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The Simpsons Season 12 episodes

A Tale of Two Springfields Season 12, Episode 2

The Who intervenes after Homer leads a revolt against a new area code that splits the town along lines of affluence. Roger Daltrey, Pete Townshend, John Entwistle and Zac Starkey provide voices. Dan Castellaneta, Julie Kavner, Harry Shearer. read more

Simpsons Tall Tales Season 12, Episode 21

Folk-tale parodies abound, with Homer as Paul Bunyan; Lisa as Connie Appleseed; and Bart as Tom Sawyer, helping to save Huck Finn from a shotgun marriage to Becky Thatcher. Dan Castellaneta, Tress MacNeille, Nancy Cartwright. read more

Children of a Lesser Clod Season 12, Episode 20

Homer opens a day-care center in the house, prompting envy in Lisa and Bart when he treats other kids better than he treats them. Yeardley Smith, Dan Castellaneta, Nancy Cartwright. read more

I'm Goin' to Praiseland Season 12, Episode 19

Flanders fulfills his late wife's dream by building a Bible-themed amusement park. Shawn Colvin plays Christian singer Rachel Jordan. Harry Shearer, Dan Castellaneta, Yeardley Smith. read more

Trilogy of Error Season 12, Episode 18

Homer's severed thumb, Lisa's science project and Bart's discovery of fireworks prompt separate but simultaneous adventures that conclude with an encounter with mobster Fat Tony (Joe Mantegna). Frankie Muniz, Yeardley Smith, Dan Castellaneta, Nancy Cartwright. read more

Simpson Safari Season 12, Episode 17

The Simpsons win a trip to Africa, where they get lost on safari and become caught between poachers and a chimp researcher. Tress MacNeille, Hank Azaria, Dan Castellaneta. read more

Bye Bye Nerdy Season 12, Episode 16

Lisa's attempt to befriend the new girl in school is met with a fist; Homer enters the baby-proofing business. Tress MacNeille, Yeardley Smith, Dan Castellaneta. read more

Hungry Hungry Homer Season 12, Episode 15

Homer's newfound advocacy for the little guy prompts him to protest against the Duff executive (Stacy Keach) who owns the local ballclub. Dan Castellaneta, Hank Azaria, Harry Shearer. read more

New Kids on the Blecch Season 12, Episode 14

'N Sync has a cameo as a record producer tries to create the next big boy band out of Milhouse, Bart, Nelson and Ralph Wiggum. Hank Azaria, Harry Shearer, Nancy Cartwright. read more

Day of the Jackanapes Season 12, Episode 13

Sideshow Bob (Kelsey Grammer) talks his way out of prison and into a job at the school. There, he hypnotizes Bart---to make him kill Krusty, who plans a final show after growing sick of network interference. Dan Castellaneta, Nancy Cartwright, Harry Shearer. read more

Tennis the Menace Season 12, Episode 12

The Simpsons win points for their new tennis court, but constantly lose on Homer's poor play. Serena and Venus Williams, Pete Sampras and Andre Agassi have voice cameos. Julie Kavner, Dan Castellaneta, Yeardley Smith. read more

The Worst Episode Ever Season 12, Episode 11

Bart and Milhouse are banned for life from the comic-book store, until Comic Book Guy becomes a man in need of friends. Hank Azaria, Harry Shearer, Dan Castellaneta. read more

Pokey Mom Season 12, Episode 10

Homer hurts his back at a prison rodeo, where Marge meets an artistic inmate (Michael Keaton) whom she takes under her wing. Warden: Charles Napier. Julie Kavner, Harry Shearer, Dan Castellaneta. read more

Homr Season 12, Episode 9

Researchers find and fix the cause of Homer's “subnormal” intelligence, but Homer finds life as a brain is a drain on his popularity. Dan Castellaneta, Hank Azaria, Harry Shearer. read more

Skinner's Sense of Snow Season 12, Episode 8

A blizzard traps Skinner and Groundskeeper Willie with an assortment of students at Springfield Elementary. Bart (of course) leads the revolt. Harry Shearer, Dan Castellaneta, Yeardley Smith. read more

The Great Money Caper Season 12, Episode 7

With Homer-logical justification, Bart and Homer go on the grift and do fairly well before joining a more experienced con man for a big score. Edward Norton plays an FBI man. Dan Castellaneta, Nancy Cartwright, Julie Kavner. read more

The Computer Wore Menace Shoes Season 12, Episode 6

Homer buys a computer and builds a Web site where he anonymously spreads local rumor and innuendo, and makes things up when his sources run dry. Dan Castellaneta, Hank Azaria, Harry Shearer. read more

Homer vs. Dignity Season 12, Episode 5

With Smithers away, Burns hires a cash-hungry Homer as his “prank monkey” to perform stunts that ultimately damage Homer's dignity. Leeza Gibbons has a cameo. Harry Shearer, Dan Castellaneta, Yeardley Smith. read more

Lisa the Tree Hugger Season 12, Episode 4

Joshua Jackson plays a committed---and cute---teen environmentalist who inspires Lisa to take up residence in a redwood tree to save it from destruction. Yeardley Smith, Dan Castellaneta, Julie Kavner. read more

Insane Clown Poppy Season 12, Episode 3

Drew Barrymore plays Krusty's long-lost daughter, a surprise to the clown, who betrays her in a poker game with Fat Tony (Joe Mantegna). Stephen King, Amy Tan and John Updike have cameos. Karl Wiedergott, Dan Castellaneta, Harry Shearer, Nancy Cartwright. read more

Treehouse of Horror XI Season 12, Episode 1

In the 11th annual Halloween trilogy, a ghostly Homer tries to perform a good deed on Earth; Bart and Lisa are trapped in a fairy-tale forest; and dolphins revolt against humans after Lisa frees their king from the Springfield Marine Park. Dan Castellaneta, Julie Kavner, Hank Azaria. read more

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Premiered: December 17, 1989, on FOX
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Premise: Matt Groening's subversive, animated satire about Springfield's hapless first family became a cult favorite when it premiered on Fox in 1989 after first being seen in 1987 as a short on 'The Tracey Ullman Show.' That was then; now it's TV longest running comedy. Not since 'The Flintstones' in the '60s has a cartoon series drawn such a large adult audience, and, ay caramba, given us pop-culture expressions for the ages. And in 1999, Time magazine called it the best TV show of the 20th century.

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