"Remember Alf? He's back, in Pog form!"
N. Durham | Philadelphia, PA | 11/08/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)
"The seventh season of the Simpsons saw Matt Groening's prime time, brilliantly hilarious animated series not missing a single step. As this season opens, we learn who shot Mr. Burns (and honestly, who didn't see it coming?), and everything from that point forward is nothing but memorable, whimsical, and often insane humor that only the Simpsons could bring. Also in this season, Hollywood comes to Springfield to film a Radioactive Man movie, and Millhouse ends up getting cast as sidekick Fallout Boy ("Radioactive Man"), Homer and Marge get accused of being negligent parents and Bart, Lisa, and Maggie get sent to live with the Flanders' ("Home Sweet Home-Dum-Diddly Doodly"), Bart sells his soul for five dollars ("Bart Sells His Soul"), Lisa becomes a vegetarian after attending a petting zoo ("Lisa the Vegetarian", which also features Paul and the late Linda McCartney as themselves), Homer becomes morbidly obese so he doesn't have to go to work ("King-Size Homer"), Homer is re-united with his long lost mother (voiced by Glenn Close in "Mother Simpson"), Sideshow Bob returns with a vendetta against television ("Sideshow Bob's Last Gleaming"), former President George Bush moves next door (the hilarious and unpredictable "Two Bad Neighbors"), Bart meets the real creator of Itchy & Scratchy (voiced by Kirk Douglas in "The Day the Violence Died"), Pulp Fiction gets hilariously spoofed ("22 Short Films About Springfield"), and Homer becomes a sideshow freak after going to Lolapalooza ("Homerpalooza", which also features the Smashing Pumpkins, Cypress Hill, and Peter Frampton). The "Treehouse of Horror" special this season was also a memorable smash, climaxing with Homer's unforgettable journey into the 3-D world. "The Simpsons 138th Show Spectacular" is a real gem, hosted by Troy McClure (voiced by the late, great Phil Hartman) as we the viewer are treated to rarely seen early takes of the characters, alternate endings, and deleted scenes that never saw the light of day, as well as some hidden messages and trivia as well. All in all, just like all the early seasons of the Simpsons, you can't go wrong with the seventh season, and it's pure animated lunacy at it's very best. Let's just hope that the packaging is much better than the incredibly poorly designed Homer head shaped package that contained season six."
Still Prime Episodes
Dyraks12 | 11/23/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)
"At long last another Simpsons season finally released by the good people at Fox. This time Fox is introducing both the plastic Marge head as well as the classic cardboard box so as to please both sides of the table. Good call fox.
Season seven is still when the Simpsons ruled the Sunday line-up, with each episode being just as great as the previous one. There are many classics on this set. I urge you to run out and buy it. Below is a summary of all the episodes:
Who Shot Mr. Burns? (Part 2) (4/5): Find out who shot Mr. Burns in the Season 6 finale. (Look to the South West)
Radioactive Man (4/5): Milhouse beats out Bart for the part of Fallout Boy.
Bart Sells His Soul (4/5): Bart sells his soul to Milhouse.
Home Sweet Homediddly-Dum-Doodly (5/5): Bart, Lisa and Maggie are sent to live at the Flanders after Homer and Marge are thought to be unfit. Ned and Maude try to baptize the three kids.
Lisa the Vegetarian (4/5): Lisa ditches meat, and we find out that pigs can fly.
Treehouse of Horror VI (4/5): Statues come to life, Groundskeeper Willie tunrs into a Freddie Kruger-type killer, and Homer and Bart go 3-d.
King-Size Homer (5/5): I've been waiting for this one. Homer has to gain 61 pounds to get on disability, and to try and not look like a freak in a moo-moo.
Mother Simpson (5/5): You finally get to meet Homer's hippie mom.
Sideshow Bob's Last Gleaming (5/5): Another great Sideshow Bob attempt to kill not only Bart, but this time Springfield.
The Simpsons 138th Episode Spectacular (5/5): A best of that's not really a best of.
Marge Be Not Proud (3/5): Bart steals from a store, and Marge finds out.
Team Homer (5/5): Homer forms a bowling team and makes Apu wish he was on the Stereotypes. Yarrrgh.
Two Bad Neighbors (5/5): Classic episode. President George H. Bush moves across the street from Homer and starts a feud. LBJ moves in afterward.
Scenes from the Class Struggle in Springfield (2/5): This one kinds of sucks. Marge buys a dress, people think she's rich and she joins a country club.
Bart the Fink (5/5): Krusty fakes a death.
Lisa the Iconoclast (5/5): Can't they have a meeting where they don't end up burying up a corpse???.
Homer the Smithers (5/5): Homer takes over Smither's job.
The Day the Violence Died (5/5): Bart and Lisa discover the real creator of Itchy and Scratchy, only to destroy the company that makes the films.
A Fish Called Selma (3/5): Selma and Troy McClure get married, but it doesn't work out.
Bart on the Road (5/5): Bart gets a fame ID and he, Milhouse, Nelson, and Martin go to the "National Spelling B Contest in Canada."
Short Films about Springfield (5/5): Another Triumph. This episode features 22 small stories about Springfield, including a Pulp Fictionesque scene about...shakes.
The Curse of the Flying Hellfish (5/5): You find out Grandpa Simpson was part of a WWII group called the Hellfish, and that he is due buried treasure.
Much Apu about Nothing (4/5): Apu tries to become a citizen.
Homerpalooza (5/5): Homer joins Lollapalooza to show his kids he's still cool, and runs into Smashing Pumpkins, Cypress Hill, and more.
Summer of 4 ft. 2 (4/5): Flanders lets Homer borrow his summerhouse. Lisa gets popular, and Bart and Milhouse play Battleship.
It's What's Inside The Head That Counts
LeftManOut | TheCityThatNeverSleeps, FL | 12/16/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)
"To start, season 7 of the Simpsons is available in two different packaging options. One is the Marge head, which is along the lines of the Homer shaped head packaging of the last set, and the other is the box form which is supposed to be along the lines of the previous five seasons. At first I had planned to buy the box form set, but after a friend purchased it before me, he clearly informed me to beware. The box form packaging of season 7 is exactly like the alternate packaging for season 6; it's simply a slip cover for what was inside the Homer head. Upon hearing this I decided to simply pick up the Marge head. While I wasn't crazy about the Homer head, I didn't mind it, and actually preferred it to the slip cover. Whether you buy the Marge head or go with the Slip cover casing, one thing is certain: What's inside the head is the good stuff.
Seasons 4-8 were arguably when the Simpsons hit their stride. While I'm still fond of season 3 as well, it's hard to argue against any of these episodes. I don't want to go into great detail about all the episodes or give a plot synopsis for each one, because if you would like that, there are spotlight reviews to help you. However season 7 contains some of my personal favorite episodes, including the conclusion to "Who Shot Mr. Burns" (which has my all time favorite simpson's quote by Officer Wiggum, where he says Homer is under arrest for the attempted murder of Mr. Burns, Homer yells "Doh!" and then Wiggum says "Yea that's what they all say, Doh."), Bart selling his soul to Milhouse for $5, Milhouse getting the part as Fall Out Boy in the Radioactive Man Movie, Sideshow Bob returning to threaten Springfield with a weapon of mass destruction, and the Treehouse Of Horror VI episode (best besides Treehouse of Horror II in season 3). Really every episode in this season has its own charm, but these just happen to be my favorites. As usual the extras are a great addition to the set. You get the usual commentaries on every episode, featurettes, deleted scenes, and many more things that have never been available before now. Fox also seems to be getting the sets out quicker (season 6 in August, season 7 in December, fastest period between releases yet) so we can only hope that we have season 8 resting in our hands fairly soon.
If you're a fan of the Simpsons, most likely you're going to be very pleased with this set. There's plenty of great and memorable episodes found on this set, to go along with the great extras that have been included. The writing was witty, the jokes were entertaining, and the animation was great, and that all makes season 7 a great addition to a Simpsons' fan's collection. While it might not be the best overall season the show has seen (and there are going to be ongoing disputes for eternity on which one that is) it's definitely on par with any of the stellar seasons 4-8. No matter which packaging option you prefer, it's apparent that it's what's inside the set that counts."
How can you go wrong with The Simpsons?
M. Happ | Iowa City, Iowa USA | 01/31/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I have been a major fan of this show ever since it started. This has to be one of the most consistently funny shows out there, and the fact that they have been able to keep it as funny as they have for as long as they have is a testament to the high quality of the show, the actors, and the writers. Simply put, if you don't like The Simpsons, you won't like this, (and I wonder why you are wasting your time reading reviews for it,) but if you do like it, this season is great and I love having all these shows at hand to watch whenever I want - you will, too. I think it's a no-brainer. Enjoy!"