The Simpsons: Season 30 (2018 - 2019)

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Critic Ratings: 4

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User Ratings: 47
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Episodes

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Air date: Sep 30, 2018
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Air date: Oct 7, 2018
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Air date: Oct 14, 2018
4
Air date: Oct 21, 2018
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Air date: Nov 4, 2018
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Air date: Nov 11, 2018
7
Air date: Nov 18, 2018
8
Air date: Nov 25, 2018
9
Air date: Dec 2, 2018
10
Air date: Dec 9, 2018
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A dare gone wrong puts Bart (Nancy Cartwright) in the hospital, where he lies about meeting Jesus. Lisa (Yeardley Smith) feels good after doing a kind act, so she makes a habit of it to keep her emotional high. An accident gets Homer (Dan Castellaneta) fired from the nuclear plant, but its unintended consequences makes Mr. Burns (Harry Shearer) regret his decision. Marge (Julie Kavner) tries to make more money selling Tubberware disguised as a drag queen, while Grampa (Dan Castellaneta) reminisces about being a model for toy soldiers. Moe (Hank Azaria) fears another heartbreak when a Russian mail-order bride shows up at his doorstep. The stellar guest cast for Season 30 of "The Simpsons" includes Gal Gadot, Jonathan Groff, Josh Groban, Tracy Morgan, Jon Lovitz, Awkwafina, Ken Jeong, J.K. Simmons, and RuPaul. The season also features a crossover episode with "Bob's Burgers," with special performances by H. Jon Benjamin, Dan Mintz, Eugene Mirman, John Roberts, and Kristen Schaal.

Cast

Dan Castellaneta
as Homer Simpson
Julie Kavner
as Marge Simpson
Nancy Cartwright
as Bart Simpson
Yeardley Smith
as Lisa Simpson
Russi Taylor
as Martin Prince
Pamela Hayden
as Milhouse Van Houten
Tress MacNeille
as Agnes Skinner
Hank Azaria
as Moe Szyslak
Harry Shearer
as Ned Flanders
Will Forte
as King Toot
Tracy Morgan
as Tow Truck Driver
Ken Burns
as Himself
RuPaul
as Queen Chante
Peter Serafinowicz
as Corporate CEO
Judy Blume
as Herself
Ken Jeong
as Korean Monk
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Critic Reviews for The Simpsons Season 30

All Critics (4) | Top Critics (1)

The end result is the thirtieth time The Simpsons has begun a new season, and though it's not perfect, it does feel refreshingly reminiscent of the series' better days.

Oct 1, 2018 | Full Review…

After thirty years, the series has become the authority. Newer shows are taking on new ground, but The Simpsons are still shooting for something less than redemption.

Oct 1, 2018 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

It settles for telling a clever, amusing story rather than relying on gimmicks.

Oct 1, 2018 | Rating: 7.2/10 | Full Review…

[The premiere] at least indicates an interest in character-focused stories going forward that's a lot more intriguing than any splashy stunt casting or reality-busting fantasy would be.

Oct 1, 2018 | Rating: B- | Full Review…
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Audience Reviews for The Simpsons: Season 30

  • Sep 03, 2019
    Overused Jokes. Less Humor. I think It's time for Fox to pull the plug on the longest running TV show
  • Sep 03, 2019
    While season 30 has, at least for a new Simpsons season, a fair few good episodes, such as Baby You Can't Drive My Car, Krusty the Clown and 101 Mitigations, it is let down by some awful episodes highlighting just how low the creators have sunk, whether to do with horrible actions from the main characters (I'm Dancing as Fat as I Can), one-sided political messages (Bart Vs. Itchy & Scratchy) or horrible humour, desparate to be relatable and hip with the youth (Bart Vs. Itchy & Scratchy, looking at you again for one particular scene). Overall, this isn't the worst new Simpsons season, in fact I think it has more good episodes than others, but it just goes from such highs to such lows so quickly and sporadically that I couldn't sit through all of it again.
  • Aug 05, 2019
    The Yellow family During my childhood The Simpsons seemed something mysterious to me: every time the legendary intro played my parents sent me to bed because it was 21:00 already. Even not well acquainted to the yellow family I felt a great abhorrence of it: the animation was lousy and the characters ugly. I returned to the happy-go-lucky inhabitants of Springfield when the rumors about its fortune-telling abilities rose, you know, about Trump, 9.11, etc. Before scrutinizing the Simpsons I used to admire such satires as The Family Guy and South Park that is why their "ancestor`s" first episode literally yelled at my face "YOU HAVE ALREADY SEEN IT!" Indeed, The Simpsons were a revolution in the world of comedy, so later works started stealing their plots, clichés, and jokes shamelessly. Just like the same Family Guy and South Park, the cartoon imposes its obvious cheap moral about the value of the family, friendship, importance of ecology, but it presents it in a colorful wrap of a vivid and lively story. About the humor. I recently caught the detail but it impressed me. The "Simpsonian" humor appeals to everyone: a buffoon could laugh at a character who slips on a banana peel or performs a well-known old school gag. An average one will find Homer`s flight in a spaceship absurd and appreciate the moment. The intellectual would cry of joy when Sideshow Bob performs a Gilbert and Sullivan operetta. No surprise the TV series has such an enormous and loyal audience. Besides, the cartoon is not attached to our particular beloved family: you can find a cornucopia of characters – an entire city, among the inhabitants of which you can find yourself, your friends and fiends, your acquaintances and family members. I am sure that you have encountered for sure irritating neighbors, extremely loyal and sycophantic employees and unrecognized geniuses in real life. What I particularly adore is that the creators didn`t portray Springfield black and white: talented and altruistic Lisa often exhibits egoistic behavior, lazy and sneaky Bart sometimes presents his secret talents and such a greedy and insidious curmudgeon as Mr. Burns sacrificed everything to save his assistant`s life. That is why The Simpsons are still funny and actual. Besides entertaining the audience, Simpsons present important social issues. Unlike the South Park`s harsh style Matt Groening demonstrates the issue diplomatically by simply showing its consequences on the characters. At first glance everything is refine: the creators are very talented and they know how to make folks laugh, but no such luck. The Simpsons were murdered at the top of their game by human avarice. From now on The Simpsons are destined to be "milked" to exhaustion and die in the hands of the creator, not as a masterpiece but a commercial product. Screenwriters started conforming to trends and "getting high" on hype. They made an unforgivable mistake for a sitcom: they developed the characters. The thing is that in every episode a certain change occurred and it got annulated in the next episode. The character development, in this case, is impossible unless you alter them in just one episode. The creators chose option 2 but it seemed lousy and artificial. Here is an example of the worst change in the series. The jokes about Waylon Smithers, the local Rothschild's assistant, were built on his servile loyalty which almost seemed as love towards his boss. This controversial position was a huge field for jokes which never annoyed the audience. The creators decided to spit on Smithers's character and what he was before and sculpt him from zero. As they "enforced" Smithers to commit "coming-out" he became a pale stereotype of homosexuals. For now on all his actions are not dictated by a noble sense of loyalty and honor but by some feelings. This path ruined all our, the audience`s trust toward accustomed and dear to heart characters, it is hard to believe their actions. I do not like long conclusions but The Simpsons are dead for me from somewhere in 13th season. May the society remember the yellow family the way I do.
  • Jul 18, 2019
    Another perfect season from The Simpsons
  • May 13, 2019
    Yet another sub-par season. Wish they changed focus from the more-character focused episodes they've been doing these past few seasons. The downhill years of the Simpsons can be split into two eras. First there was the time when the show was less character-oriented and suffered from increasingly wacky situations that felt hollow. Then the staff corrected course and switched to more character-based seasons and for a while it looked promising. But that route went south as well. They've been trying to come up with so many personal conflicts for the main characters that there's nothing really left to mine. (For the hundredth time, there are episodes where it looks like Homer and Marge's marriage is on the rocks.) The show has been going for this pseudo-indie feel and it doesn't jive. Also, THERE IS ANOTHER EPISODE ABOUT MOE BEING IN A RELATIONSHIP! Why do they keep doing this storyline?! The plot is basically the same every time. I really wish they'd try focusing on some other characters who haven't gotten much attention. I liked the Carl-focused episode a few seasons back because it felt new and we didn't really know that much about him personally. I'll still be watching the show next season. Because although the jokes don't come as quickly as they used to, their is still funny material. There are three different jabs at the entertainment industry, and it's been some of their best satire in years. So yeah, the season is passable. If you've stopped watching, this won't bring you back and if you're still watching this probably won't drive you away.
  • Mar 17, 2019
    Best season in a long time.
  • Dec 31, 2018
    One of the funniest shows ever. After, say, the 20th season quality went down but was so good for so long they get immunity.
  • Dec 06, 2018
    A harmless simpsons season.
  • Nov 13, 2018
    Still funny after 30 seasons
  • Nov 08, 2018
    Baby You Can't Drive My Car was a classic, family-centred, well done Simpsons episode. Wonderful!

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