The opening "Stark Raving Dad", for instance, features a guest appearance by an un-credited Michael Jackson, who plays an obese white inmate whom Homer meets while confined to a mental institution. Other standout episodes include "Like Father, Like Clown", in which Krusty reveals he is estranged from his Rabbi father; this is The Simpsons at the height of its powers, mature, ironic, erudite and touching while bristling with slapstick and Bart-inspired cheek. "Flaming Moe's" features Aerosmith and sees Homer invent a cocktail which desperate, sleazy bartender Moe steals from him. "Radio Bart" is another demonstration of the series' knack for cultural references, parodying the Billy Wilder movie Ace in the Hole. Finally, there's "Brother Can You Spare Two Dimes", in which Danny DeVito reprises his role as Homer's brother, regaining the fortune Homer lost him by inventing a Baby Translator.
Immensely enjoyable at anything from a primary to a doctoral thesis level, this third year of the show demonstrates conclusively that The Simpsons is quite simply, and by a large margin, the greatest television programme ever made. --David Stubbs
Season 3 has 24 episodes, each one a classic for you to enjoy.
The episodes are:
'Stark Raving Dad',
'Mr. Lisa Goes To Washington',
'When Flanders Failed',
'Bart The Murderer',
'Like Father Like Clown',
'Treehouse Of Horror 2',
'Saturdays Of Thunder',
'Burns Verkaufen Der Kraftwerk',
'I Married Marge',
'Lisa The Greek',
'Bart The Lover',
'Homer At The Bat',
'Dog Of Death',
'The Otto Show',
'Bart's Friend Falls In Love'
and 'Brother, Can You Spare Two Dimes'.
Such guest stars include (in order of appearances): Michael Jackson (John Jay Smith in the credits due to contractual obligations), Lona Williams, Joe Mantegna (Fat Tony), Jackie Mason (Krusty the Clown's father), Magic Johnson (himself), Aerosmith (Steve Tyler, Joe Perry, Brad Whitford, Tom Hamilton, and Joey Kramer as themselves),Sting (himself), the unforgettable Phil Hartman (as multiple characters, including Troy Mclure), Steve Allen (himself), Kelsey Grammer (as the vengeful Sideshow Bob), Spinal Tap members (themselves), Smokin' Joe Frazier (himself), and Danny Devito (as Herb, Homer's half brother, who rises to claim and fame, with the help of the Simpsons in the last episode). So you can see, that there are many stars to consider.
As for the special features, there is a commentary on every episode by creator Matt Groening, joined by executive producer James L. Brooks, writers, actors and directors on selected episodes, a pop-up trivia feature, which is very strange but unusually brilliant, and audio outtakes from cast and guest stars, and Butterfinger commercials including Bart's Thanksgiving, as well as a trailer for some episodes such as, "Colonel Homer", in where he meets a country western singer named Lurleen Lumpkin, (voiced by Beverly D'Angelo).
In conlusion, the Season 3 Box Set is definetely the one to start saving on, and when I bought one in Amazon, I was so excited ,and literally counted down the number of days for it to arrive, (I actually got it, 2-4 weeks before the time it was supposed to come, talk about fast delivery),and when I got it, there were so many episodes to look at, to listen to it on the detailed commentary, to see the special features, and to be amazed at what they had in it, because whether you are big or small, a fan or not, this is truly a DVD box set that is worth every single penny.
I dont need to tell you how good the episodes are, as any simpson's fan knows this series represents the begining of the classics.
The only bad thing I can say about this set is that it should have been out a year ago, and I should be reviewing season 5 by now!!! But by delaying it clearly shows that this season simply has not aged.
Definitely a bargain with 24 featured episodes and lots of special features in a 4 disc set!
The 24 featured episodes are:
Stark Raving Dad- Homer is sent to mental institution after turning up at work with a pink shirt on! At the Institution he meets a man who claims to be Michael Jackson! On Lisa's birthday Jacko and Bart sing a song together about Lisa
Mr. Lisa goes to Washington- Lisa wins an essay contest and The Simpsons get to go to Washington. While their Lisa learns the truth about the democracy.
When Flanders Failed- When Ned Flanders announces he is going to open a store called 'The Leftorium' Homer secretly wishes he and his store both Fail.
Bart The Murderer- When Bart misses out on a school trip to the chocolate factory, the mob and Bart become good friends. After a while working together, Bart, (not the mob), is the chief suspect as Principal Skinner goes missing
Homer Defined- Homer earns respect off the whole town after he saves Springfield from a nuclear meltdown. In the end everybody finds out it was just plain luck!
Like Father, Like Clown- After Krusty the Clown reveals he is estranged from his rabbi father Bart and Lisa try to find a way to reconcile the two. After many attempts from Bart and Lisa the two eventually reconcile on the Krusty show.
Treehouse of Horror II- The 1st tale is that Homer buys a cursed monkey paw that grants 3 wishes, the 2nd tale is that Bart has got incredible powers, maimly for mischief, and the 3rd tale Mr. Burns uses Homers brain to make a robot.
Lisa's Pony- After Homer humiliates Lisa at a School contest Homer makes it up to her by buying her a pony. In the end Homer can't afford it so Lisa gives the Pony up.
Saturdays of Thunder- Homers fail a quiz about Bart so he wants to learn more about him. He finds out Bart likes building racers. Homer tries to help Bart but doesn't want help. Things get worse as Bart doesn't want to ride the Team Simpson car.
Flaming Moe's- Homer gives Moe the recipe to the drink he made up. Moe sells the drink and starts to get rich off it. JOINT BEST EPISODE IN THE SEASON!
Burns Verkaufen Der Kraftwerk- Mr. Burns sells his nuclear plant to 2 Germans! To make matters worse Homer gets fired! Eventually though, Mr. Burns buy the plant back.
I Married Marge- The next chapter of Season 2's 'The way we was'. A flashback to the days when Homer and Marge got married.
Radio Bart- Bart gets a prank microphone on his birthday. He attracts celebrities like Sting with it by pretending to be the boy that fell in a well. Then he does fall in a well and nobody cares.
Lisa the Greek- Homer notices Lisa is great at picking football winners for betting on. When Lisa finds out Homer is using her she tells him her love for is on the line in the next bet!
Homer Alone- Marge has a breakdown in her car. She goes on a calming trip to Rancho Relaxo leaving Patty and Selma with Bart and Lisa and Homer with Maggie. TROUBLE IS JUST AROUND THE CORNER FOR HOMER!
Bart the Lover- A yo-yo craze hits Barts school. Ms Krabbapple thats yo-yo off him in class. In a horrible way Bart gets back at her for it.
Homer at the Bat- The company softball team is doing brilliant with Homer Simpsons and his wonderbat! But Mr. Burns doesn't think the team he has will be good enough to beat Shelbyville so he fills his team with real major leaguers. JOINT BEST EPISODE IN THE SEASON!
Seperate Vocations- Tests show Lisa won't become a saxophone
when she gets older but tests strongly say that will be a cop?!
What will be the follow-up to this future-telling? WHO KNOWS!
Dog of Death- Santa's little helper has a twisted stomach and The Simpsons have to cut on things to pay to heal him. When he comes back the family don't love him as much. Santa's little helper runs away to become one of Mr. Burns's guard dogs!
Colonel Homer- After an armugent with Marge at the movies somehow Homer becomes the manager of a singer named Lurleen Lumpkin over night. When Marge thinks there marriage is failing Homer leaves the now even more famous Lurleen forever.
Black Widower- Sideshow Bob returns, apparently reformed, and tries to marry Selma. When Bart yet again finds out Bob's evil plan, he gets to Bob in the nick of time with some friends.
The Otto Show- After attending a Spinal Tap concert Bart gets a guitar. On the school Otto plays the guitar all morning causing the kids to be late for school and Otto to lose his job! Who will Otto live with and what will happen to him in the end?
Bart's friend falls in love- Milhouse falls in love the new girl, Samantha Stanky. Barts jealousy drives them apart!
Brother, Can You Spare Two Dimes?- When Homers wins an award off Mr. Burns, A trophy and $3000, Homers long-lost brother Herb Powell returns! What will happens the two brothers meet again...?
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