The Simpsons: Season 5 (1993 - 1994)


Season 5
The Simpsons

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Air date: Sep 30, 1993
Air date: Oct 7, 1993
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Air date: Oct 21, 1993
Air date: Oct 28, 1993
Air date: Nov 4, 1993
Air date: Nov 11, 1993
Air date: Nov 18, 1993
Air date: Dec 9, 1993
Air date: Dec 16, 1993
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It's a seriesof extraordinary accomplishments for Homer, who spends the premiere telling his children about his time in a barbershop quartet whose popularity briefly reached Beatlesesque heights (George Harrison even makes a cameo as himself). By the series' end, he's teaching an adult-education class on how to have a successful marriage?and, of course, his teaching style causes a fight with Marge that nearly leads to their divorce. In between, he embarks on a space mission with Buzz Aldrin, goes back to college, journeys to India with convenience-store employee Apu and earns the affection of a pretty coworker (voice of Michelle Pfeiffer).


Dan Castellaneta
as Homer Simpson/Grampa/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 Apu/Carl/Comic-Book Guy/Snake/Moe Szyslak/Chief Wiggum
Pamela Hayden
as Milhouse Van Houten/Rod Flanders/Sarah Wiggum
Maggie Roswell
as Power Plant Voice/Inspector #1/Application Reviewer #2
Phil Hartman
as Lionel Hutz
Russi Taylor
as Martin Prince/Sherri/Terri/Woman on Parole Board
Marcia Wallace
as Edna Krabapple
Tress MacNeille
as Audience Member #2
Frank Welker
as The Gremlin
Kelsey Grammer
as Sideshow Bob
Werner Klemperer
as Homer's Guardian Angel, as Col. Klink
Pamela Reed
as Ruth Powers
Kathleen Turner
as Stacy Lavelle
Michelle Pfeiffer
as Mindy Simmons
Albert Brooks
as Brad Goodman
Gerry Cooney
as Himself
James Campbell
as Seymour Skinner (singing voice)
Doris Grau
as Lunchlady Doris
Marky Ramone
as Himself
Shelby Grimm
as Barney Gumble/Chief Wiggum (singing voice)
Don Jordan
as Homer Simpson (singing voice)
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Critic Reviews for The Simpsons Season 5

All Critics (5) | Top Critics (2)

What better way to kick off a season than looking back at a character's past?

Jun 13, 2018 | Full Review…

Season 5 opened with one of The Simpsons' most creative episodes...

Jun 13, 2018 | Full Review…

You can't beat going from "Homer's Barbershop Quartet" to "Cape Feare" to "Homer Goes to College" to "Rosebud." Wait. Actually, you can...

Oct 25, 2017 | Full Review…

David Mirkin's debut as show runner also resulted in the first episode that gives him sole writing credit, "Deep Space Homer," as well as such inarguable series peaks as "Cape Feare" and "Homer Goes to College."

May 30, 2018 | Full Review…

That's how deeply The Simpsons has gotten under my skin and the skin of much of my generation. Seemingly throwaway lines from a cartoon are as deeply ingrained in my psyche as my most strongly held convictions.

Nov 14, 2017 | Full Review…
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Audience Reviews for The Simpsons: Season 5

  • May 01, 2017
    "Is all TV this wonderful?" –Mr. Burns. A near perfect season, Season 5 of The Simpsons is extraordinarily entertaining and outrageously funny. It's also the season of Bart, as he takes over hosting duty of the Halloween Special ("Treehouse of Horror IV"), is targeted for revenge by a recently released Sideshow Bob ("Cape Feare"), becomes the "I Didn’t Do It Boy" on Krusty's TV show ("Bart Gets Famous"), is chosen by Mr. Burns to be his heir ("Burns' Heir"), becomes the model for enlightenment for self-help guru Brad Goodman ("Bart's Inner Child"), and is the key witness in the trial of Mayor Quimby's nephew ("The Boy Who Knew Too Much"). But there are also several classic non-Bart episodes, like "Homer Goes to College," "Deep Space Homer," and "$pringfield." Things get a little more zany and fanciful than in previous seasons (Homer becoming an astronaut is particularly out there), but the satire and parodies are as hilarious as ever. Additionally, the writers have tailored a number guest appearance specifically for such celebrities as James Woods, James Brown, Kathleen Turner, Ernest Borgnine, Conan O’Brien, Buzz Aldrin, Michelle Pfeiffer, the Ramones, James Tyler, and Robert Goulet. The Simpsons' fifth season is truly one of the best of the series and it still holds up.
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  • Feb 10, 2019
    With the great success of its predecessor, The Simpsons will never ever top the quality of the fourth series. The Simpsons series 5 is a good series but isn't that great. Some episodes on this series are great e.g. Cape Feare (another all time great), Homerâ??s Barbershop Quartet, Boy Scoutz â??n The Hood and The Last Temptation Of Homer. Well there isn't really much to say about this series except that it is a good series which contains some great episodes.
  • Nov 26, 2016
    If SpongeBob has taught me anything it's that when a significant number of writers and the showrunner jump shift it almost always means it's for the worst. Season 5 surpasses expectations by being the best season up to this point, David Mirkin's style delivers one-liners like no other creating an earthquake of jokes where you can still find new gags years later.
  • Apr 01, 2016
    i love the series and i think this is the best season haveing some of the best episodes like cape feare, deep space homer, sweet sexy seymours bad aaaaaaaaaaaasssssssss song, etc etc
  • Nov 29, 2015
    The other greatest season in the history of television.
  • Oct 24, 2014
    Dad, I'm a little edgy right now, I'd appreciate it if you didn't come into my room screaming and brandishing a butcher knife!
  • Mar 02, 2014
    Another classic year!
  • Jan 30, 2014
    Funny at times but sometimes it isn't funny at all, show has been going on too long now i think, overall it is isn't too bad
  • Jan 05, 2014
    The show is relying much more on jokes than actual story, which makes the season a bit tiring if you marathon through it, but the jokes they make are still spectacular and plentiful, and it's essential watching.

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