The Simpsons (season 28)

The Simpsons (season 28)

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Country of origin United States
Original network Fox
Original release September 25, 2016 (2016-09-25) – present

The twenty-eighth season of the animated television series The Simpsons began airing on Fox in the United States on September 25, 2016.[1] On May 4, 2015, Fox announced that The Simpsons had been renewed for season 28.[2]

This season includes the 600th episode of the show, "Treehouse of Horror XXVII".[3] On August 31, 2016, it was announced that an episode titled "The Caper Chase", inspired by Trump University, will air in 2017.[4]

This season will also include the show's first hour-long episode, "The Great Phatsby", a parody of The Great Gatsby which is slated to air in January.[5] Other note-worthy events and gags include a Pokémon Go-themed episode, couch gags spoofing Robot Chicken and Adventure Time, an episode that shows how Homer learned to feel better with food, Mr. Burns hiring all of the Simpsons (except Homer) to become his "pretend" family ("Friends and Family"), and Glenn Close returning as Mona.[6]


No. in
TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air dateProd.
U.S. viewers
5971"Monty Burns' Fleeing Circus"Matthew NastukTom Gammill & Max ProssSeptember 25, 2016 (2016-09-25)VABF203.36[7]

Mr. Burns puts on a variety show at the Springfield Bowl in exchange for rebuilding the town, after it's burned to the ground. However, when the event brings back bad memories for the old man who bombed when he first performed there 100 years ago, Burns tries to muster up the courage to perform again in an effort to redeem himself.

Guest stars: Amy Schumer as Mrs. Burns and Pendleton Ward as himself
5982"Friends and Family"Lance KramerJ. Stewart BurnsOctober 2, 2016 (2016-10-02)VABF186.00[8]

Homer finds a new friend in a woman who acts just like him, while Mr. Burns' search for a clan to play his virtual-reality family leads him to hire Marge, Bart, Lisa and Maggie, since Burns intends to play the father.

Guest star: Allison Janney as Julia
5993"The Town"Rob OliverDave KingOctober 9, 2016 (2016-10-09)VABF173.22[9]

Homer takes the family on a "hate-cation" to Boston when he catches Bart rooting for a rival football team. But after discovering the appeal of candlepin bowling over his regular bowling, and finding a better safety inspector job at a candy factory, they agree to move there. Meanwhile, Lisa discovers how much Boston has to offer academically compared to Springfield.

Guest stars: Bill Burr as Townie, Michael Chiklis as himself, Rachel Dratch as Doctor, Doris Kearns Goodwin as herself and Dana Gould as Murphy
6004"Treehouse of Horror XXVII"Steven Dean MooreJoel H. CohenOctober 16, 2016 (2016-10-16)VABF167.44[10]

In the 27th annual Simpsons Halloween special, Mr. Burns makes the children fight to the death for a day in his personal reservoir, Lisa's imaginary friend kills her real friends, and Bart is recruited to Moe's group of secret barfly agents.

Guest stars: Drew Carey as himself, Donald Fagen as himself, Kelsey Grammer as Sideshow Bob, Maurice LaMarche, Judith Owen as herself and Sarah Silverman as Rachel
6015"Trust but Clarify"Michael PolcinoHarry ShearerOctober 23, 2016 (2016-10-23)VABF213.36[11]

Bart and Lisa investigate Krusty's new "Krustaceans" candy, while Homer asks Marge to help him dress for a promotion at the nuclear plant and Kent Brockman deals with the changing media world.

Guest star: Dan Rather as himself
6026"There Will Be Buds"Matthew FaughnanMatt SelmanNovember 6, 2016 (2016-11-06)VABF223.14[12]
Homer coaches the kids' lacrosse team with Milhouse's dad Kirk, who really needs a friend. Kirk then disappears upon hearing Homer rant about him being a loser, just as the team needs him for the championship game.
6037"Havana Wild Weekend"Bob AndersonDeb Lacusta, Dan Castellaneta & Peter TildenNovember 13, 2016 (2016-11-13)VABF197.13[13]

The Simpsons go to Cuba to get Grampa cheap medical care, since the retirement home and the V.A. hospital can't solve his health issues.

Guest stars: Stacy Keach as H.K. Duff and Deb Lacusta as Isabella
6048"Dad Behavior"Steven Dean MooreRyan KohNovember 20, 2016 (2016-11-20)WABF012.88[14]

Homer discovers a new app that makes his life easier, and Grampa learns he's going to be a father again.

Guest star: Matt Leinart as himself
6059"The Last Traction Hero"Bob AndersonBill OdenkirkDecember 4, 2016 (2016-12-04)WABF03TBD
Homer gets hurt in a workplace accident, and Marge turns to an unexpected source for romance. Meanwhile, Lisa is made "Bus Monitor".
60610"The Nightmare After Krustmas"[15]TBAJeff Westbrook[16]December 11, 2016 (2016-12-11)WABF02TBD

Krusty and his daughter spend Christmas with the Simpsons. Meanwhile, Reverend Lovejoy seeks converts to boost church attendance, and a Christmas toy scares Maggie.

Guest stars: Wayne Gretzky as himself,[17] Natasha Lyonne as Sophie and Jackie Mason as Rabbi Krustofsky


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