DVD cover featuring Fat Tony
|Country of origin||United States|
|No. of episodes||22|
|Original release||September 10, 2006 –|
May 20, 2007
The Simpsons' eighteenth season aired from September 10, 2006 to May 20, 2007. The season contained seven hold-over episodes from the season 17 (HABF) production line. Al Jean served as the showrunner, a position he has held since the thirteenth season.
The season finale, "You Kent Always Say What You Want", was the series' 400th episode. Additionally, the Simpsons franchise celebrated its 20th anniversary, as it has been on the air since April 1987, beginning with shorts on The Tracey Ullman Show.
Season 18 included guest appearances by Metallica, Tom Wolfe, Gore Vidal, Michael Chabon, Ludacris, Jonathan Franzen, Fran Drescher, The White Stripes, Kiefer Sutherland, Mary Lynn Rajskub, Richard Lewis, Dr. Phil, Elvis Stojko, Natalie Portman, Jon Lovitz, Betty White, Eric Idle, Sir Mix-a-Lot, Stephen Sondheim, Ronaldo, Meg Ryan, Andy Dick, Peter Bogdanovich, James Patterson and others.
Robert Canning of IGN gave the season a 6.6 saying it was "Passable" and that "Now in its eighteenth season (go ahead, say that out loud: 'eighteen seasons'), The Simpsons continues to supply America with a decent half-hour of comedy every Sunday night. However, most long-time fans of the show agree that the last several years have seen the program in constant decline. Looking back at this particular season, there's little evidence to prove them wrong. Though we were treated with at least a few hilarious gems this year, the mediocre (to the downright terrible) heavily outweighed the great."
At the 35th Annie Awards, Alf Clausen and Michael Price won the award for "Best Music in an Animated Television Production" for "Yokel Chords" while Ian Maxtone-Graham and Billy Kimball won "Best Writing in an Animated Television Production" for "24 Minutes" Jeff Westbrook won a WGA Award for "Kill Gil: Vols. 1 & 2" while Matt Selman was nominated for "The Haw-Hawed Couple" and John Frink received a nomination for "Stop, or My Dog Will Shoot".
The series also received a British Comedy Award nomination for "Best International Comedy" a Primetime Emmy Award nomination for Outstanding Animated Program for "The Haw-Hawed Couple" and an Environmental Media Award nomination for "Best Television Episodic Comedy" for "The Wife Aquatic".
|Title||Directed by||Written by||Original air date||Prod.|
|379||1||"The Mook, the Chef, the Wife and Her Homer"||Michael Marcantel||Bill Odenkirk||September 10, 2006||HABF15||11.50|
Lisa becomes friends with Fat Tony's son Michael, who would rather cook than run a crime ring, but when the Simpsons are invited over for dinner and Fat Tony is shot, Homer ends up being the town's newest kingpin.Guest Stars: Joe Mantegna, Joe Pantoliano, Michael Imperioli, and Metallica.
|380||2||"Jazzy and the Pussycats"||Steven Dean Moore||Daniel Chun||September 17, 2006||HABF18||8.94|
Bart gets a drum kit to work out his aggressions after being a nuisance at the funeral of Homer's Vegas wife and becomes top pick for a local jazz band -- a position that the saxophone-playing Lisa has been going after for years.Guest Stars: The White Stripes.
|381||3||"Please Homer, Don't Hammer 'Em"||Mike B. Anderson & Ralph Sosa||Matt Warburton||September 24, 2006||HABF20||9.72|
|Marge takes an interest in carpentry after reading some books on the subject meant for Homer, but when everyone in town declines Marge's services (because they believe that women cannot be carpenters), Marge uses Homer as a front. Meanwhile, Bart discovers that Principal Skinner is allergic to peanuts and uses his allergy as leverage to make Skinner do his bidding.|
|382||4||"Treehouse of Horror XVII"||David Silverman & Matthew Faughnan||Peter Gaffney||November 5, 2006||HABF17||10.43|
Season 18's annual trio of Halloween stories.
|383||5||"G.I. (Annoyed Grunt)"||Nancy Kruse||Daniel Chun||November 12, 2006||HABF21||11.43|
Homer finds himself in an army training camp after trying to get his children out of an agreement to join by age 18.Guest Star: Kiefer Sutherland.
|384||6||"Moe'N'a Lisa"||Mark Kirkland||Matt Warburton||November 19, 2006||HABF19||9.31|
Lisa discovers that Moe's written rantings are perfect fodder for poetry, but when Moe is invited to a writer's convention that throws out anyone who uses someone else to create their works, Moe ends up taking the credit.Guest Stars: Tom Wolfe, Gore Vidal, Michael Chabon, Jonathan Franzen and J.K. Simmons.
|385||7||"Ice Cream of Margie (with the Light Blue Hair)"||Matthew Nastuk||Carolyn Omine||November 26, 2006||HABF22||10.90|
|After Homer gets fired once again from the Springfield Nuclear Power Plant, he takes over Springfield's ice cream truck business after his favorite driver dies. Meanwhile, Marge, depressed over seeing women more successful than her and looking for a way to be remembered, creates sculptures from the discarded Popsicle sticks in Homer's ice cream truck.|
|386||8||"The Haw-Hawed Couple"||Chris Clements||Matt Selman||December 10, 2006||JABF02||8.29|
|Bart becomes Nelson's best friend, and discovers how possessive Nelson can be. Meanwhile, Homer gets hooked on Lisa's Angelica Button fantasy novels, but worries when he finds out that the book he's reading has a sad ending.|
|387||9||"Kill Gil, Volumes I & II"||Bob Anderson||Jeff Westbrook||December 17, 2006||JABF01||8.96|
After Gil Gunderson gives Lisa a Malibu Stacy doll reserved for Mr. Costington's daughter, he gets fired as a mall Santa and moves in with the Simpsons. Meanwhile, Homer picks a fight with Ice Capades character The Grumple.Guest Star: Elvis Stojko.
|388||10||"The Wife Aquatic"||Lance Kramer||Kevin Curran||January 7, 2007||JABF03||13.90|
When Patty and Selma save "Outdoor Movie Night" from going bust by playing an old home movie of their time at Barnacle Bay, Homer decides to surprise Marge by taking her and the kids there -- only to find her childhood vacation spot an abandoned wreck.Guest Stars: Maurice LaMarche and Sab Shimono.
|389||11||"Revenge Is a Dish Best Served Three Times"||Michael Polcino||Joel H. Cohen||January 28, 2007||JABF05||8.09|
Homer's misguided revenge on the Rich Texan combined with an untimely car breakdown leaves Marge, Lisa, and Bart to tell three tales about revenge gone wrong.|
"The Count of Monte Fatso": In 19th century France, Moe (Fernand) breaks up the marriage of Homer (Edmond Dantés) and Marge (Mercedes); for this, Homer swears revenge, now in a French prison.
"Revenge of the Geeks": Milhouse uses The Getbackinator, an ultra technologic weapon made by Martin, for fight back against the school bullies and the consequences when he goes too far.
"Bartman Begins": After Homer (Thomas) and Marge (Martha Wayne) are killed by Snake Jailbird (Joe Chill) in a dark alley, Bart (Bruce Wayne) swears revenge with a superhero alter ego, Bartman.
|390||12||"Little Big Girl"||Raymond S. Persi||Don Payne||February 11, 2007||JABF04||8.27|
When Cletus ineptly tosses his pipe, Springfield is in danger when the town is about to be hit by a ferocious fire. Bart unwittingly saves the day and is rewarded with a driver's license. However, when he drives to North Haverbrook, he is then engaged with a girl named Darcy who ropes Bart into marriage after declaring that she's pregnant. Meanwhile, Lisa lies about her family heritage in an essay and gets chosen to give a keynote speech at a convention.Guest star: Natalie Portman.
|391||13||"Springfield Up"||Chuck Sheetz||Matt Warburton||February 18, 2007||JABF07||8.80|
Declan Desmond returns as he shows a documentary about Springfield's current adult population as children, discussing their future aspirations and meets up with Homer to see if he followed his dreams.Guest star: Eric Idle.
|392||14||"Yokel Chords"||Susie Dietter||Michael Price||March 4, 2007||JABF09||9.09|
Lisa becomes a teacher for Cletus the Slack-Jawed Yokel's children after Principal Skinner bars them from enrolling in Springfield Elementary. Meanwhile, Bart ends up in therapy after scaring his peers with stories of a school chef notorious for cooking children.Guest stars: Peter Bogdanovich, Andy Dick, James Patterson, Meg Ryan, and Stephen Sondheim.
|393||15||"Rome-Old and Juli-Eh"||Nancy Kruse||Daniel Chun||March 11, 2007||JABF08||8.98|
When Grampa gets kicked out of the retirement castle thanks to Homer declaring bankruptcy (and discovering that bankruptcy laws have changed), Grampa falls in love with Marge's sister Selma, prompting sworn enemies Homer and Patty to team up to break them up. Meanwhile, Bart and Lisa con a delivery man into giving them cardboard boxes for a fort, but the delivery men fight back.Guest star: Jane Kaczmarek.
|394||16||"Homerazzi"||Matthew Nastuk||J. Stewart Burns||March 25, 2007||JABF06||6.91|
After the family photo album is destroyed in a fire involving a Krusty doll and a bottle of cologne, Marge restages all of the family's photographs, and when a celebrity dating scandal is captured in the background of one of their photos, the Simpsons strike tabloid gold. Tasting success and seeing money to be made, Homer takes to the streets as one of the paparazzi, capturing Springfield's celebrities at their worst.Guest stars: J.K. Simmons, Betty White and Jon Lovitz.
|395||17||"Marge Gamer"||Bob Anderson||J. Stewart Burns||April 22, 2007||JABF10||6.40|
Marge discovers the wonders of the Internet and becomes hooked on an online roleplaying game, where Bart is the game master. Meanwhile, Lisa resorts to cheating to score points with Homer (who is now a referee) during soccer matches.Guest star: Ronaldo
|396||18||"The Boys of Bummer"||Rob Oliver||Michael Price||April 29, 2007||JABF11||7.57|
|Bart becomes a town pariah (once again) after losing the championship for Springfield's Little League team, and is driven insane to the point of suicide from constant harassment. Meanwhile, Homer gets a job at Costington's Department store as a mattress tester, and finds a mattress that he wants to keep for himself after it reignites his stagnant love life with Marge.|
|397||19||"Crook and Ladder"||Lance Kramer||Bill Odenkirk||May 6, 2007||JABF13||7.72|
|When reading a parenting magazine, Marge follows the advice too literally and throws away Maggie's pacifier. However, when the pacifier is thrown in the trash, Maggie goes on a path of destruction in the Simpsons' home. Meanwhile, Homer, Moe, Apu, and Principal Skinner become volunteer firefighters and begin stealing items from the homes whose fires they extinguish.|
|398||20||"Stop! Or My Dog Will Shoot"||Matthew Faughnan||John Frink||May 13, 2007||JABF12||6.48|
When Homer gets lost in a cornfield maze, Santa's Little Helper rescues him and becomes a local hero, which prompts the Simpson family to enroll him in Police Dog Academy, where he dons a new and more stern personality. However, he becomes jaded when he catches Snake Jailbird, who is released on a technicality, and bites Bart, causing the family to give him away. Meanwhile, Bart, missing Santa's Little Helper, gets a strangling snake as a new pet.Guest stars: Stephen Hawking, Maurice LaMarche, and Rudolph Giuliani (in a deleted scene that would later be reinstated in syndicated airings).
|399||21||"24 Minutes"||Raymond S. Persi||Billy Kimball & Ian Maxtone-Graham||May 20, 2007||JABF14||9.80|
When finding out Jimbo, Dolph, and Kearney plan on sabotaging Springfield Elementary School's annual bake sale by releasing the "ultimate stinkbomb" (a rotten yogurt cup from Springfield's Nuclear Power Plant), Bart and Lisa enlist the help of Jack Bauer and Chloe O'Brian. Meanwhile, Marge attempts to make the perfect cake for the school bake sale.Guest stars: Kiefer Sutherland and Mary Lynn Rajskub.
|400||22||"You Kent Always Say What You Want"||Matthew Nastuk||Tim Long||May 20, 2007||JABF15||9.80|
Thanks to Ned Flanders' meddling, Kent Brockman gets in trouble for blurting a horrible curse word during a soft-news interview about Homer winning Phineas Q. Butterfat's 1,000,000th ice cream cone, and gets fired for allegedly being a cocaine addict. While living with the Simpsons, Brockman teams up with Lisa to create a YouTube video revealing why a politically conservative media empire like Fox would create raunchy television shows.
Series showrunner Al Jean reported in April 2015 that The Simpsons would no longer see home media releases after the seventeenth season, claiming an inability for DVD sales to keep up with the rise in streaming and downloads, as well as a boom in FXX reruns, and FOX's on-demand video service, FXNOW. Jean reassured that bonus features commonly featured on the DVDs, such as commentaries for each episode, would still be available, now packaged with the digital format.
In 2016, audio commentary for the 18th season was made available exclusively through FXNOW.
On Saturday, July 22, 2017, it was announced during the San Diego Comic-Con 2017 panel that, due to fan demand, the eighteenth season DVD would be released after all on Tuesday, December 5, 2017, ten years after it had completed broadcast on television.
|The Complete Eighteenth Season|
|Set Details||Special Features|
|Region 1||Region 2||Region 4|
|Tuesday, December 5, 2017||Monday, December 11, 2017||Wednesday, December 13, 2017|
Fox's premiere of The Simpsons fell 13 percent from last year's premiere, from a 5.3 to a 4.7, but it was up nicely from the show's 4.1 average last year.