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5.0 out of 5 stars A guide to The Simpsons in their prime
It's hardly surprising that this is the first Amazon review for this book since 2004, it is quite old now (1997) and there are far more extensive, up to date guides to the Simpsons available (notably the magnificent recent Simpsons World The Ultimate Episode Guide Seasons 1-20 (The Simpsons) which I've taken a peak at). However, I still regard it as a highly enjoyable...
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3.0 out of 5 stars The print is too small.
If the print were bigger, I'd love this book. It's comprehensive, funny, and informative. But unless you have particularly sharp eyes, it is too uncomfortable to read. I couldn't finish it, and wish I hadn't bought it.
Published on 30 April 1998


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5.0 out of 5 stars A guide to The Simpsons in their prime, 1 Oct 2013
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It's hardly surprising that this is the first Amazon review for this book since 2004, it is quite old now (1997) and there are far more extensive, up to date guides to the Simpsons available (notably the magnificent recent Simpsons World The Ultimate Episode Guide Seasons 1-20 (The Simpsons) which I've taken a peak at). However, I still regard it as a highly enjoyable read, and here's why,

You can now pick it up at such a cheap price, but what the book offers for me (and presumably many others) is a guide to The Simpsons in their prime, seasons one to eight, which I regard as the very best period for the show, and all of my favourite episodes are therefore covered. Whilst I still enjoyed the later stuff, I think the ideas were drying up slightly (and more so recently) and arguably most of the fan favourites and classic episodes came from those first eight seasons.

This original official guide looks fantastic, it's nicely laid out and colour coded to help the readers find what they are looking for (i.e: an episode synopsis and a colour to identify which eps were from which season). The highlight for me is the humourous brief biography of every character (including minor ones you may have forgotten) on every page. You have the complete work (up until publication) of Itchy & Scrathy (presented as a filmography) as well as all of Bart's chalkboard sayings, Krusty the Clown merchandise and much more besides.

Episodes are typically given one page (although some are featured over two) and you get all the vital stats, highlights, quotes, movie moments and 'The stuff you might have missed', which even an observant person like myself failed to notice. The guide is also introduced by show creator Matt Groening.

'A Complete Guide to Our Favorite Family' is still a great companion book despite it's age, and is a must for fans. I had so much fun reading it, for days on end it became my bible.
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5.0 out of 5 stars This Book is the greatest!, 15 April 2001
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In the words of Homer: Fan-fugu-tastic, this book doesn't just have episode guides, it has every thing you want right down to the last detail. For example it has a character profile for every Simpsons character imaginable even barts old girlfriend that he had who was Laura Powers for you non-hardcore fans, some Simpsons fans it has too many pictures to fill up the blank gaps but if you took away the pictures you would lose part of the enjoyment of looking at it. If you are going to buy a book of this type you should buy the official one NOT the unofficial one, although the unofficial book is good (what simpsons merchandise isn't)it doesn't have the fun of a real Simpsons book. Give the author (not Matt Groening) some credit by buying his book!
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This Simpsons Book Rules!!, 31 Oct 2004
This review is from: The Simpsons: The Complete Guide to Our Favorite Family: The Complete Guide to Your Favorite Family (Hardcover)
This book has all the information there is for every single episode of the entire first 8 series. Although it covers hundreds of episodes of our favourite family, each episode is completely covered, including telling the plot, parts of the scripts, quotes from characters and things you almost certainly would have missed. It is amazing to see how many things they put in those shows without anyone realising!! Definetly one of the best books i have read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Simpsons by Matt Groening, 18 Oct 2002
This review is from: The Simpsons: The Complete Guide to Our Favorite Family: The Complete Guide to Your Favorite Family (Hardcover)
I'm 54 and I think this is the best book ever. My son was given this accumulation of script extracts for Christmas some time ago. Unlike most TV spin-offs this is a nugget of 100% pure gold. Reading it reveals why The Simpsons is the greatest TV show in recent times. (I'm not counting Seargent Bilko as recent) Much of the script is made funny by the cartoon characters' delivery rather than the words. Much of it is cutting insight rather than humour - like the dentist's warning about ending up with an 'English smile' to the lad who didn't want his teeth treated.
All families should have this book
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Simpsons guide is....um....really....um....great!!, 19 April 2001
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When most people watch a Simpsons episode, they just watch for the usual gags, like Marge grumbling, Bart saying "Don't have a Cow!" and Homer saying "Doh!" What most people miss are the hidden gags: signs, word play gags, political jokes. This book highlights these, as well as the other straight forward gags, like Homer's conversations with his brain, and they do it well. I can guarantee, after you read this book, you will watch the Simpsons in a new way.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent, 11 Feb 2000
This review is from: The Simpsons: The Complete Guide to Our Favorite Family: The Complete Guide to Your Favorite Family (Hardcover)
Perfect! Everything you'd need to know, episode-wise, about our fave family.
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5.0 out of 5 stars BUY THIS BOOK!, 13 Dec 1999
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Any simpsons fan must have copy of this book! It covers everything you would want to know and reminds you of all those jokes you laughed at for ages. It's interesting to find out what the episodes are called and there are loads more fascinating snippets like this you are dying to know. My only regret is that is that it is not up to date, pleeeeeeeeease will you bring out a second edition soon Matt!!!!!!!! Otherwise, it's all you could ever ask for, buy it now!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars If you're a real fan, you'll own it already, 14 Nov 1999
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I bought this book in the hope that it would make me the ultimate SIMPSONS guru. I believe it has. Everything that I wanted to know is in this book. And I mean EVERYTHING. The book covers over 150 episodes, and for each one the plot, quotes and all the hidden jokes are printed. It's great.
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5.0 out of 5 stars good book, 31 Oct 1999
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i got this book and cant wate for the next one to come out <the simpons forever>
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5.0 out of 5 stars BUY THIS BOOK!!!!!, 22 Oct 1999
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This review is from: The Simpsons: The Complete Guide to Our Favorite Family: The Complete Guide to Your Favorite Family (Hardcover)
If you are a Simpson fan, you have to have this book! A book so filled with everything Simpsons your head hurts.If you don't buy it,your missing out!
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