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Season 32 is the thirty-second season of The Simpsons that premiered on September 27, 2020, with Undercover Burns and ended on May 23, 2021, with The Last Barfighter.

It was announced when Al Jean confirmed on his Twitter that there will be a 31st Treehouse of Horror episode of The Simpsons. Also, this season will contain the 700th episode of the show. It was announced on February 6, 2019 that the show has been renewed, alongside Season 31.

This season consists of seven holdovers from Season 31, most episodes were originally apart of the season supposedly, but were pushed due to the COVID-19 pandemic

On August 10, 2020, the original 20th Television folded due to a rebrand of the former Fox assets by their new owner Disney.[1] The 20th Television name however was kept after 20th Century Fox Television was renamed. However, this season will end up being the last under the 20th Television name, as 20th Television Animation will take full control with the next season, alongside other animated Fox shows.[2]

Despite receiving mixed reviews from critics, a number of fans consider this season to be an improvement from the previous few seasons.

Episodes

Image # Title Prod. Code Airdate Title Reference
800px-Undercover Burns promo 5.png 685 Undercover Burns ZABF19 September 27, 2020 Undercover Boss
I Carumbus Poster Homer.jpeg 686 I, Carumbus ZABF18 October 4, 2020 ¡Ay, caramba! and I, Claudius
800px-Now Museum, Now You Don't promo 1.png 687 Now Museum, Now You Don't ZABF21 October 11, 2020 Now you see 'em, now you don't!
Treehouse of Horror XXXI.png 688 Treehouse of Horror XXXI ZABF17 November 1, 2020 N/A
The 7 Beer Itch promo 5.jpg 689 The 7 Beer Itch ZABF15 November 8, 2020 The seven-year itch
Podcast News promo 5.png 690 Podcast News ZABF22 November 15, 2020 Broadcast News
20201120 174832.jpg 691 Three Dreams Denied QABF02 November 22, 2020 N/A
The Road to Cincinnati promo 4.png 692 The Road to Cincinnati ZABF20 November 29, 2020 The Road to El Dorado
Sorry Not Sorry promo 1.png 693 Sorry Not Sorry QABF01 December 6, 2020 N/A
A Springfield Summer Christmas for Christmas promo 8.png 694 A Springfield Summer Christmas for Christmas QABF03 December 13, 2020
The Dad Feelings-Limited promo 3.png 695 The Dad-Feelings Limited QABF04 January 3, 2021 The Darjeeling Limited
Diary Queen promo 8.png 696 Diary Queen QABF05 February 21, 2021 Dairy Queen
Wad Goals promo 7.png 697 Wad Goals QABF06 February 28, 2021 Squad Goals
Yokel Hero promo 1.png 698 Yokel Hero QABF07 March 7, 2021 Local Hero
Do PizzaBots Dream of Electric Guitars promo 8.png 699 Do PizzaBots Dream of Electric Guitars? QABF08 March 14, 2021 Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?
Manger Things promo 8.png 700 Manger Things QABF09 March 21, 2021 Stranger Things
Uncut Femmes promo 5.png.png 701 Uncut Femmes QABF10 March 28, 2021 Uncut Gems
Burger Kings promo 2.png 702 Burger Kings QABF11 April 11, 2021 Burger King
PanicOnTheStreetsOfSpringfieldPoster.jpeg 703 "Panic on the Streets of Springfield" QABF12 April 18, 2021 Panic in the Streets
Mother and Child Reunion promo 4.png 704 "Mother and Child Reunion" QABF14 May 9, 2021 [File]Mother and Child Reunion
The Man from G.R.A.M.P.A. promo 3.png 705 "The Man from G.R.A.M.P.A." QABF13 May 16, 2021 The Man from U.N.C.L.E. (film)
The Last Barfighter promo 7.png 706 "The Last Barfighter" QABF15 May 23, 2021 The Last Starfighter

The Simpsons at Home Panel

The series had a panel at the 2020 San Diego Comic-Con, which is being marketed as "Comic-Con @ Home", to promote the season, with Al Jean, Matt Selman, David Silverman, Carolyn Omine, and Mike B. Anderson on the panel, with series regular Yeardley Smith serving as moderator.[3]

The season was produced during the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic which impacted many other television productions, but left animated production largely unaffected. This surprised Yeardley, who thought that the animation process nowadays requires fancy machinery, but was surprised to find out from Anderson that they were able to adapt to working from home really quickly. Anderson mentions that once COVID-19 reached the states, if one of the animators didn’t have a computer, they would have to be provided one from the office, or tech would set them up with one. Thus, within 1 week to a week and half, Anderson explains that they very quickly got the whole thing running from home. As a result, they are the same meetings, but none of them have to drive for them. Carolyn Omine mentions that while the part of her that’s agoraphobic likes this set up, the other part of her misses the energy of in person table reads. She also says that she personally feels more tired nowadays and needs to take naps. Al Jean went on to say that with no end in sight of this pandemic, he doesn’t know when they’ll be back in a writer’s room. He jokes that it is be the worst place to be at the moment because it would mean lots of people in one room.[4]

[In the]] panel, Mike revealed that he used to direct lots of episodes and started on the show doing background clean up. One of the first things he drew was a seat at Moe's Tavern. Selman mentioned that they recorded the panel on the day of the panel.

Al Jean went on say that he is really happy with all their work on The Simpsons now being available to stream on Disney+. Also featured at the panel was “What Happened to the Halloween Candy?”, a snippet of Treehouse of Horror XXXI.[4]

Al Jean revealed during the Q & A portion of the panel that some guest stars coming to Season 32 are: Hannibal Buress, Olivia Colman, David Harbour and Ben Platt among others. Matt Selman mentioned that Sir Michael Palin from Monty Python was someone he always wanted to get on the show, and they finally were able to have pop into the world of The Simpsons. Carolyn Omine mentioned that there’s two people in particular she wants to get on the show, but hasn’t. But since there’s still time to get them to agree, she won’t say their names just yet. However, she did say that her dream guest star would be Elaine May, but she’s semi-retired, so it’s hard.

Carolyn Omine said Cate Blanchett was great and that Sacha Baron Cohen had three different ideas for his character’s voice. She also enjoyed having Don Cheadle, who came with music he had written. Selman states that Jack Black will always have a special place in his heart because Jack had to learn Korean phonetically to sing the song "Goldfinger" in said language. He mentioned that the James Bond people wouldn’t let them sing the song "Goldfinger", even after they animated the scene and sent them the clip, they wouldn’t clear it. Lastly, Carolyn Omine mentions that she also enjoyed having Stan Lee pop up on the show as a fictionalized version of himself.[4]

One of the fans asked The Simpsons panel if they will ever do an episode that explores Mexican culture. Al Jean responded by saying that for sure, they would love to have an episode where The Simpsons go to Mexico. Another fan asked how it's decided when it comes to new characters, when it goes to someone on the regular cast or guest star. The writers mentioned that sometimes they do have a specific person in mind, and that it’s usually more fun for them to pitch to a guest star a great character, rather than just a cameo as themselves. One fan asked if The Simpsons would ever crossover with Duncanville or Bless the Harts someday. Jean answered that a Duncanville cameo would likely happen soon, since Mike Scully works on both shows. Lastly, Silverman said that the reason The Simpsons are yellow is because it’s a color that also matches the hair and it was easy to do.[4]

Trivia

This season contains a lot less billboard, couch, and chalkboard gags than previous seasons. This is possibly due to how long the episodes are.

Promotional Videos

Citations

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