The Simpsons may have not been the best show ever by the time they rolled around to their tenth season, but it still had some amazing tricks up its sleeve. Comparing tenth season Simpsons episodes to the prime of the series (3-7) is just unfair and really kind of self-defeating. "Yeah, I laughed, but not as hard as a couple of years ago. So it sucks." That's nonsense. The fact is that even the tenth season of The Simpsons was funnier than most show's best years and now the DVD is here to prove it.
The season itself probably only deserves around a B+, but the DVD sets produced by Fox remain the bar that every other show should try and jump over. What more could you ask for than what Fox provides with The Simpsons sets? The most common reason that fans use for not purchasing these seasons is that the show airs in repeats nearly 24/7 for free. Yeah, sure, but it doesn't look or sound nearly this good and you don't get the best collection of extras that TV on DVD can provide. The tenth season includes commentaries on every single episode with Matt Groening and Mike Scully, along with a changing group of writers, actors, and directors, deleted scenes with commentary, multi-angle animation showcases, crank calls, commercials, a glimpse inside, original sketches, and a sneak peek at The Simpsons Movie (which you better have seen by now).
The list of special features is practically the same as the first nine seasons, so what's truly going to separate the tenth season of The Simpsons are the stand-out episodes themselves. Here are the best tenth season Simpsons adventures that every fan should include in their collection:
10.1 - "Lard of the Dance"
Lisa Kudrow guest stars as a new girl much hipper than Lisa, while Homer and Bart work to collect grease to sell back to the recycling plant. Great line - "Dear Lord, I know You're busy, seeing as how you can watch women changing clothes and all that, but if you help us steal this grease tonight, I promise we'll donate half the profits to charity."
10.5 - "When You Dish Upon a Star"
Back when Alec Baldwin and Kim Basinger were still a couple, they guested together on The Simpsons as themselves. Homer stumbles across that era's Brangelina and exposes his new celebrity friends to the world of Springfield. Ron Howard guest stars in a hilarious cameo. Great line - "Look, all I'm saying is, if these big stars didn't want people going through their garbage and saying they're gay, then they shouldn't have tried to express themselves creatively."
10.6 - "D'oh-in' in the Wind"
What does the J. stand for in Homer J. Simpson? Find out in this funny episode featuring George Carlin, Springfield residents tripping on peyote, and a freak-out to the song "Uptown Girl" by Billy Joel. What more do you want? Great line - "Homer Simpson does not lie twice on the same form. He never has, and he never will."
10.10 - "Viva Ned Flanders"
Ned and Homer in Vegas. 'Nuff said. We also learn Ned Flanders' true age - 60. The guy takes care of his dum-diddley self. Great line - "The lights, the noise, the letter X. It's all designed to inflame the senses. I'm overstimulated. I've gotta get out of this town."
10.11 - "Wild Barts Can't Be Broken"
Homer, Barney, Lenny, and Carl go on a drunken binge and vandalize the elementary school. After blaming the children, Wiggum imposes a curfew and the kids revolt. It's the peak of season ten with a great mix of supporting characters. Great line - "If kids are so innocent, why is everything bad named after them? Acting childish, kidnapping, child abuse ..."
10.13 - "Homer to the Max"
Homer legally changes his name to Max Power after a TV detective with his name is portrayed as a bumbling fool. Is the world ready for Max Power? Is Marge? Great line - "There are three ways to do things, the right way, the wrong way and the Max Power way!"
10.17 - "Maximum Homerdrive"
The family goes to a restaurant that allows you to kill your own steak and Homer tries to eat a 16-lb. one. When his competitor in the eating competition dies mid-steak, Homer feels so bad he takes over his truck shipments and some awesome road comedy ensues. Great line - "I think I heard somewhere that cows like being killed."