The Simpsons Episodes

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The Simpsons Season 20 episodes

Coming to Homerica Season 20, Episode 21

After swarms of unemployed workers from Ogdenville descend on Springfield, the mayor closes the borders and citizen Homer goes on border patrol in the 20th-season finale. read more

Four Great Women and a Manicure Season 20, Episode 20

A trip to the manicurist for Marge and Lisa sparks flights of fancy about Queen Elizabeth, Snow White, Lady Macbeth and the idealistic architect from Ayn Rand's "The Fountainhead," starring Maggie (voice of Jodie Foster). read more

Waverly Hills, 9021-D'Oh Season 20, Episode 19

Homer moves into a crummy apartment in Waverly Hills so that Bart and Lisa can attend swanky Waverly Hills Elementary. Lisa has trouble fitting in, so Bart tells everyone that his sister is friends with pop star Alaska Nebraska (voice of Ellen Page). read more

Father Knows Worst Season 20, Episode 18

Homer becomes a hovering parent when he learns that Bart and Lisa are struggling in aspects of their academic and social lives at school. Meanwhile, Marge gets hooked on a sauna she finds in the basement. read more

The Good, the Sad and the Drugly Season 20, Episode 17

Bart gets a crush on a volunteer (voice of Anne Hathaway) at Grampa's nursing home and decides to become a volunteer, too. Meanwhile, Lisa does a report on what Springfield will look like in 50 years and becomes depressed. She's diagnosed with Environment-Related Despair and given antidepressants. read more

Eeny Teeny Maya, Moe Season 20, Episode 16

Moe sets up a date with a woman he met in a chat room. When she turns out to be a little person, Moe must adjust his attitude to make it work. Meanwhile, Marge asks Homer to spend more time with Maggie. read more

Wedding for Disaster Season 20, Episode 15

The Parson visits Reverend Lovejoy and tells him that his recertification fee was declined by his credit card. Consequently, anything Lovejoy officiated during the past three months is invalid, including Marge and Homer's second marriage. read more

In The Name of the Grandfather Season 20, Episode 14

The Simpsons travel to Ireland so that Grandpa can have one last beer at his beloved O'Flanagan's Pub in Dunkilderry, but it's not the quaint Irish town Grandpa remembers. It's now a gentrified yuppie enclave. Kathy Ireland has a voice cameo as herself. read more

Gone Maggie Gone Season 20, Episode 13

Homer loses Maggie to nuns in a convent while Marge temporarily loses her sight in an eclipse-related injury in an episode that manages to spoof "National Treasure," "The Da Vinci Code" and "Ratatouille." read more

No Loan Again, Naturally Season 20, Episode 12

When Homer's questionable financing of his annual Mardi Gras bash forces the Simpsons to put their house up for sale, Flanders becomes their new landlord. read more

How the Test Was Won Season 20, Episode 11

As the school prepares for standardized testing, Bart and other "underperformers" get an exemption from taking the test and are whisked away to Capital City. Meanwhile, Homer needs to avoid getting injured after his insurance lapses. read more

Take My Life, Please Season 20, Episode 10

Homer learns of election fraud in the race for senior-class president of his high school, and wonders how his life would have been different if he had won the election. read more

Lisa the Drama Queen Season 20, Episode 9

Lisa befriends a new girl at school named Juliet (voice of Emily Blunt), and the two quickly become inseparable. They end up writing a book together about a fantasy world called Equalia, where they are queens, but the line between fantasy and reality blurs. Fall Out Boy perform the theme song during the closing credits. read more

The Burns and the Bees Season 20, Episode 8

Mr. Burns wins a basketball team in a poker game and relocates them to Springfield. When his new sports arena is planned on the site of a bee colony, Lisa starts a campaign to save the endangered bees. Mark Cuban and Marv Albert have voice cameos as themselves. read more

The Simpsons Episode Recap: "Mypods and Broomsticks" Season 20, Episode 7

After a week off due to the premiere of 24: Redemption, The Simpsons returned to the airwaves with an episode that featured more than a few references to the Fox network's most infamous counter terrorism programming.  No, not Fox News.  24!  That's right.  It seems as though Fox must be really scared their viewers have forgotten about Jack Bauer and all he's done for this great nation after his year and a half absence from the network.  So, where else to find better advertising than in the shows you currently do have on your network? read more

The Simpsons Episode Recap: "Homer and Lisa Exchange" Season 20, Episode 6

There are two ways of looking at my expectation level for tonight's episode after last week's shockingly bad trip into the pasts of the Simpson family members.  You could argue that because things seemed so bleak last week, any speck of creativity or humor would shine in comparison.  On the other hand, you could also say my claws were only sharpened for this week.  Thankfully my praise for this episode is earned and there are few items which I can take my sharpened claws to.

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The Simpsons Episode Recap: "Dangerous Curves" Season 20, Episode 5

I'm invoking the inalienable right of every Simpsons' fan by using a phrase cultivated by writers of the show themselves via the character of Jeff Albertson, also known as Comic Book Guy — Worst. Episode. Ever.

To be honest with you I found the events of this week's episode so simplistic that I was utterly confused.  I realize Springfield needs to be kept in a suspended state of present which always exists in whatever time period it is in our world... read more

Simpsons Episode Recap: Treehouse of Horror XIX Season 20, Episode 4

The Simpsons' aired their Halloween episode 2 days late or 363 days early. This 19th volume in the show's Treehouse of Horror anthology featured spoofs of Transformers, Mad Men, and, in the "can you believe it hadn't been done before" column, It's the Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown. This volume delivered some of the best Halloween laughs since the 12th season's Treehouse of Horror XI, featuring Homer telling Marge he just needs to get into Heaven, not "run for Jesus."

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Double, Double, Boy in Trouble Season 20, Episode 3

Bart's shenanigans cost Homer a chance to buy a lottery ticket that turns out to be a $50,000 winner. Instead, Lenny buys the ticket and throws a huge party, where Bart meets a rich kid who looks just like him. The look-alikes decide to trade lives for a while. The experience teaches Bart a lesson about the meaning of family. read more

Lost Verizon Season 20, Episode 2

Bart wants a cell phone in the worst way, and that's just how he gets one when he finds Denis Leary's phone. Meanwhile, a GPS mix-up sends Lisa on a dream trip---to Machu Picchu, Peru, with Homer, Marge and Maggie. Denis Leary provides his own voice. read more

The Simpsons Episode Recap: "Sex, Pies and Idiot Scrapes" Season 20, Episode 1

After starting as a series of short wraparounds for The Tracy Ullman Show, this week The Simpsons begins its 20th season, tying the series-longevity record set by Gunsmoke. After a Boba Fett/Carbonite-inspired couch gag, the season premiere featured loads of action, a few cameos and even some light baking. We return to Springfield to find the Simpson family attending the first booze-free St. Patrick's Day parade the town has ever held. Despite not having alcohol, Mayor Quimby is determined to make the parade a success with floats and folk dancing where you don't move you arms. The Protestants and Catholics won't let these pleasantries ruin their riot, however. Even Homer and Maggie get in on the act — the riot act, that is. Around the corner, Marge bumps into bakery owner Patrick Farrelly. After tasting Marge's cupcakes, he asks her to come work for him. She accepts the position and then sees her husband being placed in the back of a police car. read more

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Premiered: December 17, 1989, on FOX
Rating: TV-PG
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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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