Over the years hundreds of celebrities have made guest appearances in The Simpsons. Here we unveil our favourite cameos, and ask for yours
More than 350 guest stars have visited Springfield since Series One aired in
1990, including Jerry Springer, Dolly Parton, Britney Spears, Michael Moore,
Natalie Portman, Lenny Kravitz and U2.
British cameos have included Monty Python Eric Idle, Star Trek
star Patrick Stewart, Beatles George Harrison and Ringo Star, Stones Mick
Jagger and Keith Richards, Ricky Gervais, Stephen Hawking and Tony Blair.
One of the funniest Simpsons cameos didn't actually appear on the sitcom, but
came when Homer, Lisa and Marge judged television's Simon
Cowell in a special snippet shown on American Idol, with Homer
urging Mr Nasty to "hurry it up, we've got 10,000 other losers to
listen to," before urging him to "lose the accent Mary Poppins,
this is AMERICAN Idol".
The 33 funniest Simpsons cameos (in order of appearance)
Our selection is made up of one-off cameos, not including semi-regular guest
stars such as Kelsey Grammer, Phil Hartman, Marcia Wallace and Joe Mantegna,
or even occasional guest appearances by Stephen Hawking, Glenn Close, Eric
Idle and James Earl Jones (who have all appeared in three episodes).
Agree or disagree? Think we've missed a classic? To be in with a chance of
winning tell us your favourite at the foot of this article.
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Hoffman as Mr. Bergstrom in Lisa's Substitute, where Lisa
takes a friendly yet romantic liking to Hoffman's substitute teacher
(credited as Sam Etic).
Michael Jackson as
Leon Kompowsky in Stark Raving Dad, although Jackson
(credited as John Jay Smith) provided his own voice for the dialogue,
impersonator Kipp Lennon did the singing.
Themselves in Flaming Moe's, where Aerosmith and bar owner Moe
perform Walk This Way, the rock band's 1986 hit single they recorded
with Run DMC.
Spinal Tap as
Spinal Tap in The Otto Show, where a terrible onstage performance
leads to a riot, before the band are killed in a tour bus accident, caused
by Otto's erratic driving.
Tom Jones as
Himself in Marge Gets a Job , where Mr. Burns attempts to seduce
Marge with the help of the kidnapped singer, after Marge states the Welshman
is her favourite.
and Red Hot Chili
Peppers as Themselves in Krusty Gets Kancelled, where Bart
and Lisa recruite a bevvy of major celebrities in an effort to save their
favourite TV show.
The Ramones as
Themselves in Rosebud, where in less than a minute on screen the band
deliver several superb jokes, and perform Happy Birthday for Mr.
Burns (who mistakes them for the Stones).
Ted Danson, Woody Harrelson and Rhea Perlman in Fear of Flying, where
the Cheers regulars' drunken antics scare off Homer, who has been barred
from Moe's for life.
Mel Brooks as
Himself and Susan Sarandon as the Ballet Teacher in "Homer vs. Patty &
Paul and Linda
McCartney as Themselves in Lisa the Vegetarian, where the
Beatle and his wife help establish Lisa's vegetarianism. McCartney
stipulated that Lisa's conversion be permanent.
and Cypress Hillas Themselves in Homerpalooza, where Homer's to become cool again
leads him to join the music festival as a carnival freak.
Johnny Cash as
the Coyote in El Viaje Misterioso de Nuestro Jomer (The Mysterious Voyage
of Homer), where a hallucinating Homer is lead by his spirit guide, a
coyote voiced by the singer.
as Ray Patterson and U2
as Themselves in Trash of the Titans, where Martin plays the
Sanitation Commissioner and Homer is beaten up after interrupting a U2
concert (the band had requested a guest appearance).
Mark Hamill as
Himself and Leavalle in Mayored to the Mob, where he dresses as Luke
Skywalker to sing Luke be a Jedi to the tune of Guys and Dolls' Luck
be a Lady.
as Herself in Wild Barts Can't Be Broken, where she sings The Star
Spangled Banner to the tune of her 1984 hit Girls Just Wanna Have Fun.
Elton John as
Himself in I'm with Cupid, where Homer sees Elton at the airport and
mistakenly thinks he has come to Springfield to perform a concert to save
Apu and Manjula's marriage (he does).
Mel Gibson as
Himself in Beyond Blunderdome, where Homer helps him rework his movie
so that his character goes crazy and kills every member of Congress and the
The Who as
Themselves in A Tale of Two Springfields, where the band are caught
in the middle of an Olde v New Springfield battle. Pete Townshend declined
to supply his voice and had is brother Paul substitute for him
as Himself in Tennis the Menace, where a tennis court is built at the
Springfield Retirement Castle, and stars such as Pete Sampras and the
Williams' sisters partner the family.
Themselves in Homer the Moe, where the band play at Homer's new
garage bar, before returning to Moe's for a Thanksgiving meal of turkey,
made "entirely of tofu and gluten.”
as Himself in She of Little Faith, where Lisa hears about the virtues
of Buddhism after meeting the Hollywood actor, who tells her she can
celebrate Christmas while being a Buddhist.
Tony Hawk as
Himself in Barting Over, where the skate legend gives Homer a
modified skateboard, which does all the stuntwork, before being showed up in
battle on the half pipe.
Tony Blair as
Himself in The Regina Monologues, the first episode in which the
entire family goes to Europe, and the first, and only time a serving prime
minister provided their own voice.
Frank Gehry as
Himself in The Seven-Beer Snitch, where Marge suggests to the
Springfield Cultural Advisory Board that architect Frank Gehry design and
build a new cultural centre for Springfield.
appeared as Charles and wrote Homer Simpson, This is Your Wife, the
first Simpsons guest star to ever be credited with writing an episode.
Episode was the highest rated ever in the UK, with 2.3 million viewers.
Themselves in The Mook, the Chef, the Wife and Her Homer, when Bart
hijacks the band and takes them to school, after their tour bus breaks down.
The White Stripes
as Themselves in Jazzy and the Pussycats, where the band's sequence
resembles their video for The Hardest Buttonto Button,
including Jack and Meg's outfits.
Himself in Marge Gamer, where the Brazil striker points out to referee Homer
that Lisa is a "flopper". Homer gives her a yellow followed by a
red for bad sportsmanship when she rips up the yellow.
Sutherland as Jack Bauer in 24 Minutes, where Bart's phone call is
accidentally crossed with a call from Jack Bauer. Bart asks who is this, and
Jack responds "I'm Jack Bauer. Who the hell are you?"