The Simpsons: Season 2 (1990 - 1991)


Season 2
The Simpsons

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Air date: Oct 11, 1990
Air date: Oct 18, 1990
Air date: Oct 24, 1990
Air date: Nov 1, 1990
Air date: Nov 8, 1990
Air date: Nov 15, 1990
Air date: Nov 22, 1990
Air date: Dec 6, 1990
Air date: Dec 20, 1990
Air date: Jan 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.


Dan Castellaneta
as Homer Simpson/Grandpa/Krusty the Clown/Barney/Mayor Quimby
Julie Kavner
as Marge Simpson/Patty Bouvier/Selma Bouvier
Nancy Cartwright
as Bart Simpson/Nelson Muntz/Todd Flanders/Ralph Wiggum/Kearney
Yeardley Smith
as Lisa Simpson
Harry Shearer
as Mr. Burns/Lenny/Ned Flanders/Seymour Skinner/Waylon Smithers
Hank Azaria
as Carl / Board Member #1 / Man in Audience #1
Pamela Hayden
as Escape from Grandma's House Announcer / Milhouse Van Houten
Maggie Roswell
as Miss Hoover
Maggie Roswell
as Gov. Mary Bailey
Marcia Wallace
as Edna Krabappel
Russi Taylor
as Martin Prince
Phil Hartman
as Lionel Hutz/Heavenly Voice
Tress MacNeille
as Agnes Skinner
Jon Lovitz
as Artie Ziff
Sab Shimono
as Master Chef
Diana Tanaka
as Hostess
Greg Berg
as Radio Voice / 'Hooray for Everything' Announcer / Security M
Alex Rocco
as Roger Myers Jr.
Frank Welker
as Santa's Little Helper
Dustin Hoffman
as Eric Bergstrom
Danny DeVito
as Herb Powell
Tracey Ullman
as Emily Winthrop
Audrey Meadows
as Bea Simmons
Tom Poston
as Capital City Goofball
Daryl Coley
as Bleeding Gums Murphy
James Earl Jones
as Moving Man / Serak the Preparer / Narrator
Ken Levine
as Dan Horde
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Critic Reviews for The Simpsons Season 2

All Critics (7) | Top Critics (4)

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…

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…
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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…

Audience Reviews for The Simpsons: Season 2

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Nov 26, 2016
    Season 2 is one of my favorite seasons of The Simpsons, taking season 1's approach while upping the humor, improving the pacing, and of course, face-lift the animation. Season 2 has tons of memorable episodes like Bart Gets an F, Itchy & Scratchy & Marge, Blood Feud, and Lisa's Substitute, which would make the series popular and memorable.
  • Feb 23, 2016
    Same as the last one
  • Jul 16, 2015
    One of the best seasons that have been made and ever will be made.
  • Mar 02, 2014
    Looking back, this second season is possibly the closest The Simpsons got to replicating King of the Hill,

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