Al Jean

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Al Jean

Born

1/9/1962, Farmington Hills, Michigan, USA

Birth Name

Alfred Jean

Gender

Male

Also Known As

Alfred Jean, Atrocious Al Jean
9.8
out of 10
User Rating
16 votes

Biography

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Whether you know his name or not, it's very likely that Al Jean has tickled your funny bone on more than one occasion. Jean was a writer with Mike Reiss on The Tonight Show With Johnny Carson and after they grew accustomed to each other they decided to…more

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Trivia and Quotes

  • Trivia

    • Al says he was more like Lisa Simpson growing up then Bart.

    • Some of Al's favorite Simpsons characters are Lisa and Comic Book Guy.

    • Al was on the list of gay people in the Season 6 episode "Bart's Comet" on The Simpsons .

    • Al has a high nasal voice.

    • Al's "Treehouse of Horror" nicknames for The Simpsons include Awful Al Jean, Al 'Family Guy' Jean, and Atrocious Al Jean.

    • There was lots of tension between Matt Groening and Jean at the time of The Simpsons sixth season when Al and his writing partner Mike Reiss executively produced a crossover episode, featuring The Critic , because Matt hated the show.

    • In the first season of The Simpsons Al and Mike wrote the episode, "Moaning Lisa", and Al wrote the song in it, he said it was fairly easy, considering he had never written a song before.

    • Jean has run The Simpsons longer than any other show runner, for ten years at least.

    • Jean wrote one of The Simpsons scripts while waiting in line at Disney Land, for a ride with his daughter.

    • Jean believes Family Guy is somewhat a plagiarism on The Simpsons.

    • Jean was a consultant for five episodes on the short lived series The PJs with Mike Reiss.

    • Al wrote all The Critic webisodes with Mike Reiss, excluding the last one.

    • Jean is a big fan of the original The Simpsons one minute shorts that used to appear on The Tracey Ullman Show.

    • Jean was showrunner on The Simpsons longer than anyone else.

    • Jean is one of two Executive Producers on The Simpsons Movie, the other being Mike Scully.

    • Al is a huge fan of the "Jon Lovitz" time period of Saturday Night Live.

    • Jean is a Harvard mathematics graduate.

    • Jean's favourite episode of The Critic which he co-created is "Siskel and Ebert and Jay and Alice", the same as the other creator Mike Reiss.

    • Al once mentioned in a The Simpsons DVD audio commentary that he was angered by Wikipedia's fact in his profile on there, about his father bearing a similar resemblance to Homer Simpson, since then this fact has been removed.

    • Jean once ate a six-foot-long sandwich when it was left from a party he held, which later became one of the inspirations for the The Simpsons episode, "Selma's Choice."

    • Mike Reiss left Jean as a writing partner after he saw what a great job Jean did writing The Simpsons episode, "Lisa's Sax", by himself, which they executive produced together.

    • Jean has participated in almost every The Simpsons episode he executive produced, wrote and worked as producer on.

    • Al created the following series with Mike Reiss, The Critic and Teen Angel, while taking a break from The Simpsons.

    • Jean ran The Simpsons for two years with Mike Reiss and then started running it again from season thirteen to current date, as well as doing six one-off episodes as showrunner, also with Mike Reiss, which were in seasons 6, 8 and 9.

    • Al has worked on The Simpsons every season it has been on the air in some way.

    • Al worked with Mike Reiss on several series and wrote with him for over twenty years.

    • Al's family owns a hardware store called Jean's Hardware.

  • Quotes

    • Al Jean: (Describing why The Simpsons never grow) I never want people to go: "Oh, this is the episode that changed everything!"

    • Al Jean: (Describing working on The Simpsons) It's the greatest job in the world...

    • Al Jean: People tell me all the time, "Oh, you should be a voice, you have a cartoon voice!" I'm like, "What does that mean?!"

    • Jean:(Describing The Simpsons Movie) I'd say in one sentence it's that a man should listen to his wife.

    • Jean:(talking about how to keep The Simpsons going) I'd say for Futurama, four or five years is pretty good by TV standards. For this show I think there's three things. The fact that the original universe created by Matt and Jim Brooks and Sam Simon are really rich, there's just so many great characters that we can do a different kind of episode every week without wearing thin. The fact that the characters don't age, you don't watch the show and see it's radically different than it was ten years ago. A good episode from season fourteen will stand up to a good episode from season four. And everyone takes it real seriously. The writers, the cast, we work hard trying to do what people have grown to love without repeating ourselves.

SUBMIT REVIEW
  • I can't really say I know him... but he's made a big and strange mark on the history of The Simpsons.

    7.5
    I won't go off on the normal tirade about how The Simpsons is crappier that it used to be like some sentimental fool. That doesn't help anyone. Even season 17 episodes I see again now I enjoy a lot more. Really, they just need time to age. But I do think Al has both done bad and good for the show. He seems to have a very literal, cold, business mind, which I'm sure has hurt the creativity of the series immensely. Just read an interview with him, or hear his voice, or look in his slightly guilty eyes :)



    I'm one who dearly misses the crude artwork of it in its earlier forms, and when dialogue felt like it wasn't just said and then slapped in a timecode. But like any job, he can keep things under budget and well-oiled, so he gets to keep his post. In this way, he probably wasn't the best choice for the show from season 13 onward, though maybe he was. We can't really know. As a society begins to crumble, so must its artistry. That's the closest guarded secret of the television universe, and I bet Al's in on it. But once all this 2012 nonsense is behind us, I think some cultural dynamite will go off.moreless
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