The Simpsons returns for its 34th season on Sunday with an episode loosely inspired by the Netflix documentary series “Don’t F**k with Cats.” Variety takes a first look at the episode; Scroll down to watch!
This series, which won an Emmy in 2020 for outstanding writing for a non-fiction program, centers on a group of detective internet buffs who set off a hunt to find a suspect accused of animal cruelty — and worse. At the premiere of “The Simpsons,” “Habeus Tortoise,” Homer visits the zoo and discovers that a 150-year-old tortoise has disappeared. Then he becomes part of an internet group determined to discover the truth behind the animal’s disappearance.
“It’s about how Internet espionage works and how people find community in Internet issues and mysteries,” said Matt Silman, executive producer of The Simpsons. Homer feels kind of stupid and dumb after humiliating himself. He goes to the zoo to cheer himself up, but his beloved tortoise is missing. So, join this online group of “Don’t F— With Xats” online detectives in an effort to track down the tortoise. This group Well-meaning online detectives are going down such a plot hole that the group now wishes there was more to the mystery than actually solving the mystery.”
Salman also added, “It definitely has a lot of references and Easter eggs to current conspiracy theories. And there are a lot of paella…the community-building power of paella is amazing.” Proti Gupta is the episode writer, while Matthew Vaughan is the director.
Among the upcoming episodes: Marge admires her coach Peloton, causing Homer to be jealous. In the episode “Step Brother from the Same Planet,” Melissa McCarthy voices Homer’s half-brother, who soon becomes his rival. In another episode, Marge became a segment producer on a daytime talk show hosted by Krusty the Clown.
“She understands that the cost is to put on a beautiful show every day,” Salman said. “Behind the scenes of Krusty’s version of ‘Ellen’, he’s incredibly toxic. The pressure to let this sweet amount of weight out would be a heavy burden on Marge’s soul.”
guest star Drew Barrymore in that episode. “Hopefully, Marge will appear on ‘The Drew Barrymore Show’ to promote her in some way,” he said.
In the episode “When Nelson Met Lisa,” based on the movie “When Harry Met Sally,” guest star Simu Liu will appear. Another episode mocking the game world of Roblox (“Game Changed”). Homer teaches Duff Man how to be a better dad in another episode (“From Beer to Parenthood”), and there’s a hockey-themed episode with Mo and Nelson in the center.
“And then there’s the matter where we reveal the secret of the Simpsons’ predictions of course, which we just did in a very ridiculous way,” Salman added.
But the fall focus will be a double dose of “Treehouse of Horror” episodes, the first time in the show’s history that two spooky episodes happen on a Halloween.
One of the Halloween episodes this fall will be a full-fledged parody of “It,” in which Krusty plays the evil clown Pennywise. The traditional version, “Treehouse of Horror XXXIII,” features a piece that Salman describes as “a super love letter to the Simpsons classic.”
James L. Brooks, Matt Groening, Al Jane and Matt Silman are EPs from The Simpsons. The season premieres Sunday, September 25, at 8 p.m. EST on Fox; Watch the first look below: