The Simpsons: Season 1, Episode 6

Moaning Lisa (11 Feb. 1990)

TV Episode  |  TV-PG  |   |  Animation, Comedy
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A depressed Lisa's spirit is lifted when she meets a jazz-man, Bleeding Gums Murphy.

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Homer Simpson (voice)
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Bart Simpson / Boy #1 (voice)
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Lisa Simpson (voice)
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Mr. Largo / News announcer / Clerk (voice)
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Moe Szyslak (voice)
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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 »

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The second time Homer and Bart are playing video games, there is a shot of Homer mashing away at his controller, however the button is on the opposite side from his thumb. See more »

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Bleedin' Gums Murphy: You know, you play pretty well for someone with no real problems.
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Featured in The Simpsons: 'Round Springfield (1995) See more »

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My Country, 'Tis of Thee
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Written by Samuel Francis Smith
Performed by Harry Shearer
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Good, But Pretty Weak!
29 October 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Nothing against this episode in general, but of all the episodes so far in Season 1, I feel like this one is the weakest. It's not bad in any sense, but it's too depressing and not as interesting as I would like. Lisa carrying the episode is not the best thing to do since I only like her in a supporting role. The chemistry between Homer and Bart with their video game competition is spot on and really funny. But with Lisa and her depression.....not so much. But I did like the Bleeding Murphy character.

The sixth episode, "Moaning Lisa," is about how Lisa gets depressed about problems around her and she meets a jazz man, Bleeding Murphy. Meanwhile, Homer and Bart engage in a video game wrestling competition that usually has Homer losing. But, Homer may be out for revenge....

Overall, this is not the best episode, but it's still very watchable and sometimes enjoyable. The animation keeps getting better and better and it's nice how we are starting to be drawn into these characters. This is a good, but not great episode. I rate this episode 7/10.


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