This is to celebrate the August 18, 2009 release date of The Simpsons: The Complete 12th Season dvd set. Episodes are listed by funniness not airdate.
1-1 Simpsons Roasting on an Open Fire-The first ep, first Xmas ep & when the gang gets Santa’s Little Helper. I’ve had the video for years.
1-11 The Crepes of Wrath. Bart has to go to France as an exchange student. He’s treated poorly but learns French.
1-12 Krusty Gets Busted-Is Krusty guilty?
1-10 Homer’s Night Out-Homer & a belly dancer cause a stir in Springfield.
1-2 Bart the Genius-Bart is thought to be gifted.
2-3 Treehouse of Horror-The first Halloween ep. It introduces Kang & Kodos & has the work of Edgar Allen Poe.
2-15 Oh Brother, Where Art Thou?-Homer meets his long lost brother (voiced by Danny DeVito), who’s rich & helps him lose it all.
2-21 Three Men and a Comic Book-3 friends must share a comic book but greed gets the best of them.
2-11 One Fish, Two Fish, Blowfish, Blue Fish-Homer eats possibly poisonous fish & has to live his last 24 hours to the fullest.
2-19 Lisa’s Substitute-Lisa gets her first crush on an intelligent, suave substitute teacher. Who wouldn’t fall for that kind of guy as voiced by Dustin Hoffman?
3-10 Flaming Moe’s-Homer invents a drink called the Flaming Homer. Moe steals his idea & his bar becomes quite popular. Don’t knock a drink with cough syrup in it until you’ve tried it.
3-7 Treehouse of Horror 2-Features one of my top favorite TOH skits, The Monkey’s Paw.
3-16 Bart the Lover-Bart responds to his teacher Mrs. Krabappel’s personals ad & strings her along for laughs. He eventually learns to be compassionate.
3-20 Colonel Homer-Homer becomes a country music manager to cocktail waitress Lurleen Lumpkin. She falls for him but will he stray?
3-6 Like Father, Like Clown-Krusty is reunited with his Rabbi father.
4-3 Homer the Heretic-Homer decides not to attend church on Sundays, which opens up an awesome world for him.
4-9 Mr. Plow-“Mr. Plow, that’s his name, that name again is Mr. Plow.” Homer gets usurped from this position by Plow King, Barney.
4-2 A Streetcar Named Marge-Marge & Flanders turn up the heat in a musical version of A Streetcar Named Desire.
4-5 Treehouse of Horror III-Zombies! & an evil? Krusty doll.
4-12 Marge vs. the Monorail-Has a creepy end & a fun song.
5-5 Treehouse of Horror IV-Homer sells his soul for a donut, The Simpsons take on Bram Stoker’s Dracula & a gremlin terrorizes Bart on the school bus.
5-9 The Last Temptation of Homer-The new girl Mindy & Homer meet & feel attraction, but is the fortune cookie always right?
5-12 Bart Gets Famous- Bart stumbles into Krusty’s show while on a field trip & becomes the “I Didn’t Do It” boy.
5-19 Sweet Seymour Skinner’s Baadasssss Song-After Bart gets Principal Skinner fired they become friends.
5-14 Lisa vs. Malibu Stacy-The new talking Malibu Stacy doll is sexist & Lisa fights to change that. Kathleen Turner guest stars as Stacy Lovell. “When I get married, I’m keeping my own name”.
6-1 Bart of Darkness-In this homage to Rear Window, Bart becomes voyeur when he breaks his leg during summer vaction. He not only misses out on the summer fun (The Simpsons get a pool) but also suspects Ned Flanders of murder.
6-4 Itchy & Scratchy Land-Bart & Lisa pester Homer until he takes them to the new Itchy & Scratchy Land (a take off of Disney Land). Of course, everything that can goes wrong does, including the parks robots going on a killing spree. Once the robots change, the episode almost has the feel of a Halloween episode. Plus, who can forget “Bort”?
6-19 Lisa’s Wedding-Lisa hears all about her future wedding arangements when she meets a gypsy at a renaissance fair. She meets her at first seemingly perfect fiance Hugh when they fight over a book at the library. Things seem to be going well until he puts down Homer. Interestingly enough this episode is set in 2010.
6-6 Treehouse of Horror 5-This episode features a Shining homage, time travel & cannibalism.
6-20 Two Dozen & One Greyhounds-Santa’s Little Helper falls in love in this 101 Dalmations inspired episode. One of the best parts is when Mr. Burns sings a song about making a coat out of the dogs “See My Vest”.
7-14 Scenes from the Class Struggle in Springfield-When Marge buys a Chanel suit at a discount store she gets propelled in high society. Watch as she must “horribly mangle” her suit to attend different events. Eventually she chooses between being one of the it people & being a Simpson. Enjoyed by fashionistas everywhere.
7-4 Bart Sells His Soul-Bart sells his soul to Milhouse for $5. He realizes that everything lacks is poignancy without a soul. He also has a creepy dream that about it.
7-7 King-Size Homer-Homer gains 61lbs to go on disability so he can work at home. A lot of the fun takes place when Homer tries to gain the weight. He gets a little help from Maggie & finds out about the “window to weight gain”.
7-21 22 Short Films About Springfield-This episode was inspired by Pulp Fiction. It’s great because it features secondary characters. It created a trend with my friends about calling hamburgers “steamed hams”.
7-6 Treehouse of Horror 6-The best part of this episode is having Groundskeeper Willie go all Freddy Krueger on the school children. Homer accidently causes advertisements to come to life. Plus it features the very creative Homer in 3D sequence.
8-9 El Viaje Misterioso de Nuestro Jomer (The Mysterious Voyage of Homer)-Marge tries to keep Homer from the annual Chili cook off. He finds out & attends anyway. After eating an extra spicy Quetzlzacatenango pepper he ends of having one strange trip.
8-15 Homer’s Phobia-John Waters guest stars as the gay character John who Homer initially likes until he is told that John is gay. Homer tries to make sure that Bart doesn’t become gay by taking him on butch activites. One of which turns out to be a gay steel mill. Of course, Homer eventually comes to accept John but only when he saves his life.
8-21 The Old Man & The Lisa-After Mr. Burns loses his fortune, Lisa helps him rebuild it. Unfortunately, it turns out that he has done so by creating a horrific plant & naming it after Lisa.
8-20 The Canine Mutiny-Bart goes on a spending spree after getting a credit card in Santa’s Little Helper’s name. He ends up buying a seemingly far superior dog named Laddie. When the repo guys show up Bart surrender’s Santa’s Little Helper in favor of Laddie. He realizes his mistake & goes to find SLH, who happens to be with a blind man who gets caught with marijuana. “Without it I could go blinder.”.
8-1 Treehouse of Horror 7-Lisa accidently creates a miniature world, Bart discovers his freaky twin Hugo, who has been living in the attic & Kang & Kodos pose as Bill Clinton & Bob Dole during the presidential election.
9-2 The Principal & The Pauper-It turns out that Principal Skinner has been impersonating a the real Seymour Skinner for years because he thought the man had died. His real name is Armin Tamzarian. When the real Seymour shows up, he lives Armin’s life. Everyone prefers the old Skinner & he ends up taking his rightful place back at Springfield Elementary.
9-1 The City of New York Vs. Homer Simpson-This episode features Homer having one of his worst days every while in New York City. Meanwhile the rest of the Simpsons clan lives it up.
9-8 Lisa the Skeptic-Lisa convinces the town to conduct an archaeological dig where a new mall is being built. The skeleton of what looks like an angel is found & Homer capitalizes on it. In the end even Lisa starts believing in the angel but it turns out to be nothing but a publicity stunt for the new mall.
9-9 Realty Bites-In this, one of the “Marge gets a job episodes”, Marge becomes a realtor. Unfortunately she is too honest to be successful. This episode features Gil & Lionel Hutz.
9-10 Miracle on Evergreen Terrace-This is a classic Christmas episode that involves the family deceiving the entire town after Bart accidently sets fire to the families’ presents.
10-2 The Wizard of Evergreen Terrace-Homer becomes an inventor after becoming a huge fan of Thomas Edison. His inventions are not well received including an awesome make up shotgun. Bart helps him figure out that he had invented useful extra legs for his desk chair. He is overjoyed until he notices that Edison had invented the chair.
10-10 Lisa Gets an A-Lisa ends up cheating on a test after not studying due to a new video game addiction. Homer buys a lobster who he names Pinchy as a baby intending to it eat after fattening him up. He changes his mind & decides to keep Pinchy as a pet. He accidently cooks him while giving him a bath & says that Pinchy would have wanted Homer to eat all of him himself.
10-3 Bart the Mother-Bart decides to hatch & raise some baby birds after accidently shooting their mother. When they hatch they are not birds but lizards.
10-10 Viva Ned Flanders-It turns out that Ned is actually 60 years old & hasn’t really lived a day in his life. So Homer takes him to get crazy Vegas style. They get married to some waitresses during a blackout. The waitresses show up back in Springfield in a later season.
10-11 Wild Barts Can’t Be Broken-The episode features an homage to the Village of the Damned. After the children rebell against a curfew & are punished they present a radio show that tells the secrets of the adults in town.
11-17 Bart to the Future-Bart is told about his future (it takes place in 2030) by an Indian Casino manager. Bart is shown to be a bit of a loser who has a band & lives on hand outs from the now blind Flanders (due to lasik eye surgery). Lisa is the president. Homer & Marge have an extraneous storyline that is even mentioned as being such during the show. When Bart helps Lisa his only request is that she “Legalize it”.
11-15 E-I-E-I-(Annoyed Grunt)-Homer becomes obsessed with challenging strangers to a duel after seeing a new Zorro movie. Most people are intimidated & do whatever Homer wants. That is until Homer meets a colonel who accepts his challenge. The family flees to grandpa’s old farm & Homer becomes a farmer. At first he doesn’t have any luck until he accidentally creates the addictive Tomacco.
11-18 Days of Wine and D’oh’ses-Barney joins AA after seeing a video of himself really drunk, not just “Professor Barney” drunk.
11-16 Pygmoelian-Moe becomes handsome & successful but of course ends up losing it all because of Homer.
11-10 Little Big Mom-While Marge is away due to an injury Lisa has to run the house. After Homer & Bart turn it into a pig sty she plays a joke on them that makes them think they have Leprosy. The end up in Hawaii receiving electric needle treatments.
12-9 HOMR-Homer becomes a medical guinea pig. While one of the experiments is being conducted a crayon is found lodged in Homer’s brain that’s been there since childhood when he shoved it up his nose. Once it is removed Homer is intelligent. At first he enjoys new activites & bonding with Lisa. He finds out that it’s more difficult to be smart though & has Moe put a crayon back in the previous spot.
12-18 Trilogy of Error-This episode is told from 3 different character’s perspective much like the film Go.
12-6 The Computer Wore Menace Shoes-Homer finally succumbs to the internet craze & buys a computer. He starts a site called Mr. X & posts town rumors. Later he posts ridiculous made up stories but one turns out to be true & he kidnapped & taken to “The Island”.
12-11 Worst Episode Ever-Comic Book Guy has a heart attack from his stressful job & must take time off to recover. He falls for Skinner’s mother Agnes. Bart & Milhouse successfully manage his store “The Android’s Dungeon” until Milhouse is suckered into buying a ton of copies of a new comic book by LensCrafters called Biclops.
12-1 Treehouse of Horror 11-The best segment is the Night of the Dolphin in which dolphins take over.
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Note: This was originally published on Yahoo on August 24, 2009.