Reclusive 'Simpsons' writer reveals how the show got around network censors with 'Itchy & Scratchy'

彼の秘密の性質にもかかわらず, シュワルツウェルダーはダイハードの間で非常に人気のある人物です “シンプソンズ” 彼はコメディの59のエピソードを書いたと信じられているのでファン, more than any other single writer in the show’s history.

After getting his start in advertising before pivoting to the world of TV on土曜日の夜のライブ,” Swartzwelder became one ofThe Simpsons’most beloved writers and promptly shied away from the public spotlight.

しかしながら, he granted an interview with noted comedian interviewer Mike Sacks for The New Yorker in which he opened up about his career and the bafflingly unregulated early days of America’s favorite animated コメディ.

Thanks to the deal [製作責任者] Jim Brooks had, Fox executives couldn’t meddle in ‘The Simpsons’ in any way, though we did get censor notes,” Swartzwelder explained. “The executives weren’t sent advance copies of the scripts,nd they couldn’t attend read-throughs, even though they very much wanted to. All we had to do was please ourselves.


'The Simpsons' writer John Swartzwelder opened up about the early days of the hit animated comedy.

'シンプソンズ’ writer John Swartzwelder opened up about the early days of the hit animated comedy. (狐)

彼が追加した: “This is a very dangerous way to run a television show, leaving the artists in charge of the art, but it worked out all right in the end. It rained money on the Fox lot for thirty years. There’s a lesson in there somewhere.

Despite the unprecedented freedom the creatives like him had on the show, he and the early writers still prided themselves on vaulting their only hurdle — network censors. Swartzwelder explained that they managed to get some of the most violent and gory things on air by way of Springfield’s own cartoon-within-a-cartoon, “Itchy & Scratchy.


The obvious example of this would be ‘The Itchy & Scratchy Show’ [the violent cat-and-mouse children’s cartoon within ‘The Simpsons’]. We could show horrendous things to the children at home, as long as we portrayed them being shown to the Simpsons’ children first,” 彼が説明しました. “Somehow this extra step baffled our critics and foiled the mobs with torches. We agreed with them that this was wrong to show to children. ‘Didn’t we just show it being wrong? そして, 見て, here’s more wrong stuff!’”

'The Simpsons' writer John Swartzwelder gave a rare interview about his writing on the show.

'シンプソンズ’ writer John Swartzwelder gave a rare interview about his writing on the show. (狐)

シュワルツウェルダー, whose episode writing credits include beloved episodes such asItchy & 引っかき傷 & Marge,” “Bart the Murderer,” “Dog of Death,” “Homer at the Bat,” “Homie the Clown,” “Bart Gets an Elephant,” “Homer’s Enemy,” そして “Homer vs. the Eighteenth Amendment,” left the show roughly eighteen years ago.


それでも, his presence looms large over the show as the revered mind behindSwartzweldianlines likeTo alcohol. The cause of, and solution to, all of life’s problems.When asked to reflect on the impact his writing had on “シンプソンズ,” he noted that he’s pleased to see writers getting their due.

I am pleased by the attention,” he concluded. “‘The Simpsons’ did something I didn’t think possible: it got viewers to look at writers’ credits on TV shows. When I was growing up, we looked at the actors’ names, and maybe the director, but that’s it.

Now a whole generation of viewers not only knows about writers, they’re wondering what we’re really like in real life. And they want to know what we’re thinking. And look through our windows. それは進歩です, of a sort, and we have ‘The Simpsons’ to thank for it.