Bart ends up at a school for gifted children after cheating on an IQ test.



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Episode cast overview:
Homer Simpson / Conductor (voice)
Marge Simpson (voice)
Bart Simpson / Skinner's secretary (voice)
Lisa Simpson / Cecile Shapiro (voice)
Edna Krabappel (voice) (as Marsha Wallace)
Ms. Melon / Richard / Lewis (voice)
Milhouse Van Houten / Ethan Foley / Boy (voice)
Martin Prince / Sidney Swift / Ian (voice)


Bart is fearing that he will fail an intelligence test, Bart switches exams with Martin Prince. When school psychologist Dr. Pryor studies the results, he thinks that Bart is a genius, and Bart is enrolled into a new school for genius kids. Bart doesn't fit in very well though. Written by

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14 January 1990 (USA)  »

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On the Season 1 DVD commentary for this episode, we learn that Dr. J. Loren Pryor was the original drawing for Principal Skinner. The current look of Skinner is based around several teachers and a principal Groening knew, as well as the principal from the "Life In Hell" comics. See more »


The whole family goes to the opera to see "Carmen". They have balcony seats and the stage is to their left, yet later on you can see them looking to their right. See more »


Ms. Mellon: Well don't you get it Bart? Derivative DY equals 3R squared, DR over three or R squared, DR or RDRR.
[Ms. Melon does a jig dance]
Ms. Mellon: Hardy-har-har. Get it?
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References The Big Snit (1985) See more »


Overture from Carmen
by Georges Bizet
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Bart The Genius, good but still not what we know today.
7 January 2008 | by (Australia) – See all my reviews

The Simpsons of course started off with Christmas special "Simpson's Roasting On An Open Fire" which had basic drawings and not laugh out loud jokes, but this episode has probably the first laugh out loud joke in it and from here the show just gets better and better. This episode centers around Bart who in this episode swaps on a test from Martin and gets into a school for the highly gifted, this leading to Bart mending his friendship with his Dad and losing all of his mates. The Episode is very humorous and shows what was to become the greatest show ever to come out. Overall fans of the show will love this episode as it features the character's exactly as they became 20 years later. So watch this episode in a pack of Season 1 and enjoy early Simpson's doing what it was meant to, Making people laugh. I rate this episode 73%.

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