15 of 18 people found the following review helpful
on 13 March 2005
Season 4 of The Simpsons is when it reached perfection, the animation is clean, the voices are all perfect and the writing is absolutely hilarious.
Season 4's episodes are as follows:
A Streetcare Named Marge
Lisa the Beauty Queen
Treehouse of Horror III
Itchy & Scratchy: The Movie
Marge gets a Job
New Kid on the Block
Lisa's First Word
Homer's Triple Bypass
Brother from the Same Planet
I Love Lisa
Last Exit to Springfield
So It's Come to this: A Simpsons Clip Show
Marge in Chains
Krusty gets Kancelled
Not one of these episodes is anything less than brilliant, this season also includes 2 contenders for best episode ever:
"Homer the Heretic" and "Marge Vs. the Monorail"
There are also extensive special features:
A Word from Matt Groening
Special Language Featurette
The Cajun Contoversy: A featurette about the uproar after an anti-New Orleans song was published in a newspaper before the episode aired.
Bush Vs. Simpson: A Featurette about how members of the Bush family kept insulting The Simpsons.
Promotional Stuff -January 1993
Deleted Scenes on selected episodes
Audio Commentaries on all Episodes
A worthy addition to anybody's dvd collection.
on 20 April 2015
Just a quick browse of the titles of all 22 episodes in this fourth season of everyone's favourite dysfunctional yellow family, should make you instantly want to buy this collection. This is many people's favourite season and justifiably so. 'Kamp Krusty,' 'Mr. Plow,' 'Marge Vs Monorail,' 'Whacking Day,' and the frequently touted 'best Simpsons episode ever' - 'Last Exit To Springfield,' to name just a few. The Halloween Special (which features the still hilarious joke on Smithers' thoughts on women and seamen!) is one of the best ever, even the clip show episode is brilliant!
The animation style is a little more settled than previous series, but again isn't quite 100% decided on yet, but is still nonetheless clear and well drawn.
Whilst its probably fair to say that some of the jokes were topical and typical of mid 90's American comedy and it would help if you were an US citizen to fully appreciate an episode or two, nothing can or should affect anyone's enjoyment of every single episode in this classic series!
8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
on 30 December 2004
'The Simpsons' won Best International Comedy Show at last week's 'British Comedy Awards' and if you had been a living in a subterranean cave for the last 10 years then this alone would tell you that 'The Simpsons' is a funny programme. However, if you are reading this review then you probably haven't, hopefully not, and will know that 'The Simpsons' is one of the funniest, if not the funniest, shows around; a legend. Matt Groening, famed writer of 'The Simpsons', was awarded an 'Outstanding Contribution to Comedy' Award too.
Season 4 is, in my opinion, one of the best. The episodes are packed with jokes in all forms - visual, verbal, puns, slapstick, satire, innuendo, and even crude bathroom antics. This was also the first Season to feature the famous "inside Homer's brain" scenes. The previous reviewer has already listed all the episodes so instead I am going to give a more in depth review of the better episodes of the Season.
Episode 2 - A Streetcar Named Marge:
Jon Lovitz guest stars as the director of the musical "Oh, Streetcar!", a parody of Marlon Brando's "A Streetcar Named Desire". Marge auditions and gets the lead role of Blanche, opposite...Ned Flanders! Homer's insensitivity and stupidity inspire her to give the performance of a lifetime. Meanwhile, Maggie is in a playgroup while Marge rehearses and the rules are strict, too strict, so she plans a "Great Escape" style mutiny, there's even a mimic scene with her and a ball!
Couch: The family runs in and the couch turns into a giant octopus and eats them.
Episode 8 - New Kid on the Block:
The Simpsons have new neighbours, a single mother with a daughter, whom Bart falls for immediately. Marge welcomes them and Bart soon finds that his love, Laura, is a complete tomboy. Homer and Marge go to a seafood restaurant and they get Laura to baby-sit. At the restaurant, Homer eats A LOT of food in an all-you-can-eat buffet and the restaurant kicks him out on the street and he decides to sue them. Bart starts asking questions about the birds and the bees and just when he gets a plan to win Laura, she tells him that she has a boyfriend. It is Jimbo, and Bart feels betrayed, depressed, and angry. Homer's court case begins and the lawyers reveal what a pig Homer is, (hey, it's true). The Sea Captain (who owns the restaurant) makes a deal with Homer; he eats free seafood and people gawk at him like a freak. Bart prank calls Moe as Jimbo, resulting in Moe coming after him in a murderous rampage. When Jimbo cries, Laura leaves him and begins hanging with Bart again. The prank call is one of the best with Moe saying: "Ivana Tinkel, Ivana Tinkel?! Okay, everyone put down your glasses Ivana Tinkel?!"
Couch: The couch falls through the floor with family on board.
Episode 12 - Marge vs the Monorail:
Mr Burns goes on trial for dumping toxic waste and pays a huge fine. The town holds a meeting on what to do with the money and Marge suggests repairing the city. Just when they are about to approve her idea, in comes a guy singing and dancing about a monorail. The whole meeting erupts with everyone singing "monorail! monorail! monorail!" (and Homer going "Mono...D'oh!") and they approve the idea. Marge is unsure so she goes to another monorail town and discovers that it is all a dangerous scam and finds out that the guy in charge is a con artist on his way to Tahiti. Leonard Nimoy (Spock to you and me) guest stars.
Couch: The family sits down, followed by the show's whole cast.
Episode 22 - Krusty Gets Cancelled: This episode guest stars the Red Hot Chilli Peppers, Elizabeth Taylor and Bette Midler. 'Gabbo', a ventriloquist dummy, has a new show that competes with Krusty's. When Gabbo beats Krusty in the ratings, the network cancels Krusty's show. Krusty auditions unsuccessfully for acting roles and loses money at the track. Bart wants to ruin Gabbo, so he pulls a TV stunt. Krusty is flat broke and Bart and Lisa work to help him get back on TV. They ask Krusty's celebrity friends to appear on a comeback special. First on the list is Bette Midler. Then Hugh Hefner, the Red Hot Chili Peppers, Elizabeth Taylor, Johnny Carson, Sideshow Mel, and Sideshow Luke Perry are asked next. Bart and Lisa return to find that Krusty has put on a lot of weight. He stays with the Simpson family while he tries to lose the weight. The day of the show arrives and it goes incredibly well, opposite the now stale Gabbo show. Bart, Lisa, and the celebrities come through for him and his show is back for good. Afterwards they all hang out at Moe's...isn't that nice.
Couch: The family get caught in a net while running to the couch.
Other then those episodes, Season 4 also features Marge going to jail, Lisa's first word and the 'snake-clubbing' episode which guest stars Barry White. Buy it, you'll love it.
on 20 February 2010
The Simpsons Season 4 (1992-93), although given back to 22 episodes, is to many Simpsons enthusiats the beginning of the book-end of the show's golden age (Seasons 3-7), in which you cannot go without a chuckle within every 22 minute episode. And by those seasons, you could not disagree.
A lot of the episodes here will do more than make you smile. Here, the episodes also focused on good family-orientated scenario with a great deal of realistic emotion, such as "Lisa's First Word", "Selma's Choice" "A Streetcat named Marge" and one of mine favourites, "Duffless", in which Homer and Marge roded into the sunset at the end was priceless. All-round hilarious episodes include "Marge v the Monorail" and "So It Comes to This"
The Simpsons here would go from strength to strength in the upcoming seasons. Fine comedy for everyone, not just Simpsons fans!
13 of 16 people found the following review helpful
on 3 August 2004
Very good episodes, but my DVD makes me sit through a 10 second copyright warning before watching each episode! This is as well as the warning that comes up when you insert the discs.
Why make those who buy legitimate DVDs suffer this? It's not a major issue, but it is annoying, and I am very well aware of the copyright issues that affect the DVD. Damn the Fox corporation!