The Simpsons' sixth season originally aired on the Fox network between September 4, 1994, and May 21, 1995, and consists of 25 episodes. The Simpsons is an animated series about a working class family, which consists of Homer, Marge, Bart, Lisa, and Maggie. The show is set in the fictional city of Springfield, and lampoons American culture, society, television and many aspects of the human condition.
The showrunner for the sixth production season was David Mirkin who executive-produced 23 episodes. Former showrunners Al Jean and Mike Reiss produced the remaining two; they produced the two episodes with the staff of The Critic, the show they left The Simpsons to create. This was done in order to relieve some of the stress The Simpsons' writing staff endured, as they felt that producing 25 in one season was too much. The episode "A Star Is Burns" caused some controversy among the staff with Matt Groening removing his name from the episode's credits as he saw it as blatant advertising for The Critic, which was airing at the time. Fox moved The Simpsons back to its original Sunday night time, having aired on Thursdays for the previous four seasons. It has remained in this slot ever since. The sixth season won one Primetime Emmy Award, and received three additional nominations. It also won the Annie Award for Best Animated Television Production.
Stuck in his room with a broken leg, Bart watches Ned Flanders through a telescope and thinks he sees his neighbor murder his wife Maude. The more Bart watches, the more he suspects that Ned has definitely killed Maude and buried her in the backyard. Bart enlists Lisa to sneak into the Flanders' house for a closer look, but when Ned returns home holding an ax, Bart can only watch as Lisa hides in Flanders' attic. Bart manages to limp his way down the stairs, out of his house and into the Flanders' where he and Lisa confront him about killing Maude. Cornered, Ned breaks down in tears and confesses his awful crime: He killed Maude's favorite plant and buried it in the yard so she wouldn't know.
Golden child Lisa Simpson finds she's starting to tarnish just a little when a new girl, Allison Taylor, moves to Springfield. Allison is smart, pretty, a great saxophone player and a crack diorama builder. Lisa tries to befriend her new rival, but she's consumed with envy and competitiveness, especially as Dioramarama, the annual diorama competition, approaches. Turning to Bart for help, Lisa devises a way to humiliate Allison by replacing her expertly crafted diorama of Edgar Allen Poe's The Tell-Tale Heart with an actual, rotting cow's heart. Lisa feels pangs of regret at the last minute and backs out of the prank, only to see Allison lose the contest to Ralph Wiggum, who simply displayed Star Wars action figures in their original boxes. Guest star: Winona Ryder as Allison Taylor.
After reading the weepy best-seller The Bridges of Madison County, Marge decides to sit down with her husband and children and discuss love. What follows is a collection of sweetest, most romantic moments from the last five seasons of The Simpsons. The sweetest part of all is that the writers got to take a vacation while the editors put together the show.
After weeks of begging, Bart and Lisa finally convince their parents to take them to Itchy & Scratchy Land, a new high-tech amusement park on a remote island. Once there, the kids run off to enjoy the attractions while Homer and Marge spend their day on Parents' Island. All is fine until Bart and Homer are both arrested by park security for harassing the costumed employees. Marge bails Homer and Bart out of Itchy & Scratchy jail just as several defective Itchy & Scratchy robots go on a killing rampage. A bloody battle between the Simpsons and their robot attackers ensues and the family escapes the island alive. As they are airlifted to safety, Marge requests that the family never speak of this trip again.
After getting released from prison yet again, Sideshow Bob attempts to land the only job suited for a two-time felon: Mayor of Springfield. Backed by a cabal of Republicans led by Mr. Burns and the corpulent talk radio blow-hard Birch Barlow, Bob takes on Mayor Quimby in a dirty fight for the job. Fearing that Bob will try to kill him yet again, Bart, with Lisa's help, begins to aggressively campaign for Quimby. All their efforts are wasted, however, when Bob wins and decides to build a freeway right through the Simpsons' home. As the demolition trucks roll towards her home, Lisa does some last-minute investigating and discovers that Bob and his powerful backers rigged the election. Armed with the facts, Lisa tricks Bob into publicly admitting his crime and gets him sent back to jail. Guest Stars: Larry King as himself; Dr. Demento as himself; Kelsey Grammer as Sideshow Bob.
In this year's gruesomely ghoulish Halloween gift package, the Simpsons find themselves stuck in a haunted old mansion in the hills, hurtling through the outer reaches of the space-time continuum, and, most frightening of all, in the Springfield Elementary School cafeteria kitchen. In the first segment, Homer is hired by Mr. Burns to be the groundskeeper of his mansion in the mountains. What Mr. Burns neglects to tell Homer and his family is that he has shut off the cable and removed all of the beer from the premises. After several days trapped with no beer and TV, Homer begins to lose his mind and tries to kill his family. Luckily, Bart has been developing his psychic powers and is able to summon Groundskeeper Willie, who plows his way through snowdrifts and ice to save the day. In the second segment, Homer tries to fix the toaster and winds up destroying the entire universe. In the third segment, Bart and Lisa realize that their teachers are putting on weight from eating students.
Bart falls in love with Reverend Lovejoy's daughter, Jessica. In an effort to impress her, Bart pretends to be polite and mannered, but he soon learns that what Jessica really likes about him is that he's a bad, bad boy. Together they pull numerous pranks and commit acts of vandalism, but things get out of hand when Jessica wants Bart to steal from the Springfield Community Church collection plate. The entire congregation accuses Bart of theft, and when the truth is revealed, Jessica is sent back to boarding school. Guest Star: Meryl Streep as Jessica Lovejoy.
When she nearly flunks gym class, Lisa is forced to take up a sport. She realizes that she's a natural at hockey, becoming the goalie for the Gougers, a pee-wee team coached by Apu. Lisa is a star player, but things get complicated when the Gougers face off against Bart's team. Years of sibling rivalry come out on the ice, but just as Bart is supposed to slap a penalty shot into the goal, he and Lisa realize that their loyalty to each other is stronger than their loyalty to their teams.
Homer's life is turned upside down when he is accused of sexual harassment by an uppity baby-sitter named Ashley Grant. Protestors camp out on the Simpsons' lawn and reporters scrutinize Homer's every move. His attempts to clear his name are ruined by a complete lack of political correctness. The only person who can clear his name is Groundskeeper Willie, who not only witnessed Homer's alleged act of sexual harassment, but videotaped it for his amusement. Guest Star: Dennis Franz as himself.
When Homer and Marge's sex life fizzles out, Grandpa whips up a batch of bottled passion for Homer. The home remedy proves an amazing success and after a marathon snuggle session with Marge, Homer convinces his father to try and sell the potion. Hitting the open road, Homer and Grandpa rake in the bucks and bond like they have never before. But when they find themselves driving by the house where Homer grew up, the old resentment and hostility bubbles up between them. After much fighting and many angry proclamations, Homer and Grandpa make up.
When Marge has an even more disturbing experience than usual on an airplane, she must confront her debilitating fear of flying. Consulting a soft-spoken psychoanalyst named Dr. Zweig, Marge begins to get to the roots of her anxiety. In therapy, it turns out that Marge's father lied throughout her entire childhood, telling her he was a pilot when he was actually an airline steward. If that wasn't traumatizing enough, little Marge was also shot at by a crop duster and survived a near-fatal fire on an airplane riding toy. During one of Marge's therapy sessions, Homer tries to get a drink at a new bar in town called Cheers, but decides it's not the place for him since no one is glad he came. After her breakthrough, Marge is able to fly without fear. She bids farewell to Dr. Zweig and takes off for a happier, healthier future.Guest Stars: Anne Bancroft as Dr. Zweig; Ted Danson as Sam; Woody Harrelson as Woody; Rhea Pearlman as Carla; John Ratzenberger as Cliff; George Wendt as Norm
When Homer begins to notice Lenny and Carl acting strangely, he trails them and discovers that they are members of The Stonecutters, a secret organization. Homer wants to join but he can't unless he's the son of a member. Luckily, Grampa is a Stonecutter (and a member of the Black Panthers) so Homer's membership is a shoo-in. Once on the inside, Homer discovers that the Stonecutters are a rigidly hierarchical group--he is given a number instead of a name, and must work his way up the ladder. But when Number One, the Stonecutters' leader, spies a mark on Homer's butt, he is anointed the Chosen One. As Supreme Head of the Stonecutters, Homer foolishly turns a once-great secret organization into a laughingstock. His followers rebel and start a new secret club, The Ancient Mystic Society of No Homers.Guest Star: Patrick Stewart as Number One.
The story of the youngest Simpson's early year is finally told. Shortly before Maggie is born, Homer quits the Springfield Nuclear Power Plant to pursue his dream of working at a bowling alley. But when Marge reveals that she is pregnant, Homer must return to the plant and beg for his job back. The only thing that gets him through those long days as a safety inspector are the photos of his beautiful new baby girl that he hangs over his console.
When Bart is forced to assist Principal Skinner during a long night of astronomy, he discovers what appears to be a giant comet heading towards Springfield. A call to the astronomers at the observatory confirms that a comet is indeed hurtling towards Springfield at an alarming rate, and will more than likely kill all of the town's residents when it crashes. Scientists fail in their efforts to throw the comet off course and the entire town goes hysterical as the flaming ball continues along its course of destruction. Luckily for everyone, Ned Flanders has enough room in his family's bomb shelter for most of the town, but when the quarters become too cramped, one person must be expelled and risk being killed by the comet. Who will it be and what will happen to him or her once the comet crashes?
Krusty the Clown's accountants reveal that the entertainer is flat broke despite his successful show and his many lucrative endorsement deals. The only way for him to get out of the hole financially is to open his own clown college and train students to perform as Krusty at restaurant openings and private parties. Fed up with job and his life, Homer decides to enroll in clown college and learns the fine arts of squirting flowers and mini-bicycle riding. After much preparation, Homer graduates with a Krusty degree and goes on to perform as the clown at various functions. As Krusty, Homer attracts the attention of Fat Tony and his mafia buddies who are after the real Krusty for his gambling debts. There's no way for Homer to convince the toughs that he's not really Krusty, especially when Krusty himself arrives on the scene to confuse things even more. Both clowns then must perform a potentially lethal, one-of-a-kind trick in order to prove who's the authentic Krusty. Guest Stars: Dick Cavett as himself; Johnny Unitas as himself; Joe Mantegna as Fat Tony.
After a prank phone call to Australia goes awry, Bart and his entire family must fly out to the land down under and apologize to the Australian people. Once there, Evan Conover, the Undersecretary of State for International Protocol, Brat and Punk Division, tells the Simpsons that in Australia, the only acceptable apology is for the guilty party to receive a swift kick in the pants from the Prime Minister. Appalled by such savagery, Homer refuses to allow the Australians to "boot" his son, further fraying already tenuous Australio-American relations. Trapped in the American embassy, surrounded on all sides by enraged Australians polishing their booting boots, Bart decides to accept his punishment the only way he knows how: He pulls down his pants and moons the Australians with the words "Don't Tread on Me" written on his butt. The Simpsons escape the embassy with the Australians in hot pursuit and make it back to America, where freedom to pull pranks is a Constitutional right.
Foolishly, Homer pulls all of his stock out of Pumpkin futures just before the pre-Halloween boom in the Pumpkin market. Broke and dejected, he is reduced to taking a loan from his sisters-in-law, Patty and Selma. Clearly relishing Homer's degradation, Patty and Selma make him their slave. Meanwhile, Bart is forced to take ballet lessons. Homer waits on Patty and Selma hand and foot until he admits to Marge that he lost all of the family's money and needed to take a loan. To make ends meet, Homer becomes a limousine driver but needs to go to the DMV to get the proper license. While there, Patty and Selma are nearly fired for smoking on the job, but Homer steps in and saves the day by claiming that he was smoking. Their jobs saved, Patty and Selma forget Homer's debt to them. As a result of his lessons, Bart has grown to love ballet and isn't ashamed to admit it even when a gang of bullies accuses him of being a sissy. Guest Star: Susan Sarandon as the ballet teacher.
Springfield plays host to a film festival in which various townspeople display their original work. Barney presents "Pukahontas," a haunting meditation on his alcoholism; Apu directs "Bright Lights, Beef Jerky," the tale of a lonely man working the loneliest shift in a small-town Kwik-E-Mart. Two other important entries are Mr. Burns' autobiographical "A Burns for All Seasons" and Hans Moleman's "Man Getting Hit by Football." Despite receiving bribes from Mr. Burns, the judges choose to honor "Pukahontas" as the festival's best film. Luckily for Moleman, his film is remade as "Football in the Groin," a star vehicle for George C. Scott, and wins an Oscar for Best Picture.
At the Renaissance Faire, Lisa wanders into the fortune teller's booth and has her entire future laid bare. She sees herself in the year 2010, attending Harvard and falling in love with a British student named Hugh Parkfield. Hugh asks Lisa to marry him, and as their wedding approaches Lisa worries that her family--in particular, her father and brother--will embarrass her in front of her new husband and his upper-crust parents. After a series of embarrassing interludes, Lisa comes to understand that, even though they may not be classy, polite, or sanitary, Homer, Bart, Marge and a now teenage Maggie are her family and she loves them. Guest Star: Mandy Patinkin as Hugh Parkfield.
Santa's Little Helper finds a greyhound girlfriend and becomes the father of a huge litter of yelping puppies. Even though the puppies are cute and lovable, the Simpsons are forced to give them away. Enter Mr. Burns, who agrees to take the litter, secretly scheming to use their pelts to make a fur tuxedo. When Bart and Lisa discover Burns' true intentions, they break into the old man's mansion and try to rescue the puppies. After a confrontation with Burns and Smithers, Bart and Lisa convince them that the puppies should be spared and Mr. Burns agrees. Instead of using their fur for clothing, the old man turns them into racing dogs and makes millions of dollars.
When the teachers' union reaches a dead end in its negotiations with Principal Skinner, the teachers strike, forcing the Board of Education to come up with a creative way to keep the school running. The only plan that's in place is to have highly intelligent robots teach classes, but since such robots don't exist, the Board enlists PTA members for the task. With Ned Flanders as Principal and Marge as a teacher, the school functions normally, for a time. Bart realizes that without his old teachers, school just doesn't work for him, so he devises a way to bring the teachers' union and Principal Skinner back to the negotiating table: He locks Mrs. Krabappel and Skinner in a room together until they can agree on the contract.
Lisa is reunited with her idol, Bleeding Gums Murphy, but their time together is short lived when the jazz legend passes away. Heartbroken, Lisa wants to give him a proper tribute, but to do so, she needs to buy his rare album, Sax on the Beach, so she can play it on the local jazz radio station. Bart lends her enough money to buy the record and Lisa plays the record on the air. Speaking to Lisa from heaven, Bleeding Gums tells her what a great musician she is and they jam together one last time before he goes to the big jazz club in the sky. Guest Stars: Steve Allen as himself; Ron Taylor as Bleeding Gums Murphy.
After she helps catch a petty criminal, Marge decides that her calling in life is to become a police officer. As a member of the Springfield Police Department, Marge experiences feelings of power and authority that she's never known before. Homer, on the other hand, is resentful of his wife's new job and takes the opportunity to flaunt the law. Marge is forced to arrest him. Once released, Homer plays a routine game of poker with his pals, but one of the players, Herman, is hiding criminal activities that Marge is forced to bust. When Marge realizes that Herman will be let off by crooked cops, she resigns from the police department and returns to her normal life.
The simmering rivalry between Springfield and its neighboring town, Shelbyville, heats up when a group of kids from Shelbyville steal Springfield's prized lemon tree. It's up the youngest Springfieldians to cross over the town line and reclaim what is theirs. During the mission to get the tree, Bart develops a particularly intense rivalry with Shelby, the leader of the Shelbyville posse. The two square off and the Springfield kids, with the help of their parents and a stolen RV, manage to get the tree back.
In the first part of this groundbreaking suspense story, Mr. Burns develops a sun-blocking machine that prevents any sunlight from reaching Springfield. With the town immersed in darkness, Mr. Burns' Power Plant can make even more money. In addition to blocking the sun, Burns has also deprived the school of its funds, broken Santa's Little Helper's leg, and alienated nearly all of his fellow townspeople. When he winds up shot, everyone, including the members of the Simpson family, is a suspect. All will be revealed in the second part, but only after a cliff hanger so steep, an entire nation will be hanging on the edge of its seats. Guest Star: Tito Puente as himself.