The Simpsons: Season 8 (1996 - 1997)


Season 8
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Air date: Oct 27, 1996

A Halloween trilogy. This time, Bart meets his "pure evil" Siamese twin; Lisa's science project attacks Bart; aliens Kang and Kodos invade Clinton and Dole's replicas just before the 1996 Presidential election.

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Air date: Nov 3, 1996

In an idyllic planned community, Homer works for a new boss who has trouble with the government. Meanwhile, the rest of the family has difficulty dealing with the bucolic burg.

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Air date: Nov 10, 1996

Moe turns Homer into a prizefighter, who meets the champ in a bout called by ring announcer Michael Buffer

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Air date: Nov 17, 1996

Rodney Dangerfield is the voice of Mr. Burns' illegitimate son, who irritates Burns with his lack of social graces.

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Air date: Nov 24, 1996

While Marge and Lisa are away, Bart becomes the right-hand man for the owner of a burlesque house.

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Air date: Dec 1, 1996

Milhouse's parents decide to divorce, prompting Homer to take action to prevent a similar fate for himself and Marge.

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Air date: Dec 15, 1996

Lisa develops a crush on Nelson, and then she tries to change him. Meanwhile, Homer solicits money over the phone using an automatic telephone dialer.

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Air date: Dec 29, 1996

Citizens rebuild the Flanders' hurricane-damaged house. But Ned's guilt about criticizing their work sends him to a mental hospital.

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Air date: Jan 5, 1997

Chief Wiggum's chili peppers send Homer on a hallucinatory, spiritual journey that makes him question whether Marge is his soulmate. Voices: Hank Azaria, Harry Shearer, Julie Kavner.

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Air date: Jan 12, 1997

Homer's claim of an alien sighting brings FBI agents Scully and Mulder to investigate. Guest voices: Gillian Anderson, David Duchovny, Leonard Nimoy. Dan Castellaneta, Harry Shearer.

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The eighth series opens with another trilogy of horror-themed tales (the best of which focuses on alien invaders taking over a U.S. presidential election) and a classic episode in which Homer lands an impressive job at a planned community but fails to notice that his friendly new boss is actually a James Bond supervillain named Hank Scorpio. As the series progresses, the writers take the unusual step of letting the residents of Springfield grow and change in small ways: Milhouse's parents get divorced, Lisa shares her first kiss with school bully Nelson Muntz and the cartoon show "Itchy & Scratchy" adds a new character in order to boost its ratings (this storyline coined the well-known phrase "Worst. Episode. Ever."). Other highlights include Homer's stint as a bootlegger after Prohibition is declared in Springfield, cameos from "X-Files" characters Mulder and Scully (guest voices of David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson) and a notorious episode in which Homer earns the wrath of a hardworking employee who's baffled by Homer's success.

Cast & Crew

Dan Castellaneta
Homer 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
Charles Montgomery Burns/Waylon Smithers/Principal Seymour Skinner/Ned Flanders/Otto Mann/Scratchy/Kent Brockman/Dr. Julius Hibbert/Reverend Timothy Lovejoy
Pamela Hayden
Milhouse Van Houten
Maggie Roswell
Maude Flanders / Helen Lovejoy / Others
Marcia Wallace
Mrs. Krabappel / Others
Russi Taylor
Dr. Hibbert's Daughter / Sherri / Terri / Martin Prince
Phil Hartman
Man in Radio Commercial / Mobster / Troy McClure
Gedde Watanabe
Japanese Father
Sab Shimono
Master Chef
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Critic Reviews for The Simpsons Season 8

All Critics (7) | Top Critics (2)

As it enters its eighth year, The Simpsons proves it remains a force for comedic innovations, committed to moving forward, not backward; upward, not forward; and always twirling, twirling, twirling towards freedom.

Nov 15, 2017 | Full Review…
Top Critic

There is a constant sense of surprise - a wily exuberance - about THE SIMPSONS... that still hasn't abated after eight seasons...

Nov 10, 2017 | Rating: B- | Full Review…

We are at the pinnacle of Mount Simpson.

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

As the first episode proper of Season 8, "You Only Move Twice" opened up what many have called The Simpsons greatest year.

Jun 13, 2018 | Full Review…

The writers take... opportunities to deal with the serious issues -- repression in "Neddy," crises of faith in "Trust," and fractured families in "Divided" -- that most sitcoms either ignore or confine to "special" quasi-dramatic episodes.

Nov 8, 2017 | Full Review…

... a powerful reminder how great The Simpsons can possibly be.

Oct 31, 2017 | Rating: 9/10 | Full Review…

... The Simpsons was taking weirder and weirder conceptual chances, and they all worked.

Oct 25, 2017 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The Simpsons: Season 8

  • May 24, 2020
    The Simpsons juggernaut just keeps on going into an eighth season full of fun and laughs. The adventures get bigger as the Simpsons move to a new city when Homer take a job with super-villain Hank Scorpio ("You Only Move Twice"), get investigated by the X-Files ("The Springfield Files"), and hire a magical nanny ("Simpsoncalifragilisticexpliala(d'oh)cious"). Also, Homer and Bart go into bootlegging when Springfield institutes Prohibition ("Homer vs. the 18th Amendment"), Lisa helps Mr. Burns regain his fortune after going bankrupt ("The Old Man and the Lisa"), and Marge launches a pretzel business with a little help from local mobster Fat Tony ("The Twisted World of Marge Simpson"). Additionally, the 1996 election is spoofed in "Treehouse of Horror VII" and Troy McClure hosts "The Simpsons Spin-Off Showcase." And as usual, a fantastic group of guest stars are featuring, including Albert Brooks, Rodney Dangerfield, Johnny Cash, David Duchovny, Gillian Anderson, Jack Lemmon, and Willem Dafoe. Ridiculously funny and incredibly entertaining, Season 8 of The Simpsons is one of best seasons of the series (if not thee best).
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  • Nov 26, 2016
    My second favorite season, and good points can be raised about it being the all-time best. Season 8's craft lies in its new ideas and subversive humor, which was built to perfection at this point. Episodes like You Only Move Twice and Homer's Enemy showcase how brilliant this show is.
  • Feb 14, 2014
    Arguably the last perfect season of the show.
  • 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 29, 2014
    This was the season where The Simpsons would become the longest-running animated show in history. And they really saved the best for this season, with brilliant quotes, wonderful storylines, great performances, and features some of the best episodes in Simpson history. It truly was The Simpsons in its prime.
  • Jan 05, 2014
    The show is as good as ever, but what do you expect? I can't imagine that it will last forever, but I don't think it will leave any time soon.

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