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The Simpsons: The Complete Fourth Season

Dan Castellaneta , Nancy Cartwright , Carlos Baeza , David Silverman    Unrated   DVD
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By its fourth season, The Simpsons had come far enough where Lisa could make a self-referential joke about Dustin Hoffman and Michael Jackson's pseudonymous guest voice appearances in seasons 2 and 3, respectively. In this season, no less than Elizabeth Taylor (in two episodes), Bette Midler, and even the reclusive Johnny Carson blessed The Simpsons with their iconic presences. Awhile back, Entertainment Weekly ranked The Simpsons' Top 25 best episodes ever. Five gems from season 4 cracked the top 12, including the (debatable) choice for No. 1, "Last Exit to Springfield." Other episodes that loom large in the Simpsons legend are "Mr. Plow" (you know the jingle: "Call Mr. Plow / That's my name / That name again is Mr. Plow"), "Marge vs. the Monorail," featuring a Music Man-style extravaganza, and "A Streetcar Named Marge," the episode that outraged New Orleans residents, who heard their fair metropolis referred to as "a city that the damned call home."

The Simpsons smartly subverts traditional family sitcom convention, but anyone who thinks the show doesn't have a heart is advised to watch "I Love Lisa" and "New Kid on the Block," two fourth-season gems that absolutely nail the agony and ecstasy of unrequited crushes ("You won't be needing this," a heartbroken Bart fantasizes his babysitter saying while dropkicking his heart into a wastebasket in "New Kid"). While the Simpsons' celebrated ensemble gets all the glory, we must pause now to praise the peerless writing staff, among them, George Meyer, Al Jean, Jon Vitti, John Swartzwelder, David Silverman, and Conan O'Brien. One can only marvel in astonishment at the alchemy that went into creating, week after week, such essential episodes as "Kamp Krusty," "Streetcar," the profane and profound "Homer the Heretic," and "Lisa the Beauty Queen" (And that's just disc 1!). The animators, too, rose to the occasion, particularly in "Itchy & Scratchy: The Movie," with its dead-on, ultra-violent sinking of the seminal Disney cartoon, "Steamboat Willie." And another benchmark in The Simpsons' rise to the TV pantheon: Its very first clip show. What Homer says about donuts in "Monorail" holds true as well for The Simpsons itself: Is there anything this show can't do? --Donald Liebenson

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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars More classic episodes for your collection April 8 2004
Format:DVD
After really hitting their stride in Seasons 2 and 3, the Simpsons kept on rolling in Season 4. This season, Homer has completely supplanted Bart as the star of the show. Bart still gets a few starring episodes, along with some for Marge and Lisa. Even some side characters like Selma, Ralph Wiggum, Grandpa, Krusty, and Mr. Burns get their moments in the spotlight. Here is a look at the episodes that make up season 4:
1) Kamp Krusty - Bart leads a revolt at Krusty's summer camp
2) A Streetcar Named Marge - Jon Lovitz guest stars as the director of the musical "Oh, Streetcar!"
3) Homer the Heretic - Homer discovers the benefits of skipping church
4) Lisa the Beauty Queen - a junior pageant sponsored by Laramie Cigarettes
5) Treehouse of Horror III - includes an evil Krusty doll, Homer as King Kong, and some zombies
6) Itchy & Scratchy: The Movie - Homer punishes bart (other than by strangling him)
7) Marge Gets a Job - at the power plant, and Mr. Burns falls for her (features Troy McClure hosting "The Half-assed Approach to Foundation Repair", and Smithers kidnapping Tom Jones)
6) New Kid on the Block - girl of Bart's dreams is stolen by Jimbo (features a great prank call to Moe's)
7) Mr. Plow - a classic episode - Homer and Barney compete as snow plow operators
8) Lisa's First Word - continuing the trend of flash-back episodes that provide Simpsons history (featuring Elizabeth Taylor as the voice of Maggie)
9) Homer's Triple Bypass - Homer tries to save money by going to Dr. Nick for surgery
10) Marge vs.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Simpsons Their Run April 6 2004
Format:DVD
Season Four of the Simpsons aired from 9/24/92 to 5/13/93. The Episodes and a brief description are here.
Kamp Krusty - Bart and Lisa go to Kamp Krusty, where it turns out to be a living nightmare. Bart eventually takes the helm.
A Streetcar Named Marge - Marge joins a play; while Maggie is on her own adventure in a daycare facility.
Homer the Heretic - Homer takes joy in skipping church. After a house fire where Ned saves him, Homer goes back, only to fall asleep.
Lisa the Beauty Queen - Lisa, by default, wins the title of Little Miss Springfield.
Treehouse of Horror III - Toy Krusty doll terrorizes Homer; Homer is King Kong; Zombies attack Springfield.
Itchy and Scratchy the Movie - Bart gets in trouble and Homer denies Bart viewing the long awaited film.
Marge Gets a Job - Mr. Burns is forced to hire a woman, so Marge takes the job.
New Kid on the Block - Bart falls in love with a girl that moves in, only to have his heart ripped out.
Mr. Plow - Homer starts his own snow plowing business, only to be toppled by Barney, the Plow King.
Lisa's First Word - A flashback episode, where Lisa says her first word.
Homer's Triple Bypass - Homer needs surgery, and tries to tell his kids about it.
Marge vs the Monorail - One of my favorites this season, a monorail system comes to Springfield, only to have disasters.
Selma's Choice - Selma wants kids, and when Homer eats a gross sandwich and is sidelined from a trip to Duffland, Selma steps in to take Bart and Lisa.
Brother From the Same Planet - Bart and Homer join the Bigger Brother program.
I Love Lisa - Valentine's Day rolls around and Lisa takes pity on Ralph who doesn't get anything. Then, Ralph tries to win her heart.
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5.0 out of 5 stars 4rth time`s the charm Oct. 11 2006
By Tommy Skylar TOP 100 REVIEWER
Format:DVD
The Simpsons season 4(2004)

The Simpsons is probably the most popular show ever to air on t.v season 4 is one of the best,funniest ever with the dvd release you can get all 22 episodes from season 4.The fourth season ranks greatly among other Simpsons seasons as it show us how great this serie was about to get better and more impressive.It also showed us great episodes and some of the funniest moments of the long running serie and would be a great addition to your dvd collection.

cost;with the eight season released and others coming it is now under 35$ wich is nothing to own this great season but even if at some places it is very expensive!

highlights;so many!Itchy and scratchy the movie,the great Mr.plow wich is among the best,I love Lisa,the front,Krusty gets cancelled,A Streetcar named Marge,Marge v.s the Monorail and so on. the price of this set aint too high anymore with the release of older seasons and lets not forget the hours you will spend laughing.

lowlights;what are you talking about of course none!

All classics like Lisa the beauty queen ,Simpson horror show 3,Homer the heretic,Kamp krusty,(i know i could spend hours saying how these episodes are great!but i wont)lots of episodes (22)all funny,an early season of the show we get to see more characters,more guests like elizabeth taylor.

Finaly there is nothing more to say everithing is great!a great season!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Worst. . .commentaries. . .ever. . . July 9 2004
Format:DVD
The episodes are spectacular. There are a few remnants of the old Simpsons (the pupils change from small to large from episode to episode, etc.). Some of the show's greatest episodes are in this season: Lisa's beauty queen pageant, Mr. Burns' love for Marge, the monorail - all Simpson gems.
The commentaries are not great. I can't believe that they delay the release of episodes specifically for this reason. The commentary for "A Streetcar Named Marge" is awful. It basically consists of Jon Lovitz and Hank Azaria shamelessly plugging "The Critic," "The Stepford Wives," and "Along Came Polly." The commentary for "The New Kid on the Block" includes Conan O'Brien, but all they do is sit around and laugh at each other. There are hardly any insights to the episodes, and often, there are many blank moments where it seems as if no one can think of anything to say. It's very annoying. I say, release the seasons faster by only doing commentary for a few episodes.
So - 5 star DVD, 2 star commentaries. This is a definite must-have for Simpsons fans, but skip the commentary. Let's hope the creators have exhausted themselves and will release season 5 soon.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The best simpson season ever!!!
I have the 3 other seasons and i think this was the best of all. Every episode is hilarious this is the best simpsons shows altogether in one. Read more
Published on Oct. 5 2004 by paul
5.0 out of 5 stars Oh, the humanity
Where do you begin with a series such as this? The writing is over most people's heads. It's just brilliant with its many references to cluture, politics, movies, and everything... Read more
Published on July 11 2004 by "thomabbott"
5.0 out of 5 stars Many classic episodes on Season 4
You'll be blown away by the visual/audio quality on this DVD set. There are many episode classics such as "Duffless", "Marge vs Monorail", "I Love... Read more
Published on July 7 2004 by SN
5.0 out of 5 stars the best season out now, every episode you need
this is a 4-disc dvd set of the simpsons. it is season 4. this is the best season out now and it has some of the most memorable moments like on marge vs. Read more
Published on July 6 2004 by Jesse Hurley
5.0 out of 5 stars "I call the big one 'Bitey'."
Finally, after months of waiting, The Simpsons Season Four is out on DVD. Anybody who's familiar with this season can tell you it's well worth the wait. Read more
Published on July 5 2004 by Eggplant
1.0 out of 5 stars Wake Up
I cannot believe that nobody is telling the truth about this very silly show. Yes it has some reputable points, but all these ideas are mismashed into a whole that rarely makes... Read more
Published on July 5 2004
5.0 out of 5 stars best ever
the best simpsons ever!! can't get any better.
Published on July 5 2004
5.0 out of 5 stars Excelente
Esta temporada de los simpsons es excelente, notese que es la primera en region uno con la pista en español latinoamericano que hace a los simpsons en español en... Read more
Published on July 4 2004 by V. Ceron
5.0 out of 5 stars "The frogurt is also cursed."
The best Simpsons season at the time, the show was definitely getting better every year. This season has some classic episodes, including "Kamp Krusty", "Marge Vs. Read more
Published on July 4 2004 by Alan
5.0 out of 5 stars Some of the best ever.
It took three seasons before the Simpsons reached their peak, but this fourth season make it worth the wait. Read more
Published on July 3 2004 by "meh-hole"
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