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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 Simpsons: A _NOT_ Complete Guide to...
For your average, less than 100%-devoted Simpsons-maniac, this book is definitely a great and useful source of fun and interesting facts. However, for a person that has already come across with clearly more comprehensive accounts (in the web, of course)on the episodes, the book contains little new information. The greatest disappointments were the absence of _numerous_...
Published on 28 Nov. 1997


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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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5.0 out of 5 stars The best book that I have ever laid my eyes upon, 26 April 1999
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The little note said maximun 1,000 words, so I'll try to get as close to that as possible. This book is probably, no, definitly the best book ever written by a human being. The Simpsons is the best TV show ever, and nothing will ever comapare to them. If you like The Simpsons (and of course you do) then you'll love this book. Although not every little joke is mentioned, it is great. (Of course, if every joke was mentioned, would would be the point of recording every episode and watching them frame by frame on your VCR?) Every person in the world should buy this book. I very much so enjoy all of Bart's blackboard writings. But probably the best feaure about this book is the fact that every Simpsons character from the first eight seasons are described in detail. (well, at least every important character.) Something very specific I noticed is that the screen shots given with each episode (there are three) seem to feature an uncanny amount of Professor John Frink. This is because Profesor Frink is the best character, and I pride myself on doing a very good impression of him. (I also do a mean mayor Quimby.) This book even gives lyics to most of the songs in the show, even some to songs that aren't on the CD, like "Cops in Springfield". I don't think I'm even close to 1,000 words yet, but I'll stop now anyway.
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5.0 out of 5 stars If you ever thought you knew everything, you`ll be suprised., 19 July 1998
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If you ever thought that you knew everything about the Simpsons, if you ever wanted to know more about the Simpsons than your friends, THIS BOOK IS FOR YOU!! This book has everything you ever wanted to know about the simpsons and a whole crapload more! Sure it is missing one or two things about the characters, but if you are the kind of person that loves the Simpsons, if you love the Simpsons as much as me, even if you love them more than me, you definetly want this book. In fact, I`ll tell you one thing that is not in the book, but only if you promise to buy it, aw heck you have probably already bought it! So, back to that secret, ya know the man that starred in the hit movie(on the Simpsons) McBain, well his real name is Ramier Wolfcastle. So, now that you know that, you have to buy the book, and if you don`t, you shouldn`t even have the right, no, the priveledge to watch the Simpsons! You should be banned from your country, and be forced to watch music videos of! Hanson and the Spice Girls, 24/7!!!!
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3.0 out of 5 stars The Simpsons: A _NOT_ Complete Guide to..., 28 Nov. 1997
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For your average, less than 100%-devoted Simpsons-maniac, this book is definitely a great and useful source of fun and interesting facts. However, for a person that has already come across with clearly more comprehensive accounts (in the web, of course)on the episodes, the book contains little new information. The greatest disappointments were the absence of _numerous_ references and the difficulty in using the index (the indexed words are actually quite arduous to spot on the pages referred to). Also, the quotes should either have been complete or left out entirely. As it is, the absence of some of my favorite lines just makes me angry. As far as objectivity is concerned, I don't think the authors are the right party to put this kind of thing together. A group of people should first do the groundwork and then check the things they're not sure about from the actual authors. I don't deny Groening's genious, but as he is so close to the series, a certain clinicism/objectivity this book needs, is missing.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Every fan of The Simpsons should have or read this book., 11 Jan. 1999
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After reading this book from cover to cover (which took me nearly a month due to the amount of writing inside) I found myself watching re-runs of the show, looking out for hidden things that I and most people would have missed that the booked pointed out to me. But don't think that that's all the book is, writing, theres also alot of pictures taken from the show. The book has a profile on every character that I can think of that has appeared on the show. What I found interesting was the movie moments write ups in some episodes that pointed out some moments in the show that were taking off movies or shows. Along with every episode, is the special guest the dialogue, the favourite lines, things you may have missed, what Bart wrote on the blackboard in the starting credits and anything else special that happened in that episode. This book is very colorful and well illustrated, a great book for not just kids but adult fans of the show as well.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Not bad, but hopefully the second edition will be better., 2 Nov. 1997
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I was ecstatic when I saw that an official Simpsons episode guide had finally been published. After poring over it for about a week and a half, however, I have discovered that it is in fact a disappointment-- lots of *obvious* movie references and some classic lines are missing. Compounding the omissions are numerous annoying typos and grammar errors. This book would have been much better had they not tried to cram an episode into only one or two pages. The screen captures from the episodes are of poor quality and take up space that could have been used for other things. Now that I think about it, this work probably would have been better as a CD-ROM or two (or ideally, one disc per season, so a new disc can be released after each season) chock full of video and audio clips from each episode and with a nice search engine so you can find all the eps that make a reference to "Dr. Strangelove" with a mouse click or two.
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5.0 out of 5 stars THE BEST BOOK EVER!!!!!!!!!!!!!, 20 Dec. 1998
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WOW! This book is amazing! It has full color pictures, an easy to use index that lets you find what your looking for fast and easy! a few people commenting before me said that the print was to small, yeah, its to small if your an old blind lady! The print is fine, the index is fine. It has more information than 50 internet sites put together! If you are one of those people that just can't get enough of the Simpsons, you NEED this book. After watching an episode you can look it up and see wich jokes you missed. I would pay as much as $30 for this book, it has a section about every single character that was even on the show once! It has 1-2 pages on every single episode up to the beginning of season 9. What I am trying to say is YOU ARE CRAZY IF YOU DO NOT BUY THIS BOOK!!!!!!!!!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars This is the best book ever!!, 18 May 1999
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If you love the Simpsons, you just have to get this book!!! I read it every night before i go to bed and i think i've read about each episode at least 4 times!!! But the best part is the profiles of the important characters. It tells everything from their turn-ons to their secret shames. I also love the "things you may have missed" section!! It tells you little things that happened in the episode that you may not have seen or noticed. When i have lots of free time i watch old Simpsons re-runs and follow along in my book, watching for the "things you may have missed" and listening for the funny quotes. IT'S THE BEST BOOK EVER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars A must for Simpsons fanatics, 8 July 1999
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If you are a fan of the Simpsons and do not own this book, you sir are no fan of the Simpsons. What are you waiting for? Summaries of the first eight seasons, plus tons of little known or unknown facts about each episode, a profile of virtually all of the thousands of characters that Groening, Simon, Brooks and the gang have brought to us since an old drunk made humans out of his rabbit characters to pay off his gambling debts and will no doubt continue to bring us until the show becomes unprofitable. And if you don't recognize those last few lines you need this book to tell you what episode Troy McClure uttered them in. The bottom line is buy the book! And Homer Rules!
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