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Behind the Laughter 

Fans are invited to take a behind-the-scenes look at "The Simpsons," revisiting some of the most memorable experiences the family has been through.


Mark Kirkland


Matt Groening (created by), James L. Brooks (developed by) | 6 more credits »




Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Dan Castellaneta ... Homer Simpson / Grampa / Krusty / Ozzy Osbourne / Kodos / Woody Allen (voice)
Julie Kavner ... Marge Simpson (voice)
Nancy Cartwright ... Bart Simpson (voice)
Yeardley Smith ... Lisa Simpson (voice)
Hank Azaria ... Moe Szyslak / Director / Carl / Comic Book Guy / Chief Wiggum / Apu / Bobby / Lawyer (voice)
Harry Shearer ... Lenny / Principal Skinner / Second Director / Kang / Dr. Hibbert (voice)
Buzz Aldrin ... Himself (voice) (archive footage)
Gary Coleman ... Himself (voice) (archive footage)
Jim Forbes Jim Forbes ... Narrator (voice)
Stephen Hawking ... Stephen Hawking (voice) (archive footage)
Tom Kite Tom Kite ... Himself (voice) (archive footage)
Willie Nelson ... Himself (voice)
Butch Patrick ... Himself (voice) (archive footage)
Marcia Wallace ... Edna Krabappel (voice) (archive footage)
Tress MacNeille ... Queen Elizabeth II / Richie Rich / Actress / Woman Partner / Gloria Allred (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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Release Date:

21 May 2000 (USA) See more »

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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Dolby | Dolby SR (seasons 3-19)



Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


"Simpsons Christmas Boogie" winning the Grammy for Best Hard Rock/Metal Recording is a parody of the infamous 1989 incident where Jethro Tull won the award despite not being a Hard Rock/Metal Band. See more »


Lisa Simpson: To prolong the run of the series, I was secretly given anti-growth hormones.
[camera cuts to Homer]
Homer Simpson: That's ridiculous! How could I even get all five necessary drops into her cereal?
Homer Simpson: What?
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Alternate Versions

In the episode "Behind the Laughter", the first time it aired on Fox, it said that the "real" Simpson family was from northern Kentucky; the second and third time Fox aired the episode, it was changed to southern Missouri. See more »


References Home Improvement (1991) See more »


I Shot the Sheriff
Written by Bob Marley
Performed by Julie Kavner
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It's So Strange...
21 September 2019 | by malmsteneinoSee all my reviews

What a he*l here happened!! Where this world is goes! It's funny, but strange

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