The Simpsons (season 26)

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The Simpsons (season 26)
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Country of origin United States
No. of episodes 22
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Original release September 28, 2014 (2014-09-28) – May 17, 2015 (2015-05-17)
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The Simpsons ' twenty-sixth season premiered on Fox in the United States on September 28, 2014, and concluded on May 17, 2015.

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

The Simpsons is an American adult 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.

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In this season, Krusty the Clown retires after his father dies ("Clown in the Dumps"); Homer and Bart attempt to solve some father/son conflicts ("The Wreck of the Relationship"); Marge opens a sandwich franchise ("Super Franchise Me"); the Simpsons meet their former ( The Tracey Ullman Show ) selves ("Treehouse of Horror XXV"); Mr. Burns finds a girlfriend in Democratic Assemblywoman Maxine Lombard ("Opposites A-Frack"); Bart schemes to bring down his new fourth grade teacher, Mr. Lassen (guest voice Willem Dafoe), who is a terrible bully ("Blazed and Confused"); Homer has a mid-life crisis ("Covercraft"); and the cast of Futurama make an appearance in Springfield in a crossover episode ("Simpsorama").

Krusty the Clown fictional character from The Simpsons franchise

Herschel Shmoikel Pinchas Yerucham Krustofsky, better known as Krusty the Clown, is a cartoon character in the animated television series The Simpsons. He is voiced by Dan Castellaneta. He is the long-time clown host of Bart and Lisa's favorite TV show, a combination of kiddie variety television hijinks and cartoons including The Itchy & Scratchy Show. Krusty is often portrayed as a cynical, burnt-out, addiction-riddled smoker who is made miserable by show business but continues on anyway. He has become one of the most common characters outside the main Simpson family and has been the focus of several episodes, most of which also spotlight Bart.

Clown in the Dumps episode of The Simpsons

"Clown in the Dumps" is the season premiere of the twenty-sixth season of the American animated television series The Simpsons, and the 553rd episode of the series overall. It first aired in the United States on the Fox network on September 28, 2014, with "The Simpsons Guy", a crossover episode of Family Guy with The Simpsons, airing afterwards. This episode was dedicated in memory of Louis Castellaneta, the father of The Simpsons voice actor Dan Castellaneta. It was written by Joel H. Cohen and directed by Steven Dean Moore, with Don Hertzfeldt directing a sequence in the opening titles. Jeff Ross, Sarah Silverman and David Hyde Pierce guest starred as themselves, with Jackie Mason and Kelsey Grammer reprising their respective roles as Rabbi Krustofski and Sideshow Bob, while Maurice LaMarche voiced several minor characters.

"The Wreck of the Relationship" is the second episode of the 26th season of the animated series The Simpsons, and the 554th episode of the series overall. It first aired on the Fox network in the United States on October 5, 2014. The episode sees Marge send Homer and Bart onto a ship where their father-son conflict can be resolved, while she is left to manage her husband's fantasy football team.

Additional guest voices for this season include Nick Offerman, David Hyde Pierce, Jeff Ross, and Matthew Sweet. [1]

Nick Offerman American actor

Nicholas Offerman is an American actor, writer, comedian, and carpenter who is known for his role as Ron Swanson in the NBC sitcom Parks and Recreation, for which he received the Television Critics Association Award for Individual Achievement in Comedy and was twice nominated for the Critics' Choice Television Award for Best Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series. Offerman is also known for his role in The Founder, in which he portrays Dick McDonald, one of the brothers who developed the fast food chain McDonald's. His first major television role since the end of Parks and Recreation was as Karl Weathers in the FX series Fargo, for which he received a Critics' Choice Television Award nomination for Best Supporting Actor in a Movie/Miniseries.

David Hyde Pierce American actor

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 several films, including Little Man Tate, The Fisher King, Sleepless in Seattle, and Oliver Stone's Nixon, in which he portrayed White House Counsel John Dean. In 2010, he starred in the psychological thriller The Perfect Host.

Jeff Ross American stand-up comedian, insult comic, actor, director

Jeffrey Ross Lifschultz is an American stand-up comedian, writer, and actor. His skill in doing high-profile celebrity roasts and his appearances in Comedy Central's Roasts have led him to be dubbed "The Roastmaster General." He has appeared in various film, television, and cartoon projects. He has made appearances at events for U.S. soldiers and directed a documentary film covering his experiences touring U.S. bases in Iraq.

Episodes

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5531"Clown in the Dumps" Steven Dean Moore Joel H. Cohen September 28, 2014 (2014-09-28)SABF208.53 [2]

After being offended by a comedy cable channel roast of him, Krusty goes to his father for advice, only to have him die before he can say whether or not he found his son funny, causing Krusty to decide to retire. Meanwhile, fear of losing her own father causes Lisa to try to protect Homer from unhealthy food choices.

Guest stars: Kelsey Grammer, Don Hertzfeldt, Maurice LaMarche, Jackie Mason, David Hyde Pierce, Jeff Ross and Sarah Silverman
5542"The Wreck of the Relationship" Chuck Sheetz Jeff Westbrook October 5, 2014 (2014-10-05)SABF174.27 [3]

Homer is tired of Bart disrespecting him, so he attempts to parent Bart, by forcing him to eat his broccoli. This goes nowhere, so Marge signs them up for the Relation Ship to solve their problems. Meanwhile, while Homer's away, Marge takes over his Fantasy Football league. On board the Relation Ship, Homer does not enjoy sea life while Bart excels at sailing and becomes mid shipman, much to Homer's dismay.

Guest star: Nick Offerman as Captain Bowditch
5553"Super Franchise Me" Mark Kirkland Bill Odenkirk October 12, 2014 (2014-10-12)SABF197.33 [4]
After her sandwiches become popular at Springfield Elementary, Marge opens a sandwich store. It becomes a huge success, until the same franchise opens another store right across the street.
5564"Treehouse of Horror XXV" Matthew Faughnan Stephanie Gillis October 19, 2014 (2014-10-19)SABF217.76 [5]

In the twenty-fifth annual Simpsons Halloween special:

  • School is Hell: Bart and Lisa find a desk carved with an Aramaic incantation that sends them to Hell – and Bart fits in at the school there.
  • A Clockwork Yellow: Moe leads a Clockwork Orange -style gang, but one of his droogs (Homer) falls for a woman (Marge) and gives up life as a thug.
  • The Others: The Simpsons are haunted by their former selves from The Tracey Ullman Show – and Homer falls for the older Marge, angering the current Marge.

Guest star: John Ratzenberger as CGI Homer Simpson

5575"Opposites A-Frack" Matthew Nastuk Valentina L. Garza November 2, 2014 (2014-11-02)SABF224.22 [6]

When Mr. Burns starts a fracking operation, Lisa brings National Assemblywoman Maxine Lombard to put a stop to it, only to have Burns and Lombard fall in love.

Guest star: Jane Fonda as Maxine Lombard and Robert Siegel as himself
5586"Simpsorama" Bob Anderson J. Stewart Burns November 9, 2014 (2014-11-09)SABF166.70 [7]

In a crossover with Futurama , when a time capsule containing a sandwich with Bart's germs in it, Milhouse's rabbit's foot, and radioactive ooze causes a catastrophe in the future, the Planet Express crew comes to present-day Springfield to stop the Simpsons from creating the mess in the first place.

Guest stars: John DiMaggio, Maurice LaMarche, Phil LaMarr, Katey Sagal, Lauren Tom, Frank Welker and Billy West
5597"Blazed and Confused" Rob Oliver Carolyn Omine & William WrightNovember 16, 2014 (2014-11-16)TABF016.70 [8]

Bart schemes to humiliate his new teacher, Mr. Lassen, who is a terrible bully. Meanwhile, the Simpsons go to "Blazing Guy" for their camping trip, but Mr. Lassen is also there, so Bart plans to ruin his day as revenge for cutting his hair.

Guest stars: Willem Dafoe as Jack Lassen, Kelsey Grammer as Sideshow Bob and David Silverman as himself
5608"Covercraft"Steven Dean Moore Matt Selman November 23, 2014 (2014-11-23)TABF023.45 [9]

When Homer has a midlife crisis, he forms a band of Springfield dads. Despite the band's modest early success, Apu ends up being a breakout star and stealing the show. This episode also features the first appearance of Sideshow Mel's family.

Guest stars: Will Forte as King Toot and Sammy Hagar as himself
5619"I Won't Be Home for Christmas"Mark Kirkland Al Jean December 7, 2014 (2014-12-07)TABF036.52 [10]
Marge kicks Homer out of the house after Moe convinces him to stay out all night on Christmas Eve at his bar. Depressed, Homer takes a lonely walk through Springfield instead of being with his family, who go out to find him when Moe confesses it was his fault.
56210"The Man Who Came to Be Dinner" David Silverman Al Jean & David Mirkin January 4, 2015 (2015-01-04)RABF1510.62 [11]
The Simpson family attend a trip to an amusement park named Dizneeland, where they go on a ride called "Rocket to Your Doom" and accidentally end up on Rigel 7, the home planet of Kang and Kodos.
56311"Bart's New Friend"Bob Anderson Judd Apatow January 11, 2015 (2015-01-11)TABF054.28 [12]

Homer goes to a hypnotist and ends up believing he is ten years old. However, when the hypnotist is arrested, Homer becomes stuck in his new age, so he bonds with Bart and refuses entry back into the responsibilities of adulthood.

Guest star: Stacy Keach as Don Bookner
56412"The Musk Who Fell to Earth"Matthew NastukNeil CampbellJanuary 25, 2015 (2015-01-25)TABF043.29 [13]

Elon Musk arrives in Springfield, where he and Homer become fast friends, but Musk soon incurs the wrath of Mr. Burns when his ideas become over-the-top, which forces Burns to terminate all his employees, prompting Homer to try to end their friendship to save his job.

Guest star: Elon Musk as himself
56513"Walking Big & Tall" Chris Clements Michael Price February 8, 2015 (2015-02-08)TABF062.78 [14]

Lisa writes a new Springfield anthem after discovering the old one was plagiarized.

Guest star: Kevin Michael Richardson as Albert and Pharrell Williams as himself
56614"My Fare Lady" Michael Polcino Marc Wilmore February 15, 2015 (2015-02-15)TABF072.67 [15]

Marge becomes a chauffeur after she grows tired of chauffeuring her own kids around, but ends up disliking it due to the demands her customers make. Meanwhile, Moe becomes the Nuclear Power Plant's janitor and later the supervisor of Homer, Lenny, and Carl's sector after they wreck his bar. Guest stars: Christopher Lloyd as Jim Ignatowski and Rich Sommer as Young Man

Note: This is the only episode where Bart appears, but has no lines. As a result, this leaves Homer the only Simpson family member to speak in every episode.
56715"The Princess Guide"Timothy Bailey Brian Kelley March 1, 2015 (2015-03-01)TABF083.93 [16]

Homer takes Lisa to bring your daughter to work day, where she has fun watching him. A Nigerian princess named Kemi comes to Springfield, as her father intends to work out a uranium deal with Mr. Burns, and Homer is chosen to protect her due to his love for Lisa showing on the camera. Moe, having recently lost his money to a Nigerian prince, believes Kemi must be related to the scammer, but soon starts falling for her.

Guest stars: Richard Branson as himself, Yaya DaCosta as Princess Kemi, Jon Lovitz as Enrico Irritazio and Kevin Michael Richardson as the Nigerian King
56816"Sky Police"Rob OliverMatt SelmanMarch 8, 2015 (2015-03-08)TABF093.79 [17]

Chief Wiggum gets a jet pack, which he uses to fight crime. However, after he unintentionally crashes it into the church, Marge leads the rest of the Springfield congregation toward gambling in an attempt to rebuild it.

Guest star: Nathan Fielder as himself
56917"Waiting for Duffman"Steven Dean Moore John Frink March 15, 2015 (2015-03-15)TABF103.59 [18]

When Duffman undergoes hip replacement surgery following an injury during a parade and retires, Duff Beer's owner Howard K. Duff VII sets up a reality show presented by Cat Deeley in order to find his replacement. The competition is fierce until only Homer Simpson and one other competitor remain, and because the job requires him to stay sober during work hours, he learns that beer isn't as necessary as he thought to have a good time.

Guest stars: Cat Deeley as herself, R. Lee Ermey as Col. Leslie Hapablap and Stacy Keach as Howard K. Duff VIII
57018"Peeping Mom"Mark KirklandJohn FrinkApril 19, 2015 (2015-04-19)TABF113.23 [19]
Returning home with Maggie from errands, Marge discovers that a part of Springfield is now totally destroyed. As Chief Wiggum announces that Bart could be the culprit, Bart says that he was not involved at all in the incident. This prompts Marge to follow him everywhere until he confesses. Meanwhile, Homer ignores Santa's Little Helper once again when he meets Flanders' new dog named Baz.
57119"The Kids Are All Fight"Bob Anderson Rob LaZebnik April 26, 2015 (2015-04-26)TABF123.33 [20]
Homer finds an old film strip, which prompts the story of Bart and Lisa's sibling rivalry to be told. The story explores Bart and Lisa's adventures as young children when Ned and Maude family invite Homer and Marge to brunch.
57220"Let's Go Fly a Coot"Chris ClementsJeff WestbrookMay 3, 2015 (2015-05-03)TABF133.12 [21]

After Homer sees an expensive birthday, he complains about not getting the good things at his parties as a kid and ruins birthday parties all over town and is then forced to throw a party for Ned's son Rod. At Rod's party at the Air Force museum, Grampa tells the family stories about his days in the U.S. Air Force and reunites with his old friends. When Grampa's friends see how Homer treats his dad, they start forcing him to treat him right. Meanwhile, Bart begins using E-cigarettes to impress Milhouse's cousin Annika, who he has a crush on.

Guest stars: Glenn Close as Mona Simpson and Carice van Houten as Annika Van Houten
57321"Bull-E" Lance Kramer Tim Long May 10, 2015 (2015-05-10)TABF152.77 [22]

When Bart is bullied after a school dance, Marge gets the city to adopt a tough anti-bullying law that gets Homer arrested when Rod and Todd claim that he's bullying Ned, but Ned refuses to forgive Homer.

Guest stars: Albert Brooks as Dr. Raufbold, Joe Mantegna as Fat Tony and Johnny Mathis as himself
57422"Mathlete's Feat"Michael PolcinoMichael PriceMay 17, 2015 (2015-05-17)TABF162.82 [23]

When the school goes all-digital thanks to a donation from Springfield Elementary alumni and all of the electronics go out, Lisa suggests turning the school into a Waldorf school, where kids "learn by doing" with hands-on interactions with Lunchlady Doris and Groundskeeper Willie. Later, Willie is put in charge of the school Mathletes team against Waverly Hills, the better funded elementary school in the district, after Lisa sees him put new grass in. Much to his dismay, Bart is put on the team.

Guest star: Justin Roiland as Rick Sanchez and Morty Smith

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