The Simpsons

5.0 out of 5 stars FINALLY – HIGH QUALITY SIMPSONS MERCHANDISE, December 26, 1999


Stefano Buatti (Melbourne, Australia) – See all my reviews

This review is from: The Simpsons: A Complete Guide to Our Favorite Family (Paperback)

If you’re a die-hard fan like me and want to know every little hidden secret in each episode, then this book is for you. I wouldn’t recommend it for the person that catches an episode of Simpsons whenever they can. This book is so full of trivia tid-bits that you can rest assured that many Simpson newsgroups popped up after the release of this book. Each episode has one or two pages dedicated to it and on these pages you will find, the episode’s technical details, a synopsis of the episode, memorable quotes from memorable characters, chunks of “must-memorise” dialogue, film/literary/historical references, and “What You Might Have Missed” – a section of little hidden jokes. Apart from the episode guide there is a list of Homer’s “Mmmms”, a list of Homer’s “Doh’s”, all the couch gags, all of Bart’s blackboard writings, a list of the cast and what voices they do, a list of the signs seen in Springfield, a list of Krusty merchandise, an episode guide for the 42 Simpson shorts seen on the Tracey Ullman show, and an episode guide for The Itchy and Scratch Show. This is NOT one of those 15 page black and white books printed on recycled newspaper with illegible writing and blurry images. This is a high-quality publication from Matt Groening himself.

5.0 out of 5 stars A must have!, January 13, 2002


J. N. Mohlman (Barrington, RI USA) – See all my reviews

This review is from: The Simpsons: A Complete Guide to Our Favorite Family (Paperback)

“The Simpsons: A Complete Guide to Our Favorite Family” is a must have for any fan of The Simpsons. It is loaded with episode information, inside jokes, quick gags you might have missed and abundance of quotes. It is great to have handy while watching the show, but it is equally fun to just thumb through; surprisingly, the Simpson family is almost as funny in synopsis format as it is on TV.

Furthermore, this isn’t just some cheap volume thrown together to make a quick buck. It is printed on high quality paper, in full color, and the stills from the episodes are beautifully rendered (not like the grainy images you frequently see in TV and movie tie-ins). Also, while it may not seem significant, each episode is described using standardized “blocks” (synopsis, Stuff You May Have Missed, etc.) so it is very east to quickly find information about a specific episode. Finally, now that each season is being released on DVD, this book becomes even more useful as it acts as a companion piece to the discs.

This book is great fun, high quality, and a must have for any Simpsons-a-holic.

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