The Psychology of the Simpsons

Psychologists turn their attention to The Simpsons, one of America's most popular and beloved shows, in these essays that explore the function and dysfunctions of the show's characters.

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Author: Alan S. Brown

Publisher: BenBella Books

ISBN: 9781932100709

Category: Psychology

Page: 240

View: 392

Psychologists turn their attention to The Simpsons, one of America's most popular and beloved shows, in these essays that explore the function and dysfunctions of the show's characters. Designed to appeal to both fans of the show and students of psychology, this unique blend of science and pop culture consists of essays by professional psychologists drawn from schools and clinical practices across the country. Each essay is designed to be accessible, thoughtful, and entertaining, while providing the reader with insights into both The Simpsons and the latest in psychological thought. Every major area of psychology is covered, from clinical psychology and cognition to abnormal and evolutionary psychology, while fresh views on eclectic show topics such as gambling addiction, Pavlovian conditioning, family therapy, and lobotomies are explored.

The Simpsons

The Simpsons Complete Guide to your Favourite Show is a celebration of this family's phenomenal decade.

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Author: Matt Groening

Publisher: Harper Design

ISBN: 0060952520

Category: Humor

Page: 256

View: 877

It's hard to believe that the Simpsons have been around for more than a decade. Today, The Simpsons is the longest-running animated series of all time (dethroning The Flintstones in February 1997), and an intrinsic part of pop culture. The Simpsons Complete Guide to your Favourite Show is a celebration of this family's phenomenal decade. Arranged by season, the book covers each episode of the television show, with the special episodes (the annual Halloween show, "Who Shot Mr. Burns?" and "Krusty Gets Kancelled") receiving eyeball-busting two-page spreads. In addition, special sidebars are sprinkled throughout, showing: Simpsons firsts Bart's chalkboard lines Top Homerisms An Itchy & Scratchy filmography A Springfield timeline Things the audience may have missed Highlighting the best of every show, The Simpsons is the ultimate celebration of the cartoon family that has kept the world in stitches. It is the ultimate must-have for all Simpsons aficionados.

The Simpsons and Their Mathematical Secrets

Simon Singh, author of the bestsellers Fermat's Enigma, The Code Book, and Big Bang, offers fascinating new insights into the celebrated television series The Simpsons: That the show drip-feeds morsels of number theory into the minds of its ...

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Author: Simon Singh

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing USA

ISBN: 9781620402788

Category: Art

Page: 272

View: 939

You may have watched hundreds of episodes of The Simpsons (and its sister show Futurama) without ever realizing that cleverly embedded in many plots are subtle references to mathematics, ranging from well-known equations to cutting-edge theorems and conjectures. That they exist, Simon Singh reveals, underscores the brilliance of the shows' writers, many of whom have advanced degrees in mathematics in addition to their unparalleled sense of humor. While recounting memorable episodes such as "Bart the Genius" and "Homer3," Singh weaves in mathematical stories that explore everything from p to Mersenne primes, Euler's equation to the unsolved riddle of P v. NP; from perfect numbers to narcissistic numbers, infinity to even bigger infinities, and much more. Along the way, Singh meets members of The Simpsons' brilliant writing team--among them David X. Cohen, Al Jean, Jeff Westbrook, and Mike Reiss--whose love of arcane mathematics becomes clear as they reveal the stories behind the episodes. With wit and clarity, displaying a true fan's zeal, and replete with images from the shows, photographs of the writers, and diagrams and proofs, The Simpsons and Their Mathematical Secrets offers an entirely new insight into the most successful show in television history.

The Simpsons

This book looks at The Simpsons place in the pop culture firmament, from inspirations like Mad magazine to its critical role in the renaissance of animated television.

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Author: Moritz Fink

Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield

ISBN: 9781538116173

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 264

View: 360

This book looks at The Simpsons place in the pop culture firmament, from inspirations like Mad magazine to its critical role in the renaissance of animated television. The author recounts the birth of the show, discusses its remarkable merchandising success, and examines the show’s popularity as the longest running episodic program in TV history.

Simpsorama

In this collection of "Simpsons" adventures, Ned Flanders, the Simpsons's conservative neighbour, goes off the rails whilst Bart creates a new comic character and discovers the dark side of commercialism.

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Author: Matt Groening

Publisher: Titan Books (UK)

ISBN: 1852867272

Category: American wit and humor, Pictorial

Page: 127

View: 526

In this collection of all new Simpsons adventures, Ned Flanders, the Simpsons' usually predictable and conservative neighbour, goes off the rails, whilst Bart creates a new comic character and discovers the dark side of commercialism.

Simpsons Comics Madness

The master of mayhem, Matt Groening, will drive you berserk with this crazy collection of crackpot comics. Find out what bizarre secrets lie in the bowels of the Kwik–E–Mart, but beware the effects of the Squishie brain freeze.

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Author: Matt Groening

Publisher: Harper Design

ISBN: 0060530618

Category: Comics & Graphic Novels

Page: 160

View: 926

From the madcap mind of Matt Groening comes the kookiest collection of Simpsons Comics yet! Outrageous tales from the ridiculous to the bizarre fill every page with the classic comedy you have come to expect from The Simpsons. The master of mayhem, Matt Groening, will drive you berserk with this crazy collection of crackpot comics. Find out what bizarre secrets lie in the bowels of the Kwik–E–Mart, but beware the effects of the Squishie brain freeze. Witness the outrageous events that take place when Bart manages to have all the teachers deported at Springfield Elementary and they are replaced by substitutes – Lisa and Martin. Watch Krusty the Clown turn the town upside–down with his new Krustyburger spokesman. See Bart go from zany to brainy as he attempts to outwit, outlast and outlive both the dramatic return of his arch–nemesis Sideshow Bob and a near–fatal fling into the future. Then, it is Homer's turn to put his life on the line in the most dangerous game show ever invented. Simpsons Comics Madness will have you bouncing off the walls with insane fits of laughter.

The Simpsons

A behind-the-scenes history of the popular animated series traces its rise from an animated short on "The Tracy Ullman Show" to a mainstream institution, while exposing alleged clashes between its studio executives and creative producers.

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Author: John Ortved

Publisher: Macmillan

ISBN: 0865479399

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 332

View: 576

A behind-the-scenes history of the popular animated series traces its rise from an animated short on "The Tracy Ullman Show" to a mainstream institution, while exposing alleged clashes between its studio executives and creative producers.

The Simpsons Uncensored Family Album

At last!

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Author: Matt Groening

Publisher: Harper Design

ISBN: 0061138304

Category: Humor

Page: 64

View: 604

At last! The Simpsons tell-all book in a wicked new format! You'll gasp in amazement at this revealing, no-holds-barred, and (in one minor instance) poignant family album. Nothing omitted! No punches pulled! Assembled and narrated with painstaking, loving care by none other than that First Lady of Tall Hair, Marge Simpson. You'll laugh! You'll cry! You'll turn the page! Armchair anthropologists, deviant psychologists, and students of Ancient Simpsons History, will all gape in awe at . . . Bart as a baby! Marge as a pre-teen! Homer with hair! Grampa with teeth! and . . . a potato grown in the shape of Millard Fillmore! Don't laugh! Take the bait! It's the definitive memoir of an all-American nuclear family.

The Gospel According to the Simpsons

In this entertaining and enlightening book, religion reporter Pinsky shows how "The Simpsons" engages issues of religion and morality in a thoughtful, provocative, and genuinely respectful way. (Practical Life)

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Author: Mark I. Pinsky

Publisher: Westminster John Knox Press

ISBN: 9780664231606

Category: Religion

Page: 317

View: 728

In this entertaining and enlightening book, religion reporter Pinsky shows how "The Simpsons" engages issues of religion and morality in a thoughtful, provocative, and genuinely respectful way. (Practical Life)

The Simpsons in the Classroom

Instructors considering this book for use in a course may request an examination copy here.

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Author: Karma Waltonen

Publisher: McFarland

ISBN: 9780786456925

Category: Education

Page: 340

View: 853

The object of much debate, attention, and scholarship since it first aired more than 20 years ago, The Simpsons provides excellent, if unexpected, fodder for high school and college lesson plans. After all, laughing students are hardly sleeping students! But The Simpsons also provides a familiar student knowledge base which instructors can use as a jumping-off point to introduce concepts in literature, composition, linguistics, cultural studies, gender studies, and media appreciation. The authors, both of whom have been teaching The Simpsons for more than a decade, share exercises, prompts, and even syllabi that have proven successful in their own courses. Instructors considering this book for use in a course may request an examination copy here.

Simpsons Comics Colossal Compendium

The Simpsons bring big laughs in a colossal compendium that’s too big to fail!

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Author: Matt Groening

Publisher: Harper Design

ISBN: 0062692534

Category: Comics & Graphic Novels

Page: 176

View: 726

The Simpsons bring big laughs in a colossal compendium that’s too big to fail! Discover the reason why Homer Simpson seems to have a new job every week. Then, power mad powerbroker Mr. Burns makes a power grab with his newest power-propelled product. And Marge is back on "the beat" when she teams up with Chief Wiggum to find out why all the donuts in Springfield have gone missing! Throw in Lisa’s bout of synesthesia, a McBain matinee, a rapturous event that leaves Ned Flanders behind, and Bart’s bilingual battle with a piñata, and you have another comic cornucopia of colossal proportions. And music lovers, look no further for that shiny new saxomaphone or tubamaba with your very own paper construct of King Toot’s Music Store.

Planet Simpson

Excerpt from Planet Simpson Three Fun Facts About “D’oh!” 1.

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Author: Chris Turner

Publisher: Random House of Canada Limited

ISBN: 9780307357045

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 576

View: 743

A smart, accessible and funny cultural analysis of The Simpsons, its inside stories and the world it reflects. From Bart Simpson to Monty Burns, the Internet boom to the slow drowning of Tuvalu, Planet Simpson explores how one of the most popular shows in television history has changed the way we look at our bewildering times. Award-winning journalist Chris Turner delves into the most esoteric of Simpsons fansites and on-line subcultures, the show’s inside jokes, its sharpest parodies and its ongoing love-hate relationship with celebrity to reveal a rarity of literary accomplishment and pop-cultural import — something never before achieved by a cartoon. Complementing its satirical brilliance, The Simpsons boasts a beloved cast of characters, examined here in playful and scrupulous detail: Homer, selfish, tyrannical and not too bright, but always contentedly beholden to his family; Bart, pre-teen nihilist and punk icon; Lisa, junior feminist crusader; and Marge, archetypical middle-American mother, perpetually dragging her family kicking and screaming to higher moral ground. And while the voice actors behind the regular cast have eschewed celebrity, Turner considers why a stunning host of guests — Hollywood icons and has-beens, politicians, professional athletes, poets and pop stars — have submitted themselves to the parodic whims of the Simpsons’ writers. Intelligent and rambunctious, absorbing and comic, Planet Simpson mines this modern cultural institution for its imaginative, hilarious, but always dead-on, reflections on our world. Excerpt from Planet Simpson Three Fun Facts About “D’oh!” 1. The Oxford English Dictionary defines “d’oh” as “Expressing frustration at the realization that things have turned out badly or not as planned, or that one has just said or done something foolish.” 2. The origins of “D’oh!” A Tracey Ullman–era Simpsons script called for Homer to respond to an unfortunate turn of events thus: “[annoyed grunt].” Dan Castellaneta, the voice-actor who plays Homer, improvised the exclamation, “D’oh!” It stuck. 3. The godfather of “D’oh!” Dan Castellaneta freely admits that he lifted Homer’s famous yelp from James Finlayson, a Scottish actor who played a bald, cross-eyed villain in a number of Laurel & Hardy films in the 1930s. Finlayson’s annoyed grunt was a more drawn-out groan — Doooohhh! Castellaneta sped it up to create Homer’s trademark.

Simpsons World The Ultimate Episode Guide

Packaged in the ultimate wraparound slipcase and weighing in at a hefty 8.8 pounds, Simpsons World The Ultimate Episode Guide (Seasons 1-20) is meant for reading, not throwing!

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Author: Matt Groening

Publisher: Harper Design

ISBN: 0061711284

Category: Humor

Page: 1200

View: 914

Look what you get in this cromulent compendium! Comprehensive episode synopses for 20 seasons of Simpsons, including 128 new gut-busting episodes never before covered! Stuff you may have missed! More screen shots than ever before! Over four hundred character profiles! Every chalkboard phrase Bart has ever written! Nifty new art throughout! Quotes and quips from all your favorite characters! Two or more jam-packed pages devoted to every episode! As well as: Every couch gag A complete filmography of "Itchy & Scratchy" Every "D'oh" or "Mmm..." Homer has ever uttered Every song ever sung by the citizens of Springfield Every marquee message from the First Church of Springfield A tribute to star of stage, screen, infomercials, and filmstrips, Troy McClure The largest collection of Krusty the Clown merchandise outside of Bart's bedroom A complete list of celebrity guest stars And much, much more... Packaged in the ultimate wraparound slipcase and weighing in at a hefty 8.8 pounds, Simpsons World The Ultimate Episode Guide (Seasons 1-20) is meant for reading, not throwing!

Simpsons Comics A Go Go

Is Lisa really drifting helplessly toward bohemianism? Is Homer really a hitman in a Parallel-Universe Springfield? Can Marge manage her own day care center without provoking a bloodbath? Read on...

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Author: Matt Groening

Publisher: It Books

ISBN: 006095566X

Category: Comics & Graphic Novels

Page: 120

View: 605

Is Lisa really drifting helplessly toward bohemianism? Is Homer really a hitman in a Parallel-Universe Springfield? Can Marge manage her own day care center without provoking a bloodbath? Read on...

Bart Simpson s Guide to Life

Starved for the whole truth, man?

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Author: Matt Groening

Publisher: Harper Design

ISBN: 006096975X

Category: Humor

Page: 192

View: 240

Starved for the whole truth, man? Take a bite out of this bitsy but beefy package, brimming with morsels of wit, wisdom and worldly knowledge brought to you by the one and only Bartholomew J. Simpson. Get the hard–knocks facts of life from the guy who's seen it all, heard it all, done it all and denies it all. (The "J" stands for "Jo–Jo"...)

Simpsons Comics Beach Blanket Bongo

Catch a wave of good humor and hang ten with the Simpsons in their newest, gnarliest comic collection Simpsons Comics Beach Blanket Bongo.

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Author: Matt Groening

Publisher: Harper Design

ISBN: 0061231266

Category: Humor

Page: 128

View: 885

Catch a wave of good humor and hang ten with the Simpsons in their newest, gnarliest comic collection Simpsons Comics Beach Blanket Bongo. Homer, Lenny and Carl think they will be living the sweet life when they all opt for Mr. Burns' early retirement plan, but their former boss' tropical island retirement community turns out to be for the birds . . . literally! Bart meets a reclusive B-movie director who announces that his collection of horror, science fiction, and Radioactive Man memorabilia is up for grabs, and every geek, nerd, and dweeb in town sets out on a quest to get their sweaty little hands on it. Krusty the Clown becomes Springfield's newest doctor, and its not long before he has the town in stitches while delivering big laughs. Principal Skinner takes you into the inner sanctum of Springfield Elementary to reveal untold tales of the Permanent Record File! Bart's arch nemesis, a now surgically altered Sideshow Bob, is released from prison, and Bart must figure out which newly arrived citizen is really Bob in disguise. Then, not to be outdone, Sideshow Bob's brother Cecil arrives on the scene with revenge on his mind and a grudge against . . . Lisa Simpson. So sit down by the seashore and slather on the right amount of SPF* to prevent you from being over done by the fun. *Simpsons Protection Factor

Simpsons Comics Spectacular

This anthology presents a selection of comic strips featuring the Simpsons.

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Author: Matt Groening

Publisher: Titan Publishing Company

ISBN: 1845767365

Category: Graphic novels

Page: 126

View: 784

This anthology presents a selection of comic strips featuring the Simpsons.

Simpsons Comics Colossal Compendium

The Simpsons are living large and in charge with the most explosive colossal yet!

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Author: Matt Groening

Publisher: Harper Design

ISBN: 0062878808

Category: Comics & Graphic Novels

Page: 176

View: 804

The Simpsons are living large and in charge with the most explosive colossal yet! Bart goes to work on the railroad; Homer stretches the boundaries of his mind and tries to color inside the lines; Lisa feels the good vibrations when Karma-Con comes to town; Grampa Simpson tells it like it is, was, or might have been; Pieman and Bartman take on both friends and foes alike; and to top it off, the Springfield Bear Patrol returns in their final and furriest adventure! And don’t go ballistic while trying to build your very own Herman’s Military Antiques store.

The Gospel According to the Simpsons

For all of The Simpsons ' darker strains of satire , ultimately it's a celebration of America and the American family in its exuberance and absurdity . ” And its faith . Some in the religious world have recognized this phenomenon ...

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Author: Mark I. Pinsky

Publisher: Westminster John Knox Press

ISBN: 0664224199

Category: Religion

Page: 164

View: 752

Examines the treatment of religion and spirituality in the animated television series, including its depiction of God, Jesus, heaven, hell, and prayer in chapters devoted to Homer, Lisa, Ned, Reverend Lovejoy, Krusty, and Apu.

The Simpsons Handbook

An instructional tribute to hand-drawn animation provides coverage of character design, backgrounds, and prop art using the popular Simpsons characters, in a guide that draws on the secrets of the show's creators to explain a wide range of ...

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Author: Matt Groening

Publisher: Harper Design

ISBN: UCSD:31822034646588

Category: Comics & Graphic Novels

Page: 128

View: 717

An instructional tribute to hand-drawn animation provides coverage of character design, backgrounds, and prop art using the popular Simpsons characters, in a guide that draws on the secrets of the show's creators to explain a wide range of topics.