In an effort to increase the dismal television ratings for their space launches, NASA decides to send an ordinary man into space, and Homer is chosen for the task.

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Homer Simpson / Grampa Simpson / Launch Host #2 / Head of NASA / Chimp / Al Bundy / NASA Scientist #3 / Barney Gumble / Itchy / Reporter #5 (voice)
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Marge Simpson (voice)
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Bart Simpson (voice)
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Lisa Simpson (voice)
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Carl / Tim Taylor / Reporter #3 / Race Banyon (voice)
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Waylon Smithers / X-Ray Inspector / Lenny / Mr. Burns / Man on TV / Tom / NASA Scientist #1 / Jim Wallace / Scratchy / Itchy & Scratchy Disclaimer / NASA Technician / Kent Brockman / Reporter #4 (voice)
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Buzz Aldrin (voice)
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James Taylor (voice)
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Tobey Hunter (voice)
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NASA Scientist #2 / Peggy Bundy (voice)
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The powers that be at NASA, distraught over low television ratings for their space launches, decide to improve them by putting a private citizen on their next space shuttle. After receiving an angry phone call from Homer, they decide he is their man. Written by Tfilm78

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24 February 1994 (USA)  »

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A copy of this episode exists on the International Space Station for real astronauts to watch. See more »

Goofs

Homer and the astronauts went up in a Space Shuttle but they crash landed into the Capitol Building in a M2-F2 "flying body" aircraft which was featured in the opening sequence of the television series The Six Million Dollar Man. See more »

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[explaining why he believes he's finally going to win "Worker of the Week"]
Homer Simpson: "Union Rule 26: Every employee must win 'Worker of the Week' at least once, regardless of gross incompetence, obesity or rank odor." Heh heh heh...
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References Star Trek: Deep Space Nine (1993) See more »

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Fire and Rain
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Written and Performed by James Taylor
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"Maniacs! You Blew It Up!"
18 November 2009 | by (Troy, NY) – See all my reviews

This classic Simpsons episode feels like a full two hour movie and not just a half hour show. It seems as if every Sci Fi Classic of the last fifty years comes in for the hilarious Simpsons treatment.

Some high points: Homer fielding questions at the press conference. "Wait a minute . . . Statue of Liberty . . . that was really our planet. You maniacs! You blew it up! Oh, damn them all to hell!" (PLANET OF THE APES)

Homer and Barney fighting man to man for a slot as an astronaut, gladiator style, while jaded NASA scientists cheer them on and take bets. (STAR TREK: THE GAMESTERS OF TRISKELION)

Homer floating through space, like a vast spacecraft, crunching potato chips in zero gravity. (2001 SPACE ODYSSEY)

And don't forget James Taylor revealing his less-than-mellow vibe, and Springfield TV anchor Kent Brockman preparing for the inevitable. ("Welcome ANTS!")

Classic Simpsons, with Homer becoming a real hero and not one but two ITCHY AND SCRATCHY cartoons.


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