The Simpsons (season 10)
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|The Simpsons Season 10|
The Simpsons Season 10 DVD
|Country of origin||United States|
|No. of episodes||23|
|Original release||August 23, 1998 –|
May 16, 1999
The Simpsons' tenth season originally aired between August 23, 1998 and May 16, 1999, and contained 23 episodes, beginning with "Lard of the Dance" which was aired earlier than normal to promote the premiere of That '70s Show. The Simpsons 10th Season DVD was released on August 7, 2007 in Region 1, September 10, 2007 in Region 2 and September 26, 2007 in Region 4. The DVD was released in two different forms: a Bart-shaped head, to match the Homer, Marge, Maggie and Lisa shaped heads from the four previous DVD sets, and also a standard rectangular shaped box. Like the previous DVD sets, both versions are available for sale separately.
The tenth season saw the start of the new XABFXX production code, which as of 2010 is still in use; there were four hold-over episodes from the season 9 (5F) production line. The season's third episode "Bart the Mother" was the last full-length episode written by David S. Cohen, a longtime writer on the show, who subsequently left to team up with The Simpsons' creator Matt Groening to develop Futurama, where he served as executive producer and head writer for the series' entire run. The season was also the second for which Mike Scully served as show runner. David X. Cohen was credited as an Executive Producer for less than half of this season, he left due to the production of Futurama.
Up until the start of production of season ten in 1998, the six main voice actors were paid $30,000 per episode. But in 1998, a salary dispute between the them and Fox arose, with the company threatening to hire new actors. After going as far as preparing for casting of new voices, Fox backed up after Matt Groening showed his support for the actors. As a result, they received $125,000 per episode up until 2004.
Season ten featured forty-four guest stars, including Lisa Kudrow, Jerry Springer, Regis Philbin, Alec Baldwin, Kim Basinger, Ron Howard, Rupert Murdoch, Elton John, Jack LaLanne, and Stephen Hawking. The last guest appearance of Phil Hartman on the show was in "Bart the Mother", as he was killed by his wife on May 28, 1998, four months before the episode aired. The episode was dedicated to his memory, and rather than replace him with a new voice actor, the production staff retired his two recurring characters, Troy McClure and Lionel Hutz.
The main cast consisted of Dan Castellaneta (Homer Simpson, Grampa Simpson, Krusty the Clown among others), Julie Kavner (Marge Simpson), Nancy Cartwright (Bart Simpson, Ralph Wiggum, Nelson Muntz), Yeardley Smith (Lisa Simpson), Hank Azaria (Moe Szyslak, Apu, Chief Wiggum, among others) and Harry Shearer (Ned Flanders, Mr. Burns, Principal Skinner, among others). Other cast members included Marcia Wallace (Edna Krabappel), Pamela Hayden (Milhouse Van Houten, among others), Tress MacNeille (Agnes Skinner, among others), Russi Taylor (Martin Prince), Maggie Roswell (Helen Lovejoy, Maude Flanders, among others), and Karl Wiedergott. Animation directors included Dominic Polcino, Mark Kirkland, Steven Dean Moore, Pete Michels, Matthew Nastuk, Bob Anderson, Mike B. Anderson, Swinton O. Scott III, Neil Affleck, Mark Ervin, Nancy Kruse, and Jim Reardon.
The season gathered several awards nominations, but unlike previous seasons, it won only two Annie Awards. Tim Long, Larry Doyle, and Matt Selman won the Outstanding Writing in an Animated Television Production award for their role in "Simpsons Bible Stories", while whole of Season 10 won the Outstanding Achievement in an Animated Television Program category.
At the 1999 Primetime Emmy Awards, Alf Clausen was nominated in the Outstanding Music Composition for a Series category for his work on Treehouse of Horror IX in this series, and the episode "Viva Ned Flanders" was nominated for the Outstanding Animated Program for Programming less than One Hour category, but neither of them won. The show was also nominated for a British Academy Television Awards in the Best International Programme Or Series category in 1999, but lost to The Larry Sanders Show. It was nominated for the Golden Reel Award for the Best Sound Editing for a Television Animation category in 1999, while Chris Ledesma was nominated in 2000 for the Best Sound Editing - Television Animation category for her role in the episode "Wild Barts Can't Be Broken". The episode "Bart the Mother" won an Environmental Media Award in 1999 for the Best Television Episodic Comedy category. The show was also nominated for the Blimp Award at the 1999 Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Awards, while Matt Groening received a nomination for Individual Achievement in Comedy at the 1999 Television Critics Association Awards for his entire work on The Simpsons.
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In the late 1990s, during seasons nine and ten, the tone and emphasis of the show began to change, as some critics started calling the show "tired". By 2000, some long-term fans had become disillusioned with the show and pointed to its shift from character-driven plots to what they perceived as an over-emphasis on "zany antics". Author Douglas Coupland described claims of declining quality in the series as "hogwash", saying "The Simpsons hasn't fumbled the ball in fourteen years, it's hardly likely to fumble it now." Mike Scully, who was show runner during seasons nine through twelve, has been the subject of criticism. Chris Suellentrop of Slate wrote "under Scully's tenure, The Simpsons became, well, a cartoon. [...] Episodes that once would have ended with Homer and Marge bicycling into the sunset now end with Homer blowing a tranquilizer dart into Marge's neck. The show's still funny, but it hasn't been touching in years."
List of episodes
|#||Original title (top)
Alternate title (bottom)
|Directed by||Written by||Original airdate||Prod. code|
|204–1||"Lard of the Dance"||Dominic Polcino||Jane O'Brien||August 23, 1998||5F20|
Lisa befriends a new student named Alex Whitney, whose mature attitude convinces Lisa's friends to be just like her. As a result, Alex and her new friends convince Skinner to host a school dance and set out to buy outfits for the dance in order to get a date. However, when Lisa joins the dance, she discovers the boys and girls at separate ends, proving to Alex that the children are not yet mature enough. Meanwhile, Homer convinces Bart to drop out of school for what he thinks to be a more promising pursuit: selling grease. However, this endeavor fails when their business only results in a scuffle with Groundskeeper Willie. |
Guest star: Lisa Kudrow.
|205–2||"The Wizard of Evergreen Terrace"||Mark Kirkland||John Swartzwelder||September 20, 1998||5F21|
Homer discovers that he hasn't done anything in life that will be considered worthwhile after he dies. In an attempt to find a way to be remembered, Lisa introduces Homer to Thomas Edison, prompting him to become an inventor himself. However, his initial inventions are considered unpractical and not well received. Depressed, Homer comes up with an untipable chair which saves his career, only to discover that Edison also invented the same design. Consequently, he sets out to destroy the Edison's version at New Jersey. There, he has a change of heart and begins demolishing Eli Whitney's inventions, only to leave his electric hammer behind, making Edison's heirs richer, making Homer more depressed. |
Guest star: William Daniels.
|206–3||"Bart the Mother"||Steven Dean Moore||David S. Cohen||September 27, 1998||5F22|
Nelson invites Bart over to shoot off a BB gun he won at an arcade center. When Bart uses it and kills a mother bird, Bart feels guilty and takes it upon himself to nurse the orphaned eggs. However, when Marge finds out about Bart's deed, she is actually proud of him for caring for the eggs. However, when they hatch, they are found to be lizards that lived in the bird's nest. When Skinner tells Bart that the lizards must die because they killed so many species of birds, Bart refuses, and the lizards escape. After devouring the pigeon population, the lizards are thanked by the townsfolk, and Bart is honoured by Major Quimby.|
Guest star: Phil Hartman (in his final role)
|207–4||"Treehouse of Horror IX"||Steven Dean Moore||Donick Cary|
David S. Cohen
|October 25, 1998||AABF01|
A Halloween special which is divided into three short stories:.
"The Terror of Tiny Toon" – When Lisa and Bart find a plutonium rod to use as a remote control battery, the two get sucked into a special, extremely violent Halloween episode of The Itchy and Scratchy Show."Starship Poopers" – Marge, Homer, and Kang end up on The Jerry Springer Show after Marge confesses to Homer that Maggie is an alien and that Kang is her real father.
Guest stars: Regis Philbin, Kathie Lee Gifford, Jerry Springer, Ed McMahon, Marcia Wallace and Robert Englund.
|208–5||"When You Dish Upon a Star"||Pete Michels||Richard Appel||November 8, 1998||5F19|
When a parasailing accident sends Homer crashing into the secret home of Hollywood couple Kim Basinger and Alec Baldwin, they hire him as their personal assistant, provided that Homer doesn't tell anyone where Baldwin and Basinger are. At first, Homer gives a few ridiculous suggestions for screenplays. However, Homer accidentally violates their trust by revealing their location in Springfield; as a result, the couple immediately end their friendship. After a chase between Homer in his mobile "museum of jerks" and the Hollywood stars in their Hummer, Homer is ordered by a court of law to remain 500 miles away from any celebrity.|
Guest stars: Alec Baldwin, Kim Basinger, Ron Howard and Brian Grazer.
|209–6||"D'oh-in in the Wind"||Mark Kirkland|
|Donick Cary||November 15, 1998||AABF02|
While filling out a Screen Actors Guild form (after starring in an instructional video filmed at the nuclear plant), Homer realizes that he doesn't know what his middle initial "J" stands for. After finding the answer, Jay, on a mural in the hippie convent where his mother once lived, Homer decides to live the hippie lifestyle, joining with old hippies such as Seth and Munchie, who now own an orange juice company. However, Homer quickly botches their business, and, after getting shot in the head by a flower, things return to normal. |
Guest Stars: George Carlin, Martin Mull and a special performance by Yo La Tengo.
|210–7||"Lisa Gets an "A""||Bob Anderson||Ian Maxtone-Graham||November 22, 1998||AABF03|
|While sick from school, Lisa becomes obsessed with a video game and forgets to study for a test on the book The Wind in the Willows. Not willing to fail, she calls upon Bart and Nelson to help her cheat, and getting an A++++. Consequently, Springfield Elementary School now qualifies for a basic assistance grant. Tormented by her guilt, she reveals her cheating to Skinner and Chalmers, who agree to keep it a secret to maintain the funds. At the ceremony, Lisa finally bursts out, only to realise the real ceremony had already taken place, as Skinner and Chalmers anticipated her actions. Meanwhile, Homer houses a lobster to eat, but becomes emotionally attached to it and makes it his pet. However, he accidentally boils it to death and eats it sadly.|
|211–8||"Homer Simpson in: "Kidney Trouble""||Mike B. Anderson||John Swartzwelder||December 6, 1998||AABF04|
|While going to Bloodbath Gulch, a former ghost town, the Simpsons unwillingly pick up Abraham Simpson. However, Abe is forced to "hold it in" during a long drive home which results in a "kidney blowout", requiring a kidney donor. Homer offers to give his father one of his kidneys, but when his friends scare him with possible scenarios of what could happen if he donates an organ, Homer runs away and joins a group of weird characters who have also fled in shame. However, Homer is rejected even from these outcasts and drifts back to Springfield. There, he plans on giving a kidney, but runs away at the last minute. After being knocked unconscious by a car, Homer unwittingly gives his kidneys while unconscious.|
|212–9||"Mayored to the Mob"||Swinton O. Scott III||Ron Hauge||December 20, 1998||AABF05|
After saving Mayor Quimby from rioters at a sci-fi convention, Homer becomes Mayor Quimby's bodyguard. When Homer realises the extent of Fat Tony's influence, Homer forces Quimby to expose Tony in return for saving Quimby from falling off a ledge. However, when the two go to a dinner theater, Homer and Mark Hamill foil an attempt on Quimby's life by Louie, Tony's henchmen. While Homer and Hamill run away, Tony savagely beats the Mayor with a baseball bat, restoring Quimby's fear of the Mafia. |
Guest stars: Mark Hamill and Joe Mantegna
|213–10||"Viva Ned Flanders"||Neil Affleck||David M. Stern||January 10, 1999||AABF06|
When Springfield's only casino is destroyed, massive dust clouds are issued, prompting the Simpsons and Ned Flanders to go to a car wash. There, Ned reveals that he is 60 years old and looks young because he has done nothing exciting in his life. Out of pity, Homer decides to take him to Las Vegas, where, after a night of drunken partying and gambling, they end up married to two derelict barmaids while drunk. However, they try to escape, and are ultimately banned from ever visiting Las Vegas.|
Guest star: The Moody Blues.
|214–11||"Wild Barts Can't Be Broken"||Mark Ervin||Larry Doyle||January 17, 1999||AABF07|
Homer, Lenny, Carl and Barney raise rampant drunken destruction on Springfield Elementary after the Isotopes win a rare victory. Chief Wiggum suspects that the children committed the crime and places all of Springfield's youth under curfew. However, the children rally and go a movie called "The Bloodening". Then, after being caught and punished by Wiggum, the children host a show where they reveal all the adult's secrets. After a brief showdown, the seniors agree to raise a curfew for everyone less than seventy years old. |
Guest star: Cyndi Lauper.
|215–12||"Sunday, Cruddy Sunday"||Steven Dean Moore||Tom Martin|
|January 31, 1999||AABF08|
Homer, Bart and a group of men from around Springfield go to Miami to watch the Super Bowl, only to find upon arrival that their tickets are fake. As a result, they are locked in "Super Bowl Jail". However, thanks to extra-strong makeup, they break out the jail and watch the game. Finally, they get mixed into the game, and Homer ends up hoisting the trophy at the locker room. Back at home, Marge and Lisa, in an attempt to alleviate their boredom, play with a Vincent Price egg painting set, only to realize that it lacks legs. Despite the set coming from 1967, the duo still order the legs.|
Guest stars: John Madden, Troy Aikman, Dan Marino, Pat Summerall, Rosey Grier, Fred Willard, Dolly Parton and Rupert Murdoch.
|216–13||"Homer to the Max"||Pete Michels||John Swartzwelder||February 7, 1999||AABF09|
Homer takes advantage of the fact that a suave TV show character has the same name as he does, garnering admiration everywhere. However, when said suave TV character is turned into a fat, bumbling idiot, Homer petitions the court to have his own name legally changed to Max Power, a name from a hair-dryer set. As a result, through Mr. Burns, "Max" and Marge attend a party where they meet a lot of famous people. However, the party was intended to protect the redwoods; when Wiggum arrives, Max accidentally cuts all the redwoods with his chains while running away from Eddie and Lou. Max decides to change his name back again to Homer Simpson.|
Guest star: Ed Begley, Jr.
|217–14||"I'm with Cupid"||Bob Anderson||Dan Greaney||February 14, 1999||AABF11|
Apu showers his wife with elaborate Valentine's Day gifts, making the rest of the men look bad, and plans to write a love note to her in the sky-which Homer (and a group of other discontented male characters) plans to sabotage. When the plane is about to spray the message "I ♥ U MANJULA", Homer manages to cut to canister at "I ♥ U". Homer manages to win Marge's love back by jumping out of the plane covered in roses. Meanwhile, to reconcile Apu with his wife, Elton John performs a concert. |
Guest stars: Elton John, Jan Hooks.
|218–15||"Marge Simpson in: "Screaming Yellow Honkers""||Mark Kirkland||David M. Stern||February 21, 1999||AABF10|
Homer buys an SUV, but upon discovery that it was designed as a "woman's car", he gives it to Marge. Infatuated with the car, she proceeds to develop a ferocious road rage and ends up losing her license when she fails a driving test and crashes it into a prison. However, her road rage is required when Homer accidentally sets all the rhinos in a zoo free. After deliberately crashing her car into a construction site in order to distract the rhino, Marge saves Homer, and all is restored. |
Guest stars: John Kassir and Hank Williams, Jr.
|219–16||"Make Room for Lisa"||Matthew Nastuk||Brian Scully||February 28, 1999||AABF12|
|When Homer uses Lisa's room as a cellular phone transmitter to pay off damages done to the Bill of Rights at a Smithsonian exhibit, Lisa begins developing stress-related stomach aches and fears that she and Homer will never be close because of their clashing personalities. As a result, the two of them visit the Karma-Ceuticals, where Lisa discovers that beneath Homer's bumbling outside, he really does care about Lisa. Reconciled, the two of them watch a demolition derby together, something they equally enjoy. Meanwhile, Marge uses Maggie's baby monitor to listen in on phone calls; however, when Milhouse and Bart play a prank on her, Marge knocks Milhouse out cold, thinking he was a burglar.|
|220–17||"Maximum Homerdrive"||Swinton O. Scott III||John Swartzwelder||March 28, 1999||AABF13|
|While at a steakhouse, a trucker named Red challenges Homer to an eating contest, ending with Homer losing the match and the trucker losing his life from "beef poisoning". To make it up to him, Homer becomes a trucker and takes Bart along for the ride. While asleep, Homer discovers the Navitron Autodrive system. After conversing with other truckers, Homer decides not to release information about the scam. When passers-by find out though, a mob of truckers confront Homer. To get home, Bart and Homer are coerced to take a freight train with napalm. Meanwhile, after deducing that only Homer and Bart get to do the fun things in life, Marge and Lisa decide to excite their lives by installing a new doorbell. However, after no-one presses the doorbell, Lisa presses it herself, causing it to malfunction.|
|221–18||"Simpsons Bible Stories"||Nancy Kruse||Larry Doyle|
|April 4, 1999||AABF14|
Reverend Lovejoy punishes the congregation with a thorough reading of the Bible after discovering a chocolate Easter bunny in the collection plate. This leads to the Simpson family dreaming of themselves in Biblical stores.
Adam and Eve: Homer and Marge are Adam and Eve, who get tempted by a snake who looks like Snake Jailbird into eating the forbidden fruit from the Tree of Knowledge.
Moses: Milhouse is Moses, who fights back against the Egyptians (Principal Skinner and the Springfield Police) in order to free the Jews (the children of Springfield Elementary).
King Solomon: In this short piece, Homer is King Solomon, who must decide which man (Lenny and Carl) is the true owner of a cherry pie.David and Goliath: Bart is David who tries to slay Goliath (Nelson Muntz) after Goliath kills David's oldest friend (Grampa Simpson as Methuseleh).
|222–19||"Mom and Pop Art"||Steven Dean Moore||Al Jean||April 11, 1999||AABF15|
After an art dealer sees Homer's botched attempt at building a brick barbecue as a masterpiece, Homer is hailed as an "outsider artist". As a result, he channels his rage into his work and befriends many other artists. Marge, who had been trying to succeed at art for years, gets jealous of Homer's easy success. However, when Homer duplicates his work for a show "Art in America", his peers reject him as "repetitive". Lacking inspiration, Homer floods Springfield and puts snorkels on the animals; surprisingly, Springfield declares this a masterpiece, and everyone enjoys the new "Grand Canals of Springfield". |
Guest stars: Jasper Johns and Isabella Rossellini.
|223–20||"The Old Man and the "C" Student"||Mark Kirkland||Julie Thacker||April 25, 1999||AABF16|
After costing Springfield the Olympics with a racially offensive stand-up act, Bart is forced to "volunteer" at the Springfield Retirement Castle. Meanwhile Homer starts his latest get-rich-quick scheme: selling springs that were supposed to be used as the Olympics mascot. However, this fails as the entire town bears hatred towards Bart's costing them the hosting of the Olympics. Impressing even Lisa, Bart then decides to take the seniors on a trip on the town and on a boat ride, which the seniors thoroughly enjoy until they crash into Burn's schooner. Things begin to turn ugly until the springs that Homer flushed down the toilet save them. By now, though, Bart has finished his community service time. |
Guest star: Jack LaLanne.
|224–21||"Monty Can't Buy Me Love"||Mark Ervin||John Swartzwelder||May 2, 1999||AABF17|
Another billionaire, Arthur Fortune, captures Springfield's heart by handing each person a dollar. As a result, Mr. Burns looks for various ways to improve his image, recruiting Homer. However, his various schemes fail; for instance, when he makes Homer throw silver coins, the coins only injures the people. After being mocked by Rude on the show "Jerry Rude and the Bathroom Bunch", Burns sets out to capture the Loch Ness Monster. However, even this endeavor fails when the "monster" turns out to be cute and likeable. Out of options, Burns gives the Loch Ness Monster a job at the casino as Homer comments that being hated means you don't have to do anything. |
Guest star: Michael McKean.
|225–22||"They Saved Lisa's Brain"||Pete Michels||Matt Selman||May 9, 1999||AABF18|
When a riot is begins at a Springfield contest that promises a luxurious trip to the most disgusting and dimwitted contest participant, Lisa, disgusted at the lack of intelligence, writes a letter that appears in the newspaper, Although no-one read it, Springfield's branch of Mensa International is impressed and invites Lisa to join the group. Along with Comic Book Guy, Dr. Hibbert, Principal Skinner, Professor Frink, and Lindsay Naegle, the group coerces Quimby to grant themselves power to the city. However, the power corrupts them, and they do an even worse job than Quimby did. Cornered by a mob, the group is saved when Stephen Hawking shows up. Meanwhile, Homer gets erotic photographs of himself for Marge, but fails to have sex with her. |
Guest star: Stephen Hawking.
|226–23||"Thirty Minutes over Tokyo"||Jim Reardon||Donick Cary|
|May 16, 1999||AABF20|
When Snake Jailbird steals the Simpson family's bank account via the internet, The Simpsons go on a budget and save enough to buy a trip to Japan by stealing Ned's "saver" tickets. The Simpsons thoroughly enjoy Japan, and Homer defeats one of the mightiest Sumo wrestlers. Impressed, the Emporer of Japan congratulates Homer, but, thinking him a new challenger, Homer knocks him cold. As a result, Homer is placed in prison. Just as Marge pays the bail, Homer loses his million yen. All seems lost until a show, Happy Smile Super Challenge Family Wish Show, allows the Simpson to compete on a sadistic game show in order to return to the U.S. The last task is to retrieve the tickets over an active volcano, which turns out to be a fake. During the plane ride home, they are confronted by beasts such as Godzilla, but are soon left alone as Lisa is asleep. |
Guest stars: George Takei, Gedde Watanabe, Keone Young, Karen Maruyama and Denice Kumagai.
The DVD boxset for season ten was released by 20th Century Fox in the United States and Canada on August 7, 2007, eight years after it had completed broadcast on television. As well as every episode from the season, the DVD release features bonus material including deleted scenes, animatics, and commentaries for every episode. As with the immediately preceding seasons, the set was released in two different packagings: A "Collector's Edition" plastic packaging molded to look like Bart's head, and a standard rectangular cardboard box featuring Bart driving through a security checkpoint gate at a movie studio. The menus continue the same format from the previous five seasons, and the overall theme is various characters waiting in a movie studio.
|The Complete Tenth Season|
|Set Details||Special Features|
|Region 1||Region 2||Region 4|
|August 7, 2007||September 10, 2007||September 26, 2007|
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