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The Simpsons Season 11
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The Simpsons Season 11 DVD
Series The Simpsons
Country of origin USA
Network Fox
Original run September 26, 1999 –
May 21, 2000
No. of episodes 22
DVD release date October 7, 2008 (region 1)
October 6, 2008 (region 2)
Previous season 10
Next season 12

The Simpsons' eleventh season originally aired between September 1999 and May 2000, beginning on Sunday, September 26, 1999 with "Beyond Blunderdome". The show runner for the eleventh production season was Mike Scully.[1] The season contained four hold-over episodes from the season 10 (AABF) production line.

Contents

Production

Towards the end of the production of season 10, voice actress Maggie Roswell, who voiced Helen Lovejoy, Maude Flanders, and Miss Hoover among others,[2] left the show because of a contract dispute.[3] However, she later returned in season 14. As a result of Roswell's leaving, it was decided to kill off her primary role, Maude Flanders, in the episode "Alone Again, Natura-Diddily".[4] Roswell's roles, including that of Maude Flanders until her death, were taken over by Marcia Mitzman Gaven starting from hold-over season 10 episode "Brother's Little Helper".

Writers credited with episodes in the eleventh season include Al Jean, Dan Greaney, Donick Cary, Tim Long, Ian Maxtone-Graham, Carolyn Omine, Mike Scully, Matt Selman, John Swartzwelder, and George Meyer. Animation directors included Bob Anderson, Mike B. Anderson, Mark Kirkland, Lance Kramer, Nancy Kruse, Lauren MacMullan, Pete Michels, Steven Dean Moore, Matthew Nastuk, Michael Polcino, Jim Reardon. The main cast consisted of Dan Castellaneta (Homer Simpson, Grampa Simpson, Krusty the Clown amongst others), Julie Kavner (Marge Simpson), Nancy Cartwright (Bart Simpson, Ralph Wiggum, Nelson Muntz), Yeardley Smith (Lisa Simpson), Hank Azaria (Moe Syzlak, Apu, Chief Wiggum, amongst others) and Harry Shearer (Ned Flanders, Mr. Burns, Principal Skinner, amongst others).[2] Other cast members included Marcia Wallace (Edna Krabappel), Pamela Hayden (Milhouse Van Houten, amongst others), Tress MacNeille (Agnes Skinner, amongst others), Russi Taylor (Martin Prince) and Karl Wiedergott.[2]

Reception

Awards

Asides from winning several awards in 2000, The Simpsons family themselves were awarded on January 14, 2000, their own star on Hollywood's Walk of Fame at 7021 Hollywood Boulevard. The eleventh season itself gathered an Emmy Award for Outstanding Animated Program,[5] as well as an Annie Award for Outstanding Achievement in a Primetime or Late Night Animated Television Program,[6] and a British Comedy Award for Best International Comedy TV Show.[7] Alf Clausen also received a 2000 Annie Award for Outstanding Individual Achievement for Music in an Animated Television Production for his work on the episode "Behind the Laughter".[6] In the same year, "Treehouse of Horror X" won the CINE Golden Eagle Award.[8]

In 2000, the two music editors Bob Beecher and Chris Ledesma were each nominated for the Golden Reel Award for "Treehouse of Horror X" and respectively for "Wild Barts Can't Be Broken".[9] At the Prism Awards, "Days of Wine and D'oh'ses" received a commendation in the Comedy Series Episode category in 2001 for its frank depiction of alcoholism and drug rehabilitation.[10] The show was also nominated for a Blimp Award in the Favorite Cartoon category at the 2000 Kids' Choice Awards,[11] as well as for the Teen Choice Award in the category Choice TV Show - Comedy.[12]

Nielsen Rating

The show ranked 41st in the seasonal ratings making it the second highest rated show on Fox that season after Malcolm in the Middle, getting an 18-49 Nielsen Rating of 8.2//13.[13]

List of episodes

Key
  • In the # column:
    • The first number refers to the order it aired during the entire series.
    • The second number refers to the episode number within its season.
  • The production code refers to the code assigned to the episode by the production team. The first two characters refer to the season the episode was made for: AABF for season ten, BABF for season eleven. The second number is the order the episode was produced, not the airing order.[14]
# Original title Directed by Written by Original airdate Prod. code
227 - 01 "Beyond Blunderdome" Steven Dean Moore Mike Scully September 26, 1999 (1999-09-26) AABF23
After destroying a car in a test run, the Simpsons are given free tickets to Mel Gibson's new film, a remake of Mr. Smith Goes to Washington. Mel Gibson, however, laments his current role without violence and wants someone to give him criticism. When Homer sees Mel talking with Marge, he gives Mel a brutal review, leading Mel to believe that Homer is the only man brave enough to give suggestions. As a result, he hires him to create a better ending. However, when the ending proves to be too controversial, Mel and Homer end up on the run from studio executives with the film.[15]
Guest stars: Mel Gibson and Jack Burns 
228 - 02 "Brother's Little Helper" Mark Kirkland George Meyer October 3, 1999 (1999-10-03) AABF22
After getting in trouble for flooding the school gym during Fire Prevention Day, Bart is diagnosed with Attention Deficit Disorder and prescribed a Ritalin-esque drug called Focusyn. At first, the drug makes Bart well-behaved and intellectual, but soon, Bart becomes paranoid, claiming that there are satellites owned by Major League Baseball that are spying on the town. When ordered to stop, Bart refuses, devours a few hundred, and proves his theory right by destroying the satellite with a tank. All is restored when Bart goes back to his ordinary pills.[16]
Guest star: Mark McGwire 
229 - 03 "Guess Who's Coming to Criticize Dinner?" Nancy Kruse Al Jean October 24, 1999 (1999-10-24) AABF21
During a field trip for the Springfield Elementary, Homer stumbles across a newspaper staff party and becomes a food critic for the Springfield Shopper after the previous one retires. Homer, due to his ostensible love of food, promptly gives every food he eats a positive review that is really written by Lisa. However, when the press tells Homer that he must be pruder, he denounces all the food he eats, including Marge's, with negative reviews. As a result, all of Springfield's restaurateurs band together to murder Homer and devise to kill him with a deadly éclair; Lisa foils their plan at the last minute, thus saving Homer's life.[17]
Guest star: Edward Asner 
230 - 04 "Treehouse of Horror X" Pete Michels Donick Cary, Tim Long, and Ron Hauge October 31, 1999 (1999-10-31) BABF01

Intro: The Simpsons (all dressed as characters from previous Treehouse of Horror episodes, save Lisa, who is an axe murder victim) watch Kang and Kodos's lame attempt at a Halloween variety show.

I Know What You Diddily-Iddily Did – Marge accidentally runs over Ned Flanders and is haunted by claims that someone knows what she did, only to realize that Ned survived because he became a werewolf.

Desperately Xeeking Xena – Bart and Lisa gain super powers after a freak accident at school and must save Lucy Lawless (dressed as Xena) from the Collector (Comic Book Guy).

Life's A Glitch, Then You Die – When the Y2K bug causes everything electronic and computer generated in the world to go haywire, the family searches for a way out.
Guest stars: Dick Clark, Tom Arnold and Lucy Lawless[18] 
231 - 05 "E-I-E-I-(Annoyed Grunt)" Bob Anderson Ian Maxtone-Graham November 7, 1999 (1999-11-07) AABF19
Inspired by a cheesy "Zorro" movie, Homer begins slapping people with a glove and challenging them to duels (with the victims giving Homer whatever he wants instead of accepting the challenge), but when a real Southern gentleman accepts Homer's request for a duel, the Simpsons run off to the old farm Homer lived in with his parents (as seen in the season six episode Grampa vs. Sexual Inadequacy) and breed a dangerously addictive but successful tobacco/tomato hybrid called "tomacco". Just when they are about to gain a hundred million dollars from the hybrid, dangerously addicted animals ruin their plan. Homer proceeds to duel, only to get shot in the arm.[19]
Guest star: The B-52's 
232 - 06 "Hello Gutter, Hello Fadder" Mike B. Anderson Al Jean November 14, 1999 (1999-11-14) BABF02
Homer becomes a local celebrity after bowling a 300 game, but his fame quickly fades as "yesterday's news". After a botched suicide attempt foiled by Otto, Homer decides to spend time with Maggie after seeing Ron Howard spend time with his children. When Homer tries to teach Maggie swimming, he fails due to her mistrust of him, and has to pulled out the beach by Maggie. Eventually, Homer brings Maggie to a bowling game, where she bowls a perfect game.[20]
Guest stars: Ron Howard, Pat O'Brien, Nancy O'Dell and Penn & Teller 
233 - 07 "Eight Misbehavin'" Steven Dean Moore Matt Selman November 21, 1999 (1999-11-21) BABF03
After Manjula gives birth to octuplets that were the result of fertility drugs, she and Apu unintentionally allow a zookeeper to exploit their babies in exchange for help after corporate sponsors abandon them for a mom that has given birth to nontuplets in Shelbyville. After a failed rescue attempt by Homer and Apu, the zoo keeper agrees to return the babies only if Butch Patrick and Homer ride a tricycle dressed as Eddie Munster on stage while attacked by cobras.[21]
Guest stars: Garry Marshall and Butch Patrick 
234 - 08 "Take My Wife, Sleaze" Neil Affleck John Swartzwelder November 28, 1999 (1999-11-28) BABF05
Homer wins a Harley-Davidson motorcycle at a fifties dancing contest and starts his own biker gang, naming it "Hell's Satans". However, this attracts the real biker gang called "Hell's Satans" to crash at their house. However, after a while, they begin to appreciate Marge, who takes care of them, and kidnaps her. Homer tracks them down and scuffles with Meathook, the leader. At Marge's suggestion, the gang settles down and live normal lives.[22]
Guest stars: John Goodman, Henry Winkler, Jay North and NRBQ 
235 - 09 "Grift of the Magi" Matthew Nastuk Tom Martin December 19, 1999 (1999-12-19) BABF07
Principkal Skinner hires Fat Tony's construction company to build wheelchair ramps for the school. These ramps promptly break down, forcing Skinner to close down Springfield Elementary. However, a toy company lead by Jim Hope takes over the school; in school, the children are only taught to provide marketing schemes and suggestions. Soon, a new toy called Funzo that mysteriously resembles the children's ideas is invented. After a brief showdown Gary Coleman and the Funzo, things return to normal as Burns decides to fund the school after a visit from the three Christmas spirits.[23]
Guest stars: Gary Coleman, Tim Robbins and Clarence Clemons 
236 - 10 "Little Big Mom" Mark Kirkland Carolyn Omine January 9, 2000 (2000-01-09) BABF04
While the Simpson family goes skiing, Marge remains at the ski lodge due to her fear of skiing, only to break her leg from a falling clock. As a result, while hospitalised, Marge leaves Lisa to deal with the slovenly Bart and Homer, who do nothing but take their toll on their house. However, in an attempt to motivate them, she pulls a prank suggested by the ghost of Lucille Ball on Bart and Homer by making it look like they have leprosy. At Ned Flander's suggestion, Bart and Homer end up in Hawaii; with them gone, Lisa finishes cleaning the house as Marge arrives home, her cast off. The pair then go to retrieve Homer and Bart, who are enjoying themselves despite the shock therapy.[24]
Guest star: Elwood Edwards 
237 - 11 "Faith Off" Nancy Kruse Frank Mula January 16, 2000 (2000-01-16) BABF06
Bart believes he has the power to heal others through faith after removing a bucket glued to Homer's head. However, when Bart knocks Milhouse's glasses off in order to cure his myopia, Milhouse is nearly run over by a truck that he thinks is a dog as he cannot see without his glasses. Consequently, Bart, feeling guilty, ends his career as a faith healer. Meanwhile, Homer creates a homecoming game float for Springfield University. However, he soon forgets about it, and accidentally injures the star player, Anton Lubchenko. After getting in trouble with Fat Tony, Homer is saved when Lubchenko sacrifices his leg to win the game; the leg is surgically reattached by Doctor Hibbert, who is relieved at the end of Bart's healing career.[25]
Guest star: Don Cheadle 
238 - 12 "The Mansion Family" Michael Polcino John Swartzwelder January 23, 2000 (2000-01-23) BABF08
Mr. Burns goes to the Mayo Clinic for a checkup after being declared the oldest man in Springfield, leaving the Simpsons to house-sit for him and Homer to take advantage of living as a rich man. However, when Homer wants to throw a party, he goes to Moe's, where he must buy the alcohol in international waters as it is Sunday before 2 PM. There, they are captured by Chinese pirates. Later, Burns discovers that as a result of having all the existing diseases, he is perfectly healthy as all the germs simply cancel each other out. Consequently, he returns and kicks out the Simpsons, who haven't even enjoyed being rich, causing Homer to be extremely bitter and resentful.[26]
Guest star: Britney Spears 
239 - 13 "Saddlesore Galactica" Lance Kramer Tim Long February 6, 2000 (2000-02-06) BABF09
The Simpsons rescue a diving horse named Duncan from abuse and keep it as a pet (despite The Comic Book Guy's protest that the Simpsons have done this before), but when the cost of upkeeping the horse rises, Homer and Bart train Duncan to be a racing horse. Meanwhile, Lisa is upset over her school losing the band competition to Ogdenville unfairly at the state fair and writes a letter to Bill Clinton in protest.[27]
Guest stars: Bachman-Turner Overdrive and Jim Cummings 
240 - 14 "Alone Again, Natura-Diddily" Jim Reardon Ian Maxtone-Graham February 13, 2000 (2000-02-13) BABF10
Maude Flanders is killed in a freak accident during a stock car race, devastating Ned and prompting Homer to find a new woman for his grieving neighbor. However, Ned begins losing his faith in God before being prompted back by a Christian rock band.[4]
Guest star: Shawn Colvin 
241 - 15 "Missionary: Impossible" Steven Dean Moore Ron Hauge February 20, 2000 (2000-02-20) BABF11
Homer gets in trouble with PBS after confessing he doesn't have $10,000 to give them for their pledge drive--and ends up a missionary on a South Pacific island.[28]
Guest star: Betty White 
242 - 16 "Pygmoelian" Mark Kirkland Larry Doyle February 27, 2000 (2000-02-27) BABF12
After getting his face censored out on the Duff Calendar for not being photogenic, Moe gets plastic surgery and becomes the star of a popular soap opera. Meanwhile, Bart and Lisa go after Maggie's pink elephant balloon after it floats away.[29] 
243 - 17 "Bart to the Future" Michael Marcantel Dan Greaney March 19, 2000 (2000-03-19) BABF13
After their vacation in the woods is cut short due to a mosquito infestation, The Simpsons stop by at an Indian casino, where Bart tries to sneak in and ends up in the office of an Indian mystic who shows Bart's future in the year 2030 as a washed-up rock star living with Ralph Wiggum while Lisa is the President of the United States trying to get the country out of financial trouble.[30] 
244 - 18 "Days of Wine and D'oh'ses" Neil Affleck Dan Castellaneta and Deb Lacusta April 9, 2000 (2000-04-09) BABF14
Barney realizes how much of a pathetic drunk he is after watching his birthday party video and decides to give up alcohol forever, which doesn't sit well with Homer. Meanwhile, Bart and Lisa work together to take a memorable photo for a new phone book cover contest.[31] 
245 - 19 "Kill the Alligator and Run" Jen Kamerman John Swartzwelder April 30, 2000 (2000-04-30) BABF16
Homer has a nervous breakdown when it's revealed on a quiz that he only has three years left to live. To calm him down, the family goes to Florida for vacation--and end up in the middle of a raucous spring break, where Homer joins in on the party and ends up getting himself and his family in trouble for killing the county's beloved mascot: an alligator named Captain Jack.[32]
Guest stars: Kid Rock, Joe C., Robert Evans, Charlie Rose and Diedrich Bader 
246 - 20 "Last Tap Dance in Springfield" Nancy Kruse Julie Thacker May 7, 2000 (2000-05-07) BABF15
Inspired by a movie about a girl who enters a tango contest and wins, Lisa decides to sign up for dance lessons -- and ends up taking tap lessons from a former child star. Meanwhile, Bart and Milhouse hide out at the mall to escape going to summer camp.[33] 
247 - 21 "It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad Marge" Steven Dean Moore Larry Doyle May 14, 2000 (2000-05-14) BABF18
Otto dumps his fiancee, Becky, at the altar, leaving her to become the Simpsons' latest houseguest, prompting Marge to go insane when Patty and Selma scare Marge with thoughts of Becky replacing Marge as a wife and mother. Meanwhile, Springfield Elementary gives Bart's fourth grade class videocameras (after slashing geography out of the budget) and Bart sets out to create a movie.[34]
Guest star: Parker Posey 
248 - 22 "Behind the Laughter" Mark Kirkland Tim Long, George Meyer, Mike Scully, and Matt Selman May 21, 2000 (2000-05-21) BABF19
In a parody of VH1's Behind The Music, viewers take an inside look at The Simpsons' rise to fame--and the many scandals, feuds, and break-ups that threatened to end the show and split up the family.[35]
Guest stars: Jim Forbes and Willie Nelson 

DVD release

The Simpsons season 11 DVD digipak, special Krusty head edition

The DVD boxset for Season 11 was released by 20th Century Fox in the United States and Canada on October 7, 2008, eight years after it had completed broadcast on television, in the UK on October 6, 2008 and in Australia on November 5, 2008. The special features include deleted scenes, storyboards/animatics, and commentaries.

This is the first season release following the series of five Simpson family member shaped boxes. The character-themed packaging continues and, as with those seasons, this set was released in two different packagings: A "Collector's Edition" plastic packaging molded to look like Krusty the Clown's head, and a standard rectangular cardboard box featuring Krusty.[36] Unlike the previous seasons, the Collector's Edition packaging is a removable molded face attached to a cardboard sleeve, as opposed to a fully plastic clamshell. Both versions have changed from a digipak style of disc tray in previous seasons, to an accordion-style series of cardboard sleeves into which the discs slide. Following the release of the set there were a number of complaints regarding the style of packaging; David Lambert of TVShowsOnDVD.com described the set as "functionally defective."[37]

The Complete Eleventh Season
Set Details[38] Special Features[38]
  • 22 episodes
  • 4-disc set
  • 1.33:1 aspect ratio
  • Languages:
    • English (Dolby Digital 5.1, with subtitles)[38]
    • Spanish (Dolby Digital, with subtitles)[38]
    • French (Dolby Digital)[38]
    • Special Language Feature for "Beyond Blunderdome" (Italian, Brazilian Portuguese, Czech, German)
  • Optional commentaries for all 22 episodes
  • Introduction from Matt Groening
  • Deleted scenes with optional commentaries
  • Featurette: "The Many Faces of Krusty"
  • Featurette: "A Star on Hollywood Boulevard"
  • Extra: "And Then There Were Menus"
  • Sketch gallery
  • Animation Showcases
Release Dates
Region 1 Region 2 Region 4
October 7, 2008 October 6, 2008 November 6, 2008

See also

References

General
  1. ^ Groening, p. 12
  2. ^ a b c McCann 2005, pp. 118–119
  3. ^ Cartwright 2000, p. 96
  4. ^ a b Groening, page 34
  5. ^ Jean, Al. (2004). The Simpsons season 4 DVD commentary for the episode "Mr. Plow". [DVD]. 20th Century Fox. 
  6. ^ a b "Legacy: 28th Annual Annie Award Nominees and Winners (2000)". Annie Awards. http://annieawards.org/28thwinners.html. Retrieved 2007-10-16. 
  7. ^ http://www.britishcomedyawards.com/pastwinners00.html
  8. ^ CINE Golden Eagle Film & Video Competition 2000 Winner Directory. CINE.org. Retrieved on 2007-10-20.
  9. ^ "Past Golden Reel Awards". Motion Picture Sound Editors. http://www.mpse.org/goldenreels/pastawards.html. Retrieved 2007-10-17. 
  10. ^ "Prism Awards Winners". Entertainment Industries Council. http://prismawards.com/winners/. Retrieved 2008-04-27. 
  11. ^ http://www.imdb.com/Sections/Awards/Kids_Choice_Awards_USA/2000
  12. ^ http://www.imdb.com/Sections/Awards/Teen_Choice_Awards/2000
  13. ^ http://fbibler.chez.com/tvstats/recent_data/1999-00.html
  14. ^ Groening, p. 4
  15. ^ Groening, page 13
  16. ^ Groening, page 14-15
  17. ^ Groening, page 16
  18. ^ Groening, page 11
  19. ^ Groening, page 19
  20. ^ Groening, page 20
  21. ^ Groening, page 21-22
  22. ^ Groening, page 23
  23. ^ Groening, page 25
  24. ^ Groening, page 26-27
  25. ^ Groening, page 28
  26. ^ Groening, page 29
  27. ^ Groening, page 32
  28. ^ Groening, page 35
  29. ^ Groening, page 37
  30. ^ Groening, page 38
  31. ^ Groening, page 39-40
  32. ^ Groening, page 42
  33. ^ Groening, page 43-44
  34. ^ Groening, page 45
  35. ^ Groening, page 48
  36. ^ "The Simpsons - The Complete 11th Season (Lisa Head)". TVShowsOnDVD.com. http://www.tvshowsondvd.com/releases/Simpsons-Complete-11th-Season-Limited-Edition-Krusty-Head/8086. Retrieved 2009-04-11. 
  37. ^ Lambert, David (2008-10-21). "The Simpsons - Editorial: Season 11: Worst... Packaging... Ever!". TVShowsOnDVD.com. http://tvshowsondvd.com/news/Simpsons-Season-11-Box-Art/10740. Retrieved 2009-01-13. 
  38. ^ a b c d e David Lambert. "Here's Krusty... The Simpsons: The Complete Eleventh Season DVD collection". TVShowsOnDVD.com. http://www.tvshowsondvd.com/news/Simpsons-Season-11-Press-Release/10451. Retrieved 2008-09-02. 

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