The Simpsons: Season 14, Episode 5

Helter Shelter (1 Dec. 2002)

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After Lisa brings home the stick of a pro hockey player for yelling at him to shoot between the goalie's legs, the Simpsons' house is eaten by termites. To get a home, the family joins a ... See full summary »



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Episode cast overview:
Homer Simpson / Painter / Barney Gumble / Kozlov / Bran Producer #3 / Bill Cosby / Grampa Simpson / Lion / Tribe Member #3 / Fleeing Crewman #2 / Cop #1 (voice)
Marge Simpson (voice)
Bart Simpson / Kearney (voice)
Lisa Simpson (voice)
Butler / Carl / Moe Szyslak / Captain McAllister / Cletus / Exterminator / Comic Book Guy / Mitch Hartwell / Apu Nahasapeemapetilon / Crazy Old Man (voice)
Waylon Smithers / Montgomery Burns / Lenny / Otto / Ned Flanders / Bran Producer #1 / Paralegal / Cameraman / 'Law & Order' Announcer / Cop #2 (voice)
Larry Holmes ...
Himself (voice)
Squiggy (voice)
Dolph / Bran Producer #2 / Producer / Nutritionist (voice)
Gummy Sue (voice)
Karl Wiedergott ...
Various (voice)


After Lisa brings home the stick of a pro hockey player for yelling at him to shoot between the goalie's legs, the Simpsons' house is eaten by termites. To get a home, the family joins a reality show, where they must live like a family from 1895. Written by Emil Petersen

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The final episode of The Simpsons (1989) to use cel animation. Starting with The Simpsons: The Great Louse Detective (2002), all episodes were digitally colored. See more »


Male Network Executive: [trying to find a family to appear on a reality show]
Female Network Executive: This family's pretty good.
Male Network Executive: But isn't the dad Bill Cosby?
Bill Cosby: Y'see, I gotta get back on the TV, coz with the Osbournes, and the soft-core porns and the dogs poopin' and nobody scoopin' and the veesa bola and the ah! Ah! Ah!
Female Network Executive: We need a family that hasn't been on TV forever. Let's try the Simpsons.
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Spoofs Tables Turned on the Gardener (1895) See more »


Yahoos and Triangles
Performed by The Refreshments
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A Very Sarcastic Episode,
6 January 2015 | by (Ireland) – See all my reviews

Helter Shelter is a great Simpsons episode with a well written storyline and loads of very funny scenes.A lot of people don't like this episode,and while I will admit it's a weaker one in the fourteenth season,I still found it very fun,it was written purposely to be ridiculous, which I don't think a lot of people realised,as if a house getting eaten by termites and a family have to live in a reality television series is a concept many shows have done before,I don't see how people couldn't see that it was suppose to be goofy humour,I liked it and it was fun to see the writers try something different.Its certainly not a highlight of the fourteenth season,but Helter Shelter is still a very fun Simpsons episode that I certainly enjoyed.

After the Simpsons home gets eaten by termites,they are forced to join a reality show where they must live like a family from the 1800's.

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