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Tales from the Public Domain 

The family reads stories from a long overdue library book. First, Homer (Odysseus) struggles to find his way home after the Trojan War. Next, Lisa (Joan Of Arc) leads the French army after ... See full summary »


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Episode cast overview:
Homer Simpson / Mayor Quimby / Barney Gumble / Sideshow Mel / Krusty the Clown / Catapult Soldier / English Soldier #3 / Groundskeeper Willie (voice)
Marge Simpson (voice)
Lisa Simpson (voice)
Moe Szyslak / Apu Nahasapeemapetilon / Captain McAllister / Carl / Professor Frink / Discus Stu / Chief Wiggum / Lou / English Soldier #1 / Viking (voice)
Ned Flanders / Lenny / God / English Soldier #2 / Reverend Lovejoy (voice)
Circe / Agnes Skinner (voice)
Karl Wiedergott ...
English Soldier #4 (voice)


The family reads stories from a long overdue library book. First, Homer (Odysseus) struggles to find his way home after the Trojan War. Next, Lisa (Joan Of Arc) leads the French army after hearing the voice of God. Finally, Bart (Hamlet) avenges the murder of his father. Written by Mike

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Animation | Comedy


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17 March 2002 (USA)  »

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


The title "Do the Bard, Man" is a play on the song "Do the Bartman" and the fact that Shakespeare is also referred to as "the Bard". See more »


Hamlet (Bart) utters a line to himself that is supposedly unheard by other characters and refers to it as a "soliloquy." However, the other characters are on stage at the same time. This would make the line an "aside," and not a soliloquy. (A soliloquy is an extended monologue done with the character on stage alone.) See more »


Circe: You must pass through Hades, crossing the river Styx.
[as Homer steers his ship down the river, skeletons on the shoreline dance to the song "Lady" by Styx]
Homer Simpson: Oh, this truly is Hell!
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References Bambi (1942) See more »


Written by: Scott Nickoley, Stephen Lang, and Jamie Dunlap
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Probably the only decent episode from season 13
26 August 2007 | by (Plainfield, IL) – See all my reviews

Has its share of lame jokes, but it isn't downright embarrassing, unlike...well, any other episode from this season. The Hamlet segment is surprisingly funny. The only thing that would have made it better is if the writers put in a few somewhat obscure jokes for people who know the play pretty well. It reads like the writers were just calling upon what they remembered from their stoner high school years and making obvious jokes about it. In previous seasons, you always got the sense that the writers really knew their stuff. The segment based on The Odyssey was also somewhat funny, except for the Disco Stu joke and the reused line from Krusty Gets Kancelled ("Time to take out the trash!").

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