The Simpsons (season 30)

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The Simpsons (season 30)
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Country of originUnited States
No. of episodes23
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Original releaseSeptember 30, 2018 (2018-09-30) 
May 12, 2019 (2019-05-12)
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List of The Simpsons episodes

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. [1] [2] 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 [3] and the acquisition of the majority of 21st Century Fox's assets (which includes the show itself) by Disney on March 20.

<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.

Al Jean American television writer and producer

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.

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The Simpsons' thirteenth season originally aired on the Fox network between November 6, 2001 and May 22, 2002 and consists of 22 episodes. The show runner for the thirteenth production season was Al Jean who executive-produced 17 episodes. Mike Scully executive-produced the remaining five, which were all hold-overs that were produced for the previous season. The Simpsons is an animated series about a working-class family, which consists of Homer, Marge, Bart, Lisa, and Maggie. The show is set in the fictional city of Springfield, and lampoons American culture, society, television and many aspects of the human condition.

Contents

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.

Emily Deschanel American actress, television producer, and film producer

Emily Erin Deschanel is an American actress, director and producer. She is best known for her role as Dr. Temperance "Bones" Brennan in the FOX series Bones.

Gal Gadot Israeli actress and model

Gal Gadot Varsano is an Israeli actress and model. At age 18, she was crowned Miss Israel 2004. She then served two years in the Israel Defense Forces as a combat instructor, and she began studying law and international relations at IDC Herzliya college while building up her modeling and acting careers.

Jonathan Groff American actor and singer

Jonathan Drew Groff is an American actor and singer. Groff rose to prominence in 2006 for his performance in the lead role of Melchior Gabor in the original Broadway production of Spring Awakening, for which he was nominated for the Tony Award for Best Actor in a Musical. He returned to Broadway in 2015 to play the role of King George III in Hamilton, a performance for which he earned a nomination for the Tony Award for Best Featured Actor in a Musical. He also appeared on the cast recording, which won the Grammy Award for Best Musical Theater Album.

Accolades

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. [4]

Stephanie Gillis Television writer

Stephanie Gillis is an American television writer. She writes for The Simpsons and has written 11 episodes.

The Writers Guild of America Award for Television: Animation is an award presented by the Writers Guild of America to the best writing in an animated television program. It has been presented annually since the 55th Writers Guild of America Awards in 2003 where Futurama won the first award. Before the award's inception, animated programs were submitted under their appropriate category. However, no animated programs received nominations. The Simpsons is the only program to win more than two awards, winning twelve. It also holds the record for nominations with 57.

The 71st Writers Guild of America Awards honored the best in film, television, radio and video-game writing of 2018. Winners were announced on February 17, 2019 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel, Beverly Hills, California and the Edison Ballroom, New York City, New York. The nominations for Television, New Media, Radio, News and Promotional Writing were announced on December 6, 2018. The Theatrical, Documentary Screenplay and Videogame Writing nominees were announced on January 7, 2019.

Production

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. [5]

Nancy Cartwright American actress

Nancy Jean Cartwright is an American actress, voice actress, and comedian, known for her long-running role as Bart Simpson on the animated television series The Simpsons. Cartwright also voices other characters for the show, including Nelson Muntz, Ralph Wiggum, Todd Flanders, Kearney, Database and Maggie.

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Dan Castellaneta American actor, voice artist, and comedian

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Controversy

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 York [6] and 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. [7] 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. [8]

"D'oh Canada" is the 21st episode of the thirtieth season of the American animated sitcom The Simpsons, and the 660th episode overall. It aired in the United States on Fox. The title of the episode is a play on the song O Canada.

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Episodes

No.
overall
No. in
season
TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air dateProd.
code
U.S. viewers
(millions)
6401"Bart's Not Dead" Bob Anderson Stephanie Gillis September 30, 2018 (2018-09-30)XABF193.24 [9]

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
6412"Heartbreak Hotel" Steven Dean Moore Renee Ridgeley & Matt Selman October 7, 2018 (2018-10-07)XABF154.60 [10]

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
6423"My Way or the Highway to Heaven" Rob Oliver Dan Castellaneta, Deb Lacusta & Vince WaldronOctober 14, 2018 (2018-10-14)XABF172.52 [11]

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
6434"Treehouse of Horror XXIX" Matthew Faughnan Joel H. Cohen October 21, 2018 (2018-10-21)XABF162.95 [12]
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.
6445"Baby You Can't Drive My Car"Timothy Bailey Rob LaZebnik November 4, 2018 (2018-11-04)XABF185.08 [13]

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
6456"From Russia Without Love" Matthew Nastuk Michael Ferris November 11, 2018 (2018-11-11)XABF202.35 [14]

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
6467"Werking Mom" Michael Polcino Carolyn Omine & Robin SayersNovember 18, 2018 (2018-11-18)XABF214.34 [15]

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
6478"Krusty the Clown"Matthew Faughnan Ryan Koh November 25, 2018 (2018-11-25)XABF222.11 [16]

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
6489"Daddicus Finch"Steven Dean Moore Al Jean December 2, 2018 (2018-12-02)YABF014.33 [17]

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
64910"'Tis the 30th Season" Lance Kramer Story by: Jeff Westbrook
Teleplay by: John Frink & Joel H. Cohen
December 9, 2018 (2018-12-09)YABF027.53 [18]

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
65011"Mad About the Toy"Rob Oliver Michael Price January 6, 2019 (2019-01-06)YABF032.33 [19]

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
65112"The Girl on the Bus" Chris Clements Joel H. CohenJanuary 13, 2019 (2019-01-13)YABF048.20 [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
65213"I'm Dancing as Fat as I Can"Matthew NastukJane BeckerFebruary 10, 2019 (2019-02-10)YABF061.75 [21]

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
65314"The Clown Stays in the Picture"Timothy BaileyMatt SelmanFebruary 17, 2019 (2019-02-17)YABF052.75 [22]

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
65415"101 Mitigations" Mark Kirkland Story by: Rob LaZebnik
Teleplay by: Brian Kelley & Dan Vebber
March 3, 2019 (2019-03-03)YABF072.25 [23]

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
65516"I Want You (She's So Heavy)"Steven Dean MooreJeff WestbrookMarch 10, 2019 (2019-03-10)YABF082.21 [24]

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
65617"E My Sports"Rob OliverRob LaZebnikMarch 17, 2019 (2019-03-17)YABF092.08 [25]

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
65718"Bart vs. Itchy & Scratchy"Chris Clements Megan Amram March 24, 2019 (2019-03-24)YABF101.99 [26]

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
65819"Girl's in the Band"Jennifer Moeller Nancy Cartwright March 31, 2019 (2019-03-31)YABF112.07 [27]

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
65920"I'm Just a Girl Who Can't Say D'oh"Michael Polcino Jeff Martin & Jenna MartinApril 7, 2019 (2019-04-07)YABF121.61 [28]

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
66021"D'oh Canada"Matthew Nastuk Tim Long & Miranda ThompsonApril 28, 2019 (2019-04-28)YABF141.93 [29]

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
66122"Woo-Hoo Dunnit?"Steven Dean MooreBrian KelleyMay 5, 2019 (2019-05-05)YABF151.79 [30]

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
66223"Crystal Blue-Haired Persuasion"Matthew FaughnanMegan AmramMay 12, 2019 (2019-05-12)YABF161.50 [31]

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

Ratings

No.TitleAir date Rating/share
(18–49)
Viewers
(millions)
DVR
(18–49)
DVR viewers
(millions)
Total
(18–49)
Total viewers
(millions)
1"Bart's Not Dead"September 30, 20181.4/53.24 [9] 0.30.581.63.83 [32]
2"Heartbreak Hotel"October 7, 20181.8/74.60 [10] 0.20.602.05.21 [33]
3"My Way or the Highway to Heaven"October 14, 20181.0/52.52 [11] 0.30.551.33.07 [34]
4"Treehouse of Horror XXIX"October 21, 20181.3/62.95 [12] 0.30.691.63.65 [35]
5"Baby You Can't Drive My Car"November 4, 20181.9/75.08 [13] 0.30.692.25.78 [36]
6"From Russia Without Love"November 11, 20180.9/42.35 [14] 0.30.661.23.01 [37]
7"Werking Mom"November 18, 20181.6/74.34 [15] 0.30.651.95.00 [38]
8"Krusty the Clown"November 25, 20180.8/32.11 [16] 0.30.581.12.68 [39]
9"Daddicus Finch"December 2, 20181.6/64.33 [17] 0.20.551.84.89 [40]
10"Tis the 30th Season"December 9, 20182.8/117.53 [18] 0.30.553.18.09 [41]
11"Mad About the Toy"January 6, 20190.9/42.33 [19] 0.20.541.12.87 [42]
12"The Girl on the Bus"January 13, 20193.2/128.20 [20] 0.20.573.58.78 [43]
13"I'm Dancing as Fat as I Can"February 10, 20190.6/31.75 [21] 0.20.570.92.33 [44]
14"The Clown Stays in the Picture"February 17, 20190.9/42.75 [22] 0.30.601.13.35 [45]
15"101 Mitigations"March 3, 20190.8/42.25 [23] 0.30.561.12.81 [46]
16"I Want You (She's So Heavy)"March 10, 20190.8/42.21 [24] 0.20.491.02.70 [47]
17"E My Sports"March 17, 20190.8/42.08 [25] 0.30.571.02.65 [48]
18"Bart vs. Itchy & Scratchy"March 24, 20190.8/41.99 [26] 0.20.471.02.46 [49]
19"Girl's in the Band"March 31, 20190.8/42.07 [27] 0.20.441.02.51 [50]
20"I'm Just a Girl Who Can't Say D'oh"April 7, 20190.7/31.61 [28] 0.20.410.92.02 [51]
21"D'oh Canada"April 28, 20190.8/41.93 [29] 0.20.531.02.47 [52]
22"Woo-Hoo Dunnit?"May 5, 20190.7/41.79 [30] 0.20.410.92.20 [53]
23"Crystal Blue-Haired Persuasion"May 12, 20190.5/31.50 [31] 0.20.480.81.98 [54]

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The third season of the CBS Action-adventure drama series MacGyver premiered on September 28, 2018 for the 2018–19 television season. The series centers on the fictional Phoenix Foundation which is a covert organization masquerading as a think tank. The series stars Lucas Till, George Eads, Tristin Mays, and Justin Hires. Eads departed in "Father + Bride + Betrayal". CBS announced the series on April 28, 2018 for a twenty-two episode third season. The season premiere, "Improvise", brought in 5.77 million viewers.

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