Season 3 (1991)
The Simpsons' third season originally aired on the Fox network between September 19, 1991 and May 7, 1992. The showrunners for the third production season were Al Jean and Mike Reiss who executive produced 22 episodes for the season, while two other episodes were produced by James L. Brooks, Matt Groening, and Sam Simon. An additional episode, "Brother, Can You Spare Two Dimes?", aired on August 27, 1992 after the official end of the third season and is included on the Season 3 DVD set. Season three won six Primetime Emmy Awards for "Outstanding Voice-Over Performance" and also received a nomination for "Outstanding Animated Program" for the episode "Radio Bart". The complete season was released on DVD in Region 1 on August 26, 2003, Region 2 on October 6, 2003, and in Region 4 on October 22, 2003.
Ep.1 Stark Raving Dad
Air Date: 1991-09-19
Mistakenly committed to a mental hospital, Homer meets a tall, stocky white man who claims to be Michael Jackson.
Ep.2 Mr. Lisa Goes to Washington
Air Date: 1991-09-26
Lisa’s patriotic essay wins the family a trip to Washington, D.C. -- but the corruption she sees there inspires her to write a new and very different essay.
Ep.3 When Flanders Failed
Air Date: 1991-10-03
When Ned Flanders opens a store for left-handed people, Homer wants him to fail... until he sees the downtrodden Flanders family living in their car.
Ep.4 Bart the Murderer
Air Date: 1991-10-10
Bart becomes an errand boy for the Springfield Mafia. When Principal Skinner disappears, Fat Tony points the finger at Bart.
Ep.5 Homer Defined
Air Date: 1991-10-17
Homer averts a meltdown through sheer dumb luck. When he’s invited to the Shelbyville Nuclear Power Plant to give a pep talk, he faces another potential meltdown and again “pulls a Homer.”
Ep.6 Like Father, Like Clown
Air Date: 1991-10-24
"Like Father, Like Clown" is the sixth episode of The Simpsons' third season. It originally aired on the Fox network in the United States on October 24, 1991. In the episode, after recalling a traumatic memory, Krusty the Clown reveals to the Simpson family that he is of Jewish heritage, and that his father, Rabbi Hyman Krustofski, disowned him for pursuing a career in comedy. Krusty is emotionally upset and Bart and Lisa decide to try to reunite Krusty with his long-estranged father. "Like Father, Like Clown" was written by the duo of Jay Kogen and Wallace Wolodarsky. Krusty's religion had not been part of the original concept of the character, so Kogen and Wolodarsky decided to parody the 1927 film The Jazz Singer and establish that Krusty is Jewish. The episode was carefully researched and two rabbis, Lavi Meier and Harold M. Schulweis, were credited as "special technical consultants". It was directed by Jeffrey Lynch and Brad Bird; as it was Lynch's first credit as a director, Bird was assigned to help him. Comedian Jackie Mason, who had once been an ordained rabbi, provided the voice of Rabbi Krustofski. The rabbi later became an infrequently recurring character voiced by Dan Castellaneta. Mason returned to voice the character in several later episodes.
Ep.7 Treehouse of Horror II
Air Date: 1991-10-31
In the first story, the family buys a cursed monkey paw in Morocco, and their three wishes turn out badly. In a Twilight Zone parody, Bart is the fearsome “monster” who can read the townspeople’s thoughts. In the final story, Mr. Burns steals Homer’s brain for a giant robot he’s building.
Ep.8 Lisa's Pony
Air Date: 1991-11-07
Overcompensating for his neglect, Homer buys Lisa a pony; the high cost of maintaining the animal forces him to work the graveyard shift at the Kwik-E-Mart.
Ep.9 Saturdays of Thunder
Air Date: 1991-11-14
Homer tries to bond with Bart by building a soapbox racer. On race day, Bart must decide between driving Martin’s aerodynamic racer and disappointing Homer, or driving his own racer and losing to Nelson.
Ep.10 Flaming Moe's
Air Date: 1991-11-21
Moe steals the drink recipe Homer invented, and the rechristened “Flaming Moe” turns his tavern into a hotspot. When a national franchise wants to buy the recipe, Homer wants revenge.
Ep.11 Burns Verkaufen der Kraftwerk
Air Date: 1991-12-05
Mr. Burns sells the Springfield Nuclear Power Plant to wealthy German investors who are shocked at the conditions. When the ceiling caves in, the Germans are desperate to sell the plant... back to Mr. Burns.
Ep.12 I Married Marge
Air Date: 1991-12-26
Homer and Marge recount their early years, when the couple faced a shotgun wedding and Homer’s poor career prospects.
Ep.13 Radio Bart
Air Date: 1992-01-09
Bart plays practical jokes with a radio microphone, and his hoax tests the limits of the town’s kindness.
Ep.14 Lisa the Greek
Air Date: 1992-01-23
Sundays become “Daddy-Daughter Days” when Homer discovers Lisa’s uncanny ability to pick winning football teams.
Ep.15 Homer Alone
Air Date: 1992-02-06
Marge has a nervous breakdown and goes on a vacation alone, leaving Bart and Lisa with Patty and Selma, and Maggie with Homer.
Ep.16 Bart the Lover
Air Date: 1992-02-13
Bart discovers his teacher’s personal ad and invents a fictional suitor to string her along. When Mrs. Krabappel falls madly in love with “Woodrow,” Bart’s conscience starts to bother him.
Ep.17 Homer at the Bat
Air Date: 1992-02-20
With a million dollars on the line, Mr. Burns hires ringers for the upcoming baseball game against the Shelbyville Nuclear Power Plant. But as misfortunes fell the pros, with bases loaded and the score tied in the ninth inning, Homer is sent to bat.
Ep.18 Separate Vocations
Air Date: 1992-02-27
After a career aptitude test pegs Lisa as a homemaker and Bart as a police officer, she becomes a rebel and he becomes a hall monitor. When Lisa’s subversive behavior goes too far, Bart steps in.
Ep.19 Dog of Death
Air Date: 1992-03-12
When Santa’s Little Helper needs a life-saving operation, the family tightens their belts to save up the money. Sensing their resentment, the dog runs away from home, only to be adopted by Mr. Burns.
Ep.20 Colonel Homer
Air Date: 1992-03-26
Homer becomes the manager of a beautiful country music singer, whose attentions drive a wedge between Marge and Homer.
Ep.21 Black Widower
Air Date: 1992-04-09
When Selma agrees to marry her prison pen pal, Sideshow Bob, only Bart remains suspicious of his motives.
Ep.22 The Otto Show
Air Date: 1992-04-23
Otto loses his job driving the school bus and the Simpsons take him in. When he must get a driver’s license, he finds common ground with Patty and Selma.
Ep.23 Bart's Friend Falls in Love
Air Date: 1992-05-07
Everything’s coming up Milhouse when Bart’s best friend falls in love with the new girl at school. Jealous, Bart snitches to Milhouse’s father and the lovebirds are separated.
Ep.24 Brother, Can You Spare Two Dimes?
Air Date: 1992-08-27
Homer’s half-brother Herb Powell returns, his finances in ruin from his last encounter with Homer. With a little help from the family, he invents a product that’s sure to turn his life around.