on 23 July 2004
As a self-confessed Simpsons addict, I have picked up all four box sets now, and even though my copy of Series 4 only dropped on the mat yesterday, and I'm only two episodes into it, I know already that this is the best of the sets so far.
Some of the most memorable episodes of the entire run make it onto this set, and within them some of the funniest moments - the Monorail song; Apu's nephew when he gets to run the Kwik-e-Mart; the moment when Ralph Wiggum's heart actually breaks; Smithers' thoughts on seamen; Dr Nick's heart surgery; and Mr Plow getting it on. You may not have seen some of these episodes for a while, but you'll be back into them straight away.
If you're not a Simpsons fan, and you've never understood what all the fuss is about - you will never get a better chance than here. Intermingled with the limitless humour are plotlines about teenage heartbreak, the possibility of a parent dying, being distant from your kids, the thought of never having any kids, and alcoholism. The best show never made for children.
on 31 May 2004
Season Four of the Simpsons is when the show started looking and sounding like the show we know and love today. The humor wasn't quite as extreme as it is today, but it's this season that started the episodes that could REALLY entertain you. But above all, this is the season that began to establish Grampa as the funniest character on the show. Now, read on for some episode summaries.
Kamp Krusty - For the summer, Bart and Lisa get to go to Kamp Krusty, but once
they get there they discover it's a living hell.
A Streetcar Named Marge - Marge tries out for the starring role in A Streetcar
Named Desire. Though the producer rejects her at first, he gives her the role
upon discovering she is deeply depressed.
Homer The Heretic - Homer skips church one week, and after having such a
great time at home, decides never to go back.
Lisa The Beauty Queen - Lisa places second in a beauty contest, but by default
becomes the new Little Miss Springfield.
Treehouse Of Horror III - A Krusty doll tries to kill Homer, A King Kong parody,
and Bart reviving zombies are the three stories in this season's Halloween
Itchy And Scratchy: The Movie - Bart fails to look after Maggie, and she takes
the car, crashing it. As a punishment, Homer forbids Bart to ever see the new
Itchy and Scratchy movie.
Marge Gets A Job - When the Simpson home takes damage, Marge must take a
job with Homer at the nuclear plant to pay for it.
New Kid On The Block - A teenage girl moves into a home near the Simpsons
and Bart falls in love with her.
Mr. Plow - At a car convention, Homer buys a snow plow and uses it to become
a local hero.
Lisa's First Word - While wondering when Maggie will speak her first words,
Homer and Marge tell the story of when Lisa spoke hers.
Homer's Triple Bypass - Homer begins to have heart problems, and shops
around for the cheapest surgeon.
Marge Vs. The Monorail - Springfield uses its newly-obtained three million
dollars to build a monorail.
Selma's Choice - When Homer gets too sick to take Bart and Lisa to a new
amusement park, Selma takes them instead. They raise hell there.
Brother From The Same Planet - Bart begins to hate Homer, and gets a new
father figure from a local non-profit organization. Meanwhile Homer uses the
same organization to get a new son.
I Love Lisa - When Lisa shows pity for Ralph on Valentine's day, he falls in love
Duffless - When his driver's license is revoked for drunk driving, Homer must
give up beer.
Last Exit To Springfield - The power plant attempts to do away with its dental
plan. Homer fights to save it because Lisa is in need of braces.
So It's Come To This: A Simpsons Clip Show - Bart shakes up a beer can in a
paint mixer, and when Homer opens it the explosion hospitalizes him. The family
then recounts past experiences.
The Front - Bart and Lisa write a series of Itchy and Scratchy cartoons under
Whacking Day - Bart is expelled from school. Soon enough he and Lisa try to do
away with a very awkward town holiday.
Marge In Chains - Marge accidentally forgets to pay for an item at the local
convenience store and must spend a month in jail.
Krusty Gets Kancelled - A new puppeteer steals Krusty's ratings. He becomes increasingly desperate for ways to stay on the air.
If you're a Simpsons fan, you'd be doing yourself a huge favor. These are GREAT episodes all the way, and I strongly recommend them.
The 5 stars are for the seasons original broadcast.
For a collection of 22 episodes of the Simpsons to be littered with so many great moments, it would be extremely unfair not to give this boxed set 5 stars. This series is the beginning of the 'Golden Era' for the Simpsons, and is totally essential, and as usual, the package as a whole is great value for money.
But I was seriously tempted to mark it down for the most annoying inclusion on any Simpsons boxed set to date, the anti-piracy warnings at the start of every episode. Are the warnings at the start of the DVD not enough? They last for the best part of 10 seconds each and you cannot scroll through them. The only way to avoid them is to go to 'Scene Selection' and start playing the episode from Scene 2 (which begins immediately after the opening credits), but alas, the episode menus are so slow to navigate that it defeats the purpose. Each part of the menu carries a little animation, which are funny the first couple of times, but become quite annoying after a while. Given that the purpose of these menus is supposed to enhance the accessibility of scenes and extra features (including the obligatory commentaries, which once again are mostly the writers laughing at their own jokes), it seems rather self-defeating to make them so slow.
That said, despite all those criticisms, the sheer heavyweight comedy punch that these 22 brilliant episodes delivers demands a 5/5 rating. Even the foreword from Matt Groening himself recognises that some of the most popular episodes ever are on here. And although these episodes have seen more than their fair share of air time of British TV, some are curiously unfamiliar, possibly due to the controversy that they provoked. Season 4 has everything we have come to know and love about the Simpsons, including some particularly black humour in places (e.g. Dr. Hibbert coming out of the operating theatre and telling Marge, 'I'm sorry, Mrs Simpson, your husband is dead..., only kidding, April Fool's!') and Homer's great moments are almost too numerous to list...
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!
on 18 April 2005
This is the fourth Season of The Simpsons, including all 22 episodes from 1992 and 1993. Most episodes come with special features, including; Deleted scenes on episodes. Commentary by Matt Groening and other producers and directors, and different clips and scripts from different stories.- There's even more, which you'll be able to see if you buy it!!
My favourite episodes: Kamp Krusty- Bart and Lisa go on a trip to Kamp Krusty, hoping their hero will be better than ever... does it go that well?? I also like Treehouse of Horror, in this episode Bart receives a Krusty doll... but it's EVIL! Also including; Itchy and Scratchy: The movie, Marge gets a job and Homer's triple bypass, and 17 more episodes from you to choose from!! It comes with a guide to episodes and features, and you get the 4 discs with your favourite episodes on. Not bad, not bad at all!
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.
Every single episode of the fourth season of the Simpsons is presented here in one box set, spread across four dvds.
Episodes are as follows:
A streetcar named Marge
Homer the heretic
Lisa the beauty queen
Treehouse of horror III
Itchy and scratchy: the movie
Marge gets a job
New kid on the block
Lisa's first word.
Homer's triple bypass.
Marge vs the monorail.
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.
All quite old episodes now and thus the animation can look a bit rudimentary and the voices may sound slightly different. And you will probably be familiar with most of them. But it's a season that nobody argues about the quality of.
Each episode has a commentary and direct scene access.
But there's a few menus to navigate, and all will play a short animation featuring a Simpsons character every time an option is selected. There is some variety to these but they can't be skipped and may get a bit repetitive.
Each episode is only in English, with no other language options. But you can get subtitles in English Danish Finnish Norwegian or Swedish. Via the extras menu for each episode.
One episode on each disc has a special language feature which will allow you choose between Brazilian Portugese Italian Japanese or Castilian Spanish.
And one episode on each disc has the feature to allow you to see various parts of it as animation storyboards and partly finished animations and the like.
The first disc also has a short introduction to the season from Simpsons creator Matt Groening.
A twelve minute long promotional feature for the show.
And two short features about various controveries they got into, from insulting New Orleans to the famous spat with the Bush Family.
Disc two has a handful of tv commercials for the show and others that use the characters to advertise various products.
And discs three and four have some very short deleted scenes from one episode each. They also give you the option to watch the episode with the scenes reinstered.
There is no play all option on each disc, and there's a copyright message that comes up and stays up for ten seconds or so before each episode and it can't be skipped.
But even so, it's still a great box set of classic tv, and worth five stars.
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!
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.
Another series of the Simpsons comes out on DVD and its just another excuse for me to fall in love with the episodes again, on what in my opinion is the second best series (series 5 being the best) What doesn't this serie have?? From Ralph's crush on Lisa and the classic moment where Bart pinpoints the moment Lisa breaks his heart, to the star studded series closer Krusty Gets Kancelled, with uniformly brilliant turns from the guest stars, especially Bette Middler ("Ill get your for this Middler" brilliant!) this is just full of classic episodes, and it is a joy to watch. There are also some cool extras, the deleted scenes always being interesting and enjoyable, as are the commentaries, now a staple of the DVD package, and few do it better than the simpsons. Isn't it great there are at least another 12 of these to come, lets hope they start bringing them out quicker, the waits almost unbearable, at least I can tide myself over with these!