The Simpsons (season 29)

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The Simpsons (season 29)
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Country of originUnited States
No. of episodes21
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Original releaseOctober 1, 2017 (2017-10-01) 
May 20, 2018 (2018-05-20)
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The twenty-ninth season of the animated television series The Simpsons premiered on Fox in the United States on October 1, 2017, and ended on May 20, 2018. [1] On November 4, 2016, The Simpsons was renewed for seasons 29 and 30. This season marked the show's surpassing Gunsmoke as the longest-running scripted series in primetime television by number of episodes, with the series' 636th episode "Forgive and Regret". [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.

Gunsmoke is an American radio and television Western drama series created by director Norman Macdonnell and writer John Meston. The stories take place in and around Dodge City, Kansas, during the settlement of the American West. The central character is lawman Marshal Matt Dillon, played by William Conrad on radio and James Arness on television. When aired in the United Kingdom, the television series was initially titled Gun Law, later reverting to Gunsmoke.

The season features guest appearances from Norman Lear, [3] Martin Short, Ray Liotta and Nikolaj Coster-Waldau. In addition, Bill Plympton animated a sixth couch gag in "3 Scenes Plus a Tag from a Marriage", having previously done so in season 23's "Beware My Cheating Bart", season 24's "Black Eyed, Please", season 25's "Married to the Blob", season 27's "Lisa the Veterinarian", and season 28's "22 for 30". [4] This season also features Kelsey Grammer reprising his role as Sideshow Bob for a singing cameo and Homer seeking help from Shaquille O'Neal ("Gone Boy"), [5] [6] and a song written by guest star Rachel Bloom ("Springfield Splendor"). [7] [8] The season also includes the Simpson family traveling to New Orleans for JazzFest ("Lisa Gets the Blues"), and an episode that reimagines Stephen King's It featuring Krusty the Clown ("Fears of a Clown"). [4]

Norman Lear American television writer and producer

Norman Milton Lear is an American television writer and producer who produced many 1970s sitcoms such as All in the Family, Sanford and Son, One Day at a Time, The Jeffersons, Good Times, and Maude. As a political activist, he founded the advocacy organization People for the American Way in 1981 and has supported First Amendment rights and progressive causes.

Martin Short Canadian-American stand-up comedian

Martin Hayter Short is a Canadian-American comedian, actor, voice artist, singer and writer. He is known for his work on the television programs SCTV and Saturday Night Live. He has starred in comedy films, such as Three Amigos (1986), Innerspace (1987), Three Fugitives (1989), Father of the Bride (1991), Pure Luck (1991), Captain Ron (1992), Father of the Bride Part II (1995), Mars Attacks! (1996), Jungle 2 Jungle (1997), and The Santa Clause 3: The Escape Clause (2006), and created the characters Jiminy Glick and Ed Grimley. In 1999, he won a Tony Award for his lead performance in a Broadway revival of Little Me.

Ray Liotta American actor

Raymond Allen Liotta is an American actor, film producer, and voice actor.

On August 30, 2017, it was announced that longtime Simpsons score composer Alf Clausen was let go from the series. [9] The series switched from a live orchestrated score to a produced score by Bleeding Fingers Music. Hans Zimmer (who composed the score for The Simpsons Movie ) and Russel Emanuel are score producers, with Steve Kofsky executive producing. Clausen's last episode was "Whistler's Father".

Alf Heiberg Clausen is an American film and television composer. He is best known for his work scoring many episodes of The Simpsons, of which he had been the sole composer between 1990 and 2017. Clausen has scored or orchestrated music for more than 30 films and television shows, including Moonlighting, The Naked Gun, ALF and Ferris Bueller's Day Off. Clausen received an Honorary Doctorate of Music from the prestigious Berklee College of Music in 1996.

Bleeding Fingers Music

Bleeding Fingers Music is an American production music company. A joint venture between the Academy Award-winning composer Hans Zimmer, his business partner Steve Kofsky, and Extreme Music, the production arm of Sony/ATV Music Publishing, it is the leading custom scoring company in the film and television industry.

Hans Zimmer German film composer

Hans Florian Zimmer is a German film score composer and record producer. Zimmer's works are notable for integrating electronic music sounds with traditional orchestral arrangements. Since the 1980s, he has composed music for over 150 films. His works include The Lion King, for which he won the Academy Award for Best Original Score in 1995, the Pirates of the Caribbean series, Interstellar, Gladiator, Inception, Dunkirk, and The Dark Knight Trilogy. He has received four Grammy Awards, three Classical BRIT Awards, two Golden Globes, and an Academy Award. He was also named on the list of Top 100 Living Geniuses, published by The Daily Telegraph.

During February 2018, episodes of The Simpsons were held back to avoid competing with the 60th Annual Grammy Awards, Super Bowl LII, the 2018 Winter Olympics, and the 90th Academy Awards. This resulted in a nine-week gap in between new episodes, and is the second season to not have any new episodes airing in February, after the twenty-fifth season (which also aired in a Winter Olympics year).

60th Annual Grammy Awards 2018 ceremony of the Grammy Awards

The 60th Annual Grammy Awards ceremony was held on January 28, 2018. The CBS network broadcast the show live from Madison Square Garden in New York City. The show was moved to January to avoid coinciding with the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, as was the case in 2010 and 2014. James Corden returned as host.

Super Bowl LII 2018 edition of the Super Bowl

Super Bowl LII was an American football game played to determine the champion of the National Football League (NFL) for the 2017 season. The National Football Conference (NFC) champion Philadelphia Eagles defeated the American Football Conference (AFC) and defending Super Bowl LI champion New England Patriots, 41–33, to win their first Super Bowl and their first NFL title since 1960. The game was played on February 4, 2018, at U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis, Minnesota. This was the second time that a Super Bowl was played in Minneapolis, the northernmost city to ever host the event, after Super Bowl XXVI at the Metrodome during the 1991 season, and the sixth Super Bowl held in a cold-weather city.

2018 Winter Olympics 23rd Winter Olympics, Pyeongchang (S. Korea) 2018

The 2018 Winter Olympics, officially known as the XXIII Olympic Winter Games and commonly known as PyeongChang 2018, was an international winter multi-sport event that was held between 9 and 25 February 2018 in Pyeongchang County, Gangwon Province, South Korea, with the opening rounds for certain events held on 8 February 2018, the day before the opening ceremony.

Episodes

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6191"The Serfsons" Rob Oliver Brian Kelley October 1, 2017 (2017-10-01)WABF173.26 [10]

Homer has to undertake a dangerous mission to save the life of Marge's mother.

Guest stars: Billy Boyd as himself and Nikolaj Coster-Waldau as Markery
6202"Springfield Splendor" Matthew Faughnan Tim Long & Miranda ThompsonOctober 8, 2017 (2017-10-08)WABF225.25 [11]

Marge and Lisa have creative differences after creating a graphic novel together.

Guest stars: Alison Bechdel as herself, Rachel Bloom as Annette, Roz Chast as herself, Dan Harmon as himself, Marjane Satrapi as herself and Martin Short as Guthrie Frenel
6213"Whistler's Father"Matthew Faughnan Tom Gammill & Max Pross October 15, 2017 (2017-10-15)WABF162.91 [12]

Homer discovers Maggie can whistle. Meanwhile, Marge designs Fat Tony's brothel.

Guest stars: Nick Fascitelli as Professor Whistler, Valerie Harper as Backstage Mom and Joe Mantegna as Fat Tony
6224"Treehouse of Horror XXVIII"Timothy Bailey John Frink October 22, 2017 (2017-10-22)WABF183.66 [13]

In the segment "The Exor-Sis", Maggie is possessed by Pazuzu, a vengeful demon. In "Coralisa", Lisa discovers an alternate reality where the Simpsons are a disturbing (yet perfect) family. In "MMM... Homer", Homer cannibalizes himself after he runs out of food while Marge and the kids are away from home.

Guest stars: Mario Batali as himself, Ben Daniels as a priest, Neil Gaiman as Snowball and William Friedkin as Dr. Kenneth Humphries
6235"Grampy Can Ya Hear Me" Bob Anderson Bill Odenkirk November 5, 2017 (2017-11-05)WABF192.86 [14]
After getting hearing aids, Grampa finally figures out what everyone says about him. Meanwhile, Principal Skinner discovers that his mother hid an admission letter from Ohio State from him, sabotaging his burgeoning marching band career.
6246"The Old Blue Mayor She Ain't What She Used to Be" Matthew Nastuk Tom Gammill & Max ProssNovember 12, 2017 (2017-11-12)WABF204.75 [15]
Marge runs for mayor of Springfield, and she must make fun of Homer to win votes.
6257"Singin' in the Lane" Michael Polcino Ryan Koh November 19, 2017 (2017-11-19)WABF212.67 [16]
Homer reunites his old bowling team, the Pin Pals, where they must compete against a team of millionaires. Meanwhile, Marge and Lisa are stunned by how greedy Bart has become and join forces to change his behavior.
6268"Mr. Lisa's Opus" Steven Dean Moore Al Jean December 3, 2017 (2017-12-03)XABF014.28 [17]

Beginning from the age of one, Homer and Marge find out just how smart Lisa is, prompting her to go to the place she always wanted to go after she graduated from school: college. As Lisa begins to write her college application essay for Harvard, she recalls past disappointing birthdays and family events that have helped to shape her life. Throughout Lisa's story, Ned tries to cure Homer of his alcohol problem.

Guest stars: Kat Dennings as Valerie, Valerie Harper as Ms. Myles, Norman Lear as himself, Kipp Lennon as Leon Kompowsky and Jon Lovitz as Artie Ziff
6279"Gone Boy"Rob OliverJohn FrinkDecember 10, 2017 (2017-12-10)XABF026.06 [18]

When Bart goes missing, Sideshow Bob attempts to get Milhouse to reveal his location.

Guest stars: Kelsey Grammer as Sideshow Bob, Valerie Harper as a Nurse and Shaquille O'Neal as himself
62810"Haw-Haw Land"Bob AndersonTim Long & Miranda ThompsonJanuary 7, 2018 (2018-01-07)XABF036.95 [19]

The Simpsons go to a STEM conference, where Lisa becomes smitten with an older musician called Brendan. Upon seeing them together, Nelson gets jealous because of his past relationship with Lisa and tries to win her over instead. Meanwhile, Bart discovers his affinity for chemistry.

Guest star: Ed Sheeran as Brendan
62911"Frink Gets Testy" Chris Clements Dan Vebber January 14, 2018 (2018-01-14)XABF048.04 [20]

Mr. Burns builds a doomsday ark, after he believes that the end of the world is near when he sees an old Orson Welles show about Nostradamus. Professor Frink comes up with a new way of testing everyone in Springfield after Burns wants a test to determine who should go on a spaceship with him.

Guest stars: Valerie Harper as Proctor Clarkeson and Maurice LaMarche as Orson Welles
63012"Homer Is Where the Art Isn't"Timothy Bailey Kevin Curran March 18, 2018 (2018-03-18)XABF052.10 [21]

Manacek, a detective, investigates a theft of a Joan Miró painting which Homer is accused of stealing.

Guest stars: Bill Hader as Manacek and Cecily Strong as Megan
63113"3 Scenes Plus a Tag from a Marriage"Matthew NastukTom Gammill & Max ProssMarch 25, 2018 (2018-03-25)XABF062.15 [22]

While visiting their old apartment, Homer and Marge recount the story of how they transitioned from a fun and energetic childless couple to life-drained parents. In doing so, the story saves the relationship of the apartment’s current owners.

Guest stars: John Baldessari as himself, Kevin Pollak as Ross, Bagel Man and Professor and J. K. Simmons as J.J. Gruff
63214"Fears of a Clown"Steven Dean Moore Michael Price April 1, 2018 (2018-04-01)XABF082.06 [23]

Bart goes to prankster rehab after a clown-mask prank terrifies the town and destroys Krusty the Clown's career. A tortured Krusty then tries his hand at serious drama with a regional theater company.

Guest stars: Andy Daly as Judge Dowd, Damian Kulash as himself, Dawnn Lewis as Children's Court Bailiff, Jon Lovitz as Llewellyn Sinclair, Jackie Mason as Rabbi Krustofsky and Tim Nordwind as himself
63315"No Good Read Goes Unpunished" Mark Kirkland Jeff Westbrook April 8, 2018 (2018-04-08)XABF072.15 [24]

Marge forces the family to hand in their electronics and head to the library in an attempt to bring the family together again. This results in Bart using The Art of War to control Homer, and Marge discovering that a past favorite of hers is now offensive and insensitive.

Guest stars: Daniel Radcliffe as himself and Jimmy O. Yang as Sun Tzu
63416"King Leer"Chris ClementsDaniel Furlong & Zach PosnerApril 15, 2018 (2018-04-15)XABF102.26 [25]

Homer and Marge find out that Moe is having a big argument with his father; the two try to reconnect their relationship.

Guest stars: Ray Liotta as Morty Szyslak; Moe's father, Debi Mazar as Minnie Szyslak; Moe's sister and Jonathan Schmock as Salesman
63517"Lisa Gets the Blues"Bob Anderson David Silverman & Brian KelleyApril 22, 2018 (2018-04-22)XABF112.19 [26]

When Lisa is discouraged from playing the saxophone, the Simpsons travel to New Orleans to cheer her up.

Guest star: Trombone Shorty as Trombonist
63618"Forgive and Regret"Rob OliverBill OdenkirkApril 29, 2018 (2018-04-29)XABF092.47 [27]

While on his deathbed, Grampa makes a confession to Homer about the past. He comes to realize that the issue will not be easy to reconcile when he makes a recovery.

Guest star: Glenn Close as Mona Simpson
63719"Left Behind" Lance Kramer Story by: Al Jean
Teleplay by: Joel H. Cohen & John Frink
May 6, 2018 (2018-05-06)XABF122.15 [28]

When the Leftorium shuts down, Homer helps Ned get a job at the Nuclear Power Plant. Meanwhile, Marge feels that her marriage has lost its spark.

Guest star: Marcia Wallace as Edna Krabappel (via archive recording)
63820"Throw Grampa from the Dane"Michael Polcino Rob LaZebnik May 13, 2018 (2018-05-13)XABF132.14 [29]

The Simpsons take Grampa to Denmark so that he can benefit from its socialized medicine system.

Guest star: Sidse Babett Knudsen as Danish bar woman
63921"Flanders' Ladder"Matthew Nastuk J. Stewart Burns May 20, 2018 (2018-05-20)XABF142.10 [30]

A lightning strike gives Bart supernatural visions. He is then visited by ghosts who want closure.

Guest stars: Jackie Mason as Rabbi Krustofsky

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