The Simpsons (season 19)

The Simpsons' nineteenth season originally aired on the Fox network between September 23, 2007 and May 18, 2008.[1][2]

The Simpsons (season 19)
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DVD cover featuring Homer Simpson
Country of originUnited States
No. of episodes20
Release
Original networkFox
Original releaseSeptember 23, 2007 –
May 18, 2008
Season chronology

Production

The nineteenth season of The Simpsons is the first one produced after the movie and contained seven hold-over episodes from season 18's JABF production line. Al Jean served as showrunner, a position he has held since the thirteenth season.

Army Archerd reported that due to the 100-day Writers Guild of America strike only 22 episodes would be produced instead of the planned 23, which is much closer to the length of a regular season than most live-action and animated programs that were also affected by the strike.[3] Entertainment Weekly also reported that at the time, there were only six episodes remaining that were ready, which would make the season's production run consist of a total of 22 episodes.[4]

The nineteenth season featured the returns of several characters from previous seasons. Kelsey Grammer made his tenth appearance as Sideshow Bob and David Hyde Pierce made his second as Bob's brother Cecil Terwilliger in "Funeral for a Fiend".[5] Beverly D'Angelo made her second appearance as Lurleen Lumpkin, who first appeared in season three's "Colonel Homer".[6] Glenn Close returned as Grandma Mona Simpson for the third time.[7][8]

Matt Groening described this season as "just about our most ambitious yet".[9] The season's "The Homer of Seville" was nominated for a Writers Guild of America Award.[10]

Reception

Critical reception

Robert Canning of IGN gave the series a 6.6 saying that it was "Passable" and that "Heck, read through the comments section at the bottom of our IGN Simpsons reviews and more than half will in some way be talking about the poor quality of recent episodes. (And "poor quality" is putting it politely.)" although he praised the late episodes of the season.[11]

Awards

"Eternal Moonshine of the Simpson Mind" won a Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Animated Program, the tenth in the history of the show.[12] Alf Clausen also received an Emmy Award nomination for Outstanding Music Composition For A Series (original Dramatic Score) for the episode "Treehouse of Horror XVIII".[13]

Nielsen rating

The Simpsons ranked 83rd in the seasonal ratings getting a viewership of 7.950 million viewers and an 18–49 Nielsen Rating of 3.8 making it the highest-ranking show from "Animation Domination" right above Family Guy.[14]

Episodes

No.
overall
No. in
season
TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air dateProd.
code
U.S. viewers
(millions)
4011"He Loves to Fly and He D'ohs"Mark KirklandJoel H. CohenSeptember 23, 2007JABF209.7[16]
After Homer saves Mr. Burns from drowning, Mr. Burns rewards him with a dinner and a flight on his corporate jet, making Homer disappointed that he will never be rich or successful enough to enjoy the high life.[15]
Guest Stars: Stephen Colbert and Lionel Richie.
4022"The Homer of Seville"Michael PolcinoCarolyn OmineSeptember 30, 2007JABF188.4[18]
A freak accident turns Homer into an opera singer (which can only be achieved if he lies down) and he becomes the toast of Springfield's cultural elite—and the target of a crazed, motorcycle-riding female fan who blackmails him into becoming his manager.[17]
Guest Stars: Maya Rudolph and Plácido Domingo.
4033"Midnight Towboy"Matthew NastukStephanie GillisOctober 7, 2007JABF217.7[20]
Homer befriends a tow-truck driver named Louie, who shows Homer what it is like to tow vehicles for a living. Meanwhile, Marge puts Maggie in a special school to help babies become independent, but when the lessons work too well, Marge finds herself tearfully bonding with a sack of potatoes.[19]
Guest Star: Matt Dillon.
4044"I Don't Wanna Know Why the Caged Bird Sings"Bob AndersonDana GouldOctober 14, 2007JABF198.8[21]
Marge breaks her promise to visit a disturbed bank robber in prison, and ends up getting kidnapped by him.
Guest Stars: Steve Buscemi, Ted Nugent and Julia Louis-Dreyfus.
4055"Treehouse of Horror XVIII"Chuck SheetzMarc WilmoreNovember 4, 2007JABF1611.7[23]
The nineteenth season's annual trio of Halloween stories, all of which are movie parodies:[22]
"E.T., Go Home" – In this send-up of E.T. the Extra Terrestrial, Bart finds Kodos (who is hiding from the government) and helps her obtain devices to contact her home planet, but Kodos' intentions are proven to be murderous.
"Mr. & Mrs. Simpson" – In this send-up of Mr. & Mrs. Smith, Homer lives a double life as a government assassin, but discovers that Marge is one too and must eliminate her after she botched his attempt at assassinating Kent Brockman.
"Heck House" – In this send-up of Seven, Ned Flanders turns the church into a Heck House and asks God for devilish powers so he can teach the children the consequences of committing the seven deadly sins.
Guest Star: Maurice LaMarche.
4066"Little Orphan Millie"Lance KramerMick KellyNovember 11, 2007JABF2210.57[25]
Milhouse adopts an aloof attitude after his parents are presumed dead during a honeymoon cruise, making Milhouse popular and Bart unpopular. Meanwhile, Marge hides her eyes from Homer after Homer admits that he does not know what Marge's eye color is.[24]
4077"Husbands and Knives"Nancy KruseMatt SelmanNovember 18, 2007JABF1710.5[27]
The Comic Book Guy's Android Dungeon faces competition with "Coolsville Comics 'n Toys," a new comic book store owned by a nicer, more personable store owner named Milo. Meanwhile, Marge creates a gym for the average woman, and a self-conscious Homer resorts to plastic surgery after being told that Marge's success will lead to her divorcing Homer and getting a younger, handsomer trophy husband.[26]
Guest Stars: Alan Moore, Art Spiegelman, Dan Clowes, Jack Black and Maurice LaMarche.
4088"Funeral for a Fiend"Rob OliverMichael PriceNovember 25, 2007KABF019.0[28]
A night at a rib restaurant turns into yet another plot for Sideshow Bob to kill The Simpson family, but the whole scheme turns into a family affair when Bart kills his mortal enemy by throwing away his nitroglycerine (which Sideshow Bob needs for his heart) and the rest of the Terwiligers go after Bart for killing Bob.
Guest Stars: Kelsey Grammer, David Hyde Pierce, John Mahoney and Keith Olbermann.
4099"Eternal Moonshine of the Simpson Mind"Chuck SheetzJ. Stewart BurnsDecember 16, 2007KABF0210.15[29]
Homer wakes up in the snow with no memory of what he did the night before—and finds his wife and kids missing.
41010"E Pluribus Wiggum"Michael PolcinoMichael PriceJanuary 6, 2008KABF038.2[31]
Thanks to Homer's latest blunder (blowing up every fast-food restaurant in the city), Springfield moves up election day and becomes the first city in the nation to hold primary elections. However, all the media attention and similar-sounding politicians wear on the townspeople's nerves, so they elect Ralph Wiggum to be the 2008 Presidential candidate as a joke—until Ralph reveals that he wants to be President, so he can bring peace in these divided times.[30]
Guest Stars: Jon Stewart and Dan Rather.
41111"That '90s Show"Mark KirklandMatt SelmanJanuary 27, 2008KABF047.6[33]
After discovering Marge's diploma, Homer recounts the time he gave up his dreams of being a musician just to put Marge through college—until Marge breaks Homer's heart and falls for her professor.[32]
Guest Stars: Kurt Loder and "Weird Al" Yankovic.
41212"Love, Springfieldian Style"Raymond S. PersiDon PayneFebruary 17, 2008KABF057.81[35]
On Valentine's Day, Homer and Marge get stuck in a Tunnel of Love ride after Bart turns the water into Jell-O. To pass the time, the family tells stories of famous couples: Bonnie and Clyde (Homer and Marge cut a path of crime through 1930s Springfield by robbing banks), Lady and the Tramp (Homer and Marge again; this time, as the eponymous dogs from the Disney movie), and Sid Vicious and Nancy Spungen (Nelson and Lisa are punk rockers in love and addicted to chocolate).[34]
41313"The Debarted"Matthew NastukJoel H. CohenMarch 2, 2008KABF068.18[37]
Bart begins to suspect a rat when all of his pranks backfire—and might have something to do with his new friend, Donny. Meanwhile, Homer grows attached to his rental car, which he gets to drive for a week while his old car gets repaired.[36]
Guest Stars: Topher Grace and Terry Gross.
41414"Dial "N" for Nerder"Bob AndersonCarolyn Omine & William WrightMarch 9, 2008KABF077.3[39]
Bart and Lisa's prank on Martin Prince goes too far and they worry that they may be implicated in his death by the police (and Nelson, who becomes an amateur sleuth). Meanwhile, Marge calls upon the producer of a reality show that specializes in tracking down cheating couples when she begins to suspect that Homer may be cheating...on his diet.[38]
41515"Smoke on the Daughter"Lance KramerBilly KimballMarch 30, 2008KABF087.10[18]
Lisa is accepted into a ballet school run by jazz dancer Chazz Busby, and discovers that her dancing improves whenever she is around cigarette smoke. Meanwhile, Homer shows Bart his secret beef jerky project, which has been taken over by raccoons.[40]
41616"Papa Don't Leech"Chris ClementsReid HarrisonApril 13, 2008KABF096.9[41]
When Mayor Quimby launches a campaign to shake down anyone who has not paid taxes in years, Lurleen Lumpkin (the country singer who tried to seduce Homer from the season three episode "Colonel Homer") hides out at the Simpson house, which does not sit well with Marge (who still cannot forgive her for almost stealing her husband).[6]
Guest Stars: Beverly D'Angelo and The Dixie Chicks.
41717"Apocalypse Cow"Nancy KruseJeff WestbrookApril 27, 2008KABF107.69[43]
Bart joins the 4-H Club and befriends a cow named Lou, but when Lou is set to be sent to slaughter, Bart gives Lou to a country girl named Mary—whom he now must marry after finding out that giving a cow to a country girl is considered a marriage proposal in hillbilly tradition.[42]
Guest Star: Zooey Deschanel.
41818"Any Given Sundance"Chuck SheetzDaniel ChunMay 4, 2008KABF116.18[46]
The Simpsons are going to Utah for the Sundance Film Festival after Lisa's short film on her dysfunctional family life becomes a rave with everyone—except for the Simpson family.[44]
Guest Star: Jim Jarmusch and John C. Reilly.[45]
41919"Mona Leaves-a"Mike B. Anderson & Ralph SosaJoel H. CohenMay 11, 2008KABF126.02[48]
Mona Simpson, Homer's '60s radical mother, returns, vowing that her days of protesting are over, but Homer will not accept. Things get worse when Mona dies and her last wishes are to have her ashes spread over the mountains, which turns out to be a plot in stopping a nuclear disaster.[47]
Guest Stars: Glenn Close, Lance Armstrong.
42020"All About Lisa"Steven Dean MooreJohn FrinkMay 18, 2008KABF136.11[50]
Sideshow Mel narrates the story of how Lisa rose to stardom as Krusty the Clown's latest replacement. Meanwhile, Bart and Homer start coin-collecting and go after a rare 1917 coin known as "The Kissing Lincolns" penny.[49]
Guest Star: Drew Carey.

DVD release

On July 20, 2019, it was announced by current showrunner Al Jean during the San Diego Comic-Con 2019 panel that the nineteenth season DVD will be released on December 3, 2019 in the USA and December 2, 2019 in the UK by Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment, eleven years after it had completed broadcast on television.[51] The Season 19 DVD includes 20 episodes and features “collectible Homer Simpson packaging,” Jean said. There are also custom menus on every disc, along with commentary on every episode, he added. It will also be the first DVD release of The Simpsons since The Walt Disney Company's acquisition of 21st Century Fox, the parent company of 20th Century Fox in March 2019.

The Complete Nineteenth Season
Set Details Special Features
  • 20 episodes
  • 4-disc set (DVD)
  • 1.33:1 aspect ratio
  • AUDIO
    • English 5.1 Dolby Digital
    • Spanish 2.0 Dolby Surround
    • French 2.0 Dolby Surround
  • SUBTITLES
    • English SDH
    • Spanish
  • Optional commentaries for all 20 episodes
  • TBA
  • Deleted Scenes
  • Special Language Feature
    • TBA
      • TBA
      • TBA
      • TBA
      • TBA
  • Multi-Angle Animation Showcase
  • TBA
  • Bonus Episode:
    • TBA
Release Dates
Region 1 Region 2 Region 4
Tuesday, December 3, 2019 Monday, December 2, 2019 Wednesday, December 4, 2019

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External links

All About Lisa

"All About Lisa" is the twentieth episode and season finale of The Simpsons' nineteenth season. It originally aired on the Fox network in the United States on May 18, 2008. Lisa Simpson becomes Krusty the Clown's newest assistant and steals his spotlight. She wins Entertainer of the Year at the Springfield Media awards, but is warned that with her sudden fame comes a new attitude towards others and herself. Meanwhile, Homer and Bart bond over their newfound love of coin collecting. The episode features narration by Sideshow Mel. It was written by John Frink and directed by Steven Dean Moore. Drew Carey guest voices himself, appearing as a guest on Krusty's show.

Any Given Sundance

"Any Given Sundance" (a play on the title of the film Any Given Sunday, but otherwise unrelated) is the eighteenth episode of The Simpsons' nineteenth season. It originally aired on the Fox network in the United States on May 4, 2008. It guest-starred Jim Jarmusch and John C. Reilly as themselves. After Lisa enters a film about her family into the Sundance Film Festival, Homer, Marge, and Bart, and Maggie are appalled by the candid behind-the scenes look at their family. Meanwhile, Principal Skinner and Superintendent Chalmers decide to enter the movie business.

Apocalypse Cow

"Apocalypse Cow" is the seventeenth episode of The Simpsons' nineteenth season. It originally aired on the Fox network in the United States on April 27, 2008. After joining 4-H, Bart saves a cow named Lou and gives it to a girl named Mary (guest voice Zooey Deschanel), a farm girl. Her father, Cletus, mistakenly believes it as a token for Mary's hand in marriage, and attempts to get the two married. It was written by Jeff Westbrook and directed by Nancy Kruse. 7.69 million viewers tuned into this episode.

Dial "N" for Nerder

"Dial "N" for Nerder", also known as "N is for Nerder", is the fourteenth episode of The Simpsons' nineteenth season. It originally aired on the Fox network in the United States on March 9, 2008. After a prank gone wrong, Bart and Lisa believe they have accidentally killed Martin Prince. Meanwhile, Marge hires a TV show called Sneakers to spy on Homer and see if he is cheating on his diet. The episode was written by Carolyn Omine and William Wright and directed by Bob Anderson. During its first broadcast, the episode had an estimated 7.3 million viewers and received a 10 percent audience share. It was rated TV-PG-DSV in the United States.

E Pluribus Wiggum

"E Pluribus Wiggum" is the tenth episode of The Simpsons' nineteenth season. It first aired on the Fox network in the United States on January 6, 2008. It was written by Michael Price and directed by Michael Polcino, and it guest starred Jon Stewart and Dan Rather as themselves. This episode became controversial in Argentina for a joke made about the government of Juan Perón.

Michael Polcino was nominated for Writers Guild of America Award in the animation category for directing the episode.

Eternal Moonshine of the Simpson Mind

"Eternal Moonshine of the Simpson Mind" is the ninth episode of The Simpsons' nineteenth season. It first aired on the Fox network in the United States on December 16, 2007.The episode averaged 10.15 million viewers, winning in its time slot and receiving a 12 percent audience share. The episode follows Homer's attempts to recall a deliberately forgotten memory from the previous night.

At the 2008 Primetime Emmy Awards, the episode won the award for Outstanding Animated Program (for Programming Less Than One Hour). The episode received positive reviews from critics, who often cited it as the best of the season. In 2014, showrunner Al Jean selected it as one of five essential episodes in the show's history.

Funeral for a Fiend

"Funeral for a Fiend" is the eighth episode of The Simpsons' nineteenth season. It first aired on the Fox network in the United States on November 25, 2007. It was written by Michael Price and was directed by Rob Oliver. It features Kelsey Grammer in his tenth appearance as Sideshow Bob, as well as David Hyde Pierce in his second appearance as Cecil Terwilliger. John Mahoney makes his first appearance as Dr. Robert Terwilliger, Sr., the father of Bob and Cecil. Keith Olbermann also makes a guest appearance as himself.

He Loves to Fly and He D'ohs

"He Loves to Fly and He D'ohs", also known as "He Loves to Fly", is the season premiere of The Simpsons’ nineteenth season. It was the first episode to air after the release of The Simpsons Movie, having originally aired on the Fox network in the United States on September 23, 2007. In the episode, Homer falls in love with private planes after taking a flight to Chicago with Mr. Burns. He tries to find a job that involves flying in a corporate jet, and hires a life coach named Colby Kraus to assist him with his goal.

The episode was written by Joel H. Cohen and directed by Mark Kirkland, while Lionel Richie guest stars as himself and Stephen Colbert guests as the voice of Colby Kraus.In its original broadcast, "He Loves to Fly and He D'ohs" was watched by about 9.7 million people, it received a 4.7 Nielsen rating and a 12 percent share, making the highest rated episode of The Simpsons since "The Wife Aquatic", which aired January 7, 2007. Following its broadcast, the episode received mixed reviews from television critics.

Husbands and Knives

"Husbands & Knives" is the seventh episode of The Simpsons' nineteenth season. It first aired on the Fox network in the United States on November 18, 2007. It features guest appearances from Alan Moore, Art Spiegelman, and Dan Clowes as themselves and Jack Black as Milo. It was written by Matt Selman and directed by Nancy Kruse. The title is a reference to the Woody Allen film Husbands and Wives.

I Don't Wanna Know Why the Caged Bird Sings

"I Don't Wanna Know Why the Caged Bird Sings" is the fourth episode of The Simpsons' nineteenth season. It first aired on the Fox network in the United States on October 14, 2007. For the second time in the series, Marge helps a prison assailant. Marge meets Dwight (Steve Buscemi), a man who attempts to rob the bank the two are in. Marge promises that she would visit him in prison, should he turn himself in, but too frightened to go into the prison, she breaks her promise. It was written by Dana Gould and directed by Bob Anderson. Steve Buscemi makes his second guest appearance on the show, (originally appearing as himself in "Brake My Wife, Please") though this time he voiced a character, Dwight. Ted Nugent has a voice cameo. Julia Louis-Dreyfus makes a surprise guest return as Snake's girlfriend Gloria, who originally appeared in "A Hunka Hunka Burns in Love". During its first airing, the episode originally garnered 8.8 million viewers, higher than the previous episode.

Little Orphan Millie

"Little Orphan Millie" is the sixth episode of The Simpsons' nineteenth season. It first aired on the Fox network in the United States on November 11, 2007. This episode represents a milestone in Simpsons' history as it sees Kirk and Luann remarry after initially divorcing eleven seasons earlier. It was written by Mick Kelly, production assistant to Al Jean, and directed by Lance Kramer. During its first broadcast, the episode garnered 10.57 million viewers.

Love, Springfieldian Style

"Love Springfieldian Style" is the twelfth episode of The Simpsons' nineteenth season. It first aired on the Fox network in the United States on February 17, 2008, three days after Valentine's Day. It includes three self-contained stories about romance. The three tales are parodies of Bonnie and Clyde, Lady and the Tramp and Sid and Nancy.

Midnight Towboy

"Midnight Towboy" is the third episode of The Simpsons' nineteenth season. It first aired on the Fox network in the United States on October 7, 2007. This is the first Simpsons episode to premiere in October since season eleven's "Treehouse of Horror X", which aired on October 31, 1999.

When Homer's car is towed, he meets Louie, a tow truck driver who introduces Homer to the joy of towing cars for a living. Homer soon goes too far, prompting Springfieldians to plot their revenge. Meanwhile, Marge becomes concerned about Maggie's clinginess and hires a counselor to make her independent. This episode was written by Stephanie Gillis, and directed by Matthew Nastuk. Matt Dillon guest stars as Louie.During its first airing, the episode gained 7.7 million viewers.

Mona Leaves-a

"Mona Leaves-a" is the nineteenth episode of The Simpsons' nineteenth season. It originally aired on the Fox network in the United States on May 11, 2008. The episode features the death of Homer's mother, Mona Simpson. Homer is reunited with his mother, Mona, but is not willing to forgive her for all the times she left him as a child. When she dies, a guilt-ridden Homer attempts to make it up to her by fulfilling her final wishes. It was written by Joel H. Cohen and directed by Mike B. Anderson and Ralph Sosa. Glenn Close makes her third appearance as Mona Simpson, and Lance Armstrong has a cameo as himself.The episode is dedicated to the memories of Elsie Castellaneta (Dan Castellaneta's mother) and Dora K. Warren (Harry Shearer's mother). Also, this episode marked the start of yearly episodes to deal with women or mothers while airing on Mother's Day. In its original run, the episode was watched by 6.02 million people.

Papa Don't Leech

"Papa Don't Leech" is the sixteenth episode of The Simpsons' nineteenth season. It originally aired on the Fox network in the United States on April 13, 2008. It features the return of Lurleen Lumpkin (voiced by special guest star Beverly D'Angelo) from the third season episode "Colonel Homer", after an absence of sixteen years (though she appeared in a few quick cameos on such episodes as "Marge vs. the Monorail" and "Team Homer"). The Dixie Chicks also appear as themselves. It was written by Reid Harrison and directed by Chris Clements.

That '90s Show

"That '90s Show" is the eleventh episode of The Simpsons' nineteenth season. It first aired on the Fox network in the United States on January 27, 2008. Kurt Loder and "Weird Al" Yankovic both guest star as themselves, this being the second time for Yankovic. The episode was written by Matt Selman, and directed by Mark Kirkland.

After Bart and Lisa discover Marge's degree from Springfield University, Homer and Marge recount one of the darkest points of their relationship, in which Marge has an affair with a pretentious history professor and a dejected, self-destructive Homer achieves brief fame as the frontman of a grunge band. The episode significantly retcons some of the Simpson family history, depicting the timeframe of Homer and Marge's romance as being in the 1990s due to the show's long run, as opposed to the mid-late 1970s and early 1980s setting in the early episodes, though later episodes would return to the latter setting.

The Debarted

"The Debarted" is the thirteenth episode of The Simpsons' nineteenth season. It first aired on the Fox network in the United States on March 2, 2008, and features Topher Grace as guest star and a cameo by radio host Terry Gross. A new troublesome student named Donny arrives at Springfield Elementary School, prompting a gleeful Bart to befriend him as his partner in pranks. Meanwhile, Marge wrecks the family car, and Homer gets a new luxury vehicle as a loaner car, which he grows attached to. The episode is a parody of the 2006 film The Departed.

The Homer of Seville

"Homer of Seville", also known as "The Homer of Seville", is the second episode of The Simpsons' nineteenth season. It first aired on the Fox network in the United States on September 30, 2007. In the episode, Homer gains an operatic ability to sing following an accident, and becomes a professional and famous opera star. While running from a mob of crazed fans, he is saved by Julia, a beautiful and dangerous stalker.The episode was written by Carolyn Omine and directed by Michael Polcino, while Plácido Domingo guest stars as himself and Maya Rudolph guests as Julia.It averaged 8.4 million viewers, with a Nielsen rating of 4.2 and an audience share of 11 percent.It was also nominated for a Writers Guild of America Award in 2008. Since airing, the episode has received mixed reviews from television critics.

Treehouse of Horror XVIII

"Treehouse of Horror XVIII" is the fifth episode of The Simpsons' nineteenth season. It first aired on the Fox network in the United States on November 4, 2007. In the eighteenth annual Treehouse of Horror episode, Bart harbors Kodos the alien in "E.T., Go Home," Homer and Marge are husband and wife assassins who try to take each other out in "Mr. & Mrs. Simpson," and Ned Flanders is given God-like powers during his demonstration on the wages of sin in "Heck House." It was written by Marc Wilmore and directed by Chuck Sheetz.

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