The Simpsons Season 26 Episode 10 “Man Who Came To Be Dinner” – AN AMUSEMENT PARK RIDE LANDS THE SIMPSONS IN OUTER SPACE ON AN ALL-NEW “THE SIMPSONS” SUNDAY, JANUARY 4, ON FOX
During a trip to “Dizzneeland” the Simpsons board the wrong ride, Rocket To Your Doom, and are transported through the galaxy to Kang and Kodos’ home planet, where they are held captive at the local zoo and the inhabitants decide to eat Homer in the all-new “Man Who Came To Be Dinner,” episode of THE SIMPSONS airing Sunday, Jan. 4 (8:00-8:30 PM ET/PT) on FOX. (SI-2415) (TV-PG D, L, S, V)
Voice Cast: Dan Castellaneta as Homer Simpson; Julie Kavner as Marge Simpson; Nancy Cartwright as Bart Simpson and Nelson; Yeardley Smith as Lisa Simpson; Harry Shearer as Skinner; Pamela Hayden as Milhouse and Jimbo; Tress MacNeille as Dolph.
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The Simpsons Season 26 Episode 8
Episode Name: Covercraft
Air date: 11/23/2014
Summary: Homer has a mid-life crisis, takes up bass guitar and forms a cover band with some of the other dads in town. But the band’s modest early success is soon overwhelmed by the breakout potential of their most unlikely star, Apu.
The Simpsons Season 26 Episode 7
Episode Name: Blazed and Confused
Air date: 11/16/2014
While mourning the loss of a character, Rabbi Hyman Krustofski, in the season 26 premiere, “The Simpsons” honored Joan Rivers with a brief tribute at the same time. An animated version of the late comedian was featured briefly among a group of people in “Jewish Heaven” based on the imagination of Krusty who just lost his father.
During the closing musical number, after the dance scene featuring famous people in pairs (Albert Einstein and Golda Meir, Chico and Harpo, Groucho and economist/philosopher Karl Marx), Rivers can be seen sitting in the front row of the VIP section before the camera shows Jesus and Rodney Dangerfield in the Super VIP section.
The New York Times reporter Dave Itzkoff noticed the brief scene and shared a screenshot of the blink-and-you-missed-it moment on Twitter.
Rivers provided the voice of Krusty the Clown’s agent and former lover, Annie Dubinsky, in a 2011 episode. The tribute was a last minute addition to the episode, which had been in production for months.
“About a week after she passed away, I thought that it wouldn’t be hard for us to just put her in, because she had done the show and we had the design” for the character, showrunner/executive producer Al Jean tells USA Today. “I’m sure she’d like to be there, in Jewish Heaven. I’m sure she’d like it, because there’s no Johnny Carson.”
Jean remembers Rivers, who passed away on September 4, “She did the show three years ago and it was really sweet. I had met her and told her how when my parents went to Vegas in the ’70s, all they could talk about was seeing her act and how funny she was.”
The season opener was emotional as Krusty bid farewell to his father, Rabbi Hyman Krustofski. “I just thought it would be a good story about someone who’s had a tough relationship with his father – having Krusty’s father die without him ever getting that warmth or connection he really wanted, then finally finding it in a surprising way,” Jean explained the death, which had been teased for months.
As for the bizzare couch gag created by Oscar-nominated animator-filmmaker Don Hertzfeldt, Jean says, “It’s his creation and he did some of the voices. It’s his window that he photographed so all the credit goes to him. It’s a great commentary – and it wasn’t intended this way after the marathon – on the longevity of the show and it comes at a perfect time.”
The couch gag envisioned the show far into the future, on Septembar 36.4, 10,535 to be exact.
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This fall, familiar faces from other places will pop up in Springfield—the Griffins from Quahog in an episode of Family Guy, the Planet Express crew from the 31st century in an episode of The Simpsons. But The Simpsons will toy with the crossover concept some more when Homer and his family match wits with… Homer and his family from The Tracey Ullman Show.
Airing Oct. 19 on Fox, the annual “Treehouse of Horror” Halloween episode contains a segment that parodies The Others, in which the Simpsons are haunted by another ghostly family living in the house. These ghosts turn out to be none other than their crudely drawn former selves. (The Simpsons, as you know, originally surfaced in 1987 as a series of animated shorts on Ullman’s sketch comedy show.)
The Ullman Show-era Simpsons, or at least their dead bodies, have surfaced in a few brief cameos on the modern-era show (see: 2012′s “Adventures in Baby-Getting” and the Guillermo del Toro-created opening credits of last year’s “Treehouse of Horror”). But this episode will feature the most elaborate and lengthy revival, one in which Simpsons cast members Dan Castellaneta (Homer), Nancy Cartwright (Bart), Yeardley Smith (Lisa), and Julie Kavner (Marge) summon their original voices for the characters so the early-era Simpsons and modern-day Simpsons can mix it up.
“People remember Dan’s, but Nancy’s is different too,” executive producer Al Jean tells EW. “It was lower-register, and you can see in the difference in this segment. It was really funny to get the interplay [between the two versions of the Simpsons] and for the actors to see the voice evolution. The great thing is we didn’t have to ask—we already had the cast hired for the Tracey Ullman Simpsons.”
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When the “Every Simpsons Ever” mega-marathon of The Simpsons began last Thursday on FXX, it renewed interest in a show that will go down as one of the all-time greats—but has nevertheless been struggling commercially and creatively for awhile at this point. The show’s unimpeachable heyday in the ’90s is rightfully heralded, and as the marathon got going, it was those episodes that created the most excitement. Sure, they’ve been out on DVD for some time, but rebroadcasting them in order emphasized how great the show was at its peak.
Precisely when The Simpsons began to descend from that peak has been fiercely debated for at least 15 years—but no one argues it hasn’t happened yet as the show heads into its 26th season. Many diehard fans of The Simpsons’ heyday have fallen out of touch with the show by this point, which is a shame. Even if it misses more than it hits, The Simpsons is still The Simpsons: sharp, occasionally biting, and emotionally resonant in ways that can still be surprising.
As the FXX marathon reaches the back half of The Simpsons catalog this week, plan to check out these episodes, which prove that the gulf between that halcyon era and The Simpsons today isn’t always so wide.
1. “The Bart Wants What It Wants” (season 13, Wednesday, 5:30 a.m.)
In this gem from 2002, Bart begins dating Rainier Wolfcastle’s daughter, but quickly loses interest. He does a 180 when she starts dating Milhouse, leading to a funny confrontation in Canada, where Wolfcastle is shooting a movie. The opening scene—an event at a tony prep school—scores, as do the many, many jokes at Canada’s expense. But the best moments come from watching Principal Skinner try his hand at stand-up comedy. The episode was written by John Frink and Don Payne, who have scripted many of the better episodes of The Simpsons since 2000. Read More→