by Matt Groening
Paperback: ; Dimensions (in inches): 1.47 x 9.66 x 8.33
Publisher: Harperperennial Library; (October 22, 2002)
About the Author
Matt Groening, the creator and executive producer of the Emmy Award-winning series "The Simpsons," the "Life in Hell" cartoon series, and the animated Fox tv series "Futurama", is the man responsible for bringing animation to prime time.
In addition, Groening formed Bongo Comics Group in 1993 and currently serves as publisher of their four comic books -- Simpsons Comics, Itchy & Scratchy Comics, Bartman, and Radioactive Man.
Groening lives in Los Angeles, CA.All rights reserved.
FuturamaTM & © Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation. All rights reserved.
For the first time ever, The Simpsons: A Complete Guide to Our Favorite Family, The Simpsons Forever!, and the newest installment The Simpsons Beyond Forever! are collected together in an all-new, deluxe boxed set, celebrating twelve years of simply sensational Simpsons success.Each boxed set also comes with a set of exclusive Simpsons postcards!
From the very first cartoon short to the 12th season, "The Simpsons" has gone from overnight success to cultural phenomenon to television's longest-running prime-time, animated show. Featuring highlights from more than 250 episodes, plot synopses, quotes, character profiles, couch gags, guest stars, and much more, The Ultimate Simpsons in a Big Ol' Box supplies twelve years of giggles and gurgles, chuckles and chortles, snickers and snorts, and hoots and howls that will delight everyone in one, BIG boxed set.
The Simpsons: A Complete Guide to Our Family (Seasons 1-8)This meticulously researched, colorfully rendered, exhaustively indexed, and lovingly fashioned episode guide provides memorable moments and little known facts that will make you an authority on the first eight seasons of "The Simpsons."
The Simpsons Forever! (Seasons 9 & 10)Continuing on from The Simpsons: A Complete Guide to Our Favorite Family, The Simpsons Forever! provides more of everything you came to expect from the first volume. Focusing on Seasons 9 & 10, The Simpsons Forever! features musical moments from "The Simpsons," including the Bart Simpson music videos along with a special tribute to the career of Troy McClure.
The Simpsons Beyond Forever! (Seasons 11 & 12)Picking up where The Simpsons Forever! left off, this new guide tells you everything thing you want to know and more than you think you already know about "The Simpsons." In this volume each episode gets a full two-page, full-color treatment that provides more art and more moments from your favorite episodes from the 11th & 12th Seasons.
Ehhh..., August 6, 2003
Reviewer: special_kahler from Castleton, VT
I'm not buying any more Simpsons Episode Guide books until the freakin show is cancelled....which at this rate seems like never! The version I have goes to roughly season 8 which is when it started to peter out anyway...(Coinciding with the death of the Great One, Phil Hartman)
The Ultimate Simpsons Reference!, July 26, 2003
Reviewer: Melynie Withington from Yuba City, CA United States
These guides are so thorough in covering each episode of the Simpsons, any fan will want to buy them all so he/she may as well get them all at once in this fun box set. These books list each episode in every season from the shorts aired on the Tracy Ullman show through season 12. For every episode there is a brief description, the date it originally aired, list of writers/guest voices, tons of quotes, interesting tidbits and things to look for, selected dialog, screen shots, and even the message on Bart's chalkboard in the introduction. In addition to the information on each episode, the books include short features on almost every character (even those that appeared briefly in one episode), Itchy and Scratchy shorts, a list of when Homer says "D'oh!" or "Mmmm...," a list of the "couch gags" during the theme song, you name it. These are the ultimate guides to the Simpsons that every fan will refer to regularly. They also include a handy index to help when one is trying to find that one special episode he/she craves. Even if you already have one of these books, this is an excellent set to own and it's a good idea to have a spare book because you will no doubt wear out at least one!
The Owner's Manual to The Simpsons, April 5, 2003
Reviewer: Warren Holzem from Oregon City, OR
Between the three books in this set, seasons 1 to 12 are covered. Each episode has one or two pages formatted in a consistant fashion. You can find information about guest stars, music, cultural references, and the best lines of dialog for each episode. You'll also see which episode a character first appeared in.
The information in this book is nothing you can't already find on the Internet. It is, however, arranged well, in a user-friendly design.
You're not going to get many behind the scenes insights into The Simpsons, but you will have a handy, dandy reference that you'll want to consult before watching a rerun. Reading about the episode before watching it again allows you to see so much more that you might have missed the first fifty times you saw a paritcular episode.
Essentially, this is the owner's manual to seasons 1 to 12 of The Simpsons.
Keep an eye out for the next in the series covering seasons 13 and 14.
really, really fun book, November 27, 2002
Reviewer: A reader from Bethesda, Maryland USA
After we got these books we couldn't put them down! This is a perfect book for any real Simpson's fan. It describes each episode in extreme detail - down to what Bart writes on the blackboard during each of the opening credits! The artwork is great - there is nothing lacking. I picked up the book this morning just to look one thing up, and the next thing I knew an hour had passed and I was still flipping through the pages!
Bring you up to speed on our favorite animated family, October 26, 2002
Reviewer: J.J. Kwashnak from Atlanta, Georgia
As the Simpsons head into their 14th season, there are more and more viewers brought into fandom. With the regular Sunday Night showings, and the ubiquitous syndicated re-runs, as well as the first two seasons on DVD, new fans join the gang. And for those of you who are new to the phenomenon, this is the way to get yourself up to date on what's come before. There have been three volumes of the Simpsons' episodes guide books published; The Simpsons: A Complete Guide to Our Favorite Family, The Simpsons Forever! A Complete Guide to Our Favorite Family...Continued, and The Simpsons Beyond Forever. For those who have not bought the books in the past, here is a chance to get all three outstanding volumes in one neat boxed package, and at a price cheaper than buying the three volumes individually. Each episode is given expanded treatment, with a synopsis, quotes from the episode, "in-jokes" and movie references and information on the guest voices. A complete roster of the nearly 300 introductory chalkboards and couch gags are spelled out, as well as other repeating themes, such as the use of "D'oh!" and "Mmmmmm...." And finally, indexes allow you to go looking for certain characters, actors or other reference - perfect for settling those trivia contests or bar bets. If you love the Simpsons, these books are the perfect companion to what Time Magazine declared the Television Show of the Century.