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, Biography, Autobiography, Memoir

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 ...
  • 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!
  • 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...
  • 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 ...
  • 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...
  • 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.
  • Gerry Velasquez
    More of a biography on Mike ReissThis book is more of a biography on writer Mike Reiss than history of The Simpsons. Still, a lot of great anecdotes about The Simpsons and his history as a comedy writer. Recommend.
  • Sean Kottke
    A laff riot that provides lots of insights into The Simpsons and American comedy in general. The audiobook, read by Reiss, is priceless. Of the many Simpsons books in my library, this one is far and away the most rewarding in the same manner that the show is rewarding: in laughter.
  • Russell Howen
    "Springfield Confidential" is a humorous presentation of Author Mike Reiss in his time writing for the TV show "The Simpsons" and other writings. It's a humorous, laugh-a-minute read. If you like to chuckle, laugh, or smile, this book is for you.
  • Camina
    An awesome trip down my early childhood.
  • Bill
    Not Seinfeldia, as Reiss goes off on tangents about his own career and comedy in general. But there are humorous parts. Worth the read and you get some good Simpsons knowledge for any fan out there.
  • Rick Homuth
    The only thing about this book I'm grateful for is it made me realize that, since they still let this clown write for the show, I understand why it's so miserably unfunny now.
  • Richard
    A must for any Simpsons fan. Very funny but also informative about the formation of the characters, writing process, and much more.
  • Carol Lynn
    As a Simpsons fan, I truly enjoyed reading this book. Laughed out loud a few times and enjoyed the behind the scenes glimpse.
  • Boone Bolinder
    Very funny book. Has some coarse language that I didn't care for, but I would highly recommend it to even a casual Simpsons fan.
  • Erik Weber
    Possibly the funniest book I've read, though admittedly I've never read the Bible.
  • Lauren Watts
    Super funny, great insider stories, and a great look into how much work it takes to make an episode of The Simpsons. Highly recommended for any and all Simpsons fans!
  • M
    listened to this on a long drive through colorado, and it really hit the spot.
  • Harris
    Even though I haven't watched The Simpsons in years I really enjoyed this book for all of its hilarity.
  • Jeff
    Would have been more stars but he spent a couple chapters talking about screen writing other shows and movies.