|The Simpsons (season 30)|
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|Country of origin||United States|
|No. of episodes||23|
|Original release||September 30, 2018 –|
May 12, 2019
The thirtieth season of the animated television series The Simpsons premiered on Fox in the United States on September 30, 2018, and ended on May 12, 2019.Al Jean returns as showrunner, a position he has held since the thirteenth season. Matt Selman also contributed as showrunner for the episodes "Heartbreak Hotel", "Krusty the Clown", "The Clown Stays in the Picture" and "Bart vs. Itchy & Scratchy". The series hit a milestone 650th episode on January 6, 2019 with the episode "Mad About the Toy" and the season also saw both the renewal of the series for two additional seasons in February and the acquisition of the majority of 21st Century Fox's assets (which includes the show itself) by Disney on March 20.
The season features guest appearances from Dave Attel, Emily Deschanel, Gal Gadot, Jonathan Groff, Pete Holmes, Rhys Darby, Tracy Morgan, RuPaul, Bryan Batt, Lawrence O'Donnell, Patti LuPone, Marc Maron, Guillermo del Toro, Wallace Shawn, Awkwafina, Chelsea Peretti, Nicole Byer, Ken Jeong, John Lithgow, Liev Schreiber, Illeana Douglas and Jenny Slate. The episode "Heartbreak Hotel" saw George Segal reprising the role of Nick from Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? that he had originally played 52 years earlier, musician Josh Groban provides the singing voice for longtime character Professor Frink, musician Dave Matthews gives voice to Lloyd the bartender from The Shining and the five main cast members of Bob's Burgers also reprised their roles for a crossover couch gag in the episode "My Way or the Highway to Heaven". Several prior guest stars returned this season, including longtime recurring guest star Jon Lovitz in various roles, two stints from actor J. K. Simmons to make his 4th and 5th appearances in the series, Scott Thompson returning for his fourth time as Grady, comedian Jackie Mason reprising his role as Rabbi Krustofsky once more, and Terry Gross and Ken Burns appearing as themselves. Natasha Lyonne, Will Forte and Werner Herzog all returned to roles they had previously performed once before playing Sophie Krustofsky, King Toot and Walter Hotenhoffer respectively.
In February 2019, writer Stephanie Gillis won the Writers Guild of America Award for Outstanding Writing in Animation at the 71st Writers Guild of America Awards for penning the season premiere episode "Bart's Not Dead". On July 16, 2019 it was announced that the show had received two nominations for the 71st Primetime Creative Arts Emmy Awards, with the episode "Mad About the Toy" being nominated for the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Animated Program and cast member Hank Azaria getting a nomination for the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Character Voice-Over Performance for the episode "From Russia Without Love" playing the characters Moe Szyslak, Carl Carlson, Duffman and Kirk Van Houten.The winners were announced on September 14, 2019 at the Creative Arts Emmy Awards ceremony, where "Mad About the Toy" won the show its 11th award in the category, while Hank Azaria lost to Seth MacFarlane for his performances in the animated series Family Guy .
This season also features the first episode written by voice actor Nancy Cartwright with the episode "Girl's in the Band", making her the third of the six main cast members to have an episode to their name (Dan Castellaneta having cowritten many scripts since season 11 and Harry Shearer writing the season 28 episode "Trust But Clarify"). This also makes her the first female main cast member credited with a writing credit, and the season overall hit a new high for women writers with ten females with episodes credited to them, including two scripts from Megan Amram and a joint script by veteran Simpsons writer Jeff Martin and his daughter Jenna Martin. For the eSports-themed episode "E My Sports" the show's producers hired League of Legends developers Riot Games as consultants in order to get the eSports referenced in the show as authentic as possible.
The show came under fire for the episode "D'oh Canada" in late April 2019. While the episode mocked American and Canadian heads of government Donald Trump and Justin Trudeau and brought up the SNC-Lavalin affair, the aspects that caused offense were largely related to a Frank Sinatra parody song where Homer made fun of Upstate New Yorkand for the use of the slur "newfie" in relation to Canadian residents of Newfoundland. In the latter several Canadian children chime "stupid newfies" before a character closely resembling Ralph Wiggum calls himself one and proceeds to beat a baby seal pup plush toy with a club while singing about being a Newfoundlander. Musician Bruce Moss rejected an offer from the show's producers to use his song "The Islander" for the episode, referring to them as "morally bankrupt" and turning down $20,000 US.
|Title||Directed by||Written by||Original air date||Prod.|
|640||1||"Bart's Not Dead"||Bob Anderson||Stephanie Gillis||September 30, 2018||XABF19||3.24|
Bart takes part in a dare, which ends with him in a hospital. In order to cover up for himself and Homer (who had failed to stop him in time), Bart makes a claim that he met Jesus in Heaven. When Christian producers want to offer him a movie deal, Bart starts to feel guilt about his cover-up.Guest stars: Dave Attell as Luke, Emily Deschanel as herself playing Marge, Gal Gadot as herself playing Lisa, Jonathan Groff as Actor playing Bart and Pete Holmes as Matthew
|641||2||"Heartbreak Hotel"||Steven Dean Moore||Renee Ridgeley & Matt Selman||October 7, 2018||XABF15||4.60|
Marge and Homer's marriage is tested when they travel to a tropical island to compete for a million dollars on Marge's favorite reality competition show.Guest stars: Joe Clabby as Curtis, Rhys Darby as Tag Tuckerbag, Renee Ridgeley as Honey and George Segal as Nick
|642||3||"My Way or the Highway to Heaven"||Rob Oliver||Dan Castellaneta, Deb Lacusta & Vince Waldron||October 14, 2018||XABF17||2.52|
The citizens of Springfield remember their divine encounters as God and St. Peter think about what would enable a soul to get into Heaven.Guest stars: H. Jon Benjamin as Bob Belcher, Jon Lovitz as himself, Dan Mintz as Tina Belcher, Eugene Mirman as Gene Belcher, Tracy Morgan as himself, John Roberts as Linda Belcher and Kristen Schaal as Louise Belcher
|643||4||"Treehouse of Horror XXIX"||Matthew Faughnan||Joel H. Cohen||October 21, 2018||XABF16||2.95|
|Homer wins an eating contest against the mythical Cthulhu, Springfield is overrun by plant body-snatchers, Lisa finally snaps and Mr. Burns opens a retirement home with some Jurassic upgrades.|
|644||5||"Baby You Can't Drive My Car"||Timothy Bailey||Rob LaZebnik||November 4, 2018||XABF18||5.08|
A company that is selling self-driving cars sets up in Springfield. When Homer accidentally crashes his car into Mr. Burns' window, he is fired and gets a job at the self-driving car company. This causes all of the employees of the Springfield Nuclear Power Plant to quit as well so they can have a better work environment.Guest star: Tracy Morgan as Tow Truck Driver
|645||6||"From Russia Without Love"||Matthew Nastuk||Michael Ferris||November 11, 2018||XABF20||2.35|
Following a failed prank phone call, Bart, Nelson and Milhouse get Moe a mail-order Russian bride on the Dark Web. But when Anastasia Alekova darkens Moe's tavern door, Moe fears he will have his heart broken again and tries to distance himself from her.Guest stars: Jon Lovitz as Hacky/Snitchy the Weasel and Ksenia Solo as Anastasia Alekova
|646||7||"Werking Mom"||Michael Polcino||Carolyn Omine & Robin Sayers||November 18, 2018||XABF21||4.34|
With some help from Julio, Marge pretends to be a drag queen in order to successfully sell Tubberware. Meanwhile, Lisa feels good after returning a hidden box that belonged to Jasper when he was a child, so she does little things to try to make other people happy.Guest stars: Raja Gemini as himself, RuPaul as Queen Chante and Scott Thompson as Grady
|647||8||"Krusty the Clown"||Matthew Faughnan||Ryan Koh||November 25, 2018||XABF22||2.11|
Homer decides to become a TV show recapper. Shortly after, his review of Krusty's show suddenly triggers an all-out brawl between the two of them.Guest stars: Billy Eichner as Billy and Peter Serafinowicz as Corporate CEO
|648||9||"Daddicus Finch"||Steven Dean Moore||Al Jean||December 2, 2018||YABF01||4.33|
When they start spending time together, Homer and Lisa's bond becomes strong. This causes Bart to feel neglected as Marge tries to help Homer balance with his attention towards his kids.Guest stars: Jon Lovitz as Llewellyn Sinclair and Rabbi and J. K. Simmons as Dr. Jessup
|649||10||"'Tis the 30th Season"||Lance Kramer||Story by : Jeff Westbrook |
Teleplay by : John Frink & Joel H. Cohen
|December 9, 2018||YABF02||7.53|
A desperate and determined Marge plans to save Christmas after a failed Black Friday shopping spree, while Homer and the kids surprise her with a trip to a Florida resort.Guest star: Jane Lynch as Jeanie
|650||11||"Mad About the Toy"||Rob Oliver||Michael Price||January 6, 2019||YABF03||2.33|
After Bart finds plastic soldier toys in the basement, Grampa begins to remember about the photos taken of him back in the 1940s as a model for the soldier toys. When he realized that he may have ruined the photographer's life after unintentionally getting him fired, Grampa pays him a visit.Guest stars: Bryan Batt as Philip Hefflin, Bill de Blasio as himself and Lawrence O'Donnell as himself
|651||12||"The Girl on the Bus"||Chris Clements||Joel H. Cohen||January 13, 2019||YABF04||8.20|
After Lisa befriends Sam, a girl with similar interests, she lies about her family to impress Sam's intelligent, sophisticated parents.Guest stars: Terry Gross as herself and Patti LuPone as Cheryl Monroe
|652||13||"I'm Dancing as Fat as I Can"||Matthew Nastuk||Jane Becker||February 10, 2019||YABF06||1.75|
Homer takes covert dancing lessons to make amends to Marge after he binge-watches the new season of Odder Stuff without her. Meanwhile, Bart enters "Krusty's Holiday Trample" to win a shopping cart full of Krusty merchandise.Guest star: Ted Sarandos as himself
|653||14||"The Clown Stays in the Picture"||Timothy Bailey||Matt Selman||February 17, 2019||YABF05||2.75|
Krusty reveals the untold story of his past in his movie "The Sands of Space." Bart and Lisa learn about the early years of their parents' relationship, when Homer and Marge were personal assistants on Krusty's film.Guest star: Marc Maron as himself
|654||15||"101 Mitigations"||Mark Kirkland||Story by : Rob LaZebnik |
Teleplay by : Brian Kelley & Dan Vebber
|March 3, 2019||YABF07||2.25|
Comic Book Guy threatens to take Homer to court for joy riding in his car, so Lisa suggests that her father produce a mitigation video to highlight his good traits.Guest star: Guillermo del Toro as himself
|655||16||"I Want You (She's So Heavy)"||Steven Dean Moore||Jeff Westbrook||March 10, 2019||YABF08||2.21|
Homer and Marge sneak into a wedding expo, only for both to become injured before their romantic night ends. While Marge decides to take up kite boarding, Homer winds up with a hallucinated hernia that makes him even more indolent than usual.Guest star: Wallace Shawn as Wallace the Hernia
|656||17||"E My Sports"||Rob Oliver||Rob LaZebnik||March 17, 2019||YABF09||2.08|
After Homer gets him a new gaming computer, Bart begins to excel at eSports. When Bart's team has a chance to win $500,000 in a gaming tournament in Seoul, Homer decides to coach his son and Lisa worries they'll both go to South Korea without her.Guest stars: Ken Jeong as Korean Monks, Natasha Lyonne as Sophie and David Turley as Conflict of Enemies Commentator
|657||18||"Bart vs. Itchy & Scratchy"||Chris Clements||Megan Amram||March 24, 2019||YABF10||1.99|
Bart decides to protest with his friends after Krusty announces the debut of an all-female reboot of The Itchy & Scratchy Show. However, Bart then gets persuaded to join a female-led protest group after getting caught liking the show.Guest stars: Awkwafina as Carmen, Nicole Byer as Erica and Chelsea Peretti as Piper
|658||19||"Girl's in the Band"||Jennifer Moeller||Nancy Cartwright||March 31, 2019||YABF11||2.07|
When director of the Capitol City Philharmonic Victor Kleskow scouts Lisa, she must endure his harsh training. Meanwhile Homer works extra shifts at the plant and Marge, Bart and Maggie make long daily trips just so Lisa can play.Guest stars: Dave Matthews as Lloyd the Bartender and J. K. Simmons as Victor Kleskow
|659||20||"I'm Just a Girl Who Can't Say D'oh"||Michael Polcino||Jeff Martin & Jenna Martin||April 7, 2019||YABF12||1.61|
When disgruntled cast and crew expel Llewellyn Sinclair from directing Oklahoma! , Marge steps up to helm a production written by Lisa about Jebediah Springfield. Meanwhile, Homer takes a liking to the sexy supervisor running the "Daddy and Me" baby classes he attends with Maggie.Guest stars: Okilly Dokilly as themselves, Josh Groban as Professor Frink's singing voice, John Lithgow as himself and Jon Lovitz as Llewellyn Sinclair
|660||21||"D'oh Canada"||Matthew Nastuk||Tim Long & Miranda Thompson||April 28, 2019||YABF14||1.93|
The family takes a trip to Niagara Falls to redeem some hotel rewards they earned. But when Lisa falls down the Niagara Falls in a ball and ends up on the Canadian side, she ends up loving Canada and decides to permanently reside there.Guest stars: Awkwafina as Dr. Chang, Judy Blume as herself and Lucas Meyer as Justin Trudeau
|661||22||"Woo-Hoo Dunnit?"||Steven Dean Moore||Brian Kelley||May 5, 2019||YABF15||1.79|
When Lisa’s college fund gets stolen, the family tries to find out who stole it.Guest stars: Ken Burns as himself playing Homer, Will Forte as King Toot, Jackie Mason as Rabbi Krustofsky and Liev Schreiber as "Dateline Springfield" Narrator
|662||23||"Crystal Blue-Haired Persuasion"||Matthew Faughnan||Megan Amram||May 12, 2019||YABF16||1.50|
Mr. Burns cuts health care benefits for his employees, so Marge buys healing crystals for Bart for his ADD. Marge decides to sell them to support her family, and sales jack up when the word spreads that the crystals help Bart get better grades... or do they?Guest stars: Illeana Douglas as the New Age Clerk, Werner Herzog as Walter Hotenhoffer and Jenny Slate as Piper Paisley
|No.||Title||Air date|| Rating/share |
|1||"Bart's Not Dead"||September 30, 2018||1.4/5||3.24||0.3||0.58||1.6||3.83|
|2||"Heartbreak Hotel"||October 7, 2018||1.8/7||4.60||0.2||0.60||2.0||5.21|
|3||"My Way or the Highway to Heaven"||October 14, 2018||1.0/5||2.52||0.3||0.55||1.3||3.07|
|4||"Treehouse of Horror XXIX"||October 21, 2018||1.3/6||2.95||0.3||0.69||1.6||3.65|
|5||"Baby You Can't Drive My Car"||November 4, 2018||1.9/7||5.08||0.3||0.69||2.2||5.78|
|6||"From Russia Without Love"||November 11, 2018||0.9/4||2.35||0.3||0.66||1.2||3.01|
|7||"Werking Mom"||November 18, 2018||1.6/7||4.34||0.3||0.65||1.9||5.00|
|8||"Krusty the Clown"||November 25, 2018||0.8/3||2.11||0.3||0.58||1.1||2.68|
|9||"Daddicus Finch"||December 2, 2018||1.6/6||4.33||0.2||0.55||1.8||4.89|
|10||"Tis the 30th Season"||December 9, 2018||2.8/11||7.53||0.3||0.55||3.1||8.09|
|11||"Mad About the Toy"||January 6, 2019||0.9/4||2.33||0.2||0.54||1.1||2.87|
|12||"The Girl on the Bus"||January 13, 2019||3.2/12||8.20||0.2||0.57||3.5||8.78|
|13||"I'm Dancing as Fat as I Can"||February 10, 2019||0.6/3||1.75||0.2||0.57||0.9||2.33|
|14||"The Clown Stays in the Picture"||February 17, 2019||0.9/4||2.75||0.3||0.60||1.1||3.35|
|15||"101 Mitigations"||March 3, 2019||0.8/4||2.25||0.3||0.56||1.1||2.81|
|16||"I Want You (She's So Heavy)"||March 10, 2019||0.8/4||2.21||0.2||0.49||1.0||2.70|
|17||"E My Sports"||March 17, 2019||0.8/4||2.08||0.3||0.57||1.0||2.65|
|18||"Bart vs. Itchy & Scratchy"||March 24, 2019||0.8/4||1.99||0.2||0.47||1.0||2.46|
|19||"Girl's in the Band"||March 31, 2019||0.8/4||2.07||0.2||0.44||1.0||2.51|
|20||"I'm Just a Girl Who Can't Say D'oh"||April 7, 2019||0.7/3||1.61||0.2||0.41||0.9||2.02|
|21||"D'oh Canada"||April 28, 2019||0.8/4||1.93||0.2||0.53||1.0||2.47|
|22||"Woo-Hoo Dunnit?"||May 5, 2019||0.7/4||1.79||0.2||0.41||0.9||2.20|
|23||"Crystal Blue-Haired Persuasion"||May 12, 2019||0.5/3||1.50||0.2||0.48||0.8||1.98|
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