Behind The Laughter
I will not obey the voices in my head
Couch gag: The family sit on a coin-operated couch which vibrates around the room
Director: Mark Kirkland
Willie Nelson as himself
Jim Forbes as the narrator
Synopsis: A parody of Behind the Music, this episode delves into the “real life” situation behind the Simpson family and show.
Discussion: Well, isn’t this episode just brilliant? Based on the hit shot Behind the Music, this ep analyses the show; how and why the laughs happened, as well as a non-canonical look at the family behind the show.
There are metaphors galore which adds to the humour and realism of the ep (where realism = techniques used in Behind the Music). Homer was dismayed by the inaccurate portrayals of families on TV and wanted to show a “real” family. This part is true: remember my first post which argued that Matt Groening wanted to show a real family? The original premise of the show has obviously changed, taken a few detours (cha-ching! Personally, I think this is why the show jumped the shark) and ended up a bit of a mess. This mess is analysed within this episode but the reason given is that the family were money-hungry and self-destructive, giving rise to bad episodes. This is self-reflexive… but did the writers do anything to correct it? Season 12 shall reveal all.
This is a fantastic episode. It’s brilliant in every way.