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Scripting (Comedy): The Simpsons, Parts 1-6

In Scripting on 01/12/2014 at 19:46

If you live in the Bay Area, congratulations: Channel 12 is making good use of its syndication rights to The Simpsons and will be airing the series in its entirety every weekday at 6 PM.

Dialogue comes natural to some writers, while posing the ultimate obstacle to those who prefer world building and complex descriptions. If you are struggling with dialogue, reading a film or television script (or play) is a great way to get into the rhythm of effective conversation.

And if it’s comedic dialogue you are looking for, who better to learn from than the masters? Season 1 began airing January 6th, so here are a few lines to catch you up.

EPISODE 6: “Moaning Lisa” (Aired 2/11/90)

Marge: It doesn’t matter how you feel inside, you know. It’s what shows up on the surface that counts. Take all your bad feelings and push them down, all the way down, past your knees, until you’re almost walking on them. And then you’ll fit in, and you’ll be invited to parties, and boys will like you… and happiness will follow.

Episode 1 “Simpsons Roasting on an Open Fire” (Aired 1/17/89)
Laser Technician: Now whatever you do boy, don’t squirm. You don’t want to get this sucker near your eye or groin.

Episode 2 “Bart the Genius” (Aired 1/14/90)
Mrs. Krabappel: Now I don’t want you to worry, class–these tests will have no effect on your grades. They merely determine your future social status and financial success…if any.

Episode 3 “Homer’s Odyssey” (Aired 1/21/90)
Homer: Damn it! I’m no supervising technician. I’m a technical supervisor. It’s too late to teach this old dog new tricks.

Episode 4 “There’s No Disgrace Like Home (Aired 1/28/90)
Homer: I’m sorry Marge, but sometimes I think we’re the worst family in town.
Marge: Well, maybe we should move to a larger community.

Episode 5 “Bart the General” (Aired 2/4/90)
Grampa: I am disgusted with the way old people are depicted on television. We are not all vibrant, fun-loving sex maniacs. Many of us are bitter, resentful individuals, who remember the good old days, when entertainment was bland and inoffensive.

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