The Simpsons: Season 1, Episode 6

Moaning Lisa (11 Feb. 1990)

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A depressed Lisa's spirit is lifted when she meets a jazz-man, Bleeding Gums Murphy.


(as Wes Archer)


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Episode cast overview:
Homer Simpson (voice)
Bart Simpson / Boy #1 (voice)
Lisa Simpson (voice)
Mr. Largo / News announcer / Clerk (voice)
Moe Szyslak (voice)
Susan Blu ...
Howie / Boy #2 (voice)
Miriam Flynn ...
Miss Barr (voice)
Janey Powell / Boy with Howie / Howie's mother (voice)
Ron Taylor ...


Lisa is sent home from school with a note exempting her from games because she is sad,though she perks up when she meets fellow saxophonist Bleeding Gums Murphy and Marge encourages her to express her moods. Homer,meanwhile,sick of always beaten by his son at video games,finds a boy who can teach him to win but,just as he is about to triumph,Marge unplugs the television leaving Bart's victories unchallenged. Written by don @ minifie-1

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The title comes from the painting entitled "Mona Lisa" or "La Gioconda" by Leonardo da Vinci executed in the 16th century which now is residing in the Louvre in Paris. See more »


In the Simpson house some of the rooms are in a different place, placing the kitchen where the back yard door is now, and a small window, in what is now the kitchen entrance. Of course, this is before they established the look of the home. See more »


Marge Simpson: It doesn't matter how you feel inside, you know. It's what shows up on the outside that counts. Take all your bad feelings and push them down, all the way down past your knees, until you're almost walking on them. And then you'll fit in, and you'll be invited to parties, and boys will like you. And happiness will follow.
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Featured in The Simpsons: 'Round Springfield (1995) See more »


My Country, 'Tis of Thee
Written by Samuel Francis Smith
Performed by Harry Shearer
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Sweet and soulful yet very funny
2 February 2006 | by (Australia) – See all my reviews

Lisa Simpson, and that wonderful voice she has by Yeardley Smith, is the heart and soul of the series. Whereas the other cast members are more talented as comedians; Smith is able to get such pathos as Lisa, which makes her such a valuable member of the cast, though she is the only regular to only do one voice. Moaning Lisa is an early Lisa-centric episode, and it is one of the best. As the title implies, Lisa is afflicted by a deep sadness for a reason she can't explain. Meanwhile, Homer tries desperately to find a way to beat Bart in video game boxing. As a subplot, it works beautifully because it uses Homer in a way that is funny without being as overbearing as Homer can be in episodes devoted to him.

This episode introduced Bleeding Gums Murphy.

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