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Treehouse of Horror V 

The family's job at Mr. Burns' country estate goes awry when Homer goes mad; Homer's attempt to repair a toaster results in inadvertent time travel; The school staff turn cannibalistic.


Jim Reardon (as Jaundiced Jim Reardon)


Matt Groening (created by) (as Morbid Matt Groening), James L. Brooks (developed by) (as James Hell Brooks) | 8 more credits »




Episode cast overview:
Dan Castellaneta ... Homer Simpson / Groundskeeper Willie / Grampa Simpson / Mr. Peabody / Kodos / Santa's Little Helper (voice) (as Ro-Dan Castellaneta)
Julie Kavner ... Marge Simpson (voice) (as Jooooolie Kavner)
Nancy Cartwright ... Bart Simpson / Sherman / Student (voice) (as Nancy Heart-Fright)
Yeardley Smith ... Lisa Simpson (voice) (as Grave-Yeardley Smith)
Hank Azaria ... Moe Szyslak / Chief Wiggum (voice) (as The Shaws-Hank Azaria)
Harry Shearer ... Evil Laugh / Mr. Burns / Smithers / Kent Brockman / Tony Awards Announcer / Prehistoric Creature / Ned Flanders / Kang / Principal Skinner (voice) (as Harry 'O.J.' Shearer)
James Earl Jones ... Maggie Simpson (voice) (as James Earl Boggins Jones)
Marcia Wallace ... Edna Krabappel (voice) (as Macabre Marcia Wallace)
Doris Grau Doris Grau ... Lunchlady Doris (voice) (as Demonic Doris Grau)
Pamela Hayden ... Jimbo Jones / Milhouse Van Houten (voice) (as Pamela Poltergeist Hayden)
Russi Taylor ... Uter / Wendell (voice) (as Rancid Russi Taylor)


The family's job at Mr. Burns' country estate goes awry when Homer goes mad; Homer's attempt to repair a toaster results in inadvertent time travel; The school staff turn cannibalistic. Written by David Rush

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


Animation | Comedy


TV-PG | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Release Date:

30 October 1994 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

USA See more »

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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Dolby | Dolby SR (seasons 3-19)



Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


The ghosts that assist Moe when dragging Homer out of the pantry are The Mummy (1932), The Wolf Man (1941), Dracula (1931), Jason Voorhees, Pinhead and Freddy Kruger. See more »


In the section where the school staff eats students, when Skinner and Lunch Lady Doris advance on Milhouse, Lisa, and Bart, Skinner's apron is off, then appears, then disappears and he puts it on again. See more »


Ned Flanders: Now, incase all that smiling didn't cheer you up, there's one thing that never fails: nice glass of warm milk, a little nap, and a total frontal lobotomy!
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Crazy Credits

Though this episode's official title is "Treehouse of Horror V," the on-screen title is "The Simpsons Halloween Special V." See more »


Featured in WatchMojo: Top 10 Simpsons Movie Spoofs (2016) See more »


Music by Marvin Hamlisch
Lyrics by Ed Kleban
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"After all, isn't there a little Uter in all of us?" To me, best Halloween special ever done, bar none!

So Homer may be a secret idiot savant in the world of quantum mechanics, because after repeatedly trapping his hand in the toaster one morning he repairs the thing and accidentally invents a dang time machine! The first segment is the most lighthearted and moves a mile a minute, and what's really great about it is just how funny and creative it is with the ways in which Homer keeps screwing up the present as he goes back and forth through time - oh if he had only stayed a few seconds longer in the world where it rained doughnuts! Just like the time he was the Devil it was awesome seeing Flanders as a villain, this time as an almighty happy tyrant who hands out forced labotomies at the slightest violation of his impossible decree of constant good behaviour! "The Shinning" is really in a league of its own as far as Simpsons parodies go and it really has it all, great laughs, chills, and a fantastic parody that apes but still somehow captures a little of the spirit and atmosphere of the source material. I love how rather than there being any kind of slow breakdown, Homer is instantly insane as soon as he discovers that he has neither beer nor TV! There's such an excellent blend of scares and comedy put into it, even during the great sequence that every Simpsons fan has probably quoted at some point, when Homer goes crazy "Don't mind if I do!!!" and babbles a lot of hysterical nonsense at Marge before scaring himself into falling down the stairs, it retains the slight darker edge even in the midst of all that laughter. "Nightmare cafeteria" even more so is very funny but has some real horror elements in it that really pushed the limits of what they could do in terms of gore and I just find it the scariest Treehouse story ever. I really love Skinner in it, as he acts like his usual buttoned-down principal self but with an eerie added note of sociopathy as he and the teachers systematically harvest the kids of Springfield Elementary, it's creepy stuff! Even the loony twist ending is kind of unsettling, with everything that happened having merely been Bart's nightmare version of the school...but then there's a final great big screw you to the censors as everybody is grotesquely turned inside out by an insidious fog and sings a happy showtune! It was abrupt but I think it made for one bizarrely charming ending. I find this to be a perfectly done Treehouse of Horror and it's The Simpsons at its funniest, smartest, and of course its scariest. Happy Halloween folks! X

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