|The Simpsons (season 15)|
DVD cover featuring Otto Mann
|Country of origin||United States|
|No. of episodes||22|
|Original release||November 2, 2003 –|
May 23, 2004
The Simpsons ' fifteenth season aired from Sunday, November 2, 2003 to Sunday, May 23, 2004. The season contains five hold-over episodes from the season 14 (EABF) production line. The most watched episode had 16.2 million viewers and the least watched had 6.2 million viewers. Season 15 was released on DVD and Blu-ray in Region 1 on December 4, 2012, Region 2 on December 3, 2012, and Region 4 on December 12, 2012.
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.
Season 15 received positive reviews, though many reviewers commented that while the episodes were generally enjoyable, they were of a lesser quality than those of the series' first decade. The general consensus is that this marked an improvement over the early teen seasons.
High Def Digest gave a rating of 4 stars, writing "The Simpsons' is one of only a handful of shows that I know I'm guaranteed to laugh out loud at least once an episode (usually more). Even though the cutting wit of the first decade lost its edge a bit, I still find 'The Simpsons' an extremely enjoyable way to spend my time. There aren't many things that are better than sitting down with a new season of 'The Simpsons' on Blu-ray and watching every episode back to back as fast as I possibly can. While the episodes sort of blend together, the humor is still there, and I still end up having quite a few genuine laughs".CraveOnline rated the season 8.5/10, noting "Some "Simpsons" fans gave up during a perceived rough patch around season 12, and boy have they missed out. Season 13 was a particular favorite of mine, but now we're over the hump on the DVD releases. Season 15 is kind of a sweet spot, because it's got some highlight episodes I love, but also plenty that I don't remember." DVDActive said "The Simpsons season 15 isn't one of the series' best, but I'm pretty sure it isn't one of the worst either". ScreenJabber gave a rating of 4 stars, writing "Imagine my surprise when I sat down to review Season 15...and realised that I had never seen most of its episodes. Imagine, then, my joy at being able to enjoy almost 22 episodes of factory-fresh Simpsons, even though they were made about a decade ago. And even though some of the cultural references are a little dated, there's still an awful lot to laugh at and enjoy here. As always, this season of The Simpsons features a stellar line-up of guest stars. And, as always, there are some standout episodes. All in all, a more than decent season of this long, long-running show." DIY wrote "While Season 15 of The Simpsons may not be golden from start to finish it has a higher great to soggy episode ratio than more recent seasons. In fact, there are some real gems amongst the 22 episodes". Boxofficebuz gave it 4 stars, and said "...Throw in flashback episode 'The Way We [Weren't],' Pie-Man antics in 'Simple Simpson' and a Catch Me If You Can spoof in 'Catch 'Em If You Can,' you have a solid, solid season. A definite uptick over the previous couple seasons". BubbleBlabber rated it 9.0 out of 10, and concluded "In terms of the content, Season 15 was a highly underrated season for The Simpsons and brought along a number of now well-known classics". DVDMg gave the season a B, and wrote "Should viewers expect greatness from Season 15 of The Simpsons? No, as the year comes with some mediocre shows. Still, it delivers a reasonable number of good episodes and seems worthwhile overall...S15 won't win over new fans, but it's usually fun".
The season ranked 42 in the seasonal ratings below its repeat timeslot at 36. The average viewership was 10.59 million viewers.
|Title||Directed by||Written by||Original air date||Prod.|
|314||1||"Treehouse of Horror XIV"||Steven Dean Moore||John Swartzwelder||November 2, 2003||EABF21||16.22|
|Reaper Madness – Homer enjoys his new life as The Grim Reaper after killing the old one and plaguing the world with immortality, but becomes conflicted when Marge is next on his death list.|
Frinkenstein – Prof. Frink wins the Nobel Prize in science, but is sad that his dead father is not with him to share in his success, so Frink rebuilds him out of his father's real body with mechanical parts, but the latter is not happy with this and he will steal the body parts of other corpses.
Stop the World, I Want to Goof Off – Bart and Milhouse order a stopwatch from the back of a comic book that possesses the power to manipulate time.
Guest star: Jerry Lewis, Dudley Herschbach, Jennifer Garner and Oscar De La Hoya
|315||2||"My Mother the Carjacker"||Nancy Kruse||Michael Price||November 9, 2003||EABF18||12.4|
| Homer's mother returns, and after being cleared of all charges, is re-imprisoned on a technicality.|
Guest star: Glenn Close
|316||3||"The President Wore Pearls"||Mike B. Anderson||Dana Gould||November 16, 2003||EABF20||12.7|
| In this loose parody of the musical/movie Evita , Lisa is elected Student Body president, but is unaware that the school staff is using her for their own devices and as a scapegoat if something goes wrong.|
Guest star: Michael Moore
|317||4||"The Regina Monologues"||Mark Kirkland||John Swartzwelder||November 23, 2003||EABF22||12.2|
| After making over $3000 from his own museum featuring a $1000 bill, Bart takes the family to London (on the suggestion of Grampa), where Homer is arrested for treason after crashing into the Queen.|
Guest star: Tony Blair, J.K. Rowling, Ian McKellen, Jane Leeves and Evan Marriott
|318||5||"The Fat and the Furriest"||Matthew Nastuk||Joel H. Cohen||November 30, 2003||EABF19||11.7|
| Homer is humiliated when he appears on the news running from a bear that nearly attacks him at the city dump. After Grampa scolds him, he swears to fight the bear himself.|
Guest star: Charles Napier
|319||6||"Today I Am a Clown"||Nancy Kruse||Joel H. Cohen||December 7, 2003||FABF01||10.5|
| Krusty discovers that he never had a bar mitzvah as a child. He quits his show to have it as an adult, with the help of his father, Rabbi Krustofski. Meanwhile, Homer hosts a late-night talk show a la "Politically Incorrect with Bill Maher" as a replacement for Krusty's show.|
Guest star: Jackie Mason and Mr. T
|320||7||"'Tis the Fifteenth Season"||Steven Dean Moore||Michael Price||December 14, 2003||FABF02||11.3|
|Homer realizes how selfish he is after he spends all the family's Christmas money on a present for himself. He becomes the nicest guy in town, making Ned Flanders jealous.|
|321||8||"Marge vs. Singles, Seniors, Childless Couples and Teens and Gays"||Bob Anderson||Jon Vitti||January 4, 2004||FABF03||12.0|
|When a group of singles, seniors, childless couples, teens and gays band together to protest having to accommodate families (including paying property taxes used to teach children they do not have) after a riot at a children's concert, Marge takes up the cause for the families, with some help from Bart and Lisa.|
|322||9||"I, (Annoyed Grunt)-bot"||Lauren MacMullan||Dan Greaney & Allen Glazier||January 11, 2004||FABF04||16.3|
|Homer builds a battle robot to win Bart's respect, and places it in a tournament against other robots. What Bart does not know, though, is that the robot is actually Homer in costume. Meanwhile, Snowball II dies and Lisa tries to find a replacement cat.|
|323||10||"Diatribe of a Mad Housewife"||Mark Kirkland||Robin J. Stein||January 25, 2004||FABF05||10.6|
| Marge writes a romance novel with characters based on Homer and Ned Flanders that becomes a hit. Meanwhile, Homer gets fired from the power plant again and becomes an ambulance driver.|
Guest star: Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen, Thomas Pynchon and Tom Clancy
|324||11||"Margical History Tour"||Mike B. Anderson||Brian Kelley||February 8, 2004||FABF06||8.9|
|When the local library proves to be useless for the kids' class project, Marge tells Milhouse, Bart, and Lisa three Simpsons-style historical accounts: Henry VIII's (Homer's) attempts at siring a son, Lewis and Clark (Lenny and Carl) exploring the USA's wilderness with Sacagawea (Lisa), and Salieri (Lisa again) out to ruin piano-playing virtuoso Mozart (Bart).|
|325||12||"Milhouse Doesn't Live Here Anymore"||Matthew Nastuk||Julie Chambers & David Chambers||February 15, 2004||FABF07||9.4|
| Bart finds a friend in his own sister Lisa after Milhouse moves away to Capitol City to live with his divorced mom. Meanwhile Homer goes into panhandling to buy anniversary gifts for Marge. Later on Milhouse returns and Bart goes back being friends with him.|
Guest star: Isabel Sanford, Nick Bakay, William Daniels, Dick Tufeld and Casey Kasem
|326||13||"Smart & Smarter"||Steven Dean Moore||Carolyn Omine||February 22, 2004||FABF09||12.6|
| When Maggie does better than Lisa on an IQ test, Lisa becomes upset over no longer being the smart one and tries to lead Maggie astray.|
Guest star: Simon Cowell
|327||14||"The Ziff Who Came to Dinner"||Nancy Kruse||Deb Lacusta & Dan Castellaneta||March 14, 2004||FABF08||10.7|
| The Simpsons go on a late-night attic search after Bart and Lisa (who are freaked out over a horror movie Homer let them watch) begin hearing voices -- and find Marge's ex-prom date Artie Ziff, who's on the run for cheating the shareholders of his company.|
Guest star: Jon Lovitz
|328||15||"Co-Dependents' Day"||Bob Anderson||Matt Warburton||March 21, 2004||FABF10||11.2|
| Homer and Marge's bond becomes stronger when they both get drunk on wine, but soon the bond unravels when Homer blames Marge for crashing the car and Marge gets sent to rehab. Meanwhile, Bart and Lisa complain to Randall Curtis (a George Lucas-esque science fiction movie director) about his latest film.|
Guest star: Brave Combo
|329||16||"The Wandering Juvie"||Lauren MacMullan||John Frink & Don Payne||March 28, 2004||FABF11||10.5|
| Bart gets sent to juvenile hall after fooling everyone that there was a marriage concerning him. He encounters a dangerous girl there... He flees with Gina, but then the two are caught by Wiggum.|
Guest star: Sarah Michelle Gellar and Charles Napier
|330||17||"My Big Fat Geek Wedding"||Mark Kirkland||Kevin Curran||April 18, 2004||FABF12||9.2|
| After hearing that Skinner is getting cold feet about their wedding, Edna leaves Skinner at the altar and, after sending back one marriage gift, hooks up with Comic Book Guy. Meanwhile, Homer and Marge have an argument about if their marriage is still solid or not.|
Guest star: Matt Groening
|331||18||"Catch 'Em If You Can"||Matthew Nastuk||Ian Maxtone-Graham||April 25, 2004||FABF14||9.3|
|After a ruined movie night, thanks to Bart and Lisa, Homer and Marge take a vacation away from them, but decide to go to Miami instead of going to see an uncle. When Bart and Lisa catch wind of their parents' secret plan, Bart steals Rod's credit card (just like Homer stole Ned's) and go after them.|
|332||19||"Simple Simpson"||Jim Reardon||Jon Vitti||May 2, 2004||FABF15||9.5|
| Homer becomes "Pie Man", a masked vigilante who delivers a pie in the face of justice to evildoers. However, after attacking Mr. Burns, Burns hires him as a personal hitman, until Homer is ordered to attack the Dalai Lama.|
Guest star: Nichelle Nichols
|333||20||"The Way We Weren't"||Mike B. Anderson||J. Stewart Burns||May 9, 2004||FABF13||6.6|
|Homer and Marge recall the story of their first kiss at a summer camp when they were children—an event which was not all happy, as Homer (unwillingly) betrayed Marge by standing her up on their second date.|
|334||21||"Bart-Mangled Banner"||Steven Dean Moore||John Frink||May 16, 2004||FABF17||8.7|
|After receiving an injection from Dr. Hibbert, Bart becomes temporarily deaf, which makes him impervious to being bullied, until he accidentally moons the American flag during a donkey basketball game, prompting everyone in town to accuse the Simpsons of being unpatriotic under the new "Government Knows Best" Act.|
|335||22||"Fraudcast News"||Bob Anderson||Don Payne||May 23, 2004||FABF18||9.2|
|Mr. Burns buys out Springfield's media outlets after a newspaper mistakenly reports his death, and Lisa's homemade newspaper is next on his list.|
The DVD and Blu-ray boxset for season fifteen was released by 20th Century Fox in the United States and Canada on Tuesday, December 4, 2012, eight years after it had completed broadcast on television. As well as every episode from the season, the Blu-ray and DVD releases feature bonus material including deleted scenes, animatics, and commentaries for every episode. The boxart features Otto Mann, and a special limited edition "embossed head case" package was also released.
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Otto Mann is a fictional character on the American animated TV series The Simpsons, voiced by Harry Shearer. He is the school bus driver for Springfield Elementary School, and is known or implied to be a user of several drugs.
|The Complete Fifteenth Season|
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Matthew Abraham Groening is an American cartoonist, writer, producer, animator, and voice actor. He is the creator of the comic strip Life in Hell (1977–2012) and the television series The Simpsons (1989–present), Futurama, and Disenchantment (2018–present). The Simpsons is the longest-running U.S. primetime-television series in history and the longest-running U.S. animated series and sitcom.
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|Region 1||Region 2||Region 4|
|Tuesday, December 4, 2012||Monday, December 3, 2012||Wednesday, December 12, 2012|
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