The Simpsons: Treehouse of Horror

The Simpsons: Treehouse of Horror

  • TV-PG
  • 1990
  • 3 Seasons
  • 8.7  (328,282)

The Simpsons: Treehouse of Horror is a special episode shown each year that The Simpsons have been doing every Halloween since their second season. These special episodes are split up into three different stories each of which have the family in different scenarios that usually involve something scarier and are often much more violent than their usual episodes. These three different stories within each show are always written by different writers which gives them each a unique feeling. During these special episodes they even add something frightening to the names in the credits. While the opening to the Treehouse of Horror episodes has a different opening skit than the normal Simpsons episodes, the writers tried to keep at least one thing similar and that is the couch bit that has been done at the beginning of every episode since the beginning of the Simpson family. The couch bit in the Treehouse episodes was set to the same them as the rest of the show however, by having the family dressed different Halloween related costumes. Two common characters in the Treehouse of Horrors episodes are Kong and Kang the green space aliens. In one of their episodes it is discovered that Maggie is really their child, not Homer and Marge's, and she even starts to grow tentacles. Kong and Kang have become a staple of the Treehouse of Horror episodes and have appeared in every one since they were first introduced even if it is only a small appearance. Many of these special episodes have been based on spinoffs from shows like the Twilight Zone or books by Stephen King, giving them an extra little kick. Several of the segments have also been based on Sci-Fi movies like the Amityville Horror and The Exorcist. Many times these episodes will feature guest voices from horror classics such as Robert Englund who was Freddie Kruger in, A Nightmare On Elm Street. In one of the more popular episodes, which is based on the movie The Shining, The famiy becomes the caretakers of an estate in the middle of nowhere that is owned by Mr. Burns. In this episode Homer becomes insane just like what happened to the father in the movie.

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Treehouse of Horror XVIII
6. Treehouse of Horror XVIII
November 4, 2007
In the fantastic frightology that is Treehouse XVIII, an unwelcome alien crashes with the Simpsons in "E.T. Go Home"--and turns out to be a precursor to an invasion from space, Homer and Marge are paid assassins who nearly kill each other in "Mr. And Mrs. Simpson", but then find their marital spark has been restored, and Ned Flanders tries to frighten the fun out of Halloween in "Heck House"--when the kids laugh at his efforts, he teaches them what true terror is.
Treehouse of Horror XV
5. Treehouse of Horror XV
November 7, 2004
In this fifteenth annual frightfest, Ned Flanders foresees a terrible future--or does he cause it? in "The Ned Zone", Lisa --a brilliant detective with bumbling sidekick Bart--must overcome the incompetent police of Edwardian London in "Four Beheadings and a Funeral" and the Simpsons take a fantastic voyage "In The Belly of the Boss"--one from which Homer doesn't exactly return.
Treehouse of Horror XII
4. Treehouse of Horror XII
November 6, 2001
In "Hex and the City," a gypsy curses Homer, bringing misery to everyone he loves. In "House of Whacks," a computer (Pierce Brosnan) takes over the Simpson house and attempts to kill Homer for Marge's love. And in "Wiz Kids," Bart and Lisa are students at a school for wizards, where they foil the evil Lord Montymort.
Treehouse of Horror IX
3. Treehouse of Horror IX
October 25, 1998
In "Hell Toupee," the hairpiece of a condemned man wreaks havoc on Springfield. Bart and Lisa enter an Itchy & Scratchy cartoon in "The Terror of Tiny Toon." And the Simpsons learn the surprising truth about who fathered Maggie in "Starship Poopers."
Treehouse of Horror VI
2. Treehouse of Horror VI
October 29, 1995
In this annual Halloween-themed trilogy, advertising logos attack Springfield, Groundskeeper Willie terrorizes Springfield schoolchildren in their dreams, and Homer enters a terrifying three-dimensional world.
Treehouse of Horror III
1. Treehouse of Horror III
October 29, 1992
In "Clown Without Pity," a Krusty the Clown doll goes berserk in the Simpson home. In "King Homer," Marge is wooed by a giant ape. In "Dial 'Z' for Zombies," Lisa's attempt to bring back her dead cat turns the town of Springfield into a pack of marauding zombies.
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The Simpsons: Treehouse of Horror is a special episode shown each year that The Simpsons have been doing every Halloween since their second season. These special episodes are split up into three different stories each of which have the family in different scenarios that usually involve something scarier and are often much more violent than their usual episodes. These three different stories within each show are always written by different writers which gives them each a unique feeling. During these special episodes they even add something frightening to the names in the credits.

While the opening to the Treehouse of Horror episodes has a different opening skit than the normal Simpsons episodes, the writers tried to keep at least one thing similar and that is the couch bit that has been done at the beginning of every episode since the beginning of the Simpson family. The couch bit in the Treehouse episodes was set to the same them as the rest of the show however, by having the family dressed different Halloween related costumes.

Two common characters in the Treehouse of Horrors episodes are Kong and Kang the green space aliens. In one of their episodes it is discovered that Maggie is really their child, not Homer and Marge's, and she even starts to grow tentacles. Kong and Kang have become a staple of the Treehouse of Horror episodes and have appeared in every one since they were first introduced even if it is only a small appearance.

Many of these special episodes have been based on spinoffs from shows like the Twilight Zone or books by Stephen King, giving them an extra little kick. Several of the segments have also been based on Sci-Fi movies like the Amityville Horror and The Exorcist. Many times these episodes will feature guest voices from horror classics such as Robert Englund who was Freddie Kruger in, A Nightmare On Elm Street. In one of the more popular episodes, which is based on the movie The Shining, The famiy becomes the caretakers of an estate in the middle of nowhere that is owned by Mr. Burns. In this episode Homer becomes insane just like what happened to the father in the movie.The Simpsons: Treehouse of Horror is a series that is currently running and has 3 seasons (18 episodes). The series first aired on October 24, 1990.

Where to Watch The Simpsons: Treehouse of Horror

The Simpsons: Treehouse of Horror is available for streaming on the FOX website, both individual episodes and full seasons. You can also watch The Simpsons: Treehouse of Horror on demand at Amazon and Apple TV.

  • Premiere Date
    October 24, 1990
  • IMDB Rating
    8.7  (328,282)