After being embarrassed by the rest of the family at a company picnic, Homer becomes obsessed with improving their behavior towards each other.


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Episode cast overview:
Homer Simpson / Barney Gumble / Son in Monroe ad (voice)
Marge Simpson (voice)
Bart Simpson / Tom Gammil / Mother #2 / Receptionist (voice)
Lisa Simpson (voice)
Mr. Burns / Waylon Smithers / Father #1 / Documentation voice / Father #2 / Boxing announcer / Eddie / Dr. Marvin Monroe / Voice in Monroe ad / Pawnbroker / Father #3 (voice)
Moe Szyslak / Mr. Gammil / Lou / Father in Monroe ad (voice)
Mother #1 / Daughter / Mother in Monroe ad (voice)
Son #1 / Son #2 (voice)


When the Simpsons go to Mr. Burns mansion for a party, Homer looks at all the families that are happy and spend time together. Homer becomes embarrassed that his family isn't as happy as other families, so he finds ways to make his family happier. He eventually finds a family therapist that makes families get along. But it's hard to get the Simpsons to make a family as one. Written by kevindklenke

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Animation | Comedy


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28 January 1990 (USA)  »

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


This marked the first appearance of yellow Smithers, who was drawn as an African-American in the previous episode. Eddie and Lou also appeared for the first time, although Lou was mistakenly animated with yellow instead of black, as he would later become. See more »


When Bart, Lisa and Marge and eating their dinner at the dining room table, Marge's necklace turns to "white" in one of the frames of animation. See more »


Weyland Smithers: [over PA] Now hear this! The father-son sack race will commence on the north lawn in approximately five minutes. Participation is mandatory - repeat, mandatory! That is all.
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References Let's Make a Deal (1963) See more »


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Fun Episode!
17 October 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

The fourth episode of Season 1 in the Simpsons is a solid entry in the series. But I was comparing this episode to the modern Simpsons and this seems more....different. I think the creators were testing out different personalities for our favorite dysfunctional family. But nonetheless, this is still a fun episode that has some funny moments and by far my favorite moment is the actual shock therapy that takes place in the episode.

This episode, "There's No Disgrace Like Home", has Homer realizing at Mr. Burn's picnic that his family is not a very good family so he decides to sell the television in order to pay for therapy for him and his family.

Overall, this is a solid episode that has some funny moments. But this is a significant episode because we hear Burns say for the first time, "Release the hounds." Plus we get to meet Itchy and Scratchy for the first time. This is a pretty good and very watchable episode. I rate this episode 8/10.

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