The Simpsons: Season 7 (1995 - 1996)

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Season 7
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Air date: Sep 17, 1995

Waylon Smithers (voice of Harry Shearer) awakes with a brutal hangover, convinced that in a drunken haze he attempted to kill C. Montgomery Burns (also voiced by Shearer), his employer, mentor, and secret love. However, after being taken in by the police, it's discovered that Smithers actually shot elderly eccentric Jasper (also voiced by Shearer) in his wooden leg. So who did attempt to take Mr. Burns' life? Jazz great Tito Puente (who provides his own voice) is let off the hook after he reveals his own revenge against Burns in the form of a "slanderous mambo," and all eyes turn to the Simpson family when a test of the bullet reveals evidence of the family's DNA. The likely suspects appear to be Homer (voice of Dan Castellaneta), enraged that Burns could not remember his name; Lisa (voice of Yeardley Smith), angry that Puente lost his teaching position after Burns stole oil reserves from the local elementary school; and Bart (voice of Nancy Cartwright), who pledged to get revenge after Burns' oil put his dog in the animal hospital. Burns finally comes to his senses and reveals that a member of the Simpson family did indeed shoot him -- but not the one anyone expected. Answering the questions raised by the cliffhanging Who Shot Mr. Burns (Part One), which closed out the sixth season of The Simpsons, "Who Shot Mr. Burns? (Part Two)" kicked off season seven when it first aired on September 17, 1995.

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Air date: Sep 24, 1995

Hollywood moguls and comic book fans everywhere are abuzz over the news that Radioactive Man is to be adapted into a major motion picture, and observers are surprised by two bits of news concerning the project -- Teutonic action star Rainier Wolfcastle (voice of Harry Shearer) has been cast in the title role, and the producers have chosen to shoot the entire film on location in Springfield. Bart Simpson (voice of Nancy Cartwright), an ardent Radioactive Man fan, hears there will be an open call to find a young actor to play youthful sidekick "Fallout Boy," and considers himself a cinch to win the role. However, the part instead goes to Bart's close friend Milhouse (voice of Pamela Hayden), who isn't even certain he wants it. Milhouse's dissatisfaction with his new stardom grows, and one day he disappears; Bart sets out to find him and convince him not to pass up the chance of a lifetime. Meanwhile, Mayor Quimby (voice of Dan Castellaneta) busies himself by creating a wide variety of new taxes to levy against the film's production team. "Radioactive Man" also features a cameo by Mickey Rooney, who plays himself trying to convince Milhouse to finish the film; the episode first aired on September 24, 1995.

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Air date: Oct 1, 1995

Innocent mishaps draw the attention of investigators, who put the Simpson kids in a foster home---the Flanders'. Voices include Harry Shearer, Pamela Hayden, Maggie Roswell, Nancy Cartwright.

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Air date: Oct 8, 1995

After Bart (voice of Nancy Cartwright) is kept after Sunday school as punishment for tricking the congregation into singing "In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida," and Milhouse (voice of Pamela Hayden) is also kept behind for squealing on his friend, the boys have a debate about the nature of the soul. Ever the skeptic, Bart offers to sell his soul to Milhouse for five bucks, and Milhouse takes him up on the offer. Before long, however, Bart gets the sinking feeling that he has made a big mistake, and he asks Milhouse for his soul back, only to discover that Milhouse has shrewdly raised the price to $50. Elsewhere, local barkeep Moe (voice of Hank Azaria) decides that running a "dank pit" isn't bringing in the business it once did, and decides to turn his tavern into a family style restaurant, Uncle Moe's Family Feedbag, which may not be a good business decision for a cranky guy with a short temper who loathes the sound of children's laughter. "Bart Sells His Soul" first aired on October 8, 1995.

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Air date: Oct 15, 1995

During a visit to a petting zoo, Lisa Simpson (voice of Yeardley Smith) makes friends with a baby lamb, and suffers a crisis of conscience that evening when her mother, Marge (voice of Julie Kavner), serves lamb chops for dinner. Lisa decides she can no longer morally accept eating animals, and becomes a vegetarian, which doesn't go over especially well with her father, noted pork enthusiast Homer Simpson (voice of Dan Castellaneta). When Homer decides to throw a big barbecue to spite his neighbor Ned Flanders (voice of Harry Shearer), Lisa tries to convince him to make it a vegetarian cookout, but Homer isn't about to give up meat for his shindig. When Lisa liberates the roast pig that was to be the main course at the barbecue, Lisa and Homer have a major falling out, but she soon discovers another passionate vegetarian in Springfield -- convenience store magnate Apu (voice of Hank Azaria) -- who introduces Lisa to his longtime friends Paul and Linda McCartney (who provide their own voices) while passing along a lesson about tolerance. "Lisa the Vegetarian" also featured a guest appearance by Phil Hartman as Troy McClure, who narrates the educational film ''Meat and You: Partners in Freedom." Paul McCartney's appearance made him the last of the surviving Beatles to pop up on the show, appropriately in an episode which championed one of his favorite causes, vegetarianism. It first aired on October 15, 1995.

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Air date: Oct 29, 1995

Halloween 1996: Homer tumbles into another dimension in a story spun off "The Twilight Zone"; Paul Anka helps combat the "Attack of the 50-Foot Eyesores"; and Groundskeeper Willie appears in a spoof of "A Nightmare on Elm Street."

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Air date: Nov 5, 1995

Homer purposely gains weight to qualify for disability, disdaining Marge's complaints and the fact that she's losing interest in him physically.

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Air date: Nov 19, 1995

Rather than participate in a litter-cleanup program sponsored by the Springfield Nuclear Power Plant, Homer Simpson (voice of Dan Castellaneta) decides to fake his own death so he can spend his weekend loafing in a hammock. Marge (voice of Julie Kavner), however, doesn't think much of Homer's little scam, and orders him to inform the authorities that they've issued a death certificate to a man who's still alive. However, while ironing out the paperwork, Homer learns his mother is still alive and wanted by the law, even though Grampa (also voiced by Castellaneta) told him years ago she'd passed on. Homer finds his Mother (voice of Glenn Close) visiting his grave, and discovers she's been a fugitive for close to 20 years. After being immediately radicalized by the sight of Joe Namath's sideburns, Mother went back to college and fell in with a group of revolutionary activists who destroyed a germ warfare lab sponsored by C. Montgomery Burns (voice of Harry Shearer) with powerful antibiotic gas. Mother soon discovers Burns hasn't forgotten what she did, and she quickly finds herself being hounded by the Springfield police once again. "Mother Simpson" first aired on November 19, 1995.

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Air date: Nov 26, 1995

Children's entertainer turned criminal genius Sideshow Bob (voice of Kelsey Grammer) has come to the belated conclusion that television and its ruinous effect on our culture is to blame for his problems, and while cleaning up trash at an Air Force base in Springfield shortly before an air show is to begin, he decides to take dramatic action against the idiot box. After outwitting Col. Leslie "Hap" Hapablap (voice of R. Lee Ermey) and his underlings, Sideshow Bob is able to take over a hangar where a number of old nuclear warheads are being stored, and he holds Springfield at ransom, demanding that all television broadcasting be halted or he'll blow up the city. The Simpsons are on hand to attend the air show, and Bart (voice of Nancy Cartwright) and Lisa (voice of Yeardley Smith) are separated from Homer (voice of Dan Castellaneta) and Marge (voice of Julie Kavner) in the confusion, and as a result Bart and Lisa are soon attempting to foil Sideshow Bob's mad schemes. Meanwhile, Krusty the Clown (voice of Dan Castellaneta), realizing he'd have the airwaves all to himself, commandeers an Emergency Broadcasting System booth and beings offers round-the-clock minimalist comedy. "Sideshow Bob's Last Gleaming" was first broadcast on November 26, 1995.

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Air date: Dec 3, 1995

Troy McClure hosts a retrospective featuring Simpsons history and trivia, and series "outtakes," including an alternate ending to the "Who Shot Mr. Burns?" episode and a burping contest between Barney and baseball's Wade Boggs.

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Series 7 contains a number of fascinating, experimental episodes that find the creative staff trying to break new ground. "The Simpsons 138th Episode Spectacular" has fictional C-list actor Troy McClure (voice of Phil Hartman) giving viewers a behind-the-scenes look at the show. "Treehouse of Horror VI" contains a segment where Homer gets trapped in an alternate dimension, which is depicted via CG animation. And "22 Short Films About Springfield" is a series of vignettes focusing on the show's minor characters, including quack doctor Nick Riviera and local hayseed Cletus. There's still room, of course, for a number of straightforward stories about the Simpsons family (or at least, as straightforward as a show this surreal gets), such as Bart's attempt to get cast in a blockbuster movie based on the comic-book character Radioactive Man.

Cast & Crew

Yeardley Smith
Lisa Simpson
Nancy Cartwright
Bartholomew Jo-Jo "Bart" Simpson/Nelson Muntz
Julie Kavner
Marge Simpson
Dan Castellaneta
Homer Jay Simpson
Hank Azaria
Moe Szyslak/Apu Nahasapeemapetilon/Chief Clancy Wiggum/Dr. Nick Riviera/Carl Carlson
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
Phil Hartman
Man in Radio Commercial / Mobster / Troy McClure
Marcia Wallace
Mrs. Krabappel / Others
Joan Kenley
Woman on Phone
Glenn Close
Mother Simpson
Liz Georges
Maggie Simpson
Kirk Douglas
Chester J. Lampwick
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News & Interviews for The Simpsons: Season 7

Critic Reviews for The Simpsons Season 7

All Critics (6) | Top Critics (1)

The publicity, hype and fan attention from the genius cliffhanger of "Who Shot Mr. Burns?" was at fever pitch, but the show's status as a self-aware comedy meant that pretty much any answer would be a good one.

Nov 15, 2017 | Full Review…
Top Critic

Arguably the finest episode, and season, released so far.

Oct 18, 2017 | Rating: 5/5 | Full Review…

Say what you will about the result of who actually shot Mr. Burns, the investigation running throughout "Part 2" was loaded with laughs.

Jun 13, 2018 | Full Review…

... consistently, the funniest show on television.

Nov 13, 2017 | Full Review…

Such classic shows as "Radioactive Man," "Bart Sells His Soul," "Lisa the Vegetarian," "The Simpsons 138th Episode Spectacular,"... and further expanded the series' impeccable grasp of both hair-trigger humor and genuinely evocative storytelling...

Oct 31, 2017 | Rating: 10/10 | Full Review…

... this is the season where Bill Oakley and Josh Weinstein took over as showrunners, and they wanted The Simpsons to go back to feeling more realistic, with an occasional outlier.

Oct 25, 2017 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The Simpsons: Season 7

  • Mar 20, 2019
    Season 7 of The Simpsons is another great season full of classic episodes that deliver a lot of laughs. After a rather lackluster conclusion to the Season 6 cliffhanger ("Who Shot Mr. Burns?") the season roars back with hilarious episode after hilarious episode; "King-Size Homer," "The Simpsons 138th Episode Spectacular," "Two Bad Neighbors," "Homer the Smithers," "22 Short Films About Springfield," "Much Apu About Nothing," "Homerpalooza." And a host of fun guest stars turn up; Mickey Rooney, Paul & Linda McCartney, Bob Newhart, Glenn Close, R. Lee Ermey, Donald Sutherland, Suzanne Somers, and Jeff Goldblum. As usual Homer and Bart get into increasingly zany adventures and are the focus of most of the episodes, however a good number of secondary characters (Milhouse, Apu, Grandpa Simpson, Troy McClure) get their own episodes as well. Still going strong after seven seasons, The Simpsons seemed as if they could do no wrong ("Who Shot Mr. Burns? Part 2" notwithstanding).
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  • Mar 10, 2019
    One of my favourite series. I love this series but like I said, Simpsons series four will always be top. This has some of my favourite Simpsons episodes ever shown: Who Shot Mr Burns Pt.2, Mother Simpson, King Size Homer, The Simpsons 138th Episode Spectacular, Homer The Smithers, The Day The Violence Died, A Fish Called Selma.Bart On The Road (my all time favourite episode) and 22 short stories about Springfield (a great spoof of Pulp Fiction. I loved this series so much I binged it. Seeing Bart drive a car just won me over entirely. Some episodes on this series are just down right boring and some are brilliant. So I love this series but some episodes are dodgy though.
  • Nov 26, 2016
    This was my first season of The Simpsons and it was an excellent starting point. Bill Oakley and Josh Weinstein had a lot of courage doing many ambitious ideas with the characters and experiments with their usual style of story-telling. Every new idea succeeds making season 7 a consistent season of 25 episodes ranging from great to brilliant.
  • Sep 28, 2014
    who shot Mr. burns part 2 5/5 good episode radioactive man 5/5 good episode home sweet home-diddily dum-diddily 5/5 good episode Bart sells his soul 3/5 ok episode Lisa the vegetarian 4/5 good episode treehouse of horror 6 5/5 good episode king side homer 4/5 good episode mother Simpson 5/5 good episode sideshow bob last gleaming 5/5 good episode Simpson's 138th episode spectacular 5/5 good episode marge not be proud 4/5 good episode team homer 3/5 ok episode two bad neighbors 0/5 bad episode scenes from the class struggle in springfled 5/5 good episode Bart the fink 5/5 good episode Lisa the iconoclast 5/5 good episode homer the smothers 3/5 ok episode the day the violence died 4/5 good episode a fish called Selma 5/5 good episode Bart on the road 1/5 bad episode 22 short films about springfiled 5/5 good episode the curse of the flying hellfish 5/5 good episode homerpalooa 4/5 good episode summer 4 of ft 2 5/5 good episode
  • Feb 14, 2014
    Pretty close to being the best season ever!
  • 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
    There's no denying it, the Simpsons is still a phenomenon that's going strong, and the best thing about it is, it's still excellent.

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