In a parody of VH1's ''Behind the Music'' (and other cable documentaries that chronicle the rise and fall of celebrities, like ''E! True Hollywood Stories''), this episode of ''The Simpsons'' depicts The Simpson family as actual celebrities whose egos, addictions, feuds, and run-ins with the law are jeopardizing the future of the show.

----
!!This episode contains examples of: ([[YMMV/TheSimpsonsS11E22BehindTheLaughter YMMV Examples here]])
* AffectionateParody: Of ''Behind the Music'' and other celebrity documentary shows
* AllPartOfTheShow: Lisa tries to reassure the audience during the Simpsons' argument at Habitat for Hilarity, but everything goes to hell from there.
* AnimatedActors: The Simpsons and their fellow Springfieldians are presented as such.
* BetterThanABareBulb: The episode is full of LampshadeHanging. One particular example ties in with a MythologyGag where Bart criticizes Homer's script for making him say "Cowabunga, Dude!"
* ChewingTheScenery: Literally, as Homer reveals with a prop with a bite taken out of it
* ChristmasSongs: "Simpsons Christmas Boogie", which is really just "Simpsons Boogie" with "Christmas" and jingle bells added on.
* ClipShow: Midway through the episode, the episode shows a series of clips of Homer getting hurt as the narrator goes on to explain about how Homer became addicted to painkillers while performing these stunts. Both the opening and ending credits show more of the stunts, the ending credits set to "Simpsons Christmas Boogie".
* CouchGag: One scene features a failed cough gag that apparently involves the Simpsons dressing up as cowboys but is ruined when Bart doesn't get into the scene due to being called to partake in another sequel to ''Film/TeenWolf''.
* DidIJustSayThatOutLoud: After the breakup, Lisa writes a tell-all book revealing such harsh behind-the-scenes events of the show, such as being fed anti-growth hormones. Homer responds as such.
--> '''Homer''': That's ridiculous! How could I even get all five necessary drops into her cereal? ''({{beat}})'' What?
* DinnerWithTheBoss: The plot of Homer's pilot for the show, with Bart as the boss.
* IllKillYou: At the Iowa State Fair
--> '''Homer''': I'm gonna kill you!
--> '''Marge''': {Prods him in the chest} You don't have the guts, little man!
* IntimidatingRevenueService: In a manner parodying other celebrities that have done the same, The Simpsons get busted for tax evasion and the IRS agents are shown literally carting off their mansion.
* IsThisThingStillOn: {{Inverted|Trope}} with Moe.
-->'''Moe:''' Oh, Homer was spending money like a teenage Arab. ''(chuckles)'' He bought me a Rolex and, uh, Cashmere jeans. I felt kinda guilty 'cause I was always trying to score with his wife. So, when do we start filming? ''(beat)'' Oh.
* ItsTheBestWhateverEver: Homer's opinion on the Thanksgiving the family had with their lawyers during their falling out.
-->'''Homer:''' I mean, emotionally, it was terrible, but the turkey was so moist!
* JimmyCarter: Manages to keep an audience at a country fair performance entertained with breakdancing when the Simpsons break into an argument.
* LemonyNarrator: Using such odd metaphors as:
** "The Simpsons began on a wing and a prayer, but now the wing was on fire, and the prayer had been answered... by Satan."
** "The dream was over. Coming up: Was the dream ''really'' over? Yes it was. Or ''was'' it??"
** "Would Willie's fence-mending eggs bear fruit? Or would his olive branch be torn apart, by woodpeckers of mistrust? That night, fate wore a cumberbund... of suspense."
* {{Metafiction}}/{{Postmodernism}}
* {{Metaphorgotten}}:
-->'''Homer:''' Why did I take much punishment? Let's just say that fame was like a drug, but what was even more like a drug [[ShapedLikeItself was the drugs]].
* NotAllowedToGrowUp: Lisa complains of being given anti-growth hormones.
* NotHelpingYourCase: Homer gives this gem:
-->I want to set the record straight: I ''thought'' the police officer was a prostitute. ''*Gives a satisfied smile.*''
* {{Parody Assistance}}: Jim Forbes guested as the narrator, and the ''Behind the Music'' producers let the ''Simpsons'' animators use their graphics package to get the look just right.
* ShoutOut:
** During a Grammy award show, the presenter [[Music/OzzyOsbourne Ozzy Osbourne]] announces that, somehow, "Simpsons Christmas Boogie" won a Grammy for Best Thrash Metal. Angered, he bites off the "head" of the Grammy, causing it to bleed, referencing a similar incident with a bat.
*** Also a reference to the 1988 Grammy Awards, where people where stunned that Music/{{Metallica}} [[AwardSnub lost to]] Music/JethroTull [[AwardSnub for best metal group]].
** Homer talks about his return to legitimate theater and is shown in a performance of ''{{RENT}} II''. He acts as the characters' new landlord Mr. Stingely who apparently dresses like [[DudleyDoRight Snidely Whiplash]].
* SuspiciouslySpecificDenial: Homer's response to Lisa's claims of being given anti-growth hormones.
* TalksLikeASimile: A running gag with the narrator.
* TheCameo: WesternAnimation/HuckleberryHound appears in a teaser for a "future" episode of ''Behind the Laughter'' admitting he is a closeted homosexual.
** While Bart is briefly in jail for assaulting a flight attendant, his role is covered by ComicBook/RichieRich.
----