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

3.96  ·  Rating details ·  225 Ratings  ·  45 Reviews
“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
Hardcover, 320 pages
Published June 12th 2018 by Dey Street Books
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Jun 24, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 stars, and finally, the stories about how certain jokes came about. It's a quick, breezy, informative and fun book.

Mike Reiss has been writing for The Simpsons from almost day one. He and everyone else on the show neve
Mar 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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 really into the Simpsons (who?!), everybody can get some laughs from the book while learning how this animated show is made. Despite the jokes about the writer's room (people sleeping or doing crosswords all day) it's
Jul 09, 2018 rated it really liked it
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.
Jul 06, 2018 rated it liked it
Matt Glaviano
Jul 07, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2018, misc
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 lately. A soothing balm. A palette cleanser.
Rebecky Clark
Apr 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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 book to end!
Jul 07, 2018 rated it liked it
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 never missed a Simpsons episode.

Naturally, I had to read Springfield Confidential.

Mr. Reiss offers behind-the-scenes insight of the most popular animated show on primetime. I can't believe its in its 30th season! And
Amanda Mae
Apr 25, 2018 rated it liked it
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 the Simpsons trivia, but a few I call bogus - like George Harrison doing the show because his grandkids told him to. He was on the show in 1993 and his one kid was 14 or 15 at the time. No grandkids. (I’m the Beatles nerd w ...more
Janine Urban
Jun 25, 2018 rated it really liked it
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.

Overall I did enjoy Springfield Confidential. It’s fast paced and full of pop culture trivia about the Simpsons. Want to know why they’re yellow? Or whom Homer and Marge are named after? Or what lead them to the Tracy Ullman show
Jul 12, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: nonfiction
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 behind-the-scenes info on The Simpsons kept pulling me back.

Even though there were several jokes that fell flat for me, and some that made me extremely uncomfortable, I'm really glad I finally gave this a try. I LOVED
Daniel Plotkin
Jul 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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 of those involved, the rivalry between Groenig and Sam Simon that both invigorated and threatened the show in its early years, and the insights into the process of writing such a show wee truly fascinating.

Reiss also sh
Susan Grodsky
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's rat-a-tat style had palled. The "keep trying, keep pitching, don't edit, keep brainstorming" method works in the writer's room. In print, not so much.

Of course, if you are a huge fan of "The Simpsons", you will
Alejandro Soifer
Jun 26, 2018 rated it really liked it
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 Fidel Castro died like 10 years ago was a mistake by him or simply one of those "outright lies" it also promises.
Also, you can expect some moment of pure arrogance from the author. I can understand it as he really
Melinda M
Mar 19, 2018 rated it liked it
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 favorite episodes of the show. I am not a fan of the show but Mark Reiss writes in a manner that keeps your interest. If you are like many people I know and are a fan of the show or like me and not have watched an sin
Alex Buschmann
Jun 27, 2018 rated it really liked it
A fun read - the jokes came at such a rapid pace it was hard to catch them all. It was also hard to note what stories were 100% true and which ones may have just been mostly true - I didn't mind but some people may not love it.

Overall though, it was a fun way to hear about the history of such an iconic show which has defined a generation and become such a cultural phenomenon that the book "Off to Be a Wizard" jokes that anyone that was born in the 80's and traveled back in time in the 90's alwa
Jul 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A behind the scenes look/memoir from a longtime writer and showrunner of The Simpsons, at least when it was a groundbreaking and unimpeachably great TV show. The most illuminating Simpsons book since The Simpsons: A Complete Guide to Our Favorite Family.

4.5 stars, rounded up. Some of the material from the memoir sections land squarely in dad joke material. However, stuff about Conan O'Brien and John Swartzwelder's writer's room antics are among the funniest things I've ever read. And I even lear
Kendall Concini
Jul 06, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: audio-books
#readingchallenge2018 (my audio book series)

A casual Simpsons fan, I learned a lot, making me want to binge watch episode. So overall effective book! He crams so much information in, it's worth every little bit. Even the parts about his life outside of the Simpsons were something interesting to learn about. I definitely stole some jokes and re-used them on people!
Mark Evans
Jun 25, 2018 rated it liked it
This book would be amazing if you knew nothing about the behind the scenes of The Simpsons or never listened to a DVD commentary. Sadly I have done both, so it was not filled with any particular insight. A fun read, and they did save the best for last with the comedy glossary, but nothing essential.
Gerry Velasquez
Jun 27, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
More of a biography on Mike Reiss

This book is more of a biography on writer Mike Reiss than history of The Simpsons. Still, a lot of great anecdotes about The Simpsons and his history as a comedy writer. Recommend.
Sean Kottke
Jun 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2018
A laff riot that provides lots of insights into The Simpsons and American comedy in general. The audiobook, read by Reiss, is priceless. Of the many Simpsons books in my library, this one is far and away the most rewarding in the same manner that the show is rewarding: in laughter.
Shane Hawk
An irreverent memoir about show business and most of all a peek behind the curtain of The Simpsons. I enjoyed it front to back hence me finishing it within a day. Fans of the show, animation, or comedy writing would find this to be a delightful read. Worth buying.
Russell Howen
Jun 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing
"Springfield Confidential" is a humorous presentation of Author Mike Reiss in his time writing for the TV show "The Simpsons" and other writings. It's a humorous, laugh-a-minute read. If you like to chuckle, laugh, or smile, this book is for you.
Mark Wilson
Jul 10, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Best. Book. Ever. (Okay, not really, but still...)

An entertaining behind-the-scenes look at the longest-running series in TV history: the madcap/zany/insert-cliche-here way it came to be, and how it has survived.
Jul 02, 2018 rated it really liked it
An awesome trip down my early childhood.
Jul 06, 2018 rated it liked it
Not as good as Four Finger Discount's book, but still a good read.
Jun 25, 2018 rated it liked it
Not Seinfeldia, as Reiss goes off on tangents about his own career and comedy in general. But there are humorous parts. Worth the read and you get some good Simpsons knowledge for any fan out there.
Jul 06, 2018 rated it did not like it
Shelves: couldn-t-finish
Only made it through the first hour of the audiobook and gave up. Totally lame
Joe Kearney
Jul 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: simpsons
Just when I thought I knew everything about the Simpsons....

Loved the book!
Rick Homuth
Jul 02, 2018 rated it did not like it
The only thing about this book I'm grateful for is it made me realize that, since they still let this clown write for the show, I understand why it's so miserably unfunny now.
Jun 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A must for any Simpsons fan. Very funny but also informative about the formation of the characters, writing process, and much more.
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