The Simpsons (season 29)

The twenty-ninth season of the animated television series The Simpsons premiered on Fox in the United States on October 1, 2017, and ended on May 20, 2018.[1] On November 4, 2016, The Simpsons was renewed for seasons 29 and 30. This season marked the show's surpassing Gunsmoke as the longest-running scripted series in primetime television by number of episodes, with the series' 636th episode "Forgive and Regret".[2]

The season features guest appearances from Norman Lear,[3] Martin Short, Ray Liotta and Nikolaj Coster-Waldau. In addition, Bill Plympton animated a sixth couch gag in "3 Scenes Plus a Tag from a Marriage", having previously done so in season 23's "Beware My Cheating Bart", season 24's "Black Eyed, Please", season 25's "Married to the Blob", season 27's "Lisa the Veterinarian", and season 28's "22 for 30".[4] This season also features Kelsey Grammer reprising his role as Sideshow Bob for a singing cameo and Homer seeking help from Shaquille O'Neal ("Gone Boy"),[5][6] and a song written by guest star Rachel Bloom ("Springfield Splendor").[7][8] The season also includes the Simpson family traveling to New Orleans for JazzFest ("Lisa Gets the Blues"), and an episode that reimagines Stephen King's It featuring Krusty the Clown ("Fears of a Clown").[4]

On August 30, 2017, it was announced that longtime Simpsons score composer Alf Clausen was let go from the series.[9] The series switched from a live orchestrated score to a produced score by Bleeding Fingers Music. Hans Zimmer (who composed the score for The Simpsons Movie) and Russel Emanuel are score producers, with Steve Kofsky executive producing. Clausen's last episode was "Whistler's Father".

During February 2018, episodes of The Simpsons were held back to avoid competing with the 60th Annual Grammy Awards, Super Bowl LII, the 2018 Winter Olympics, and the 90th Academy Awards. This resulted in a nine-week gap in between new episodes, and is the second season to not have any new episodes airing in February, after the twenty-fifth season (which also aired in a Winter Olympics year).

The Simpsons (season 29)
The Simpsons (season 29)
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Country of originUnited States
No. of episodes21
Release
Original networkFox
Original releaseOctober 1, 2017 –
May 20, 2018
Season chronology

Episodes

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6191"The Serfsons"Rob OliverBrian KelleyOctober 1, 2017WABF173.26[10]

Homer has to undertake a dangerous mission to save the life of Marge's mother.

Guest stars: Billy Boyd as himself and Nikolaj Coster-Waldau as Markery
6202"Springfield Splendor"Matthew FaughnanTim Long & Miranda ThompsonOctober 8, 2017WABF225.25[11]

Marge and Lisa have creative differences after creating a graphic novel together.

Guest stars: Alison Bechdel as herself, Rachel Bloom as Annette, Roz Chast as herself, Dan Harmon as himself, Marjane Satrapi as herself and Martin Short as Guthrie Frenel
6213"Whistler's Father"Matthew FaughnanTom Gammill & Max ProssOctober 15, 2017WABF162.91[12]

Homer discovers Maggie can whistle. Meanwhile, Marge designs Fat Tony's brothel.

Guest stars: Nick Fascitelli as Professor Whistler, Valerie Harper as Backstage Mom and Joe Mantegna as Fat Tony
6224"Treehouse of Horror XXVIII"Timothy BaileyJohn FrinkOctober 22, 2017WABF183.66[13]

In the segment "The Exor-Sis", Maggie is possessed by Pazuzu, a vengeful demon. In "Coralisa", Lisa discovers an alternate reality where the Simpsons are a disturbing (yet perfect) family. In "MMM... Homer", Homer cannibalizes himself after he runs out of food while Marge and the kids are away from home.

Guest stars: Mario Batali as himself, Ben Daniels as a priest, Neil Gaiman as Snowball and William Friedkin as Dr. Kenneth Humphries
6235"Grampy Can Ya Hear Me"Bob AndersonBill OdenkirkNovember 5, 2017WABF192.86[14]
After getting hearing aids, Grampa finally figures out what everyone says about him. Meanwhile, Principal Skinner discovers that his mother hid an admission letter from Ohio State from him, sabotaging his burgeoning marching band career.
6246"The Old Blue Mayor She Ain't What She Used to Be"Matthew NastukTom Gammill & Max ProssNovember 12, 2017WABF204.75[15]
Marge runs for mayor of Springfield, and she must make fun of Homer to win votes.
6257"Singin' in the Lane"Michael PolcinoRyan KohNovember 19, 2017WABF212.67[16]
Homer reunites his old bowling team, the Pin Pals, where they must compete against a team of millionaires. Meanwhile, Marge and Lisa are stunned by how greedy Bart has become and join forces to change his behavior.
6268"Mr. Lisa's Opus"Steven Dean MooreAl JeanDecember 3, 2017XABF014.28[17]

Beginning from the age of one, Homer and Marge find out just how smart Lisa is, prompting her to go to the place she always wanted to go after she graduated from school: college. As Lisa begins to write her college application essay for Harvard, she recalls past disappointing birthdays and family events that have helped to shape her life. Throughout Lisa's story, Ned tries to cure Homer of his alcohol problem.

Guest stars: Kat Dennings as Valerie, Valerie Harper as Ms. Myles, Norman Lear as himself, Kipp Lennon as Leon Kompowsky and Jon Lovitz as Artie Ziff
6279"Gone Boy"Rob OliverJohn FrinkDecember 10, 2017XABF026.06[18]

When Bart goes missing, Sideshow Bob attempts to get Milhouse to reveal his location.

Guest stars: Kelsey Grammer as Sideshow Bob, Valerie Harper as a Nurse and Shaquille O'Neal as himself
62810"Haw-Haw Land"Bob AndersonTim Long & Miranda ThompsonJanuary 7, 2018XABF036.95[19]

The Simpsons go to a STEM conference, where Lisa becomes smitten with an older musician called Brendan. Upon seeing them together, Nelson gets jealous because of his past relationship with Lisa and tries to win her over instead. Meanwhile, Bart discovers his affinity for chemistry.

Guest star: Ed Sheeran as Brendan
62911"Frink Gets Testy"Chris ClementsDan VebberJanuary 14, 2018XABF048.04[20]

Mr. Burns builds a doomsday ark, after he believes that the end of the world is near when he sees an old Orson Welles show about Nostradamus. Professor Frink comes up with a new way of testing everyone in Springfield after Burns wants a test to determine who should go on a spaceship with him.

Guest stars: Valerie Harper as Proctor Clarkeson and Maurice LaMarche as Orson Welles
63012"Homer Is Where the Art Isn't"Timothy BaileyKevin CurranMarch 18, 2018XABF052.10[21]

Manacek, a detective, investigates a theft of a Joan Miró painting which Homer is accused of stealing.

Guest stars: Bill Hader as Manacek and Cecily Strong as Megan
63113"3 Scenes Plus a Tag from a Marriage"Matthew NastukTom Gammill & Max ProssMarch 25, 2018XABF062.15[22]

While visiting their old apartment, Homer and Marge recount the story of how they transitioned from a fun and energetic childless couple to life-drained parents. In doing so, the story saves the relationship of the apartment’s current owners.

Guest stars: John Baldessari as himself, Kevin Pollak as Ross, Bagel Man and Professor and J. K. Simmons as J.J. Gruff
63214"Fears of a Clown"Steven Dean MooreMichael PriceApril 1, 2018XABF082.06[23]

Bart goes to prankster rehab after a clown-mask prank terrifies the town and destroys Krusty the Clown's career. A tortured Krusty then tries his hand at serious drama with a regional theater company.

Guest stars: Andy Daly as Judge Dowd, Damian Kulash as himself, Dawnn Lewis as Children's Court Bailiff, Jon Lovitz as Llewellyn Sinclair, Jackie Mason as Rabbi Krustofsky and Tim Nordwind as himself
63315"No Good Read Goes Unpunished"Mark KirklandJeff WestbrookApril 8, 2018XABF072.15[24]

Marge forces the family to hand in their electronics and head to the library in an attempt to bring the family together again. This results in Bart using The Art of War to control Homer, and Marge discovering that a past favorite of hers is now offensive and insensitive.

Guest stars: Daniel Radcliffe as himself and Jimmy O. Yang as Sun Tzu
63416"King Leer"Chris ClementsDaniel Furlong & Zach PosnerApril 15, 2018XABF102.26[25]

Homer and Marge find out that Moe is having a big argument with his father; the two try to reconnect their relationship.

Guest stars: Ray Liotta as Morty Szyslak; Moe's father, Debi Mazar as Minnie Szyslak; Moe's sister and Jonathan Schmock as Salesman
63517"Lisa Gets the Blues"Bob AndersonDavid Silverman & Brian KelleyApril 22, 2018XABF112.19[26]

When Lisa is discouraged from playing the saxophone, the Simpsons travel to New Orleans to cheer her up.

Guest star: Trombone Shorty as Trombonist
63618"Forgive and Regret"Rob OliverBill OdenkirkApril 29, 2018XABF092.47[27]

While on his deathbed, Grampa makes a confession to Homer about the past. He comes to realize that the issue will not be easy to reconcile when he makes a recovery.

Guest star: Glenn Close as Mona Simpson
63719"Left Behind"Lance KramerStory by : Al Jean
Teleplay by : Joel H. Cohen & John Frink
May 6, 2018XABF122.15[28]

When the Leftorium shuts down, Homer helps Ned get a job at the Nuclear Power Plant. Meanwhile, Marge feels that her marriage has lost its spark.

Guest star: Marcia Wallace as Edna Krabappel (via archive recording)
63820"Throw Grampa from the Dane"Michael PolcinoRob LaZebnikMay 13, 2018XABF132.14[29]

The Simpsons take Grampa to Denmark so that he can benefit from its socialized medicine system.

Guest star: Sidse Babett Knudsen as Danish bar woman
63921"Flanders' Ladder"Matthew NastukJ. Stewart BurnsMay 20, 2018XABF142.10[30]

A lightning strike gives Bart supernatural visions. He is then visited by ghosts who want closure.

Guest stars: Jackie Mason as Rabbi Krustofsky

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3 Scenes Plus a Tag from a Marriage

"3 Scenes Plus a Tag from a Marriage" is the thirteenth episode of the twenty-ninth season of the animated television series The Simpsons, and the 631st episode of the series overall. It aired in the United States on Fox on March 25, 2018. The title is a reference to the 1973 Swedish television miniseries Scenes from a Marriage.

Fears of a Clown

"Fears of a Clown" is the fourteenth episode of the twenty-ninth season of the animated television series The Simpsons, and the 632nd episode of the series overall. It aired in the United States on Fox on April 1, 2018.

Flanders' Ladder

"Flanders' Ladder" is the twenty first episode and season finale of the twenty-ninth season of the animated television series The Simpsons, and the 639th episode of the series overall. It aired in the United States on Fox on May 20, 2018.

The episode was dedicated in memory of author Tom Wolfe who had guest starred on the show in the episode "Moe'N'a Lisa". He died from an infection on May 14, 2018.

Forgive and Regret

"Forgive and Regret" is the eighteenth episode of the twenty-ninth season of the animated television series The Simpsons, and the 636th episode of the series overall. It aired in the United States on Fox on April 29, 2018. The title is a play on "forgive and forget". The episode deals with the relationship between Homer and Grampa hitting rock bottom once again, the result of a secret that the latter held from his son.

As of this episode, The Simpsons surpassed Gunsmoke to become the longest-running scripted American primetime television series by number of episodes. This event was marked in the opening sequence by a gunfight between Maggie and Marshal Matt Dillon.

Frink Gets Testy

"Frink Gets Testy" is the eleventh episode of the twenty-ninth season of the animated television series The Simpsons, and the 629th episode of the series overall. It aired in the United States on Fox on January 14, 2018.

Gone Boy

"Gone Boy" is the ninth episode of the twenty-ninth season of the animated television series The Simpsons, and the 627th episode of the series overall. It aired in the United States on Fox on December 10, 2017. The title is a spoof of the novel Gone Girl.

Grampy Can Ya Hear Me

"Grampy Can Ya Hear Me" is the fifth episode of the twenty-ninth season of the animated television series The Simpsons, and the 623rd episode of the series overall. It aired in the United States on Fox on November 5, 2017.

Haw-Haw Land

"Haw-Haw Land" is the tenth episode of the twenty-ninth season of the animated television series The Simpsons, and the 628th episode of the series overall. It aired in the United States on Fox on January 7, 2018. The title and the opening musical number spoof La La Land, and the close of the episode spoofs the mistake in announcing that film as the Best Picture winner at the 89th Academy Awards.

Homer Is Where the Art Isn't

"Homer Is Where the Art Isn't" is the twelfth episode of the twenty-ninth season of the animated television series The Simpsons, and the 630th episode of the series overall. It aired in the United States on Fox on March 18, 2018. It is the final episode written by long time writer Kevin Curran, who died in 2016. The episode is dedicated to Stephen Hawking, who died four days before the episode's airing.

King Leer

"King Leer" is the sixteenth episode of the twenty-ninth season of the animated television series The Simpsons, and the 634th episode of the series overall. It aired in the United States on Fox on April 15, 2018.

Left Behind (The Simpsons)

"Left Behind" is the nineteenth episode of the twenty-ninth season of the animated television series The Simpsons, and the 637th episode of the series overall. It aired in the United States on Fox on May 6, 2018.

Lisa Gets the Blues

"Lisa Gets the Blues" is the seventeenth episode of the twenty-ninth season of the animated television series The Simpsons, and the 635th episode of the series overall. It aired in the United States on Fox on April 22, 2018.

The episode was dedicated in memory of R. Lee Ermey who had guest starred twice on the show as Colonel Leslie "Hap" Hapablap in the episodes "Sideshow Bob's Last Gleaming" and "Waiting for Duffman". He died on April 15, 2018.

Mr. Lisa's Opus

"Mr. Lisa's Opus" is the eighth episode of the twenty-ninth season of the animated television series The Simpsons, and the 626th episode of the series overall. It aired in the United States on Fox on December 3, 2017. The title is a spoof of the film Mr. Holland's Opus. Lisa looks back through all her family's attempts to remember her birthday and uses those attempts to write an essay for Harvard.

No Good Read Goes Unpunished

"No Good Read Goes Unpunished" is the fifteenth episode of the twenty-ninth season of the animated television series The Simpsons, and the 633rd episode of the series overall. It aired in the United States on Fox on April 8, 2018.

Singin' in the Lane

"Singin' in the Lane" is the seventh episode of the twenty-ninth season of the animated television series The Simpsons, and the 625th episode of the series overall. It aired in the United States on Fox on November 19, 2017.

Springfield Splendor

"Springfield Splendor" is the second episode of the twenty-ninth season of the animated television series The Simpsons, and the 620th episode of the series overall. It aired in the United States on Fox on October 8, 2017. This episode is dedicated in memory of Tom Petty who guest appeared in "How I Spent My Strummer Vacation".

The Serfsons

"The Serfsons" is the season premiere of the twenty-ninth season of the animated television series The Simpsons, and the 619th episode of the series overall. It aired in the United States on Fox on October 1, 2017.

This episode takes place in an alternate fantasy world version of Springfield. This was the first Simpsons episode to be scored by composing team Bleeding Fingers Music since longtime composer Alf Clausen, who had scored the show since 1990, was dismissed from that position on August 30, 2017.

Treehouse of Horror XXVIII

"Treehouse of Horror XXVIII" is the fourth episode of the twenty-ninth season of the animated television series The Simpsons, and the 622nd episode of the series overall. It aired in the United States on Fox on October 22, 2017.

Whistler's Father

"Whistler's Father" is the third episode of the twenty-ninth season of the animated television series The Simpsons, and the 621st episode of the series overall. It aired in the United States on Fox on October 15, 2017.

This is the final episode with a credit to longtime Simpsons score composer Alf Clausen, who was fired from his position shortly before the season began airing.

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