The Simpsons: Season 5, Episode 1

Homer's Barbershop Quartet (30 Sep. 1993)

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After the kids find a record with Homer's picture on it, he recalls the story of how he achieved fame in the 1980s with his barbershop quartet, The Be Sharps.



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Episode credited cast:
Homer Simpson / Couch Gag Director / Mayor Quimby / Barney Gumble / Grampa / Groundskeeper Willie / Reporter #1 / Panicking Man / Joan Rivers / Squeaky-Voiced Teen / Human Fly / Newspaper Customer (voice)
Marge Simpson (voice)
Bart Simpson / Nelson Muntz / Paperboy (voice)
Lisa Simpson (voice)
Moe Szyslak / Man Selling Malibu Stacey / Customer at Car Boot Sale / Comic Book Guy / Chief Wiggum / Apu Nahasapeemapetilon / Old Jewish Man / Snake / Captain McCallister / Reporter #2 / Man Below Balcony / Carl / Lou (voice)
Himself (voice)
Himself (voice)
Milhouse Van Houten / Reporter #3 / Sarah Wiggum / Barney's Girlfriend / Kwik-E-Mart Customer (voice)
James Campbell ...
Seymour Skinner (singing voice)
Mike Economou ...
Apu (singing voice) (as George Economou)
Shelby Grimm ...
Barney Gumble / Chief Wiggum (singing voice)
Homer Simpson (singing voice) (as Dan Jordan)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Dapper Dans ...
The Be Sharps (singing voice)


After the kids find a record with Homer's picture on it, he recalls the story of how he achieved fame in the 1980s with his barbershop quartet, The Be Sharps.

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Animation | Comedy





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30 September 1993 (USA)  »

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Did You Know?


In flashback, Moe's Tavern is called "Moe's Cavern"; a reference to the club where The Beatles first played in Liverpool. See more »


The flashbacks are set in 1985. Baby Lisa says that Homer, at the Grammy Awards, beat Dexys Midnight Runners. DMR's only big hit was Come On Eileen, which came out in 1983. The band had no sizable hits after that and certainly would not be a contender for any Grammy awards after 1984. See more »


[the Be-Sharps perform on a building rooftop]
George Harrison: It's been done.
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References I Love Lucy (1951) See more »


Baby on Board
Written by Jeff Martin, Shelby Grimm, Harry J. Campbell (as Harry Campbell),
George Economou and Don Jordan (as Danny Jordan).
Performed by The Dapper Dans
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Anyone for classics!
7 July 2010 | by (Ireland) – See all my reviews

The Season Five opener Homers Barbershop Quartet is an absolute classic Simpsons episode,its well put together and well thought out.

When The Simpsons go to a Swab Meat convention they find an old CD for a band that Homer use to be in,Bart and Lisa cant remember it so Homer tells them the story.

Homer,PrincipaL Skinner,Apu and Chief Wiggum use to sing on stage at Moes,they then get signed up for their own famous band but they have to kick Chief Wiggum out and then they replace him with Barney after hearing him singing in the bathroom.


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