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The Simpsons: Season 8 (1996-1997)

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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.

Cast

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
Joe Mantegna
as Fat Tony
Sally Stevens
as 'Scorpio' Singer
Rodney Dangerfield
as Larry Burns
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
Gillian Anderson
as Dana Scully
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
Tim Conway
as Himself
Kelsey Grammer
as Sideshow Bob
Sab Shimono
as Mr. Sparkle
Gailard Sartain
as Big Daddy
Gedde Watanabe
as Factory Foreman
David Hyde Pierce
as Cecil Terwilliger
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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.

November 8, 2017 | Full Review…

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

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

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

October 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.

November 15, 2017 | Full Review…
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There is a constant sense of surprise - a wily exuberance - about THE SIMPSONS... that still hasn't abated after eight seasons...

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

We are at the pinnacle of Mount Simpson.

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

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