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"Ortved has structured his book as an oral history, which works amazingly well for most of its length. The firsthand accounts he gathers offer some real insight....Still, if we excise the latter sections the way Ortved would like to erase the past decade of The Simpsons, what we're left with is a phenomenally enjoyable, if woefully incomplete, read." Chris Bolton, Powells.com (read the entire Powells.com review)

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The Simpsons is one of the most successful shows to ever run on television. From its first moment on air, the series's rich characters, subversive themes, and layered humor resounded deeply with audiences both young and old who wanted more from their entertainment than what was being meted out at the time by the likes of Full House, Growing Pains, and Family Matters. Spawned as an animated short on The Tracy Ullman Show — mere filler on the way to commercial breaks — the series grew from a controversial cult favorite to a mainstream powerhouse, and after nineteen years the residents of Springfield no longer simply hold up a mirror to our way of life: they have ingrained themselves into it.

John Ortved's oral history will be the first-ever look behind the scenes at the creation and day-to-day running of The Simpsonss, as told by many of the people who made it: among them writers, animators, producers, and network executives. It's an intriguing yet hilarious tale, full of betrayal, ambition, and love. Like the family it depicts, the show's creative forces have been riven by dysfunction from the get-go — outsize egos clashing with studio executives and one another over credit for and control of a pop-culture institution.

Contrary to popular belief, The Simpsons did not spring out of one man's brain, fully formed, like a hilarious Athena. Its inception was a process, with many parents, and this book tells the story.

Review:

"Freelance writer Ortved tells the story of a cartoon about a dysfunctional family living in the shadow of a nuclear power plant that became the longest-running prime time series in American television history. The Simpsons first appeared as a series of shorts on The Tracy Ullman Show in 1987 and debuted as a full-length series in 1989. Almost immediately it became an international phenomenon, helping to establish the then-upstart Fox network. Since then, The Simpsons has featured dozens of celebrity guests, from Michael Jackson to Tom Wolf, and has become a major influence on the development of television comedy and on a generation of Americans. Ortved has done dozens of in-depth interviews, and they make the book. His oral history approach is particularly compelling through the first 200 pages, where the disagreements over who deserves credit for The Simpsons take on a Rashomon-like complexity. Ortved seems evenhanded in his assessments of principals like Matt Groening and James Brooks — few of whom come through unscathed. As the book progresses, it loses focus, and Ortved inserts more of his own opinions and analyses, which are generally less interesting than the interviews (hating Everybody Loves Raymond isn't exactly a radical stance). Nevertheless, Ortved has done a remarkable job of bringing to light the creators of our beloved four-fingered creatures with the bright yellow skin." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

Synopsis:

The Simpsons is gunning for Gunsmoke's title as the longest-running program on television. Ortved's oral history is the first-ever look behind the scenes at the creation and day-to-day running of The Simpsons.

Synopsis:

Ortved's oral history will be the first-ever look behind the scenes at the creation and day-to-day running of The Simpsons as told by many of the people who make it: writers, animators, producers, and network executives.

Synopsis:

The Simpsons is one of the most successful shows to ever run on television. From its first moment on air, the series's rich characters, subversive themes, and layered humor resounded deeply with audiences both young and old who wanted more from their entertainment than what was being meted out at the time by the likes of Full House, Growing Pains, and Family Matters. Spawned as an animated short on The Tracy Ullman Show—mere filler on the way to commercial breaks—the series grew from a controversial cult favorite to a mainstream powerhouse, and after nineteen years the residents of Springfield no longer simply hold up a mirror to our way of life: they have ingrained themselves into it.
 
John Ortved's oral history will be the first-ever look behind the scenes at the creation and day-to-day running of The Simpsons, as told by many of the people who made it: among them writers, animators, producers, and network executives. Its an intriguing yet hilarious tale, full of betrayal, ambition, and love. Like the family it depicts, the show's creative forces have been riven by dysfunction from the get-go—outsize egos clashing with studio executives and one another over credit for and control of a pop-culture institution. Contrary to popular belief, The Simpsons did not spring out of one man's brain, fully formed, like a hilarious Athena. Its inception was a process, with many parents, and this book tells the story.

About the Author

John Ortved's writing has appeared in Vanity Fair, Interview, The New York Observer, and Vice. He lives in New York City.

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Dr. Rico, December 3, 2009 (view all comments by Dr. Rico)
Despite its flaws, this is a worthwhile read for fans of "The Simpsons" and folks interested in the creation of television and movies. Ortved focuses mainly on the series' writers, and complements this with an impressive collection of quotations from published interviews and other sources. The interviews confirm his thesis that writers like George Meyer and John Swartzwelder are critically important to the show's distinctive voice, and that Matt Groening and James L. Brooks receive too much credit for the show. But it is damaging that Groening and Brooks, or even sympathetic colleagues, aren't among the interviewees; Hank Azaria's participation is welcome, but it makes the reader wonder why other voice actors weren't involved; it's helpful to hear from Klasky-Csupo animators, who were discarded for another studio, but key directors like Jim Reardon and Wes Archer are nowhere to be seen. The book is at its worst when Ortved injects too much of himself into the book and takes random potshots at people not involved in "The Simpsons." Nevertheless, Ortved does a valuable service by revealing how the show's origins, writers, and animators combined to produce an enduring classic.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780865479883
Subtitle:
An Uncensored, Unauthorized History
Author:
Ortved, John
Publisher:
Faber & Faber
Subject:
Television - History & Criticism
Subject:
Popular Culture - General
Subject:
Simpsons (Television program)
Subject:
Popular Culture
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade Cloth
Publication Date:
20101012
Binding:
Electronic book text in proprietary or open standard format
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Includes a Dramatis Personae, Notes, and
Pages:
352
Dimensions:
9.00 x 6.00 in

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Freelance writer Ortved tells the story of a cartoon about a dysfunctional family living in the shadow of a nuclear power plant that became the longest-running prime time series in American television history. The Simpsons first appeared as a series of shorts on The Tracy Ullman Show in 1987 and debuted as a full-length series in 1989. Almost immediately it became an international phenomenon, helping to establish the then-upstart Fox network. Since then, The Simpsons has featured dozens of celebrity guests, from Michael Jackson to Tom Wolf, and has become a major influence on the development of television comedy and on a generation of Americans. Ortved has done dozens of in-depth interviews, and they make the book. His oral history approach is particularly compelling through the first 200 pages, where the disagreements over who deserves credit for The Simpsons take on a Rashomon-like complexity. Ortved seems evenhanded in his assessments of principals like Matt Groening and James Brooks — few of whom come through unscathed. As the book progresses, it loses focus, and Ortved inserts more of his own opinions and analyses, which are generally less interesting than the interviews (hating Everybody Loves Raymond isn't exactly a radical stance). Nevertheless, Ortved has done a remarkable job of bringing to light the creators of our beloved four-fingered creatures with the bright yellow skin." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Review A Day" by , "Ortved has structured his book as an oral history, which works amazingly well for most of its length. The firsthand accounts he gathers offer some real insight....Still, if we excise the latter sections the way Ortved would like to erase the past decade of The Simpsons, what we're left with is a phenomenally enjoyable, if woefully incomplete, read." (read the entire Powells.com review)
"Synopsis" by , The Simpsons is gunning for Gunsmoke's title as the longest-running program on television. Ortved's oral history is the first-ever look behind the scenes at the creation and day-to-day running of The Simpsons.
"Synopsis" by , Ortved's oral history will be the first-ever look behind the scenes at the creation and day-to-day running of The Simpsons as told by many of the people who make it: writers, animators, producers, and network executives.
"Synopsis" by ,
The Simpsons is one of the most successful shows to ever run on television. From its first moment on air, the series's rich characters, subversive themes, and layered humor resounded deeply with audiences both young and old who wanted more from their entertainment than what was being meted out at the time by the likes of Full House, Growing Pains, and Family Matters. Spawned as an animated short on The Tracy Ullman Show—mere filler on the way to commercial breaks—the series grew from a controversial cult favorite to a mainstream powerhouse, and after nineteen years the residents of Springfield no longer simply hold up a mirror to our way of life: they have ingrained themselves into it.
 
John Ortved's oral history will be the first-ever look behind the scenes at the creation and day-to-day running of The Simpsons, as told by many of the people who made it: among them writers, animators, producers, and network executives. Its an intriguing yet hilarious tale, full of betrayal, ambition, and love. Like the family it depicts, the show's creative forces have been riven by dysfunction from the get-go—outsize egos clashing with studio executives and one another over credit for and control of a pop-culture institution. Contrary to popular belief, The Simpsons did not spring out of one man's brain, fully formed, like a hilarious Athena. Its inception was a process, with many parents, and this book tells the story.
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