Addicts Bracket Challenge: Best Season of The Simpsons, Week 1

It was six years ago, just after the NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs bracket was complete that I thought it might be cool to do a The Simpsons Tapped Out bracket. Here we are six years later, and it’s time for our seventh TSTO Addicts Bracket Battle!

How much longer EA can keep Tapped Out going is up for debate. It is equally debatable how long The Simpsons will keep going. But what isn’t debatable is that there have been A LOT of incredible seasons of The Simpsons. 32 in fact. But which of the 32 seasons has truly been the best? With that in mind, we present to you TSTO Addicts’ The Best Season of The Simpsons Bracket Battle.

We created a Bracket of all 32 awesome seasons of our favourite family.

All 32 seasons of The Simpsons will battle each other in five rounds of head-to-head matchups, that we hope produces the most debate in the comments below. Every Friday over summer, we’ll post that week’s matchups and your votes will determine which season advances to the next round, until we’ve crowned “The Best Season of The Simpsons” on Friday September 3rd.

Quickly, some general housekeeping rules and guidelines:
– Weekly matchups will be posted on Friday and voting will remain open for over 6 days until noon EDT the following Thursday.
– The schedule of matchups is as follows:
o Friday July 2nd – Week 1 of Round 1 matchups
o Friday July 9th – Week 2 of Round 1 matchups
o Friday July 16th – Week 3 of Round 1 matchups
o Friday July 23rd – Week 4 of Round 1 matchups
o Friday July 30th – Week 1 of Round 2 matchups
o Friday August 6th – Week 2 of Round 2 matchups
o Friday August 13th – The Quarterfinal matchups
o Friday August 20th – The Final Four Semifinals matchups
o Friday August 27th – The Championship Finals matchup
o Friday September 3rd – The winner is unveiled

 

Here’s the Bracket unveiled (click on image to view enlarged version):

Along with the Bracket Battle, we are running a Pick’em Contest. Hope you entered.

Now without further ado, our first set of head-to-head matchups:

 

Season 1 vs Season 2

Tale of the Tape:

Season 1 2
Premiere 17-Dec-89 11-Oct-90
Finale 13-May-90 11-Jul-91
# of Episodes 13 22
Episodes “Simpsons Roasting on an Open Fire”, “Bart the Genius”, “Homer’s Odyssey”, “There’s No Disgrace Like Home”, “Bart the General”, “Moaning Lisa”, “The Call of the Simpsons”, “The Telltale Head”, “Life on the Fast Lane”, “Homer’s Night Out”, “The Crepes of Wrath”, “Krusty Gets Busted”, “Some Enchanted Evening” “Bart Gets an ‘F'”, “Simpson and Delilah”, “Treehouse of Horror”, “Two Cars in Every Garage and Three Eyes on Every Fish”, “Dancin’ Homer”, “Dead Putting Society”, “Bart vs. Thanksgiving”, “Bart the Daredevil”, “Itchy & Scratchy & Marge”, “Bart Gets Hit by a Car”, “One Fish, Two Fish, Blowfish, Blue Fish”, “The Way We Was”, “Homer vs. Lisa and the 8th Commandment”, “Principal Charming”, “Oh Brother, Where Art Thou?”, “Bart’s Dog Gets an ‘F'”, “Old Money”, “Brush with Greatness”, “Lisa’s Substitute”, “The War of the Simpsons”, “Three Men and a Comic Book”, “Blood Feud”
Average Viewers 27.8 million 24.4 million
Most Watched Episode “Life on the Fast Lane” (33.5 million) “Bart Gets an F” (33.6 million)
Safi’s Favourite “Simpsons Roasting on an Open Fire” “The Way We Was”
Guest Stars Albert Brooks, Christian Coffinet, June Foray, Kelsey Grammer, Marcia Wallace, Miriam Flynn, Paul Willson, Penny Marshall, Ron Taylor, Sam McMurray Alex Rocco, Audrey Meadows, Carol Kane, Cloris Leachman, Daniel Stern, Danny DeVito, Daryl Coley, Diana Tanaka, Dustin Hoffman, Frank Welker, George Takei, Greg Berg, Harvey Fierstein, James Earl Jones, Joey Miyashima, Jon Lovitz, Ken Levine, Larry King, Marcia Wallace, Phil Hartman, Ringo Starr, Sab Shimono, Tom Poston, Tony Bennett, Tracey Ullman
Emmy Awards 1) Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Animated Program (For Programming less than One Hour) WON for “Life on the Fast Lane”.

2) Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Animated Program (For Programming less than One Hour) nominated for “Simpsons Roasting on an Open Fire”.

3) Outstanding Main Title Theme Music for Danny Elfman nominated for main tile theme.

4) Outstanding Sound Mixing for a Comedy Series or a Special nominated for “The Call of the Simpsons”.

5) Outstanding Editing for a Miniseries or a Special nominated for “Simpsons Roasting on an Open Fire”.

1) Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Animated Program (For Programming less than One Hour) WON for “Homer vs. Lisa and the 8th Commandment”.

2) Outstanding Sound Mixing for a Comedy Series or a Special nominated for “Homer vs. Lisa and the 8th Commandment”.

Poll to follow all 4 Tale of the Tapes.

 

Season 15 vs Season 16

Tale of the Tape:

Season 15 16
Premiere 02-Nov-03 07-Nov-04
Finale 23-May-04 15-May-05
# of Episodes 22 21
Episodes “Treehouse of Horror XIV”, “My Mother the Carjacker”, “The President Wore Pearls”, “The Regina Monologues”, “The Fat and the Furriest”, “Today I Am a Clown”, “‘Tis the Fifteenth Season”, “Marge vs Singles, Seniors, Childless Couples and Teens, and Gays”, “I, (Annoyed Grunt)-bot”, “Diatribe of a Mad Housewife”, “Margical History Tour”, “Milhouse Doesn’t Live Here Anymore”, “Smart & Smarter”, “The Ziff Who Came to Dinner”, “Co-Dependents’ Day”, “The Wandering Juvie”, “My Big Fat Geek Wedding”, “Catch ‘Em If You Can”, “Simple Simpson”, “The Way We Weren’t”, “Bart-Mangled Banner”, “Fraudcast News” “Treehouse of Horror XV”, “All’s Fair in Oven War”, “Sleeping with the Enemy”, “She Used to Be My Girl”, “Fat Man and Little Boy”, “Midnight Rx”, “Mommie Beerest”, “Homer and Ned’s Hail Mary Pass”, “Pranksta Rap”, “There’s Something About Marrying”, “On a Clear Day I Can’t See My Sister”, “Goo Goo Gai Pan”, “Mobile Homer”, “The Seven-Beer Snitch”, “Future-Drama”, “Don’t Fear the Roofer”, “The Heartbroke Kid”, “A Star Is Torn”, “Thank God, It’s Doomsday”, “Home Away from Homer”, “The Father, the Son, and the Holy Guest Star”
Average Viewers 11.0 million 10.2 million
Most Watched Episode “I, (Annoyed Grunt)-Bot” (16.3 million) “Homer and Ned’s Hail Mary Pass” (23.1 million)
Safi’s Favourite “The President Wore Pearls” “There’s Something About Marrying”
Guest Stars Ashley Olsen, Brave Combo, Charles Napier, Dick Tufeld, Dudley R Herschbach, Evan Marriott, Glenn Close, Ian McKellen, Isabel Sanford, J.K. Rowling, Jackie Mason, Jane Kaczmarek, Jane Leeves, Jennifer Garner, Jerry Lewis, Jim Gilstrap, Jon Lovitz, Marcia Wallace, Mark Campbell, Mary-Kate Olsen, Matt Groening, Michael Moore, Mr. T, Nichelle Nichols, Nick Bakay, Oscar De La Hoya, Sarah Michelle Gellar, Simon Cowell, Thomas Pynchon, Tom Clancy, Tony Blair, William Daniels 50 Cent, Albert Brooks, Amy Poehler, Baha Men, Charles Napier, Dana Gould, Eric Idle, Fantasia Barrino, Frank Gehry, Gary Busey, James Caan, Jane Kaczmarek, Jason Bateman, Joe Mantegna, John DiMaggio, Kim Cattrall, LeBron James, Liam Neeson, Los Lobos, Lucy Liu, Marcia Wallace, Marie Cain, Michael Dees, Michelle Kwan, Ray Romano, Robert Wagner, Stephen Hawking, Terry W Greene, Thomas Pynchon, Tom Brady, Warren Sapp, Yao Ming
Emmy Awards 1) Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Animated Program (For Programming less than One Hour) nominated for “The Way We Weren’t”.

2) Outstanding Voice-Over Performance for Dan Castellaneta WON for “Today I am A Clown”.

3) Outstanding Music and Lyrics nominated for “Vote for a Winner” by Alf Clausen and Dana Gould in “The President Wore Pearls”.

4) Outstanding Music Composition for a Series (Dramatic Underscore) for Alf Clausen nominated in “Treehouse of Horror XIV”.

1) Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Animated Program (For Programming less than One Hour) nominated for “Future-Drama”.

2) Outstanding Music and Lyrics nominated for “Always My Dad” by Alf Clausen and Carolyn Omine in “A Star Is Torn”.

3) Outstanding Music Composition for a Series (Dramatic Underscore) for Alf Clausen nominated in “Treehouse of Horror XV”.

Poll to follow all 4 Tale of the Tapes.

 

Season 17 vs Season 18

Tale of the Tape:

Season 17 18
Premiere 11-Sep-05 10-Sep-06
Finale 21-May-06 20-May-07
# of Episodes 22 22
Episodes “The Bonfire of the Manatees”, “The Girl Who Slept Too Little”, “Milhouse of Sand and Fog”, “Treehouse of Horror XVI”, “Marge’s Son Poisoning”, “See Homer Run”, “The Last of the Red Hat Mamas”, “The Italian Bob”, “Simpsons Christmas Stories”, “Homer’s Paternity Coot”, “We’re on the Road to D’ohwhere”, “My Fair Laddy”, “The Seemingly Never-Ending Story”, “Bart Has Two Mommies”, “Homer Simpson, This Is Your Wife”, “Million Dollar Abie”, “Kiss Kiss, Bang Bangalore”, “The Wettest Stories Ever Told”, “Girls Just Want to Have Sums”, “Regarding Margie”, “The Monkey Suit”, “Marge and Homer Turn a Couple Play” “The Mook, the Chef, the Wife and Her Homer”, “Jazzy and the Pussycats”, “Please Homer, Don’t Hammer ‘Em”, “Treehouse of Horror XVII”, “G.I. (Annoyed Grunt)”, “Moe’N’a Lisa”, “Ice Cream of Margie (with the Light Blue Hair)”, “The Haw-Hawed Couple”, “Kill Gil, Volumes I & II”, “The Wife Aquatic”, “Revenge Is a Dish Best Served Three Times”, “Little Big Girl”, “Springfield Up”, “Yokel Chords”, “Rome-Old and Juli-Eh”, “Homerazzi”, “Marge Gamer”, “The Boys of Bummer”, “Crook and Ladder”, “Stop! Or My Dog Will Shoot”, “24 Minutes”, “You Kent Always Say What You Want”
Average Viewers 9.6 million 9.2 million
Most Watched Episode “Treehouse of Horror XVI” (11.7 million) “The Wife Aquatic” (13.9 million)
Safi’s Favourite “The Italian Bob” “24 Minutes”
Guest Stars Alec Baldwin, Amick Byram, Antonio Fargas, Bob Joyce, Dave Thomas, Dennis Rodman, Frances McDormand, Gene Tenace, Jim Gilstrap, Joe Frazier, Joe Mantegna, Kelsey Grammer, Larry Hagman, Lily Tomlin, Mandy Moore, Marcia Wallace, Maria Grazia Cucinotta, Maurice LaMarche, Meher Tatna, Melanie Griffith, Michael Carrington, Michael Dees, Michael York, Oren Waters, Randy Johnson, Richard Dean Anderson, Ricky Gervais, Rob Reiner, Sal Bando, Sally Stevens, Stacy Keach, Susan Sarandon, Terry Bradshaw, Terry W Greene, William H Macy Andy Dick, Betty White, Dana Gould, Elvis Stojko, Eric Idle, Fran Drescher, Gore Vidal, J K Simmons, James Patterson, Jane Kaczmarek, Joe Mantegna, Joe Pantoliano, Jon Lovitz, Jonathan Franzen, Kiefer Sutherland, Larina Jean Adamson, Ludacris, Marcia Wallace, Mary Lynn Rajskub, Maurice LaMarche, Meg Ryan, Metallica, Michael Chabon, Michael Imperioli, Natalie Portman, Peter Bogdanovich, Phil McGraw, Richard Lewis, Ronaldo, Rudy Giuliuani, Sab Shimono, Sir Mix-a-Lot, Stephen Hawking, Stephen Sondheim, The White Stripes, Tom Wolfe
Emmy Awards 1) Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Animated Program (For Programming less than One Hour) WON for “The Seemingly Never-Ending Story”.

2) Outstanding Voice-Over Performance for Kelsey Grammer WON for “The Italian Bob”.

1) Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Animated Program (For Programming less than One Hour) nominated for “The Haw-Hawed Couple”.

 

Poll to follow all 4 Tale of the Tapes.

 

Season 31 vs Season 32

Tale of the Tape:

Season 31 32
Premiere 29-Sep-19 27-Sep-20
Finale 17-May-20 23-May-21
# of Episodes 22 22
Episodes “The Winter of Our Monetized Content”, “Go Big or Go Homer”, “The Fat Blue Line”, “Treehouse of Horror XXX”, “Gorillas on the Mast”, “Marge the Lumberjill”, “Livin La Pura Vida”, “Thanksgiving of Horror”, “Todd, Todd, Why Hast Thou Forsaken Me?”, “Bobby, It’s Cold Outside”, “Hail to the Teeth”, “The Miseducation of Lisa Simpson”, “Frinkcoin”, “Bart the Bad Guy”, “Screenless”, “Better Off Ned”, “Highway to Well”, “The Incredible Lightness of Being a Baby”, “Warrin’ Priests, Part One”, “Warrin’ Priests, Part Two”, “The Hateful Eight-Year-Olds”, “The Way of the Dog” “Undercover Burns”, “I, Carumbus”, “Now Museum, Now You Don’t”, “Treehouse of Horror XXXI”, “The 7 Beer Itch”, “Podcast News”, “Three Dreams Denied”, “The Road to Cincinnati”, “Sorry Not Sorry”, “A Springfield Summer Christmas for Christmas”, “The Dad-Feelings Limited”, “Diary Queen”, “Wad Goals”, “Yokel Hero”, “Do Pizza Bots Dream of Electric Guitars”, “Manger Things”, “Uncut Femmes”, “Burger Kings”, “Panic on the Streets of Springfield”, “Mother and Child Reunion”, “The Man from G.R.A.M.P.A.”, “The Last Barfighter”
Average Viewers 2.6 million 2.1 million
Most Watched Episode “Go Big or Go Homer” (5.7 million) “Treehouse of Horror XXXI” (5.5 million)
Safi’s Favourite “Thanksgiving of Horror” “Diary Queen”
Guest Stars Anthony Russo, Asia Kate Dillon, Beanie Feldstein, Billy Porter, Bob Odenkirk, Camila Mendes, Cate Blanchett, Charlie Brooker, Chelsea Peretti, Chrissy Teigen, Cobie Smulders, Dana Gould, David Silverman, Dawnn Lewis, Dr Drew Pinsky, Ed ‘Too Tall’ Jones, Fortune Feimster, Glenn Close, Jane Goodall, Jason Momoa, Jill Sobule, Jim Parsons, Joe Mantegna, Joe Russo, Joey King, John Legend, John Mulaney, Jon Lovitz, Kelsey Grammer, Kevin Feige, Kevin Smith, Lili Reinhart, Lilly Singh, Madelaine Petsch, Marcia Wallace, Michael Rapaport, Michael York, Natasha Lyonne, Pete Holmes, Scott Bakula, Steve Ballmer, Suzanne Waters, Tal Fishman, Taran Killam, Weezer, Werner Herzog, Zach Woods Albert Brooks, Ariana Piknjac, Ben Mankiewicz, Ben Platt, Benedict Cumberbatch, Bob Balaban,Bob Seger, Brian George, Cesar Mazariegos, Chris Parnell, Christine Nangle, Dan Aykroyd, David Harbour, Dawnn Lewis, Dmitry Malanitchev, Ella Piknjac, Ellie Kemper, George Stephanopoulos, Greg Grunberg, Hannibal Buress, Ian McShane, J J Abrams, James Sie, Jason Bateman, Jenny Yokobori, Joe Mantegna, Kimberly Brooks, Marcia Wallace, Mario Jose, Maurice LaMarche, Megan Mullally, Melanie Minichino, Michael Palin, Morgan Fairchild, Natasha Rothwell, Nate Silver, Nick Offerman, Olivia Colman, Paul Rudd, Phil Rosenthal, Richard Kind, Robin Atkin Downes, Stellan Skarsgård, Stephen Fry, Stephen Root, Tiya Sircar, Werner Herzog
Emmy Awards 1) Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Animated Program (For Programming less than One Hour) nominated for “Thanksgiving of Horror”.

2) Outstanding Voice-Over Performance for Hank Azaria nominated for “Frinkcoin”.

3) Outstanding Voice-Over Performance for Nancy Cartwright nominated for “Better Off Ned”.

Nominations to be announced 13JUL2021.

Poll to follow all 4 Tale of the Tapes.

 

 

Poll


 

Reminder, voting is open until noon EDT Thursday July 8th.

What are your thoughts on this weeks four matchups? Of the four matchups above, which was the easiest decision and which was the hardest? What do you think of the bracket? Did you enter the pick’em contest? Sound off below, you know we love hearing from you.

3 responses to “Addicts Bracket Challenge: Best Season of The Simpsons, Week 1

  1. I voted for season 2, 16, 17, 31.

  2. Hey Safi thank you for the 2021 Bracket Battle Royale 👍🏻
    So many good Episodes, you have to narrow down which Season had the most, or maybe a Season just had that favourite Episode! 🤔

    For those using a mobile device and are having a problem reading the small print? just use two fingers ✌🏻 to adjust the screen so that you can read the print up close! (I’m using Android with Chrome Browser!)

    All Tappers please have a safe 4th of July weekend 🇺🇸 (we’re at Knott’s Berry Farm 🍇!) 😀

  3. Couldn’t really read the tale of the tape for season 2 (see image), but, fortunately, I was familiar enough with that season not to need it! 🙂

    https://imgur.com/a/WIZsAuh

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