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Season Information
Original run: September 29, 2013 – May 18, 2014[1]
No. of episodes: 22
Previous season: 24
Next season: 26

Season 25 is the latest season of The Simpsons that aired from September 29, 2013 to May 18, 2014.[1] Shortly before the season's second episode, the show was renewed for a twenty-sixth season.[2] The first table read for the season was on March 7, 2013.[3] This season premiered on September 29, 2013 with the episode "Homerland" and will finish on May 18, 2014[1]

No new episodes from this season aired during February 2014 due to the transmission of the Super Bowl XLVIII, The 2014 Winter Olympic Games in Sochi, Russia, the 2014 Daytona 500 in Florida and the 86th Academy Awards.[4] But the show returned on March 9, 2014.[4]

Contents

Episodes

Picture # Original title Original airdate Directed by Written by Prod. code
Homerland poster.png 531 - 1 "Homerland" September 29, 2013 Bob Anderson Stephanie Gillis RABF20
Homer starts to act strangely polite after returning from a nuclear power plant convention, prompting a suspicious Lisa to ask an intense FBI agent to help her solve this mystery.

Guest starring Kristen Wiig as Annie Crawford and Kevin Michael Richardson as an FBI agent.

Treehouse of Horror XXIV title card.png 532 - 2 "Treehouse of Horror XXIV" October 6, 2013 Rob Oliver Jeff Westbrook RABF16
The “Treehouse Of Horror XXIV” episode dives into three tales – “Oh The Places You’ll D’oh,” “Dead and Shoulders,” and “Freaks no Geeks.”

“Oh The Places You’ll D’oh”

“Oh The Places You’ll D’oh” is a spin on a “rhyming Dr. Seuss-ian tale.” But instead of “The Cat in The Hat,” Homer plays “The Fat in The Hat” and wreaks havoc on the poor town of Springfield.

“Dead and Shoulders”

“Dead and Shoulders” certainly isn’t a spin on the hair product “Head & Shoulders.” In this “spine-tingling” tale, Bart is involved in a horrifying kite accident … that leaves him beheaded. But Bart isn’t dead and gone. Instead his head is attached to Lisa’s body and the two siblings “must live together as one.”

“Freaks no Geeks”

The circus is coming to town in this “Treehouse of Horror XXIV” story. Set in Springfieldland in the 1930s, the Burnsum and Bailey Circus (Mr. Burns’ traveling circus) has stopped into town. Starring trapeze artist Marge and Strong Man Homer, the circus is anything but a joyous event when “circus freak Moe starts to make advances towards Marge.”

Four Regrettings and a Funeral promo 6.jpg 533 - 3 "Four Regrettings and a Funeral" November 3, 2013 Mark Kirkland Marc Wilmore RABF18

Four Springfielders are prompted to try to right past regrets following the funeral of a beloved neighbor. Homer regrets selling his Apple stock to buy a bowling ball, Marge worries she caused Bart’s rebellious streak, Mr. Burns reminisces about a romance he gave up with a beautiful Parisian woman and Kent Brockman admits he was too afraid to leave local news and follow his former partner Rachel Maddow (guest appearing as herself) to cable news.

Guest starring: Joe Namath as himself and Rachel Maddow as herself

YOLO promo 2.jpg 534 - 4 "YOLO" November 10, 2013 Michael Polcino Michael Nobori RABF22
Marge encourages Homer to embrace his “You-Only-Live-Once” spirit by inviting an old pen pal to stay with him and cross items off of his "to-do" list from when he was a 10-year old. Meanwhile, Lisa institutes a new honor code at Springfield Elementary.

Guest starring: Jon Lovitz as Llewellyn Sinclair,

Labor Pains promo 2.jpg 535 - 5 "Labor Pains" November 17, 2013 Matthew Faughnan Don Payne and Mitchell H. Glazer RABF19
Gretchen, a woman stuck in an elevator, with Homer gives birth to a baby with Homer's help, which she names Homer, Jr. Lisa getting recruited as a cheerleader for the local pro football team.

Guest starring Elisabeth Moss as Gretchen

The Kid is All Right promo 4.jpg 536 - 6 "The Kid is All Right" November 24, 2013 Mark Kirkland Tim Long SABF02
A new student comes to Springfield Elementary called Isabel Gutierrez, who is Lisa's intellectual equal. Lisa and Isabel become fast best friends but things take a left turn when they realize they have different political views - Isabel is a republican. They end up running against each other in the second-grade election, and then we flash to the future where they’re engaged in an actual presidential debate — and Anderson Cooper is the moderator.

Guest starring Eva Longoria as Isabel Gutierrez[5] and Anderson Cooper as himself

Yellow Subterfuge promo.jpg 537 - 7 "Yellow Subterfuge" December 8, 2013 Bob Anderson Joel H. Cohen SABF04
Principal Skinner promises the students that the best-behaved among them can take a ride in a submarine. When Skinner gives all the kids a clean slate, Bart believes even his own past indiscretions will be forgotten if he doesn't get into any more trouble. Meanwhile Lisa tries to help a cash-poor Krusty to turn things around by suggesting he sell the foreign rights to his shows.
White Christmas Blues promo.jpg 538 - 8 "White Christmas Blues" December 15, 2013 Steven Dean Moore Don Payne SABF01
A radiation leak at the nuclear power plant causes a strange phenomenon that makes Springfield the only place with snow for the holidays. When tourists drive up Christmas shopping prices in Springfield, Marge decides to open up the Simpsons’ house to boarders.
Steal This Episode promo 4.jpg 539 - 9 "Steal This Episode" January 5, 2014 Matthew Nastuk J. Stewart Burns SABF05
Deputy Director Gratman, the FBI's anti-piracy boss, is tasked with hunting down Homer, who stands accused of illegally downloading a movie. Fed up with movie theaters, Homer is taught by Bart how to illegally download films, and he starts screening them in his backyard for folks in Springfield. One of the movies that Homer shows is a This is 40-esque Apatow dramedy titled Life is Funny that stars Mann and Rudd. Halford winds up singing a parody of the Judas Priest classic "Breaking The Law" in an effort to nab Homer, while Apatow testifies against our patriarch "with a hilarious, self-important speech about Hollywood people".

Guest starring Will Arnett as Deputy Director Gratman, Judd Apatow, Leslie Mann, Paul Rudd, Seth Rogen, Channing Tatum and Rob Halford as himself.

Married to the Blob promo 3.jpg 540 - 10 "Married to the Blob" January 12, 2014 Chris Clements Tim Long SABF03
Homer stands to ruin a blossoming relationship between Comic Book Guy and an attractive young Japanese woman/manga fan and he getting married. Stan Lee swings by Comic Book Guy’s store and doles out some advice on comics, romance, and, yes, romance comics.

Guest starring: Stan Lee as himself and Harlan Ellison as himself

Specs and the City promo 2.jpg 541 - 11 "Specs and the City" January 26, 2014 Lance Kramer Brian Kelley SABF06
Mr. Burns gives high-tech eyeglasses to all of his employees in order to spy on them. Homer loves the enhanced reality of his new gadget - that is, until Marge tries them on and he finds out she's seeing a marriage counselor. Meanwhile, Bart takes a stand against buying Nelson a Valentine's Day card, despite buying one for every other kid in class, and Nelson delivers him an ultimatum: find him the best Valentine's Day gift ever or be fed to the classroom electric pencil sharpener.

Guest Voice Cast: Will Lyman as himself.

Diggs promo 1.jpg 542 - 12 "Diggs" March 9, 2014 Michael Polcino Dan Greaney & Allen Glazier SABF08
Bart is rescued from a confrontation with Springfield Elementary’s bullies by Diggs (Daniel Radcliffe), a recent transfer student and aspiring champion in the niche sport of falconry. But Bart soon discovers that Diggs harbors aspirations on a far more grand scale than wrangling falcons: he actually wants to take to the sky himself.[6]

Guest starring: Daniel Radcliffe as Diggs.

The Man Who Grew Too Much promo 1.jpg 543 - 13 "The Man Who Grew Too Much" March 9, 2014 Matthew Schofield Jeff Westbrook SABF07
On a research trip, Lisa is shocked to discover that Sideshow Bob is now the chief scientist at a massive chemical engineering company, but her fears are allayed as she becomes enamored with his likeminded appreciation of high-culture. Meanwhile, Marge's attempt to preach healthy sexual practices to a teen church group goes awry.
The Winter of His Content promo 1.jpg 544 - 14 "The Winter of His Content" March 16, 2014 Chuck Sheetz Kevin Curran SABF09
Marge invites Grampa and two other octogenarians to live at the Simpsons' house after the Retirement Castle is closed for health violations, but she quickly becomes frustrated with Homer when he starts embracing the "old person lifestyle." Meanwhile, at Springfield Elementary, Bart defends Nelson's affinity for hand-me-down underwear, leading Nelson to befriend Bart.
The War of Art promo 1.jpg 545 - 15 "The War of Art"[7] March 23, 2014 Steven Dean Moore Rob LaZebnik SABF10[7]
The Van Houtens are shocked when an old flame of Kirk's makes a claim on a painting they accidentally sold in a yard sale, Homer must choose between his friendship with Kirk Van Houten and a valuable painting he bought at the Van Houten's yard sale.
You Don't Have to Live Like a Referee promo 4.jpg 546 - 16 "You Don't Have to Live Like a Referee"[8] March 30, 2014[9][10] Mark Kirkland Michael Price[11] SABF11[8]
Homer gets recruited as a FIFA World Cup referee and Lisa praises his integrity in a speech. The Simpson family goes to Brazil where Homer's honesty gets put to the test by one of the slickest South American gangsters in the soccer match-bribing business.[10]
Luca$ promo 5.jpg 547 - 17 "Luca$"[12] April 6, 2014 Chris Clements Carolyn Omine SABF12[12]
Bart helps Snake escape from the cops and starts to get gifts. Milhouse gets mad at Bart over him helping Snake. Meanwhile, Lisa befriends Lucas, a new chubby little boy (played by Zach Galifianakis) who wants to be a competitive eater. Suddenly Marge is worried that Lisa is trying to marry a boy that’s just like Homer, and then Homer is offended that Marge is worried about that.[13]

Guest starring: Zach Galifianakis as Lucas

Days of Future Future promo 4.jpg 548 - 18 "Days of Future Future" April 13, 2014[14] Bob Anderson J. Stewart Burns SABF13[14]
Set in the future, Homer has a new clone for every time he dies. Lisa is married to a zombie version of Milhouse, while Bart deals with custody issues with his ex-wife, Jenda. Each defines what love means to them.[14] Jenda is dating a crab-like alien creature and … she’s still not getting along with Bart. Bart is trying to get over his divorce and he does it in a bit of a Total Recall-type way.[15]

Guest starring Amy Poehler as Jenda

What to Expect When Bart's Expecting promo 1.jpg 549 - 19[16] "What to Expect When Bart's Expecting"[17] April 27, 2014[16] Matthew Nastuk John Frink SABF14[17]
Bart can't stand art class. So he makes a voodoo doll of his art teacher. But when his spell makes her pregnant instead, he becomes a savior to Springfield couples trying to conceive. Then, he's kidnapped to help conceive a thoroughbred race horse.[16]
Brick Like Me poster.png 550 - 20 "Brick Like Me"[18] May 4, 2014[19] Matthew Nastuk Brian Kelly RABF21
Homer wakes up in a world where his family and everyone in Springfield are made of Legos and must "put together" how he got there to get home.[20][21]
Pay Pal promo 3.jpg 551 - 21[22] "Pay Pal"[23] May 11, 2014[22] Michael Polcino David H. Steinberg SABF15[24]
Marge swears off befriending any more couples when Homer offends their charming new British neighbors. But when Lisa declares that she, too, doesn’t need friends, Marge reconsiders. Guest voices include National Public Radio’s Peter Sagal and Carl Kasell as themselves, and comedian John Oliver.[22][25]
The Yellow Badge of Cowardge promo 1.jpg 552 - 22[22] "The Yellow Badge of Cowardge" May 18, 2014[22] Ian Maxtone-Graham and Billy Kimball[26] SABF18[27]
Bart is plagued with guilt when he wins the annual “last day of school” race around Springfield Elementary, with an assist from Nelson, who beats up frontrunner Milhouse. Meanwhile, Homer tries to bring back the annual 4th of July fireworks display after it’s canceled for budget reasons. Glenn Close returns as Mona Simpson and Olympian Edwin Moses guest-voices as himself.[22]

Notes

  • Don Payne, who passed away on March 25, 2013, will have two episodes that will air posthumously in the 25th season, "White Christmas Blues" and "Labor Pains"[28]
  • Anderson Cooper recorded his line at May 13, 2013.[29]

Other guest stars

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Chris Ledesma's Twitter
  2. The Simpsons Facebook page
  3. http://wp.me/p1IXQ4-Av
  4. 4.0 4.1 Simpsons will be OFF after 1/26/14 - Chris Ledesma's Twitter
  5. Cite error: Invalid <ref> tag; no text was provided for refs named EvaLongoria
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  7. 7.0 7.1 Tom Richmond on the table read (Twitter)
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  9. 10.0 10.1 The Funton Critic - "Twentieth Century Fox Consumer Products to Celebrate "The Simpsons" and Soccer with Launch of Global Campaign in 2014"
  10. Michael Price's Twitter post
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  12. 14.0 14.1 14.2 The Simpsons Listings on TheFutonCritic
  13. http://insidetv.ew.com/2013/09/11/simpsons-amy-poehler/
  14. 16.0 16.1 16.2 Listings - SIMPSONS, THE on FOX | TheFutonCritic.com
  15. 17.0 17.1 No Certainty Only Adventure - Wordpress - "SABF14" script cover
  16. PAu003670180 at the United States Copyright Office
  17. Cite error: Invalid <ref> tag; no text was provided for refs named LEGO.2BMarch9-2014
  18. FoxFlash
  19. LEGO-Themed 550th Episode
  20. 22.0 22.1 22.2 22.3 22.4 22.5 SpoilerTV Fox May 2014 Season Finales
  21. PAu003694913 at the United States Copyright Office
  22. Twitter - David H. Steinberg
  23. TVLine - Exclusive: The Simpsons Targets Daily Show's John Oliver to Play 'Wilkes John Booth'
  24. 41st Annie Awards Program(Page54)
  25. PAu003717663 at the United States Copyright Office
  26. http://tv.yahoo.com/news/r-p-don-payne-152031803.html
  27. Cite error: Invalid <ref> tag; no text was provided for refs named cooper
  28. 30.0 30.1 Fox.com - The Simpsons Season 25
  29. Joe Mantegna's Facebook post - "Off to record another Fat Tony episode for The Simpsons. " I don't get mad, I get Stabby" F.T."
  30. https://twitter.com/mattselman/status/382192114139795456
  31. Cite error: Invalid <ref> tag; no text was provided for refs named ewgallery
  32. TVLine - Exclusive: The Simpsons Targets Daily Show's John Oliver to Play 'Wilkes John Booth'
  33. ScreenCrush - ‘THE SIMPSONS’ RENEWED FOR SEASON 26, JOHN OLIVER TO GUEST IN SEASON 25
  34. AV Club - "Exclusive: Nick Offerman is going to be on The Simpsons. Non-exclusive: Nick Offerman loves Sam Elliott."
  35. Twitter - Michael Price



 
     
 
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