The Simpsons: Season 2 (1990 - 1991)

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Air date: Oct 11, 1990

While Bart Simpson (voice of Nancy Cartwright) has never been a star student, his grades have been slipping even further than usual, and his teacher Mrs. Krabappel (voice of Marcia Wallace) warns him that if his marks don't improve, he might fail history and be left back rather than graduate to the fifth grade. Bart intends to study before his big test, but Homer (voice of Dan Castellaneta) persuades him to watch some television with him first; by the time Bart finally cracks his books, he's nearly fallen asleep. The next morning, Bart is convinced he can't pass and fakes being sick; Bart gets answers for the test from Milhouse (voice of Cartwright), but Milhouse turns out to be a bad choice, and Bart gets an F. Desperate to pass his class, Bart makes a deal with class brain Martin (voice of Russi Taylor) -- if Martin shows Bart how to be smart, Bart will show Martin how to be cool. Martin, however, turns into a party animal and fails to live up to his end of the bargain, and Bart prays to God for a reprieve on his test. To Bart's astonishment, a freak snowstorm causes school to be cancelled the next day, and while all his friends are out having fun, Bart studies like he's never studied before in a last-ditch attempt to pass the fourth grade. "Bart Gets an F" was first aired on October 11, 1990.

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Air date: Oct 18, 1990

Homer Simpson (voice of Dan Castellaneta) has never been happy about his premature baldness, and has tried a number of products that claim to restore hair growth, with no luck. However, when a new hair growth treatment called Dimoxinil goes on the market, Homer is eager to try it -- until he discovers a supply costs 1,000 dollars. Homer's pal Lenny (voice of Harry Shearer) suggests he simply falsify an insurance form from work to pay for the formula, and before long Homer's desire for hair overpowers his scruples and he gives it a try. To Homer's ecstatic surprise, the Dimoxinil works like a charm, and he discovers a full head of hair makes a profound difference in his life -- he's more confident, more enthusiastic in bed, and when his boss Mr. Burns (also voiced by Shearer) mistakes him for "a young go-getter," he's given a big promotion. Homer soon finds he's in over his head, but with the help of his selfless assistant Karl (voice of Harvey Fierstein), Homer looks like he's on the fast track to success at the Nuclear Power Plant. However, Smithers (also voiced by Shearer), Burns' right-hand man, resents Homer's status as Mr. Burns' new favorite employee, and is soon looking for a way to move Homer out of the picture. "Simpson and Delilah" was first broadcast on October 18, 1990.

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Air date: Oct 24, 1990

It's Halloween in Springfield, and Bart Simpson (voice of Nancy Cartwright) and his sister Lisa (voice of Yeardley Smith) are swapping scary stories in their backyard treehouse. In Bad Dream House, the Simpsons move into a big old house, but soon learn why the place was a bargain -- it's haunted. Before long the entire family is chasing each other with sharp objects. Marge (voice of Julie Kavner) tries as usual to be the voice of reason with the spirits, who quickly give up rather than co-exist with Springfield's most dysfunctional family. Hungry Are the Damned finds the Simpsons kidnapped en masse by a trio of one-eyed, tentacled space aliens -- Kang (voice of Harry Shearer), Kodos (voice of Dan Castellaneta), and Serak (voice of James Earl Jones). Eager-eater Homer (voice of Castellaneta) is pleased when the aliens provide a groaning dinner table for their earthling captives, but Lisa is shocked when she discovers a cookbook on board entitled How to Cook Humans. Finally, Lisa turns to Edgar Allan Poe's classic poem The Raven, with James Earl Jones reading the eerie verse, and the menacing bird bearing a strange resemblance to Bart. Treehouse of Horror, the first of a series of annual Halloween episodes on The Simpsons, first aired on October 24, 1990.

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Air date: Nov 1, 1990

One day, Bart Simpson (voice of Nancy Cartwright) is fishing along the river downstream from the Springfield Nuclear Power Plant, and catches a strange three-eyed fish. A reporter happens to be passing by, and writes a story about the mutant fish; inspectors from the Nuclear Regulatory Committee soon arrive in town, and are outraged at the shoddy state of the plant. Mr. Burns (voice of Harry Shearer) attempts to bribe them, which only makes matters worse. Homer (voice of Dan Castellaneta) mentions in passing to Mr. Burns that if he were governor, he could change the state's laws regulating power plants and stay in business; Burns seizes upon the idea and runs for office. For the sake of his job, Homer finds himself helping Mr. Burns, while Marge (voice of Julie Kavner) and Lisa (voice of Yeardley Smith) both support the state's longtime governor, Mary Bailey. Near the end of his campaign swing, Mr. Burns persuades Homer to allow him to have dinner with his family the night before the election as a publicity stunt. Marge and Lisa are not at all happy to be helping Burns in his bid for the governorship, but Marge has a secret plan to derail the Burns campaign. "Two Cars in Every Garage and Three Eyes on Every Fish" first aired on November 1, 1990.

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Air date: Nov 8, 1990

It's "Nuclear Plant Employees, Spouses, and No More Than Three Children Night" at Springfield Stadium, as Homer (voice of Dan Castellaneta), his family, and his many co-workers assemble to watch the Springfield Isotopes, the town's minor-league baseball team, play ball. Homer finds himself seated next to his boss, Mr. Burns (voice of Harry Shearer), but to Homer's surprise, Mr. Burns is in an expansive mood and buys him beer after beer as they enjoy the game. In the eighth inning, Springfield is down by three points, and Homer, more than a bit drunk, begins dancing wildly to inspire the fans to cheer on the local boys. It actually works, and the team's owner asks Homer to come back and perform at the Isotopes next game. Soon "Dancing Homer" is the team's official mascot and a minor celebrity in Springfield, with his wife Marge (voice of Julie Kavner) especially surprised to see a Simpson on a T-Shirt. Homer's antics attract the attention of the management of the Capital City Capitals, and Homer gets a once-in-a-lifetime offer -- a chance to be a mascot in the Major Leagues. Tony Bennett makes a vocal cameo singing an upbeat big band-style number about the joys of life in Capital City. "Dancing Homer" was first aired on November 8, 1990.

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Air date: Nov 15, 1990

Homer Simpson (voice of Dan Castellaneta) has never had much patience with his neighbor, unbearably cheerful born-again Christian Ned Flanders (voice of Harry Shearer), and one day after a few beers in Ned's rumpus room, Homer decides Ned is deliberately flaunting his cushier lifestyle and more functional family just to make Homer feel bad. While Ned is deeply chagrined, Homer is determined to find some way in which he can prove the Simpsons are a better family than the Flanders. When Homer discovers that Ned's son Todd (voice of Nancy Cartwright) is entered in a miniature golf contest at Sir Putt-A-Lot's Merrie Olde Fun Center, he decides that Bart (also voiced by Cartwright) should compete against him, even though Bart knows nothing about golf, and informs his son "this is the only time I'm ever gonna say this -- it is NOT OK to lose!" Homer's training methods prove to be all but useless, but Lisa (voice of Yeardley Smith) gives her brother a crash course in both geometry and Zen philosophy, and soon Bart is putting like a master. However, the rivalry between Homer and Ned only grows more contentious, and the two men make a bet -- whoever's son doesn't win has to mow his front lawn wearing his wife's best dress. "Dead Putting Society" was first aired on November 15, 1990.

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Air date: Nov 22, 1990

As the Simpsons and their extended family prepare to celebrate Thanksgiving around the dinner table, Lisa (voice of Yeardley Smith) shows off the centerpiece she's constructed, which celebrates the efforts of women who helped settle America. Bart (voice of Nancy Cartwright), however, is in a typically mischievous mood, and while tussling with Lisa over where the centerpiece should go, he accidentally destroys it. Bart doesn't want to apologize to Lisa, so Homer (voice of Dan Castellaneta) and Marge (voice of Julie Kavner) send him to his room without supper. Feeling unappreciated, Bart sneaks out his window and ends up on Springfield's Skid Row, where he sells a pint of his blood for $12 at a plasma center and gets a free meal at the homeless shelter. A news crew is doing a human interest story about the shelter, and Bart ends up on television; when Homer and Marge realize their son has run away, they head out to find him. Meanwhile, Bart is cold and lonely and wants to come home, but he knows that he now has to work up the courage to apologize to his sister. "Bart Vs. Thanksgiving" first aired on November 22, 1990.

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Air date: Dec 6, 1990

Timing is the watchword for the Simpson family when Homer (voice of Dan Castellaneta) and Bart (voice of Nancy Cartwright) learn that the Springfield Speedway will be staging a special thrill-show the same night as Lisa (voice of Yeardley Smith) will be performing a solo in the school band concert. The moment the concert is over, Homer and Bart rush Lisa and Marge (voice of Julie Kavner) into the car, just in time for their car to nearly be swallowed up by Truckasaurus, a robot made from several monster trucks. As part of the show, Bart watches famous daredevil Capt. Lance Murdock (voice of Castellaneta) jump his motorcycle over a tank filled with hungry sharks and man-eating lions. Impressed, Bart begins jumping his skateboard over an increasingly large number of objects, even after an injury earns him a stern warning from Dr. Hibbert (voice of Harry Shearer). Bart decides he needs to stage a truly impressive stunt, and he makes plans to leap over Springfield Gorge; when Homer finds out, he has to find a way to stop his son before he hurts himself. "Bart the Daredevil" first aired on December 6, 1990.

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Air date: Dec 20, 1990

After watching the ultra-violent cartoon series The Itchy & Scratchy Show with Bart (voice of Nancy Cartwright) and Lisa (voice of Yeardley Smith), little Maggie picks up a hammer and attacks Homer (voice of Dan Castellaneta), much as the cartoon mouse pummeled the cat. Marge (voice of Julie Kavner) is convinced the show's violence helped provoke the attack, and writes a letter of concern to the show's producer, Roger Meyers Jr. (voice of Alex Rocco). Meyers responds by calling Marge a screwball; angry, Marge organizes S.N.U.H. (Springfieldians for Nonviolence, Understanding, and Helping) to protest the cartoon's carnage. S.N.U.H.'s activities lead to a nationwide boycott of Itchy & Scratchy, and with profits plummeting, Marge is brought in to help write episodes of the show that would be more acceptable to concerned parents. Under Marge's supervision, Itchy & Scratchy becomes a kinder, gentler show; it's also not very funny. While their parents may approve, the kids lose interest and the show's ratings hit the skids. "Itchy & Scratchy & Marge" first aired on December 20, 1990.

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Air date: Jan 10, 1991

One day, while riding his skateboard, Bart (voice of Nancy Cartwright) is hit by a car, and after a near-death experience (during which he pays a brief visit to Heaven, only to descend into Hell after spitting over the railing) he regains consciousness in the hospital. Homer (voice of Dan Castellaneta) learns that the car was being driven by C. Montgomery Burns (voice of Harry Shearer), who offers to give the Simpsons $100 in compensation if they agree not to sue (which is at least an improvement over his thoughts immediately after the accident: "For crying out loud! Just give him a nickel and let's get going!"). Homer is outraged and hires sleazy lawyer Lionel Hutz (voice of Phil Hartman), who is certain he can get a one million dollar claim from Burns with the help of less-than-scrupulous physician Dr. Nick Riviera (voice of Hank Azaria). However, in order to clinch the case, several of the Simpsons will have to stretch the truth under oath, something that Marge (voice of Julie Kavner) is reluctant to do. Mr. Burns' legal team offers Homer $500,000 to settle out of court, which Marge urges him to accept; Homer decides to go for the full million, but Marge's testimony tips the case in Burns' favor. Crestfallen, Homer wonders out loud if he'll ever be able to love Marge again after she cost him a million bucks. "Bart Gets Hit By a Car" was first aired on January 10, 1991.

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The second series of "The Simpsons" contains the very first installment of "Treehouse of Horror," an episode containing a trio of terrifying short stories that would become a tradition for the show every year around Halloween. The three tales all take place outside of the normal continuity, as members of the Simpsons clan deal with situations out of science fiction, fantasy and horror flicks (the segments were often spoofs of popular films or TV shows). The most-memorable story this time around is "Hungry Are the Damned," a parody of an old "Twilight Zone" episode in which the family grow suspicious that a pair of seemingly friendly aliens are planning to eat them. Other series 2 highlights include a flashback episode depicting the high-school courtship of Homer and Marge and an uncredited appearance by Dustin Hoffman as a substitute teacher who inspires Lisa; Hoffman was one of the first in a long line of big-name celebrities who lent their voices to characters in Springfield.

Cast & Crew

Dan Castellaneta
Homer Jay Simpson
Yeardley Smith
Lisa Simpson
Hank Azaria
Moe Szyslak/Apu Nahasapeemapetilon/Chief Clancy Wiggum/Dr. Nick Riviera/Carl Carlson
Nancy Cartwright
Bartholomew Jo-Jo "Bart" Simpson/Nelson Muntz
Julie Kavner
Marge Simpson
Harry Shearer
Principal Seymour Skinner/Ned Flanders
Pamela Hayden
Milhouse Van Houten
Maggie Roswell
Maude Flanders / Helen Lovejoy / Others
Russi Taylor
Dr. Hibbert's Daughter / Sherri / Terri / Martin Prince
Marcia Wallace
Mrs. Krabappel / Others
Phil Hartman
Man in Radio Commercial / Mobster / Troy McClure
Jo Ann Harris
Susan / Collette the Waitress
Jon Lovitz
Selma's cigarette
Daryl Coley
Bleeding Gums Murphy
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Critic Reviews for The Simpsons Season 2

All Critics (7) | Top Critics (4)

As Mr. Burns would say: "Excellent!"

Jun 12, 2018 | Rating: A- | Full Review…

Reliably funny.

May 30, 2018 | Full Review…

In its first season, The Simpsons focused on family but in the second season it became an exploration of a community that doubles as a microcosm of American society.

Nov 14, 2017 | Rating: A- | Full Review…
Top Critic

It's becoming obvious that The Simpsons, now in its second season, isn't just a product of media hype: Matt Groening's cartoon family is one of the few current works of popular art that possess wit and integrity.

Nov 14, 2017 | Rating: A | Full Review…

This is one of the best seasons.

May 16, 2018 | Rating: 9/10 | Full Review…

This season has several milestones

Nov 15, 2017 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

Season two was more of a promising evolution from season one than a sign of what was to come.

Oct 25, 2017 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The Simpsons: Season 2

  • Aug 09, 2020
    Funny and better still great
  • Jul 03, 2020
    So irreverent (albeit not as irreverent as South Park) it is funny. XD
  • Apr 19, 2020
    a timeless season everyone should watch.
  • Jul 28, 2019
    The Second season delivered laughs well on par with the first! ScreenScore = 100% A+
  • Jul 18, 2019
    The Simpsons' legacy lives on in the second season.
  • Mar 08, 2019
    The Second season is where the Simpsons really started to find their voice
  • Feb 20, 2019
    With the success of The Simpsons back in 1989, a second series was put on to air and was better than its predecessor. The Simpsons series 2 contains some hilarious episodes e.g. Homer Dancing, One Fish, Two Fish, Blowfish (One of the greats), Bart The Daredevil, Brush With Greatness, Lisa Substitute (My favourite episode the series), and many more great ones. What I love most about this series is that they introduced the chilling Treehouse Of Horror series which they have made 29 eps so far. Some episodes on this series can be forgettable, and some episodes are just plain silly and bad, but other than that Simpsons series 2 is a hilarious series with great episodes which improve upon the first series.
  • Jan 23, 2019
    Takes everything great about the first season and makes it better. This season explores more of the town and a wider array of characters. Very funny and very lovable characters with a good amount of depth. Overall, this season is more enjoyable to watch and has even better writing.
  • Dec 31, 2018
    It’s good but suffers from the same problems that the first season has
  • Aug 31, 2018
    Better animation quality, funnier jokes, more entertaining and sometimes poignant storylines - especially the first episode since it might hit a little too close to home -make the second season of Matt Groening's groundbreaking series better than the first even if the season is still essentially a product of its time and can be a bit cringy sometimes.

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