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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Trivia

While the NASA staff are examining the most popular characters on television, they watch a short segment spoofing the show Home Improvement (1991). In the segment, Tim "The Toolman" Taylor supercharges a riding mower, then accidentally reverses it through his backyard fence, running over his neighbor, Wilson. He then says: "Oh, no! I killed Wilson! Looks like it's back to jail for me." In real life, Tim Allen, who played Tim Taylor in Home Improvement (1991), actually spent time in prison before his rise to fame. See more »

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After Homer accidentally breaks the ant tank with his head, his beard disappears. See more »

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Kent Brockman: I, for one, welcome our new insect overlords. I'd like to remind them that as a trusted TV personality I could be helpful in rounding up others to toil in their underground sugar caves!
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Referenced in Jeopardy!: The IBM Challenge: Day 3 (2011) See more »

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I Am the Very Model of a Modern Major General
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Lyrics by W.S. Gilbert
Music by Arthur Sullivan
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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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