A ratings behemoth around the world and an enduring cultural icon, THE SIMPSONS continued into an eighth season, on its way to its becoming history's longest-running animated show. Springfield's most recognisable dysfunctional family is comprised of layabout dad Homer, troublesome son Bart, politically correct genius Lisa, baby Maggie, and the eminently reasonable, blue-haired Marge. Season eight includes 'The Springfield Files', where Homer encounters what he believes to be an alien being. This leads to an investigation by agents Mulder and Scully from THE X-FILES. After eating a hallucinogenic chilli, Homer goes in search of his soul mate in 'El Viaje Misterioso De Nuestro Jomer (The Mysterious Voyage of Homer)'. Audiences are also treated to a return of the 'Treehouse of Horror', a 'Simpsons Spin-Off Showcase'--hosted by Troy McClure--and Homer becomes a successful boxer due to his propensity for being able to take shots to the head in 'The Homer They Fall'. Other episodes include Lisa falling in love with playground bully Nelson ('Lisa's Date With Density'), Bart trading in Santas Little Helper for heroic Lassie-like dog Laddie ('The Canine Mutiny'), only to regret the swap afterwards, and Homer becoming a bootleg beer baron after alcohol is made illegal in Springfield ('Homer vs. The Eighteenth Amendment').