|The Simpsons (season 24)|
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|Country of origin||United States|
|No. of episodes||22|
|Original release||September 30, 2012 –|
May 19, 2013
An August 2011 article in Advertising Age reported that the average cost of a 30-second advertising spot during a first-run episode of The Simpsons was $286,131—up from $254,260 in season 23. In 2012, The Simpsons was the sixth-most expensive television series in the United States to sponsor. The top five were (in ascending order) American Idol (Thursday), New Girl, Modern Family, American Idol (Wednesday), and NBC Sunday Night Football. A first-run, season 24 episode of The Simpsons was the Fox Broadcasting Company's fourth-most expensive program to sponsor, up from fifth in 2011.
|Title||Directed by||Written by||Original air date||Prod.|
|509||1||"Moonshine River"||Bob Anderson||Tim Long||September 30, 2012||PABF21||8.08|
The Simpsons return to New York City after Bart discovers that, out of all of the female interests he has had, the only one who continued to like him was Cletus Spuckler's daughter, Mary who once helped him save a cow, and now that Mary has moved to the Big Apple to be a writer for Saturday Night Live, Bart wants to see her again.|
Guest star: Ken Burns, Zooey Deschanel, Sarah Michelle Gellar, Anne Hathaway, Maurice LaMarche, Don Pardo, Natalie Portman, Kevin Michael Richardson, Al Roker and Sarah Silverman
|510||2||"Treehouse of Horror XXIII"||Steven Dean Moore||David Mandel & Brian Kelley||October 7, 2012||PABF17||6.57|
A Halloween special:
Guest star: Jon Lovitz
|511||3||"Adventures in Baby-Getting"||Rob Oliver||Bill Odenkirk||November 4, 2012||PABF18||5.65|
Marge gets the car of her dreams until her dreams start including the possibility of a fourth child, since the car only seats five. Meanwhile, Bart and his friends spy on Lisa.|
Guest star: Jeff Gordon
|512||4||"Gone Abie Gone"||Matthew Nastuk||Joel H. Cohen||November 11, 2012||PABF16||6.86|
Homer puts Lisa's college fund into online poker as a way to fight back against big banks, and Lisa must become a player to get her college fund back. Meanwhile, Grampa Simpson mysteriously disappears from the Springfield Retirement Castle, and leaves behind clues to parts of his life that the family never knew before, like the time he was married to a black singer named Rita LaFleur, and when he worked in a restaurant with Marvin Hamlisch.|
Guest star: Jennifer Tilly, Anika Noni Rose and Marvin Hamlisch
|513||5||"Penny-Wiseguys"||Mark Kirkland||Michael Price||November 18, 2012||PABF19||5.06|
Homer is shocked to discover that his bowling teammate Dan Gillick is an accountant for Fat Tony and his mob. Meanwhile, Lisa adds insects to her vegetarian diet after passing out during a saxophone solo from iron deficiency, but immediately quits when the bugs guilt her in her dreams.|
Guest star: Steve Carell, Joe Mantegna and Alex Trebek
|514||6||"A Tree Grows in Springfield"||Timothy Bailey||Stephanie Gillis||November 25, 2012||PABF22||7.46|
Lisa wins a Mapple MyPad for Homer at a school raffle and Homer becomes obsessed with it until he falls and breaks it. Feeling depressed over his life and the loss of his MyPad, Flanders picks up Homer's spirits when he finds the word "Hope" written on The Simpsons' backyard tree in sap and everyone sees it as a miracle.|
Guest star: Kelsey Grammer
|515||7||"The Day the Earth Stood Cool"||Matthew Faughnan||Matt Selman||December 9, 2012||PABF20||7.44|
Homer wants a younger, hipper image, so he starts hanging out with Terrence and Emily, two hipsters from Portland, but Marge and Bart find the couple, their child, and their ilk who take over the unhip town of Springfield to be irritating and pretentious.|
Guest star: Fred Armisen, Carrie Brownstein, Patton Oswalt, and The Decemberists
|516||8||"To Cur with Love"||Steven Dean Moore||Carolyn Omine||December 16, 2012||RABF01||3.77|
|When a fire at the retirement home forces Grampa to move home with the Simpsons, Homer throws out his back on moving day and decides to stay home to recover. While enjoying his time alone, Homer gets distracted by a tablet game called "VillageVille" and loses the family dog, Santa's Little Helper. Once they find him, Homer says he never cares for dogs, except for his childhood dog named Bongo and tells the family how Mr. Burns tried to take him for attacking him.|
|517||9||"Homer Goes to Prep School"||Mark Kirkland||Brian Kelley||January 6, 2013||RABF02||8.97|
After a lockdown at a kids' fun center (caused by a kid chasing after a ball and a negligent worker talking on her cell phone), Homer is traumatized over seeing everyone panic in the chaos, and meets a doomsday prepper who introduces him to some Springfield residents who are preparing for the day when society crumbles from a disaster.|
Guest star: Tom Waits
|518||10||"A Test Before Trying"||Chris Clements||Joel H. Cohen||January 13, 2013||RABF03||5.04|
Springfield Elementary School is in danger of shutting down due to low test scores on the latest standardized test, and Bart may be the school's only hope. Meanwhile, Homer uses a discarded parking meter to rake in some extra money.|
Guest star: Valerie Harper
|519||11||"The Changing of the Guardian"||Bob Anderson||Rob LaZebnik||January 27, 2013||RABF04||5.23|
After surviving a tornado, Marge and Homer seek out guardians for the kids, in case the worst should happen. They first turn to friends and family, including Homer's half-brother, Herb Powell (who inexplicably has gone broke again), with whom to entrust their kids, but when Bart and Lisa fall in love with a super-cool couple, Mav and Portia, Marge starts to question their potential guardians' true motivations.|
Guest star: Danny DeVito and Rashida Jones
|520||12||"Love Is a Many-Splintered Thing"||Michael Polcino||Tim Long||February 10, 2013||RABF07||4.19|
A "special Valentine's-themed outing" in which Bart's heartstrings are pulled once again when Mary Spuckler returns to Springfield, but his failure to pay her enough attention strains their relationship. |
Guest star: Benedict Cumberbatch, Robert Caro, Zooey Deschanel and Max Weinberg
|521||13||"Hardly Kirk-ing"||Matthew Nastuk||Tom Gammill & Max Pross||February 17, 2013||RABF05||4.57|
Bart gives Milhouse a haircut to get the epoxy out of his hair, and ends up making Milhouse look like his loser father, Kirk. Meanwhile, Marge tries to wean Maggie off a series of DVDs for toddlers that were pulled for stunting children's developmental growth, and Homer gets addicted to "find the hidden object" puzzle books. |
Guest star: Kevin Michael Richardson
|522||14||"Gorgeous Grampa"||Chuck Sheetz||Matt Selman||March 3, 2013||RABF06||4.66|
|Homer buys a storage locker after watching a reality show, only to discover that it is Grampa's, from the days when he was Glamorous Godfrey, the most hated wrestler in the business.|
|523||15||"Black Eyed, Please"||Matthew Schofield||John Frink||March 10, 2013||RABF09||4.85|
A new substitute teacher named Miss Cantwell is hired while Miss Hoover is out with severe depression, and Lisa must figure out why Miss Cantwell hates her. Meanwhile, Flanders tries to atone for punching Homer in the eye after Flanders' parents take a liking to him instead of their own son.|
Guest star: Richard Dawkins and Tina Fey
|524||16||"Dark Knight Court"||Mark Kirkland||Billy Kimball & Ian Maxtone-Graham||March 17, 2013||RABF10||4.89|
Lisa must defend Bart after he is accused of pulling an Easter prank on the school marching band. Meanwhile, Mr. Burns fulfills his dream of becoming a superhero, and Smithers pays the townspeople to be supervillains.|
Guest star: Janet Reno
|525||17||"What Animated Women Want"||Steven Dean Moore||J. Stewart Burns||April 14, 2013||RABF08||4.11|
Homer takes a page from 50 Shades of Grey and decides that a sadomasochistic relationship with Marge is the way to go. Meanwhile, Milhouse uses Marlon Brando's ghost to get advice on how to impress Lisa.|
Guest star: Wanda Sykes and George Takei
|526||18||"Pulpit Friction"||Chris Clements||Bill Odenkirk||April 28, 2013||RABF11||4.54|
Reverend Lovejoy leaves his pulpit after a charismatic new minister usurps him and finds a new job as a hot tub salesman, while Homer's newfound devotion and work as a deacon starts to annoy Bart.|
Guest star: Edward Norton
|527||19||"Whiskey Business"||Matthew Nastuk||Valentina L. Garza||May 5, 2013||RABF13||4.43|
Homer and Marge help a suicidal Moe get a new lease on life and Moe's homemade alcohol pings the radar of venture capitalists. Elsewhere, Grandpa gets hurt at home and finds Bart takes better care of him than the nursing home staff does, and Lisa complains about the "exploitation" of her dead jazz mentor Bleeding Gums Murphy after he 'performs' at a concert as a projected image.|
Guest star: Tony Bennett, Kevin Michael Richardson, Sonny Rollins and Ron Taylor
|528||20||"The Fabulous Faker Boy"||Bob Anderson||Brian McConnachie||May 12, 2013||RABF12||4.16|
Bart's interest in piano lessons surges when he sees the instructor is a beautiful young woman, while Homer tries to keep Marge from finding out he has lost the final two original hairs on his head, and Marge helps a Russian man pass his driver's test.|
Guest star: Justin Bieber, Bill Hader, Jane Krakowski and Patrick Stewart
|529||21||"The Saga of Carl"||Chuck Sheetz||Eric Kaplan||May 19, 2013||RABF14||4.01|
Homer, Moe, Lenny and Carl team up to buy a winning lottery ticket, but when Carl absconds with the winnings and heads to his homeland of Iceland, Homer, Lenny, and Moe set out to get him and the money back.|
Guest star: Sigur Rós
|530||22||"Dangers on a Train"||Steven Dean Moore||Michael Price||May 19, 2013||RABF17||4.52|
Marge stumbles upon a website for married women to arrange affairs (after mistaking it for a cupcake delivery website) and meets a man named Ben, who falls for Marge after the two bond over a Downton Abbey-esque period drama. Meanwhile, Homer takes home a steam train that used to belong to Springfield's high-end, outside mall and recruits Reverend Lovejoy, Moe, Lenny, Carl, and Larry the Lush to fix it for his wedding anniversary.|
Guest star: Lisa Lampanelli and Seth MacFarlane
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