||September 10, 2006 - May 20th, 2007
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Season 18 was the eighteenth season of The Simpsons. It originally aired from September 10, 2006, with The Mook, the Chef, the Wife and Her Homer, to May 20, 2007 with You Kent Always Say What You Want. You Kent Always Say What You Want was also the 400th episode as well as celebrating the 20th anniversary of the show. Al Jean served as the Showrunner, a position he has held since the thirteenth season.
This season had guest appearances from Metallica, Tom Wolfe, Gore Vidal, Michael Chabon, Jonathan Franzen, Fran Drescher, The White Stripes, Kiefer Sutherland, Natalie Portman, Betty White, Eric Idle, Stephen Sondheim, Ronaldo, Meg Ryan.
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||"The Mook, the Chef, the Wife and Her Homer"
||September 10, 2006
Lisa becomes friends with Fat Tony's son Michael. The Simpsons are invited over for dinner, where Fat Tony is shot. When Michael declines to be the new kingpin, Homer becomes Springfield's new mob boss. Guest stars: Joe Pantoliano, Michael Imperioli, and Metallica.
||"Jazzy and the Pussycats"
||Steven Dean Moore
||September 17, 2006
Bart gets a drum kit to work out his aggression and becomes a natural. Meanwhile, Lisa adopts animals to combat depression when Bart is chosen over Lisa to be a member of Lisa's favorite jazz band - one of which is a tiger that attacks Bart's drumming arm. Guest stars: The White Stripes.
||"Please Homer, Don't Hammer 'Em"
||Mike B. Anderson & Ralph Sosa
||September 24, 2006
After buying Homer a collection of handyman's books, Marge becomes a handywoman, but uses Homer since no one in town is thrilled over the idea of a female carpenter. Meanwhile, Bart finds out that Principal Skinner has a peanut allergy and uses a peanut on a stick to torture Skinner, but the joke is on Bart when Skinner discovers that Bart is allergic to shrimp.
Robert Canning of IGN gave the season a 6.6 saying it was "Passable" and that "Now in its eighteenth season, The Simpsons continues to supply America with a decent half-hour of comedy every Sunday night. However, most long-time fans of the show agree that the last several years have seen the program in constant decline. Looking back at this particular season, there's little evidence to prove them wrong. Though we were treated with at least a few hilarious gems this year, the mediocre heavily outweighed the great."
The season had with an average of 8.6 million watching Season 18.
At the Annie Awards, Alf Clausen and Michael Price won the award for "Best Music in an Animated Television Production" for "Yokel Chords" while Ian Maxtone-Graham and Billy Kimball won "Best Writing in an Animated Television Production" for "24 Minutes" Jeff Westbrook won a WGA Award for "Kill Gil, Volumes I & II" while Matt Selman was nominated for "The Haw-Hawed Couple" and John Frink received a nomination for "Stop or My Dog Will Shoot".