First aired back in the mid-nineties, the show had really hit its stride following a massively successful fifth series and this series marks a particularly popular period in the shows history, with celebrity interest bringing a gamut of guest appearances. So, we see Winona Rider in Lisas Rival, Kelsey Grammar in Sideshow Bob Roberts Meryl Streep in Barts Girlfriend and Mel Brooks and Susan Sarandan in Homer vs. Patty and Selma. But perhaps the most notable, certainly the most amusing, guest vocal is offered by Patrick Stewart in the barnstormingly funny Homer The Great, which also features one of the funniest Simpsons songs ever--The Stonecutters Song.
Other highlights include Bart vs. Australia (Hey, I think I hear a dingo eating your baby!), Grampa vs. Sexual Inadequacy, in which Homer and Grampa Simpson attempt to sell their homemade viagra-like revitalising tonic to the world, and Two Dozen and One Greyhounds, featuring the second of the great Simpsons songs to appear here--See My Vest.
And to top it all off, theres part one of the only ever Simpsons two-parter, Who Shot Mr. Burns. The two-parter prompted months of speculation over in the US when first aired and remains an expertly executed slice of Simpsons history.
This is The Simpsons on top form. Guest appearances, wonderful animation, tongue in cheek humour and the usual abundance of belly laughs, together with a great selection of extras--its another great collection.--Mark Oakley
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