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The Simpsons - Season 21

Season 21 is the twenty-first season of The Simpsons. Because of this season, The Simpsons pulled ahead of "Gunsmoke" as the longest running American primetime television series. It aired on September 27, 2009 and ended on May 23, 2010.

The Simpsons - Season 21

The twenty-first season of the American animated television series The Simpsons aired on Fox from September 27, 2009, to May 23, 2010. It was the first of two seasons that the show was renewed for by Fox,[1][2][3] and also the first season of the show to air entirely in high definition.

The milestone was also celebrated in the United Kingdom with three special programmes, all twenty minutes long and entitled The Simpsons: Access All Areas, Simpsons...Mischief and Mayhem and Simpsons...Celebrity Friends respectively. They aired on Sky1 and Sky1 HD on three separate evenings from January 11 to 13, 2010. They were followed by the UK premiere of season 21's first episode, "Homer the Whopper".[11][12]

Robert Canning of IGN gave the season an 8.3 (improving 0.4 from the previous season) saying that it was "Impressive". He criticized the opening part of the season (other than "Homer the Whopper" and "Treehouse of Horror XX"), but praised almost every episode after "Once Upon a Time in Springfield", and considered "The Squirt and the Whale" and "The Bob Next Door" to be the season's best episodes. He also stated "the improved consistency of memorable episodes this season over years past proved that, even after 20 years, The Simpsons can still entertain".[13]

TV Fanatic called the season "great" while reviewing "Judge Me Tender",[14] while Emily VanDerWerff of The A.V. Club, while reviewing the same episode, stated "I think it's picked back up in the last few seasons and particularly in this season, which has had a lot of fun episodes in it."[15]

In the seasonal Nielsen ratings in the 18-49 demographic, the season ranked joint 33rd with a 3.4/9 average. It also ranked 61st in the seasonal total viewers with an average of 7.208 million viewers.[20]

The most viewed and highest rated episode of the season was "Once Upon a Time in Springfield", watched by an estimated 14.62 million households and with a Nielsen rating of 6.9/17 in the 18-49 demographic.[21] The following episode, "Million Dollar Maybe", was the least viewed and lowest rated, watched by an estimated 5.110 million households and receiving a Nielsen rating of 2.4/6 in the 18-49 demographic, although this was largely down to the fact that it aired against the 2010 Grammy Awards on CBS and the 2010 Pro Bowl on ESPN.[22]

The season received mainly positive reviews from critics, with the most praised episodes being "The Squirt and the Whale", "To Surveil with Love" and "The Bob Next Door". Some episodes made the series receive many award nominations, winning two: an Emmy Award for Anne Hathaway for her voicing of Princess Penelope in "Once Upon a Time in Springfield" and an Annie Award for "Treehouse of Horror XX".

The Simpsons is an American animated sitcom created by Matt Groening for the Fox Broadcasting Company. It is a satirical depiction of a dysfunctional middle-class American lifestyle starring the eponymous family: Homer, Marge, Bart, Lisa, and Maggie. Set in the town of Springfield, the show lampoons both American culture and the human condition.[1] The family was conceived by Groening shortly before a pitch for a series of animated shorts with producer James L. Brooks. Groening named each character (other than Bart an anagram for brat) after members of his own family. The shorts became part of the Fox series The Tracey Ullman Show on April 19, 1987.[1][2] After a three-season run, the sketch was developed into a half-hour prime-time hit show.[3]

Episodes of The Simpsons have won dozens of awards, including 31 Emmys (ten for Outstanding Animated Program), 30 Annies, and a Peabody.[6] The Simpsons Movie, a feature-length film, was released in theaters worldwide on July 26 and 27, 2007 and grossed US$526.2 million worldwide.[7] The first twenty seasons are available on DVD in regions 1, 2, and 4, with the twentieth season released on both DVD and Blu-ray in 2010 to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the series. On April 8, 2015, showrunner Al Jean announced that there would be no more DVD or Blu-ray releases, shifting focus to digital distribution,[8] although this was later reversed on July 22, 2017.[9] Almost two years later, on July 20, 2019, it was announced that Season 19 would be released on December 3, 2019, on DVD.[10]

On January 26, 2023, The Simpsons was renewed for seasons 35 and 36.[11] On February 19, 2012, The Simpsons reached its 500th episode in the twenty-third season.[12] It reached its 600th episode on October 16, 2016, in its twenty-eighth season. On March 21, 2021, The Simpsons reached its 700th episode[13] in its thirty-second season.

Nothing lasts forever - maybe except The Simpsons. The popular animated show has been on the air for over 30 years now, and it has more than 30 seasons. It continues to captivate the audience and people all over the world watch it. The Simpson family and everybody else in Springfield is simply iconic!

However, some people argue that the latest seasons aren't as good as the older ones. That's mostly a question of everybody's personal preferences. Just like any show, The Simpsons have both excellent, average, and bad episodes. Each season of the show contains episodes that got high ratings on IMDb and fans liked them.

This episode brings into focus Bart's previous creative work Angry Dad inspired by his real experiences with Homer. The Angry Dad character gets his own movie but when it becomes successful and starts winning awards, Homer wants success all for himself. Naturally, Bart isn't happy about it and conflict arises. The episode is one of the funniest ones of this season and it guest-stars multiple known actors, such as Ricky Gervais, Halle Berry, Nick Park, or Russell Brand.

The Simpsons mostly stay down to Earth but it sometimes works with supernatural plots as well, and not just in the special Halloween episodes. In Flanders' Ladder, lightning strikes Bart, he falls into a coma and starts seeing ghosts. The show doesn't often deal with what happens to a person who's in a coma so the episode's plot feels like a breath of fresh air. As a result, it works as a good season finale since it's the last episode of the 29th season.

This episode is the only one in the thirtieth season with a rating of 7 or higher. This might prove what some people believe - that the show isn't as good as it once was. Either way, Baby You Can't Drive My Car works. It tells the story of what happens when a self-driving car company arrives in Springfield and it steals all the employees from Mr. Burns' nuclear power plant. The story raises an interesting point in regards to collecting personal data and is both enjoyable and worth thinking about.

For fans of the series, it can now be streamed exclusively on Disney+, although eagle-eyed fans have spotted an issue. The episodes have been converted from their original 4:3 ratio into 16:9, which is now considered standard. Unfortunately, this hasn't been a great move, with the conversion meaning parts of the action are missing. Disney have pledged to fix this by making the first 19 seasons available in their original format, although fans will need to wait until next year.

Season 21's two-hour closer averaged 9.3 million viewers and a 2.6 in the adults 18-to-49 demographic to tie last season as the show's lowest-rated finale. Lead-out The Mentalist (7.9 million, 1.6) was down 11 percent. 041b061a72


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