The Simpsons: Season 23 (2011 - 2012)

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Season 23
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Air date: Sep 25, 2011

Season 23 premiere: When Homer's threatened by a Ukrainian terrorist, a shy security guard (voice of Kiefer Sutherland) with a shadowy past comes to his aid. Meanwhile, Marge dreams of being on "Top Chef"; and the future of "Nedna" (Ned and Mrs. Krabappel) is revealed. "Top Chef" judge Tom Colicchio has a voice cameo as himself.

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Air date: Oct 30, 2011

"Treehouse of Horror XXII": Homer gets his arm caught in a boulder in an isolated canyon. He's also paralyzed, but can communicate via natural gases. Mountain climber Aron Ralston provides his own voice. Meanwhile, Bart and Milhouse are in deep space, transformed into one-eyed avatars and caught up in planetary warfare after Bart falls in love. And Ned Flanders is transformed nightly into a cold-blooded vigilante.

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Air date: Nov 6, 2011

Homer gets a new assistant at work (voice of Jane Lynch), who quickly replaces him. She turns out to have a sinister past. Meanwhile, Bart's science-fair project , a mechanical seal, outclasses Lisa's and proves to be a hit at the retirement home.

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Air date: Nov 13, 2011

Marge, Bart and Lisa start a food blog ("The Three Mouthketeers"), which results in scoring reservations at Springfield's hottest new restaurant. The question becomes whether to invite Homer. Chefs Anthony Bourdain, Gordon Ramsay and Mario Batali (providing their own voices) offer Marge their opinions in a dream sequence. Later, Homer's cooking gets him into trouble.

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Air date: Nov 20, 2011

Homer decides to cash in on the "tween lit" craze and forms a team to group write a novel. He enlists fantasy novelist Neil Gaiman (providing his own voice) for the effort, but then must navigate treacherous industry shoals at the Springfield Book Fair.

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Air date: Nov 27, 2011

After Homer hosts a party to promote Krusty's new liquor, Mr. Burns makes him an account exec and an ad pro (voice of John Slattery) mentors him. Soon Homer begins to neglect his family. Meanwhile, Bart begins reading classic novels.

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Air date: Dec 4, 2011

After Krusty's show is canceled and his agent dumps him, the Simpsons introduce him to another agent (voice of Joan Rivers), who turns out to be the agent who discovered him years ago.

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Air date: Dec 11, 2011

Flash-forward to 2041: Bart and Lisa are heading home for the holidays with their own kids in tow. And when they turn to Marge and Homer for parenting advice, they come to realize that the apple doesn't fall far from the Christmas tree.

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Air date: Jan 8, 2012

After his videotaped rant about airport security goes viral, Homer lands a radio talk show, and considerable political influence. Then he endorses rock star Ted Nugent (who provides his own voice) for president.

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Air date: Jan 15, 2012

Lisa, the creator of a social network she calls SpringFace, explains why she came to regret it. Meanwhile, Patty and Selma compete against the Winklevoss twins (voice of Armie Hammer) in a 2012 Olympic competition.

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"The Simpsons" has had its fair share of unusual episodes over the years, but series 23 features possibly its strangest installment yet: "Moe Goes From Rags to Riches," which tells the long history of Moe's bar rag from medieval times to the present day (and with Jeremy Irons providing the mellifluous voice of the rag, no less). Another high-concept episode spoofs the movie "Inception," as the Simpsons family enter Homer's dreams in order to find out why he's wetting the bed. It's also a season with a number of great Lisa stories: She writes a young-adult novel, founds an online social network, falls for an intellectual (Michael Cera) and receives some life advice from Lady Gaga in the finale.

Cast & Crew

Yeardley Smith
Lisa Simpson
Nancy Cartwright
Bartholomew Jo-Jo "Bart" Simpson/Nelson Muntz
Julie Kavner
Marge Simpson
Dan Castellaneta
Homer Jay Simpson
Pamela Hayden
Milhouse Van Houten
Hank Azaria
Moe Szyslak/Apu Nahasapeemapetilon/Chief Clancy Wiggum/Dr. Nick Riviera/Carl Carlson
Harry Shearer
Principal Seymour Skinner/Ned Flanders
Maggie Roswell
Maude Flanders / Helen Lovejoy / Others
Russi Taylor
Dr. Hibbert's Daughter / Sherri / Terri / Martin Prince
Marcia Wallace
Mrs. Krabappel / Others
Jackie Mason
Hyman Krustofsky
Adrian Hughes
The Tiger Lillies
Jamie Hyneman
Himself
Alison Krauss
Herself
Adam Savage
Mark Kirkland
Bob Anderson
Chris Clements
Michael Price
Lance Kramer
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Critic Reviews for The Simpsons Season 23

All Critics (5) | Top Critics (1)

The Simpsons has remained as quintessentially American as anything else produced by our culture, recognizing our dual capacities for greatness and folly, for cooperation and chaos, for weakness and resolve.

Nov 9, 2017 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…

The real question is whether The Simpsons can still bring the funny. All signs point to yes with big neon asterisks attached.

Nov 15, 2017 | Rating: B | Full Review…
Top Critic

The Simpsons have been in a critical tailspin for quite some time now. The season premiere of the 23rd season doesn't change much.

May 11, 2018 | Rating: 3/10 | Full Review…

... still had plenty of laughs thanks to the ridiculous cast of characters that is The Simpsons.

Nov 13, 2017 | Rating: 3.5/5 | Full Review…

Negative points for the 43,583 guest stars...

Oct 25, 2017 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The Simpsons: Season 23

  • 4d ago
    Hey man I'm so cool 🏴‍☠️
  • Sep 06, 2020
    I will always love this series
  • Jul 07, 2020
    This is a great season, full of heart felt episodes
  • Nov 26, 2016
    Season 23 was the last season when I watched the show as a "Super fan", someone who couldn't live without seeing the newest Simpsons episode. Maybe that awful Lady Gaga episode had something to do with it, besides that monstrosity season 23 picks up the pace from season 22 and turns out to be a decent season. My favorites where Holidays of Future Passed, Politically Inept, With Homer Simpson, The Book Job, The Food Wife, and A Totally Fun Thing Bart will Never Do Again, all episodes that showed there's still passion in the crew, and that the occasional Rag episode is worth sitting through.
  • Feb 22, 2016
    Tiene uno que otro episodio decente, pero la poca magia de esta serie esta más que pérdida.
  • Mar 25, 2014
    A disgrace to The Simpsons and TV.
  • 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
    The episodes are so vehemently bland at this point that it's almost offensive. I can't believe that someone is making stuff so bad and it's not an in-joke or something. The worst part is, people still like it!
  • Nov 30, 2013
    Again, like most of its lacklustre seasons, it proved to be outlandish, but I think they may have learned their mistakes at the time, mainly because that they at least managed to have the good episodes outweigh the bad episodes for once, and also some great guest voices at the time.

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