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The Simpsons

The Simpsons
  • Rating: 8.80
  • Year of issue: 1989
  • Genres: Comedy, Animation, Family
  • Countries: United States
  • Duration: 22 minutes
  • Complexity: 9

Quite an ordinary family - he, she, and their three kids. They live in an ordinary house and do ordinary daily routine, but often get into extraordinary mischief. Absurdly funny things occur to them on a daily basis.

  • Christmas seems doomed for the Simpson family when Homer receives no Christmas Bonus. Homer becomes a mall Santa Claus, hoping to make money and bring Marge, Bart, Lisa, and baby Maggie, a happy holiday.
  • Bart ends up at a school for gifted children after cheating on an IQ test.
  • While Bart's class is touring the Springfield Nuclear Power Plant for a field trip, Homer crashes his golf cart into a radioactive pipe. In the aftermath, the plant is forced to shutdown and Homer loses his job.
  • At a company picnic Homer realizes his family is dysfunctional and takes them all to therapy where they end up having shock treatment. They are still as bad as ever so Homer gets double his money back from Dr Marvin Monroe and the Simpsons buy themselves a new TV.
  • School bully Nelson Muntz has been terrorizing his classmates, particularly Bart. Bart and one of Nelson's goons get into a fight at school (when Bart was sticking up for Lisa), and in the aftermath Nelson accidentally gets a bloody nose. Nelson makes good on his threats to beat up Bart. Bart winds up having nightmares about Nelson stalking him, and later envisions his funeral. Finally, Grampa takes Bart to Herman, a Vietnam veteran who has had one of his arms amputated, to plan a strategy for getting back at Nelson. Bart commissions all his schoolmates whom Nelson …
  • A depressed Lisa's spirit is lifted when she meets a jazz-man, Bleeding Gums Murphy.
  • Ned Flanders shows off his newly purchased (and monstrous) motor home to the Simpsons. In a fit of oneupmanship, Homer decides he needs one too. Homer's credit is very poor, but he wants that motor home, so he buys one whose oil is leaking and appears to be held together by chicken wire and duct tape. With their new motor home, Homer takes the family on an outing in the woods. Homer quickly loses his way and everyone bails from the motor home just before it tumbles into a large ravine. The family is forced to rough it the rest of the way. Maggie becomes separated from…
  • Bart gets more than he bargained for when he saws the head off a statue of the town's founder.
  • Marge contemplates an affair with a handsome bowling instructor.
  • Bart uses his new miniature “spy” camera to take candid pictures around the household; meanwhile, Homer is preparing to go to a bachelor party for his co-worker at the Springfield Nuclear Power Plant. While at the party, Homer is invited to dance on stage with a stripper. Bart (who is dining with the rest of the family in the next-door restaurant) uses his camera to snap a photo of Homer and the dancer having a great time. At school, Martin develops the picture, which - after he compliments Bart's work - gets distributed around school, and eventually around town. …
  • Bart flushes a cherry bomb at school, nearly injuring Principal Skinner's mother, Agnes, in the process. An exasperated Skinner tells Homer and Marge that since expulsion would not do Bart any good, he's placing him in a foreign-exchange student program. Bart is sent to France, where his host family are unethical winemakers who plan to employ him as a slave.
  • Homer witnesses a robbery at the Kwik-E-Mart convenience store, where the culprit is a man dressed like Bart's hero, Krusty the Clown. Does the children's television host have a sinister second life, or is there more to the story than meets the eye?
  • Homer and Marge enjoy a night out on the town. Meanwhile, at home, the kids deal with a diabolical babysitter.
  • Bart's teacher, Mrs. Krabappel, has become fed up with his lackadaisical scholastic habits. After bluffing his way through a book report and failing a geography exam, Krabappel gives Bart an ultimatum: Shape up or be retained in fourth grade.
  • Homer lies on a medical insurance form to buy a “miracle” hair-restoring drug.
  • In this trilogy of horror-themed Halloween stories, Bart and Lisa attempt to scare each other with tales of the macabre. In first,“Bad Dream House”, the Simpsons inhabit a haunted home, which possesses their souls, and causes them to attempt to kill each other. But after spending enough time with the Simpsons, it is the house, which kill itself, vanishing into another dimension. In the second segment, “Hungry are the Damned”, the Simpsons accuse the monsters of planning to eat them, but the offended aliens reveal they were only planning a sumptuous meal for the family…
  • A three-eyed fish is caught in the Springfield River downstream from the nuclear plant, leading to a government safety inspection. When Mr. Burns is told that the plant will be shut down, he gets drunk in his car with Homer. Homer remarks that if Burns were governor, he could make new laws to keep the plant open. Burns seizes on this remark and announces his candidacy. Afraid for his job, Homer pushes his family to campaign for Burns, but Marge is a staunch supporter of the incumbent, Mary Bailey. On the night before the election, Burns dines at the Simpson home as a …
  • Homer's heckling of the Springfield Isotopes baseball team's mascot during one of their games leads to his appointment as the new mascot.
  • Overcome with jealousy at Ned Flanders's affluent lifestyle and affectionate family, Homer paints him as a snobbish jerk to the rest of his family and looks eagerly for an opportunity to show him up. He finds it in an upcoming miniature golf tournament, and enters Bart against Ned's son Todd.
  • On Thanksgiving, Bart learns about the meaning of the holiday when he runs away from home (after getting into a fight), then shares a turkey dinner with homeless people at a soup kitchen.
  • After seeing a motorcycle daredevil at the monster truck show, Bart becomes a death-defying daredevil on his skateboard.
  • Marge becomes a crusader against cartoon violence after watching ‘The Itchy and Scratchy Show’.
  • While skateboarding down the street, Bart is hit by a car driven by Mr. Burns. Homer turns down Mr. Burns' token offer of $100, and instead hires ambulance-chaser Lionel Hutz to bring an outrageous lawsuit.
  • What would you do if you were told you had only 24 hours to live? That's what this episode explores when Homer is told just that.
  • Homer and Marge tell the story of how they met and fell in love in high school.
  • Homer gets a crooked cable guy to install free cable in the Simpson home. Lisa faces an ethical crises over her family's stealing.
  • After attending a co-worker's wedding, a depressed Selma begs Marge to help her find a man. Marge sets Homer to the task, and Homer is impressed by Principal Skinner. Homer invites Skinner to the Simpson home for dinner, but accidentally introduces him to Selma's twin, Patty.
  • Homer's new design ruins his half-brother's car empire.
  • After an uncontrollable Santa's Little Helper destroys several important Simpson possessions, Homer announces that he will be thrown out of the house unless he completes obedience training.
  • After Grandpa Simpson's new girlfriend leaves him $106,000 in her will, he tries to decide what to do with it.
  • Homer goes on a diet and Marge enrolls in an art class.
  • Lisa has a crush on her substitute teacher, who seemingly represents everything that Homer is not. Meanwhile, Bart decides to run for class president, and becomes the overwhelming favorite.
  • Homer can't decide which is more important: going through a counseling seminar to save his marriage, or skipping out to catch a legendary fish. Back at home, Bart and Lisa try to take advantage of Grandpa, who is their babysitter.
  • Bart, Milhouse and Martin each pitch in to buy an expensive comic book, which has disastrous results on their friendship.
  • Bart saves Mr. Burns's life. But Homer becomes enraged when Mr. Burns doesn't return the favor by sending the Simpsons what he considers to be an appropriate “thank you” gift.
  • Homer accidentally lands in a mental hospital and ends up sharing a cage with a white man who thinks he's Michael Jackson.
  • Lisa enters a contest and wins a trip to Washington DC for the whole family. While there she discovers corruption and decides to expose the corrupt official.
  • Ned Flanders opens a mall store catering to lefties. Homer, however, wishes Flanders would fail.
  • Bart stumbles upon the local mafia boss, and starts working for him on the side. When Principal Skinner goes missing after punishing Bart, he and Fat Tony's gang are suspected of killing him, but they try to get Bart to take the rap.
  • Homer is a hero after averting a nuclear meltdown that he nearly caused, but he doesn't want to tell anyone that he stopped it completely by accident.
  • When the Simpsons have Krusty the Clown over for dinner, he says grace in Hebrew, and recalls his difficult relationship with his father, a rabbi. Bart and Lisa try to reunite the two of them.
  • The Simpson family receives a severed monkey's paw which can grant wishes, Bart gains magical powers which he uses to turn Homer into a Jack-in-the-box, and Mr. Burns uses Homer's brain to create a robot.
  • After ruining Lisa's performance at the school talent show, Homer tries to make it up by buying her a pony.
  • After Homer fails a fathering test, he decides to help Bart build his Soap Box Derby racer. But Bart dumps Homer and their racer after Martin's far superior vehicle suddenly becomes available.
  • Moe claims that a drink that Homer invented is his own. After the drink makes the bar a local hot spot, Moe gains a number of fair-weather friends but loses Homer's friendship.
  • Burns decides to retire and sells the power plant to a German consortium for an exorbitant price. Homer's laziness and inefficiency are quickly exposed by his new bosses, and he is laid off.
  • As Marge goes to the doctor for a pregnancy test, Homer tells the children of the events leading up to his marriage and Bart's birth.
  • After Bart receives a microphone which can transmit through radios, he decides to pull a series of pranks, and eventually convinces the town that a boy has fallen down a well.
  • Homer uses Lisa (and her prognostic skills) to help him bet on football games.
  • While Marge spends a couple of days at Rancho Relaxo after she has a breakdown, Bart and Lisa stay with Patty and Selma, and Homer stays at home to take care of Maggie.
  • After Ms. Krabappel gives Bart a month of detention, Bart gets his revenge on her by responding to her newspaper singles ad. Homer begins a “swear jar” to keep him cursing.
  • Homer and his co-workers qualify the plant's softball team for the league final, but Mr. Burns hires 9 professional MLB players to win a $1 million bet.
  • The results of a standardized test steer Bart in the direction of law and order at Springfield Elementary School. However, Lisa becomes so depressed by her results that she turns to juvenile delinquency.
  • The Simpsons wind up regretting paying for an expensive surgery for Santa's Little Helper. He then runs away from home, winds up in the animal shelter, and is adopted by Mr. Burns to become an attack dog.
  • Homer becomes the manager of a beautiful young country singer, and finds himself almost attracted to her, sparking Marge's jealousy.
  • Sideshow Bob gets out of jail and plots to take his revenge on Bart by marrying his Aunt Selma and killing her.
  • After Otto loses his job as a school bus driver because he doesn't have a license, Bart talks Homer and Marge into having Otto stay with them until he gets back on his feet.
  • Milhouse falls in love with Samantha, a new transfer student, and Bart becomes jealous of all the time they are spending together. Homer orders a subliminal weight loss tape, but is given a vocabulary builder by mistake.
  • After Homer “wins” a $2000 settlement with the plant for radiation affecting his sperm count, his brother Herb comes to Springfield with an idea that could help him get his fortune back.
  • Bart and Lisa go off for the summer to Krusty's camp for kids, but instead of meeting Krusty they meet his bean-counting surrogate, Mr. Black. With their children gone, Homer and Marge enjoy a romantic summer, but Bart and Lisa are put to work making crummy merchandise, until Krusty returns and sets things right-by taking the kids to Tijuana.
  • Marge wins the lead in a musical production of “A Streetcar Named Desire”, in which Ned Flanders plays Stanley Kowalski. Marge is infuriated by Homer's brutishness and insensitivity during preproduction, until he sees the play and reveals to Marge that he has grasped its meaning. While rehearsing, Marge sticks Maggie in the Ayn Rand Day Care Center, where her pacifier is immediately taken from her, and a la “The Great Escape”, she must struggle to win it back.
  • Homer decides not to attend church one Sunday and has the time of his life and vows never to return to church again, however one Sunday after falling asleep while smoking a cigar he accidentally sets fire to The Simpsons house, Flanders spots the flames and rescues him, Homer comes to his senses and turns up at church the following Sunday(asleep).
  • With her self-esteem shattered by a school carnival cartoonist, Homer decides to enter Lisa in a local children's beauty contest, which she ends up winning by default. But when she finds out how heavily involved Laramie Tobacco is in using the contest to sell cigarettes, she uses her position as a platform against the tobacco industry and other establishments of power and corruption.
  • In “Clown Without Pity”, a Krusty the Clown doll goes berserk in the Simpson home. In “King Homer”, Marge is wooed by a giant ape. And final story, In “Dial ‘Z’ for Zombies”, Bart's attempt to bring back the family cat turns the town of Springfield into a pack of bloodthirsty zombies.
  • Pulling one prank too many costs Bart the opportunity to see the Itchy and Scratchy Movie.
  • Marge takes a job at the nuclear plant to help pay for the house's foundation repair, and Burns becomes smitten by her.
  • Bart finds himself attracted to the 15-year-old new neighbor, Laura. Homer sues an All-You-Can-Eat buffet.
  • Homer buys a truck with an attached snow plow after he destroys his car, and to pay for it, he starts a snow shoveling business, calling himself Mr. Plow. It all goes off without a hitch, until he finds himself in competition with The Plow King, a.k.a. Barney Gumbel. Now begins the winter of discontent.
  • While trying to coax Maggie into saying her first word, Homer & Marge talk about how Lisa spoke hers.
  • Years of poor eating habits catch up with Homer when he suffers a massive heart attack. The family can't afford the triple bypass operation he needs from Dr. Hibbert, so they go to a discount quack named Nick Riviera.
  • After receiving a considerable donation of money, the people of Springfield decide what to spend it on. Enter Lyle Langley, a jocular salesman who gets Springfield hooked on a monorail system. After the monorail is up and running, and with Homer as the conductor, it's time for the maiden voyage. Little do the people know they have just boarded a one-way train to Hell.
  • Selma starts to feel broody, but after taking Bart and Lisa to Duff Gardens, she changes her mind.
  • After Homer forgets to pick up Bart from soccer practice, Bart joins a mentor program called Big Brothers presenting himself as an orphan, and is assigned a big brother called Tom. When Homer finds out, he joins the program too as a big brother.
  • Feeling sorry for Ralph, Lisa sends him a Valentine card. Having developed a crush on her, Ralph invites Lisa to go see the Krusty the Clown show. She accepts but after Krusty asks them if they are boyfriend and girlfriend, Lisa lets Ralph know that she just wants them to be friends.
  • After Homer is arrested for DUI, and loses his driver's license, he is put to the ultimate test when Marge pressures him to give up beer for a month.
  • Homer becomes union leader and leads a company strike when Mr. Burns takes away the company dental plan.
  • Homer plays a series of (childish) practical jokes on Bart. To get even, Bart uses a paint mixer at a local hardware store to shake up a can of Homer's beer. Homer opens the can, resulting in a huge explosion that seriously injures the Simpsons patriarch.
  • Homer goes back to school after it is revealed that he never graduated. Meanwhile, Bart and Lisa ghostwrite for Itchy & Scratchy using Abe's name.
  • Marge attempts to home school Bart after he is expelled from Springfield Elementary. Meanwhile, Lisa protests a barbaric local holiday centered around clubbing snakes to death.
  • A misunderstanding leads to Marge being imprisoned for shoplifting. In her absence, the family and eventually, the town descend into chaos.
  • A massive advertising blitz announces the arrival of something named “Gabbo.” Eventually, Gabbo is revealed to be a Howdy Doddy-esque dummy, with Arthur Crandall as the ventriloquist.
  • After the kids find a record with Homer's picture on it, he recalls the story of how he achieved fame in the 1980s with his barbershop quartet The Be Sharps.
  • An anonymous letter writer makes ominous threats to Bart. The Simpsons discover they were sent by Sideshow Bob who, when released from prison, harasses the Simpsons and then attempts to kill Bart with a machete. But Bob's vanity foils him yet again.
  • Homer is fired from his position in the power plant as Safety Inspector after a regulation inspector discovers he doesn't have certification for it. He goes back to college to get certified for his old job.
  • Mr. Burns goes on a desperate quest to recover his cherished childhood toy Bobo, a bear which is now in Maggie's possession.
  • When Homer announces he would sell his soul for a donut, the Devil, disguised as Ned Flanders, shows up to take him up on the offer. Second Act, while ridings to school, Bart believe he sees a malevolent gremlin on the side of the bus. And final act, Mr. Burns is Dracula, in a spoof of Francis Ford Coppola's vampire film.
  • A girl's night out turns into a high speed chase when Marge learns her friend is driving a stolen car.
  • Brad Goodman, a self-help guru, identifies Bart as a role model for personal happiness, because he is in touch with his inner child. Soon the entire town begins to behave like Bart.
  • Bart wakes up after a sugar bender to find that he has joined the Junior Campers. Although he hates the club at first, he eventually grows to enjoy it. When a father/son rafting trip is announced, Homer unwittingly strands the group at sea.
  • Homer's marriage is in trouble when he develops an attraction to a new co-worker.
  • Springfield decides to legalize gambling to revitalize its economy. Marge develops a gambling problem, while Mr. Burns develops a Howard Hughes complex.
  • An outbreak of burglaries inspires Homer to lead a vigilante group.
  • Bart becomes an overnight sensation as the “I didn't do it” boy on Krusty's show.
  • Homer participates in a hidden camera investigation of unsanitary food preparation at the Kwik-E-Mart, which costs Apu his job. Apu then enlists Homer's help on a journey to India to get his job back, while James Woods becomes the new Kwik-E-Mart clerk, as part of his research for a film project.
  • Lisa leads a protest against a talking doll she perceives as being sexist.
  • The powers that be at NASA, distraught over low television ratings for their space launches, decide to improve them by putting a private citizen on their next space shuttle. After receiving an angry phone call from Homer, they decide he is their man.
  • After Ned Flanders helps Homer get tickets to an important football game, he and Homer become good friends. But Homer takes the friendship too far with his stupid antics, oblivious to the fact that Ned is beginning to hate him.
  • After winning a phone-in competition Bart has a choice of prize of either $10,000 or an elephant, he chooses the latter, naming him Stampy. The Simpsons are in chaos after Stampy wrecks the house and eats all the food. They have no alternative, Stampy must go to an animal refuge.
  • After a near-death experience, Burns holds auditions for his heir and after Bart smashes his windows he chooses Bart.Bart moves in with Burns but when he's forced to choose between Burns and his family he chooses the latter.
  • Bart takes Santa's little helper to school with him on inspection day and gets Skinner fired, Bart is pleased until Ned Flanders is made his replacement.Bart sets out to find Skinner and get him reinstated.
  • After playing hooky from school, Bart sneaks in to Mayor Quimby's nephew Freddy's birthday party and witnesses a confrontation between Freddy and a waiter, Freddy is accused of beating the waiter but Bart knows what really happened, should he keep quiet or tell the truth and risk getting Cort playing hooky?
  • Abe falls in love with Marge's mother, but must compete with Mr. Burns for her heart.
  • Homer is given the task of teaching an adult education class about relationships. He fails to woo the class until he starts talking about his and Marge's sex life. When Marge finds out, she orders him not to talk about their private life again. But then he invites his entire class to dinner. This is the final straw for Marge and she chucks him out of the house. He then moves in to Bart's tree house. After seeing the error of his ways he asks Marge for a second chance. She accepts and the two reconcile.
  • In a Rear Window parody, the Simpsons buy a swimming pool and everybody in the neighborhood joins in the enjoyment–except for Bart, whose broken leg prevents him from swimming. He soon becomes obsessed with looking through his telescope and even suspects Ned Flanders of murdering his wife.
  • Lisa is jealous when a new girl in class is smarter than she is. Meanwhile, Homer obtains a massive amount of sugar.
  • The family recalls past tales of lost love.
  • A family vacation to Itchy & Scratchy Land turns disastrous when the robots malfunction and turn on the tourists.
  • Sideshow Bob is released from prison, runs for mayor as a Republican, and defeats “Diamond” Joe Quimby in the election. But a “Deep-Throat”-type informant tells Bart and Lisa that he was fraudulently elected. It's up to them to find the evidence.
  • The Simpsons are employed on Mr. Burns's country estate-and Homer goes insane. And act two, Homer's attempt to repair a toaster lead him repeatedly back into the past-and he inadvertently changes the future. And the final act, the school cafeteria turn to an unusual source of food-and schoolchildren start mysteriously disappearing.
  • Bart falls for Reverend Lovejoy's daughter and is surprised when she becomes a bad influence on him.
  • Homer gives all his attention to Bart because he is the star of his hockey team, which makes Lisa jealous. But when a rival team discovers that she is an excellent goalie, Bart suddenly has rival for Homer's attention.
  • Homer and Marge hire college co-ed Ashley Grant to baby-sit the kids while they go to a candy convention. While driving Ashley home, Homer shows poor tact when he attempts to retrieve a piece of Gummy Venus that became stuck to the back of Ashley's pants. Things are blown way out of proportion when Ashley interprets Homer's innocent actions as a sexual advance, prompting her to mount a huge anti-harassment campaign against Homer. Several attempts to exonerate himself - most notably, a totally inaccurate segment on the tabloid TV show “Rock Bottom” - only make things …
  • Homer and Abe hit the road to sell Abe's miraculous aphrodisiac.
  • Marge goes into therapy to cure her of her traumatizing fear of flying.
  • Homer becomes a member of a mysterious organization called the Stonecutters and is heralded as “the chosen one.”
  • Homer recounts the story of Maggie's birth when the kids ask why there are no photos of her in the family album.
  • Bart discovers a comet that is on a collision course with Springfield.
  • Homer becomes a Krusty the Clown stand-in, but is mistaken for the real Krusty by the Springfield mafia.
  • Lisa tells Bart that toilet water swirls in the opposite direction in the Southern Hemisphere. Determined to find out if this is true, Bart makes a collect call to Australia. When the father of the boy he called finds out about the charges, it sparks an international incident. The Simpsons must travel to Australia to repair relations with the United States.
  • Desperate for money, Homer takes a loan from Patty and Selma. Meanwhile, Bart discovers a natural talent for ballet.
  • Mr. Burns hosts a film festival in Springfield to improve his image. Film critic Jay Sherman, of “The Critic” is invited, and stays with the Simpsons.
  • A fortune teller gives Lisa a look at her wedding in the year 2010.
  • Santa's Little Helper has puppies, and Mr. Burns schemes to steal them and make them into a coat.
  • Marge fills in for Mrs. Krabappel during a teachers' strike.
  • When Bart swallows a hazardous prize from a cereal box and winds up in the hospital, Lisa finds out her jazz idol Bleeding Gums Murphy has a room of his own there. Sadly, this turns out to be his deathbed, and not only is she upset about him dying, but she realizes that nobody will ever remember him for his music, unless she does something about it.
  • Marge deals with corruption and crime when she joins the Springfield police force.
  • Shelbyville kids hijack Springfield's sacred lemon tree after being pelted with lemons, and Bart leads a guerrilla war against them (I say a war, but it's nowhere near violent.) They find out that the tree is in “the impenetrable fortress of suburbia”- a car impound lot, owned by the leader's (Shelby's) dad. Homer and the parents of the kids find them and team up with them to get the tree back. But how are they gonna get it from a car impound lot?
  • Mr. Burns steals oil from Springfield Elementary, and one day, he is shot, with no indication on who did it.
  • In the conclusion of the first part that ended season six, we are revealed in the first episode of season seven who actually shot Mr. Burns.
  • Milhouse is cast as Radioactive Man's sidekick in a Hollywood production of the comic book.
  • Marge and Homer lose custody of the kids, who are sent to live at the Flanders' house.
  • When Rev. Lovejoy disciplines Bart for a prank he pulled in church - he tricked the organist into playing Iron Butterfly's “”In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida“ - he and co-conspirator Milhouse begin arguing over whether man really has a soul. Bart scoffs at the notion and agrees to ”sell“ his soul (a piece of paper with the words ”Bart Simpson's Soul") to Milhouse for $5. A series of situations makes Bart realize maybe he really did sell his soul, prompting him to go all-out to get it back from Milhouse, who isn't willing to sell. Meanwhile, Moe attempts to open a family-style …
  • A trip to a local petting zoo convinces Lisa to give up meat, despite excessive pressure to convince her not to do so.
  • First, a freak lightning storm causes giant advertising mascots to come to life. Next, Groundskeeper Willie dies and swears revenge on the kids in their dreams. Finally, Homer accidentally finds himself trapped in another dimension.
  • Mr. Burns institutes a new calisthenics program at work. Most employees enjoy the morning workout, except Homer, who is too lazy. He finds out that if he goes in disability, he will be exempt from the exercises. He finds hyper-obesity among the list of disability, so he gorges himself on food to balloon up to 300 pounds.
  • To get out of cleaning a part as community service, Homer fakes his own death. When this results in the family's utilities being cut off, Marge puts pressure on him to reveal that he is alive. However, the spurious news of his “death” brings his long-lost mother - a hippie who is on the run from the law because of her activism against Mr. Burns - back to Springfield.
  • Sideshow Bob again escapes from prison and takes control of a TV screen at an air show, demanding all television stations immediately go off the air.
  • Troy McClure hosts a retrospective of the first 138 episodes of The Simpsons.
  • Marge's relationship with Bart is strained when she catches him shoplifting before Christmas.
  • Homer starts a bowling team with Moe, Apu and Otto, but when Mr. Burns discovers the team was funded with his money, he insists on joining. Meanwhile, Springfield Elementary introduces uniforms.
  • To avoid politics, former President George Bush and his wife Barbara retire to Springfield, citing its low voter turnout. They quickly become friends to the conservative Flanders family, but George soon becomes the enemy of Bart and Homer Simpson.
  • After Grandpa destroys their television set, the Simpsons go to an outlet mall to buy a new one. Marge decides to peruse a clothing store, and buys a discounted Chanel suit. A chance encounter with a High School acquaintance, while wearing the suit, leads to an invitation to join a country club. Marge becomes obsessed with pleasing the club's upper-class clientèle to so she can be accepted.
  • Bart gets a check he wanted signed by Krusty back stamped. As Krusty was supposed to autograph it, Bart wants it taken back to sign, but inadvertently reveals Krusty as a tax fraud. Krusty's lifestyle is stripped down to that of an average citizen, his show ruined and most of his possessions sold in an auction. Bart is mad at himself, particularly after a sobbing Krusty commits suicide by piloting his plane, the I'm-Onna-Rolla-Gay, into a mountainside. Bart sees visions of Krusty everywhere, but are they illusions or real life?
  • Lisa discovers that her town's beloved founder Jebediah Springfield was in fact a vicious pirate.
  • When Smithers is forced to take a vacation, he appoints Homer as his temporary replacement.
  • Bart & Lisa meet a bum who claims to have created Itchy, one half of the cat and mouse team of their favorite cartoon series, “Itchy & Scratchy.”
  • Washed-up movie star Troy McClure is pulled over for driving without corrective lenses, and forced to go to the DMV to get his eyes checked. While there, he meets Selma, who he asks out for dinner. Spotted by a reporter, he quickly realizes that being seen in public with a woman will grab enough headlines to revitalize his career, leading to a whirlwind romance between him and Selma.
  • Unable to get out of a mis-scheduled spring vacation, Principal Skinner makes up the holiday “Go to Work with Your Parents Day,” giving Lisa the chance to spend time with Homer, and Bart the chance to work with Patty & Selma at the DMV. When Bart makes his own fake driver's license and Martin wins a bundle at the stock market, Bart rents a car, and takes Milhouse, Martin, and Nelson Muntz on a huge road trip.
  • A series of vignettes highlights a day in the life of various Springfield residents.
  • Grandpa Simpson reveals to Bart that he and Montgomery Burns were part of a World War 2 unit known as the Flying Hellfish, which stole priceless art from a German castle during the war, of which the last surviving member would inherit the fortune. When another member of his platoon dies, Abe and Burns remain the last two survivors, and Burns vows to make sure Grandpa doesn't become the last Hellfish, until Abe and Bart vow to find the fortune before Burns does.
  • Anti-Immigration fever sweeps Springfield, which threatens to lead to the deportation of of Apu, until Homer decides to reject the mob mentality, and help him become a legal citizen.
  • Depressed about his inability to keep up with the existing music scene when Bart reveals how uncool his interest in 1970's rock music truly is, Homer decides to take Bart and Lisa to the Hullabalooza music festival to show them this isn't the case. Failing at that, he nearly sparks a riot and gets shot at with a cannon(ironically for Peter Frampton) which bounces a fake pig off his fat belly, and ends up being hired as part of the festival's freak show, touring with bands such as Smashing Pumpkins, Cypress Hill, Sonic Youth, and yes, Frampton.
  • The end of the school year, and an empty yearbook causes Lisa to contemplate her lack of popularity. When Ned Flanders is summoned for jury duty and offers Homer a chance to stay at his beach house, Lisa sees this as the opportunity to reinvent herself as a slacker in the hope of gaining friends, which proves to be far more successful than she could possibly imagine — but not if Bart has any say in the matter.
  • Bart discovers his Siamese twin Hugo in the attic. Then, Lisa becomes a god after she accidentally creates life in a science fair project. Finally, Kang and Kodos plot to conquer the planet disguised as Bill Clinton and Bob Dole.
  • Homer takes a new job in a new town. However, his friendly new boss might be a super villain bent on world domination.
  • Homer becomes a boxer after Moe discovers his amazing ability to take a punch.
  • The Simpsons try to reunite Homer's boss, Mr. Burns, with Larry, Burns' long-lost son.
  • Marge leads a crusade against a local burlesque house after she discovers Bart working there.
  • Milhouse's parents divorce, leading Homer to question the strength of his own marriage.
  • At school, Nelson is caught with a cache of stolen items in his locker (including the “H” hood emblem from Supt. Chalmers' car) and is assigned to do chores with Groundskeeper Willie. Lisa is caught observing the goings-on and is assigned detention, where she develops a crush on Nelson. Lisa tries to reform Nelson, and it works for awhile. However, as the old saying goes, you can't teach a juvenile delinquent new tricks and it isn't long before Nelson is back to his old ways; he and his buddies had been caught throwing spoiled food at Skinner's house and tries to lie …
  • After a hurricane hits Springfield and destroys Ned Flanders' house, he suffers a breakdown and is forced to confront problems from his childhood.
  • Marge's fears that Homer will embarrass her at the annual Springfield Chili Cook-Off again, are reaffirmed when after tasting various bland samples of chili, he comes across a specialty made by Chief Wiggum laced with hallucinogenic Guatemalan peppers. The chili sends him on a psychedelic journey where he meets an imaginary Coyote spirit guide(voiced by country music legend Johnny Cash), who urges him to find his soul mate, causing him to doubt that he should've ever married Marge in the first place.
  • In yet another crazed crossover, Leonard Nimoy narrates another tale of the supernatural, reminiscent of his days with “In Search Of.” Realizing that even he's too drunk to drive after a night at Moe's Tavern, Homer stumbles through the woods and encounters a green glowing alien. Needless to say, nobody takes him seriously, except for “X-Files” FBI Agent Fox Mulder, who once again drags along his partner Dana Scully on another quest to prove the government is hiding the presence of UFO's from the public. However, even this mission may make a skeptic out of Mulder.
  • Marge enters the pretzel vending business, but when she fails, Homer recruits some help from the mob.
  • Homer and Mr. Burns get trapped in a snowed-in cabin during a company retreat.
  • After a little bit of hair loss caused by stress, the Simpson family decide that a nanny to help around the house may be a good idea, causing them to come into contact with a very odd character named Shary Bobbins.
  • Krusty becomes alarmed at the flagging ratings for “The Itchy & Scratchy Show” and demands it be corrected. The producers reason some new gimmicks are needed to inject fresh air and - after a focus group doesn't quite go as well as planned - decide to introduce a new character named Poochie, a rapping cartoon dog that is supposed to become friends with Itchy and Scratchy. Homer auditions to do Poochie's voice and wins the part. Poochie's first cartoon, “The Beagle Has Landed,” premieres to great fanfare but is poorly received to say the least. The producers decide …
  • Homer fears that Bart's masculinity is at stake when he suspects that he's being influenced by a flamboyant homosexual collectible store owner named John(Waters). All his efforts to show Bart how to be a man keep backfiring on him… or do they?
  • Sideshow Bob is released from prison into the custody of his younger brother Cecil (voiced by David Hyde Pierce), Springfield's Chief Hydrological Engineer. He works as the foreman on a new hydroelectric dam. Bart is convinced that Bob is up to something shady again, and follows him everywhere.
  • Bart is outraged when Lisa becomes his babysitter.
  • Bart gets drunk during a St. Patrick's Day Parade, provoking the city government to enforce a two-hundred year old prohibition law. Rex Banner, an Elliot Ness-type character, takes over the police force to help enforce the law, since Wiggum failed to do do. Meanwhile, Homer decides to make money for himself as a bootlegger, calling himself “The Beer Baron.”
  • Martin's birthday party is predictably dull until nearly all the guests become ill with food poisoning. The only ones not to get sick are Bart (who didn't want to eat the spoiled oysters), and Principal Skinner and Mrs. Krabappel, who fall in love with each other. Bart catches his principal and teacher kissing passionately, but they immediately find out and want to swear him to secrecy. They make him his gofer, making his life miserable at school and calling him at all hours of the night (all for the reward of Milhouse inheriting Bart's poor school record). Bart …
  • Using Santa's Little Helper's name, Bart is able to fraudulently obtain a credit card. Unaware that he needs to eventually pay for everything, Bart makes outlandish purchases - including a specially breeded collie he names Laddie. He manages to evade Lisa's demand for an explanation but can't keep back the creditors, who eventually repossess everything. When the creditors as for the dog, Bart - who has fallen in love with Laddie - sends Santa's Little Helper with the repo men. Later, Bart grows bored with Laddie and gives her to Chief Wiggum; in the aftermath, Bart is…
  • Burns loses his fortune and recruits Lisa to help him get it back.
  • Marge becomes a church counselor to compensate for Reverend Lovejoy's lack of interest. Meanwhile, Homer discovers a Japanese detergent is using his face for their logo.
  • Mr. Burns hires Frank Grimes (the human interest subject of Kent Brockman's report) as executive vice president at the Springfield Nuclear Power Plant. Grimes meets the employees and is immediately stunned at Homer's lackadasial work performance and his co-workers are nonchalant about it. Grimes - already annoyed by Homer's habits - becomes horrified when he observes Homer nearly drink a flask containing a toxic acid in absent-mindedness; however, Grimes is harshly reprimanded when he knocks the vial away and causes damage. Grimes tells Homer that they are “enemies,” …
  • Troy McClure introduces three “potential spin-offs” of The Simpsons. The fictional pilots include: “Chief Wiggum, P.I. (Wiggum and Principal Skinner are detectives in New Orleans, and must contend with the evil Big Daddy, who kidnaps Ralph); ”The Love-Matic Grandpa“ (a spoof of the failed 1960s-era sitcom ”My Mother the Car,“ where Grampa's ghost inhabits a Love Tester machine at Moe's Tavern); and ”The Simpson Family Smile-Time Variety Hour“ (the Simpsons - along with a teen-aged ”Lisa" - star in a comedy-variety show, much like the Bradys did in 1977).
  • After a prank destroys half the town, Bart is shipped away to military school. Lisa, seeking a challenge, decides to enroll with him, but is faced with discrimination as the school's only girl cadet.
  • Homer must travel to New York to get his car back, which is illegally parked at World Trade Center Plaza.
  • After holding a surprise tribute to their beloved Elementary school principal Skinner, the town of Springfield is shocked to find out that Seymour Skinner is an impostor…
  • Homer recounts the story of Bart's first day of school, which corresponds with the story of how Lisa got her saxophone.
  • In “The Homega Man,” Homer battles mutants after Springfield is annihilated by a neutron bomb. Then, Bart has his DNA mixed with a fly in “Fly vs. Fly.” Finally, Marge is revealed to be a witch in colonial Springfield in “Easy Bake Coven.”
  • After a massive soccer riot, Homer decides to invest in a home security system but can't afford the high price. He does the next best thing: He purchases a gun. This is despite Marge's stern opposition to having a gun. Homer plays with the gun like a toy and almost causes an accident at the dinner table. Marge warns Homer to get rid of the gun now; Homer agrees, but Bart finds the gun later in the refrigerator. Marge sees this, takes the gun away and tells Homer she is taking the kids and moving out. Homer eventually is kicked out of the local NRA chapter (for his …
  • A pee-wee football team forms as a solution to Springfield's growing childhood obesity crisis. When Homer takes over as coach after causing Flanders to quit, he tries to make Bart the star of the team despite his poor performance on the field.
  • Marge must pose as Apu's wife to prevent his upcoming arranged marriage.
  • Another day at Springfield Elementary School, another field trip - this time to an archaeological dig. During the dig, Lisa unearths what appears to be a fossilized human skeleton with wings.
  • Marge becomes a real-estate agent.
  • On Christmas Eve, Marge admonishes the family not to open presents until 7 a.m. the next morning. Bart finds a way around the directive and opens his gifts at 5 a.m. However, his prized gift - a remote-controlled fire truck - overheats and causes a fire that engulfs the tree and presents. The family investigates and Bart tells them that a burglar has struck. As a result of Kent Brockman's human interest story, the entire town donates gifts and cash to the Simpsons for their “misfortune.” Eventually, Bart admits the truth, angering his clueless family but angering the …
  • Homer is disappointed when the western he rented turns out to be a musical, so the family reminds him of the musical moments in the show's history.
  • Bart and Homer befriend two carnies and invite them to stay with them, but the carnies soon swindle the Simpsons out of their house.
  • An evil cult called the Movementarians brainwashes the citizens of Springfield and it's up to Marge to get them back.
  • The kids get stranded on a desert island in a parody of Lord Of The Flies. Meanwhile, Homer attempts to cash in on the Internet.
  • After a disastrous performance, Krusty changes his image and becomes an edgy stand-up.
  • Homer and Moe attempt insurance fraud so that Moe can support his new girlfriend. When Homer ends up in jail, Moe has to decide whether or not come forward.
  • Lisa fears she is losing her intelligence when she learns about the fabled Simpson gene. Meanwhile, Jasper freezes himself in the Kwik-E-Mart freezer.
  • Bart is reluctant to hang out with Ralph Wiggum, until he gains access to Chief Wiggum's master key to the city.
  • Homer causes an international incident after he joins the Naval reserves.
  • Homer is forced to spy for the IRS after an audit. But when he is asked to retrieve a trillion dollar bill from Mr. Burns, he switches sides and the two flee to Cuba for refuge.
  • Bart in Lisa become locked in competition when they anchor a children's news program. Meanwhile, Homer adopts a helper monkey.
  • After a feud with the Springfield garbage collectors, Homer decides to run for sanitation commissioner.
  • After humiliating Bart at a church picnic, Homer resolves to get in shape. Soon, he is contacted by an energy bar company that wants him to climb a mountain as a promotion.
  • Lisa gets lost after she tries to take a bus to a museum.
  • Homer and Marge's attempt to spice up their marriage leads to the couple being chased naked through Springfield.
  • Homer must do one good deed to get into Heaven in “G-G-Ghost D-D-Dad.” Then, Bart and Lisa encounter a witch in a gingerbread house in “Scary Tales Can Come True.” Finally, super-intelligent dolphins strike back at humanity in “Night Of The Dolphin.”
  • When Homer tries to enter a phone-in competition, he becomes terribly stubborn and angry for Springfield introducing a new dialing code. In the Town Hall, after the Mayor's meeting about the change, Homer discovers that all the rich people live on one side of Springfield, with the old code, and Homer is left to try and manage with the new code. However, he protests, and ends up splitting Springfield into Old and New. Homer desperately tries different ways to tackle Old Springfield, but in doing so, he only makes them richer when they discover gold at the bottom of the…
  • After he learns he has a daughter (Sophie), Krusty turns to Homer for parenting advice.
  • Lisa's crush on an environmental activist inspires her to live in a tree threatened by loggers.
  • Desperate for money, Homer accepts payment from Mr. Burns in exchange for humiliating himself.
  • Homer's gossip website becomes a huge hit, but when his information runs out he resorts to making up news.
  • The whole town of Springfield conspires to teach Homer and and Bart a lesson after the two begin running confidence scams.
  • A snowstorm traps the kids and Principal Skinner in the school for Christmas vacation.
  • An x-ray reveals a crayon lodged in Homer's brain. After the crayon is removed, Homer experiences a sudden surge in intelligence, making him closer to Lisa and isolated from his friends.
  • Marge befriends a convict with an artistic streak. Meanwhile, Homer battles the chiropractic industry after he creates a miracle back pain cure.
  • Bart and Milhouse are left in charge of the comic book store after Comic Book Guy is hospitalized.
  • Homer installs a tennis court in the backyard, but his lousy playing creates a rift in the family.
  • Sideshow Bob returns with a plan to brainwash Bart and kill Krusty.
  • Bart, Nelson, Millhouse, and Ralph are recruited by a man named L.T. Smash to be in a boy band called the Party Posse but when Lisa discovers the true identity of LT. Smash as a navy recruitment officer she tries to tell Homer and Marge with hilarious results.
  • Homer decides to help his family with all their problems, complaining to the Blocko land and other places to claim what is right. But, when Homer goes to complain at Springfield Stadium, he secretly discovers that the manager is planning to move the team to the Albuquerque Isotopes. After Homer is knocked out of remembering the events, he returns to the stadium and starts a protest that he will not eat anything until the manager reveals the secret. However, the manager and the Duff Man have other plans for Homer…
  • Problems with a bully lead Lisa to examine just what makes bullies aggressive. Meanwhile, Homer gets into the baby-proofing business.
  • The Simpsons win a trip to Africa.
  • The lives of Homer, Lisa and Bart have been split up in a less-than-ordinary day, and as each of their problems unfold, their lives intertwine on a road of chaos and mayhem all over Springfield. Homer's thumb is accidentally sliced off, and he tries to find a way to the hospital; Lisa must find a way to get to the Science fair at school; and Bart and Milhouse discover more than just fireworks in a secret cave…
  • With Homer's help, Ned Flanders tries to establish a Christian theme park based on drawings in his deceased wife's sketch book.
  • After a debilitating injury forces him to stay indoors, Homer begins a daycare center.
  • A hobo tells the Simpsons tall tales on a train ride to Delaware. In the first story, Homer is outcast from society as Paul Bunyan. Then, Lisa travels the country planting trees as Connie Appleseed. Finally, Bart and Nelson raft down the Mississippi as Tom Sawyer and Huck Finn.
  • First, Homer uses a magic hammock to clone himself in “Send In The Clones.” Then, gun-wielding zombies attack Springfield after a ban on firearms in “The Right To Creep And Scare Harms.” Finally, The Simpsons are trapped on an island where people are transformed into animals in “The Island Of Dr. Hibbert.”
  • When Marge, Lisa and Bart find out how hard Homer struggles to keep a roof over their heads, they enroll him in a Rock & Roll fantasy camp to relax at for a week.
  • Bart and Lisa are respectively held back and moved forward one grade, putting them in the same class.
  • Marge accidentally gets breast implants.
  • After Lisa brings home the stick of a pro hockey player for yelling at him to shoot between the goalie's legs, the Simpsons' house is eaten by termites. To get a home, the family joins a reality show, where they must live like a family from 1895.
  • Homer has to use Sideshow Bob in order to track down a potential assassin.
  • After Skinner once again has let Mrs. Krabappel down, Bart takes her to the cinema. To cheer her up, Bart nominates Krabappel for the ‘teacher of the year’ award. The nominations is accepted, and soon the Simpsons family and Mrs. Krabappel are going to the award ceremony in Orlando, Florida, where Skinner tries to get back Krabappel by asking her to marry him.
  • Homer hires a private detective to learn more about Lisa.
  • Marge takes up body-building to boost her self-esteem after a mugging, but the family finds they just can't cope with a Marge that can bench-press 500 pounds.
  • Homer turns to religion to help him get what he wants, and is soon awarded the church in an injury settlement. Homer then turns the church into his personal party pad, and Reverend Lovejoy leaves Springfield to wallow in its hedonism.
  • When Bart finds out Homer has used all the money Bart got for doing a commercial when he was a baby, he moves out of the house and into the same building as famous skateboarder, Tony Hawk, whose skateboarding tour Bart joins.
  • Lisa participates in the Spellympics, but Homer is busy traveling cross-country as Krusty Burger test-markets a new sandwich. Lisa is confident that she will win, until she learns that the contest is rigged against her.
  • Ned Flanders starts dating a the famous movie star, Sara Sloane, but Ned has difficulties with the tabloids following them everywhere.
  • The family makes Krusty run for Congress because of air traffic being redirected to fly dangerously close to their house.
  • Homer takes over the power plant after tricking Mr. Burns into making him the official owner of the power plant.
  • Lisa becomes interested in astronomy and starts fighting the light pollution which is preventing her from being able to enjoy her new hobby.
  • Finding an old note, Homer discovers Marge secretly hated him many years back. Upset, he leaves the house and moves in with two gays.
  • Homer's song, “Everybody Hates Ned Flanders”, becomes a hit in Springfield, but the family leaves Springfield to live a couple of weeks in a ranch to escape Homer's song.
  • Homer throws out Santa's Little Helper for not saving him from a fire, but soon the dog becomes Duff's new mascot.
  • Because of Homer losing his driver's license, Marge has to drive everyone everywhere, which is so stressful for her that she accidentally runs over Homer leading to the two seeing a marriage counselor.
  • Marge makes Bart quit hanging out with Milhouse after the two are caught invading the Flanders' home. She then starts a peer group based around Native American life for Bart, Nelson, Ralph and Database to participate in. When Bart finds out Milhouse has joined a different peer group, they soon are at odds as they see whose group can do more community service around Springfield.
  • After the blooming of a huge plant in Springfield's botanic gardens causes a stinking fume to spread across town, all the Springfieldians take their cars and drive away from the city. When the traffic is jammed on a bridge, Homer falls asleep. When he accelerates, he crashes into another car and Maggie is sent flying out the open roof window. In the mean time, Moe is about to commit suicide by jumping off the same bridge, which is prevented by Maggie falling into his arms. He then becomes crazily obsessed by the baby.
  • In “The Ned Zone,” Ned gets the ability to tell people's deaths just by touching someone. In “In the Belly of the Boss,” Mr. Burns accidentally swallows Maggie and the Simpsons try to get her out. In “Four Beheadings and a Funeral,” Lisa and Bart try to solve the mystery of the mutton-chops murderer.
  • Homer buys Marge a new kitchen, and Marge likes cooking in the new kitchen so much she attends the Ovenfresh Bakeoff.
  • Because she thinks her own children do not appreciate her anymore, Marge becomes a mother figure for Nelson.
  • Marge's old high school friend, the famous reporter Chloe Talbot, comes to Springfield, and Marge becomes jealous when Lisa begins idolizing Chloe.
  • Bart begins designing T-shirt slogans, and his T-shirts become very popular among the citizens of Springfield.
  • Homer goes to Canada with Apu and Ned to purchase Grampa's medication, but the three have problems getting home because the border guard thinks Apu is a terrorist.
  • Homer gives Moe an enormous amount of money so he doesn't have to close down.
  • A video of Homer dancing becomes so popular that all major sports players hires Homer to design celebration dances for them.
  • Bart went to a rap concert Marge told him not to go to. In order to avoid punishment from Marge, he makes Marge and Homer believe he has been kidnapped.
  • To gain new tourism dollars after a nationwide “Worst City” news report, Springfield legalizes gay marriage. Homer flips on the issue and sees money can be made marrying gay couples when Reverend Lovejoy refuses to do so. Come to find out, a family member is gay and wants Homer to perform the marriage.
  • After bullying her, Bart is restricted by court order to come too close to Lisa.