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The classic to clunker ratio is still extraordinarily high, though The Simpsons' sixth season could give some devoted viewers pause. The show that takes cheeky delight in mooning television convention gives us "Another Simpsons Clip Show" and its first season-ending cliffhanger, "Who Shot Mr. Burns?" And, as does Bart in "A Star Is Burns," we should all feel a little dirty at the "cheap cartoon crossover" appearance of Jay Sherman (Jon Lovitz), designed to give a boost to the ill-fated animated series The Critic. But this is just beard-stroking tongue-clucking regarding a season that delivered episodes that rank in the hallowed The Simpsons pantheon, among them, "Homer: Bad Man," in which lust for a gummy Venus de Milo, peeled from the behind of an unwitting babysitter, makes Homer the object of feminist protest and tabloid TV fodder, and "Homer the Great," in which Homer is discovered to be the Chosen One to lead the secret society, "The Stonecutters" ("Who holds back the electric car/Who made Steve Guttenberg a star?/We do!"). Several episodes take their inspiration from classic films and books: Hitchcock's Rear Window ("Bart of Darkness"); Michael Crichton's Westworld and Jurassic Park ("Itchy and Scratchy Land"); and Stephen King and Ray Bradbury ("Treehouse of Horror V").

This season's roster of guest voices is also especially impressive, including Winona Ryder as "Lisa's Rival," Meryl Streep as Rev. Lovejoy's bad-seed daughter ("She's like a Milk Dud," a smitten Bart laments. "Sweet on the outside, poison on the inside"), the late Anne Bancroft in "Fear of Flying"; Patrick Stewart in "Homer the Great"; Mel Brooks and Susan Sarandon in "Homer vs. Patty and Selma," and Mandy Patinkin as Lisa's future fiancée in the surprisingly moving "Lisa's Wedding." There has, of late, been a feud a-brewin' between fans of The Simpsons and Family Guy. Which show is funnier? Has The Simpsons lost it? Is Family Guy a Simpsons-wannabe? Hey; Can't we all just laugh along? Best to just marvel at another exemplary Simpsons season that, to quote Homer in "Lisa's Rival," delivers it all: "The terrifying lows, the dizzying highs, the creamy middles." - Donald Liebenson, Amazon.com

"Bart of Darkness" (1F22)Airdate: 09/04/94
After breaking his leg, Bart spends the summer at his bedroom window, spying on the neighbors with a telescope. Bart finds the view boring until he sees Ned Flanders murdering his wife. Or did he?

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"Lisa's Rival" (1F17)Airdate: 09/11/94
It looks as if Lisa's days as the class brain are numbered when a new student, Allison Taylor, proves to be smarter, younger, and plays the sax better than her. Meanwhile, Homer strikes white gold in the form of an over-turned sugar truck.

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"Another Simpsons Clip Show" (2F33)Airdate: 09/25/94
A romance novel prompts Marge to have a family meeting to discuss the values of love and past romances.

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"Itchy & Scratchy Land" (2F01)Airdate: 10/02/94
The family's trip to Itchy & Scratchy Land proves heavenly until the Itchy & Scratchy robots want to make the amusement park the family's permanent home.

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"Sideshow Bob Roberts" (2F02)Airdate: 10/09/94
With the help of a radio talk show host, Mayor Quimby is pressured into releasing Sideshow Bob from prison. Once out, Bob promptly runs against the mayor and wins. Bart and Lisa set out to prove Sideshow Bob didn't win legally.

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"Treehouse of Horror V" (2F03)Airdate: 10/30/94
The Shinning - No TV and no beer makes Homer go crazy at an isolated mountain lodge.

Time and Punishment - Ned Flanders becomes the ruler of the world after Homer adversely uses a toaster to change the past.

Nightmare Cafeteria - Overcrowding at the school's detention room and budget cuts in the cafeteria leads Principal Skinner to come up with a unique single solution.

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"Bart's Girlfriend" (2F04)Airdate: 11/06/94
Bart's infatuation with Reverend Lovejoy's daughter Jessica is short-lived when she steals the church collection plate and Bart is blamed for the theft.

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"Lisa on Ice" (2F05)Airdate: 11/13/94
A sibling rivalry breaks out on and off the ice when Lisa proves to be as good a hockey player as Bart is.

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"Homer: Bad Man" (2F06)Airdate: 11/27/94
Homer's life comes crashing down on him when a simple grab for a candy treat is misinterpreted as sexual harassment by the family's new baby-sitter.

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"Grampa vs. Sexual Inadequacy" (2F07)Airdate: 12/04/94
Grampa Simpson's love tonic saves Homer and Marge's sex life, but breaks the bond between father and son. Meanwhile, Bart thinks Springfield has been invaded by UFOs.

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"Fear of Flying" (2F08)Airdate: 12/18/94
Marge's fear of flying is revealed after the family earns a free trip to almost any state of their choice. To help overcome her fear, Marge visits a psychiatrist. Ted Danson, Woody Harrelson, Rhea Perlman, John Ratzenberger, and George Wendt all guest star.

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"Homer the Great" (2F09)Airdate: 01/08/95
Homer joins a secret club named the Stonecutters, where his greatness is revealed, but only after he destroys the club's secret parchment and is stripped of his membership. Patrick Stewart does the voice of Number One.

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"And Maggie Makes Three" (2F10)Airdate: 01/22/95
When the kids wonder what happened to Maggie's photos in the family album, Homer tells the story of how he had to give up his dream job as a pin monkey when Maggie was born.

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"Bart's Comet" (2F11)Airdate: 02/05/95
Springfield's days are numbered when Bart discovers a comet is heading straight for them. Now they must decide who will brave the comet's arrival and who can stay in the Flanders' bomb shelter.

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"Homie the Clown" (2F12)Airdate: 02/12/95
Homer's new job as a Krusty The Klown knock-off lands him in deep waters when mobsters want him dead, thinking he's the real Krusty.

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"Bart vs. Australia" (2F13)Airdate: 02/19/95
The government of Australia isn't impressed with Bart's prank phone call and demand that he apologies in person.

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"Homer vs. Patty & Selma" (2F14)Airdate: 02/26/95
Homer's latest money making scheme backfires and he goes to Patty and Selma as the last resort to borrow money. Meanwhile, Bart takes up ballet. Mel Brooks and Susan Sarandon guest star.

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"A Star is Burns" (2F31)Airdate: 03/05/95
In order to boost the towns' sagging popularly, the people of Springfield hold a film festival to attract more tourists. Marge invites Jay Sherman from "The Critic" to guest judge.

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"Lisa's Wedding" (2F15)Airdate: 03/19/95
Lisa attends the Springfield Renaissance Faire, where a deck of fortune-teller cards spells out future wedding plans.

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"Two Dozen and One Greyhounds" (2F18)Airdate: 04/09/95
Santa's Little Helper's frisky nature nets the Simpsons a new dog and 25 spanking new puppies. But when Mr. Burns steals the young greyhounds, Bart and Lisa set out to discover why he wants them.

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"The PTA Disbands" (2F19)Airdate: 04/16/95
Bart successfully schemes to have the teachers go on strike. But much to Bart's surprise the school reopens and Marge is his new teacher.

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"'Round Springfield" (2F32)Airdate: 04/30/95
While visiting Bart in the hospital, Lisa learns a real-life lesson when a fellow patient is Bleeding Gums Murphy and he tells his life story for the final time.

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"The Springfield Connection" (2F21)Airdate: 05/07/95
There's a new cop in town and her name is Marge Simpson. Her job is to clean up the town of its criminals. But, Marge soon discovers that some criminals may be in her own home.

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"Lemon of Troy" (2F22)Airdate: 05/14/95
Bart leads a group of boys in taking back Springfield's beloved lemon tree when it is stolen by a group of kids from Shelbyville.

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"Who Shot Mr. Burns? (Part One)" (2F16)Airdate: 05/21/95
It's bad enough that Mr. Burns steals the newly discovered oil under Springfield Elementary, but it's going too far when he steals the town's sunshine. He is shot and everyone wonders who did the dirty deed.

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