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The Simpsons' eighth season first aired on October 27, 1996 with its first episode, "Treehouse of Horror VII" and ended May 18, 1997 with its final episode, "The Secret War of Lisa Simpson". Season 8 featured many episodes which are given below. This includes four episodes that are holdovers from the previous season.

Season 8 is one of only two seasons to date with no Christmas break, "Hurricane Neddy" aired on December 29, 1996 (during the Christmas period), meaning that the season continued airing over Christmas. Bill Oakley and Josh Weinstein were the showrunners of the season.

The Simpsons Complete Season Eight boxset was released: Like the last two, there were two editions, one with the normal box, and this time, a Maggie shaped clamshell boxset.

  • Region 1- August 15, 2006
  • Region 2- September 2, 2006
  • Region 4- September 27, 2006





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Treehouse of Horror VII (Promo Picture) 154-1 "Treehouse of Horror VII" October 27, 1996 Mike B. Anderson Ken Keeler, Dan Greaney & David S. Cohen 4F02

The Thing and I: Bart, Lisa and Maggie hears strange noises in the attic, with Homer and Marge going up there for some reason. Soon, they discover a maniac kid named Hugo, who is soon to be revealed the conjoined twin brother of Bart, and he soon goes loose.

The Genesis Tub: During a science experiment if soda will dissolve a rot tooth, an electricity accident converts into her experiment, creating a race of miniature beings, evolving into a rapid rate, and building their own economy. Unfortunately, during Lisa's study on the race, Bart destroys some of the ecosystem and the race sets up an attack on him.

Citizen Kang: Homer is abducted by aliens Kang and Kodos and the latter decides to also abduct both Bill Clinton and Bob Dole, and poses as them in order to run against each other in the upcoming election.

You Only Move Twice (Promo Picture) 155-2 "You Only Move Twice" November 3, 1996 Mike B. Anderson John Swartwelder 3F23

Homer receives a better job offer by Globax Corporation and he decides to move the family to the town of Cypress Creek. Homer's new boss, Hank Scorpio, is soon to be revealed to be a villainous man for world domination as Homer is intensely oblivious of his employer's plans.

The Homer They Fall (Promo Picture) 2 156-3 "The Homer They Fall" November 10, 1996 Mark Kirkand Johnathan Collier 4F03

Bart buys an extravagant belt on a trip to the mall, but the school bullies beats him up and steal it. When Homer goes to confront the parents of the boys in Moe's Tavern, he promptly receives a beating on his own. During the beating, Homer seems to be completely unfazed by the incident, causing Moe into seeing this and influences Homer into proposing his abilities in boxing. This leads to a match between Homer and a powerful boxing champion.

Burns, Baby Burns (Promo Picture) 157-4 "Burns, Baby Burns November 17, 1996 Jim Reardon Ian Maxtone-Graham 4F05

Mr. Burns discovers that he has a son, a 57-year old man named Larry. But Burns sees Larry as lazy and an insult towards him, causing Mr. Burns wanting to do nothing with his son. Homer, in order to make Mr. Burns change his mind, decides to kidnap Larry.

Bart After Dark (Promo Picture) 158-5 "Bart After Dark" November 24, 1996 Dominic Polcino Richard Appel 4F06

Bart ends up damaging an abandoned house and soon, he discovers that the house is a Burlesque house and decides to receive an enthusiasm of the job at the house. Marge, upon learning this, overhears this and tries to convince the owner of the Burlesque house, Belle, into shutting down the house and also to convince Bart into being unemployed.

Cg 159-6 "A Milhouse Divided" December 1, 1996 Steven Dean Moore Steven Tompkins 4F04

Milhouse's parents, Kirk and Luann Van Houten's heated marriage, ends when Luann demands a divorce and soon, Kirk becomes upset about this after the divorce and with the Simpsons' help, he makes an attempt to remarry her.

200px-Density 160-7 "Lisa's Date with Density December 15, 1996 Susie Dietter Mike Scully 4F01

After someone steals the Honda "H" off Superintendent Chalmers' car, Principal Skinner tries to find the culprit. Nelson is found guilty and Lisa soon falls for his rebellious ways, causing her to develop a crush on him. Meanwhile, Homer obtains a telemarketing machine, which ends up driving the town mad.

Hurricane neddy 161-8 "Hurricane Neddy" December 29, 1996 Bob Anderson Steve Young 4F07

A hurricane occurs and goes straight through Springfield. But, however, the houses and town, including the Simpsons' house are not damaged by the hurricane; the Flanders' house is the only house in town to be destroyed by the hurricane. As a result, Ned officially becomes upset after his friends and neighbors, including Homer crudely rebuild their house and is checked into a psychiatric ward to discover the source of his sudden uncontrollable rage ever since his childhood.

Mysterious voyage 162-9 "El Viaje Misterioso de Nuestro Jomer (The Mysterious Voyage of Homer)" January 5, 1997 Jim Reardon Ken Keeler 3F24

After Homer downs several Guatemalan insanity peppers at an annual chili cook-off, he goes off into a bizarre universe where anything is both applied and not applied, where he travels through a mysterious journey, complete with a talking coyote spirit guide, to discover his soul mate.

2406068611 2acbbdf3d7 163-10 "The Springfield Files January 12, 1997 Steven Dean Moore Reid Harrison 3G01

After being intoxicated and deciding to walk home, Homer ends up going through the wrong path and he sees a glowing thin-boned alien, causing to convince everyone about this, but no one even believes him, not even FBI Agents Fox Mulder and Dana Scully, who has come to investigate many spreading crimes throughout Springfield.

Cc 164-11 "The Twisted World of Marge Simpson" January 19, 1997 Chuck Sheetz Jennifer Crittenden 4F08

Marge and the family franchises pretzels and begins selling them after Marge was thrown out of the Springfield Investorettes, but Homer soon asks Fat Tony for help and officially corners her business with a variety of special need.

Tumblr m9a7k5gJcN1ruxwvqo1 500 165-12 "Mountain of Madness" February 2, 1997 Mark Kirkland John Swartzwelder 4F10

After the plant fails miserably at a routine fire drill, Mr. Burns organizes a retreat to promote teamwork. Homer misunderstands and brings his family, having to leave them to roam the park looking for things to do. The employees are paired up and race for a cabin at the top of the mountain, with that the last pair to reach for the cabin will be eventually fired.

Sherribobbins 166-13 "Simpsoncalifragilisticexpiala(Annoyed Grunt)cious" February 7, 1997 Chuck Sheetz Al Jean and Mike Reiss 3G03

Due to being stress, Marge eventually loses her hair and the Simpsons hires a nanny.

The Itchy & Scratchy & Poochie Show - Promo Image 167-14 "The Itchy & Scratchy & Poochie Show" February 9, 1997 Steven Dean Moore David X. Cohen 4F12

The ratings of The Itchy & Scratchy show begins to go low, so the producers decides to add and introduce a new character, a dog named Poochie and Homer auditions for the voice of the new character, eventually winning. Unfortunately, Poochie's character prevented violence in the show, causing the show to receive low ratings and overwhelmingly negative reviews.

Homer's Phobia (Promo Picture) 168-15 "Homer's Phobia" February 16, 1997 Mike B. Anderson Ron Hauge 4F11

A shop owner named John befriends Homer and the rest of the Simpson family. However, Homer discovers that John is a homosexual and becomes worried that Bart will soon emulate him.

Brother from Another Series (Promo Picture) 169-16 "Brother from Another Series" February 23, 1997 Pete Michels Ken Keeler 4F14

Sideshow Bob reunites with his estranged brother Cecil, as Bart suspects the brothers.

Bz 170-17 "My Sister, My Sitter" March 2, 1997 Jim Reardon Dan Greaney 4F13

Lisa is assigned by Homer and Marge to babysitt both Maggie and Bart, despite Bart being obviously older than Lisa. However, while he is "teaching" Lisa a lesson, he intentionally injures himself.

By 171-18 "Homer vs. the Eighteenth Amendment" March 16, 1997 Bob Anderson John Swartzwelder 4F15

When prohibition hits the town of Springfield, and with Bart's help, Homer gets into the booze-making business.

Bx 172-19 "Grade School Confidential" April 6, 1997 Susie Dietter Rachel Pulido 4F09

Bart witnesses both Principal Skinner and Mrs. Krabappel kissing, so he attempts to keep this a secret. However, he lands in the middle of the love affair between the two school staff members.

Bw 173-20 "The Canine Mutiny" April 13, 1997 Dominic Polcino Ron Hauge 4F16

Bart purchases an expensive purebred dog, using a credit card, but creditors attempts to convince Bart into returning the dog.

The Old Man and the Lisa2 174-21 "The Old Man and the Lisa" April 20, 1997 Mark Kirkland John Shwartzwelder 4F17

Mr. Burns loses all his fortune and turns to Lisa for assist in getting back his fortune.

In Marge We Trust (Promo Picture) 175-22 "In Marge We Trust" April 27, 1997 Steven Dean Moore Donick Cary 4F18

Marge volunteers as an over-the-phone counselor for the church, and the congregation starts turning to Marge more than Reverend Lovejoy.

Homer's Enemy 176-23 "Homer's Enemy" May 4, 1997 Jim Reardon John Swartzwelder 4F19

Frank Grimes, the new employee at the power plant, is displeased with Homer's incompetence and work ethic, and becomes further annoyed with this. He eventually declares himself an enemy of Homer.

The Simpsons Spin-Off Showcase (Promo Picture) 177-24 "The Simpsons Spin-Off Showcase" May 11, 1997 Neil Affleck David S. Cohen, Dan Greeney & Steve Tompkins 4F20

Troy McClure presents three Simpsons spin-off spoofs: In "Chief Wiggum, P.I.", Chief Wiggum becomes a detective and moves to New Orleans with Principal Skinner as his assistant. Next, Grampa Simpson's soul is trapped inside Moe's Love tester machine in "The Love-Matic Grampa". Finally, the Simpson family host a '70ish variety show in "The Simpson Family Smile-Time Variety Hour".

Bt 178-25 "The Secret War of Lisa Simpson" May 18, 1997 Mike B. Anderson Richard Appel 4F21

Lisa is determined to stick it out as the only girl at boot camp when she and Bart attend military school.

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