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'''Original air date''': May 21, 2000

In a parody of Creator/VH1's ''Behind the Music'' (and other cable documentaries that chronicle the rise and fall of celebrities and casts of famed TV shows, like ''E! True Hollywood Story''), 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.

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!!This episode contains examples of:

* AffectionateParody: Of ''Behind the Music''[[note]]Complete with the series's narrator, Jim Forbes[[/note]] 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.
** Earlier, when Homer strangles Bart during rehearsal, hearing the crew laugh at this prompts Homer and Bart to work it into the series.
* AmbiguousSyntax: Done deliberately for comedy:
-->'''Ned''': I'd see 'em sitting on that couch all day long, just staring at that Hollywood hogwash.\\
'''Homer''': Well, our favorite show was ''Hollywood Hogwash''...
* 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!" (which winds up also being the incident that created the "Why you little!" RunningGag).
* 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.
* 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''.
* CourtroomEpisode: ComicBook/RichieRich replaces Bart in the episode "Disorder In the Court", where "Bart" has JuryDuty.
* DepartmentOfRedundancyDepartment: "[[NoNameGiven Comic Book Guy]]: [[foldercontrol]]

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* DinnerWithTheBoss: The plot of Homer's pilot for the show, with Bart as the boss.
* DisproportionateRetribution: Apu snitched on Homer's tax evasion because he misused the Take a Penny/Leave a Penny tray.
* DorkAge: In-universe, the period when Richie Rich stood in for Bart.
-->'''Narrator''': Fans reacted to these slapdash episodes with yawns. ''(audience yawns)'' Angry yawns. ''(audience yawns angrily)''
* FromBadToWorse: After the incident at the Iowa State Fair, here is how the narrator described the situation.
-->'''Narrator''': The Simpsons' TV show started out on a wing and a prayer. But now [[https://frinkiac.com/gif/S11E22/944360/946960/ the wing was on fire]], and [[https://frinkiac.com/gif/S11E22/947160/949560/ the prayer had been answered by Satan]].
* IllKillYou: Exclaimed by Homer during the Iowa State Fair.
-->'''Homer''': I'm gonna kill you!\\
'''Marge''': {Prods him in the chest} You don't have the guts, little man!
* InCharacterCommentaries: Homer provides commentary for his famous gorge jump from "[[Recap/TheSimpsonsS2E8BartTheDaredevil Bart the Daredevil]]":
-->'''Homer:''' Everything was going great at first. I felt like I was king of the world. Right about here, I realize something's wrong. Yep, there I go. Then came the rocks -- jagged rocks, hitting me with their jags.
* InstantlyProvenWrong: At the end of the episode, the narrator declares, "Whether choking their son or poking some fun, the Simpsons will keep on gagging for years to come!" The scene then cuts to the Simpsons in an editing room watching an upcoming episode, with Homer telling the editor, "This will be the last season." The editor nods in agreement.
* 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!
* 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? [[https://frinkiac.com/gif/S11E22/1125560/1128960/ Or would his olive branch be torn apart, by woodpeckers of mistrust?]] That night, fate wore a cummerbund... of suspense."
* {{Metafiction}}/{{Postmodernism}}: [[MST3KMantra The less you think about this, the better.]]
* {{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:
-->'''Homer:''' I want to set the record straight: I thought the cop was a prostitute. ''*gives a satisfied smile*''
** Another one:
--> '''Homer''': Then we figured out we could park them in front of the TV. That's how I was raised, and I turned out TV.
* NotHyperbole: Homer has to pull out a set piece with a bite in it to show that he was ''literally'' ChewingTheScenery during his theater stint.
* {{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.
* RealityEnsues: Homer's various pratfalls throughout the show (MadeOfIron or not) were not "truly" just shrugged off: he had lenghty hospital stays and became addicted to painkillers.
* SayingTooMuch: When Lisa brings up being forced to ingest anti-growth hormones:
-->'''Homer''': How could I even get all five necessary drops into her cereal? ...what?
* SelfDeprecation: The special is not afraid to acknowledge the show's DorkAge, bringing up "[[Recap/TheSimpsonsS9E2ThePrincipalAndThePauper episodes increasingly resort[ing] to gimmicky premises and nonsensical plots]]" and "[[Recap/TheSimpsonsS11E7EightMisbehavin trendy]] [[Recap/TheSimpsonsS5E15DeepSpaceHomer guest stars]] [[Recap/TheSimpsonsS7E14ScenesFromTheClassStruggleInSpringfield [being] shamelessly trotted out]] [[Recap/TheSimpsonsS10E22TheySavedLisasBrain to grab]] [[Recap/TheSimpsonsS11E9GriftOfTheMagi ratings]]".
* ShoutOut:
** During a Grammy award show, the presenter Music/OzzyOsbourne 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 ''Theatre/{{RENT}} II''. He acts as the characters' new landlord Mr. Stingely who apparently dresses like [[WesternAnimation/DudleyDoRight Snidely Whiplash]].
** There's a statue of ''WesternAnimation/TheIronGiant'' in Comic Book Guy's office, as a nod to former ''Simpsons'' producer Creator/BradBird, who directed the film.
* SoundEffectBleep: Both Marge ''[[RefugeInAudacity and the narrator]]'' have a single contribution to the rare instances of censored dialogue in ''The Simpsons''.
--> '''Marge''': Finally, I said, "So do it. Either ''(bleep)'' or get off the pot."\\
'''Narrator''': And ''(bleep)'', he did.
* StockFootage: Animation for [[https://frinkiac.com/gif/S11E22/744560/746360/ an "aborted" 1992 Couch Gag]] was reworked from [[https://frinkiac.com/gif/S08E03/19468/20903/ a Season 8 Couch Gag]] appearing in both "[[Recap/TheSimpsonsS8E3TheHomerTheyFall The Homer They Fall]]" and "[[Recap/TheSimpsonsS8E18HomerVsTheEighteenthAmendment Homer vs. the Eighteenth Amendment]]".
* SuspiciouslySpecificDenial: 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?
* TakeThat: A preview of an upcoming Simpsons episode has this pot-shot at Delaware's supposed boring nature:
--> '''Marge''': I can't believe it! We won another contest!\\
'''Homer''': The Simpsons are going to Delaware!\\
'''Lisa''': I wanna see Wilmington!\\
'''Bart''': I wanna visit a screen door factory!\\
'''Homer''': ''(watching this scene with an editor)'' [[SelfDeprecation This'll be the last season.]]
* TalksLikeASimile: A running gag with the narrator.
* UnInstallment: Apparently, there's an episode called "Disorder In the Court", in which ComicBook/RichieRich substitutes for Bart while the latter is in rehab.
-->'''Marge:''' Bart, what do you mean you have jury duty?\\
'''"Bart":''' [[MangledCatchPhrase Don't have a cow, Mother.]]
* WhereTheHellIsSpringfield: After years of speculation as to what state Springfield is in, the narrator just casually says The Simpsons takes place in Northern Kentucky... at least, it did on original broadcast. Both Fox repeats changed it to "Southern Missouri", and several more were recorded but not used and can be heard on the DVD's special features (including Western Oregon, Eastern Nebraska, Southern Illinois and the small island of Lanai).
* WrittenByCastMember: Invoked; Marge mentioned that Homer writes the Sunday ''Simpsons'' comic strip.
-->'''Bart''': So you ''know'' it's good!\\
'''Homer''': Why you little... ''(chokes Bart)''
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