The Simpsons: Season 4 (1992 - 1993)

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Season 4
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Air date: Sep 24, 1992

In the hopes that they can persuade their son, Bart Simpson (voice of Nancy Cartwright), to start taking his studies seriously, Homer (voice of Dan Castellaneta) and Marge (voice of Julie Kavner) promise their boy that if he manages a C average on his final report card of the year, he'll get to go to Kamp Krusty, a summer camp owned and operated by chain-smoking and ethically flexible children's entertainer Krusty the Clown (voice of Dan Castellaneta). While his sister Lisa (voice of Yeardley Smith) brings home all A's as usual, Bart doesn't quite make his goal; despite this, both Marge and Homer decide they could use a break from their troublesome son and send both Bart and Lisa to Kamp Krusty after all. However, life at Kamp Krusty turns out to be more like a punishment than a reward; the camp is a dangerous rattletrap, the food is awful, most of the counselors are sullen teenage bullies, and to add insult to injury, Krusty sends an impersonator rather than visiting the camp himself. For Bart, the presence of the fake Krusty is the last straw, and soon he's leading his fellow campers in an overthrow of Kamp Krusty. "Kamp Krusty" was first aired on September 24, 1992.

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Air date: Oct 1, 1992

Looking for something to break the monotony of her life as a housewife, Marge Simpson (voice of Julie Kavner) auditions for the Springfield Community Center's upcoming production of Streetcar! -- a musical adaptation of A Streetcar Named Desire. The director, melodramatic Llewllyn Sinclair (voice of Jon Lovitz), isn't impressed at first by Marge's audition, but after hearing her talk to Homer (voice of Dan Castellaneta), he's convinced she's just the woman to play Blanche DuBois opposite Ned Flanders (voice of Harry Shearer), who was cast because he looks better with his shirt off than anyone else who tried out. Homer doesn't think much of Marge's new interest in theater, and her anger at her husband gives her performance a keen emotional edge, but will this rift in their marriage prove irreparable? Meanwhile, since Marge is busy with rehearsals, she sends baby Maggie to a daycare center, the Ayn Rand School for Tots, where the staff is determined to keep the children away from their pacifiers; Maggie, however, isn't about to give it up without a fight. A Streetcar Named Marge first aired on October 1, 1992.

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Air date: Oct 8, 1992

It's a frosty Sunday morning in Springfield, and while Marge Simpson (voice of Julie Kavner) and her children, Bart (voice of Nancy Cartwright), Lisa (voice of Yeardley Smith), and Maggie, are getting ready to go to church, Homer (voice of Dan Castellaneta) just can't be bothered to get out of bed. Annoyed, Marge leaves without Homer, taking the kids with her. While his wife and children fidget through an especially tedious sermon and fight foul weather on the way home, Homer sleeps in, feasts on his "patented Space-Age Out-of-This-World Moon Waffles," and enjoys a football game on television. Convinced he's had the best Sunday morning of his life, Homer decides to renounce churchgoing, and in a dream God gives Homer the go-ahead to start his own faith. Marge is more than a bit taken aback by Homer's decision to renounce his faith, but nothing she says can dissuade him until Homer accidentally sets his house on fire while the rest of the family is at church. "Homer the Heretic" was first aired on October 8, 1992.

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Air date: Oct 15, 1992

Springfield Elementary School holds their annual fundraising carnival, and as one might expect, the Simpson family is in attendance. Homer (voice of Dan Castellaneta) is excited to have won a ride of the Duff Beer Blimp in a raffle, but Lisa (voice of Yeardley Smith) comes home less enthusiastic; a caricature artist drew a less-than flattering picture of her, and she's now convinced she's ugly. Hoping to boost Lisa's confidence, Homer enters his daughter in the Little Miss Springfield Pageant, a beauty contest for children; Lisa objects at first, but changes her mind when Marge (voice of Julie Kavner) tells her Homer sold his passes for the blimp ride in order to raise the entrance fee. After a makeover, Lisa comes in as first runner-up at the pageant, and when perennial children's beauty contest champion Amber Dempsey (voice of Lona Williams) is struck by lightning, Lisa becomes the new Little Miss Springfield by default. However, pint-size activist Lisa is struck with a crisis of conscience when she learns that the pageant was sponsored in part by Laramie Cigarettes, and now she's expected to appear on the Laramie float during the upcoming Springfield Day parade. "Lisa the Beauty Queen" first aired on October 15, 1992; Bob Hope also makes a brief appearance, providing his own voice.

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Air date: Oct 29, 1992

It's Halloween again, and the Simpson family is having a party, with everyone trying to top each other with tales of terror. In Clown Without Pity, Homer (voice of Dan Castellaneta) forgets to buy a birthday present for Bart (voice of Nancy Cartwright), and finds a talking Krusty the Clown doll at a strange little shop. Homer soon realizes, however, that he didn't get an ordinary toy; the doll threatens to kill him and chases him around the house with a knife when it isn't busy trying to convince the Malibu Stacy doll owned by Lisa (voice of Yeardley Smith) that she looks awfully warm in that cheerleader's outfit. Grampa passes along his own version of the classic monster epic King Kong -- King Homer -- in which Mr. Burns and Smithers (both voiced by Harry Shearer) set out to capture the giant ape King Homer, using aspiring starlet Marge Bouvier (voice of Julie Kavner) to lure the beast into their trap. And in Dial "Z" For Zombie, Bart learns the local library is a lot more interesting than he imagined when he finds a book of magic spells that can be used to reanimate the dead. Bart and Lisa use one of the incantations to resurrect their departed cat, Snowball I, but they make a few miscalculations, and soon Springfield is crawling with "the living impaired" who've passed on over the past two centuries. "Treehouse Of Horror III" was first aired on October 29, 1992.

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Air date: Nov 3, 1992

Bart is punished by being barred from the Itchy and Scratchy movie. Voices: Nancy Cartwright, Harry Shearer, Dan Castellaneta, Yeardley Smith.

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Air date: Nov 5, 1992

The Simpson family's home is in sad shape -- the house has slipped from its foundation, and has begun sliding on an angle into the ground. Surly Joe, proprietor of the only foundation-repair firm in town, tells Homer (voice of Dan Castellaneta) and Marge (voice of Julie Kavner) that it will cost 8,500 dollars to set the house right. This is more than the family budget can handle at the moment, so Marge decides to look for a job. After Lisa (voice of Yeardley Smith) encourages Marge to beef up her resumé with a creative approach to the facts, she lands a job at the Springfield Nuclear Power Plant, where Homer works. It isn't long before C. Montgomery Burns (voice of Harry Shearer), the ancient and ill-tempered owner of the plant, develops a powerful infatuation with Marge, and he's willing to do whatever he must to win her heart away from her husband, including a candlelight dinner with music from Marge's favorite singer, Tom Jones (performing his own voice), who has been specially kidnapped for the occasion. Meanwhile, Bart (voice of Nancy Cartwright) discovers his habit of telling tall tales is catching up with him when he finds himself trailed by an escaped wolf -- but given his history of spinning whoppers, no one believes him. "Marge Gets a Job."

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Air date: Nov 12, 1992

While young Bart Simpson (voice of Nancy Cartwright) hasn't had much use for girls in the past, he begins to change his mind about the fairer sex when he meets Laura Powers (voice of Sara Gilbert), the daughter of a divorcée who has moved into the neighborhood. Laura is the perfect girl for Bart -- she's pretty, she knows how to put bullies in their place, and she's hip to such pranks as the "Wet Willie" and the "Hertz Doughnut." However, she's also about five years older than Bart, which makes it hard for her to take him seriously as potential boyfriend material, though he makes a good impression (for a change) when she comes over to babysit. Bart is convinced he's found true love, until Laura informs him she has a boyfriend -- Jimbo Jones (voice of Pamela Hayden), one of Springfield's more obnoxious thugs-in-training. Bart isn't about to take this lying down and plots his revenge against Jimbo. Meanwhile, Homer (voice of Dan Castellaneta) takes Marge (voice of Julie Kavner) to local seafood restaurant The Frying Dutchman when he hears they have an "all you can eat" buffet; however, the restaurant's management cuts Homer off after eating most of their stock on hand, and Homer decides to take the matter to court with the help of semi-qualified attorney Lionel Hutz (voice of Phil Hartman). "New Kid on the Block" first aired on November 12, 1992.

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Air date: Nov 19, 1992

After Homer Simpson (voice of Dan Castellaneta) totals both family cars in an accident following an evening drinking at Moe's Tavern, he's in the market for a new vehicle, and decides to visit the Springfield Auto Show to see what's available. Homer is fast talked into buying an expensive four-wheel-drive truck with a snowplow attachment, but he's convinced he can make the truck pay for itself by renting out his services plowing driveways. Homer throws together a low-budget television commercial advertising his "Mr. Plow" service, and after a snowstorm hits Springfield, business is quickly booming. However, Homer's booze-infused best friend Barney Gumble (also voiced by Castellaneta) feels like he's not accomplishing much compared to his pal, and Homer encourages Barney to make something of himself by following his example. Barney follows his advice all too closely -- he buys a snowplow of his own, dubs himself "The Plow King," persuades his old friend Linda Rondstat to sing a jingle in his commercial, and soon drives off with nearly all of Homer's customers. Homer is more than a bit disappointed with Barney, turning old friends into bitter rivals. "Mr. Plow" also features a guest appearance from Batman star Adam West at the Auto Show; the episode first aired on November 19, 1992.

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Air date: Dec 3, 1992

Homer Simpson (voice of Dan Castellaneta) and his wife, Marge (voice of Julie Kavner), are trying to prompt baby Maggie to say her first word one day, which leads both Bart (voice of Nancy Cartwright) and Lisa (voice of Yeardley Smith) to ask what their first words were. Bart's first word involves something neither Homer or Marge want to discuss with the kids, but they do have a story about how Lisa learned to speak. It's 1983, and Marge, mother of a bundle of manic energy called Bart, learns she's expecting another baby. Homer decides its time they move out of their crowded flat on Springfield's Lower East Side and find a house of their own, and while this puts a strain on their budget, Homer does find himself the beneficiary of a windfall of a sort -- after the Soviet Union opts to boycott the 1984 Olympic Games, thousands of game tickets at Krusty Burger unexpectedly become winners, filling the Simpson dinner table for free. Once Lisa is born, Bart becomes extremely jealous of the new arrival, and eventually decides to run away from home. Lisa, however, loves her big brother, and Bart finally warms up to her once she says her first words. "Lisa's First Word" first aired on December 3, 1992; the episode also features a brief vocal cameo from Elizabeth Taylor.

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Series 4 of "The Simpsons" contains a number of the show's most-enduring classics, including "Marge vs. the Monorail," in which the Simpsons matriarch attempts to prevent the town of Springfield from wasting a budget surplus on an ill-advised boondoggle (the episode was written by future late-night host Conan O'Brien). Other highlights include Homer's stint as a union leader in "The Last Exit to Springfield," Lisa's attempt to turn down the romantic advances of an unpopular classmate in "I Love Lisa" and a comeback special for Krusty the Clown in "Krusty Gets Kancelled" (which features guest appearances by Bette Midler, Johnny Carson, Hugh Hefner, Luke Perry, Elizabeth Taylor and the Red Hot Chili Peppers).

Cast

Dan Castellaneta
as Homer Simpson/Grampa Simpson/Krusty the Clown/Groundskeeper
Julie Kavner
as Marge Simpson
Nancy Cartwright
as Bart Simpson/Nelson Muntz/Todd Flanders/Ralph Wiggum/Kearney
Yeardley Smith
as Lisa Simpson
Hank Azaria
as Krusty Product / Sergeant / Zadume Magarabad
Harry Shearer
as Mr. Burns/Lenny/Ned Flanders/Seymour Skinner/Waylon Smithers
Pamela Hayden
as Milhouse Van Houten/Jimbo Jones
Phil Hartman
as Lionel Hutz/Troy McClure
Maggie Roswell
as Miss Hoover/School Nurse/Queen Elizabeth
Marcia Wallace
as Mrs. Krabapple
Russi Taylor
as Wendell/Martin Prince
Doris Grau
as Ice-Cream Lady
Lona Williams
as Debra Jo Smallwood
Elizabeth Taylor
as Maggie Simpson
Pamela Reed
as Ruth Powers
Bob Hope
as Himself
Adam West
as Adam West
Jon Lovitz
as Llewellyn Sinclair / Ms. Sinclair
Jo Ann Harris
as Beauty Pageant Entry #2/Kid
Sara Gilbert
as Laura Powers
Tom Jones
as Himself
Gene Merlino
as 'South of the Border' Singer
Flea
as Himself
Chad Smith
as Himself
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Critic Reviews for The Simpsons Season 4

All Critics (11) | Top Critics (6)

Groening is right about the fourth season -- it's brilliant from start to finish.

Nov 14, 2018 | Rating: 4/4 | Full Review…

I can't choose between these two collections of the two best [fourth and fifth] seasons in "Simpsons" history, so I'm not going to.

Jul 18, 2018 | Full Review…

There's no denying the genius of "Mr. Plow," "I Love Lisa" or "Marge vs. The Monorail," the latter written by Conan O'Brien.

May 30, 2018 | Full Review…

Baby Maggie's first word, out of earshot of entire family, is to call Homer "Daddy." Even in madcap Simpsons environment, it's quite a heart-melter.

Jan 31, 2018 | Full Review…
Top Critic

Krusty Gets Kancelled peaks early but is still a worthy finale to a spectacular season. After all it accomplished in its fourth season, The Simpsons deserved a victory lap or two.

Oct 20, 2017 | Full Review…
Top Critic

You've probably seen every episode here a dozen times over, but this is still pricelessly, peerlessly funny stuff.

Oct 20, 2017 | Rating: 5/5 | Full Review…

People have been investing strong emotions in cartoon characters at least as far back as Mickey Mouse; the sustained cleverness and, yes, humanity of The Simpsons proves that our devotion is not misplaced.

Oct 20, 2017 | Rating: A | Full Review…

There are a billion great gags in this one, from Krusty at Wimbledon to the parents celebrating their children leaving for the summer...

Jun 13, 2018 | Full Review…

"The Simpsons", like A Mighty Wind, or The Office, realizes and perfectly exploits the fact that the line between comedy and tragedy is so thin.

Jun 12, 2018 | Rating: 5/5 | Full Review…

Every episode from season four is perfect. TV at its best.

Oct 20, 2017 | Full Review…

When the show is at its best, as it was in this season, it's a combination of wicked satire and brilliant pop culture.

Oct 20, 2017 | Rating: 10/10 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The Simpsons: Season 4

  • Jan 26, 2017
    Extraordinarily fun and full of laughs, Season 4 of The Simpsons marks the beginning of a golden age for the series where it seemingly could do no wrong. Featuring such classic episodes as "Kamp Krusty," "Itchy & Scratchy: The Movie," "Mr. Plow," "Marge vs. the Monorail," "I Love Lisa," and "Krusty Gets Cancelled," the writing is incredibly good and develops a lot of the supporting characters (such as Krusty the Clown). And, Phil Hartman takes on a greater role (becoming almost an unofficial cast member); voicing several new characters in addition to Lionel Hutz and Troy McClure. Plus, more celebrities than ever before sign on for cameos, including Tom Jones, Barry White, Brooke Shields, Johnny Carson, the Red Hot Chili Peppers, Hugh Hefner, Leonard Nimoy, Adam West, and Bob Hope. Hilariously entertaining, The Simpsons' fourth season solidifies the series as television's premier animated family sitcom.
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  • Aug 09, 2020
    Fantastic season like season two
  • Jun 08, 2020
    06/06/2020 22:00PM Four Stars
  • Mar 15, 2020
    good show. still a classic.
  • Mar 14, 2020
    Monorail, monorail, monorail.
  • Oct 28, 2019
    The greatest season of The Simpsons that will ever be. And one of the greatest seasons ever in TV. Dental Plan, Monorail, "Daddy", Kamp Krusty, Mr. Plow, "I am the Lizard Queen" there are some great and quotable Episodes and momets from this season along with the quick humour that the Simpsons is know for makes a great piece of entertainment and a great season to binge on.
  • Feb 20, 2019
    My all time favourite Simpsons series so far. Series 4 contains all of the much loved Simpsons episodes Mr. Plow, Last Exit To Springfield, Marge VS The Monorail, Krusty Gets Kancelled, Homer and Heretic and quite a few more. So this is one of the most funniest, entertaining and surprising Simpsons series that I had seen because when I finished series 3 I thought nothing could beat that series and this one did. I love this series and it is to this day the all time best Simpsons series.
  • Nov 26, 2016
    What can be said about season 4 that hasn't already been said? A Fantastic season that produced classic after classic. When you can make a good clipshow you've done something right. Best episode of the season is Homer's Triple Bypass, it's an ideal Simpsons episode.
  • Nov 29, 2015
    The greatest single season in the history of television.
  • Mar 02, 2014
    All I gotta say is Marge Vs. the Monorail.

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