Book Review: Springfield Confidential by Mike Reiss

July 20, 2023

About:

Springfield Confidential: Jokes, Secrets, and Outright Lies from a Lifetime Writing for The Simpsons by Mike Reiss is a memoir of the Emmy award-winning writer. Mr. Reiss has been on the show almost since the very beginning.

  • 320 pages
  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Dey Street Books
  • Language ‏ : English
  • ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 0062748033

Book Review: Springfield Confidential by Mike Reiss
My rating for Springfield Confidential5

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Thoughts:

I picked up this book that appeared in the Little Free Library I steward. As a big fan of The Simpsons, since they first appeared on TV, this seemed to be the perfect book to take with me on vacation.

Springfield Confidential by Mike Reiss delivered exactly what it promises, behind-the-scenes anecdotes, how the show started, how it’s made, some dirt (but not too much), little stories about the famous guest stars, and how some of the famous lines came about. And there’s big-time name dropping which, to his credit, Mr. Reiss fully acknowledges.

You don’t have to be a fan of the show to enjoy this book. Even if you’re just interested in TV writing, entertainment, or the process of making a cartoon series you’ll find this book informative.

At several places, this book made me chuckle out loud, a very rare occurrence. Even though I haven’t watched the show in a while, I was very familiar with many of the episodes described in the book. It took me back, and I could hear the soundtrack in my head.

Mr. Reiss is very generous giving credit to those who helped him along the way. He does take credit where credit is due, and is very proud, rightfully, of several jokes he wrote that have entered Simpsons’ lore. His bit about Groundskeeper Willie teaching French, calling the students “cheese-eating surrender monkeys” even made it official in Oxford quotation dictionaries, and was used as a slur in the Australian Parliament, and in serious publications such as The Times and The Daily Telegraph.

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Dis­claimer:I borrowed this book from a Little Free Library
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