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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 »

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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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Sound Mix:

Dolby | Dolby SR (seasons 3-19)



Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


Bart and his parachute pants are allusions to M.C. Hammer, which was inspired by the Behind the Music episode based on his life that the staff watched during production. See more »


Narrator: The dream was over. Coming up: Was the dream really over? Yes, it was. Or was it?
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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 »


Features The Simpsons: The Springfield Connection (1995) See more »


Behind the Music Show Open
Music by Salvadore Poe Michael Dibartolo
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Very good fun
23 July 2017 | by studioATSee all my reviews

Yes, this episode is completely out of canon, but it's also a very funny episode, that pokes fun not only at Hollywood and celebrity culture,but at 'The Simpson's' itself.

There's loads of great lines and visual gags, with the writers I think enjoying writing for the characters in a slightly different way.

In a series of not so great episodes this is a reminder that when it is at the top of its game 'The Simpsons' can still be great.

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