The Simpsons: Season 10 (1998 - 1999)

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Air date: Aug 23, 1998

A new school year has begun at Springfield Elementary School, and Lisa Simpson (voice of Yeardley Smith) is asked to show a new girl in her class around the grounds. While Alex Whitney (voice of Lisa Kudrow) is the same age as Lisa, she has the style and personality of a teenager, and laughs at Lisa's interests in ponies, dolls and kid's games. Alex prefers shopping and trying on perfume and jewelry, and soon Lisa's friends are following Alex's lead, to Lisa's chagrin. Matters come to a head when Lisa and Alex both end up on their class's social committee, and Alex persuades Principal Skinner (voice of Harry Shearer) to change their annual "Apple Pick" into a formal dance. Adding insult to injury, Lisa finds she can't get a date for the big party, not even from not-so-secret admirer Milhouse (voice of Pamela Hayden). Meanwhile, Homer (voice of Dan Castellaneta) has discovered there's money to be made in recycling cooking grease, and he sets up a new business to cash in, only to discover his household doesn't generate enough fat to turn a profit. However, Homer learns that the Springfield Elementary cafeteria is loaded with grease, and he and Bart (voice of Nancy Cartwright) formulate a cunning plan to steal it. "Lard Of The Dance" was first aired on August 23, 1998.

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Air date: Sep 20, 1998

When Homer Simpson (voice of Dan Castellaneta) makes the sobering discovery that his current age put him at the halfway point of a normal human life expectancy, he becomes deeply depressed and is convinced he's wasted his life. Hoping to lift Homer's spirits, his family puts together a reel of home movies documenting some of his more remarkable exploits; unimpressed, he asks who invented movies in the first place, and when he discovers Thomas Edison dreamed up moving pictures as well as the light bulb, the phonograph, and dozens of other useful items, Homer is inspired to become an inventor. Quitting his job, he sets up a workshop in the basement in hopes of creating useful new items. However, Homer's first batch of new products -- including a make-up gun, an electric hammer, and a combination toilet and easy chair -- fails to impress, and he thinks he's washed out again until he comes up with a chair that has extra hinged back legs which keep it from tipping over backwards. The family is convinced Homer's finally come up with a winner until someone spots a photo of Edison with just such a chair; determined to avoid being branded a failure again, Homer and Bart (voice of Nancy Cartwright) head to the Edison Museum in Michigan in order to destroy the great inventor's original chair so Homer can claim it as his own. Featuring a voice cameo from William Daniels (reprising his role as K.I.T.T., the car from Knight Rider), "The Wizard of Evergreen Terrace" first aired on September 20, 1998.

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Air date: Sep 27, 1998

A trip to the Springfield Family Fun Center proves to be a lucky one for successful bully Nelson Muntz (voice of Nancy Cartwright) when he wins a brand new BB gun, and Bart Simpson (also voiced by Cartwright), suitably impressed, asks if he can come over some time and try it out. Bart's mother Marge (voice of Julie Kavner) is aware of Nelson's thuggish tendencies and doesn't care for guns, so she forbids Bart to spend time with Nelson. Bart stops by his house after school anyway, and while trying out the gun accidentally kills a bird. Marge arrives just in time to see Bart in action, and rather than yell at her boy, she tells him she's given up on him. Bart senses he's finally crossed a dangerous line, and when he sees several unhatched eggs in the late bird's nest, he takes the back to his tree house in order to hatch them. While Bart tries to keep the egg-hatching project a secret, when Marge finds out it gives her a new faith in her son. However, when the eggs finally hatch, to the surprise of everyone what emerges aren't birds but Bolivian Tree Lizards, which have been declared a menace to wildlife by the U.S. Wildlife Department. "Bart The Mother" featured a voice cameo from Phil Hartman as Troy McClure in what proved to be his final appearance on the show; the episode first aired on September 27, 1998.

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Air date: Oct 25, 1998

The creative team at The Simpsons once again celebrate Halloween with a special episode featuring three short tales of the macabre. In "Hell Toupee," habitual criminal Snake (voice of Hank Azaria) is put to death for smoking in public, and he swears revenge against the men who helped put him on death row -- one of them being Homer Simpson (voice of Dan Castellaneta). When Homer decides to battle baldness with a hair transplant, he ends up having Snake's pompadour fused to his scalp, and soon the hairstyle develops a murderous life of its own. Marge (voice of Julie Kavner) forbids Bart (voice of Nancy Cartwright) and Lisa (voice of Yeardley Smith) to watch the Itchy & Scratchy Halloween Special in "The Terror of Tiny Tune," and she goes so far as to take the batteries out of the television's remote control so they can't tune in to the show. Bart replaces the batteries with what turns out to be plutonium, and it supercharges the remote, sending Bart and Lisa into a hellish TV-based alternate universe. And in "Starship Poopers," baby Maggie begins behaving very strangely (sprouting fangs, growing tentacles, attempting to attack her fellow family members), and Marge is forced to make a startling confession -- Maggie was actually fathered by Kang (voice of Harry Shearer), an alien bent on taking over the Earth. When Kang and his partner in crime Kodos (voice of Dan Castellaneta) come to Springfield to take Maggie to their home planet, the family refuses to cooperate, so they go to a neutral ground to negotiate the matter -- the set of The Jerry Springer Show. "Treehouse of Horror IX" includes voice cameos from Robert Englund as Freddie Krueger, and Jerry Springer, Ed McMahon, Kathie Lee Gifford and Regis Philbin as themselves; the episode first aired on October 25, 1998.

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Air date: Nov 8, 1998

Homer Simpson (voice of Dan Castellaneta) and his family head to the beach and Homer decides to try his hand at parasailing; displaying the grace and poise for which he's famous, Homer crashes through the skylight of a posh beach house, and discovers it's home to movie stars Alec Baldwin and Kim Basinger. Baldwin and Basinger tell Homer they come to Springfield during time off to get away from the glare of Hollywood stardom; they ask him to keep their presence a secret, and star-struck Homer offers to serve as their personal assistant. Homer soon gets to know Alec and Kim's friend and frequent visitor Ron Howard, but it starts to wear on him that he's hanging out with folks from the Show Biz A List but can't tell anyone. One night, Homer blabs about his famous pals at Moe's Tavern, and soon all of Springfield knows about the celebrities in their midst. Baldwin and Basinger turn their back on Homer, and he in turn dishes dirt on his former friends by opening "Homer's Museum of Hollywood Jerks." "When You Dish Upon A Star" first aired on November 8, 1998; Alec Baldwin, Kim Basinger and Ron Howard provided the voices for their characters, as did noted producer Brian Grazer.

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Air date: Nov 15, 1998

Homer Simpson (voice of Dan Castellaneta) develops a sudden curiosity about his middle name -- while he knows it starts with the initial J, he doesn't know what it stands for. His father, Grandpa Simpson (also voiced by Castellaneta), doesn't know either, but suggests that a visit to the farm where Homer's mom lived with a hippie commune after leaving him might hold the answers. After finding a mural painted by his mother which reveals his middle name is "Jay," Homer becomes infatuated with the hippie scene that once flourished there, and seeks the friendship of Seth (voice of Martin Mull) and Munchie (voice of George Carlin), former commune members who now run a vegetable farm and juice company on the grounds. Homer chides Seth and Munchie for their current embrace of capitalism, and urges them to join him for a day of "freaking out squares," but when he accidentally wrecks their juice works, the aging longhairs turn their back on him. Despite the encouragement of his son Bart (voice of Nancy Cartwright), who tells him "You make a great hippie . . . you're lazy and self-righteous and the soles of your feet are jet-black," Homer decides he needs to patch things up with Seth and Munchie if he wants to continue his countercultural lifestyle. Hoping to surprise his new friends, Homer harvests the crops in the Back Forty and sends them though their juicing machinery, unaware that he's just shipped out a batch of drinks made from psychoactive plants. "D'Oh-in' In The Wind" first aired on November 15, 1998, and features special end-credit music from acclaimed alternative rock band Yo La Tengo.

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Air date: Nov 22, 1998

Lisa Simpson (voice of Yeardley Smith) develops a bad cold and has to stay home from school; without much to do, her mother Marge (voice of Julie Kavner) wheels a television and a videogame setup into her room which to her brother Bart (voice of Nancy Cartwright). While Lisa is resistant to the game at first, she becomes a master of "Dash Dingo," and by the time she returns to school, for once in her life she's behind on her homework and unprepared for a test. Lisa postpones the test by pretending to fall ill again, and Bart offers to help her by introducing her to his friend Nelson (also voiced by Cartwright), who can provide her the answers for the test -- for a price. Against her better judgment, Lisa buys the answers and ends up getting an A+ on the test. While this isn't anything new for Springfield's youngest intellectual, Lisa is a bit embarrassed by the fuss over her grade, especially when it kicks Springfield Elementary's grade average into a higher category, making the school eligible for increased funding. Lisa is torn -- should the school profit from her ethical lapse, or should she tell the truth? Meanwhile, Homer (voice of Dan Castellaneta) has a taste for shellfish, and buys a small lobster in order to fatten him up for a proper feast. However, once Homer names the crustacean "Mr. Pinchy," he no longer has the heart to eat it, and makes the lobster into his pet. "Lisa Gets An 'A'" first aired on November 22, 1998.

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Air date: Dec 6, 1998

Homer Simpson (voice of Dan Castellaneta) treats the family to a day at "Bloodbath Gulch," a Wild West Show complete with saloon, and Grandpa (also voiced by Castellaneta) enjoys several sarsaparillas while the family watches the phony shoot-outs. On the way home, Grandpa suddenly needs to use the bathroom, but Homer ignores his pleas, and Grandpa's kidneys literally explode. Grandpa needs a new kidney and fast, and Homer is persuaded to donate one of his. However, once Homer learns that donating an organ could possibly be dangerous, he gets cold feet, and when his homemade mechanical kidney (made from a whistle and a beer can) is deemed inadequate, Homer skips town. As Grandpa's life hangs in the balance, Homer boards a tramp steamer, where he meets "The Lost Souls," a band of desperate men and women who have abandoned responsibility and consequence for a rootless life at sea. "Homer Simpson In: 'Kidney Trouble'" first aired on December 6, 1998.

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Air date: Dec 20, 1998

Homer Simpson (voice of Dan Castellaneta) and his family check out Springfield's Bi-Monthly Sci-Fi Convention, and the fans are buzzing in anticipation of an appearance by Luke Skywalker himself, actor Mark Hamill. Always looking for a photo op, Mayor Quimby (also voiced by Castellaneta) stops by to have his picture taken with Hamill, and when a scuffle breaks out, Homer comes to the rescue, escorting the mayor and the actor to safety. Quimby promptly fires his staff of bodyguards and hires Homer to take their place; after taking a crash course in the art of protecting others, Homer is now the mayor's first line of defense against enemies. Homer is on hand when Quimby makes a deal with local crime boss Fat Tony (voice of Joe Mantegna) to provide milk for town's schools, but he soon learns that the milk comes from rats, not cows, and Homer forces the mayor to expose Fat Tony's dirty dealings. This earns the enmity of Fat Tony, and the gangster is determined to take Quimby out of the picture as the mayor enjoys a dinner theater performance of +Guys and Dolls, with Hamill cast as Nathan Detroit. "Mayored To The Mob" first aired on December 20, 1998.

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Air date: Jan 10, 1999

Homer Simpson (voice of Dan Castellaneta) sees his neighbor, aggressively perky born-again Christian Ned Flanders (voice of Harry Shearer), using a senior citizen's discount while shopping, and is convinced Ned is up to something. However, despite his appearance, Homer learns Ned really is sixty years of age, and chalks up his youthful looks to "clean living, chewing thoroughly, and a daily dose of vitamin church!" As Ned looks back at the straight and narrow life he's led, he wonders if there might be something to be learned from Homer's more adventurous way of doing things, and he asks Homer to give him a crash course in having fun. Homer agrees, and takes Ned with him for a trip to Las Vegas, where they gamble, watch stuntman Lance Murdock perform a dangerous motorcycle jump, and Ned has (gasp!) a white wine spritzer. The next morning, Ned and Homer wake up hung-over and disoriented and learn just how eventful their evening was -- they married a pair of cocktail waitresses who aren't interested in breaking up with their new hubbies just yet. First aired on January 10, 1999, "Viva Ned Flanders" features vocal cameos from Graeme Edge, Justin Hayward, John Lodge and Ray Thomas of the Moody Blues as themselves (who are shown playing in Vegas as an opening act for a Moody Blues tribute band).

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Series 10 of the animated-comedy stalwart features plenty of Homer's wild and crazy schemes, including a stint as a personal assistant to then-spouses Kim Basinger and Alec Baldwin, and sadly, the final performance by Phil Hartman (1948-98), who voiced C-list actor Troy McClure and cut-rate attorney Lionel Hutz. Hartman's last episode is a touching character piece in which Bart accidentally shoots a bird with a BB gun and, stricken with guilt, proceeds to take care of her soon-to-be-hatched eggs. Other episodes find Homer renaming himself Max Power, completing bodyguard school (the graduation tune is Whitney Houston's "I Will Always Love You," naturally) and having a wild time in Las Vegas with Ned Flanders. But Homer manages to save the best for last in a terrific season finale in which the Simpsons take a last-minute vacation to Tokyo and end up stranded, forcing them to compete in a brutal Japanese game show for a plane ticket home.

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Critic Reviews for The Simpsons Season 10

All Critics (5) | Top Critics (1)

The cartoon clan that puts the fun in dysfunction returns for a 10th season... It is gratifying to report that, based on the season premiere, "The Simpsons" promises to remain the most reliable half-hour of laughs on television.

May 21, 2018 | Full Review…

"Lard of the Dance" was a great way to start Season 10, with the school year beginning and the kids returning to class.

Jun 13, 2018 | Full Review…

This season also, for better or worse, has greater unity than many that came before.

Nov 8, 2017 | Full Review…

This tenth season is again, like the show's previous nine, chock full of cameo appearances by a flood of celebrities in another hilariously diverse set of twenty-three superbly written episodes.

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

... even after a decade, The Simpsons was unstoppable.

Oct 25, 2017 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The Simpsons: Season 10

  • Nov 26, 2016
    By any standard season 10 is a great season of TV, but in comparison to what preceded it, there's something off with this season in comparison, the humor relies a bit too much on pop culture and celeberties with some plots getting too outlandish and choppy. It doesn't help that Homer goes overboard at times with his selfishness. Season 10 is fantastic with mostly great episodes, some raking as all-time favorites, but I can't deny that it isn't as flawless as 2-9 with more emphasis on cheap humor.
  • 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
    Not as bad as season 9, but still very fast-paced and obnoxious, season 10 is a big hit-and-miss one, but there are quite a few quality episodes to pick from.

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