The Simpsons: Season 5, Episode 3

Homer Goes to College (14 Oct. 1993)

TV Episode  -   -  Animation | Comedy
7.6
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 7.6/10 from 1,210 users  
Reviews: 1 user

When a surprise inspection of the nuclear power plant reveals that Homer is not qualified to do his job, he is forced to go to college.

Director:

Writers:

(created by), (developed by), 5 more credits »
0Check in
0Share...

Editors' Spotlight

Fall TV Premiere Week

Many of your favorite shows are coming back, along with plenty of series premieres. Here's a list of the shows premiering between Sunday, September 21 and Friday, September 26.


User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 25 titles
created 04 Mar 2012
 
a list of 22 titles
created 07 Nov 2012
 
a list of 22 titles
created 22 Nov 2012
 
a list of 22 titles
created 4 months ago
 
a list of 40 titles
created 3 months ago
 

Related Items


Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: Homer Goes to College (14 Oct 1993)

Homer Goes to College (14 Oct 1993) on IMDb 7.6/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of The Simpsons.
« Previous Episode | 84 of 564 Episodes | Next Episode »
Edit

Cast

Episode cast overview:
...
Homer Simpson / Mayor Quimby / Blue-Haired Lawyer / Admissions Officer / Grampa / Student #2 / Construction Manager / Gary / Itchy / Krusty the Clown (voice)
...
Marge Simpson (voice)
...
Bart Simpson (voice)
...
Lisa Simpson (voice)
...
Inspector #2 / Bernie / Man in Commercial / Dean Bitterman / Corey Masterson / Nerdlinger / Student #1 / Dean Peterson / Construction Worker / Nuclear Response #1 / Doug / Snake (voice)
...
Mr. Burns / Smithers / Bee Guard #3 / Guidance Counselor / Application Reviewer #1 / Commercial Voice-Over / TV Announcer / Movie President / Nuclear Physics Professor / Nuclear Response #2 / Benjamin / Richard Nixon / Scratchy / Dr. Hibbert (voice)
...
Power Plant Voice / Inspector #1 / Application Reviewer #2 / Answering Machine (voice)
Edit

Storyline

Naptime at the Springfield Nuclear Power Plant is rudely interrupted by the Nuclear Regulatory Commission, which is conducting a surprise inspection and employee audit. Homer's skills are tested and not only is he found to be incompetent, he causes a nuclear meltdown! The NRC inspectors demand that Homer (who is found to lack proper certification) either take college courses to obtain the necessary credentials or else Mr. Burns will face criminal charges. Burns gets Homer enrolled at Springfield University, where he acts like an immature adolescent (both in class and around campus) rather than someone needing to study for a college degree. When he continues to act like a know-it-all in physics class, the professor has enough and asks him to demonstrate a proton accelerator; Homer winds up causing another meltdown. Homer is asked to hire a tutor, and does: nerds Benjamin, Gary and Doug. Instead of applying himself, Homer sees the three nerds have no social life and decides to teach ... Written by Brian Rathjen <briguy_52732@yahoo.com>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Genres:

Animation | Comedy

Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

14 October 1993 (USA)  »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Color:

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

When Homer is in class, and the professor says that there will be an exam, he screams "this is like a nightmare", and realizes he is not dressed. This is a reference to what many call "The test dream", in which a person is about to take an exam, but he's naked. The dream is an indicator that the person is not ready to face whatever challenge he might have. See more »

Goofs

When Mr. Burns gets Homer into college, Homer says "I won't be needing my high school diploma anymore!" But Homer has a GED, not a high school diploma (and the document he sets fire to even clearly has GED written on it.) See more »

Quotes

Bart Simpson: Dad, start digging some nerd holes!
Lisa Simpson: It's bad enough they put their retainers in the dishwasher; can't we do something?
Homer Simpson: Look, I'm sure we can work something out where we can all live in harmony, right, Marge?
Marge Simpson: No, I want those geeks outta my house!
See more »

Connections

Spoofs Let's Make a Deal (1963) See more »

Soundtracks

Louie Louie
by Richard Berry
Performed by The Kingsmen
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
My all time favourite Simpsons episode
17 June 2007 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

When it comes to reviewing 'Homer Goes To College' I have to admit, I'm a little bit biased. This was the last episode I watched before leaving home to go to University at the age of eighteen and corny as it may be, each time I watch it I still get a little misty eyed when I think back to that warm September day, sat in the living room watching TV with my packed bags waiting in the corridor, half a mind on the friends I was leaving behind and half on the four years yet to come. But hey if that's corny, then corn me up, because Homer Goes To College is awesome. It's Matt Groening and co at their best.

Taking a slightly objective stance though, I'm sure both of you people that have bothered to look up this page are wondering what makes this (arguably) the best Simpsons episode when there are so many other classics that could easily stake that claim? Well as far as I'm concerned it's because this is the epitome of a strong storyline. The plot this time revolves around Homer being sent to college after a routine safety inspection reveals him to be dangerously under-qualified. Arriving on campus after over-indulging on frat house movies, Homer is expecting three things: jocks, nerds and a crusty, bitter old Dean.

What follows is a brilliantly executed spoof of college stereotypes as Homer finds himself actually having to work rather than simply drinking and attending toga parties. Plus, the crusty, bitter old Dean isn't crusty and bitter at all, he's actually a pretty okay guy. But that's not going to stop the fat lad from making his life hell by ringing his office to call him a 'stupidhead.' Things get even more ridiculous when he is sent for extra tutoring with three Science geeks who make Napoleon Dynamite look like the Fonz, culminating in life lessons, Picard versus Kirk debates and an ill-fated prank that involves running the Dean over.

So yes, while I might rate this episode so highly because I'm a saccharine laced bag of sentimentality, it cannot stop it being one of the most repeatedly funny ones the writers ever produced. As a satire of campus movies it hits the nail on the head and is a perfect example of that bizarre Simpsons universe that manages to be wholly familiar yet uniquely ridiculous. I'd even go so far as to suggest that this is the best account of campus life ever produced and that only the Futurama episode where Fry goes to college comes close. Besides, how can you not love an episode where a good natured professor exclaims "hello, that sounds like a pig fainting" with a totally straight face?


21 of 23 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
Ned, did you clip Anne Landers today? Karma_Kramer
Simpsons character death will be permanent joekabye-253-101994
What happened to.... ajacobs345
Do you think that 'Last Exit to Springfield' is really the best episode? angrybob1011
Principal and the Pauper michaelcoelho92
Underrated Classic Era episiodes flgilley87
Discuss Homer Goes to College (1993) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?