The Simpsons Season 26 featured a crossover, multiple guest stars, creative couch gags and some fun technology.
Even after all this time, the series is still going strong and will continue to do so for at least two more years, though sadly without one of their original cast members.
Here at TV Fanatic, we're taking a look at the season's best and worst episodes, best guest star, creative couch gags, and more! Check out our choices and then let us know yours!
Best Episode: The Simpsons Season 26 Episode 6, "Simpsorama"
The long awaited Simpsons/Futurama crossover finally arrived and it did not disappoint! It was great to see the Planet Express crew spend time in Springfield as well as seeing the Simpsons visit New New York. Homer and Bender make a hilarious team and we got to see Professor Frink versus Farnsworth. Plus, Lisa contributed one of the best quotes of the season:
Attention goblins, Madison Cube Garden is filled with Butterfinger bars and people are laying fingers all over themLisa
Worst Episode: The Simpsons Season 26 Episode 5, "Opposites O-Frack"
It's a little weird that the season's worst and best episodes aired in back to back weeks, but that's what happened. The Simpsons took on the serious issue of fracking but failed to make it funny. Their attempt to push the "opposites attract" rule on us failed to hit the mark as the relationship between Mr. Burns and guest star Jane Fonda's Maxine Lombard fell flat and was at times almost painful to watch.
Best Guest Star: Elon Musk, The Simpsons Season 26 Episode 12, "The Musk Who Fell to Earth"
Inventor Elon Musk arrived in Springfield via a spaceship and it made for one hilarious episode. Homer "breaking up" with him, Lisa stowing away in his spaceship, and jokes that Homer thought up Paypal first provided plenty of laughs.
Most Creative Couch Gag: The Simpsons Season 26 Episode 1, "Clown in the Dumps"
While The Simpsons Season 26 Episode 22 had the funniest couch gag featuring Rick and Morty, this award goes to Don Hertzfeldt for creating one of the strangest and most artistic couch gags ever featured on the show.
Best Use of Technology: The Simpsons Season 26 Episode 16, "Sky Police"
Chief Wiggum is not one for training courses or user manuals, so it is no surprise when his flight on a jet pack leads to him being shot down and the church destroyed. The rest of the episode focused on Marge's secret gambling, but it would have been fun to spend more time with the jet pack.
Best Pop Culture Reference: The Simpsons Season 26 Episode 15, "The Princess Guide"
When Homer is put in charge of guarding a Nigerian princess, he introduces her to the world of reality television:
Princess Kemi: So, all these concubines belong to this one tyrant?
Homer: It's called The Bachelor.
Hope for The Simpsons Season 27: A satisfactory replacement for Harry Shearer
If we can't have Harry Shearer, it's better to replace him than to lose such iconic characters as Ned Flanders and Mr. Burns. But, who will they find to fill his shoes? Will it be one person or multiple people? Whichever route they choose, hopefully the new voice actor/s can provide a seamless transition and keep these beloved characters alive for the rest of the series (however long that ends up being). Of course, our first choice would be for Harry to change his mind and come back!
Overall Grade: B
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