The Simpsons: Season 11, Episode 22

Behind the Laughter (21 May 2000)

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The Simpsons discuss their fame in a behind the scenes look at the show.



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Episode credited cast:
Marge Simpson (voice)
Bart Simpson (voice)
Lisa Simpson (voice)
Moe Szyslak / Director / Carl / Comic Book Guy / Chief Wiggum / Apu / Bobby / Lawyer (voice)
Lenny / Principal Skinner / Second Director / Kang / Dr. Hibbert (voice)
Edna Krabappel (voice) (archive footage)
Queen Elizabeth II / Richie Rich / Actress / Woman Partner / Gloria Allred (voice)
Karl Wiedergott ...
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Himself (voice) (archive footage)
Himself (voice) (archive footage)
Jim Forbes ...
Narrator (voice)
Himself (voice) (archive footage)
Tom Kite ...
Himself (voice) (archive footage)
Himself (voice)


A parody documentary in the style of the show 'Behind the Music' uses clips from previous episodes to show how the Simpsons first became famous and the problems that the fame brought them, culminating in an acrimonious break-up. However they all get back together again to appear in a supposed awards show hosted by Willie Nelson but specifically designed to engineer their reunion. Written by don @ minifie-1

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Animation | Comedy


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Did You Know?


The narrator announces "this northern Kentucky family...", so with this information, Springfield is generally thought to be in Kentucky. However, the narrator was indicating that the family originally came from Kentucky, but that is not where they live currently. Furthermore, the DVD subtitles say "southern Missouri" instead of "northern Kentucky", emphasizing the gag that the location of Springfield is unknown. See more »


Homer Simpson: Your favorite show was "Hollywood Hogwash", but we also loved "The Dreck Squad".
Marge Simpson: ..."The Malarkies", "Dumbing it Down"...
Lisa Simpson: "Sheriff Low-brow".
Bart Simpson: "Home Improvement".
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One of my favourite episodes-TOP 10!
23 April 2010 | by (Ireland) – See all my reviews

The Simpsons episode "behind the laughter"is one of my all time favourite Simpsons episodes and it is without a doubt in my top ten,the episode is a parody of V.H.1s behind the music saying that Homer decided to make a show of his family and tried to get it onto a major network,but he wasn't able to get past the guards but Marge then found out that her hairdresser was the owner of Fox studios,so Fox then ordered 13 episodes for their first season and the show was an instant hit,Bart first knew that the show was a hit when he came into school and saw a kid wearing a Bart Simpson t-shirt,and all the Simpsons merchandise were selling like crazy,but on their second season their show started facing problems,fame was going over their heads and the family splits up and Fox puts the show on hiatus,behind the laughter is a brilliant Simpsons and it is a absolute must see.

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