The pundits say average Americans aren't paying much attention to presidential politics. That should change when Lisa Simpson runs for student body president at Springfield Elementary in the Nov. 16 episode of this indefatigably amusing animated series.
Elected as a populist reformer after her heartfelt song moves even the school's resident hamster to tears, well-meaning Lisa (voiced by Yeardley Smith) becomes a pawn in a scheme by Principal Skinner (Harry Shearer) to slash music, art and gym classes. There are songs spoofing Evita, but you needn't be a musical-theater maven to enjoy the jokes. Now nearing the 14-year mark, this series still revels in its irreverence.