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Original run September 28, 2008 – May 17, 2009
No. of episodes 21
Previous season 19
Next season 21
DVD boxet The Complete Twentieth Season

The twentieth season began airing on September 28, 2008 with "Sex, Pies, and Idiot Scrapes" and ended on May 17, 2009 with "Coming to Homerica". Al Jean is the showrunner of this season and previous seasons since Season 13. The season had officially been confirmed to air by the network in May 2008. The show is now tied with Gunsmoke as the longest running American primetime television series.

Season 20 Promo

Season 20 Promo Card

Production on the season was delayed because of contract negotiations with the six main voice actors, but was resolved and the actors' salary was raised to $400,000 per episode. The delay in production has caused the planned 22 episodes to be shortened to 20. Voice actor Dan Castellaneta is to be credited as a consulting producer for the first time.

The Complete Twentieth Season was released on DVD on January 12th, 2010, just a few weeks after the series' 20th anniversary.

Transition to HD Edit

Season 20 also marks the transition to the HD broadcast format. Starting with the episode "Take My Life, Please", more elaborate Opening Sequences were developed that could change from episode to episode. For example, a three-eyed crow flies from left to right at the beginning of this episode, then flies in the opposite direction every other episode. The chalkboard gag for "Take" reads "HDTV is worth every cent".

The Opening Sequence would have even more variations, starting with "Bart Gets a "Z"" in Season 21.

Episodes Edit

# Original airdate Prod. Code Title Title Reference
1 - 2001 September 28, 2008 KABF17 "Sex, Pies, and Idiot Scrapes" Sex, Lies, and Videotape
2 - 2002 October 5, 2008 KABF15 "Lost Verizon" Lost Horizon
3 - 2003 October 19, 2008 KABF14 "Double, Double, Boy in Trouble" Double, Double, Toil and Trouble
4 - 2004 November 2, 2008 KABF16 "Treehouse of Horror XIX" N/A
5 - 2005 November 9, 2008 KABF18 "Dangerous Curves" Dangerous Curves
6 - 2006 November 16, 2008 KABF19 "Homer and Lisa Exchange Cross Words" N/A
7 - 2007 November 30, 2008 KABF20 "Mypods and Boomsticks" Bedknobs and Broomsticks
8 - 2008 December 7, 2008 KABF21 "The Burns and the Bees" The Birds and the Bees
9 - 2009 January 25, 2009 KABF22 "Lisa the Drama Queen" Lisa the Beauty Queen
10 - 2010 February 15, 2009 LABF01 "Take My Life, Please" Take My Wife, Please
11 - 2011 March 1, 2009 LABF02 "How the Test Was Won" How the West Was Won
12 - 2012 March 8, 2009 LABF03 "No Loan Again, Naturally" Alone Again, Naturally
13 - 2013 March 15, 2009 LABF04 "Gone Maggie Gone" Gone Baby Gone
14 - 2014 March 22, 2009 LABF11 "In the Name of the Grandfather" In the Name of the Father
15 - 2015 March 29, 2009 LABF05 "Wedding for Disaster" Recipes for Disaster
16 - 2016 April 5, 2009 LABF06 "Eeny Teeny Maya, Moe" Eeny, Meeny, Miny, Moe
17 - 2017 April 19, 2009 LABF07 "The Good, the Sad and the Drugly" The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly
18 - 2018 April 26, 2009 LABF08 "Father Knows Worst" Father Knows Best
19 - 2019 May 3, 2009 LABF10 "Waverly Hills 9-0-2-1-D'oh" Beverly Hills, 90210
20 - 2020 May 10, 2009 LABF09 "Four Great Women and a Manicure" Four Weddings and a Funeral
21 - 2021 May 17, 2009 LABF12 "Coming to Homerica" Coming to America
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