The Simpsons: The Complete Fourth Season (2004) The moment "Simpsons" geeks have been waiting for has finally arrived. Sure, season 1 was where it all began, and seasons 2 and 3 delivered…
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The Simpsons: The Complete Fourth Season (2004)

The Simpsons | THE STORY OF D'OH The peak season of a TV triumph
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THE STORY OF D'OH The peak season of a TV triumph
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Details Release Date: Jun 15, 2004; DVD Release Date: Jun 15, 2004; Movie Rated: Unrated; Genre: Comedy

The moment ''Simpsons'' geeks have been waiting for has finally arrived. Sure, season 1 was where it all began, and seasons 2 and 3 delivered some undeniable gems, but this is it -- this is where the golden age of The Simpsons: The Complete Fourth Season officially begins. To put it all in perspective, think of it this way: Season 4 is arguably the greatest season of the greatest TV comedy of all time. The lineup of episodes is like staring down the batting order of the 1927 Yankees -- minus Joe Dugan. (Hey, he hit only .269!) There's the show's best-ever musical episode (''A Streetcar Named Marge''), the best-ever Phil Hartman appearance (as huckster Lyle Lanley in ''Marge vs. the Monorail''), and -- according to EW's top 25 guide -- the plain ol' best episode ever (''Last Exit to Springfield''). Why, even the clip show is funny, and it's...well, a clip show!

And the episodes are as touching as they are humorous. When Bart runs a videotape in slow motion to show Lisa how ''you can actually pin-point the second when [Ralph Wiggum's] heart rips in half'' in ''I Love Lisa,'' you don't really know whether you're shedding tears of laughter, empathy, or both -- you just know that it's damn good any way you slice it. Another treat from this episode: the return of Sideshow Raheem, whose solitary line (''I wouldn't'') had been tragically excised in the syndicated version. In a set filled with the usual bonus material of commentary tracks, deleted scenes, and storyboards, such unearthed treasures are the most welcome extras of all.

Originally posted Jun 18, 2004 Published in issue #770 Jun 18, 2004 Order article reprints