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"The Simpsons" Moaning Lisa (1990)

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15 out of 20 people found the following review useful:

Sweet and soulful yet very funny

Author: the_spanner85 from Australia
2 February 2006

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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3 out of 3 people found the following review useful:

Blue But Brilliant

Author: LedZep712 from United Kingdom
24 November 2007

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Moaning Lisa Moaning Lisa remains one of my enduring Simpsons favourites because of the episode's humorous but sensitive side that lies at the heart of a lot of Lisa episodes. But this isn't just an episode reserved for Lisa's finer moments, other characters get a chance to shine too. Bart has some of his finest moments in this episode too (particularly his scenes with Homer who's whimpering towards the end of the episode is hilarious.) The music in the episode is also amongst the series best setting off the bluesy mood perfectly with some amazing saxophone playing. Some points of the show are a bi lacking, particularly in the portrayal of some of Lisa's adversaries. Mr. Largo has probably more time on-screen then in any other episode but his character is much more bland in comparison to later episodes. Ralph, the perennial fan favourite also appears for the first time but is similarly lifeless.

Irregrdless, it's the other character's that make this episode work, including the sadly underused Bleeding Gums Murphy.

R.I.P Ron Taylor

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4 out of 5 people found the following review useful:

Not a masterpiece, but still good

Author: gizmomogwai from Canada
30 August 2008

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This is the first Lisa episode, a comedy's attempt at being touching which cleared the way for classics like Lisa's Substitute and Lisa's Wedding- but those later episodes are better than this early effort. In Moaning Lisa, Lisa feels depressed for little reason, generally concerned about suffering in the world and what she sees as the pointlessness of her own life. She meets Bleeding Gums Murphy who plays the blues with her. Marge tells Lisa to look more happy to be accepted by her peers, but changes her mind and tells Lisa to be herself, which does make her feel better.

The episode isn't as touching as later Lisa episodes or as funny, but it is interesting. Feeling sad for no particular reason is something I experienced as a kid too. The humour exists, albeit a little harder to find; it's only light humour such as Maggie hugging the TV, Homer's phrase "underwear thing" and Homer reacting to Lisa saying he "belongs in a zoo." Worth watching.

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3 out of 6 people found the following review useful:

Good, But Pretty Weak!

Author: g-bodyl from United States
29 October 2013

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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