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The Simpsons Season 21
Series The Simpsons
Country of origin USA
Network Fox
Original run September 27, 2009[1] May 23, 2010[2]
Previous season 20
Next season 22

The Simpsons' twenty-first season began airing on Fox starting on September 27, 2009.[1][3] The season established The Simpsons as the longest-running American primetime television series, replacing Gunsmoke for that distinction.[4]

Contents

Production

The season features 8 holdovers from Season 20 (LABF) production line. John Frink was promoted to 'Executive Producer' this season.

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20th anniversary

In 2009, to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the premiere of The Simpsons, Fox announced earlier in the year that a year-long celebration of the show titled "Best. 20 Years. Ever." would run from January 14, 2009 to January 14, 2010.[5] As part of the celebration, documentary filmmaker Morgan Spurlock directed and produced The Simpsons 20th Anniversary Special - In 3-D! On Ice!, a documentary special that examined the "cultural phenomenon of The Simpsons". It aired on January 10, 2010 on Fox.[6][7] Production began at Comic-Con 2009. It included interviews with the cast and fans of the show. Despite the title, Spurlock says the special "most likely will not be in 3-D nor on ice."[8] For the week of November 9, several Fox shows (including House, Lie to Me, Bones and Fringe) featured clues and homages to the show as part of an "on-air scavenger hunt". Viewers who spot the clues can win prizes at Fox.com.[9] Marge also appeared on the cover of the November issue of Playboy.[10]

The milestone was also celebrated in the United Kingdom with three special programmes. The twenty-minute programmes, which are entitled The Simpsons: Access All Areas, Simpsons...Mischief and Mayhem and Simpsons...Celebrity Friends, aired on Sky1 and Sky1 HD on three separate evenings from 11 January to 13 January. They were followed by the UK premiere of the first episode from Season 21, "Homer the Whopper".[11][12]

Episodes

# Original title Directed by Written by Original airdate Prod. code
442 - 1 "Homer the Whopper" Lance Kramer Seth Rogen
Evan Goldberg
September 27, 2009 LABF13
Comic Book Guy creates a new superhero called Everyman who takes powers from other superheroes. Homer is cast as the lead in the film adaptation. To get Homer into shape, the movie studio hires a celebrity fitness trainer, Lyle McCarthy to help him. Homer gets into great shape but Homer's life falls apart when his fitness trainer quits and the movie bombs at the box office.
Guest stars: Seth Rogen, Matt Groening and Kevin Michael Richardson 
443 - 2 "Bart Gets a 'Z'" Mark Kirkland Matt Selman October 4, 2009 LABF15[13]
Mrs. Krabappel is fired for drinking alcohol on the job (thanks to kids in her class spiking her coffee as revenge for confiscating their cell phones) and replaced with a hip, young teacher named Zachary Vaughn. 
444 - 3 "The Great Wife Hope" Matthew Faughnan Carolyn Omine October 11, 2009 LABF16[14]
When the men and boys of Springfield become obsessed with Ultimate Fighting, Marge leads a protest against it when she catches Bart fighting in school — and ends up fighting the head of the Ultimate Fighting syndicate in order to have it banned.
Guest star: Chuck Liddell 
445 - 4 "Treehouse of Horror XX" Mike B. Anderson
Matthew Schofield
Daniel Chun October 18, 2009 LABF14

Dial M for Murder or Press "#" to Return to Main Menu - In this homage to Alfred Hitchcock's supense/murder mysteries, Lisa teams up with Bart to get revenge on their teachers after Ms. Hoover sends Lisa to detention, but the plan goes awry when Bart kills Ms. Hoover and wants Lisa to murder Mrs. Krabappel.

Don't Have a Cow, Mankind - In this send-up of such zombie/apocalypse horror films as 28 Days Later and Children of Men, Krusty the Clown introduces a new hamburger that zombifies the entire town -- except for Bart, whose natural immunity to the burger becomes the key to stopping the zombie attacks.

There's No Business Like Moe Business - In this Sweeney Todd-esque musical, Moe creates a new beer that becomes a sensation — thanks to Homer being impaled on the microbrew machine and bleeding into the beer supply. 
446 - 5 "The Devil Wears Nada" Nancy Kruse Tim Long November 15, 2009 LABF17
Marge becomes a sex symbol after pin-up pictures of her appear on a calendar, which embarrasses Bart and stirs lust in every man in Springfield -- including Ned Flanders. Meanwhile, Carl Carlson is chosen as the Springfield Nuclear Plant's newest supervisor, and Homer gets hired as Carl's assistant.[15] 
447 - 6 "Pranks and Greens" Chuck Sheetz Jeff Westbrook November 22, 2009 LABF18
Bart tracks down an immature man named Andy Hamilton who was once hailed Springfield Elementary's best prankster. Meanwhile, Marge is chastised by the other mothers in her social circle for not serving healthy snacks.[15]
Guest star: Jonah Hill 
448 - 7 "Rednecks and Broomsticks" Bob Anderson
Rob Oliver
Kevin Curran November 29, 2009 LABF19
Lisa befriends three practicing Wiccans and must save them from being persecuted for their beliefs. Meanwhile, Homer starts hanging out with Cletus the Slack-Jawed Yokel after discovering that Cletus and his friends make moonshine.
Guest star: Neve Campbell[16] 
449 - 8 "O Brother, Where Bart Thou?" Steven Dean Moore Matt Selman December 13, 2009 MABF01
Jealous of Lisa and Maggie's sisterly bond, Bart goes looking for a surrogate baby brother to call his own.[17]
Guest stars: Eli Manning, Peyton Manning, Cooper Manning, Kim Cattrall, Jordan Nagai, Huell Howser and the Smothers Brothers[18] 
450 - 9 "Thursdays with Abie" Michael Polcino Mitchell H. Glazer & Don Payne January 3, 2010 MABF02
Grampa meets a human interest journalist who writes and publishes Grampa's life stories -- and plots to kill Grampa for a Pulitzer. Meanwhile, Bart cares for a stuffed lamb as part of a class project.
Guest star: Mitch Albom[19] 
451 - 10 "Once Upon a Time in Springfield" Matthew Nastuk Stephanie Gillis January 10, 2010[22] LABF20[23]
The Krusty the Clown Show is once again reconstructed. This time, in a bid to get girls to watch the show, a princess character named Penelope is hired as Krusty's latest sidekick. Meanwhile, a corporate recruiter persuades Homer, Lenny, and Carl to work for a nuclear plant in Capital City, after Mr. Burns announces a moratorium on free doughnuts.
Guest stars: Anne Hathaway, Gary Larson, Jackie Mason,[20] and Eartha Kitt.[21] 
452 - 11 "Million Dollar Maybe" Chris Clements Bill Odenkirk January 31, 2010[24] MABF03[25]
Homer wins the lottery, but worries when he realizes that he ditched Marge at a wedding to get the winning ticket. To cover his tracks, Homer begins spending his windfall on anonymous gifts for the family, one of which is hiring alternative rock band Coldplay to perform for Bart. Meanwhile, Lisa buys a Funtendo Zii for Grampa and his friends at the old folks' home, and the winning entry for The Simpsons' create-a-character contest makes a brief cameo.
Guest stars: Chris Martin[21] 
453 - 12 "Boy Meets Curl" Chuck Sheetz Rob LaZebnik February 14, 2010[26] MABF05[27]
The Simpsons head to the 2010 Winter Olympics where Marge and Homer compete as part of a mixed curling team and Lisa becomes addicted to collecting Olympic pins.
Guest stars: Bob Costas 
454 - 13 "The Color Yellow" Raymond S. Persi Billy Kimball
Ian Maxtone-Graham
February 21, 2010[26] MABF06[28]
While going through her family history for a school project, Lisa discovers that her Southern ancestors helped a black slave named Virgil escape to freedom.
Guest star: Wren T. Brown 
455 - 14 "Postcards from the Wedge" Mark Kirkland Brian Kelley March 14, 2010[29] MABF04[30]
Once again, Homer and Marge try to discipline Bart after Mrs. Krabappel tells them that Bart has not been doing his homework, but Bart has a plan to manipulate Homer's strictness and Marge's sympathetic ear. 
456 - 15 "Stealing First Base" TBA TBA March 21, 2010[29] MABF07[33]
When a second fourth grade class comes in to Mrs. Krabappel's class, Bart falls for a girl named Nikki, who kisses him, then treats him like dirt. Meanwhile, First Lady Michelle Obama teaches Lisa that there is no shame in being an overachieving girl.
Guest stars: Sarah Silverman and Angela Bassett[31][32][21] 
457 - 16 "The Greatest Story Ever D'ohed" TBA TBA March 28, 2010 MABF10
Ned Flanders becomes frustrated with Homer and invites the Simpson family to join him a church retreat to Jerusalem. Homer is unappreciative of the culture, until a tour guide starts taking him around the city and Homer deludes himself into thinking he is the Messiah.[34]
Guest star: Sacha Baron Cohen
458 - 17 "American History X-cellent" TBA TBA April 11, 2010[29] MABF08[36]
Burns goes to jail after stolen paintings are found in his possession. Smithers takes over the plant and everyone takes advantage of his kindness until he starts acting more like Burns. So Homer and the gang attempt to bust Burns out.[35] 

Known titles

  • LAB04 - "Old King Clancy"[37]
  • "To Surveil With Love"[38]
  • "The Bob Next Door"[39]
  • "The Squirt and the Whale"[40]
  • "Moe Letter Blues"[41]
  • MABF15 - "Judge Me Tender[42]
  • MABF18 - "Moneybart"[43]
  • MABF19 - "Donnie Fatso"[44]
  • "Camp Flanders"[45]

Known plots and guest stars

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