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With: (voices) Dan Castellaneta, Julie Kavner, Nancy Cartwright, Yeardley Smith, Harry Shearer, Hank Azaria, Pamela Hayden, Tress MacNeille, Karl Wiedergott, Maggie Roswell, Marcia Wallace, Russi Taylor, Joe Mantegna, Kelsey Grammer
Written by: Marc Wilmore, Brian Kelley, Kevin Curran, Mike Scully, Tim Long, Ian Maxtone-Graham, Brian Pollack, Mert Rich, Don Payne, John Frink, Dennis Snee, Matt Selman, Carolyn Omine, Sam O'Neal, Neil Boushall, Andrew Kreisberg, John Swartzwelder, Dana Gould, Dan Greaney, Allen Glazier, Matt Warburton, J. Stewart Burns
Directed by: David Silverman, Mike B. Anderson, Steven Dean Moore, Jim Reardon, Mark Kirkland, Bob Anderson, Pete Michaels, Michael Polcino, Matthew Nastuk, Nancy Kruse, Michael Marcantel, Lance Kramer, Lauren MacMullan, Chris Clements
MPAA Rating: Not Rated
Running Time: 483
Date: 03/18/2013

The Simpsons: The Fourteenth Season (2001)

3 Stars (out of 4)

Homer for the Holidays

By Jeffrey M. Anderson

By 2002, "The Simpsons" was facing its toughest competitor: its own brilliant past. These new shows just weren't stacking up to the old shows in the hearts and minds of longtime fans. However, taken today, by themselves, the 22 episodes from season 14 are as good as any television ever produced. (This season also marked the 300th episode milestone.) They're still timeless and fun to watch today.

The new set, released on Blu-Ray as well, kicks off with "Treehouse of Horror 13," including segments about Homer clones, the ghosts of gunfighters (and a strange message about guns), and a parody of Island of Lost Souls, a.k.a. The Island of Dr. Moreau. Other highlights include "How I Spent My Strummer Vacation," which is notable for its voice cast of legendary rockers (not Joe Strummer, however).

Other guest stars this season include Adam West, Burt Ward, Little Richard, Elliot Gould, George Plimpton, Marisa Tomei, Eric Idle, "Weird Al" Yankovic, David Byrne, Andy Serkis, Jonathan Taylor Thomas, Stacy Keach, Jackson Browne, Steve Buscemi, and the band Blink-182.

Fox released the 22 episodes on a 3-disc Blu-Ray set for 2011, complete with lots of funny little menus and extras, featurettes, commentary tracks, and Easter eggs. It also comes with two extra "Treehouse of Horror" episodes!

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