For over three decades, The Simpsons has held its status as one of the most revered and influential animated series in television history, a game-changing classic that has been imitated but never surpassed. Its blend of satire, social commentary, and slapstick comedy has managed to appeal to a vast and varied audience, transcending both age and geography and endearing generations to its lead characters in the family. However, another distinctive aspect of The Simpsons’ appeal lies in its long tradition of featuring celebrity guest stars, something that has happened from the very early days of the show.
The animated comedy has been notorious for its celebrity cameos over the years and many of the biggest names in acting, sport and music have appeared. Hollywood A-listers, esteemed writers, illustrious musicians, sports icons, and even politicians have all lent their voices to The Simpsons, often to amusing or poignant effect. From Michael Jackson’s uncredited role in ‘Stark Raving Dad’ to physicist Stephen Hawking’s appearance in ‘They Saved Lisa’s Brain,’ these celebrity guest spots have been a fundamental part of the show’s charm.
So, without further ado, let’s dive into the rich history of The Simpsons and test your knowledge on which celebrities have made guest appearances on the show. Remember, some of these might surprise you!
Ready, steady, let’s quiz…
Did the celebrity guest star in The Simpsons?
Did the following celebrities appear in the show? Bonus points for the year and episode…
- Did Kelsey Grammer guest star in The Simpsons?
- Did Paul McCartney make an appearance on the show?
- Was there a time when Leonard Nimoy lent his voice to a character in Springfield?
- Did David Beckham have a guest spot on The Simpsons?
- Has Meryl Streep ever made an appearance on the show?
- Was Johnny Cash ever heard on The Simpsons?
- Did Lady Gaga lend her voice to a character in Springfield?
- Has Quentin Tarantino made an appearance on the show?
- Did the show ever feature the voice talents of Stephen Hawking?
- Was there ever a time when J.K. Rowling guest-starred on The Simpsons?
- Did Elon Musk lend his voice to a character in Springfield?
- Has Tom Hanks made an appearance on the show?
- Did the Rolling Stones ever have a guest spot on The Simpsons?
- Was there ever an episode where Hugh Jackman lent his voice?
- Did Bob Dylan make an appearance on the show?
- Has Benedict Cumberbatch ever guest-starred in The Simpsons?
- Did Taylor Swift lend her voice to a character in Springfield?
- Was there a time when Patrick Stewart made an appearance on the show?
- Has Morgan Freeman ever guest-starred on The Simpsons?
- Did Serena Williams lend her voice to a character in Springfield?
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- Yes, Kelsey Grammer voiced the recurring character Sideshow Bob, first appearing in ‘Krusty Gets Busted’, Season 1, Episode 12, in 1990.
- Indeed, Paul McCartney and his late wife, Linda McCartney, guest-starred as themselves in ‘Lisa the Vegetarian’, Season 7, Episode 5, in 1995.
- Affirmative, Leonard Nimoy made a guest appearance in ‘Marge vs. the Monorail’, Season 4, Episode 12, in 1993.
- No, David Beckham has not guest-starred on The Simpsons.
- Yes, Meryl Streep lent her voice to Jessica Lovejoy in ‘Bart’s Girlfriend’, Season 6, Episode 7, in 1994.
- Absolutely, Johnny Cash voiced a coyote in ‘El Viaje Misterioso de Nuestro Jomer’, Season 8, Episode 9, in 1997.
- Yes, Lady Gaga played herself in ‘Lisa Goes Gaga’, Season 23, Episode 22, in 2012.
- No, Quentin Tarantino has not guest-starred on The Simpsons, although he was parodied in ‘Itchy & Scratchy: The Movie’, Season 4, Episode 6, in 1992.
- Indeed, Stephen Hawking made his first appearance in ‘They Saved Lisa’s Brain’, Season 10, Episode 22, in 1999.
- Yes, J.K. Rowling appeared as herself in ‘The Regina Monologues’, Season 15, Episode 4, in 2003.
- Yes, Elon Musk guest-starred as himself in ‘The Musk Who Fell to Earth’, Season 26, Episode 12, in 2015.
- Indeed, Tom Hanks voiced himself in ‘The Simpsons Movie’ in 2007 and later reprised his role in ‘The Burns Cage’, Season 27, Episode 17, in 2016.
- No, the Rolling Stones have not guest-starred on The Simpsons, although Mick Jagger and Keith Richards did in ‘How I Spent My Strummer Vacation’, Season 14, Episode 2, in 2002.
- No, Hugh Jackman has not made a guest appearance on The Simpsons.
- No, Bob Dylan has not guest-starred on The Simpsons.
- Yes, Benedict Cumberbatch lent his voice to the characters Severus Snape and the British Prime Minister in ‘Love is a Many-Splintered Thing’, Season 24, Episode 12, in 2013.
- No, Taylor Swift has not made an appearance on The Simpsons.
- Yes, Patrick Stewart guest-starred as Number One in ‘Homer the Great’, Season 6, Episode 12, in 1995.
- No, Morgan Freeman has not guest-starred on The Simpsons.
- Yes, Serena Williams, along with her sister Venus Williams, guest-starred as themselves in ‘Tennis the Menace’, Season 12, Episode 12, in 2001.