The Simpsons: Season 1, Episode 4

There's No Disgrace Like Home (28 Jan. 1990)

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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)


At a company picnic Homer realizes his family is dysfunctional and takes them all to therapy where they end up having shock treatment. They are still as bad as ever so Homer gets double his money back from Dr Marvin Monroe and the Simpsons buy themselves a new TV. Written by Anonymous

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Sofa gag: Homer pops out and lands on the floor. See more »


When Bart shocks Lisa the first time, he uses the second button to his left. The second time he shocks Lisa, Bart uses the third button. 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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Spoofs The Wizard of Oz (1939) See more »


Hey Brother, Pour The Wine
Written by Dean Martin
Performed by Julie Kavner
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This early episode displays how much this show's evolved
9 March 2011 | by (Atlanta, GA) – See all my reviews

When the family misbehaves at the power plant picnic, Homer grows concerned that his family is too dysfunctional and proceeds to put everyone in to family therapy with shocking results (pun intended).

As mentioned, this first season episode is a tad jarring for modern Simpsons fans to watch. Almost the entire family (with the exception of Bart, who was really the only one with a defined personality by this point) is acting out of character. Homer's concern about his family's behavior seems more like something expected from Marge, especially seeing as he's willing to pawn the family's TV set to pay for the therapy sessions. Marge getting drunk at the picnic is more like something that Homer would do. And Lisa seems more like a female Bart and is almost as bratty as he is.

With this in mind, the therapy session is clearly the major highlight of the episode. It's also the first episode where Bart utters the immortal line, "Don't have a cow", Mr. Burns first says, "Release the hounds", and it's the first appearance of Itchy and Scratchy, so it features some significance in Simpsons history.

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