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The Simpsons Family History

3.88  ·  Rating details ·  297 ratings  ·  45 reviews
So you think you know the Simpsons? Well, think again! The Simpsons Family History unravels 25 years of Simpsons facts and fun and presents them in a never-before-seen chronological format. Travel through time with Matt Groening as he pulls back the curtain and reveals the events that turned this average family into a pop-culture phenomenon. Discover the hopes and dreams o ...more
Hardcover, 304 pages
Published September 23rd 2014 by Harry N. Abrams
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Mar 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I am a huge Simpsons freak. This book came out last year some time and I had been eyeballing it at Barnes and Noble every since. But it was $35 and I just couldn't justify spending that much at the time. Low and behold, I went browsing in the Barnes and Noble bargain section a few days ago and what should happen to be sitting their glowing as if calling me to buy it? You guessed it! It was now only $9.99 and I had to get it.

This is a visual history of 25 years of The Simpsons. With some explana
Roger Bailey
Sep 19, 2014 rated it it was ok
When The Simpsons debuted proper I was 7. I've been addicted to the show since. When I saw this book on Amazon months before release I preordered and counted the days. Man, am I disappointed. This is like a scrap book put together by an amateur. As far as a complete history - not even close.

MAYBE 10 out of 550 episodes are even covered. What you actually get is 10-20 pages of screen grabs (low resolution) retelling an episode. The episodes you can pretty much predict: how Homer and Marge met, w
Artiom Karsiuk
Aug 09, 2014 rated it it was ok
A nothing book. The hardcover and peresentation of the book is the only thing that sold it to me - it seems like the content was slapped together by someone on a lazy night, because the screenshots in which the pages are littered, are just that: SCREENSHOTS. They are not remastered or redrawn in any way - just low resolution snapshots from different episodes. No character bios, no town map, no proper timeline, no original illustrations or anything that could justify naming this scrapbook "The Si ...more
Dec 24, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: own
I got this book for my husband for Christmas, as we are both huge Simpsons nerds. I read the whole thing cover to cover in just a couple of hours and found myself laughing out loud and some of my favorite quotes. The book focuses on the chronological history of Homer and the Simpsons family (like a scrapbook), but what I found most interesting was how Groening incorporated the more obscure episodes from their past (90’s grunge scene). There are several flashback episodes that are presented (Lisa ...more
Amy (Lost in a Good Book)
Jun 30, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: simpsons-books
This is not a substantial book despite its fancy appearance. It is not filled with facts and information about our favourite four fingered family with a comprehensive history and trivia guide, it is, however, still quite nice.

There is humour and heart as the journey from the beginning of time, (skipping 67 million years to speed things up a bit) all the way up until Grandpa Simpsons early life, Homer’s birth and beyond. I thought I would be disappointed in this book because it wasn’t what I expe
Aug 05, 2014 rated it it was ok
Big Simpsons fan here and I was looking forward to this book, but I read through it in a store and it is really a rip off. $35 for a very lazy compilation of screencaps and quotes from the series. No new material, not put together in an interesting or funny way, and the actual pictures are pretty grainy and pixellated. It's like someone took a fan's tumblr and tried to sell it in hardcover.
Sep 20, 2014 rated it it was ok
Cute, but really quite unnecessary.
Julia (ten_thousand_books)
I love The Simpson’s!
Greta is Erikasbuddy
I have been watching the Simpsons since I was 10 years old.
My brother was 8 years old.
It tickled us that we were Bart and Lisa's ages.

I thought this book was going to go through all the Simpson's characters. Kinda like a Wikipedia family tree. But sadly it fell a little flat.

Set out like a scrapbook we go through the childhood of Homer,
Homer and Marge's relationship,
And a lot of things HOMER.
The kids don't show up in the book until over 3/4s of the way through.

I found that disappointing. Bart,
Ruby Escalona
Feb 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2017-reads
Super cute book. Initially bought this as a gift for Peter for Valentine's Day - mainly because I saw it on sale at Barnes & Noble and thought it would look great in our family library.

We're both big fans of the Simpsons, and we love the series so if you have a book dedicated to them with lots of photos and cool text we're all up for it.

While the photos look like they're screen captures from the TV show itself, the book tells us the story of the Simpsons family - how Homer and Marge met, a
Jan 16, 2015 rated it it was ok
Public library copy.

$35 book. I'm not going to be "One of those people" claiming the Simpsons was only good or funny in the 90s. I like the Simpsons, but I'm not a regular viewer. I'll watch a new episode every now and then, but I've never watched every episode from every season. Despite my 2 score age, I never was a person raised on TV and I hadn't gotten accustomed to watching seasons until not just the advent of box set seasons, but when costs came down. (Used to be, a season of CSI would co
Jul 18, 2018 rated it liked it
The Simpsons television show has been on for almost 30 years! Why has it endured when so many others have come and gone, crashed and burned? Everyone has their own opinion, probably including you. They may be right or wrong.

This tome is a bit of a scrapbook of the history of the Simpsons as a family (not a show.) Is is already outdated by the writer's of the television show being revisionist? Yes. Is it a shameless attempt for you to buy a book related to a popular show? Perhaps. Will you enjoy
Jul 23, 2015 rated it it was ok
Nice premise, but short on actual material. The book basically consists of Simpsons milestones from the beginning of the show to now. In terms of format, the book consists of screen caps from the show and identifying text, along with quotes and small expository sentences. However, there was nothing really new or even interesting here (especially compared to the older books of the '90s and early '00s). In fact, many if not all of the quotes and incidents will be familiar to fans of the show. It's ...more
Jul 14, 2018 rated it really liked it
A well-illustrated tome that takes us back through time, chronicling how the family came to be who (and what) they are. Well, one of the ways they came to be - their story seems to change every few years. It focuses more on Homer than on Marge (perhaps that will be addressed in the next volume - if there is a next volume), and it serves more as a reminder to the loyal viewer than any attempt to bring in new viewers. But it has enough moments of Oh-yeah-I-remember-that-episode;-that-was funny to ...more
Jul 05, 2015 rated it really liked it
If you're a fan of the Simpsons, this is definitely one to check out.

It was really cool to see the whole story laid out in chronological order, although weird seeing stuff from more recent episodes in there. The picture quality could have been a bit better and some of the quotes were slightly wrong. Other than that, I really enjoyed this. It was a fun easy read and brought back a lot of great memories of moments I have loved.

This was a lot of fun. Not perfect, but enjoyable as a fan of the seri
Jun 02, 2015 rated it really liked it
This book is an entertaining read for Simpsons fans. Basically it takes a lot of the events in the show's 2.5 decade run and puts it in a chronological order. Considering the show has done countless flashback episodes over the years - some that seemed to negate others - it was nice to see exactly how events fit together.

This is a quick read - I read it in one sitting - and don't expect much that wasn't already shown in the television program. I don't know if I would pay $35 for this book (I bor
Oct 12, 2014 rated it it was ok
Shelves: illustrated, humor
I'm not entirely sure what the point of this book was. I just I hoped it would be more substantial and less generic. I guess that it kind of put the earlier seasons' story lines in "order" was interesting, but this is too similar to The Simpsons' Family Album without adding much. It was especially disappointing that some of the screencaps were such terrible quality; it was just amateur hour. Maybe someday there will be a nonfiction history, like what Street Gang was for Sesame Street, but this a ...more
Brandon Lopez
Nov 01, 2016 rated it it was amazing
The Simpsons Family History by: Matt Groening.
I love this book .This book will tell you everything you need to know from a family of dinasours to a family of humans.You will also know why their insane son Bart Simpsons is insane . This book will tell you everything you need to know such as why Homers mom is hardly ever mentioned. It will also tell you why Homer is completely bald .Anyway, this as an amazing book it gives you to much information so I can not even sum it up.
Laura Cushing
Mar 23, 2015 rated it liked it
A fun quick borrow from the library- enjoyed having a look at the Simpsons family history, especially Marge and Homer's young dating days. Very cute, but there wasn't enough content or laughs to justify the cover price unless you are a hardcore fan.

This is best checked out of a library, enjoyed and returned for the next person to enjoy.
Ethan Brown
Oct 21, 2015 rated it really liked it
I liked it but they entirely left out Homer's boyhood farm. And Marge's early childhood (such as from fear of flying) should be in there, as when she married Homer she got everything, including his DNA...
Oct 08, 2014 rated it liked it
this was a good visual history of homer and marge and how their family came to be. most of what we learned on the TV show was shown in flash back episodes or snippets here and there. this was the full story with no episode gaps. great for Simpsons fans, of any sort.
Mar 27, 2015 rated it really liked it
This was cute, and it reminded me of some of my favourite episodes, but ultimately it was just a big picture book. I was hoping for a more in-depth book with stories written by the characters, not just screenshots from the show.
William K
Mar 26, 2015 rated it it was ok
Read through pages of screen-grabs in less than two hours (maybe less).

If you ever had to take an exam on 'Simpson Family History' and did not want to watch the episodes, this book is the 'Cliffs Notes' you would be looking for.

Certainly not worth the U.S. $35.00 price tag.
Katrina Parker
Jun 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Such a good book for Simpsons fans! Recommend if you like the fun trivia stuff!
Jun 10, 2015 rated it it was ok
Disappointing =( The low quality of the pictures in particular. Probably only worth it to a major Simpsons stan.
Mar 19, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: year-2015
If you're a huge Simpsons fan you'll want this book.
Feb 16, 2015 rated it liked it
This book gives us absolutely nothing new, but the bright colors and pretty pictures give us something nice to look at.
Oct 20, 2014 marked it as to-read
Shelves: 2014-new
Mar 16, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Awesome.This book put's all the episodes in order of how Homer and Marge became a couple.Vert smart as the episodes themselves are all over the place and this makes sense of them all.
Doug Bivens
Oct 21, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
Great overview for anyone who has ever been or currently is a fan of The Simpsons. Little bit of everything in the book.
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Matthew Abram Groening is an American cartoonist, television producer and writer from Portland, Oregon.

Groening is best known as the creator of The Simpsons. He is also the creator of Futurama and the author of the weekly comic strip Life in Hell. Groening distributed Life in Hell in the book corner of Licorice Pizza, a record store in which he worked.

He made his first professional cartoon sale