This is a list of Treehouse of Horror episodes produced by the animated television series The Simpsons . Treehouse of Horror episodes have aired annually since the second season (1990) and each episode has three separate segments. These segments usually involve the family in some horror, science fiction, or supernatural setting and always take place outside the normal continuity of the show and are therefore considered to be non-canon. The original "Treehouse of Horror" episode aired on October 25, 1990 and was inspired by EC Comics Horror tales.Before "Treehouse of Horror XI", which aired in 2000, every episode has aired in the week preceding or on October 31; "Treehouse of Horror II" and "Treehouse of Horror X" are the only two episodes to air on Halloween. Between 2000 to 2008 and 2010, due to Fox's contract with Major League Baseball's World Series, several episodes have originally aired in November; as of 2011 every Treehouse of Horror episode has aired in October. From "Treehouse of Horror" to "Treehouse of Horror XIII", all three segments were written by different writers and in some cases there was a fourth writer that wrote the opening and wraparound segments. For "Treehouse of Horror", there were even three different directors for the episode. Starting with season fifteen's "Treehouse of Horror XIV", only one writer was credited as having written a Treehouse of Horror episode, and the trend has continued since.
The Simpsons is an American animated sitcom created by Matt Groening for the Fox Broadcasting Company. The series is a satirical depiction of working-class life, epitomized by the Simpson family, which consists of Homer, Marge, Bart, Lisa, and Maggie. The show is set in the fictional town of Springfield and parodies American culture and society, television, and the human condition.
Treehouse of Horror, also known as The Simpsons Halloween specials, are a series of Halloween-themed episodes of the animated series The Simpsons, each consisting of three separate, self-contained segments. These segments usually involve the Simpson family in some horror, science fiction, or supernatural setting. They take place outside the show's normal continuity and completely abandon any pretense of being realistic, being known for their far more violent and much darker nature than an average Simpsons episode. The first, entitled "Treehouse of Horror", aired on October 25, 1990, as part of the second season and was inspired by EC Comics horror tales. Since then, there have been 28 other Treehouse of Horror episodes, with one airing every year.
The Simpsons' second season originally aired on the Fox network between October 11, 1990 and July 11, 1991, and contained 22 episodes, beginning with "Bart Gets an "F"". Another episode, "Blood Feud", aired during the summer after the official season finale. The executive producers for the second production season were Matt Groening, James L. Brooks, and Sam Simon, who had also been EPs for the previous season. The DVD box set was released on August 6, 2002 in Region 1, July 8, 2002 in Region 2 and in September, 2002 in Region 4. The episode "Homer vs. Lisa and the 8th Commandment" won the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Animated Program, and was also nominated in the "Outstanding Sound Mixing for a Comedy Series or a Special" category.
As of 2018, there are twenty-nine Treehouse of Horror episodes, with one airing every year. They are known for being more violent than an average Simpsons episode and contain several different trademarks, including the alien characters Kang and Kodos who have appeared in every episode. Quite often the segments will parody well-known movies, books, radio shows, and television shows. The Twilight Zone has been parodied quite often, and has served as the inspiration for numerous segments.
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Kang and Kodos Johnson are a duo of fictional recurring characters in the animated television series The Simpsons. Kang is voiced by Harry Shearer and Kodos by Dan Castellaneta. They are green, octopus-like aliens from the fictional planet Rigel VII and appear almost exclusively in the "Treehouse of Horror" episodes. The duo has appeared in at least one segment of all twenty-eight Treehouse of Horror episodes. Sometimes their appearance is the focus of a plot, other times a brief cameo. Kang and Kodos are often bent on the conquest of Earth and are usually seen working on sinister plans to invade and subjugate humanity.
A parody ; also called a spoof, send-up, take-off, lampoon, play on (something), caricature, or joke, is a work created to imitate, make fun of, or comment on an original work—its subject, author, style, or some other target—by means of satiric or ironic imitation. As the literary theorist Linda Hutcheon puts it, "parody ... is imitation, not always at the expense of the parodied text." Another critic, Simon Dentith, defines parody as "any cultural practice which provides a relatively polemical allusive imitation of another cultural production or practice". Parody may be found in art or culture, including literature, music, animation, gaming, and film.
|Segments||Parody of||Directed by||Written by||Original air date||Prod.|
"Bad Dream House"
|Various haunted house films||Wes Archer||John Swartzwelder||October 25, 1990||7F04|
"Hungry are the Damned"
|"To Serve Man"||Rich Moore||Jay Kogen & Wallace Wolodarsky|
|"The Raven"||David Silverman||Sam Simon & Edgar Allan Poe|
|"The Monkey's Paw"||Jim Reardon|| Al Jean, Mike Reiss |
Jeff Martin, George Meyer
Sam Simon, John Swartzwelder
|October 31, 1991||8F02|
|"It's a Good Life"|
"Clown Without Pity"
|"Living Doll"||Carlos Baeza||Al Jean & Mike Reiss|
Jay Kogen & Wallace Wolodarsky
Sam Simon, Jon Vitti
|October 29, 1992||9F04|
"Dial 'Z' for Zombies"
|Various zombie films|
|Night Gallery||David Silverman||Conan O'Brien||October 28, 1993||1F04|
"The Devil and Homer Simpson"
|"The Devil and Daniel Webster"||Greg Daniels & Dan McGrath|
"Terror at 5½ Feet"
|"Nightmare at 20,000 Feet"||Bill Oakley & Josh Weinstein|
"Bart Simpson's Dracula"
|Bram Stoker's Dracula||Bill Canterbury|
|The Shining||Jim Reardon||Bob Kushell||October 30, 1994||2F03|
"Time and Punishment"
|N/A||Greg Daniels & Dan McGrath|
|N/A||David S. Cohen|
"Attack of the 50-Foot Eyesores"
|N/A||Bob Anderson||John Swartzwelder||October 29, 1995||3F04|
"Nightmare on Evergreen Terrace"
|A Nightmare on Elm Street||Steve Tompkins|
|"Little Girl Lost"||David S. Cohen|
"The Thing and I"
|N/A||Mike B. Anderson||Ken Keeler||October 27, 1996||4F02|
"The Genesis Tub"
|"The Little People"||Dan Greaney|
|N/A||David S. Cohen|
"The HΩmega Man"
|The Omega Man||Mark Kirkland||Mike Scully||October 26, 1997||5F02|
"Fly vs. Fly"
|The Fly||David S. Cohen|
|N/A||Steven Dean Moore||Donick Cary||October 25, 1998||AABF01|
"The Terror of Tiny Toon"
|N/A||David S. Cohen|
"I Know What You Diddily-Iddily-Did"
|I Know What You Did Last Summer||Pete Michels||Donick Cary||October 31, 1999||BABF01|
"Desperately Xeeking Xena"
"Life's a Glitch, Then You Die"
|Ghost Dad||Matthew Nastuk||Rob LaZebnik||November 1, 2000||BABF21|
"Scary Tales Can Come True"
|Grimms' Fairy Tales||John Frink & Don Payne|
"Night of the Dolphin"
|The Day of the Dolphin||Carolyn Omine|
"Hex and the City"
|N/A||Jim Reardon||Joel H. Cohen||November 6, 2001||CABF19|
"House of Whacks"
|2001: A Space Odyssey||John Frink & Don Payne|
|Harry Potter||Carolyn Omine|
"Send in the Clones"
|Multiplicity||David Silverman||Marc Wilmore||November 3, 2002||DABF19|
"The Fright to Creep and Scare Harms"
"The Island of Dr. Hibbert"
|The Island of Doctor Moreau||Kevin Curran|
|N/A||Steven Dean Moore||John Swartzwelder||November 2, 2003||EABF21|
"Stop the World, I Want to Goof Off"
|"A Kind of a Stopwatch"|
"The Ned Zone"
|The Dead Zone||David Silverman||Bill Odenkirk||November 7, 2004||FABF23|
"Four Beheadings and a Funeral"
"In the Belly of the Boss"
"B.I.: Bartificial Intelligence"
|A.I. Artificial Intelligence||David Silverman||Marc Wilmore||November 6, 2005||GABF17|
"Survival of the Fattest"
|"The Most Dangerous Game"|
"I've Grown a Costume on Your Face"
"Married to the Blob"
|The Blob||David Silverman|
|Peter Gaffney||November 5, 2006||HABF17|
"You Gotta Know When to Golem"
"The Day the Earth Looked Stupid"
|The War of the Worlds|
"E.T., Go Home"
|E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial||Chuck Sheetz||Marc Wilmore||November 4, 2007||JABF16|
"Mr. & Mrs. Simpson"
|Mr. & Mrs. Smith|
"Untitled Robot Parody"
|Transformers||Bob Anderson||Matt Warburton||November 2, 2008||KABF16|
"How to Get Ahead in Dead-vertising"
"It's the Grand Pumpkin, Milhouse"
|It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown|
"Dial 'M' for Murder or Press '#' to Return to Main Menu"
|Various Alfred Hitchcock films||Mike B. Anderson|
|Daniel Chun||October 18, 2009||LABF14|
"Don't Have a Cow, Mankind"
|28 Days Later|
"There's No Business Like Moe Business"
|Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street|
"War and Pieces"
|Jumanji||Bob Anderson||Joel H. Cohen||November 7, 2010||MABF16|
"Master and Cadaver"
"The Diving Bell and Butterball"
|The Diving Bell and the Butterfly||Matthew Faughnan||Carolyn Omine||October 30, 2011||NABF19|
"Dial D for Diddly"
"In the Na'Vi"
"The Greatest Story Ever Holed"
|N/A||Steven Dean Moore||David Mandel & Brian Kelley||October 7, 2012||PABF17|
"Bart & Homer's Excellent Adventure"
|Back to the Future|
"Oh the Places You'll D'oh"
|The Cat in the Hat||Rob Oliver||Jeff Westbrook||October 6, 2013||RABF16|
"Dead and Shoulders"
|The Thing with Two Heads|
"Freaks no Geeks"
"School is Hell"
|N/A||Matthew Faughnan||Stephanie Gillis||October 19, 2014||SABF21|
"A Clockwork Yellow"
|Various Stanley Kubrick films|
"Wanted: Dead, Then Alive"
|N/A||Steven Dean Moore||Joel H. Cohen||October 25, 2015||TABF18|
"Telepaths of Glory"
|Various apocalyptic films||Steven Dean Moore||Joel H. Cohen||October 16, 2016||VABF16|
|Various spy films|
|The Exorcist||Timothy Bailey||John Frink||October 22, 2017||WABF18|
"Intrusion of the Pod-Y Switchers"
|N/A||Matthew Faughnan||Joel H. Cohen||October 21, 2018||XABF16|
|Stranger Things||Timothy Bailey||J. Stewart Burns||October 20, 2019||YABF18|
Margaret "Maggie" Simpson is a fictional character in the animated television series The Simpsons. She first appeared on television in the Tracey Ullman Show short "Good Night" on April 19, 1987. Maggie was created and designed by cartoonist Matt Groening while he was waiting in the lobby of James L. Brooks' office. She received her first name from Groening's youngest sister. After appearing on The Tracey Ullman Show for three years, the Simpson family was given their own series on the Fox Broadcasting Company which debuted December 17, 1989.
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The Itchy & Scratchy Show is a fictional animated television series featured in the American animated television series The Simpsons. It appears as a part of The Krusty the Clown Show. Itself an animated cartoon, The Itchy & Scratchy Show depicts a blue mouse, Itchy, who repeatedly kills a black cat, Scratchy. The cartoon first appeared in The Tracey Ullman Show short "The Bart Simpson Show", which aired November 20, 1988. The cartoon's first appearance in The Simpsons was in the 1990 episode "There's No Disgrace Like Home". Typically presented as 15-to-60-second-long cartoons, the show is filled with gratuitous violence that almost invariably prompts uproarious laughter from Bart and Lisa. The Simpsons also occasionally features characters who are involved with the production of The Itchy & Scratchy Show, including Roger Meyers Jr., who runs the studio and produces the show.
"Treehouse of Horror" is the third episode of The Simpsons' second season. It originally aired on the Fox network in the United States on October 25, 1990. The episode was inspired by 1950s horror comics, and begins with a disclaimer that it may be too scary for children. It is the first Treehouse of Horror episode. These episodes do not obey the show's rule of realism and are not treated as canon. The opening disclaimer and a panning shot through a cemetery with humorous tombstones were features that were used sporadically in the Treehouse of Horror series and eventually dropped. This is also the first episode to have the music composed by Alf Clausen.
"Treehouse of Horror IV" is the fifth episode of The Simpsons' fifth season and the fourth episode in the Treehouse of Horror series of Halloween specials. It originally aired on the Fox network in the United States on October 28, 1993, and features three short stories called "The Devil and Homer Simpson", "Terror at 5 1⁄2 Feet", and "Bart Simpson's Dracula". The episode was directed by David Silverman and co-written by Conan O'Brien, Bill Oakley, Josh Weinstein, Greg Daniels, Dan McGrath, and Bill Canterbury.
"Treehouse of Horror III" is the fifth episode of The Simpsons' fourth season. It originally aired on the Fox network in the United States on October 29, 1992. In the third annual Treehouse of Horror episode, Homer buys Bart an evil talking Krusty doll, King Homer is captured by Mr. Burns, and Bart and Lisa inadvertently cause zombies to attack Springfield. The episode was written by Al Jean, Mike Reiss, Jay Kogen, Wallace Wolodarsky, Sam Simon, and Jon Vitti, and directed by Carlos Baeza.
"Treehouse of Horror V" is the sixth episode of The Simpsons' sixth season and the fifth episode in the Treehouse of Horror series. It originally aired on the Fox network in the United States on October 30, 1994, and features three short stories titled The Shinning, Time and Punishment, and Nightmare Cafeteria. The episode was directed by Jim Reardon and written by Greg Daniels, Dan McGrath, David Cohen, and Bob Kushell.
"Treehouse of Horror VI" is the sixth episode of The Simpsons' seventh season and the sixth episode in the Treehouse of Horror series. It first aired on the Fox network in the United States on October 29, 1995, and contains three self-contained segments. In "Attack of the 50 Foot Eyesores", an ionic storm brings Springfield's oversized advertisements and billboards to life and they begin attacking the town. The second segment, "Nightmare on Evergreen Terrace", is a parody of the A Nightmare on Elm Street film series, in which Groundskeeper Willie attacks schoolchildren in their sleep. In the third and final segment, "Homer3", Homer finds himself trapped in a three dimensional world. It was inspired by The Twilight Zone episode "Little Girl Lost". The segments were written by John Swartzwelder, Steve Tompkins, and David S. Cohen respectively.
"Treehouse of Horror VII" is the first episode of The Simpsons' eighth season. It originally aired on the Fox network in the United States on October 27, 1996. In the seventh annual Treehouse of Horror episode, Bart discovers his long-lost twin, Lisa grows a colony of small beings, and Kang and Kodos impersonate Bill Clinton and Bob Dole in order to win the 1996 presidential election. It was written by Ken Keeler, Dan Greaney, and David S. Cohen, and directed by Mike B. Anderson. Phil Hartman provided the voice of Bill Clinton.
"Treehouse of Horror VIII" is the fourth episode of The Simpsons' ninth season. It first aired on the Fox network in the United States on October 26, 1997. In the eighth annual Treehouse of Horror episode, Homer Simpson is the last man left alive when a neutron bomb destroys Springfield until a gang of mutants come after him, Homer buys a transporter that Bart uses to switch bodies with a housefly, and Marge is accused of witchcraft in a Puritan rendition of Springfield in 1649. It was written by Mike Scully, David X. Cohen and Ned Goldreyer, and was directed by Mark Kirkland.
"Treehouse of Horror IX" is the fourth episode in the tenth season of the American animated television series The Simpsons. It first aired on the Fox network in the United States on October 25, 1998. This is the ninth Treehouse of Horror episode, and, like the other "Treehouse of Horror" episodes, contains three self-contained segments: In "Hell Toupée", Homer gets a hair transplant and is possessed by the spirit of an executed criminal; in "Terror of Tiny Toon", Bart and Lisa are trapped in a special, extremely violent episode of The Itchy & Scratchy Show; and in "Starship Poopers", Marge reveals that Maggie is the product of a one-night stand with the alien Kang.
"Treehouse of Horror X" is the fourth episode of The Simpsons' eleventh season, and the tenth annual Treehouse of Horror episode, consisting of three self-contained segments. It first aired on the Fox network in the United States on Halloween 1999. In "I Know What You Diddily-Iddily-Did", the Simpsons cover up a murder and are haunted by an unseen witness. In "Desperately Xeeking Xena", Bart and Lisa gain superpowers and must rescue Xena star Lucy Lawless from the Comic Book Guy's alter ego The Collector, and in "Life's a Glitch, Then You Die", Homer causes worldwide destruction thanks to the Y2K bug.
"Treehouse of Horror XI" is the first episode of The Simpsons' twelfth season and the 249th overall, and the eleventh Halloween episode. The episode features "G-G-Ghost D-D-Dad", "Scary Tales Can Come True" and "Night of the Dolphin" and was written by Rob LaZebnik, John Frink and Don Payne and Carolyn Omine and directed by Matthew Nastuk.
"Treehouse of Horror XII" is the first episode of The Simpsons' thirteenth season. Because of Fox's contract with Major League Baseball's World Series, the episode first aired on the Fox network in the United States on November 6, 2001, nearly one week after Halloween. It is the twelfth annual Treehouse of Horror episode, consisting of three self-contained segments. In the first segment, a gypsy puts a curse on Homer, which puts everybody he cares about in danger. In the second segment, which is a parody on both 2001: A Space Odyssey and Demon Seed, the Simpson family buys a new house, who falls in love with Marge and attempts to kill Homer. In the third and final segment, which lampoons the Harry Potter franchise, Lord Montymort attempts to capture Lisa, a skilled magician, in order to drain her magic powers.
"Lisa the Vegetarian" is the fifth episode in the seventh season of the American animated television series The Simpsons. It originally aired on the Fox network in the United States on October 15, 1995. In the episode, Lisa decides to stop eating meat after bonding with a lamb at a petting zoo. Her schoolmates and family members ridicule her for her beliefs, but with the help of Apu and Paul and Linda McCartney, she commits to vegetarianism.
"The Itchy & Scratchy & Poochie Show" is the fourteenth episode in the eighth season of the American animated television series The Simpsons. It originally aired on the Fox network in the United States on February 9, 1997. In the episode, The Itchy & Scratchy Show attempts to regain viewers by introducing a new character named Poochie, whose voice is provided by Homer. The episode is largely self-referential and satirizes the world of television production, fans of The Simpsons, and the series itself. It was written by David X. Cohen and directed by Steven Dean Moore. Alex Rocco is a credited guest voice as Roger Meyers, Jr. for the third and final time ; Phil Hartman also guest stars as Troy McClure. Poochie would become a minor recurring character and Comic Book Guy's catchphrase, "Worst episode ever", is introduced in this episode. With "The Itchy & Scratchy & Poochie Show", the show's 167th episode, The Simpsons surpassed The Flintstones in the number of episodes produced for a prime-time animated series.
"In Marge We Trust" is the twenty-second episode of The Simpsons' eighth season. It originally aired on the Fox network in the United States on April 27, 1997. It was written by Donick Cary and directed by Steven Dean Moore. The episode guest stars Sab Shimono as Mr. Sparkle, Gedde Watanabe as the factory worker, Denice Kumagai and Karen Maruyama as dancers, and Frank Welker as the baboons. In the episode, Marge replaces Reverend Lovejoy as the town's moral adviser while Homer explores the mystery of why his face appears on a Japanese-language detergent box.
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