The Simpsons Family History by Matt Groening (2014)

The Simpsons Family History Matt Groening

The Simpsons Family History
by Matt Groening
Abrams, 2014
304 pages

After two and a half decades on television, the Simpsons have become extended family to many Americans. Children can relate to Bart and Lisa, while parents can relate to Homer and Marge. They are far from perfect, just as we are. And perhaps that is the reason the show has lasted and remained fresh over a 25-year span.

But that’s not what this book is about. Nor is it about getting the show on the air, or the trials of writing and animating a weekly program. Rather, The Simpsons Family History by Matt Groening is, literally, the history of Homer, Marge, Bart, Lisa, and Maggie, purportedly before the show begins. Using images that were presented as flashbacks on the cartoon, Groening looks chronologically at the family from shortly before Homer’s birth, through his formative adolescent years, to the courtship of Marge, to the birth of their three children. The book ends with Homer pitching the idea of a realistic television show based on his family to Fox, concluding with “…and the rest is history.” There are a handful of words per page to explain the illustrations.

The Simpsons Family History is a neat book, but there is nothing new or revelatory here for long-time fans. It is not a biography of Groening, but an illustrated bio of Homer Simpson, treated as a real and factual account.

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About JT

Christian. Husband. Dad. 911 dispatcher. Baseball fan. Horror nut. Music nerd. Bookworm. Time Magazine's 2006 Person of the Year.

Posted on October 7, 2014, in books, reviews, television and tagged , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

  1. The Simpsons are great and all (I’ve been watching them since Tracy Ulman) but I actually enjoy Groening other animated series, Futurama, even more. Great writing & characters, a very underrated show.

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