The Simpsons: Season 8 (1996 - 1997)


Season 8
The Simpsons

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Critic Ratings: 7


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Air date: Oct 27, 1996
Air date: Nov 3, 1996
Air date: Nov 10, 1996
Air date: Nov 17, 1996
Air date: Nov 24, 1996
Air date: Dec 1, 1996
Air date: Dec 15, 1996
Air date: Dec 29, 1996
Air date: Jan 5, 1997
Air date: Jan 12, 1997
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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.


Dan Castellaneta
as Homer Simpson/Grampa/Kodos/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
Hank Azaria
as Apu/Carl/Comic-Book Guy/Snake/Moe Szyslak/Chief Wiggum
Harry Shearer
as Bob Dole/Dr. Hibbert/Tiny Man/Kang/Skinner/Kent Brockman
Pamela Hayden
as Milhouse Van Houten/Rod Flanders
Tress MacNeille
as Agnes Skinner/Jimbo Jones
Maggie Roswell
as Starlet/Helen Lovejoy/Martha Quimby/Chorus Girl #2
Russi Taylor
as Martin Prince
Marcia Wallace
as Mrs. Krabapple
Phil Hartman
as Bill Clinton
Greg Berg
as Additional voices
Sally Stevens
as 'Scorpio' Singer
Jack Lemmon
as Frank Ormand
Bret Hart
as Bret the 'Hitman' Hart
Willem Dafoe
as The Commandant
Denice Kumagai
as Dancinig Woman #2
Jon Lovitz
as Jay Sherman
Paul Winfield
as Lucius Sweet
David Duchovny
as Fox Mulder
Alex Rocco
as Roger Myers Jr.
Dave Thomas
as Rex Banner
Karen Maruyama
as Dancing Woman #1
Albert Brooks
as Hank Scorpio
Kelsey Grammer
as Sideshow Bob
Sab Shimono
as Mr. Sparkle
Gedde Watanabe
as Factory Foreman
David Hyde Pierce
as Cecil Terwilliger
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Critic Reviews for The Simpsons Season 8

All Critics (7) | Top Critics (2)

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…

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…

Audience Reviews for The Simpsons: Season 8

  • 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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