Simpsons Writer Mike Reiss on His Favorite Episode and How the Show Changed TV

“I’ve hit rock bottom. I’m writing for a cartoon.” This was the thought of Mike Reiss when he joined the writers’ room for The Simpsons in 1989. Thirty years later, he’s worked on all but two seasons of the show, and lived to tell about it in Springfield Confidential: Jokes, Secrets, and Outright Lies From a Lifetime Writing for The Simpsons (co-written with Mathew Klickstein).

On Friday’s The Gist, Mike Pesca talked with Reiss about the trick to writing lines for Homer, how...

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