Springfield Confidential by Mike Reiss

Springfield Confidential

“A truly great comic is rare. Mike Reiss, by definition, is a rarity.”—Conan O'BrienIn 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 Reiss—who has worked on The Simpsons continuously since episode one...

Details Springfield Confidential

TitleSpringfield Confidential
Release DateJun 12th, 2018
PublisherDey Street Books
GenreNonfiction, Humor, Autobiography, Memoir, Comedy, Biography

Reviews Springfield Confidential

  • Char
    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 alm...
  • Rachel
    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 ...
  • Richard Gray
    Despite wandering away from their contemporary adventures, The Simpsons is important to me. Not just me, but most people from my generation. Rarely a day goes by without at least one quote deliberately or unconsciously slipping its way into an unrelated conversation. A show so fiendishly clever in its in-tric-acies. See, there I go.At any rate, we owe much of it to this feisty feline Mike Reiss. Taking us through his time before The Simpsons, dur...
  • Andrew
    Shopkeeper: Take this object, but beware it carries a terrible curse!Homer: Ooh, that's bad.Shopkeeper: But it comes with a free frogurt!Homer: That's good.Shopkeeper: The frogurt is also cursed.Homer: That's bad.Shopkeeper: But you get your choice of toppings.Homer: That's good!Shopkeeper: The toppings contain potassium benzoate.[Homer looks puzzled]Shopkeeper: ...That's bad.Homer: Can I go now?Boo-Urns! Everything's coming up Milhouse! It was t...
  • Sharon
    I confess, I am not a big fan of the Simpsons, Homer tends to annoy me too much to be able to watch the show religiously. I am though a fan of trivia and behind the scenes information and this book certainly delivers. Brilliantly fascinating read, with a author who is not afraid of voicing his opinion, without any shame or disclaimers. Quite refreshing really.
  • M.
    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.
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  • Matt Glaviano
    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
    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!
  • Elaine
    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 prime...
  • Scott Martin
    This is an amusing and insightful account of one of the original writers for The Simpsons, the longest running animated show (and one of the longest running TV shows of all time across all genres) on TV. The writer combines personal accounts and the accounts of other individuals to offer insight into the inner working of this show. Perhaps I am showing my age, but I remember when this was a new show, cutting edge, and condemned by many of the adu...
  • Amanda Mae
    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 1...
  • Janine Urban
    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...
  • Alex
    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, ...
  • Daniel Plotkin
    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 writi...
  • Lisa Reviews Books
    Since apparently Mike Reiss (and all of the other simpsons writers) are fond of reading reviews: I think the Simpsons is a good, funny show. I feel slightly obligated to give this a five star rating, since....my entire profile is based around me identifying with Lisa and taking on her to write my often harsh reviews. I did like this book for most of it, but the last fifty or so pages just dragged on and on. I wasn't super interested in his other ...
  • 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, ...
  • Alejandro Soifer
    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 ...
  • Brittany
    I truly loved this inside peek into a show I've been a fan of from its humble beginnings in the 90s. I found myself literally laughing out loud quite often in this book, especially from the middle onward when Reiss really hits his stride in writing. It's no surprise that his writing would do this, considering that his writing contributions were part of a show that's made me laugh for 30 seasons! If you're a Simpsons fan, it's a must-read. Remembe...
  • Melinda M
    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 ...
  • Alex Buschmann
    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 t...
  • Brianswane
    I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book. I've always enjoyed Mike Reiss' work and I'm a big fan of the Simpsons. I've heard a few of the stories before in the Simpsons episode commentaries on the DVD collections, but most of the stories were new to me. I enjoyed the quick pace and appreciated the humor thrown in throughout (I laughed out loud many times).I miss The Critic and think it was a really underrated show. I'm glad it got some love in this...
  • Jake
    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 t...
  • Phil Simon
    I wish that Reiss spent more time writing about The Simpsons and not attempting to be so glib. There are some great nuggets about the show, but far too often he goes off on tangents such as The Critic or his speaking and other writing engagements. It reads more like an autobiography at times with lame jokes and ultimately fails to deliver on much of the promise that the book's title implies. If he had stuck with the book's premise, I would have l...
  • Kendall Concini
    #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!
    An entertaining and fun look at The Simpsons through they eyes of producer/writer Mike Reiss who has been with the show from the early days. Less of an expose of the dark yellow underbelly of America's favorite and longest running show, and more of a look at Mike Reiss's professional career mostly in, but partly out of the Simpson. Worth the read for any real fan.
  • Noah
    While I haven't watched the show "The Simpsons" in many years, this book was incredibly entertaining. Mike Reiss describes the many painful details that go into creating every episode of the show giving a history and glimpse into the shows past and present. Great insight, very informative, and fantastically humorous.
  • Richard
    A must read for any hardcore Simpsons (or The Critic fan). There really isn't that much dirt that went into creating The Simpsons, but Mike Reiss holds nothing back and there were actually some stories which I hadn't heard before (as well as a couple of mistakes that only a Simpsons nerd like me would notice).
  • Riley Hamilton
    This was good if you're a huge simpsons-head, but there's a lot of non-simpsons stuff you have to wade through like mike reiss's chapter on his favorite tweets and his experience doing public speaking. But it's a fun, funny, breezy look at the history of the simpsons with a lot of cool anecdotes that I had never heard before.
  • Mark Evans
    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.