After the first couple of seasons were spent finding its feet, ‘The Simpsons’ experienced a golden age unlike many shows have ever managed, and it was incredible. However, season 9 spells the end of that particular golden age for me, and even then, it is still an incredible season of TV that just struggles to live up to the almost unattainable heights of previous years.
The City of New York vs Homer Simpson is one of my favourite Simpsons episodes and is a brilliant recreation of the city and also provides some great Homer moments, and at times acts like an effective thriller. It is a stand out of the season and really kicks it off with a bang.
“The Garbage Man” musical number in this season is arguably my favourite musical sequence in the show, simply because it is so catchy and a bit ridiculous. The episode itself is strong but the set-piece itself is a real gem.
The Principal and the Pauper is one of the worst episodes of the show due to an unnecessary and really hurtful plot twist that could be a “jump the shark” moment for the show”.
There are some really good episodes in this season but the thing that drags it down below the quality of some of the previous seasons is that it also has some week episodes.
On the whole though, still superb TV.
Rating = 4/5