Holy glavin! December is upon us once again, which can mean only one thing. Christmas? Okay, yeah, sure. But you know what else it means? It means it’s time for another terrific Simpsons home video release! Whoo-hoo! Season 16 of The Simpsons is at last here on Blu-ray and DVD in all its Simpson-y glory.
Some critics and fans as well have claimed that The Simpsons‘ writers have (and had even as of Season 16) long lost their knack for clever humor. While the seasons as a whole indeed have lost some of their luster over time, there are still some nuggets of awesome to be found, especially in Season 16. The first great episode from Season 16 is “All’s Fair In Oven War,” in which Bart gets a hold of Homer’s vintage Playdude magazines and attempts to re-enact the swinging 70’s lifestyle, as any 10 year old boy would do. In “Midnight Rx,” Mr. Burn’s cancels the employee prescription drug program, Homer and his motley crew (Grandpa, Apu, and Ned Flanders) head to Canada to procure said drugs. With that foursome, hijinks obviously ensue. And in “There’s Something About Marrying,” Springfield legalizes gay marriage, prompting Homer to cash in by becoming an ordained minister. Considering the number of cities and states in recent memory that have legalized gay marriage, this episode was definitely ahead of its time.
As a long time fan of The Simpsons, I will readily admit that later seasons have become hit-or-miss. But when an episode hits, it hits with authority, as these episodes do. Plus, celebrities still flock to creator Matt Groening practically begging to be a part of television’s longest running prime time animated series. For Season 16 the special guests include James Caan, Thomas Pynchon, Kim Cattrall, Eric Idle, Tom Brady, Yao Ming, LeBron James, Warren Sapp, Michelle Kwan, 50 Cent, Gary Busey, Jane Kaczmarek, Lucy Liu, Robert Wagner, Charles Napier, Amy Poehler, Stephen Hawking, Ray Romano, Joe Mantegna, Albert Brooks, Los Lobos, Jason Bateman, and Liam Neeson. Quite the eclectic group, featuring actors, athletes, musicians, and astrophysicists!
Season 16 is loaded with bonus materials, including deleted scenes, extra episodes, and a special greeting from Springfield’s premier scientific mind Professor Frink, who also happens to be featured on the cover of the set. Whether you believe the quality has dipped or slipped, you cannot consider yourself a true Simpson’s fan unless you own Season 16 either on Blu-ray or DVD. Buy one for yourself and that Simpson-loving member of your inner circle. It is Christmas time, for glavin’s sake!