The Simpsons: Season 13 (2001 - 2002)

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Season 13
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Air date: Nov 6, 2001

"Treehouse of Horror XIII" finds Homer cloned; Dr. Hibbert turning the family into half animals; and Springfield invaded by zombie cowboys.

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Air date: Nov 11, 2001

One morning, Homer Simpson (voice of Dan Castellaneta) decides he doesn't feel like giving his son Bart (voice of Nancy Cartwright) and his best friend Milhouse (voice of Pamela Hayden) a ride to school, which turns out to be a bad choice, since Bart ends up stealing a police car on his way to Springfield Elementary. Bart and his folks end up in front of the usually lenient Judge Snyder (voice of Harry Shearer), but at the last minute the judge goes on vacation, with the stern Judge Constance Harm (voice of Jane Kaczmarek) taking his place. Harm decides Homer and Marge (voice of Julie Kavner) have done a bad job of raising Bart, and orders the boy to be tethered to Homer at all times. This soon proves wildly impractical and Marge decides it isn't helping, so she cuts the cable. This angers Judge Harm, who responds by putting Homer and Marge in public stocks; they eventually escape, and Homer plots revenge against the judge, which typically goes awry. "The Parent Rap" first aired on November 11, 2001.

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Air date: Nov 18, 2001

Ill-tempered bartender Moe Szyslak (voice of Hank Azaria) has been in even more of a funk than usual, and needing a reminder of what drew him into the mixed drink business in the first place, he heads back to the bartending school where he first learned his craft. Homer Simpson (voice of Dan Castellaneta) is put in charge of Moe's tavern while he's gone, which quickly becomes even more of a sinkhole on his watch. Upon returning, Moe decides his bar needs a makeover, and he transforms it into "M," an upscale nightspot for Springfield's most pretentious hipsters. Homer and his pals no longer feel welcome there at their regular watering hole, and he responds by setting up a tavern in his garage, using the legal loophole that he and his friends actually enjoying the facilities of their hunting club. Offended that his once-loyal customers are swilling beer somewhere else, Moe calls Homer on his ruse and insists that he and his pals actually go hunting for their Thanksgiving dinner. Featuring an appearance by R.E.M. (who appear at Homer's tavern under the mistaken belief they're playing an environmental benefit), "Homer The Moe" first aired on November 9, 2001.

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Air date: Dec 2, 2001

Julia Louis-Dreyfus gives voice to a young woman wooed by Burns, who drafts Homer to help him cultivate a more youthful image.

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Air date: Dec 9, 2001

A hypnotist unlocks a repressed memory in Homer, who recalls childhood times with Moe, Carl and Lenny---and his finding a corpse. Paul Newman and singer Judith Owen have voice cameos.

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Air date: Dec 16, 2001

In this Christmas episode, Richard Gere offers Buddhist teachings to Lisa after she leaves her church because of Mr. Burns' tacky fund-raising efforts, which include commercials (during sermons) and podium-placed ads.

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Air date: Jan 6, 2002

A social worker is assigned to try to bring the family together after police respond to a fight between Bart and Homer during a game of Monopoly.

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Air date: Jan 20, 2002

Ben Stiller plays a sugar company's CEO who draws Marge's ire after Springfield is declared the "World's Fattest Town."

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Air date: Jan 27, 2002

An(other) accident forces Homer's jaws to be wired shut, and improved listening skills result in a kinder, gentler---and more boring---Homer.

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Air date: Feb 10, 2002

Now fabulously wealthy, Marge's grabby prom date Artie Ziff (Jon Lovitz) offers a million dollars for a weekend with her that, he says, will have "no funny stuff." The Simpsons agree when they realize the money will help their marriage---by paying for an operation that will cure Homer's snoring.

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Series 13 finds the creative staff trying to keep up with a changing culture: Homer becomes addicted to medical marijuana, Moe renovates his bar to appeal to hipsters and Bart starts an online comic based on his father. On the sillier side of things, the episode "Tales From the Public Domain" takes the stories of Odysseus, Joan of Arc and Hamlet and plugs members of the Simpsons family into them. Prominent guest stars this series include Reese Witherspoon, who voices a girl both Bart and his best friend Milhouse fall for, and Richard Gere, who gives spiritual advice to Lisa after she decides to convert to Buddhism.

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Critic Reviews for The Simpsons Season 13

All Critics (7) | Top Critics (0)

Naysayers insist that The Simpsons had passed its peak by season 13, but hit play on these 22 episodes and you'll see it's still one of the wittiest shows on US TV.

Nov 16, 2017 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

Even at its worst, The Simpsons is still really quite awesome. While many of the gags feel a touch stale, the characters are still lovable, and the love, admiration and time the creators put into the material is noticeable

May 10, 2018 | Rating: 7/10 | Full Review…

Season thirteen represents a time when the show was clinging to the classic humour that was derived from situations that were routed in a reality... while slowly descending into the surreal and farcical...

Jun 14, 2018 | Full Review…

And while the law of diminishing returns that has effected The Simpsons as a whole has also done the same to its annual Halloween parodies, the 2001 entry in the series was a high point.

Jun 13, 2018 | Full Review…

Despite its failings, the Matt Groening-created animated sitcom is still one of the best shows on.

May 10, 2018 | Rating: 6/10 | Full Review…

Season 13 is solid, but nowhere near the show at its best.

Nov 15, 2017 | Full Review…

.... there are just as many tangents that feel like the product of boredom.

Nov 8, 2017 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The Simpsons: Season 13

  • Sep 06, 2020
    Why im i so happy with this season
  • Dec 28, 2019
    This season felt like a return to form after a few meh seasons (10, 11 & 12) plenty of episodes I remember from watching them on TV, delivered plenty of smiles and laughs, which is impressive for any show in its 13th season. Reminded me of why I loved the Simpsons so much growing up.
  • Nov 26, 2016
    After 3 seasons of craziness Al Jean gets the series steering in the right direction again. Focusing more on characters and generally improving the comedy, season 13 brings the series into a respectable, if slightly forgettable, position.
  • 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
    With the fifth showrunner debuting this year, Al Jean, the show is finally starting to feel like life is seeping into it again, as there is actual story this time around to accompany the jokes.
  • Nov 30, 2013
    Returning to its peak form in that decade, The Simpsons again resort to their own unusual tricks to bring you a full season of episodes. However, it at least has some watchable gems and some underated episodes (such as 'Jaws Wired Shut' and 'She of Little Faith', and 'The Lastest Gun in the West' and 'Tales From the Public Domain', respectively), which do compensate for some of the worst they have to offer in that season.

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