While Marge babysits Flanders' sons, Rod and Todd, Homer takes Bart and Lisa to a retirement home for animal actors, and a chimp with a strong maternal instinct snatches Bart. Susan Sarandon and baseball's Randy Johnson have voice cameos as themselves.
Lisa sees poetry in the notes Moe sticks to the walls of his hotel room, so she sends his work to a poetry journal, which publishes it, making Moe the toast of the literary circuit. Guest voices include Gore Vidal, Michael Chabon and Jonathan Franzen.
Homer burns down Springfield's fast-food district. In order to float a bond issue to rebuild it, Mayor Quimby moves up election day, making Springfield's primary election the first in the nation. This causes the town to be overrun with reporters, candidate (more…)
Lisa becomes an expert at solving crossword puzzles and enters a tournament, where Homer gets involved with an underground betting ring. Voices include crossword editor Will Shortz and crossword creator Merl Reagle as themselves.
The Simpsons participate in a reality show called "1895 Challenge," in which they live without modern conveniences. When ratings start to sink, the producers add a celebrity---David L. Lander from "Laverne & Shirley." Boxing's Larry Holmes has a cameo.
Moe's beloved bar rag, loomed as an ornate medieval tapestry, recounts its millennium-spanning life story. And when the rag goes missing, the supposedly friendless Moe realizes that he has more friends than he thought. Meanwhile, Bart begs Milhouse for for (more…)
Lisa learns that Marge was once a good student whose grades slipped when she became distracted, and Lisa fears she'll meet the same fate. So Marge makes a deal to allow Lisa to attend her dream school, and Lisa learns a lesson about family and altruism. Me (more…)
Homer decides to cash in on the "tween lit" craze and forms a team to group write a novel. He enlists fantasy novelist Neil Gaiman (providing his own voice) for the effort, but then must navigate treacherous industry shoals at the Springfield Book Fair. An (more…)
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- Premiered: December 17, 1989
- 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 c… (more)
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