|The Simpsons (season 26)|
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|Country of origin||United States|
|No. of episodes||22|
|Original release||September 28, 2014 –|
May 17, 2015
The Simpsons ' twenty-sixth season premiered on Fox in the United States on September 28, 2014, and concluded on May 17, 2015.
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").
Additional guest voices for this season include Nick Offerman, David Hyde Pierce, Jeff Ross, and Matthew Sweet.
|Title||Directed by||Written by||Original air date||Prod.|
|553||1||"Clown in the Dumps"||Steven Dean Moore||Joel H. Cohen||September 28, 2014||SABF20||8.53|
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
|554||2||"The Wreck of the Relationship"||Chuck Sheetz||Jeff Westbrook||October 5, 2014||SABF17||4.27|
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
|555||3||"Super Franchise Me"||Mark Kirkland||Bill Odenkirk||October 12, 2014||SABF19||7.33|
|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.|
|556||4||"Treehouse of Horror XXV"||Matthew Faughnan||Stephanie Gillis||October 19, 2014||SABF21||7.76|
In the twenty-fifth annual Simpsons Halloween special:
Guest star: John Ratzenberger as CGI Homer Simpson
|557||5||"Opposites A-Frack"||Matthew Nastuk||Valentina L. Garza||November 2, 2014||SABF22||4.22|
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
|558||6||"Simpsorama"||Bob Anderson||J. Stewart Burns||November 9, 2014||SABF16||6.70|
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
|559||7||"Blazed and Confused"||Rob Oliver||Carolyn Omine & William Wright||November 16, 2014||TABF01||6.70|
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
|560||8||"Covercraft"||Steven Dean Moore||Matt Selman||November 23, 2014||TABF02||3.45|
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
|561||9||"I Won't Be Home for Christmas"||Mark Kirkland||Al Jean||December 7, 2014||TABF03||6.52|
|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.|
|562||10||"The Man Who Came to Be Dinner"||David Silverman||Al Jean & David Mirkin||January 4, 2015||RABF15||10.62|
|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.|
|563||11||"Bart's New Friend"||Bob Anderson||Judd Apatow||January 11, 2015||TABF05||4.28|
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
|564||12||"The Musk Who Fell to Earth"||Matthew Nastuk||Neil Campbell||January 25, 2015||TABF04||3.29|
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
|565||13||"Walking Big & Tall"||Chris Clements||Michael Price||February 8, 2015||TABF06||2.78|
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
|566||14||"My Fare Lady"||Michael Polcino||Marc Wilmore||February 15, 2015||TABF07||2.67|
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 ManNote: 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.
|567||15||"The Princess Guide"||Timothy Bailey||Brian Kelley||March 1, 2015||TABF08||3.93|
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
|568||16||"Sky Police"||Rob Oliver||Matt Selman||March 8, 2015||TABF09||3.79|
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 Doug Blattner
|569||17||"Waiting for Duffman"||Steven Dean Moore||John Frink||March 15, 2015||TABF10||3.59|
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
|570||18||"Peeping Mom"||Mark Kirkland||John Frink||April 19, 2015||TABF11||3.23|
|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 to force him to confesses. Meanwhile, Homer ignores Santa's Little Helper once again when he meets Flanders' new dog named Baz.|
|571||19||"The Kids Are All Fight"||Bob Anderson||Rob LaZebnik||April 26, 2015||TABF12||3.33|
|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.|
|572||20||"Let's Go Fly a Coot"||Chris Clements||Jeff Westbrook||May 3, 2015||TABF13||3.12|
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
|573||21||"Bull-E"||Lance Kramer||Tim Long||May 10, 2015||TABF15||2.77|
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
|574||22||"Mathlete's Feat"||Michael Polcino||Michael Price||May 17, 2015||TABF16||2.82|
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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