There are probably reviewers who celebrate every Simpsons season as their "favorite." Season 7 is MY favorite! Really, it is. I do not claim that distinction on any other season. Season 7 is jammed with many of my favorite Simpsons eps ever (Who Shot Mr. Burns? (Part 2), Radioactive Man, Home Sweet Homediddly-Dum-Doodily, Bart Sells His Soul, Mother Simpson, Lisa the Iconoclast, The Curse of the Flying Hellfish, Much Apu About Nothing, etc.). In fact, the only episode in this season I do not care for is Bad Neighbors which, I think goes waaay over-the-top like many of the Simpsons eps in later seasons. This season also has my favorite Treehouse of Horror ep. But, the main reason Season 7 is my favorite is that it includes my all-time #1 Simpsons episode: KING-SIZE HOMER! If you have not seen this episode, buy this now!!! The DVD set is available in the stores in both the box case (with a camera window instead of a television set), or the head-shaped Marge Simpson limited edition case (I'm not sure if Amazon offers both). The box case has a picture of Marge's head on the inside. I favor the box case, as it is easier to use, in my opinion. It has the plastic flip holders for the DVDs which I didn't like on the Season Six set but they seem a lot sturdier in this set (it keeps moving around on my Season 6 set). The booklet is very cute. It is in the style of a newspaper with ads like "Casting Call" for Radioactive Man and Moe's Method Acting Academy. Like all Simpsons sets, it is packed with extras (deleted scenes, commentaries, "Homer in the Third Dimension" featurette, etc.).
Who Shot Mr. Burns? (Part Two): The classic ending to the two-parter. With all that Simpsons DNA evidence, it's obvious who did it, right?
Radioactive Man: A Radioactive Man movie is being filmed in Springfield. Bart lost out to Milhouse for the role of Fallout Boy but he'll make do with sucking up to him "like religious people suck up to God." Micky Rooney appears who was Best Child actor spanning two decades (1939-40).
Bart Sells His Soul: One of my favorites. Bart doesn't believe there is such things as souls so he sells his to Milhouse. He soon regrets this decision when strange things start happening to him. Moe also opens a family restaurant.
Home Sweet Homediddly-Dum-Doodily: Definitely in my Top Ten all-time list. The county deems Marge and Homer unfit parents and sends them to parenting school while the Simpson kids are sent to a foster home with "the Flandersesssss!" So many great scenes here: "And throw your garbage in a garbage can people, I can't stress that enough," "The only thing I'm high on is Love, love for my son and daughters. Yes, a little LSD is all I need," Ned Flanders blowing the hallelujah horn. One of the funniest ever!
Lisa the Vegetarian: Lisa develops a self-righteous disdain for meat right before Homer's barbecue. Paul and the late Linda McCartney appear.
Treehouse of Horror VI: Very cool one where Groundskeeper Willie kills kids in their dreams, advertising signs wreak havoc, and Homer finds himself trapped in another dimension (3D). My favorite Treehouse of Horror.
King-Size Homer: #1 on my personal Top Ten All-Time Simpsons Episode list! The funniest of all! If you haven't seen it (it's not shown in syndication much), it is worth the price of this DVD set alone! The premise: Homer wants to gain over 60 pounds to go on disability and live the good life. This is one goal where Homer succeeds Big-Time! Bart dreams of being lardo on workman's comp, "just like dad.": "I wash myself with a rag on a stick."
Mother Simpson: Homer always thought his mother died when he was a child, but she suddenly returns (Glenn Close) still on the lamb after destroying Mr. Burns' germ lab in the 1960s.
Sideshow Bob's Last Gleaming: Sideshow Bob wants Springfield to give up TV or he will detonate a nuclear weapon. He ends up taking Bart hostage in the Wright Brothers' plane and trying to kill Krusty. The plane turns out not to be the best of weapons.
The Simpsons 138th Episode Spectacular: Celebrating a common milestone (yeah, right). Troy McClure hosts a show with clips never before seen. I love the one where Homer's head is used as a bowling ball and it breaks open with a note "I owe you one brain-Signed, God."
Marge Be Not Proud: I play this every Christmas. Bart really wants a violent video game "Bonestorm" but his mom thinks it costs too much. Bart tries to steal it but is caught by security. When Marge finds out, she decides she should stop babying Bart and Bart thinks his mom has stopped loving him. Has that sweet quality of earlier Simpsons episodes.
Team Homer: Homer is a member of a bowling team, to be known as the "Pin Pals," which has been unknowingly financed by Mr. Burns. When Burns discovers the team, he decides to join and Homer is afraid to tell him he's not good enough.
Two Bad Neighbors: The only episode here I do not like. Former President George Bush becomes Homer's neighbor and they don't get along well. Over-the-top.
Scenes From the Class Struggle in Springfield: Marge's discounted Chanel suit catches the eye of a local socialite and Marge sets out to impress the stuck-up snobs so her family can join an exclusive country club.
Bart the Fink: Bart inadvertently exposes Krusty the Clown as a tax cheat. Krusty fakes his death to avoid the IRS. Bart and Lisa do not believe Krusty is dead and set out to track him down and convince him to return to his adoring fans. Bob Newhart gives a very Newhartian short speech at Krusty's memorial.
Lisa the Iconoclast: Another of my favorites! Lisa finds out the beloved town founder Jebediah Springfield was a traitorous pirate. She must decide whether to publish the truth or allowing the myth to continue.
Homer the Smithers: Forced to go on vacation, Smithers appoints Homer as his replacement to care for Mr. Burns. Burns pushes Homer over the edge and Homer hits him. Firing his replacement assistant, Burns realizes he can do things for himself and doesn't need Smithers. When Smithers returns, he and Homer try to devise a plan so Smithers can get his job back.
A Fish Called Selma: Actor Troy McClure must improve his public image to get film roles so he marries Selma.
The Day the Violence Died: An old hobo (voiced by Kirk Douglas) claims to have invented Itchy. He wins his case and, due to the settlement, the studio cannot afford to put out Itchy and Scratchy cartoons. Can Bart and Lisa save the violence? I love the "Amendment to Be" Schoolhouse Rock song.
Bart on the Road: Bart gets a fake ID and uses it to rent a car and take Milhouse, Nelson, and Martin to Knoxville to a World's Fair that was held 14 years earlier.
22 Short Films About Springfield: Segments on Apu; Principal Skinner and Superintendent Chalmers; Homer and Maggie; Bumblebee Man; Lisa and Marge; Milhouse, his dad, Police Chief Wiggum, and Snake in Herman's Military Antiques store; and Nelson getting his comeuppance.
Raging Abe Simpson and His Grumbling Grandson in "The Curse of the Flying Hellfish": During WWII, Grandpa Simpson entered into a contract with his platoon buddies whereby the last surviving member gets the Nazi treasure they recovered. It is now down to Grandpa and Mr. Burns and Burns would like to speed up Mother Nature. The attempts to kill Grandpa are hilarious.
Much Apu About Nothing: Proposition 24 (to deport all illegal aliens from Springfield) is on the ballot and Apu must become a U.S. citizen before it passes.
Homerpalooza: To prove to his kids that he's still cool, Homer obtains tickets to a popular music festival. He moves back into the "uncool" category when he joins a freak show at the event.
Summer of 4 Ft. 2: at Flander's beachhouse, Lisa meets some new kids who are unaware of her nerdish leanings. Lisa hopes to start anew with these kids and make friends, but Bart has other plans.