Expert Witness: What’s it like to write for The Simpsons?

In entertainment, an awful lot of stuff happens behind closed doors, from canceling TV shows to organizing music festival lineups. While the public sees the end product on TVs, movie screens, paper, or radio dials, they don’t see what it took to get there. In Expert Witness, The A.V. Club talks to industry insiders about the actual business of entertainment in hopes of shedding some light on how the pop-culture sausage gets made.

If you’ve ever watched The Simpsons and found yourself pondering potential sequels to previous episodes or perhaps started musing on what more could be done with Bumblebee Man, then it’s surprisingly easy to wonder what it must be like to write for the series. For most, the end result of that contemplation would likely conjure up a scenario of pop culture occupational bliss, but while there are certainly moments that would fall into …

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