Cowabunga! An Hour With Mike Reiss

Jul 11, 2018

When The Simpsons started thirty years ago, no one thought it would last more than six weeks.

Mike Reiss got a summer job as a writer for the show because nobody else wanted to work on it beyond a small group of mostly non-writers tired of toiling in late-night television or other jobs unrelated to entertainment. 

They all thought it would be fun to let loose on a show no one would watch. Who was going to watch a cartoon? There hadn't been one in primetime since The Flintstones

Why not have fun with it, make a show more irreverent than the rest of the shows on TV, the kind they wanted to see? The most irreverent show on TV at the time was The Golden Girls. What did they have to lose? 

The rest is history. 

In retrospect, Mike thinks that may be the reason for the show's success. No one cared.

Today, an hour with Mike Reiss. 


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Colin McEnroe contributed to this show.