The Simpsons (season 19)

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The Simpsons (season 19)
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DVD cover featuring Homer Simpson
Country of originUnited States
No. of episodes20
Release
Original network Fox
Original releaseSeptember 23, 2007 (2007-09-23) 
May 18, 2008 (2008-05-18)
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The Simpsons ' nineteenth season originally aired on the Fox network between September 23, 2007 and May 18, 2008. [1] [2]

<i>The Simpsons</i> American animated sitcom created by Matt Groening

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.

Fox Broadcasting Company American television network

The Fox Broadcasting Company is an American free-to-air television network that is a flagship property of the Fox Corporation. The network is headquartered at 1211 Avenue of the Americas in New York City, with additional offices at the Fox Broadcasting Center and at the Fox Television Center in Los Angeles.

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Production

The nineteenth season of The Simpsons is the first one produced after the movie and contained seven hold-over episodes from season 18's JABF production line. Al Jean served as showrunner, a position he has held since the thirteenth season.

<i>The Simpsons Movie</i> 2007 film directed by David Silverman

The Simpsons Movie is a 2007 American animated adventure comedy film based on the Fox television series The Simpsons. The film was directed by David Silverman, and stars the regular television cast of Dan Castellaneta, Julie Kavner, Nancy Cartwright, Yeardley Smith, Hank Azaria, Harry Shearer, Tress MacNeille, Pamela Hayden, Maggie Roswell and Russi Taylor, as well as Albert Brooks. The film follows Homer Simpson, whose irresponsibility gets the best of him when he pollutes the lake in Springfield after the town has cleaned it up, causing the Environmental Protection Agency to imprison the town under a giant dome. After he and his family narrowly manage to escape, they ultimately abandon Homer for his selfishness, he works to redeem his folly by stopping Russ Cargill, the head of the EPA, who intends to destroy Springfield.

Al Jean American television writer and producer

Alfred Ernest Jean III is an American screenwriter and producer. Jean is well known for his work on The Simpsons. He was born and raised near Detroit, Michigan, and graduated from Harvard University in 1981. Jean began his writing career in the 1980s with fellow Harvard alum Mike Reiss. Together, they worked as writers and producers on television shows such as The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson, ALF and It's Garry Shandling's Show.

<i>The Simpsons</i> (season 13) Episode list for season of animated series

The Simpsons' thirteenth season originally aired on the Fox network between November 6, 2001 and May 22, 2002 and consists of 22 episodes. The show runner for the thirteenth production season was Al Jean who executive-produced 17 episodes. Mike Scully executive-produced the remaining five, which were all hold-overs that were produced for the previous season. The Simpsons is an animated series about a working-class family, which consists of Homer, Marge, Bart, Lisa, and Maggie. The show is set in the fictional city of Springfield, and lampoons American culture, society, television and many aspects of the human condition.

Army Archerd reported that due to the 100-day Writers Guild of America strike only 22 episodes would be produced instead of the planned 23, which is much closer to the length of a regular season than most live-action and animated programs that were also affected by the strike. [3] Entertainment Weekly also reported that at the time, there were only six episodes remaining that were ready, which would make the season's production run consist of a total of 22 episodes. [4]

Army Archerd American columnist for Variety for over fifty years

Armand Andre "Army" Archerd was an American columnist for Variety for over fifty years before retiring his "Just for Variety" column in September 2005. In November 2005, Archerd began blogging for Variety and was working on a memoir when he died.

<i>Entertainment Weekly</i> American entertainment magazine published by Meredith Corporation

Entertainment Weekly is an American magazine, published by Meredith Corporation, that covers film, television, music, Broadway theatre, books and popular culture.

The nineteenth season featured the returns of several characters from previous seasons. Kelsey Grammer made his tenth appearance as Sideshow Bob and David Hyde Pierce made his second as Bob's brother Cecil Terwilliger in "Funeral for a Fiend". [5] Beverly D'Angelo made her second appearance as Lurleen Lumpkin, who first appeared in season three's "Colonel Homer". [6] Glenn Close returned as Grandma Mona Simpson for the third time. [7] [8]

Kelsey Grammer American actor, comedian, producer, director, writer, voice artist

Allen Kelsey Grammer is an American actor, voice actor, comedian, singer, producer, director, writer and activist, best known for his two-decade-long portrayal of psychiatrist Dr. Frasier Crane on the NBC sitcoms Cheers and Frasier. He has won five Primetime Emmy Awards, three Golden Globe Awards, and one Tony Award, and has also worked as a television producer, director, and writer.

Sideshow Bob Fictional character from The Simpsons franchise

Robert Underdunk Terwilliger Jr., PhD, better known as Sideshow Bob, is a recurring character in the animated television series The Simpsons. He is voiced by Kelsey Grammer and first appeared briefly in the episode "The Telltale Head". Bob is a self-proclaimed genius who is a graduate of Yale University, a member of the Republican Party, and a champion of high culture. He began his career as a sidekick on Krusty the Clown's television show, but after enduring constant abuse, Bob attempted to frame his employer for armed robbery in "Krusty Gets Busted". The plan was foiled by his arch-enemy, Bart Simpson, and Sideshow Bob was sent to prison.

David Hyde Pierce American actor and director

David Hyde Pierce is an American actor and director. He is best known for playing psychiatrist Dr. Niles Crane on the NBC sitcom Frasier, for which he won four Primetime Emmy Awards for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series during the show's run. Pierce has played supporting roles in many films, including Little Man Tate, The Fisher King, Sleepless in Seattle, A Bug's Life, Osmosis Jones, Wet Hot American Summer, and Oliver Stone's Nixon.

Matt Groening described this season as "just about our most ambitious yet". [9] The season's "The Homer of Seville" was nominated for a Writers Guild of America Award. [10]

Matt Groening American cartoonist

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.

The Homer of Seville 2nd episode of the nineteenth season of The Simpsons

"Homer of Seville", also known as "The Homer of Seville", is the second episode of The Simpsons' nineteenth season. It first aired on the Fox network in the United States on September 30, 2007. In the episode, Homer gains an operatic ability to sing following an accident, and becomes a professional and famous opera star. While running from a mob of crazed fans, he is saved by Julia, a beautiful and dangerous stalker.

Reception

Critical reception

Robert Canning of IGN gave the series a 6.6 saying that it was "Passable" and that "Heck, read through the comments section at the bottom of our IGN Simpsons reviews and more than half will in some way be talking about the poor quality of recent episodes. (And "poor quality" is putting it politely.)" although he praised the late episodes of the season. [11]

<i>IGN</i> American entertainment website

IGN is an American video game and entertainment media website operated by IGN Entertainment Inc., a subsidiary of Ziff Davis, itself wholly owned by j2 Global. The company is located in San Francisco's SOMA district and is headed by its former editor-in-chief, Peer Schneider. The IGN website was the brainchild of media entrepreneur Chris Anderson and launched on September 29, 1996. It focuses on games, films, television, comics, technology, and other media. Originally a network of desktop websites, IGN is now also distributed on mobile platforms, console programs on the Xbox and PlayStation, FireTV, Roku, and via YouTube, Twitch, Hulu, and Snapchat.

Awards

"Eternal Moonshine of the Simpson Mind" won a Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Animated Program, the tenth in the history of the show. [12] Alf Clausen also received an Emmy Award nomination for Outstanding Music Composition For A Series (original Dramatic Score) for the episode "Treehouse of Horror XVIII". [13]

Nielsen rating

The Simpsons ranked 83rd in the seasonal ratings getting a viewership of 7.950 million viewers and an 18–49 Nielsen Rating of 3.8 making it the highest-ranking show from "Animation Domination" right above Family Guy . [14]

Episodes

No.
overall
No. in
season
TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air dateProd.
code
U.S. viewers
(millions)
4011"He Loves to Fly and He D'ohs" Mark Kirkland Joel H. Cohen September 23, 2007 (2007-09-23)JABF209.7 [15]
After Homer saves Mr. Burns from drowning, Mr. Burns rewards him with a dinner and a flight on his corporate jet, making Homer disappointed that he will never be rich or successful enough to enjoy the high life. [16]
Guest Stars: Stephen Colbert and Lionel Richie.
4022"The Homer of Seville" Michael Polcino Carolyn Omine September 30, 2007 (2007-09-30)JABF188.4 [17]
A freak accident turns Homer into an opera singer (which can only be achieved if he lies down) and he becomes the toast of Springfield's cultural elite—and the target of a crazed, motorcycle-riding female fan who blackmails him into becoming his manager. [18]
Guest Stars: Maya Rudolph and Plácido Domingo.
4033"Midnight Towboy" Matthew Nastuk Stephanie Gillis October 7, 2007 (2007-10-07)JABF217.7 [19]
Homer befriends a tow-truck driver named Louie, who shows Homer what it is like to tow vehicles for a living. Meanwhile, Marge puts Maggie in a special school to help babies become independent, but when the lessons work too well, Marge finds herself tearfully bonding with a sack of potatoes. [20]
Guest Star: Matt Dillon.
4044"I Don't Wanna Know Why the Caged Bird Sings" Bob Anderson Dana Gould October 14, 2007 (2007-10-14)JABF198.8 [21]
Marge breaks her promise to visit a disturbed bank robber in prison, and ends up getting kidnapped by him.
Guest Stars: Steve Buscemi, Ted Nugent and Julia Louis-Dreyfus.
4055"Treehouse of Horror XVIII" Chuck Sheetz Marc Wilmore November 4, 2007 (2007-11-04)JABF1611.7 [22]
The nineteenth season's annual trio of Halloween stories, all of which are movie parodies: [23]
"E.T., Go Home" – In this send-up of E.T. the Extra Terrestrial , Bart finds Kodos (who is hiding from the government) and helps her obtain devices to contact her home planet, but Kodos' intentions are proven to be murderous.
"Mr. & Mrs. Simpson" – In this send-up of Mr. & Mrs. Smith , Homer lives a double life as a government assassin, but discovers that Marge is one too and must eliminate her after she botched his attempt at assassinating Kent Brockman.
"Heck House" – In this send-up of Seven , Ned Flanders turns the church into a Heck House and asks God for devilish powers so he can teach the children the consequences of committing the seven deadly sins.
Guest Star: Maurice LaMarche.
4066"Little Orphan Millie" Lance Kramer Mick Kelly November 11, 2007 (2007-11-11)JABF2210.57 [24]
Milhouse adopts an aloof attitude after his parents are presumed dead during a honeymoon cruise, making Milhouse popular and Bart unpopular. Meanwhile, Marge hides her eyes from Homer after Homer admits that he does not know what Marge's eye color is. [25]
4077"Husbands and Knives" Nancy Kruse Matt Selman November 18, 2007 (2007-11-18)JABF1710.5 [26]
The Comic Book Guy's Android Dungeon faces competition with "Coolsville Comics 'n Toys," a new comic book store owned by a nicer, more personable store owner named Milo. Meanwhile, Marge creates a gym for the average woman, and a self-conscious Homer resorts to plastic surgery after being told that Marge's success will lead to her divorcing Homer and getting a younger, handsomer trophy husband. [27]
Guest Stars: Alan Moore, Art Spiegelman, Dan Clowes, Jack Black and Maurice LaMarche.
4088"Funeral for a Fiend" Rob Oliver Michael Price November 25, 2007 (2007-11-25)KABF019.0 [28]
A night at a rib restaurant turns into yet another plot for Sideshow Bob to kill The Simpson family, but the whole scheme turns into a family affair when Bart kills his mortal enemy by throwing away his nitroglycerine (which Sideshow Bob needs for his heart) and the rest of the Terwiligers go after Bart for killing Bob.
Guest Stars: Kelsey Grammer, David Hyde Pierce, John Mahoney and Keith Olbermann.
4099"Eternal Moonshine of the Simpson Mind"Chuck Sheetz J. Stewart Burns December 16, 2007 (2007-12-16)KABF0210.15 [29]
Homer wakes up in the snow with no memory of what he did the night before—and finds his wife and kids missing.
41010"E Pluribus Wiggum"Michael PolcinoMichael PriceJanuary 6, 2008 (2008-01-06)KABF038.2 [30]
Thanks to Homer's latest blunder (blowing up every fast-food restaurant in the city), Springfield moves up election day and becomes the first city in the nation to hold primary elections. However, all the media attention and similar-sounding politicians wear on the townspeople's nerves, so they elect Ralph Wiggum to be the 2008 Presidential candidate as a joke—until Ralph reveals that he wants to be President, so he can bring peace in these divided times. [31]
Guest Stars: Jon Stewart and Dan Rather.
41111"That '90s Show"Mark KirklandMatt SelmanJanuary 27, 2008 (2008-01-27)KABF047.6 [32]
After discovering Marge's diploma, Homer recounts the time he gave up his dreams of being a musician just to put Marge through college—until Marge breaks Homer's heart and falls for her professor. [33]
Guest Stars: Kurt Loder and "Weird Al" Yankovic.
41212"Love, Springfieldian Style" Raymond S. Persi Don Payne February 17, 2008 (2008-02-17)KABF057.81 [34]
On Valentine's Day, Homer and Marge get stuck in a Tunnel of Love ride after Bart turns the water into Jell-O. To pass the time, the family tells stories of famous couples: Bonnie and Clyde (Homer and Marge cut a path of crime through 1930s Springfield by robbing banks), Lady and the Tramp (Homer and Marge again; this time, as the eponymous dogs from the Disney movie), and Sid Vicious and Nancy Spungen (Nelson and Lisa are punk rockers in love and addicted to chocolate). [35]
41313"The Debarted"Matthew NastukJoel H. CohenMarch 2, 2008 (2008-03-02)KABF068.18 [36]
Bart begins to suspect a rat when all of his pranks backfire—and might have something to do with his new friend, Donny. Meanwhile, Homer grows attached to his rental car, which he gets to drive for a week while his old car gets repaired. [37]
Guest Stars: Topher Grace and Terry Gross.
41414"Dial "N" for Nerder"Bob AndersonCarolyn Omine & William WrightMarch 9, 2008 (2008-03-09)KABF077.3 [38]
Bart and Lisa's prank on Martin Prince goes too far and they worry that they may be implicated in his death by the police (and Nelson, who becomes an amateur sleuth). Meanwhile, Marge calls upon the producer of a reality show that specializes in tracking down cheating couples when she begins to suspect that Homer may be cheating...on his diet. [39]
41515"Smoke on the Daughter"Lance Kramer Billy Kimball March 30, 2008 (2008-03-30)KABF087.10 [17]
Lisa is accepted into a ballet school run by jazz dancer Chazz Busby, and discovers that her dancing improves whenever she is around cigarette smoke. Meanwhile, Homer shows Bart his secret beef jerky project, which has been taken over by raccoons. [40]
41616"Papa Don't Leech" Chris Clements Reid Harrison April 13, 2008 (2008-04-13)KABF096.9 [41]
When Mayor Quimby launches a campaign to shake down anyone who has not paid taxes in years, Lurleen Lumpkin (the country singer who tried to seduce Homer from the season three episode "Colonel Homer") hides out at the Simpson house, which does not sit well with Marge (who still cannot forgive her for almost stealing her husband). [6]
Guest Stars: Beverly D'Angelo and The Dixie Chicks.
41717"Apocalypse Cow"Nancy Kruse Jeff Westbrook April 27, 2008 (2008-04-27)KABF107.69 [42]
Bart joins the 4-H Club and befriends a cow named Lou, but when Lou is set to be sent to slaughter, Bart gives Lou to a country girl named Mary—whom he now must marry after finding out that giving a cow to a country girl is considered a marriage proposal in hillbilly tradition. [43]
Guest Star: Zooey Deschanel.
41818"Any Given Sundance"Chuck Sheetz Daniel Chun May 4, 2008 (2008-05-04)KABF116.18 [44]
The Simpsons are going to Utah for the Sundance Film Festival after Lisa's short film on her dysfunctional family life becomes a rave with everyone—except for the Simpson family. [45]
Guest Star: Jim Jarmusch and John C. Reilly. [46]
41919"Mona Leaves-a" Mike B. Anderson & Ralph Sosa Joel H. CohenMay 11, 2008 (2008-05-11)KABF126.02 [47]
Mona Simpson, Homer's '60s radical mother, returns, vowing that her days of protesting are over, but Homer will not accept. Things get worse when Mona dies and her last wishes are to have her ashes spread over the mountains, which turns out to be a plot in stopping a nuclear disaster. [48]
Guest Stars: Glenn Close, Lance Armstrong.
42020"All About Lisa" Steven Dean Moore John Frink May 18, 2008 (2008-05-18)KABF136.11 [49]
Sideshow Mel narrates the story of how Lisa rose to stardom as Krusty the Clown's latest replacement. Meanwhile, Bart and Homer start coin-collecting and go after a rare 1917 coin known as "The Kissing Lincolns" penny. [50]
Guest Star: Drew Carey.

DVD release

On July 20, 2019, it was announced by current showrunner Al Jean during the San Diego Comic-Con 2019 panel that the nineteenth season DVD will be released on December 3, 2019 in the USA and December 2, 2019 in the UK by Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment, eleven years after it had completed broadcast on television. [51] The Season 19 DVD includes 20 episodes and features “collectible Homer Simpson packaging,” Jean said. There are also custom menus on every disc, along with commentary on every episode, he added. It will also be the first DVD release of The Simpsons since The Walt Disney Company's acquisition of 21st Century Fox, the parent company of 20th Century Fox in March 2019.

The Complete Nineteenth Season
Set DetailsSpecial Features
  • 20 episodes
  • 4-disc set (DVD)
  • 1.33:1 aspect ratio
  • AUDIO
    • English 5.1 Dolby Digital
    • Spanish 2.0 Dolby Surround
    • French 2.0 Dolby Surround
  • SUBTITLES
    • English SDH
    • Spanish
  • Optional commentaries for all 20 episodes
  • TBA
  • Deleted Scenes
  • Special Language Feature
    • TBA
      • TBA
      • TBA
      • TBA
      • TBA
  • Multi-Angle Animation Showcase
  • TBA
  • Bonus Episode:
    • TBA
Release Dates
Region 1 Region 2 Region 4
Tuesday, December 3, 2019Monday, December 2, 2019Wednesday, December 4, 2019

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