Planet Simpson: How a Cartoon Masterpiece Defined a Generation

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Da Capo Press, 2005 - Humor - 450 pages
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D'oh-it's "The Simpsons." And here's the book with the behind-the-scenes story of how America's favorite nuclear family first arrived at a TV near you, how the series grew into a worldwide icon, and who brings it to life so brilliantly week after week, year after year. Since first airing in 1987 as a cartoon interlude on the short-lived "Tracey Ullman Show," "The Simpsons" has deliciously skewered the foibles of American life, evolving into a cultural institution that reaches across the generations. As satire, it's sharp and funny. As a pop phenom, it's in a league of its own. And with Planet Simpson, it finally gets the sprawling, multidimensional critical look it so richly deserves. "Smart and funny, Turner writes with fitting enthusiasm for his subject while working in seemly references to cultural theory and TV-insider politics. His book is just the thing for fellow fans, and for anyone interested in how pop phenomena came to be." -Hollywood Reporter This book was not prepared, licensed, approved, or endorsed by any entity involved in creating or producing the television series "The Simpsons."

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Review: Planet Simpson: How a Cartoon Masterpiece Defined a Generation

User Review  - Cincospenguinos - Goodreads

I thought this book was a good (although kind of boring) analysis of The Simpsons' place in pop culture. A lot of other reviewers talk about how dreadful Turner's writing is, and I wouldn't say it's ... Read full review

Review: Planet Simpson: How a Cartoon Masterpiece Defined a Generation

User Review  - Brian Leclair - Goodreads

There were some interesting points... and several clever turns of phrase, and a whole lot of discussions of some of my favourite Simpsons' episodes....but at various times the text got a lot deeper than I was looking for. Read full review

About the author (2005)

Chris Turner is an award-winning magazine journalist. His pop culture and technology reporting and essays for Shift magazine earned him six National Magazine Awards in the last three years, including the President's Medal for General Excellence in 2001-the highest honor in Canadian magazine writing. He is also a regular contributor of culture and technology reporting to Time and The Globe & Mail. Turner lives in Alberta.

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