The Simpsons: Season 11, Episode 17

Bart to the Future (19 Mar. 2000)

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Bart gets a glimpse of the future while the family is on vacation at an Indian casino.



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Episode cast overview:
Homer / "Rip-off!" / Barney / Groundskeeper Willie (voice)
Marge Simpson (voice)
Lisa Simpson (voice)
Moe / Ranger / Guard / Backstage Guard / Manager / Holo-gram Man / Carl / Chinese Man / Englishman (voice)
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An Indian casino manager tells Bart what his future will be in thirty years' time. Whilst Lisa is the American president, Bart is a bum and wannabe musician, hanging out in a beach shack with Ralph Wiggum. Ever envious of Lisa, he causes her unpopularity by revealing that she is about to impose a new tax, but uses his slacker skills to stall matters long enough until she can push it through. Written by don @ minifie-1

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In the February 7, 2003 issue of "Entertainment Weekly", this was chosen as the worst Simpsons episode of all time. See more »


Bart: I wasn't going to gamble. I just wanted a Bloody Mary.
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Spoofs Back to the Future (1985) See more »


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Music by James Sanderson
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Worst Episode Ever? Nah, but it has hit and miss.
2 May 2013 | by (Sweden) – See all my reviews

Almost 10 years ago Entertainment Weekly called this "the worst episode ever" yet it's only their opinion and there are much worse episodes than this.

The hits: I do like the premise of this episode to show Bart how his future would be if he doesn't show more responsibility in his life. Lisa as the president of USA would be surprising but unprecedented to have. The future devices they get are funny and wacky creative. Such as the machine that will give you virtual food and be sure to be careful. My favorite joke is when after Homer gets electrified by the wire he yells: Oh what a bleak horrible future we live!

The miss: Some characters are out of their personality, like Ralph he's much more smarter than before and not the Ralph you love. It doesn't have to be a bad thing but it would be better if he was still himself. Some other characters becomes a little bit boring and doesn't give many laughable jokes we wan't to hear or see. There are a few tiresome jokes too. The ending could have been funnier but it all felt too fast to conclude.

Is this episode recommended? It depends what you feel, but I don't think it's the worst episode iv'e seen my life, but the episode is definitely not Emmy worthy because of it's flaws but I'm curious to find out what others think rather than the critics.

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