The Simpsons
Season 33
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Country of originUnited States
No. of episodes22
Release
Original networkFox
Original releaseSeptember 26, 2021 (2021-09-26) –
May 22, 2022 (2022-05-22)
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The thirty-third season of the American animated television series The Simpsons premiered on Fox on September 26, 2021 and ended on May 22, 2022.[1] The season consisted of twenty-two episodes.[2] On March 3, 2021, the season was ordered alongside a 34th season.[3]

Episodes

See also: List of The Simpsons episodes

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7071"The Star of the Backstage"Rob OliverElisabeth Kiernan AverickSeptember 26, 2021 (2021-09-26)QABF173.48[6]

Marge is given her old production manual about her high school play, "Y2K: The Millennium Bug" and is filled with warm memories of being the stage manager. But when she's encouraged to reunite her old classmates to restage the play, old rival Sasha Reed arrives to Springfield, and Marge realizes that, due to being unseen by the audience in the backstage, Sasha was the real star of the show.

Guest stars: Kristen Bell as Marge's singing voice,[4] Sara Chase as Sasha Reed[5] and Elisabeth Kiernan Averick as Artsy Teenage Girl
7082"Bart's in Jail!"Steven Dean MooreNick DahanOctober 3, 2021 (2021-10-03)QABF181.48[7]

Grampa is tricked by a phone scammer into believing that he needs to bail Bart out of jail, costing him $10,000. When Homer learns that that money was intended to be his inheritance, he blames Grampa for falling for a stupid trick, while Bart and Lisa try to track the scammer down and Marge begins to think that everything in life is a con.

Guest stars: Alan Cumming as Loki, Scott Hanson as "Punt Zone" Announcer, Alex Hirsch as Bill Cipher, Melanie Minichino as Female Scammer and Joel H. Cohen as Old Joel
7093"Treehouse of Horror XXXII"Matthew FaughnanJohn FrinkOctober 10, 2021 (2021-10-10)QABF163.94[8]

This is the first Treehouse of Horror episode to consist of five segments instead of the typical three. It includes the opening segment, the three main segments and a minute-long segment.

  • "Barti": The opening segment, being a parody of Bambi, Marge warns Barti (Bart) and Millhouse about a hunter. Millhouse gets killed, as Barti and Marge run away. After his escape, Barti searches for his mother, who is okay, as Homer killed the hunter (Mr. Burns) with Lenny.
  • "Bong Joon Ho's This Side of Parasite": A parody of the film Parasite, it starts out with a poor Simpsons family in a flood, when Bart gets a job as a tutor for a rich girl. Soon, the rest of the family has gotten jobs at the estate, supplanting the previous employees, the Van Houtens. Soon, the entire city erupts into a violent, class-driven riot, with the Simpsons as the only survivors.
  • "Nightmare on Elm Tree": Homer is tired of Bart telling scary stories on Halloween in his treehouse every year, so Homer chops it down. The tree trunk is struck by lighting and comes to life. After the tree find out people chop down trees for Christmas, it brings other trees and plants to life and they ravage Springfield and kill most of its residents. The trees celebrate while the townspeople's corpses have been stacked like a Christmas tree.
  • "Poetic Interlude": The minute-long segment of the episode, Vincent Price is reading a scary bedtime story to Maggie about how Bart has spent an entire year doing mischief and other bad things. He starts off with each month that Bart does something bad like having his first drink of beer, stealing the principal's car and crashing it into the school flagpole, and beheading the entire Simpson family during Thanksgiving. That is when Maggie strangles Vincent with the string to her Phonics frog and then goes to sleep.
  • "Dead Ringer": In a parody of The Ring, at Springfield Elementary, Sherri and Terri tell Lisa they had a party and didn't invite her, and all watched a TikTok that allegedly kills anyone who watches it after seven days. All of the children who watched it die shortly thereafter, and Lisa and Bart investigate its origin. They find out from Groundskeeper Willie that the TikTok is haunted by the ghost of Mopey Mary, a girl who didn't receive any valentines on Valentine's Day and died after falling down a well. Lisa watches the TikTok and summons the ghost of Mary, who attacks Lisa but stops when Lisa gives her a valentine. Lisa and Mary become friends, but Mary begins to feel smothered by Lisa and escapes by jumping back down the well. Kang and Kodos sing at the end of this "Treehouse of Horror" episode.

Guest stars: Susan Egan as the "You'll Never Sleep Again" Singer, Maurice LaMarche as Vincent Price and Tree Rollins as himself

7104"The Wayz We Were"Matthew NastukJoel H. CohenOctober 17, 2021 (2021-10-17)QABF191.51[11]

As Evergreen Terrance is stuck in a major traffic jam, Moe reunites with his former love Maya (from season 20's "Eeny Teeny Maya Moe"). However, Moe tries to determine himself if he should stick with Maya this time or if she will leave him again.

Guest stars: Trey Anastasio as himself and Pamela Reed as Ruth Powers[9][10]
7115"Lisa's Belly"Timothy BaileyJuliet KaufmanOctober 24, 2021 (2021-10-24)QABF201.83[12]

Lisa and Bart contract a bizarre infection from an abandoned waterpark attraction, requiring treatment from steroids that cause temporary weight gain. Before they go back to school, Marge says "You're getting chunky" to Lisa in affection, which causes her to be very insecure about her weight. Meanwhile, Bart gets in shape with Jimbo, Nelson, Dolph, and Kearney.

Guest star: Renee Ridgeley as Dr. Wendy Sage
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"A Serious Flanders" (Parts 1 & 2) Debbie Bruce Mahan
Matthew Faughnan
Cesar MazariegosNovember 7, 2021 (2021-11-07)
November 14, 2021 (2021-11-14)
QABF21
QABF22
3.47[13]
1.66[14]

A two-part crime thriller parody presented in the format of prestige television. When Ned Flanders finds a bag of money and donates it to the local orphanage, he puts himself, a jealous Homer and all of Springfield in danger, when it draws the attention of a ruthless debt collector who will get the money back by any violent means necessary.

Guest stars: Brian Cox as Kostas Becker, Joe Mantegna as Fat Tony, Cristin Milioti as Barbara "Barb" Belfry, Timothy Olyphant as Sheriff Ned "Paw Paw" Flanders, Chris O'Dowd as Seamus and Jessica Paré as Collette
7148"Portrait of a Lackey on Fire"Steven Dean MooreRob LaZebnik & Johnny LaZebnikNovember 21, 2021 (2021-11-21)UABF013.97[15]

Smithers is disheartened by Mr. Burns' lack of reciprocal feelings, so Homer encourages him to start a relationship with famous fashion designer Michael de Graaf. Michael loves that Smithers is not interested in him for his fashion ties, but what Smithers does not know is that his new boyfriend is a lot more like Mr. Burns than he initially seems.

Guest Stars: Christine Baranski as herself, Victor Garber as Michael de Graaf and Christian Siriano as himself
7159"Mothers and Other Strangers"Rob OliverAl JeanNovember 28, 2021 (2021-11-28)UABF023.61[16]

When Mother's Day rolls around, Homer starts to miss his mother again. In order to deal with his grief he uses online therapy to reflect on his teenage years, when he and Grampa took a road trip to Utah after Homer got a secret message from his fugitive mother.

Guest Stars: Rachel Bloom as Annette and Glenn Close as Mona Simpson
71610"A Made Maggie"Timothy BaileyElisabeth Kiernan AverickDecember 19, 2021 (2021-12-19)UABF033.90[17]

Marge decides to baptize Maggie, so she sends Homer to find an appropriate godfather for her. After Fat Tony saves Homer and Maggie's lives, Homer and Marge reluctantly agree to let the mafia don be their baby's sponsor. But the more Fat Tony bonds with Maggie and draws her into his world, the more worried her real parents become.

Guest star: Joe Mantegna as Fat Tony
71711"The Longest Marge"Matthew NastukBrian KelleyJanuary 2, 2022 (2022-01-02)UABF052.02[18]

When Mr. Burns chooses brutally candid football prodigy Grayson Mathers to endorse his brandy and corrupts the already arrogant athlete further, Marge takes it upon herself to try and save the promising rookie by teaching him some humility and family values.

Guest stars: Beck Bennett as Grayson Mathers, John Mulaney as Warburton Parker and Adam Schefter as himself

Note: This episode is dedicated to the memory of guest star John Madden, who died four days before it aired.
71812"Pixelated and Afraid"Chris ClementsJohn FrinkFebruary 27, 2022 (2022-02-27)UABF041.41[19]

Lisa and Bart hold an intervention after feeling that their parents are stuck in a cringe worthy relationship rut devoid of romance, so Homer and Marge reluctantly agree to go to a resort for couples in the wilderness with no technology or modern entertainment. But when an icy road results in a car crash, Homer and Marge find themselves lost in the frigid woodlands, fighting for survival against the elements.

Guest star: Jonathan Lipow as Wolverine
71913"Boyz N the Highlands"Bob AndersonDan VebberMarch 6, 2022 (2022-03-06)UABF061.53[20]

When juvenile court sends Bart, Martin, Nelson and Dolph on a wilderness trek together they end up rescuing a baby goat from a trio of Satanists who then begin hunting the kids to get their goat back. Meanwhile, Lisa takes advantage of Bart's absence to make Homer and Marge lavish attention on her as if she were an only child.

Guest star: Jonathan Lipow as Axel
72014"You Won't Believe What This Episode Is About – Act Three Will Shock You!"Jennifer MoellerChristine NangleMarch 13, 2022 (2022-03-13)UABF071.14[21]

A series of unfortunate events make it look like Homer intentionally shut Santa's Little Helper in the car on a hot day, then get worse when he accidentally knocks Reverend Lovejoy out of the church window. Videos of the incidents go viral online and everyone in Springfield turns on Homer only for a mysterious man named Theo to approach him with a radical offer to repair Homer's reputation.

Guest stars: Kumail Nanjiani as Theo and Jay Pharoah as Drederick Tatum
72115"Bart the Cool Kid"Steven Dean MooreRyan KohMarch 20, 2022 (2022-03-20)UABF081.04[22]

Homer promises to buy Bart a pair of limited edition sneakers only to buy bootlegs instead. When Bart tries to return them, he is humiliated publicly and declares that Homer is the least cool person ever. When young shoe creator Orion Hughes feels sorry for Bart and donates his branded skate wear and merch, Bart learns that the famous kid influencer cannot actually skate himself. Meanwhile, a dejected Homer uses Orion's gifted clothing to influence other middle-aged men to dress in hip threads to prove they can be cool.

Guest stars: Kelly Macleod sings "Duplicate Cop 2" theme song, Michael Rapaport as Mike Wegman and The Weeknd as Orion Hughes and Darius Hughes
72216"Pretty Whittle Liar"Mike Frank PolcinoJoel H. CohenMarch 27, 2022 (2022-03-27)UABF091.10[23]
When Brandine Spuckler lets it slip at Marge's book club that she loves reading books, Cletus finds out and feels like he does not even know her anymore causing her to leave and move in with the Simpsons. Meanwhile, Lisa joins a clandestine group of smart kids at school who hide their intellect to avoid bullying.
72317"The Sound of Bleeding Gums"Chris ClementsLoni Steele SosthandApril 10, 2022 (2022-04-10)UABF100.95[24]

Lisa becomes enraged when a song by Bleeding Gums Murphy is remixed to promote the Springfield lottery, leading to her tracking down the late jazz musician's son. When Lisa learns that Monk Murphy was born deaf and never heard his father's music, she goes on a crusade to both improve his life and seek justice for her mentor only to discover she and Monk are not on the same page. Lisa does get advice from the Ghost of Bleeding Gums Murphy on how to get on the same page as him.

Guest stars: John Autry II as Monk Murphy, Kathy Buckley as Deaf Thespian Girl/Richard III and Eli Steele as "The Sky's the Limit" Director

Additional vocals: Kaylee Arellano, Hazel Lopez, and Ian Mayorga singing "Happy Talk"
72418"My Octopus and a Teacher"Rob OliverCarolyn OmineApril 24, 2022 (2022-04-24)UABF110.97[25]

Bart starts acting strangely when new teacher Ms. Peyton takes over his classroom, confusing not only her but everybody around him. But what only Bart knows is that his new teacher saved his life once before. Meanwhile, Lisa breaks the prime directive of nature documentary film-making when she stops a shark from eating a small octopus. She secretly keeps her new octopus friend in her room only for it to keep escaping.

Guest star: Kerry Washington as Ms. Peyton
72519"Girls Just Shauna Have Fun"Matthew NastukJeff WestbrookMay 1, 2022 (2022-05-01)UABF121.03[26]

Lisa is selected as a replacement saxophonist for the high school marching band where she discovers to her surprise that Shauna Chalmers shares a similar passion for music. While Lisa and Shauna form a new bond, Homer finds himself bonding with Shauna's father when Superintendent Chalmers introduces him to the ancient craft of Trappist beer brewing.

Guest star: Chris Redd as Trevor McBride
72620"Marge the Meanie"Timothy BaileyMegan AmramMay 8, 2022 (2022-05-08)UABF150.85[27]

When Marge is badmouthed in public by a former principal Ms. York, she reveals to her family that she was secretly a prankster in her middle school years. While Bart and Marge both bond over this newly unveiled connection between them, a left out Homer seeks to find some kind of common ground with Lisa. But while he discovers they both share a love for food, Homer struggles to maintain a mutual passion for Lisa's vegetarian tastes.

Note: This episode is dedicated to the memory of animator Ian Wilcox, who died 8 days before it aired.
72721"Meat Is Murder"Bob AndersonMichael PriceMay 15, 2022 (2022-05-15)UABF131.00[30]

When billionaire Augustus "Gus" Redfield buys Krusty's parent company as revenge after Krusty stole his burger business years ago, he asks former business partner Grampa Simpson to join his board of directors. Grampa and Lisa go to New York where the rest of the Redfield family want to oust Gus, and his ambitious daughter Sheila tries to manipulate Lisa into getting Grampa on their side in a vote of no-confidence. Meanwhile, Krusty tries to perform without his identity.

Guest stars: Nicholas Braun as "Cousin" Greg Hirsch, Charli D'Amelio as herself, Susan Egan as Singing tree, Seth Green as Mav Redfield, John Lithgow as Augustus "Gus" Redfield, Edi Patterson as Jessica, Krysten Ritter as Sheila Redfield and Paul F. Tompkins as Colby Redfield[28][29]
72822"Poorhouse Rock"Jennifer MoellerTim LongMay 22, 2022 (2022-05-22)UABF140.93[31]

Bart makes an embarrassing presentation about his father for Sunday school, so Marge encourages Homer to take Bart to work with him to show their son what a good provider Homer is. Bart begins to idolize Homer and wants to grow up to be just like him, but soon learns from a singing janitor that the once thriving middle class his father is part of is not in the cards for him.

Guest stars: Hugh Jackman as a janitor, Megan Mullally as Sarah Wiggum and Robert Reich as himself

Production

Development

Al Jean stated that he will showrun at least four episodes of the season, "plus something special."[32] The premiere episode, "The Star of the Backstage" is "like a Broadway musical of an episode with wall to wall music."[33] The Treehouse of Horror episode of the season, "Treehouse of Horror XXXII", features five segments instead of the usual three.[33] Two more episode plots have been revealed for the season; one will follow a romance involving Moe Szyslak and the other will be about "the greatest tragedy Homer has ever faced," guest starring Rachel Bloom.[33] The former plot was later revealed to be the premise of "The Wayz We Were", and the latter plot was revealed to be the premise of "Mothers and Other Strangers". In November, the two-part episode "A Serious Flanders" aired as "an epic love letter to the show Fargo and the world of streaming television."[33]

Casting

There were plans for the character Apu Nahasapeemapetilon, who has been in major controversy since 2017, to make an appearance. However, Simpsons creator Matt Groening stated "we have to see if we can make the stories work".[34] The two-part episode "A Serious Flanders" includes guest stars Timothy Olyphant, Cristin Milioti, and Brian Cox.[33][35]

A new character was introduced in "Lisa's Belly", Dr. Wendy Sage, a hypnotherapist who is also a breast cancer survivor. She visibly has one of her breasts removed. She was created and voiced by Renee Ridgeley, an actress, writer, and real-life breast cancer survivor and the wife of Simpsons writer Matt Selman.[36]

On April 21, 2022, it was announced that Kerry Washington officially joined the cast in a recurring role as Bart's fourth grade teacher, Ms. Peyton, replacing the late Mrs. Krabappel. Ms. Peyton was first introduced in the episode "My Octopus and a Teacher".[37]

Release

This season aired on Sundays during the 2021–22 television season as part of Fox's Animation Domination programming block, along with The Great North, Bob's Burgers, Duncanville, and Family Guy. In the United States, after each episode aired, they were released on Hulu the day after. In Canada, Australia and Spain, the season aired weekly on Wednesdays on Disney+ through the Star content hub.[38] The first eighteen episodes will be removed from Hulu and every episode will added on Disney+ in the United States on October 5, 2022, with the final four episodes remaining on Hulu, with one episode being removed each week.

Reception

John Schwarz from Bubbleblabber.com rated the season a 7.5/10. in his review: "revisiting The Simpsons in its thirty-third season is like reuniting with old friends after a decade or so. They may have changed a bit since I last saw them, but they’re still the same humorous yellow-skinned family I remembered years ago. While its latest season may not match the iconic family’s glory days, it still delivers plenty of giggles and surprises in its episodes to continue the show’s long-running success. Even its special episodes, mainly 'A Serious Flanders', are strong enough to make my visit to Springfield more fun. Hopefully, my next visit during its upcoming thirty-fourth season will be just as amusing."[39]

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