The Simpsons (season 32)
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|Country of origin||United States|
|No. of episodes||14|
|Original release||September 27, 2020 –|
The thirty-second season of the American animated television series The Simpsons premiered on Fox on September 27, 2020. and is scheduled to end on May 23, 2021. This season contains twenty-two episodes. On February 6, 2019, the season was ordered along with the previous season.
The season was produced during the COVID-19 pandemic, which impacted many other television productions, but left animated production largely unaffected. Executive producer James L. Brooks encouraged the staff to begin working from their homes in early March 2020, before California's stay-at-home order was declared. In an interview with The Hollywood Reporter in late March 2020, showrunner Al Jean stated, "Production hasn't skipped a day or lost a beat." At that point seven episodes for the season, including the Treehouse of Horror episode, were already completed, and they had started reading the other twenty-two. Jean also stated that "we're a little ahead of where we usually are." The series had a panel at the 2020 San Diego Comic-Con, which was marketed as "Comic-Con@Home", to promote the season, with Jean, Matt Selman, David Silverman, Carolyn Omine, and Mike B. Anderson on the panel, with series regular Yeardley Smith serving as moderator.
On June 26, 2020, it was stated that "Moving forward, The Simpsons will no longer have white actors voice non-white characters." This follows Mike Henry stating that he will no longer voice the African-American character Cleveland Brown on fellow Fox animated series Family Guy, and Jenny Slate and Kristen Bell's announcement that they will no longer voice mixed-race characters on Big Mouth and Central Park, respectively, in the wake of the George Floyd protests. It also follows series regular Hank Azaria's January 2020 announcement that he will no longer voice the Indian character Apu Nahasapeemapetilon on The Simpsons. Series regular Harry Shearer was not fully in agreement with the decision, stating that "the job of the actor is to play someone who they're not". On September 24, 2020 due to the George Floyd protests, it was announced that Alex Désert would voice Carl Carlson in the first episode of the season, taking over from Azaria who voiced the character since the first season. On October 11, 2020, Jean announced that Eric Lopez would begin voicing Bumblebee Man in the episode "Now Museum, Now You Don't" instead of Azaria, who had provided the voice of the character since his introduction in season four. On December 10, 2020, the official logline on FOXFLASH for the episode "The Dad-Feelings Limited" revealed that Kumiko would be voiced by Jenny Yokobori instead of Tress MacNeille, who had voiced the character since her introduction in the season twenty-five episode "Married to the Blob." On February 22, 2021, it was announced that beginning with "Wad Goals", voice actor Kevin Michael Richardson, who joined the show since Season 21, would replace Harry Shearer as Dr. Hibbert.
The season premiered on September 27, 2020. The season will air Sundays during the 2020–21 television season as part of Fox's Animation Domination programming block, along with Bless the Harts, Bob's Burgers, and Family Guy. One day after an episode airs on Fox, it will also be made available on Hulu.
|Title||Directed by||Written by||Original air date ||Prod.|
|685||1||"Undercover Burns"||Bob Anderson||David Cryan||September 27, 2020||ZABF19||4.44|
Mr. Burns discovers that his employees do not like him very much, because of his pompous ways. Smithers decides to helps a distraught Mr. Burns go undercover as a man named Fred Kranepool. Initially determined to punish disloyal employees, the plant employees grow to like "Fred", causing Mr. Burns to want to adopt that personality permanently. Smithers is forced to expose his boss, causing Mr. Burns to revert to his former tyrannical personality.Guest stars: David Harbour as Mr. Burns' undercover persona Fred Kranepool and Phil Rosenthal as himself
|686||2||"I, Carumbus"||Rob Oliver||Cesar Mazariegos||October 4, 2020||ZABF18||1.51|
While the Simpson family visit a museum exhibit on Ancient Rome, Marge chastises a bored Homer for his lack of ambition when he admits to shirking chances for promotion. The curator overhears the squabble and begins to relay the tale of Obeseus the Wide (Homer), a gladiator who went on to become a powerful Roman senator, only to be usurped by his own son (Bart).Guest star: Joe Mantegna as Gordus Antonius (Fat Tony) and Michael Palin as the Curator
|687||3||"Now Museum, Now You Don't"||Timothy Bailey||Dan Greaney||October 11, 2020||ZABF21||1.36|
While sick, Lisa reads a book about Western art, and imagines her family as famous painters.
|688||4||"Treehouse of Horror XXXI"||Steven Dean Moore||Julia Prescott||November 1, 2020[a]||ZABF17||4.93|
Guest star: Ben Mankiewicz as himself
|689||5||"The 7 Beer Itch"||Michael Polcino||Teleplay by : Joel H. Cohen & John Frink|
Story by : Al Jean
|November 8, 2020||ZABF15||1.74|
A beautiful English woman named Lily comes to Springfield and becomes enamored with Homer as the rest of the family vacations in New England.Guest stars: Olivia Colman as Lily, Robin Atkin Downes and Brian George as Various Englishmen
|690||6||"Podcast News"||Matthew Faughnan||David X. Cohen||November 15, 2020||ZABF22||3.50|
When Marge and Lisa get addicted to true-crime podcasts, they feel like the experts when Grampa is accused of murdering his new girlfriend, Vivienne. At the same time, Kent Brockman makes a podcast of his own about the occurrence entitled "Guilty Grampa".Alex Trebek who previously guest starred as himself in the episodes "Miracle on Evergreen Terrace" and "Penny-Wiseguys." Regular cast member Yeardley Smith also appears in a cameo as herself (the host of the podcast Small Town Dicks)
|691||7||"Three Dreams Denied"||Steven Dean Moore||Danielle Weisberg||November 22, 2020||QABF02||4.41|
Comic Book Guy attends the Comicalooza convention, planning to present the ultimate audience question with hopes he will be hired by Marvel Comics. Meanwhile, Lisa develops a crush on a new kid named Blake who also plays the saxophone but isn't what he seems. Bart is hired as a voice-over actor for a new cartoon show, only to become embarrassed by the role where he has been cast as a princess.Guest stars: Dawnn Lewis as Stewardess, Ben Platt as Blake and Paul Rudd as himself
|692||8||"The Road to Cincinnati"||Matthew Nastuk||Jeff Westbrook||November 29, 2020||ZABF20||1.63|
When Superintendent Chalmers is selected to give the keynote speech at an administrator's convention in Cincinnati, Principal Skinner takes some advice from Bart and replaces favored Principal Finch as his superior's plus-one, hoping he can get to know Chalmers better during their 800-mile journey to get there.Guest stars: Jason Bateman as himself and Hannibal Buress as Principal Finch
|693||9||"Sorry Not Sorry"||Rob Oliver||Nell Scovell||December 6, 2020||QABF01||1.66|
When Lisa's "Who Inspires You?" project results in the same B- grade as every other student in her class, she becomes angered with Miss Hoover and calls her a hack. When Lisa refuses to apologize she is sent to detention. When her stubbornness only makes matters worse, she is encouraged to try and understand things from her teacher's point of view.Guest stars: Christine Nangle as Ms. Timberwood, Ariana Piknjac and Ella Piknjac performing the end titles theme
|694||10||"A Springfield Summer Christmas for Christmas"||Timothy Bailey||Jessica Conrad||December 13, 2020||QABF03||3.92|
Aspiring Heartmark Channel film producer Mary Tannenbaum is sent to Springfield to help sort out problems with a Christmas movie being filmed there during Summer. Mary stays with the Simpsons where Heartmark fan Marge assertively tries to befriend her, Homer tries to profit from the film, Lisa follows Mary with her own camera to film a behind-the-scenes documentary and Bart becomes bitter when he has to give up his room for film crew. Meanwhile, Mary forms an odd rapport with Seymour Skinner after the two make a deal so that her film doesn't interfere with his Lettuce and Tomato Festival.Guest stars: Ellie Kemper as Mary Tannenbaum, Richard Kind as the director, and Chris Parnell as Mary Tannenbaum's fiancé
|695||11||"The Dad-Feelings Limited"||Chris Clements||Ryan Koh||January 3, 2021||QABF04||1.89|
Homer and Marge team up with Comic Book Guy and his wife Kumiko to win a trivia contest. After spending time with Maggie, Kumiko decides she wants to have a baby, only for her husband to disagree. But just as Comic Book Guy begins to come around on the matter, the pressure to offer emotional support to a distressed Bart and Lisa sees him fleeing his wife and problems back to his family home.Guest stars: Dan Aykroyd as Postage Stamp Fellow, Bob Balaban as the narrator, and Jenny Yokobori as Kumiko Albertson
|696||12||"Diary Queen"||Matthew Nastuk||Jeff Westbrook||February 21, 2021||QABF05||1.43|
Bart and Milhouse discover Mrs. Krabappel's old diary after buying a bunch of books at Ned Flanders's yard sale to attempt a stunt. Discovering a page where Krabappel had written her success of fixing Bart's school life after classes, Bart is suddenly convinced that he's the most improved student. With the help of Maggie, Lisa finds the diary at the treehouse and discovers that Mrs. Krabappel was actually referring to her cat, but only reveals this to Bart after he decides to enter the school's spelling bee. Later in the treehouse, Ned tells Bart that Mrs. Krabappel surely still thought fondly of him, and a thankful Bart returns the diary to him.Guest stars: Marcia Wallace as Edna Krabappel (archive recordings) and Joe Mantegna as Fat Tony
|697||13||"Wad Goals"||Mike Frank Polcino||Brian Kelley||February 28, 2021||QABF06||1.24|
After being told of an golf course in Springfield where golfers pay their caddies very handsomely, Bart signs up for the job, but Marge goes to great limits to encourage Bart to quit after worrying about his personality and future. After Marge accidentally causes the sport to become a religion, Bart is finally convinced to leave his job and attempts to destroy the golf course.Guest star: Stephen Root as Bildorf
|698||14||"Yokel Hero"||Rob Oliver||Jeff Martin & Samantha Martin||March 7, 2021||QABF07||TBD|
|699||15||"Do PizzaBots Dream of Electric Guitars?"||Jennifer Moeller||Michael Price||March 14, 2021||QABF08||TBD|
|Guest star: J. J. Abrams as himself|
|700||16||"Manger Things"||Steven Dean Moore||Rob LaZebnik||March 21, 2021||QABF09||TBD|
|701||17||"Uncut Femmes"||Chris Clements||Christine Nangle||March 28, 2021||QABF10||TBD|
|Guest stars: Nick Offerman as Captain Bowditch and Megan Mullally as Sarah Wiggum|
|702||18||"Burger Kings"||Lance Kramer||Rob LaZebnik||April 11, 2021||QABF11||TBD|
|703||19||"Panic in the Streets of Springfield"||Matthew Nastuk||Tim Long||April 18, 2021||QABF12||TBD|
|Guest star: Benedict Cumberbatch as the Morrissey-type character|
|TBA||TBA||"Mother and Child Reunion"||Jennifer Moeller||J. Stewart Burns||May 9, 2021||QABF14||TBD|
|Guest star: Werner Herzog|
- This episode was originally scheduled to air on October 18, 2020, but was preempted by game seven of the 2020 National League Championship Series. However, the episode was screened on October 14, 2020, at "Paley Front Row: Simpsons Treehouse of Horror," a panel discussion hosted by Decider, Paley Center for Media, and Fox. Citytv in Canada aired the episode on its originally intended air date.
|1||"Undercover Burns"||September 27, 2020||1.7||4.44||0.2||0.35||1.9||4.80|
|2||"I, Carumbus"||October 4, 2020||0.5||1.51||0.1||0.29||0.6||1.80|
|3||"Now Museum, Now You Don't"||October 11, 2020||0.5||1.36||N/A||N/A||N/A||N/A|
|4||"Treehouse of Horror XXXI"||November 1, 2020||1.7||4.93||0.3||0.54||2.0||5.48|
|5||"The 7 Beer Itch"||November 8, 2020||0.7||1.74||0.1||0.31||0.8||2.05|
|6||"Podcast News"||November 15, 2020||1.3||3.50||0.1||0.35||1.4||3.86|
|7||"Three Dreams Denied"||November 22, 2020||1.5||4.41||TBD||TBD||TBD||TBD|
|8||"The Road to Cincinnati"||November 29, 2020||0.6||1.63||TBD||TBD||TBD||TBD|
|9||"Sorry Not Sorry"||December 6, 2020||0.6||1.66||TBD||TBD||TBD||TBD|
|10||"A Springfield Summer Christmas for Christmas"||December 13, 2020||1.3||3.92||TBD||TBD||TBD||TBD|
|11||"The Dad-Feelings Limited"||January 3, 2021||0.6||1.89||TBD||TBD||TBD||TBD|
|12||"Diary Queen"||February 21, 2021||0.5||1.43||TBD||TBD||TBD||TBD|
|13||"Wad Goals"||February 28, 2021||0.4||1.24||TBD||TBD||TBD||TBD|
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- Mother and Child Reunion Guest Star
- Mother and Child Reunion
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