The Simpsons (season 31)

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The Simpsons
Country of originUnited States
No. of episodes18
Release
Original networkFox
Original releaseSeptember 29, 2019 (2019-09-29) –
May 17, 2020 (2020-05-17)
Season chronology
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List of The Simpsons episodes

The 31st season of The Simpsons first started showing on television on September 29, 2019 with the episode "The Winter of Our Monetized Content". It was first announced on February 6, 2019.[1] It is the last season to show Russi Taylor because she died on July 26, 2019. She had been with the show since the first season and voices characters like Martin Prince, Sherri and Terri, and Üter Zörker. The episode "Thanksgiving of Horror" is the last episode to have her voice in it.

The episodes and writers "Go Big or Go Homer" (John Frink), "Livin' La Pura Vida" (Brian Kelley), and "Thanksgiving of Horror" (Dan Vebber) were nominated for Outstanding Writing in Animation for the 72nd Writers Guild of America Awards.[2] On February 1, 2020, Dan Vebber and the episode "Thanksgiving of Horror" won.[3]

Episodes[change | change source]

No.
overall
No. in
season
Title [4]Directed byWritten byOriginal air date [4]Prod.
code
U.S. viewers
(millions)
6631"The Winter of Our Monetized Content"Bob AndersonRyan KohSeptember 29, 2019 (2019-09-29)YABF192.33[5]
Homer and Bart become viral video stars. While this happens, Lisa goes against her elementary school's detention rules.
6642"Go Big or Go Homer"Matthew FaughnanJohn FrinkOctober 6, 2019 (2019-10-06)YABF215.63[6]
Homer gets a protégé to start a abusiness, but they get into trouble with a mafia.
6653"The Fat Blue Line"Michael PolcinoBill OdenkirkOctober 13, 2019 (2019-10-13)YABF222.13[7]
Chief Wiggum must find a sneaky guy who stole a ring, in order to save a man and his job.
6664"Treehouse of Horror XXX"Timothy BaileyJ. Stewart BurnsOctober 20, 2019 (2019-10-20)YABF185.42[8]
In the 30th Treehouse of Horror episode, Milhouse goes missing, Homer dies and goes into different bodies, and Selma gets in love with an alien living in The Springfield Power Plant.
6675"Gorillas on the Mast"Matthew NastukMax CohnNovember 3, 2019 (2019-11-03)YABF202.02[9]
Lisa gets Bart to free a killer whale back to the wild, which makes Bart want to free more dangerous animals. While this happens, Homer buys a boat and tries to get others to own the boat as well.
6686"Marge the Lumberjill"Rob OliverRyan KohNovember 10, 2019 (2019-11-10)ZABF025.00[10]
Marge starts chopping trees after Lisa makes a play that shows Marge as a boring mother. Homer gets worried that he will lose Marge when her friend Paula shows signs of a relationship.
6697"Livin La Pura Vida"Timothy BaileyBrian KelleyNovember 17, 2019 (2019-11-17)ZABF032.08[11]
The Simpson family gets invited to a vaction to Costa Rica and Marge wants a perfect vacation photo. Lisa gets worried that the vacation costs too much money, and Homer becomes friends with Patty's new girlfriend, Evelyn.
6708"Thanksgiving of Horror"Rob OliverDan VebberNovember 24, 2019 (2019-11-24)YABF175.42[12]
A Thanksgiving version of Treehouse of Horror that looks at the past, present, and the future. Turkey versions of The Simpsons characters are chopped up by pilgrims during the First Thanksgiving, Homer buys a robot based on Marge that shows more than the real one, and Bart dangers a space mission when he tries to clone cranberry sauce.
6719"Todd, Todd, Why Hast Thou Forsaken Me?"Chris ClementsTim Long and Miranda ThompsonDecember 1, 2019 (2019-12-01)ZABF041.99[13]
Ned Flanders shows his son Todd old videos and learns that his son does not remember his dead mother's face. Todd starts to think that God is not real because he did not save his mother. Ned gets angry and sends him to live with the Simpsons to try and scare him to believe in God again.
67210"Bobby, It's Cold Outside"Steven Dean MoreJohn Frink and Jeff WestbrookDecember 15, 2019 (2019-12-15)ZABF014.97[14]
Sideshow Bob gets a job as Santa Claus at an amusement park at the same time parcels are being stolen from houses. Bart becomes suspicious of Sideshow Bob.
67311"Hail to the Teeth"Mark KirklandElisabeth Kiernan AverickJanuary 5, 2020 (2020-01-05)ZABF051.81[15]
Artie Ziff invites Homer and Marge to his wedding and find that the bride is a robot of Marge. While this happens, Lisa gets a set of braces which make her smile more often. This gets her popularity in her class.
67412"The Miseducation of Lisa Simpson"Matthew NastukJ. Stewart BurnsFebruary 16, 2020 (2020-02-16)ZABF061.95[16]
Marge gets the town to use treasure to build a STEM school. However, Lisa and Homer run into trouble with the school and its computer algorithm.
67513"Frinkcoin"Steven Dean MooreRob LaZebnikFebruary 23, 2020 (2020-02-23)ZABF071.84[17]
Lisa wants to write an essay on Professor Frink right as he makes a new cryptocurrency. This makes him the richest man in Springfield. Mr. Burns plots against Frink in order to become the richest man in Springfield again, while Frink learns who he is really friends with.
67614"Bart the Bad Guy"Jennifer MoellerDan VebberMarch 1, 2020 (2020-03-01)ZABF081.66[18]
Bart sees a new superhero movie a month before it is supposed to be released. He uses this to scare fans of the movie. Two executive producers of the movie try to stop Bart from sharing any more information about the movie.
67715"Screenless"Michael PolcinoJ. Stewart BurnsMarch 8, 2020 (2020-03-08)ZABF091.63[19]
Marge gets the family to use devices less, but she finds out that she is the addicted one.
67816"Better Off Ned"Rob OliverAl Jean (story)
Joel H. Cohen and Jeft West brook (teleplay)
March 15, 2020 (2020-03-15)ZABF111.70[20]
Ned Flanders wants to mentor Bart so he can be a better person. Homer gets jealous and chooses to mentor Nelson Muntz.
67917"Highway to Well"Chris ClementsCarolyn OmineMarch 22, 2020 (2020-03-22)ZABF101.66[21]
Marge gets a job at a weed shop. Homer starts selling weed at the back of Moe's Tavern.
68018"The Incredible Lightness of Being a Baby"Bob AndersonTom Gammill and Max ProssApril 19, 2020 (2020-04-19)YABF131.58[22]
Mr. Burns tasks Homer with swindling Cletus Spuckler out of his newfound helium fortune. Meanwhile, Maggie is reunited with Hudson from Playdate with Destiny again, only for Marge to tear them apart after his mother annoys her.
68119"Warrin' Priests (Part 1)"Bob AndersonPete HolmesApril 26, 2020 (2020-04-26)ZABF121.35[23]
Part 1: Helen Lovejoy's request for a youth pastor is answered by Bode Wright, a charismatic young preacher from Michigan. When Bode quickly has the Springfield congregation enamored by his easy-going and liberal approach to religion, an outcast and suspicious Reverend Lovejoy decides to look into the newcomer's past.
68220"Warrin' Priests (Part 2)"Matthew NastukPete HolmesMay 3, 2020 (2020-05-03)ZABF131.36[24]
Part 2: While Bode has won over most of Springfield, he finds one churchgoer he can't sway in Ned Flanders. Meanwhile, in Michigan, Reverend Lovejoy finds the ammunition he needs to get rid of his replacement.
68321"The Hateful Eight-Year-Olds"Jennifer MoellerJoel H. CohenMay 10, 2020 (2020-05-10)ZABF141.40[25]

After severing her sibling ties with Bart, Lisa attends a sleepover at her new friend Addy's house, only to discover that Addy's clique are a group of cruel snobby rich girls that taunt her. Meanwhile, Homer takes Marge on a sunset cruise for the evening and finds himself at odds with the boat's cover band.

Guest stars: Lili Reinhart as Bella-Ella, Joey King as Addy, Madelaine Petsch as Sloan, Lilly Singh as Kensey, Camila Mendes as Tessa Rose, and Weezer as Sailor's Delight and Themselves
68422"The Way of the Dog"Matthew FaughnanCarolyn OmineMay 17, 2020 (2020-05-17)ZABF161.89[26]

Santa's Little Helper nips at Marge, causing the family to reflect on the difficult life that the dog led prior to being adopted by the family. They end up taking him to a dog psychologist to avoid having to euthanize him.

Guest stars: Cate Blanchett as Elaine Wolff, Suzanne Waters singing "The Way We Were" and Michael York as Clayton

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