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The Simpsons Season 21 episodes

Judge Me Tender Season 21, Episode 23

In the 21st-season finale, Moe may be destined to join the panel of "American Idol" judges after he discovers a heretofore unknown skill as an arbiter. Meanwhile, Homer's loitering around the house wears on Marge. Simon Cowell, Ellen DeGeneres, Kara DioGuardi and Randy Jackson have cameos. read more

The Bob Next Door Season 21, Episode 22

Bart believes his new neighbor Walt (voice of Kelsey Grammer) is Sideshow Bob in disguise, returning for revenge. read more

Moe Letter Blues Season 21, Episode 21

Moe writes a letter to Homer, Apu and Rev. Lovejoy and threatens to run off with one of their wives. In flashbacks, the three guys remember intimate moments between Moe and their ladies. read more

To Surveil With Love Season 21, Episode 20

Springfield is plunged into an Orwellian nightmare when surveillance cameras are installed everywhere to beef up security after a supposed terrorist attack. Meanwhile, Lisa faces hair-color prejudice. read more

The Squirt and the Whale Season 21, Episode 19

An ecology-themed episode finds the Simpsons using a wind turbine in their backyard as a cheap, clean energy source, and Homer and Lisa trying to rescue a blue whale that's been beached by a storm. read more

Chief of Hearts Season 21, Episode 18

Homer is assigned to court-ordered community service, and he befriends his supervisor, Chief Wiggum, while performing it. Unfortunately, Homer jeopardizes the friendship by not answering the bell when Wiggum is injured and needs him most. Meanwhile, Bart falls under the spell of the Japanese game Battle Ball. read more

American History X-cellent Season 21, Episode 17

Mr. Burns goes to jail and Smithers takes over at the power plant, but the employees take advantage of him. read more

The Greatest Story Ever D'ohed Season 21, Episode 16

Flanders invites the Simpsons on his congregation's trip to Jerusalem, and despite a questionable attitude at the outset, Homer learns a lot. Sacha Baron Cohen has a voice cameo as an idiosyncratic tour guide. read more

Stealing First Base Season 21, Episode 15

Bart develops a crush on a girl (voice of Sarah Silverman) in his class. Meanwhile, Lisa's peers snub her for being an overachiever, but First Lady Michelle Obama (voice of Angela Bassett) comes to her defense. read more

Postcards From the Wedge Season 21, Episode 14

When Bart gets in trouble for not turning in homework, Homer and Marge use different parenting tacks, a situation that Bart quickly realizes he can exploit. read more

The Color Yellow Season 21, Episode 13

Lisa researches her ancestors for a school project and learns that her Southern forebears helped a slave escape to freedom. Voice of Virgil: Wren T. Brown. read more

The Simpsons Episode Recap: "Boy meets Curl" Season 21, Episode 12

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Homer and Marge are getting ready for their date night, but due to a leak at the power-plant, Homer misses dinner. Homer and Marge decide to go to the movies, but it is soon ruined by all the other theater participants and the movie's leading actor Ben Affleck. On their way home they pass an ice rink and decide to give it a shot. The rink is closed for curling training. The Simpsons give it a whirl and are naturals at it. The Springfield Curling club is invited to the 2010 Winter Olympics trials as a demonstration sport. With a great performance by Marge, the Springfield Curlers are going to Vancouver (i.e. the warmest city in Canada).

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The Simpsons Episode Recap: "Million Dollar Maybe" Season 21, Episode 11

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Homer and Marge are practicing their toast for an upcoming friend's wedding that they will be attending.  The next day at work, Lenny, Carl, and Homer are eating Chinese take-out and reading their fortunes. Homer's fortune says he will have good luck that day. In disbelief, Homer starts to throw it away and then he slips in water and hits the candy machine where all the candy then falls out.  Next, Homer is walking to his car and finds a CD of Emerson Lake and Palmer's greatest hits. He can't believe the luck he is having and then as he drives past the Kwik-E-Mart decides to stop to buy a million-dollar jackpot lottery ticket. 

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The Simpsons Episode Recap: "Once Upon a Time in Springfield" Season 21, Episode 10

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The producers of The Krusty Show want to change the format of the show in order to appeal to a wider audience (specifically young girls). They force Krusty to hire a female co-star. If he doesn't agree then they will fire him and hire a replacement via a new Fox reality show, America's Next Krusty.

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The Simpsons Episode Recap: "Thursdays with Abie" Season 21, Episode 9

The Simpsons go to "Wet 'n Wacky World — (formerly the JFK Naval Museum)." While there, Grampa tells some of his boring, nonsensical rambling old man stories. While the other Simpsons are watching the performing octopus, Slimu, someone has taken an interest in Grampa's stories that he's telling to nobody in particular while sitting alone on a bench. This man introduces himself as Marshall Goldman — a human interest columnist for the Springfield Shopper and he would like to turn Grampa's stories into a regular column.

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The Simpsons Episode Recap: "O Brother, Where Bart Thou?" Season 21, Episode 8

When Bart observes that Lisa has a special sibling bond with Maggie that he will never have with a little brother, he asks Homer for a baby brother.

It's snowing in Springfield and the schools are all closed. While school's out, Bart relies on TV and video games to keep him entertained. The electricity goes out and to Bart's amazement, everything he wants to use needs electricity in order to run. Bored and not knowing what to do with his self, Bart sees Lisa and Maggie playing games with one another and bonding. Lisa tells Bart that she and Maggie will always have a strong bond to one another their entire lives because they are sisters. Bart wants to feel that type of connection and decides that he would like a brother.

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The Simpsons Episode Recap: "Rednecks and Broomsticks" Season 21, Episode 7

The Simpsons are on their way back from their weekend vacation at the "Snowed Inn." On the way back, the kids get bored and play the extremely annoying game "Bonk It." For 500+ plus miles all Homer and Marge hear is the game saying inane phrases like "bonk it, twist it, pull it etc." Homer finally has enough and throws the game out the window, but the plan backfires when a dad from another car has the same idea and throws the same toy into the Simpsons car where the kids start to play again. Homer then grabs the toy and breaks it — as he's doing this he is completely unaware that he has entered into the oncoming lane and is about to get hit by a semi.

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The Simpsons Episode Recap: "Pranks and Greens" Season 21, Episode 6

Main story plot: Bart finds out that there is a better prankster than him in Springfield and is determined to find out who it is (as Skinner won't tell him). Side story: Marge needs to start living a healthier lifestyle and serving healthier food in order to stay in her "mommy and me" group.

Story #1: Bart is planning his prank list for the school year and thinks he is top dog of the prankster world. His life is turned upside down when he discovers that he isn't the best at school pranks. Turns out the best prankster was 19-year-old Andy Hamilton (voiced by Jonah Hill). Andy's biggest prank (filling the school's swimming pool with worms and trapping Skinner in the pool for three days) back in his day completely changed Principal Skinner and Groundskeeper Willie's lives.

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The Simpsons Episode Recap: "The Devil Wears Nada" Season 21, Episode 5

After three weeks of being off the air due to baseball (who really cares about the World Series when the St. Louis Cardinals aren't in it anyways?!?), The Simpsons are finally back. We were excited to have our Sunday night of viewing back to normal.

Our trusty TVGuide.com episode synopsis: Marge poses for a "Philanthro-Chicks" calendar to raise money for charity, and the photographer eases her inhibitions with wine, resulting in some provocative photos that make her the talk of the town.

However, the episode was so much more than just that......

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The Simpsons Episode Recap: "Treehouse of Horror XX" Season 21, Episode 4

The twentieth "Treehouse of Horror" episode included spoofs on Alfred Hitchcock's Dial M for Murder, zombie movies like 28 Days Later and I Am Legend, and lastly a musical, similar to Phantom of the Opera.

We weren't really all that impressed with this year's "Treehouse" episode.  Initially, we were so excited to watch it after Randall and I purchased The Simpsons Deluxe "Scene It" DVD game, the newly released "The Simpsons: An Uncensored, Unauthorized History" book, and the new Playboy with Marge on the cover. However, this new episode was kind of a let down...so unexciting that it's difficult to sum it all up.

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The Simpsons Episode Recap: "The Great Wife Hope" Season 21, Episode 3

The episode begins with Marge and the ladies enjoying "crazy bowling" — a game Marge found on the internet after searching the phrase "Girls Having Fun" and then having to sift through thousands of porno sites.  While at the bowling alley, the women realize there are no men and assume, since they are men, they are either at the bars or at a baseball game.  But no, the men are... read more

Bart Gets a 'Z' Season 21, Episode 2

The kids in Mrs. Krabappel's class think she needs to lighten up, so they spike her coffee with liquor. Unfortunately, she makes a fool of herself and Principal Skinner fires her. Her replacement is a cool guy---so cool that Bart feels guilty about getting Mrs. Krabappel fired. read more

Homer the Whopper Season 21, Episode 1

Season 21 opener: Homer gets the lead in a movie about a superhero who can take on the powers of every superhero in any comic book he touches. To whip Homer into superhero shape, the studio hires a celebrity fitness trainer (voice of Seth Rogen). It won't be an easy job. 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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