The Simpsons: Season 5 (1993 - 1994)


Season 5
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Air date: Sep 30, 1993

The Simpson family decides to sell off a few old things at a swap meet, and while looking through the merchandise Bart (voice of Nancy Cartwright) and Lisa (voice of Yeardley Smith) discover a used LP by a group called the Be Sharps, which features a vocalist who looks like Homer (voice of Dan Castellaneta). It turns out the singer really is Homer, and he tells the kids about his short-lived career in music. In 1985, barbershop quartets were enjoying a resurgence in popularity in Springfield, and Homer, Principal Skinner (voice of Harry Shearer), Apu (voice of Hank Azaria), and Chief Wiggum (also voiced by Azaria) put together a group they call the Be Sharps. After playing a show at Moe's Tavern, Nigel (also voiced by Shearer), a British talent scout, approaches the group and tells them he can make them stars if they're willing to get rid of Wiggum. Barney Gumble (also voiced by Castellaneta), who has a lovely tenor voice when he isn't drunk to the point of collapse, joins the group, and seemingly overnight, the Be Sharps are earning gold records, playing sold out shows, and winning Grammy awards. But fame takes its toll on the group, especially after Barney's conceptual artist girlfriend begins sticking her nose into the act, and the Be Sharps call it quits after their five-and-a-half weeks of stardom. "Homer's Barbershop Quartet" features guest appearances by George Harrison and David Crosby during the Grammy Awards sequence; Harrison was the second surviving Beatle to appear on The Simpsons when this episode first aired on September 30, 1993.

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Air date: Oct 7, 1993

Former highbrow children's entertainer and failed criminal genius Sideshow Bob (voice of Kelsey Grammer) has once again won parole, and decides to get revenge against the person who twice put him behind bars: Bart Simpson (voice of Nancy Cartwright). While Bob convinces the authorities that he means no harm to his young nemesis (explaining that his "Die, Bart, Die" tattoo is actually a German expression, "The, Bart, The"), it doesn't take long for Bart to figure out that Bob is the man who's been sending him threatening letters written in blood. After Bob begins stalking Bart and his family, the FBI enrolls the Simpsons in the Witness Relocation Program; renamed the "Thompsons," Homer (voice of Dan Castellaneta) and Marge (voice of Julie Kavner) move the kids to a houseboat in the riverfront community of Cape Feare. However, Bob manages to hitch a ride on the underside of the family car, and soon Bob is battling Bart "Thompson" mano a mano as the family's home floats down the river. "Cape Feare" first aired on October 7, 1993.

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Air date: Oct 14, 1993

A team of inspectors from the Nuclear Regulatory Commission make an unannounced visit at the Springfield Nuclear Power Plant, and several employees are tested to see how they would deal with an emergency. Homer (voice of Dan Castellaneta) proves to astoundingly inept, bringing the test's phony plant to the point of a meltdown, and Homer is ordered to return to school and pass a course in Nuclear Physics before he can return to his job. Homer enrolls in Springfield University after Mr. Burns (voice of Harry Shearer) intercedes on his behalf, but true to form, Homer's notion of academia seem to be informed more clearly by bad 1980s college comedies rather than the pursuit of higher learning. With his grades going steadily downhill, Homer is introduced to three science students who will be his tutors, Doug (voice of Hank Azaria), Gary (voice of Dan Castellaneta), and Ben (voice of Harry Shearer). Homer is more interested in teaching his nerdy new friends the fine art of partying rather than doing schoolwork, and after Homer talks them into stealing the mascot of crosstown rivals Springfield A&M, Doug, Gary, and Ben are kicked out of school. "Homer Goes to College" was first aired on October 14, 1993.

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Air date: Oct 21, 1993

Elderly nuclear power magnate C. Montgomery Burns (voice of Harry Shearer) is celebrating his birthday, but while his loyal assistant, Waylon Smithers (also voiced by Shearer), stages a very special party, complete with international dignitaries and an appearance by the Ramones, Burns is still unhappy. Lately, Burns has been pining for the teddy bear he had as a child, Bobo, and he won't be happy until he can recover the toy. Smithers is put on the project, but the bear soon turns up in a very unlikely place -- in a bag of ice purchased by Homer Simpson (voice of Dan Castallaneta). Homer gives the teddy bear to his baby daughter, Maggie, and when Homer learns that there's a very valuable old teddy bear in his home, he discovers that Maggie doesn't want to give up her new teddy. Burns offers Homer a large sum of money for the bear, but Homer is forced to turn it down when Maggie refuses to give up the bear; angry, Burns then tries to force Homer to give up the bear by cutting off his supplies of beer and television, and eventually Burns and Smithers plan an elaborate plot to steal the bear. "Rosebud" first aired on April 18, 1993.

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Air date: Oct 28, 1993

Homer sells his soul; Vampire Burns invites the Simpsons for dinner; Bart sees a gremlin damaging his school bus.

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Air date: Nov 4, 1993

Marge Simpson (voice of Julie Kavner) feels an understandable need to bring some more culture into her life, and gets tickets for a ballet performance to be held in Springfield. Her husband, Homer (voice of Dan Castellaneta), who has somehow gotten the idea that ballet involves bears driving golf carts, tells Marge he'd be happy to join her, but when he gets his arm stuck in a pop machine, Marge needs to find someone to go to the ballet with her at the last minute. Ruth Powers (voice of Pamela Reed), a divorced single mother new to the neighborhood, agrees to tag along with Marge, and the two have a great time. Marge and Ruth agree to have another "girls' night out" soon, and one night Ruth rolls up ready to party behind the wheel of a 1966 Thunderbird. However, it's not until well into the evening that Marge discovers the car was stolen by Ruth from her former husband, and after a run-in with Police Chief Wiggum (voice of Hank Azaria), Marge finds herself on the wrong side of the law; while Ruth isn't scared of potential danger, Marge is terrified -- and Homer will do nearly anything to get her back to safety. "Marge on the Lam" first aired on November 4, 1993.

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Air date: Nov 11, 1993

When Homer Simpson (voice of Dan Castellaneta) brings home a trampoline and most of the neighborhood children quickly proceed to injure themselves on it, Marge (voice of Julie Kavner) once again finds herself enraged with her husband, and she's afraid the tension is taking a toll on their relationship. At the advice of her sisters, Patty and Selma (both voiced by Kavner), Marge gets a videotape by self-help guru Brad Goodman (voice of Albert Brooks), and soon Homer and Marge are both spouting his self-help psychobabble. When Goodman makes a personal appearance in Springfield, Marge insists the entire family attend, and after a predictable outburst from Bart (voice of Nancy Cartwright), Goodman tells the crowd that Bart represents the free and uninhibited inner child we need to find within ourselves, and tells the city they should strive to be like Bart. Practically overnight, Bart becomes a role model, but he soon finds it's not much fun being a rebel with nothing to rebel against, while the rest of the town comes to realize there's a downside to following Bart's example. "Bart's Inner Child" first aired on November 11, 1993; soul legend James Brown makes a guest appearance as the star attraction at Springfield's first-ever "Do What You Feel Festival."

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Air date: Nov 18, 1993

Bart joins the Junior Campers, which isn't all bad until he goes on a rafting trip that includes Flanders and "celebrity dad" Ernest Borgnine.

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Air date: Dec 9, 1993

Homer Simpson (voice of Dan Castellaneta) learns that he'll be having a new co-worker at the Nuclear Power Plant, but he's more than a bit surprised by who it turns out to be -- Mindy Simmons (voice of Michelle Pfeiffer), a very sexy redhead. Homer is all the more amazed when he discovers just how much he and Mindy have in common -- they both love doughnuts, beer, hero sandwiches, televised sports, and napping. Homer is more than a bit infatuated with Mindy, and Mindy is obviously attracted to Homer, so when the two are sent to Capital City to represent the Springfield plant at the National Energy Convention, Homer is afraid he may not have the strength to remain faithful to Marge (voice of Julie Kavner). Meanwhile, after a visit to the doctor, Bart (voice of Nancy Cartwright) comes home wearing glasses, corrective shoes, and salve in his hair. Bart is told he'll only need to keep up the regimen for a month, but his new nerdy look earns him the ire of the school bullies, and the not-entirely welcome friendship of the geekier kids. "The Last Temptation of Homer" was first aired on December 9, 1993; Werner Klemperer reprises his Hogan's Heroes role as Col. Klink in a dream sequence, in which Homer's guardian angel takes on the form of the sitcom character.

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Air date: Dec 16, 1993

Legalized gambling comes to Springfield, and Marge becomes addicted; Robert Goulet entertains at Bart's casino for kids. Julie Kavner, Harry Shearer.

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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).

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
Frank Welker
Executive Vice-President
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Critic Reviews for The Simpsons Season 5

All Critics (5) | Top Critics (2)

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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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…

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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  • 2d ago
    So goddamn funny I love it
  • Apr 25, 2020
    The Simpsons is still a very grounded show even to this day. It's Pop Cultural Paradise. Easily one of the smartest shows on any platform. Yes, it has bad episodes, but you can do editing to them, and it still comes out strong. Screenwriter's and Executive Producers don't have a lot of free time to make these shows, so they have to push episodes out as fast as the networks want them aired. Animation is a blessing.
  • 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

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