List of The Simpsons Treehouse of Horror episodes

This is a list of Treehouse of Horror episodes produced by the animated television series The Simpsons. Treehouse of Horror episodes have aired annually since the second season (1990) and each episode has three separate segments. These segments usually involve the family in some horror, science fiction, or supernatural setting and always take place outside the normal continuity of the show and are therefore considered to be non-canon. The original "Treehouse of Horror" episode aired on October 25, 1990 and was inspired by EC Comics Horror tales.[1] Before "Treehouse of Horror XI", which aired in 2000, every episode has aired in the week preceding or on October 31; "Treehouse of Horror II" and "Treehouse of Horror X" are the only two episodes to air on Halloween. Between 2000 to 2008 and 2010, due to Fox's contract with Major League Baseball's World Series, several episodes have originally aired in November;[2] as of 2011 every Treehouse of Horror episode has aired in October. From "Treehouse of Horror" to "Treehouse of Horror XIII", all three segments were written by different writers and in some cases there was a fourth writer that wrote the opening and wraparound segments.[3] For "Treehouse of Horror", there were even three different directors for the episode.[4] Starting with season fifteen's "Treehouse of Horror XIV", only one writer was credited as having written a Treehouse of Horror episode, and the trend has continued since.[5][6][7][8]

As of 2018, there are twenty-nine Treehouse of Horror episodes, with one airing every year. They are known for being more violent than an average Simpsons episode and contain several different trademarks, including the alien characters Kang and Kodos who have appeared in every episode. Quite often the segments will parody well-known movies, books, radio shows, and television shows. The Twilight Zone has been parodied quite often, and has served as the inspiration for numerous segments.[9]

Episodes

Installment Season No. in
regular series
Segments Parody of Directed by Written by Original air date Prod.
code
I 2 16–203
"Bad Dream House"
Various haunted house films Wes Archer John Swartzwelder October 25, 1990 7F04
"Hungry are the Damned"
"To Serve Man" Rich Moore Jay Kogen & Wallace Wolodarsky
"The Raven"
"The Raven" David Silverman Sam Simon & Edgar Allan Poe
II 3 42–307
"Lisa's Nightmare"
"The Monkey's Paw" Jim Reardon Al Jean, Mike Reiss
Jeff Martin, George Meyer
Sam Simon, John Swartzwelder
October 31, 1991 8F02
"Bart's Nightmare"
"It's a Good Life"
"Homer's Nightmare"
Frankenstein
III 4 64–405
"Clown Without Pity"
"Living Doll" Carlos Baeza Al Jean & Mike Reiss
Jay Kogen & Wallace Wolodarsky
Sam Simon, Jon Vitti
October 29, 1992 9F04
"King Homer"
King Kong
"Dial 'Z' for Zombies"
Various zombie films
IV 5 86–505
Wraparounds
Night Gallery David Silverman Conan O'Brien[10] October 28, 1993 1F04
"The Devil and Homer Simpson"
"The Devil and Daniel Webster" Greg Daniels & Dan McGrath[11]
"Terror at 5½ Feet"
"Nightmare at 20,000 Feet" Bill Oakley & Josh Weinstein[12]
"Bart Simpson's Dracula"
Bram Stoker's Dracula Bill Canterbury[13]
V 6 109–606
"The Shinning"
The Shining Jim Reardon Bob Kushell[14] October 30, 1994 2F03
"Time and Punishment"
N/A Greg Daniels & Dan McGrath[15]
"Nightmare Cafeteria"
N/A David S. Cohen[16]
VI 7 134–706
"Attack of the 50-Foot Eyesores"
N/A Bob Anderson John Swartzwelder[17] October 29, 1995 3F04
"Nightmare on Evergreen Terrace"
A Nightmare on Elm Street Steve Tompkins[17]
"Homer³"
"Little Girl Lost" David S. Cohen[18]
VII 8 154–801
"The Thing and I"
N/A Mike B. Anderson Ken Keeler[19] October 27, 1996 4F02
"The Genesis Tub"
"The Little People" Dan Greaney[20]
"Citizen Kang"
N/A David S. Cohen[21]
VIII 9 182–904
"The HΩmega Man"
The Omega Man Mark Kirkland Mike Scully[22] October 26, 1997 5F02
"Fly vs. Fly"
The Fly David S. Cohen[23]
"Easy-Bake Coven"
N/A Ned Goldreyer[22]
IX 10 207–1004
"Hell Toupée"
N/A Steven Dean Moore Donick Cary[24] October 25, 1998 AABF01
"The Terror of Tiny Toon"
N/A Larry Doyle[25]
"Starship Poopers"
N/A David S. Cohen[26]
X 11 230–1104
"I Know What You Diddily-Iddily-Did"
I Know What You Did Last Summer Pete Michels Donick Cary[27] October 31, 1999 BABF01
"Desperately Xeeking Xena"
N/A Tim Long[28]
"Life's a Glitch, Then You Die"
N/A Ron Hauge[29]
XI 12 249–1201
"G-G-Ghost D-D-Dad"
Ghost Dad Matthew Nastuk Rob LaZebnik[30] November 1, 2000 BABF21
"Scary Tales Can Come True"
Grimms' Fairy Tales John Frink & Don Payne[31]
"Night of the Dolphin"
The Day of the Dolphin Carolyn Omine[32]
XII 13 270–1301
"Hex and the City"
N/A Jim Reardon Joel H. Cohen November 6, 2001 CABF19
"House of Whacks"
2001: A Space Odyssey John Frink & Don Payne
"Wiz Kids"
Harry Potter Carolyn Omine
XIII 14 292–1401
"Send in the Clones"
Multiplicity David Silverman Marc Wilmore November 3, 2002 DABF19
"The Fright to Creep and Scare Harms"
N/A Brian Kelley
"The Island of Dr. Hibbert"
The Island of Doctor Moreau Kevin Curran
XIV 15 314–1501
"Reaper Madness"
N/A Steven Dean Moore John Swartzwelder November 2, 2003 EABF21
"Frinkenstein"
Frankenstein
"Stop the World, I Want to Goof Off"
"A Kind of a Stopwatch"
XV 16 336–1601
"The Ned Zone"
The Dead Zone David Silverman Bill Odenkirk November 7, 2004 FABF23
"Four Beheadings and a Funeral"
From Hell
"In the Belly of the Boss"
Fantastic Voyage
XVI 17 360–1704
"B.I.: Bartificial Intelligence"
A.I. Artificial Intelligence David Silverman Marc Wilmore November 6, 2005 GABF17
"Survival of the Fattest"
"The Most Dangerous Game"
"I've Grown a Costume on Your Face"
N/A
XVII 18 382–1804
"Married to the Blob"
The Blob David Silverman
Matthew Faughnan
Peter Gaffney November 5, 2006 HABF17
"You Gotta Know When to Golem"
The Golem
"The Day the Earth Looked Stupid"
The War of the Worlds
XVIII 19 405–1905
"E.T., Go Home"
E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial Chuck Sheetz Marc Wilmore November 4, 2007 JABF16
"Mr. & Mrs. Simpson"
Mr. & Mrs. Smith
"Heck House"
N/A
XIX 20 424–2004
"Untitled Robot Parody"
Transformers Bob Anderson Matt Warburton November 2, 2008 KABF16
"How to Get Ahead in Dead-vertising"
N/A
"It's the Grand Pumpkin, Milhouse"
It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown
XX 21 445–2104
"Dial 'M' for Murder or Press '#' to Return to Main Menu"
Various Alfred Hitchcock films Mike B. Anderson
Matthew Schofield
Daniel Chun October 18, 2009 LABF14
"Don't Have a Cow, Mankind"
28 Days Later
"There's No Business Like Moe Business"
Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street
XXI 22 468–2204
"War and Pieces"
Jumanji Bob Anderson Joel H. Cohen November 7, 2010 MABF16
"Master and Cadaver"
Dead Calm
"Tweenlight"
Twilight
XXII 23 489–2303
"The Diving Bell and Butterball"
The Diving Bell and the Butterfly Matthew Faughnan Carolyn Omine October 30, 2011 NABF19
"Dial D for Diddly"
Dexter
"In the Na'Vi"
Avatar
XXIII 24 510–2402
"The Greatest Story Ever Holed"
N/A Steven Dean Moore David Mandel & Brian Kelley October 7, 2012 PABF17
"UNnormal Activity"
Paranormal Activity
"Bart & Homer's Excellent Adventure"
Back to the Future
XXIV 25 532–2502
"Oh the Places You'll D'oh"
The Cat in the Hat Rob Oliver Jeff Westbrook October 6, 2013 RABF16
"Dead and Shoulders"
The Thing with Two Heads
"Freaks no Geeks"
Freaks
XXV 26 556–2604
"School is Hell"
N/A Matthew Faughnan Stephanie Gillis October 19, 2014 SABF21
"A Clockwork Yellow"
Various Stanley Kubrick films
"The Others"
The Others
XXVI 27 579–2705
"Wanted: Dead, Then Alive"
N/A Steven Dean Moore Joel H. Cohen October 25, 2015 TABF18
"Homerzilla"
Godzilla
"Telepaths of Glory"
Chronicle
XXVII 28 600–2804
"Dry Hard"
Various apocalyptic films Steven Dean Moore Joel H. Cohen October 16, 2016 VABF16
"BFF R.I.P"
N/A
"Moefinger"
Various spy films
XXVIII 29 622–2904
"The Exor-Sis"
The Exorcist Timothy Bailey John Frink October 22, 2017 WABF18
"Coralisa"
Coraline
"Mmm... Homer"
N/A
XXIX 30 643–3004
"Intrusion of the Pod-Y Switchers"
N/A Matthew Faughnan Joel H. Cohen October 21, 2018 XABF16
"Mulitplisa-ty"
Split
"Geriatric Park"
Jurassic Park
XXX 31 666–3104
"Danger Things"
Stranger Things Timothy Bailey J. Stewart Burns October 20, 2019 YABF18
TBA
TBA

References

Citations

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  5. ^ Odenkirk, Bill; Silverman, David (2004-11-04). "Treehouse of Horror XV". The Simpsons. Season 16. Episode 01. Fox.
  6. ^ Wilmore, Marc; Silverman, David (2005-11-06). "Treehouse of Horror XVI". The Simpsons. Season 17. Episode 04. Fox.
  7. ^ Gaffney, Peter; Silverman, David; Faughnan, Matthew (2006-11-05). "Treehouse of Horror XVII". The Simpsons. Season 18. Episode 04. Fox.
  8. ^ Wilmore, Marc; Sheetz, Chuck (2007-11-04). "Treehouse of Horror XVIII". The Simpsons. Season 19. Episode 05. Fox.
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  10. ^ O'Brien, Conan (2004). The Simpsons season 5 DVD commentary for the episode "Treehouse of Horror IV" (DVD). 20th Century Fox.
  11. ^ Daniels, Greg (2004). The Simpsons season 5 DVD commentary for the episode "Treehouse of Horror IV" (DVD). 20th Century Fox.
  12. ^ Weinstein, Josh (2004). The Simpsons season 5 DVD commentary for the episode "Treehouse of Horror IV" (DVD). 20th Century Fox.
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  14. ^ Mirkin, David (2005). The Simpsons season 6 DVD commentary for the episode "Treehouse of Horror V" (DVD). 20th Century Fox.
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  19. ^ Keeler, Ken (2006). The Simpsons season 8 DVD commentary for the episode "Treehouse of Horror VII" (DVD). 20th Century Fox.
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  24. ^ Cary, Donick (2007). The Simpsons season 10 DVD commentary for the episode "Treehouse of Horror IX" (DVD). 20th Century Fox.
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Treehouse of Horror

Treehouse of Horror, also known as The Simpsons Halloween specials, are a series of Halloween-themed episodes of the animated series The Simpsons, each consisting of three separate, self-contained segments. These segments usually involve the Simpson family in some horror, science fiction, or supernatural setting. They take place outside the show's normal continuity and completely abandon any pretense of being realistic, being known for their far more violent and much darker nature than an average Simpsons episode. The first, entitled "Treehouse of Horror", aired on October 25, 1990, as part of the second season and was inspired by EC Comics horror tales. Since then, there have been 28 other Treehouse of Horror episodes, with one airing every year.

Episodes contain parodies of horror, science fiction, and fantasy films, as well as the alien characters Kang and Kodos, a special version of the opening sequence, and scary names in the credits. The show's staff regard the Treehouse of Horror as being particularly difficult to produce, as the scripts often go through many rewrites, and the animators typically have to design new characters and backgrounds.

Many of the episodes are popular among fans and critics of the show and have inspired a whole offshoot of Simpsons merchandise, including action figures, playsets, video games, books, DVDs, comic books, and a special version of Monopoly. Several of the episodes have won awards for animation and sound editing. In 1996, 2013, and 2015, "Treehouse of Horror VI", "Treehouse of Horror XXIII", and "Treehouse of Horror XXV" were respectively nominated for the Primetime Emmy Award in the "Outstanding Animated Program (for Programming Less Than One Hour)" category.

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