The Simpsons (1989– )
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Behind the Laughter 

Fans are invited to take a behind-the-scenes look at "The Simpsons," revisiting some of the most memorable experiences the family has been through.

Director:

Mark Kirkland

Writers:

Matt Groening (created by), James L. Brooks (developed by) | 6 more credits »
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Cast

Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Dan Castellaneta ... Homer Simpson / Grampa / Krusty / Ozzy Osbourne / Kodos / Woody Allen (voice)
Julie Kavner ... Marge Simpson (voice)
Nancy Cartwright ... Bart Simpson (voice)
Yeardley Smith ... Lisa Simpson (voice)
Hank Azaria ... Moe Szyslak / Director / Carl / Comic Book Guy / Chief Wiggum / Apu / Bobby / Lawyer (voice)
Harry Shearer ... Lenny / Principal Skinner / Second Director / Kang / Dr. Hibbert (voice)
Buzz Aldrin ... Himself (voice) (archive footage)
Gary Coleman ... Himself (voice) (archive footage)
Jim Forbes Jim Forbes ... Narrator (voice)
Stephen Hawking ... Stephen Hawking (voice) (archive footage)
Tom Kite Tom Kite ... Himself (voice) (archive footage)
Willie Nelson ... Himself (voice)
Butch Patrick ... Himself (voice) (archive footage)
Marcia Wallace ... Edna Krabappel (voice) (archive footage)
Tress MacNeille ... Queen Elizabeth II / Richie Rich / Actress / Woman Partner / Gloria Allred (voice)
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Storyline

A parody documentary in the style of the show 'Behind the Music' uses clips from previous episodes to show how the Simpsons first became famous and the problems that the fame brought them, culminating in an acrimonious break-up. However they all get back together again to appear in a supposed awards show hosted by Willie Nelson but specifically designed to engineer their reunion. Written by don @ minifie-1

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Genres:

Animation | Comedy

Certificate:

TV-PG | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

21 May 2000 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

USA

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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby | Dolby SR (seasons 3-19)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

Krusty's album "Krustophenia" is a parody of The Who's 1973 album Quadrophenia. See more »

Quotes

Moe Szyslak: Oh, Homer was spending money like a... teenage Arab. He bought me a Rolex and cashmere jeans. I felt kinda guilty 'cause I was always tryin' to score with his wife. So, when do we start filming?
[realizes the crew has been filming the whole time]
Moe Szyslak: Oh.
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Alternate Versions

In the episode "Behind the Laughter", the first time it aired on Fox, it said that the "real" Simpson family was from northern Kentucky; the second and third time Fox aired the episode, it was changed to southern Missouri. See more »


Soundtracks

Rock Me Amadeus
(uncredited)
Written by Ferdi Bolland, Rob Bolland, and Falco
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Season 11: Really only memorable for how far it falls in almost no time at all
14 August 2015 | by bob the mooSee all my reviews

Although I watched a lot of The Simpsons when it came to the UK, I think around this time in the run was when I lost touch, since in this period of rewatching the series, it was now that I found myself watching the majority of the episodes for the first time. This chance was, if I recall, because I lost Sky (or the show moved to Sky from Channel 4 – I don't remember), and I just never watched it again due to it not being accessible. Having watched the eleventh season now, I do think that there was an element of good fortune to this, because by far the most memorable aspect of this season is how far and how fast it falls from the quality of the seasons before. I had of course read of the decline of the show, but I had assumed it would occur nearer season 20, not so close to the glory days I remembered – but here it was.

There are still some laughs, but generally the plots are silly and do not have the charm or wit needed to sell them in the way the show at its best did. Many feel lazy and really lacking in the level of crafting and finesse that they should have. I'm not meaning to ignore everything that has gone before because, like the last episode of this season highlights, the show has never had the most realistic plots – in particular putting Homer through a lot of punishment; however this season is different as there is not that strong foundation of smartness, character, charm, and wit. It is hard to describe, but having watched these first eleven seasons in a comparatively short period, I was really surprised by just how jarring the drop in comparative quality was here. Needless to say the animation remains very good, and the voice cast have their usual great timing and delivery, but the material is really below the show's high standard and it is this that does it in.

The reason I started watching through the seasons from the first one, was mainly to catch up on a show I stopped watching around season 10. This eleventh season made me consider whether I should just call it a day at this point and, although I will continue and give it a chance, it was surprising to see the drop-off.


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