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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Director David Silverman had difficulty devising a legible Scrabble board for the opening scene that would convey the idea that the Simpsons were only able to devise very simple words. See more »


In the Scrabble game at the beginning, Marge plays HI and says that this scores two points. In fact, H is a four-point tile, so HI would score at least five points. See more »


Homer: You can't stay in there forever!
Bart: I can try!
Homer: March your butt out here right now!
Bart: No way, man!
Homer: [sweet] Son, if you don't come out, I can't hug you and kiss you, and make you feel all better.
Bart: You think I'm dumb enough to fall for that? I'm insulted!
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Not a Fluke!
11 August 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This episode, "Bart the Genius" proves that the first episode was no fluke. It has a heart and it explores the father-son relationship that Homer and Bart sometimes has. This episode is good at character development as we learn what kind of person Bart is. Also, the story is a little better even though it's a bit less funny and a little of the dramatic side.

This episode is mainly about Bart. Bart cheated on his I.Q test and the school psychiatrist sends Bart to a school for gifted children. However, Bart doesn't fit in like he thought he would.

Overall, this is a great second episode. What lacks in comedy makes up for it with sweet, gentle drama. This is a family really worth watching. I rate this episode 9/10.

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