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Ian Maxtone-Graham (born July 3, 1959) is a television writer and producer. He has written for Saturday Night Live (1992-1995), The Simpsons (1995-2015) and has also served as a co-executive producer and consulting producer for The Simpsons.

Family and earlier work

Ian was born in New York City, the son of naval historian and author John Maxtone-Graham and author Katrina Maxtone-Graham (née Kanzler), and the great-nephew of the British author and poet Joyce Maxtone-Graham (pen name Jan Struther). His younger brother is Guy Maxtone-Graham, a one-time writer and actor for Beavis and Butt-head.

He attended Brown University, in contrast to much of the other Simpsons crew, who went to Harvard. While at Brown, he wrote for and later served as Editor-in-Chief of the Critical Review, Brown's student publication of course evaluations. He entered Brown with the class of 1981 but graduated in January 1983.

Ian is a triathlete, and swims with the UCLA masters team. He also kayaks, and in college was a rower.

Saturday Night Live

While at Saturday Night Live, Ian co-wrote the first version of The Chanukah Song with Adam Sandler. Ian once dumped a cup of water on Norm MacDonald's head for smoking in the writer's room. Norm responded by punching Ian, who went home and did not return for a week. Ian considered filing charges against Norm for assault and battery, and against NBC for not enforcing the no-smoking policy, but decided against it.

The Simpsons

Ian was one of several writers recruited to The Simpsons from the pages of George Meyer's short-lived Army Man magazine. He joined the Simpsons crew in the seventh season (though he only began writing episodes in the eighth season) and has since written some important episodes, such as "Alone Again, Natura-Diddily", in which Maude Flanders dies. In 2005, he won a Writers Guild of America award. He has written 18 episodes, the four most recent of which he co-wrote with Billy Kimball.

The episodes that Ian writes are generally well-received by critics: for example, Catch 'Em if You Can, The Seemingly Never-Ending Story, 24 Minutes, and Gone Maggie Gone all made IGN's list of the best episodes after season 13. However, he has also become wildly unpopular among Simpsons fans on the Internet. The animosity kicked off in 1998, when he stated that he had never watched the show prior to working on it. In the same interview, he contrasted the Simpsons writers's somewhat lackadaisical approach (saying, for example, that they sometimes confused Rod and Todd) with the Internet fans's apparent obsession with continuity, and remarked, "That's why they're on the Internet and we're writing the show." The interviewer Charlotte O'Sullivan expressed discomfort with his assertion that female writers were not often part of the writing staff, as the "guy humor" of Bart and Homer dominated the show's plotlines over the characters of Marge and Lisa.

The design of the occasionally-appearing Simpsons character "Very Tall Man" (his most notable appearance being "22 Short Films About Springfield") is based on Ian, who in real life measures in at 6'8" (203cm).



Writer (1996-2014)

Consulting Producer (1995-1998)

Season 7

Season 8

Season 9

Season 10

Co-Executive Producer (1998-2005)

Season 10

Season 11

Season 12

Season 13

Season 14

Season 15

Season 16

Executive Producer (2005-2010?)

Season 16

Season 17

Season 18

Season 19

Season 20

Lyrics (2002-2003, 2007)

Commentaries (2006-present)


  • Eric Idle's character in the sitcom Suddenly Susan was named after Ian.

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