The Simpsons: Season 9 (1997 - 1998)


Season 9
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Air date: Sep 21, 1997
Air date: Sep 28, 1997
Air date: Oct 19, 1997
Air date: Oct 26, 1997
Air date: Nov 2, 1997
Air date: Nov 9, 1997
Air date: Nov 16, 1997
Air date: Nov 23, 1997
Air date: Dec 7, 1997
Air date: Dec 21, 1997
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America's favorite bright-yellow family travel from Springfield to New York City in the opener of the ninth season. They're on a mission to find their car after Barney Gumble takes off with it during a wild bender (predictably, Homer decides to fight back when he discovers he's received a number of parking tickets). And that's just the first of Homer's many wild schemes this series. He also purchases a gun to protect his family after a soccer riot; enlists in the Navy and accidentally pilots a submarine into Soviet territory; coaches Bart's football team; joins a cult; and runs for sanitation commissioner of Springfield in the series' 200th episode, which features guest stars Steve Martin and U2. Season 9 also takes a renewed interest in Lisa, who might be the only member of the family capable of growing up, as she confronts religious hysteria after the skeleton of an angel is discovered, and later fears a genetic disorder might lead her to become as stupid as her father one day.


Dan Castellaneta
as Homer Simpson/Grampa/Krusty the Clown/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 Mr. Burns/Lenny/Ned Flanders/Seymour Skinner/Waylon Smithers
Pamela Hayden
as Jimbo/Worm-eating Boy/Milhouse
Tress MacNeille
as Mad Magazine Secretary
Marcia Wallace
as Edna Krabappel
Maggie Roswell
as Miss Hoover
Russi Taylor
as Martin Prince/Uter/Sherri/Terri
Phil Hartman
as Troy McClure/Lionel Hutz
as Themselves
Doris Grau
as Lunchlady Doris
Michael Dees
as 'New York, New York' singer
Martin Sheen
as Sgt. Seymour Skinner
Jan Hooks
as Manjula Nahasapeemapetilion
George Harrison
as Himself (archive footage)
Michael Carrington
as Drill Sergeant
Andrea Martin
as Apu's Mother
Paul Winfield
as Lucious Sweet
Rod Steiger
as Captain Tenille
as Himself as U2
Bruce Baum
as Himself
Jack Ong
as Chinese Fisherman
Adam Clayton
as Himself as U2
Mike Judge
as Hank Hill
Randy Jones
as Technician
Larry Mullen Jr.
as Himself as U2
Jay Leno
as Himself
The Edge
as Himself as U2
Hank Williams Jr.
as 'Canyonero' Singer
Steve Martin
as Ray Patterson
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Critic Reviews for The Simpsons Season 9

All Critics (6) | Top Critics (1)

Season Eight is hard to surpass, given its wealth of classic episodes. But Season Nine as much celebrated the series' strengths as it did begin to exploit them...

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

What stands out now is how mean-spirited it is... One of the smartest shows ever was knowingly being stupid, and for what?

Nov 6, 2018 | Full Review…

It's my honor to start spreading the news. If you only watch one television program this weekend, make sure it is the "New York, New York" season premiere of "The Simpsons"

Sep 18, 2018 | Full Review…

While The Simpsons had previously sent up the big city in the guise of Capital City ("the Windy Apple!"), this was the first time that the show took on New York for real, and and it turned out to be a major nemesis for Homer...

Jun 13, 2018 | Full Review…

From here on out, we're in The Simpsons' decline phase, though there's plenty of room to disagree just how stark the drop-off actually was.

Nov 15, 2017 | Full Review…

... "The City of New York vs. Homer Simpson" is a classic, as are "The Cartridge Family," "Bart Star," and "The Joy of Sect," among others.

Oct 25, 2017 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The Simpsons: Season 9

  • Dec 26, 2018
    El de Nueva York es ahora un clásico.
  • Nov 26, 2016
    The last season in which every episode was golden. Season 9 is the first season with Mike Scully as showrunner and he started with a bang. Beginning with a top 5 episode done by Bill Oakley and Josh Weinstein, The City of New York vs. Homer Simpson never lets go in its humor. The season finishes brilliantly too with the risky episode Natural Born Kissers. Mike Scully's first Treehouse of Horror and first regular episode (The Cartridge Family) are stand-outs too with many other brilliant episodes that make season 9 a top 5 season.
  • 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
    It started out good, but teetered very quickly. There are some very good episodes (like "The Cartridge Family"), but overall, the show is suffering from what is likely creative burnout.
  • Nov 30, 2013
    While it's technically where the Golden-era of the Simpsons started to go funny, no thanks to the infamous 'Principal and the Pauper', the series still shows us that they can go the distance.

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