The 18th season of The Simpsons – from way back in 2006 – finally comes to DVD this week due to public demand. Best. Petition. Ever. To celebrate, we’ve assembled 10 of the season’s coolest guests.

The Simpsons S18 - Metallica

Episode: The Mook, the Chef, the Wife and Her Homer
Is Otto dreaming? Metallica (who RULE) by the side of the road! They even remember him, but turn when Hans Moleman (who used to sleep with Lars’ grandmother) offers them a lift after Bart absconds with the school bus. Drag!


The Simpsons S18 - White Stripes

The White Stripes
Episode: Jazzy and the Pussycats
A child psychiatrist prescribes a dose of playing drums to the ever-disruptive Bart, and he takes to them like a drumstick to Homer’s face. Cue a trippy The Hardest Button to Button interlude, a collision with The White Stripes and a cameo from garbage (note the lack of capitalisation).


The Simpsons S18 - Sir Mix-a-Lot

Sir Mix-a-Lot
Episode: Treehouse of Horror XVII
OK, so Mr Baby Got Back doesn’t actually appear in the episode as any character (or himself), but he does deliver an update on his infamous hit when Homer becomes a giant blobby cannibal after eating alien goo. MMMmmm, alien goo! UNGHHHHHhhhhhhhhhh…


The Simpsons S18 - Natalie Portman

Natalie Portman
Episode: Little Big Girl
You thought Bart was bad to the bone? His continued run of crappy luck with girls continues after he meets North Haverbrook lass Darcy (voiced by Portman). Bart, lying about his age and not being that well versed in stuff to do with bees and birds, believes her when she says she’s pregnant and they get engaged. Shotgun!


The Simpsons S18 - Eric Idle

Eric Idle
Episode: Springfield Up
Monty Python legend Idle’s documentarian Declan Desmond returns for a third time, with this one being a send-up of Michael Apted’s world famous 7 Up (no, Homer, not the soft drink), 14 Up, 21 Up etc series. Homer hatches a plan to convince Desmond that the family is well-to-do, but then Mr Burns shows up at what is his summer home…


The Simpsons S18 - Stephen Sondheim

Stephen Sondheim
Episode: Yokel Chords
He may cost an arm and a leg, but hey, hey, hey, the legendary composer is worth it for Krusty’s big find, The Spuckler Family Singers (although we prefer “Smashing Bumpkins”). They’ve got talent – and Krusty ought to know, as he used to have it.


The Simpsons S18 - Betty White

Betty White
Episode: Homerazzi
After inadvertently hitting tabloid pay dirt with a photo, Homer goes full-on pap, hounding most anybody who’s even vaguely famous, and throwing around a megaton of attitude. A run-in with acquaintance Betty White has her being absolutely lovely to him, yet he treats her like crud. Stupid paparazzi, why I oughta! [insert strangulation sounds here]


The Simpsons S18 - Ronaldo

Episode: Marge Gamer
When Lisa feigns an injury in her soccer game (way to write out of character guys, but anyway), legendary round ball player Gerald- erm, Ronaldo, shows up in his quest to travel the world exposing floppers. A certain amount of irony should be noted at this juncture.


The Simpsons S18 - Kiefer Sutherland

Kiefer Sutherland
Episode: 24 Minutes
It seems that Kiefer can’t get enough of the wonderful bu-, cu-, flu-, gu-, hu-, erm, thing, as this is his second appearance this season. Here he plays Jack Bauer in a thinly veiled – OK, no veiled whatsoever – cross-promotion with Fox’s 24. Beep. Beep. Beepbeepbepbepbpbpbbbbbbbb…


The Simpsons S18 - Ludacris

Episode: You Kent Always Say What You Want
The fast and furious one Ludacris does ludicrous, appearing as a tube of toothpaste – Luda-Crest – in an oral hygiene videotape (yes, even in 2006) entitled Menace Tooth Society, which is allegedly exciting for kids. He’s the enemy of the cavity – dirty, dirty mouth, y’all!

Simpsons S18
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