The Simpsons

Season 7 Episode 21

22 Short Films About Springfield

Aired Sunday 8:00 PM Apr 14, 1996 on FOX

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  • A chance to see for of the Characters of Springfield

    This episode doesn't really have a direct storyline. It keeps going back to Lisa trying to get gum out of her hair, but is essentially, as the title says, 22 short films about Springfield.

    I have never counted, so don't really know if that's accurate, but this episode is definatly, a series classic.

    With appearances of Snake, Comic book guy, Herman, Nelson, Chief Wiggum, Bumble bee man and many more, this episode has all the makings of a series classic. And it doesn't dissapoint.

    Very well written and thought out, this is one of the best episodes of The Simpsons ever.
  • not technically 22 stories

    this episode has great insight into the minor characters of the show and is very well done in how the stories connect. the episode shows insight into nearly all my favourite background characters including dr nick, chief wiggum, moe and snake. the skinner/chalmers segment was hilarious especially the song and skinner's lame excuses like "steamed hams" and "aurora borealis". cletus the slack jawed yokel was also great and the episode couldn't possibly have ended without nelson getting humiliated and profesor frink and his crazy invention (though it does get cut off). there are many movie parodies and they work perfectly with the rest of this different kind of episode.
  • This is story writing and randomness at its finest.

    22 Short Films About Springfield is how to write a story and how to establish character personalities so well. They dont just take the well-established characters like Homer and Bart. No, they take the funny extra characters like BumbleBee Man and Cletus, the Slack Jawed Yokel and give them a back story in hilarious fashion. This is a series classic because it really involves characters in a story. It fleshes them out so well and they connect the stories to each other so they continue a long strand of stories to better associate the viewer with Springfield. Classic Simpsons Episode.
  • Milhouse: Everybody in towns got their story to tell Bart: There's just not enough time to tell them all

    "22 Short Films About Springfield" gives us perspective into the lives of eveyone in the quaint little town known as Springfield (minus of course the story of Professor Frink, whose story is not completed in time because of a problem in his lab.)

    It all begins with Bart and Milhouse squirting ketchup and mustard, from the highway overpass, onto cars. Bart soon begins to wonder about the people in the cars, and our story begins.

    This episode not only gives us insight into the regulars but also charecters not seen much such as Bumblebee man and the military antique store owner. In fact I believe every character is in this episode, in one scene everyone just happens to be in the Simpsons kitchen giving Lisa advice on how to remove gum from her hair.

    Although this is far from the greatest episode of the Simpsons, its totally worth a laugh especially for Professor Frinks song at the end.
  • One of my favourites !

    A fine episode- we see 22 short films- which show how many characters there actually are in Springfield- and 90 procent of those films are really funny- I only didn't like the ones with Lisas hair, but Smithers and the bee sting was excellent- the one with Dr. Nick was funny as heck, and the profesor's Fink.. aww he didn't make it ! And it was suppose to be with the monkeys ! Ah well. I rate it 9.7- beckause it really made me laugh.
  • Best Simpson Episode Ever!

    This is the best Simpson epsiode ever! I mean it. I rarely gaver any episode a 10 unless it deserved it. and it deserves it. Lisa had stuff stuck in her hair. Homer lock Maggie in a Newspaper box, A Pulp fictiuon spoof, Milhouse wants to go the bathroom. the list goes on and on. The episode has it all. And there's not a dull moment in springfield. Not in this epaiode. This is the episode which I consider my favorite of the whole series. Nelson laugh at a giant man and got back at him. Seein Nelson walking down in his underwear is a classic. Just like this epsiode of "the Simpsons."
  • One of the best episodes ever!

    What can I say? This episode was just plain awesome. We got a chance to see various shorts featuring most of the characters, including some of the minor ones. And it was filled with hilarity, such as Chalmers and Skinner, Apu leaving his store to go to a party, Chief Wiggum and the other officers at Krusty Burger, discussing McDonalds, etc. The plot with Lisa having gum stuck in her hair was pretty good, too. The appearances by Herman and Snake were also nice. Overall, an awesome episode, and all of the shorts were great. This episode is easily in my top 5.
  • Part of the Golden era definatley

    It's the golden era because of the fantastic plotline. The little previews of life in springfield were classic and i loved them. the movies were apu's party and skinners troublesome lunch with superintendent chalmers and milhouse having to use the bathroom and hitting herman with a mace, Wiggum hunting snake, and way way more. springfield sure had alot to offer. Homer only appeared like once in the entire episode. this is by far my favorite episode of the simpsons and will probably always be.............. .... ..... .... .... ..... ...... ...... .... ..... .... .... ...... ....... ...... ....... ..... ...... .
  • I LOVE TRILOGY EPISODES, and this episode was no different

    In this breakneck tour through a day in the life of Springfield, we learn that a lot goes on in a little town in some state, somewhere in America. Apu takes the day off from the Kwik-E-Mart and has a kwik-e-romance. Barney finally pays Moe his bar tab only to witness Snake steal it. Principal Skinner nearly burns down his house while making lunch for Superintendent Chalmers, and Homer gets Maggie stuck in a newspaper vending machine. Lisa gets gum--and mayonnaise, and peanut butter--stuck in her hair, and Smithers almost dies from a bee sting. In a nod to Pulp Fiction, Snake and Chief Wiggum are taken hostage by Herman, the one-armed pawnshop owner, who wants to do god-knows-what. The two men are saved by Milhouse, who had to go to the bathroom really, really badly.
  • The Simpsons get an indie touch.

    This is really a beautiful episode of the Simpsons. It is actually one of my favorite storylines (ala Babel). The way the short stories are interconnected help with the reality factor (something that previous episodes lack) and to look at the lives of other less known characters makes our untangible Springfield really feel like the small town next to yours.

    My favorite little story is the one in which principal Skinner tries to hide the fire in his kitchen from the superintendent. Heh, it is just hilarious.

    A great episode with great laughs and once again a fresh take on the series.
  • Meet everybody in Springfield.

    All I can say is what a great idea for A Simpsons episode. It shows almost everybody in Springfield, and a short film, as the title suggests, about them.It is nice to see an epiosde not solely based on The Simpsons and just one other character.The episode also has a short film about characters who are not well known like Cletus, Herman, and Kirk Van Houten. Not only was the idea of the episode great, but the stories were brilliant. My favorite ones having to be Superintendent Chalmers coming over Skinners for lunch, and Snake robbing Moe.

    This will be one of the best Simpsons episodes of all time. I think it is the best in Season 7. Great!

  • Ever wondered what the people of Springfield are doing when they are not interacting with the main characters of the Simpson family? Well then this episode is for you.

    I don't need to to tell you the plot since it is in the title. Anyways, it is a really good episode. You finally get to see your favorite characters get their own little moments. I think the Apu one was the best but that is just me. I also enjoyed the Nelson short film(he finally gets laughed at!) and the Lisa short film. The Homer and Maggie one was also hilarious. There are also great ones about Chief Wiggum and Moe. I disliked the Mr. Burns short film the most, but it was still amusing. Anyways, to some up a long review, this is a grand episode that is a fine example of this series' golden years.
  • Everyone has a story to tell… in Springfield that is.

    This proves that not just the Simpsons has a story to tell. Beginning with Bart and Millhouse asking about what the people in their town has to tell them, and they got their wish. Lisa's trouble with gum in her hair, thanks to Bart to Nelson's finally getting his desserts. In between a story needed to be heard, and there was plenty. Dr. Nick finally having a reason, thanks to Abe while Snake is taken hostage after robbing Moe, alo9ng with Wiggum, who chased him. However, the icing of the cake is indeed when a person seek revenge when Nelson makes fun his car for being small. With Lisa's help, the man does what everyone who was targeted by Nelson had always wanted to do… get even. With his pants down, Nelson is forced to march as the bystanders laugh along. Bart and Millhouse sprays Nelson ketchup and mustard before Professor Frink can tell his story, but who cares.
  • this was a good ep

    in this ep of the simpsons show everyone has a story to tell in this one. and some of the stories are princiable skinner has super intendent charmers over for dinner and he sees how skinner is still treated like a little kid. this was a good story. and another one maggie gets locked in a newspaper box and homer is trying to get her out . and he goes through a good amout of trouble to get her back and another story nelson the bully gets a taste of his own medison final by someone eles this was a good ep and it had some good moments in this one.
  • Classic

    If I wanted to help my friend get into this show, this would a great episode to use for 2 reasons 1. it shows a typical Springfield day and 2. we get alot more screen time for the secondary characters. I liked every single one of the situations from Bart and Milhouse spitting on people's cars to Snake and Chief Wiggium getting tied up by a guns dealer to the very last thing with professor Frink. Overall, this is one of the best (if not the best) of season 7, and definitly an episode all fans should watch. 10/10 A+
  • Classic

    If I was a fan of this show trying to get someone else to become a fan, this is probably one of the episodes I would show said person, because it does a good job at showing a typical life in many peoples' life's in Springfield. Not only that, but the episode is incredibly funny also. My overall grade would have to be an A+, and I think it is the best, or one of the best, from season 7. I heard that Matt was planning a spinoff with a similar theme, but it never happened. It would've been cool