scenes information, (so to speak, it's a cartoon), a little background on the main writer and all the others, a bit of name dropping, (and maybe a little dirt?), on the hundreds of guest star...

    A peek into the world of comedy writing, animation, television production, world travel and more by Mike Reiss. This guy has been around since the beginning of the Simpsons show and has a lot of fun and funny stories to share. Whether you're a die hard fan, a casual watcher, or not r...

    Shopkeeper: Take this object, but beware it carries a terrible curse! Homer: Ooh, that's bad. Shopkeeper: But it comes with a free frogurt! Homer: That's good. Shopkeeper: The frogurt is also cursed. Homer: That's bad. Shopkeeper: But you get your choice of toppings. ...

    Despite wandering away from their contemporary adventures, The Simpsons is important to me. Not just me, but most people from my generation. Rarely a day goes by without at least one quote deliberately or unconsciously slipping its way into an unrelated conversation. A show so fiendish...

    More reviews (and no fluff) on the blog http://surrealtalvi.wordpress.com/ Springfield Confidential reads very much like a Simpsons version of a biography - irreverent, sarcastic, self effacing, and never taking itself too seriously. But at the same time, I actually want the serious v...

    An episode about Grandpa going fishing is entitled "the Old Man and the She". Or, one of the writers suggested a gag where Homer see a form which says, 'Do Nott write in the box', and Homer writes, "OK." Then, there's the joke about Brook Sheilds being so bad playing the role of Ann F...

    Springfield Confidential by Mike Reiss is a book that takes you behind the scenes of one of the longest running shows in American television history, The Simpsons. Springfield Confidential is hilarious. The book is fast paced, irreverent and packed with jokes, similar to a Simpsons epi...

    I confess, I am not a big fan of the Simpsons, Homer tends to annoy me too much to be able to watch the show religiously. I am though a fan of trivia and behind the scenes information and this book certainly delivers. Brilliantly fascinating read, with a author who is not afraid of v...

    It?s exactly the kind of book you?d expect a writer for The Simpsons to write but it has some truly funny and insightful moments and it makes me want to watch the show again. ...

    2,5 ...

    I think this is the third book I've read about the Simpsons. It's definitely the best. Reiss' book was breezy, funny, and full of little details that delighted this long time Simpsons fan. Really, really, fun; a wonderful book to have found after reading the crap I've read latel...

    I wish that Reiss spent more time writing about The Simpsons and not attempting to be so glib. There are some great nuggets about the show, but far too often he goes off on tangents such as The Critic or his speaking and other writing engagements. It reads more like an autobiography at...

    It was so funny that I damn near pissed my pants! Touching, insightful, easy to read, and hard to put down. My only complaint is that I wanted the book to be longer: I was having so much fun with Mike Reiss and his adventures as a writer and world traveler that I didn't want the...

    It's certainly okay. Breezy, geeky, slight and silly fun. Perfectly fine as a mechanism for adorable Simpsons errata, but Mike Reiss's occasional hackery gets in the way. Its transformation from Springfield Confidential to Mike Reiss memoir happens a bit oddly, even if I did appreciate...

    At one point Reiss tries to answer the burning question about the single reason or genius person that made(makes?) The Simpsons is so great. Turns out it's staffed by really, really smart people on every level who all work really, really hard. It's awe-inspiring and daunting when you t...

    I've been a fan of The Simpsons since it was on The Tracey Ullman Show. Yeah, I'm dating myself but that's how long I've been a fan. I think I watched the show because I was a fan of Ms. Ullman but when I saw the first Simpsons short, I was hooked, and never missed an episode so I n...

    This is an amusing and insightful account of one of the original writers for The Simpsons, the longest running animated show (and one of the longest running TV shows of all time across all genres) on TV. The writer combines personal accounts and the accounts of other individuals to off...

    This was a fun, quick read, but you can tell the author writes for television because the jokes come at such a fast pace it?s almost overwhelming. A lot of slapstick thrown in that isn?t quite to my taste, but I?m sure other readers wouldn?t mind. It is GREAT fun learning all t...

    Fact about me that you may not know: I?m a Simpsons fan. Growing up my mom used to not let me watch it because of the language. So I had to sneak and watch it when she wasn?t around. I can?t pinpoint exactly what it is about the Simpsons that speaks to me, it just does. Overa...

    Even though I absolutely love The Simpsons, it took me awhile to get into this book. I didn't "get" Mike Reiss's humor at first, and so I kept putting this back down and reading something else instead. I wasn't even sure if I was going to actually read this or not, but the lure of behi...

    Simply a fun read with a few deeper (but not too deep) moments thrown in for heft. In other words it read like the very best episodes of The Simpsons. Reiss had has a wild ride and he invites the reader to join him on that ride. Learning some of the inside scoop, the personalities o...

    Like pretty much everyone on the planet I am a fan of The Simpsons. The show is a good waste of a half hour & while it's not ever been my favorite show, it has occasionally provided much needed laughter. This book serves in much the same way. It's most definitely not the best bo...

    Since apparently Mike Reiss (and all of the other simpsons writers) are fond of reading reviews: I think the Simpsons is a good, funny show. I feel slightly obligated to give this a five star rating, since....my entire profile is based around me identifying with Lisa and taking on he...

    This was one of those books that caught my eye in the new book section of the library. I have to admit that I have not been a big fan of the Simpsons but I have enjoyed the episodes that I have seen through the years. Mike Reiss has been a writer for the Simpsons for most of its thirt...

  • John McDonald
    Aug 24, 2018

    SPRINGFIELD CONFIDENTIAL is chock full of exactly what every Simpson fan would want-behind the scenes information, (so to speak, it's a cartoon), a little background on the main writer and all the others, a bit of name dropping, (and maybe a little dirt?), on the hundreds of guest star...

    A peek into the world of comedy writing, animation, television production, world travel and more by Mike Reiss. This guy has been around since the beginning of the Simpsons show and has a lot of fun and funny stories to share. Whether you're a die hard fan, a casual watcher, or not r...

    Shopkeeper: Take this object, but beware it carries a terrible curse! Homer: Ooh, that's bad. Shopkeeper: But it comes with a free frogurt! Homer: That's good. Shopkeeper: The frogurt is also cursed. Homer: That's bad. Shopkeeper: But you get your choice of toppings. ...

    Despite wandering away from their contemporary adventures, The Simpsons is important to me. Not just me, but most people from my generation. Rarely a day goes by without at least one quote deliberately or unconsciously slipping its way into an unrelated conversation. A show so fiendish...

    More reviews (and no fluff) on the blog http://surrealtalvi.wordpress.com/ Springfield Confidential reads very much like a Simpsons version of a biography - irreverent, sarcastic, self effacing, and never taking itself too seriously. But at the same time, I actually want the serious v...

    An episode about Grandpa going fishing is entitled "the Old Man and the She". Or, one of the writers suggested a gag where Homer see a form which says, 'Do Nott write in the box', and Homer writes, "OK." Then, there's the joke about Brook Sheilds being so bad playing the role of Ann F...

  • Marius Černuševičius
    Sep 03, 2018

    SPRINGFIELD CONFIDENTIAL is chock full of exactly what every Simpson fan would want-behind the scenes information, (so to speak, it's a cartoon), a little background on the main writer and all the others, a bit of name dropping, (and maybe a little dirt?), on the hundreds of guest star...

    A peek into the world of comedy writing, animation, television production, world travel and more by Mike Reiss. This guy has been around since the beginning of the Simpsons show and has a lot of fun and funny stories to share. Whether you're a die hard fan, a casual watcher, or not r...

    Shopkeeper: Take this object, but beware it carries a terrible curse! Homer: Ooh, that's bad. Shopkeeper: But it comes with a free frogurt! Homer: That's good. Shopkeeper: The frogurt is also cursed. Homer: That's bad. Shopkeeper: But you get your choice of toppings. ...

    Despite wandering away from their contemporary adventures, The Simpsons is important to me. Not just me, but most people from my generation. Rarely a day goes by without at least one quote deliberately or unconsciously slipping its way into an unrelated conversation. A show so fiendish...

    More reviews (and no fluff) on the blog http://surrealtalvi.wordpress.com/ Springfield Confidential reads very much like a Simpsons version of a biography - irreverent, sarcastic, self effacing, and never taking itself too seriously. But at the same time, I actually want the serious v...

    An episode about Grandpa going fishing is entitled "the Old Man and the She". Or, one of the writers suggested a gag where Homer see a form which says, 'Do Nott write in the box', and Homer writes, "OK." Then, there's the joke about Brook Sheilds being so bad playing the role of Ann F...

    Springfield Confidential by Mike Reiss is a book that takes you behind the scenes of one of the longest running shows in American television history, The Simpsons. Springfield Confidential is hilarious. The book is fast paced, irreverent and packed with jokes, similar to a Simpsons epi...

    I confess, I am not a big fan of the Simpsons, Homer tends to annoy me too much to be able to watch the show religiously. I am though a fan of trivia and behind the scenes information and this book certainly delivers. Brilliantly fascinating read, with a author who is not afraid of v...

    It?s exactly the kind of book you?d expect a writer for The Simpsons to write but it has some truly funny and insightful moments and it makes me want to watch the show again. ...

    2,5 ...

    I think this is the third book I've read about the Simpsons. It's definitely the best. Reiss' book was breezy, funny, and full of little details that delighted this long time Simpsons fan. Really, really, fun; a wonderful book to have found after reading the crap I've read latel...

    I wish that Reiss spent more time writing about The Simpsons and not attempting to be so glib. There are some great nuggets about the show, but far too often he goes off on tangents such as The Critic or his speaking and other writing engagements. It reads more like an autobiography at...

    It was so funny that I damn near pissed my pants! Touching, insightful, easy to read, and hard to put down. My only complaint is that I wanted the book to be longer: I was having so much fun with Mike Reiss and his adventures as a writer and world traveler that I didn't want the...

    It's certainly okay. Breezy, geeky, slight and silly fun. Perfectly fine as a mechanism for adorable Simpsons errata, but Mike Reiss's occasional hackery gets in the way. Its transformation from Springfield Confidential to Mike Reiss memoir happens a bit oddly, even if I did appreciate...

    At one point Reiss tries to answer the burning question about the single reason or genius person that made(makes?) The Simpsons is so great. Turns out it's staffed by really, really smart people on every level who all work really, really hard. It's awe-inspiring and daunting when you t...

    I've been a fan of The Simpsons since it was on The Tracey Ullman Show. Yeah, I'm dating myself but that's how long I've been a fan. I think I watched the show because I was a fan of Ms. Ullman but when I saw the first Simpsons short, I was hooked, and never missed an episode so I n...

    This is an amusing and insightful account of one of the original writers for The Simpsons, the longest running animated show (and one of the longest running TV shows of all time across all genres) on TV. The writer combines personal accounts and the accounts of other individuals to off...

    This was a fun, quick read, but you can tell the author writes for television because the jokes come at such a fast pace it?s almost overwhelming. A lot of slapstick thrown in that isn?t quite to my taste, but I?m sure other readers wouldn?t mind. It is GREAT fun learning all t...

    Fact about me that you may not know: I?m a Simpsons fan. Growing up my mom used to not let me watch it because of the language. So I had to sneak and watch it when she wasn?t around. I can?t pinpoint exactly what it is about the Simpsons that speaks to me, it just does. Overa...

    Even though I absolutely love The Simpsons, it took me awhile to get into this book. I didn't "get" Mike Reiss's humor at first, and so I kept putting this back down and reading something else instead. I wasn't even sure if I was going to actually read this or not, but the lure of behi...

    Simply a fun read with a few deeper (but not too deep) moments thrown in for heft. In other words it read like the very best episodes of The Simpsons. Reiss had has a wild ride and he invites the reader to join him on that ride. Learning some of the inside scoop, the personalities o...

    Like pretty much everyone on the planet I am a fan of The Simpsons. The show is a good waste of a half hour & while it's not ever been my favorite show, it has occasionally provided much needed laughter. This book serves in much the same way. It's most definitely not the best bo...

    Since apparently Mike Reiss (and all of the other simpsons writers) are fond of reading reviews: I think the Simpsons is a good, funny show. I feel slightly obligated to give this a five star rating, since....my entire profile is based around me identifying with Lisa and taking on he...

    This was one of those books that caught my eye in the new book section of the library. I have to admit that I have not been a big fan of the Simpsons but I have enjoyed the episodes that I have seen through the years. Mike Reiss has been a writer for the Simpsons for most of its thirt...

    I think every Simpson?s fan will enjoy this inside look at the conception, the creation, the writing, the casting, the animation, and the evolution of the show from Mike Reiss- a creator, writer, show runner, and producer that has been around since day 1 in one way or the other even ...

    I didn't read all the way to the last page. The early sections on the author's personal history and the development of the Simpsons TV show were engaging. After page 200 or so, the content is less interesting (I never even known there was a show called "The Critic"). And by then Reiss'...

    As an all-time The Simpsons fan I found this book very interesting as it is authored by one of the pioneer writers of the show. Full of inside memories, comments and some good trivia it keeps with its promises in the title. Although I dont know if the part were the author states that F...

    Most books I pick up is recommendations or then I hear them on the podcast talking. This one was on a podcast I loved the whole idea that he would share something amazing in that book, but stories were nothing to fancy, few of them already heard on the podcast. Sure it was few of those...

  • Melinda M
    Mar 19, 2018

    SPRINGFIELD CONFIDENTIAL is chock full of exactly what every Simpson fan would want-behind the scenes information, (so to speak, it's a cartoon), a little background on the main writer and all the others, a bit of name dropping, (and maybe a little dirt?), on the hundreds of guest star...

    A peek into the world of comedy writing, animation, television production, world travel and more by Mike Reiss. This guy has been around since the beginning of the Simpsons show and has a lot of fun and funny stories to share. Whether you're a die hard fan, a casual watcher, or not r...

    Shopkeeper: Take this object, but beware it carries a terrible curse! Homer: Ooh, that's bad. Shopkeeper: But it comes with a free frogurt! Homer: That's good. Shopkeeper: The frogurt is also cursed. Homer: That's bad. Shopkeeper: But you get your choice of toppings. ...

    Despite wandering away from their contemporary adventures, The Simpsons is important to me. Not just me, but most people from my generation. Rarely a day goes by without at least one quote deliberately or unconsciously slipping its way into an unrelated conversation. A show so fiendish...

    More reviews (and no fluff) on the blog http://surrealtalvi.wordpress.com/ Springfield Confidential reads very much like a Simpsons version of a biography - irreverent, sarcastic, self effacing, and never taking itself too seriously. But at the same time, I actually want the serious v...

    An episode about Grandpa going fishing is entitled "the Old Man and the She". Or, one of the writers suggested a gag where Homer see a form which says, 'Do Nott write in the box', and Homer writes, "OK." Then, there's the joke about Brook Sheilds being so bad playing the role of Ann F...

    Springfield Confidential by Mike Reiss is a book that takes you behind the scenes of one of the longest running shows in American television history, The Simpsons. Springfield Confidential is hilarious. The book is fast paced, irreverent and packed with jokes, similar to a Simpsons epi...

    I confess, I am not a big fan of the Simpsons, Homer tends to annoy me too much to be able to watch the show religiously. I am though a fan of trivia and behind the scenes information and this book certainly delivers. Brilliantly fascinating read, with a author who is not afraid of v...

    It?s exactly the kind of book you?d expect a writer for The Simpsons to write but it has some truly funny and insightful moments and it makes me want to watch the show again. ...

    2,5 ...

    I think this is the third book I've read about the Simpsons. It's definitely the best. Reiss' book was breezy, funny, and full of little details that delighted this long time Simpsons fan. Really, really, fun; a wonderful book to have found after reading the crap I've read latel...

    I wish that Reiss spent more time writing about The Simpsons and not attempting to be so glib. There are some great nuggets about the show, but far too often he goes off on tangents such as The Critic or his speaking and other writing engagements. It reads more like an autobiography at...

    It was so funny that I damn near pissed my pants! Touching, insightful, easy to read, and hard to put down. My only complaint is that I wanted the book to be longer: I was having so much fun with Mike Reiss and his adventures as a writer and world traveler that I didn't want the...

    It's certainly okay. Breezy, geeky, slight and silly fun. Perfectly fine as a mechanism for adorable Simpsons errata, but Mike Reiss's occasional hackery gets in the way. Its transformation from Springfield Confidential to Mike Reiss memoir happens a bit oddly, even if I did appreciate...

    At one point Reiss tries to answer the burning question about the single reason or genius person that made(makes?) The Simpsons is so great. Turns out it's staffed by really, really smart people on every level who all work really, really hard. It's awe-inspiring and daunting when you t...

    I've been a fan of The Simpsons since it was on The Tracey Ullman Show. Yeah, I'm dating myself but that's how long I've been a fan. I think I watched the show because I was a fan of Ms. Ullman but when I saw the first Simpsons short, I was hooked, and never missed an episode so I n...

    This is an amusing and insightful account of one of the original writers for The Simpsons, the longest running animated show (and one of the longest running TV shows of all time across all genres) on TV. The writer combines personal accounts and the accounts of other individuals to off...

    This was a fun, quick read, but you can tell the author writes for television because the jokes come at such a fast pace it?s almost overwhelming. A lot of slapstick thrown in that isn?t quite to my taste, but I?m sure other readers wouldn?t mind. It is GREAT fun learning all t...

    Fact about me that you may not know: I?m a Simpsons fan. Growing up my mom used to not let me watch it because of the language. So I had to sneak and watch it when she wasn?t around. I can?t pinpoint exactly what it is about the Simpsons that speaks to me, it just does. Overa...

    Even though I absolutely love The Simpsons, it took me awhile to get into this book. I didn't "get" Mike Reiss's humor at first, and so I kept putting this back down and reading something else instead. I wasn't even sure if I was going to actually read this or not, but the lure of behi...

    Simply a fun read with a few deeper (but not too deep) moments thrown in for heft. In other words it read like the very best episodes of The Simpsons. Reiss had has a wild ride and he invites the reader to join him on that ride. Learning some of the inside scoop, the personalities o...

    Like pretty much everyone on the planet I am a fan of The Simpsons. The show is a good waste of a half hour & while it's not ever been my favorite show, it has occasionally provided much needed laughter. This book serves in much the same way. It's most definitely not the best bo...

    Since apparently Mike Reiss (and all of the other simpsons writers) are fond of reading reviews: I think the Simpsons is a good, funny show. I feel slightly obligated to give this a five star rating, since....my entire profile is based around me identifying with Lisa and taking on he...

    This was one of those books that caught my eye in the new book section of the library. I have to admit that I have not been a big fan of the Simpsons but I have enjoyed the episodes that I have seen through the years. Mike Reiss has been a writer for the Simpsons for most of its thirt...

    I think every Simpson?s fan will enjoy this inside look at the conception, the creation, the writing, the casting, the animation, and the evolution of the show from Mike Reiss- a creator, writer, show runner, and producer that has been around since day 1 in one way or the other even ...

    I didn't read all the way to the last page. The early sections on the author's personal history and the development of the Simpsons TV show were engaging. After page 200 or so, the content is less interesting (I never even known there was a show called "The Critic"). And by then Reiss'...

    As an all-time The Simpsons fan I found this book very interesting as it is authored by one of the pioneer writers of the show. Full of inside memories, comments and some good trivia it keeps with its promises in the title. Although I dont know if the part were the author states that F...

    Most books I pick up is recommendations or then I hear them on the podcast talking. This one was on a podcast I loved the whole idea that he would share something amazing in that book, but stories were nothing to fancy, few of them already heard on the podcast. Sure it was few of those...

    I truly loved this inside peek into a show I've been a fan of from its humble beginnings in the 90s. I found myself literally laughing out loud quite often in this book, especially from the middle onward when Reiss really hits his stride in writing. It's no surprise that his writing wo...

    Springfield Confidential: Jokes, Secrets, and Outright Lies from a Lifetime Writing for The Simpsons by Mike Reiss is an interesting look into how the Simpsons are created and his life within the time of his association with the show and the people involved. He reminisces about his f...

  • Josh
    Aug 06, 2018

    SPRINGFIELD CONFIDENTIAL is chock full of exactly what every Simpson fan would want-behind the scenes information, (so to speak, it's a cartoon), a little background on the main writer and all the others, a bit of name dropping, (and maybe a little dirt?), on the hundreds of guest star...

    A peek into the world of comedy writing, animation, television production, world travel and more by Mike Reiss. This guy has been around since the beginning of the Simpsons show and has a lot of fun and funny stories to share. Whether you're a die hard fan, a casual watcher, or not r...

    Shopkeeper: Take this object, but beware it carries a terrible curse! Homer: Ooh, that's bad. Shopkeeper: But it comes with a free frogurt! Homer: That's good. Shopkeeper: The frogurt is also cursed. Homer: That's bad. Shopkeeper: But you get your choice of toppings. ...

    Despite wandering away from their contemporary adventures, The Simpsons is important to me. Not just me, but most people from my generation. Rarely a day goes by without at least one quote deliberately or unconsciously slipping its way into an unrelated conversation. A show so fiendish...

    More reviews (and no fluff) on the blog http://surrealtalvi.wordpress.com/ Springfield Confidential reads very much like a Simpsons version of a biography - irreverent, sarcastic, self effacing, and never taking itself too seriously. But at the same time, I actually want the serious v...

    An episode about Grandpa going fishing is entitled "the Old Man and the She". Or, one of the writers suggested a gag where Homer see a form which says, 'Do Nott write in the box', and Homer writes, "OK." Then, there's the joke about Brook Sheilds being so bad playing the role of Ann F...

    Springfield Confidential by Mike Reiss is a book that takes you behind the scenes of one of the longest running shows in American television history, The Simpsons. Springfield Confidential is hilarious. The book is fast paced, irreverent and packed with jokes, similar to a Simpsons epi...

  • M.
    Jul 09, 2018

    SPRINGFIELD CONFIDENTIAL is chock full of exactly what every Simpson fan would want-behind the scenes information, (so to speak, it's a cartoon), a little background on the main writer and all the others, a bit of name dropping, (and maybe a little dirt?), on the hundreds of guest star...

    A peek into the world of comedy writing, animation, television production, world travel and more by Mike Reiss. This guy has been around since the beginning of the Simpsons show and has a lot of fun and funny stories to share. Whether you're a die hard fan, a casual watcher, or not r...

    Shopkeeper: Take this object, but beware it carries a terrible curse! Homer: Ooh, that's bad. Shopkeeper: But it comes with a free frogurt! Homer: That's good. Shopkeeper: The frogurt is also cursed. Homer: That's bad. Shopkeeper: But you get your choice of toppings. ...

    Despite wandering away from their contemporary adventures, The Simpsons is important to me. Not just me, but most people from my generation. Rarely a day goes by without at least one quote deliberately or unconsciously slipping its way into an unrelated conversation. A show so fiendish...

    More reviews (and no fluff) on the blog http://surrealtalvi.wordpress.com/ Springfield Confidential reads very much like a Simpsons version of a biography - irreverent, sarcastic, self effacing, and never taking itself too seriously. But at the same time, I actually want the serious v...

    An episode about Grandpa going fishing is entitled "the Old Man and the She". Or, one of the writers suggested a gag where Homer see a form which says, 'Do Nott write in the box', and Homer writes, "OK." Then, there's the joke about Brook Sheilds being so bad playing the role of Ann F...

    Springfield Confidential by Mike Reiss is a book that takes you behind the scenes of one of the longest running shows in American television history, The Simpsons. Springfield Confidential is hilarious. The book is fast paced, irreverent and packed with jokes, similar to a Simpsons epi...

    I confess, I am not a big fan of the Simpsons, Homer tends to annoy me too much to be able to watch the show religiously. I am though a fan of trivia and behind the scenes information and this book certainly delivers. Brilliantly fascinating read, with a author who is not afraid of v...

    It?s exactly the kind of book you?d expect a writer for The Simpsons to write but it has some truly funny and insightful moments and it makes me want to watch the show again. ...

  • Richard Gray
    Jul 19, 2018

    SPRINGFIELD CONFIDENTIAL is chock full of exactly what every Simpson fan would want-behind the scenes information, (so to speak, it's a cartoon), a little background on the main writer and all the others, a bit of name dropping, (and maybe a little dirt?), on the hundreds of guest star...

    A peek into the world of comedy writing, animation, television production, world travel and more by Mike Reiss. This guy has been around since the beginning of the Simpsons show and has a lot of fun and funny stories to share. Whether you're a die hard fan, a casual watcher, or not r...

    Shopkeeper: Take this object, but beware it carries a terrible curse! Homer: Ooh, that's bad. Shopkeeper: But it comes with a free frogurt! Homer: That's good. Shopkeeper: The frogurt is also cursed. Homer: That's bad. Shopkeeper: But you get your choice of toppings. ...

    Despite wandering away from their contemporary adventures, The Simpsons is important to me. Not just me, but most people from my generation. Rarely a day goes by without at least one quote deliberately or unconsciously slipping its way into an unrelated conversation. A show so fiendish...

  • Lisa Reviews Books
    Aug 02, 2018

    SPRINGFIELD CONFIDENTIAL is chock full of exactly what every Simpson fan would want-behind the scenes information, (so to speak, it's a cartoon), a little background on the main writer and all the others, a bit of name dropping, (and maybe a little dirt?), on the hundreds of guest star...

    A peek into the world of comedy writing, animation, television production, world travel and more by Mike Reiss. This guy has been around since the beginning of the Simpsons show and has a lot of fun and funny stories to share. Whether you're a die hard fan, a casual watcher, or not r...

    Shopkeeper: Take this object, but beware it carries a terrible curse! Homer: Ooh, that's bad. Shopkeeper: But it comes with a free frogurt! Homer: That's good. Shopkeeper: The frogurt is also cursed. Homer: That's bad. Shopkeeper: But you get your choice of toppings. ...

    Despite wandering away from their contemporary adventures, The Simpsons is important to me. Not just me, but most people from my generation. Rarely a day goes by without at least one quote deliberately or unconsciously slipping its way into an unrelated conversation. A show so fiendish...

    More reviews (and no fluff) on the blog http://surrealtalvi.wordpress.com/ Springfield Confidential reads very much like a Simpsons version of a biography - irreverent, sarcastic, self effacing, and never taking itself too seriously. But at the same time, I actually want the serious v...

    An episode about Grandpa going fishing is entitled "the Old Man and the She". Or, one of the writers suggested a gag where Homer see a form which says, 'Do Nott write in the box', and Homer writes, "OK." Then, there's the joke about Brook Sheilds being so bad playing the role of Ann F...

    Springfield Confidential by Mike Reiss is a book that takes you behind the scenes of one of the longest running shows in American television history, The Simpsons. Springfield Confidential is hilarious. The book is fast paced, irreverent and packed with jokes, similar to a Simpsons epi...

    I confess, I am not a big fan of the Simpsons, Homer tends to annoy me too much to be able to watch the show religiously. I am though a fan of trivia and behind the scenes information and this book certainly delivers. Brilliantly fascinating read, with a author who is not afraid of v...

    It?s exactly the kind of book you?d expect a writer for The Simpsons to write but it has some truly funny and insightful moments and it makes me want to watch the show again. ...

    2,5 ...

    I think this is the third book I've read about the Simpsons. It's definitely the best. Reiss' book was breezy, funny, and full of little details that delighted this long time Simpsons fan. Really, really, fun; a wonderful book to have found after reading the crap I've read latel...

    I wish that Reiss spent more time writing about The Simpsons and not attempting to be so glib. There are some great nuggets about the show, but far too often he goes off on tangents such as The Critic or his speaking and other writing engagements. It reads more like an autobiography at...

    It was so funny that I damn near pissed my pants! Touching, insightful, easy to read, and hard to put down. My only complaint is that I wanted the book to be longer: I was having so much fun with Mike Reiss and his adventures as a writer and world traveler that I didn't want the...

    It's certainly okay. Breezy, geeky, slight and silly fun. Perfectly fine as a mechanism for adorable Simpsons errata, but Mike Reiss's occasional hackery gets in the way. Its transformation from Springfield Confidential to Mike Reiss memoir happens a bit oddly, even if I did appreciate...

    At one point Reiss tries to answer the burning question about the single reason or genius person that made(makes?) The Simpsons is so great. Turns out it's staffed by really, really smart people on every level who all work really, really hard. It's awe-inspiring and daunting when you t...

    I've been a fan of The Simpsons since it was on The Tracey Ullman Show. Yeah, I'm dating myself but that's how long I've been a fan. I think I watched the show because I was a fan of Ms. Ullman but when I saw the first Simpsons short, I was hooked, and never missed an episode so I n...

    This is an amusing and insightful account of one of the original writers for The Simpsons, the longest running animated show (and one of the longest running TV shows of all time across all genres) on TV. The writer combines personal accounts and the accounts of other individuals to off...

    This was a fun, quick read, but you can tell the author writes for television because the jokes come at such a fast pace it?s almost overwhelming. A lot of slapstick thrown in that isn?t quite to my taste, but I?m sure other readers wouldn?t mind. It is GREAT fun learning all t...

    Fact about me that you may not know: I?m a Simpsons fan. Growing up my mom used to not let me watch it because of the language. So I had to sneak and watch it when she wasn?t around. I can?t pinpoint exactly what it is about the Simpsons that speaks to me, it just does. Overa...

    Even though I absolutely love The Simpsons, it took me awhile to get into this book. I didn't "get" Mike Reiss's humor at first, and so I kept putting this back down and reading something else instead. I wasn't even sure if I was going to actually read this or not, but the lure of behi...

    Simply a fun read with a few deeper (but not too deep) moments thrown in for heft. In other words it read like the very best episodes of The Simpsons. Reiss had has a wild ride and he invites the reader to join him on that ride. Learning some of the inside scoop, the personalities o...

    Like pretty much everyone on the planet I am a fan of The Simpsons. The show is a good waste of a half hour & while it's not ever been my favorite show, it has occasionally provided much needed laughter. This book serves in much the same way. It's most definitely not the best bo...

    Since apparently Mike Reiss (and all of the other simpsons writers) are fond of reading reviews: I think the Simpsons is a good, funny show. I feel slightly obligated to give this a five star rating, since....my entire profile is based around me identifying with Lisa and taking on he...

  • Andrew
    Jul 26, 2018

    SPRINGFIELD CONFIDENTIAL is chock full of exactly what every Simpson fan would want-behind the scenes information, (so to speak, it's a cartoon), a little background on the main writer and all the others, a bit of name dropping, (and maybe a little dirt?), on the hundreds of guest star...

    A peek into the world of comedy writing, animation, television production, world travel and more by Mike Reiss. This guy has been around since the beginning of the Simpsons show and has a lot of fun and funny stories to share. Whether you're a die hard fan, a casual watcher, or not r...

    Shopkeeper: Take this object, but beware it carries a terrible curse! Homer: Ooh, that's bad. Shopkeeper: But it comes with a free frogurt! Homer: That's good. Shopkeeper: The frogurt is also cursed. Homer: That's bad. Shopkeeper: But you get your choice of toppings. ...

  • Rebecky Clark
    Apr 26, 2018

    SPRINGFIELD CONFIDENTIAL is chock full of exactly what every Simpson fan would want-behind the scenes information, (so to speak, it's a cartoon), a little background on the main writer and all the others, a bit of name dropping, (and maybe a little dirt?), on the hundreds of guest star...

    A peek into the world of comedy writing, animation, television production, world travel and more by Mike Reiss. This guy has been around since the beginning of the Simpsons show and has a lot of fun and funny stories to share. Whether you're a die hard fan, a casual watcher, or not r...

    Shopkeeper: Take this object, but beware it carries a terrible curse! Homer: Ooh, that's bad. Shopkeeper: But it comes with a free frogurt! Homer: That's good. Shopkeeper: The frogurt is also cursed. Homer: That's bad. Shopkeeper: But you get your choice of toppings. ...

    Despite wandering away from their contemporary adventures, The Simpsons is important to me. Not just me, but most people from my generation. Rarely a day goes by without at least one quote deliberately or unconsciously slipping its way into an unrelated conversation. A show so fiendish...

    More reviews (and no fluff) on the blog http://surrealtalvi.wordpress.com/ Springfield Confidential reads very much like a Simpsons version of a biography - irreverent, sarcastic, self effacing, and never taking itself too seriously. But at the same time, I actually want the serious v...

    An episode about Grandpa going fishing is entitled "the Old Man and the She". Or, one of the writers suggested a gag where Homer see a form which says, 'Do Nott write in the box', and Homer writes, "OK." Then, there's the joke about Brook Sheilds being so bad playing the role of Ann F...

    Springfield Confidential by Mike Reiss is a book that takes you behind the scenes of one of the longest running shows in American television history, The Simpsons. Springfield Confidential is hilarious. The book is fast paced, irreverent and packed with jokes, similar to a Simpsons epi...

    I confess, I am not a big fan of the Simpsons, Homer tends to annoy me too much to be able to watch the show religiously. I am though a fan of trivia and behind the scenes information and this book certainly delivers. Brilliantly fascinating read, with a author who is not afraid of v...

    It?s exactly the kind of book you?d expect a writer for The Simpsons to write but it has some truly funny and insightful moments and it makes me want to watch the show again. ...

    2,5 ...

    I think this is the third book I've read about the Simpsons. It's definitely the best. Reiss' book was breezy, funny, and full of little details that delighted this long time Simpsons fan. Really, really, fun; a wonderful book to have found after reading the crap I've read latel...

    I wish that Reiss spent more time writing about The Simpsons and not attempting to be so glib. There are some great nuggets about the show, but far too often he goes off on tangents such as The Critic or his speaking and other writing engagements. It reads more like an autobiography at...

    It was so funny that I damn near pissed my pants! Touching, insightful, easy to read, and hard to put down. My only complaint is that I wanted the book to be longer: I was having so much fun with Mike Reiss and his adventures as a writer and world traveler that I didn't want the...