With 31 seasons under its belt, The Simpsons is a classic sitcom known for its satirical takes on everyday issues and middle-class life.
It’s also known for having some of the best celebrity cameos in television history. With appearances ranging from bands to Hollywood actors, we’ve compiled a list of the best cameos below.
“Oh Brother, Where Art Thou?” | Season 2 Episode 15
Danny DeVito’s first guest appearance on the show was in the second season. When Homer finds out he has a half-brother and sets out to find him, he discovers Herbert “Herb” Powell, played by DeVito, is his half-brother. Homer later causes Herb’s car business to go bankrupt. Herb makes a reappearance in seasons 3 and 24.
Red Hot Chili Peppers
“Krusty Gets Kancelled” | Season 4 Episode 22
Apparently this episode was difficult to film, as many celebrities declined to guest star at the last minute. All four members of the Red Hot Chili Peppers at the time — Flea, Anthony Kiedis, Arik Marshall and Chad Smith — made an appearance as themselves. The episode’s plot focuses on Lisa and Bart trying to save Krusty the Clown’s show from getting cancelled, and hire a band to star in Krusty’s comeback special.
“Rosebud” | Season 5 Episode 4
“Rosebud” begins on the eve of Mr. Burns’ birthday, where The Ramones make a guest appearance. The band delivers an electric performance while Mr. Burns spirals as he begins to reminisce about his childhood teddy bear Bobo.
Paul and Linda McCartney
“Lisa the Vegetarian” | Season 7 Episode 5
In this episode, Lisa becomes a vegetarian after bonding with a lamb at a petting zoo. Her choice was ridiculed by her family and friends, but Lisa is able to commit to her dietary lifestyle with the help of Apu and Linda and Paul McCartney.
“A Tale of Two Springfields” | Season 12 Episode 2
After Homer realizes that Springfield fell into two different area codes, he leads a revolt to split the town into “Old Springfield” and “New Springfield.” Later, he tries to stop The Who from performing in Old Springfield by bringing them over to play in New Springfield instead.
“I Am Furious (Yellow)” | Season 13 Episode 18
This was the first appearance for Stan Lee in The Simpsons. Bart was inspired by a presentation at school to create his own comic book, but was later rejected by the Comic Book Guy at The Android’s Dungeon. This is where Lee comes in, who tells Bart that the comic book was bad, but encouraged him to find his own voice.
Barting Over | Season 14 Episode 11
In “Barting Over,” Bart “divorces” his family, suing them for using him in a commercial about babies with bad breath. Bart moves out and befriends Tony Hawk, starring as himself, and embarks on a skate tour with him. Later in the episode, Homer strikes a deal with Hawk to let him beat Hawk in a skateboarding competition to win Bart over.
“Weird Al” Jankovic
“Three Gays of the Condo” | Season 14 Episode 17
This 2003 episode of The Simpsons was just the second episode to focus entirely on homosexuality, and even won the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Animated Program. The episode follows Homer moving in with a gay couple after a fight with Marge. “Weird Al” Jankovic makes an appearance as himself to perform a love song for Homer, telling him how much Marge loves him.
“The Mook, the Chef, the Wife and Her Homer” | Season 18 Episode 1
Metallica makes a guest appearance as themselves at the beginning of the episode when their tour bus breaks down and the school bus driver Otto stops to meet the band. Things don’t go well for Otto, as Bart hops onto the school bus and drives past Otto, embarrassing him in front of Metallica. The band leaves and hitches a ride from Hans Moleman instead.
The White Stripes
“Jazzy and the Pussycats” | Season 18 Episode 2
In order to deal with his anger issues and develop a sense of discipline, Bart invests in a drum set and immediately becomes a natural. He ends up running into The White Stripes on the street and starts a brief feud with them. The band’s appearance in the episode is short-lived because they end up falling into a garbage barge.