All 21 episodes from the 12th season of the animated comedy series about the world's favourite dysfunctional family. Episodes comprise: 'Treehouse of Horror XI', 'A Tale of Two Springfields', 'Insane Clown Poppy', 'Lisa the Tree Hugger', 'Homer vs. Dignity', 'The Computer Wore Menace Shoes', 'The Great Money Caper', 'Skinner's Sense of Snow', 'HOMR', 'Pokey Mom', 'Worst Episode Ever', 'Tennis the Menace', 'Day of the Jackanapes', 'New Kids On the Blecch', 'Hungry, Hungry Homer', 'Bye Bye Nerdie', 'Simpson Safari', 'Trilogy of Error', 'I'm Going to Praiseland', 'Children of a Lesser Clod' and 'Simpson Tall Tales'.
Season 12 of The Simpsons
flies in the face of the contention that it’s the earlier runs of the show where you’ll find the gold. Granted, it’s been tough to keep the standard up to the levels of the show at its finest, but here we find some majestic and inspired Simpsons moments.
Season 12 doesn’t have, it should noted, the calibre of guest voice star of previous runs. That said, it’s still the core adventures of Homer, Maggie, Lisa, Marge and Bart that form the heart of the fun. Particular favourite highlights of The Simpsons’ twelfth season include Lisa’s relationship with the tree hugger, Homer’s brand new gossip website, the moment where Homer suddenly (and temporarily!) gets a burst of intelligence, and the wonderfully titled Worst Episode Ever. There’s also the very welcome return of Sideshow Bob, as voiced by Kelsey Grammar.
The writing of The Simpsons, as evidenced here, remains witty and sharp, and while perhaps there aren’t so many of the belly laughs of the earlier years, season 12 still more than justifies its purchase price. At least half the episodes here are ones you’ll be looking, we’d suspect, to watch again. Factor in too the usual high quality selection of extras, and long after most series have folded, we continue to find The Simpsons on fine form. --Jon Foster