|The Simpsons (season 27)|
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|Country of origin||United States|
|No. of episodes||22|
|Original release||September 27, 2015 –|
May 22, 2016
The Simpsons ' twenty-seventh season began airing on Fox in the United States on September 27, 2015, and ended on May 22, 2016. On October 28, 2014, executive producer Al Jean announced that Season 27 went into production, renewing the series through the 2015–16 season.
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.
The Fox Broadcasting Company is an American commercial terrestrial television network that is a flagship property of 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.
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.
The season premiere deals with Homer being diagnosed with narcolepsy, his breaking up with Marge, and falling for a pharmacist. Guest stars for this season include Blake Anderson, Kristen Bell, David Copperfield, Lena Dunham, Kelsey Grammer, Nick Kroll, Yo-Yo Ma, Edward James Olmos, Kevin Michael Richardson, and George Takei. Carl Zealer, who won a competition to be animated into The Simpsons, appeared in the episode "Halloween of Horror".
Blake Raymond Anderson is an American actor, comedian, producer, screenwriter, and fashion designer. He was one of the stars and co-creators of the Comedy Central series Workaholics.
Kristen Anne Bell is an American actress. She began her acting career by starring in stage productions while attending the Tisch School of the Arts in New York. In 2001, she made her Broadway debut as Becky Thatcher in The Adventures of Tom Sawyer and starred in the Broadway revival of The Crucible the following year. In 2004, she appeared in the film Spartan and won praise for her performance in Gracie's Choice.
David Seth Kotkin, known professionally as David Copperfield, is an American magician, described by Forbes as the most commercially successful magician in history.
This is the last season to be produced by Film Roman and the last to credit Sam Simon as producer due to his death in 2015.
Film Roman is an American animation independently owned company. It was originally owned by Starz Inc., which is now a division of Lionsgate and later by Waterman Entertainment, the production company of producer Steve Waterman. Founded by veteran animator and director Phil Roman in 1984, it is best known for producing source animation for series such as The Simpsons (1992–2016), King of the Hill and Family Guy for 20th Century Fox Animation, as well as Garfield and Friends and various Garfield animated television specials.
Samuel Michael Simon was an American director, producer, writer, animal rights activist and philanthropist, who co-developed the television series The Simpsons.
On May 14, 2015, showrunner Al Jean announced that veteran Simpsons voice actor Harry Shearer had left the show to pursue other work after his contract expired. However, on July 7, he returned to the show after signing a new deal with five other cast members.
Harry Julius Shearer is an American actor, voice actor, comedian, writer, musician, radio host, director and producer. Born in Los Angeles, California, Shearer began his career as a child actor. From 1969 to 1976, Shearer was a member of The Credibility Gap, a radio comedy group. Following the breakup of the group, Shearer co-wrote the film Real Life with Albert Brooks and started writing for Martin Mull's television series Fernwood 2 Night.
|Title||Directed by||Written by||Original air date||Prod.|
|575||1||"Every Man's Dream"||Matthew Nastuk||J. Stewart Burns||September 27, 2015||TABF14||3.28|
After Homer uses his narcolepsy diagnosis as an excuse to be lazy, he and Marge go through a trial separation, during which Homer dates a pharmacist and Marge dates the pharmacist's father.Guest stars: Adam Driver as Adam Sackler, Lena Dunham as Candace/Hannah Horvath, Laura Ingraham as Therapist and Jemima Kirke, Zosia Mamet and Allison Williams as Candace's friends
|576||2||"Cue Detective"||Timothy Bailey||Joel H. Cohen||October 4, 2015||TABF17||6.02|
Homer is assigned to buy a new washing machine to replace the family's old molding one, but finds a barbecue grill and buys that instead. Later, Bart and Lisa search for the grill when it is stolen right after he was challenged to a cookoff.Guest stars: Alton Brown as Himself, Bobby Moynihan as Tyler Boom, Edward James Olmos as Pit Master and Ben Schwartz as Clerk
|577||3||"Puffless"||Rob Oliver||J. Stewart Burns||October 11, 2015||TABF19||3.31|
Jacqueline decides to reveal the truth: her husband died because of lung cancer, but didn't say so before because back then, people were reluctant to admit it. This revelation shocks Patty and Selma, who decide to quit smoking once and for all and burn all their cigarettes, which unfortunately causes Jacqueline's house to burn down. However, Selma resumes smoking shortly after, causing an angry Patty to move in with Marge and Homer, much to the latter's dismay. Meanwhile, when Maggie makes some new animal friends, she must go on a rescue mission when one of them is taken by Cletus.Guest stars: Jon Lovitz as Cigarette and Yo-Yo Ma as himself
|578||4||"Halloween of Horror"||Mike B. Anderson||Carolyn Omine||October 18, 2015||TABF22||3.69|
After costing salesmen their job, they invade the Simpson household to get revenge on Homer. Meanwhile, Lisa starts becoming scared of everything after she experiences Horror Night at Krustyland, so Homer takes down his Halloween Everscream Terrors decorations to avoid scaring Lisa. In another subplot, Marge takes Bart to a trick-o-treating party because Homer had to take down the decorations, but Bart gets upset when she can't get in due to the party being for residents only.Treehouse of Horror episodes, this episode takes place in the normal series timeline.
|579||5||"Treehouse of Horror XXVI"||Steven Dean Moore||Joel H. Cohen||October 25, 2015||TABF18||6.75|
In the twenty-sixth annual Simpsons Halloween special, Sideshow Bob finally kills Bart, Homer appears as a sea monster in a parody of Godzilla, and Lisa and Milhouse get superpowers from radiation, with poor Bart somehow missing out and Maggie joining the fun.Guest stars: Kelsey Grammer as Sideshow Bob and Chris Wedge as Scrat
|580||6||"Friend with Benefit"||Matthew Faughnan||Rob LaZebnik||November 8, 2015||TABF21||3.48|
Lisa becomes friends with a rich girl named Harper, whose father becomes friends with Homer, but Lisa becomes concerned that Harper is a little too entitled.Guest stars: Kristen Bell as Harper and David Copperfield
|581||7||"Lisa with an 'S'"||Bob Anderson||Stephanie Gillis||November 22, 2015||TABF20||5.64|
|Homer loses $5,000 that he doesn't have in a poker bet, and is forced to loan Lisa out to Broadway star Laney Fontaine to pay back his debt. Laney finds out Lisa is extremely talented at the saxophone and has her perform at an auditorium. Later, Marge and Homer realize they've made a terrible mistake and must go to New York to retrieve Lisa.|
|582||8||"Paths of Glory"||Steven Dean Moore||Michael Ferris||December 6, 2015||VABF01||5.53|
|Lisa tries to better the reputation of Springfield's first female inventor by searching an asylum for her first invention. While in the asylum, she and Bart find a sociopath's notebook, causing Bart to take the notebook home and show it to his friends, which causes Chief Wiggum to mislead Bart's parents that he may be a sociopath. As a result, Homer and Marge give Bart a sociopath test under a label which Bart would find interesting. The label then falls off and Bart finds out that the test is for his parents to know if he's a sociopath; so he pretends to be one.|
|583||9||"Barthood"||Rob Oliver||Dan Greaney||December 13, 2015||VABF02||5.97|
|The story of Bart's life, spanning from the age of six to his adulthood, is told. Throughout the story, Bart learns that his shattered, yet lovable relationships with his father Homer, who looks down on him due to his laziness and negativity, and his little sister Lisa, who beats Bart at everything, help to shape who he truly is.|
|584||10||"The Girl Code"||Chris Clements||Rob LaZebnik||January 3, 2016||VABF03||4.41|
When Homer loses his job due to Marge's social media post, he resumes working as a dishwasher at a Greek restaurant he worked when he was in high school. Meanwhile, Lisa works with her new coding teacher to create an app that can predict the effects that any post on social media will have.Guest stars: Stephen Merchant as Conrad and Kaitlin Olson as Quinn
|585||11||"Teenage Mutant Milk-Caused Hurdles"||Timothy Bailey||Joel H. Cohen||January 10, 2016||VABF04||8.33|
Bart experiences early puberty after drinking a milk substitute filled with bad hormones, and ends up competing with Skinner for the affections of his new teacher, Mrs. Berrera. Lisa experiences early puberty as well from the milk, and starts to wear makeup and gets a new hairstyle to look more feminine, netting her popularity from her classmates.Guest star: Sofía Vergara as Mrs. Berrera
|586||12||"Much Apu About Something"||Bob Anderson||Michael Price||January 17, 2016||VABF05||3.95|
Sanjay's son Jay takes over the Kwik-E-Mart, but Apu is displeased when he turns it into a food market. Meanwhile, in an attempt to get Apu his store back, Homer tries to get Bart to prank the new store, despite the fact that he told him he wouldn't prank anymore.Guest star: Utkarsh Ambudkar as Jay
|587||13||"Love Is in the N2-O2-Ar-CO2-Ne-He-CH4"||Mark Kirkland||John Frink||February 14, 2016||VABF07||2.89|
On Valentine's Day, Professor Frink makes himself attractive to women by using science to transform himself into a more attractive man. Meanwhile, Marge, Bart, and Lisa visit Grampa and try to rescue the old folks from a drug-induced hallucination that allows them to relive their happiest memories.Guest star: Glenn Close as Mona Simpson
|588||14||"Gal of Constant Sorrow"||Matthew Nastuk||Carolyn Omine||February 21, 2016||VABF06||3.10|
Bart and Lisa take in a homeless woman to live with them, where they discover that she is a talented folk singer. Meanwhile, Homer accidentally traps the cat in the walls of the house.Guest stars: Bob Boilen, Kelsey Grammer as Sideshow Bob, Natalie Maines as Hettie (singing voice) and Kate McKinnon as Hettie
|589||15||"Lisa the Veterinarian"||Steven Dean Moore||Dan Vebber||March 6, 2016||VABF08||3.09|
Lisa becomes a veterinarian after performing CPR on a raccoon, and learns a harsh lesson when the neglected class hamster, Nibbles, dies. Meanwhile, Marge makes a little extra money cleaning up crime scenes.Guest star: Michael York as Dr. Budgie
|590||16||"The Marge-ian Chronicles"||Chris Clements||Brian Kelley||March 13, 2016||VABF09||3.07|
Lisa signs up for the Mars One Space Colony, and Marge comes along to try and talk her out of it.Guest stars: Tom Scharpling as Paul and Jon Wurster as Barry
|591||17||"The Burns Cage"||Rob Oliver||Rob LaZebnik||April 3, 2016||VABF10||2.32|
After Smithers is crushed by Mr. Burns' lack of affection towards him, other characters attempt to find a boyfriend for him. Meanwhile, Milhouse competes against a new boy for the lead role in a school production of Casablanca , so he can act alongside his own unrequited love, Lisa.Guest star: George Takei as himself
|592||18||"How Lisa Got Her Marge Back"||Bob Anderson||Jeff Martin||April 10, 2016||VABF11||2.55|
When Marge tells Homer that she doesn't like Lisa's jazz, Lisa overhears this and gets mad at Marge for lying. Marge wants to restore her relationship with her daughter, so they take a weekend trip to Capital City to attend a performance of Bad News Bears: The Musical , however, Lisa becomes depressed during the trip. Meanwhile, Bart teams up with Maggie to trick people, after he becomes frustrated that everyone knows his pranks.Guest star: Andrew Rannells as himself
|593||19||"Fland Canyon"||Michael Polcino||J. Stewart Burns||April 24, 2016||VABF12||2.77|
|Homer recalls the story of when the Simpson family went on a vacation to the Grand Canyon with the Flanders family.|
|594||20||"To Courier with Love"||Timothy Bailey||Bill Odenkirk||May 8, 2016||VABF14||2.52|
The Simpson family goes on a trip to Paris, and Homer becomes the courier of a secret briefcase.Guest star: Jay Leno as himself
|595||21||"Simprovised"||Matthew Nastuk||John Frink||May 15, 2016||VABF13||2.80|
|After messing up a speech at work, Homer tries improv comedy. Meanwhile, Marge helps rebuild Bart's treehouse. For the last three minutes of the episode, Homer does a live Q&A for fans on the East/West Coast.|
|596||22||"Orange Is the New Yellow"||Matthew Faughnan||Eric Horsted||May 22, 2016||VABF15||2.54|
Marge gets arrested after Bart goes to the park unsupervised, which leaves Homer struggling to manage the household.Guest star: Kevin Michael Richardson as Prison Guard
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