TOP 1000 REVIEWERon 13 June 2010
If you`re a glass-half-full kind of person, and I like to think I am, then the fact the Simpsons did decline in quality from here should not cause too many tears; because this season is the best for my money. I adore Seasons 3, 4, 5 and 6, but believe this is the peak in terms of number of standout episodes. At least four of my top ten ever episodes are here.
Treehouse Of Horror VII - *****
One of the best Treehouse episodes, starring Hugo, Bart`s evil twin; Lisa becomes God to a tiny world she creates from her baby tooth; and an excellent Kang and Kodos feature to finish.
You Only Move Twice - *****
Simply fantastic, frequent Simpson`s guest star Albert Brooks plays Hank Scorpio in a brilliant Bond spoof.
The Homer They Fall - ****
Homer discovers he has ("Why Me!") Homer Simpson Syndrome, thus giving his brain extra protection from the gloves of Mike Tyso...I mean, Drederick Tatum.
Burns Baby Burns - ****
Not especially brilliant guest star Rodney Dangerfield plays Burns` long-lost and hugely embarrassing Homer-alike son, Larry. Cue hijinks as Homer and Larry hatch a kidnap plot to "win a father`s love".
Bart After Dark - *****
Homer, to assorted church people: If Homer Simpson wants his ten-year old son to work in a burlesque house, then Homer Simpson`s ten-year old son will work in a burlesque house!
Homer, realising Marge is behind the crowd: Now Marge, you`re going to hear a lot of crazy talk about Bart working in a Burlesque House.
Certainly an episode that has grown on me to become a favourite, with a classic Simpsons song to round things up.
A Milhouse Divided - ***
A bit of a downer really! At least Marge and Homer`s relationship strengthens as a result. And Homer playing Scaletrix when all he had to do was get dressed is wonderful.
Lisa's Date With Density - ****
As with all Lisa episodes, they are quite funny whilst being a little too serious. A bit more depth to Nelson`s character than we usually see.
Hurricane Neddy - *****
It takes the whole town`s poor attempt to rebuild his house to make Ned crack, but when he does crack...! Homer also grasps some basic psychology. Lovely episode.
El Viaje Misterioso De Nuestro Homer - ***
The mighty Johnny Cash plays a talking coyote in one of the great guest spots, and Marge`s attempts to keep the smell of chili from Homer are fantastic, but the episode loses momentum and becomes a bit soppy.
The Springfield Files - ****
Quite funny, a bit of an excuse to have then-immensely-famous Mulder and Scully involved. Poor Grandpa loses his teeth to, and is outpaced by, a tortoise.
The Twisted World Of Marge Simpson - ****
I like Jack Lemmon`s guest spot, playing his character from Glengarry Glen Ross (and the template for Gil in later seasons). Good ending as the mob shock Homer by wanting something in return for the favour they did him.
Mountain Of Madness - *****
One of my favourites, as Homer and Burns go mad quite quickly in each other`s company whilst buried under an avalanche.
Simpsoncalifragilisticexpialad'ohcious - ***
Worth watching for Homer`s brain as it gives his "undivided attention", but too much singing and for Mary Poppins fans only, really.
The Itchy & Scratchy & Poochie Show - ****
An episode inspired by real-life executives trying to introduce a new character to the Simpsons family. Homer makes a fine talking dog, with his "hilarious voice".
Homer's Phobia - *****
Brilliant, as Homer worries about Bart`s orientation and Moe has the perfect solution to make him straight. Top guest performance from John Waters.
Brother From Another Series - *****
As a Frasier fan, I`m always going to love this Sideshow Bob episode, as David Hyde-Pierce plays his equally unhinged brother.
My Sister, My Sitter - *****
Great episode, as Homer finds the perfect car-parking space, and Bart is sooo annoying you almost wish he would give Lisa a break!
Homer vs. The 18th Amendment - *****
Homer is surprisingly clever and becomes the Beer Baron to combat the reinstatement of an old prohibition law, but is caught by a mix of Rex Banner, and a poor, gunless, Chief Wiggum.
Grade School Confidential - ****
Somehow, Bart screws up the best blackmail material he could have dreamt of, as Skinner becomes the kind of man who "wears armour hot dogs".
The Canine Mutiny - ****
Bart realises that although other dogs might be smarter, his true best friend is Santa`s Little Helper.
The Old Man And the Lisa - *****
Lisa realises that Mr Burns is pure evil, and when he tries to be good, he`s even worse!
In Marge We Trust - ****
Homer, or "Fishbulb", makes an unlikely appearance on a Japanese washing powder box, whilst Marge inadvertantly drives Ned into Baboon County, USA!
Homer's Enemy - *****
Often voted the best episode ever. And why not? It`s glorious, and gives a fairly solid answer to what it would be like if Homer tried to live like he does in the real world. Hank Azaria plays the bitter (and horribly unlucky) Frank Grimes.
Simpsons Spin-Off Showcase - ***
Troy MacLure presents Chief Wiggum, Moe and Grandpa, and the Simpsons in other guises. Probably more fun to write and create than it turned out to be.
The Secret War Of Lisa Simpson - ***
Disappointing finish for my money, never finish with a Lisa episode, they`re not enough fun! Homer barely makes an appearance as Lisa tries to prove she can do anything boys can, with mixed success.
A fabulous season, that no home should be without, even the homes of people who don`t like The Simpsons! This is my favourite season.