The Simpsons: Season 21, Episode 1

Homer the Whopper (27 Sep. 2009)

TV Episode  |  TV-PG  |   |  Animation, Comedy
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A Hollywood studio makes a movie based on Comic Book Guy's comic book character "Everyman," and Homer is cast in the lead. However, Homer's weight fluctuations cause problems for the production.



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Episode complete credited cast:
Homer Simpson / Robber #1 / Krusty the Clown / Movie Cop / Mr. Teeny (voice)
Marge Simpson (voice)
Lisa Simpson (voice)
Robber #2 / Narrator / Assistant Director / Lenny Leonard / Former Studio Head / Lizard (voice)
Matt Groening (voice)
Security Guard (voice)
Lyle McCarthy (voice)
Milhouse Van Houten / Bank Teller / Writer #4 / Assistant / Actress (voice)
Woman in the Theater / Writer #2 / Writer #4 / Jonah / Ginormous Pictures Studio Chief #1 / Continuity Woman (voice)
Karl Wiedergott ...
Writer #1 / Writer #3 (voice)


Comic Book Guy casts Homer as the lead in "Everyman," a feature film based on a new comic book superhero who possesses the ability to take on the powers of every superhero in every comic he touches. To whip Homer into superhero shape, the movie studio hires celebrity fitness trainer Lyle McCarthy, but Homer has trouble sticking to his new healthy regimen. Written by Fox Publicity

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27 September 2009 (USA)  »

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1.78 : 1
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Herp Derp
17 March 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

The episode of "Homer the Whopper" is not The Simpsons's finest work, but it is not as bad as some of the ones made after the twenty-year mark. This episode contains many of the satirical comedy that helped put The Simpsons on t.v screens across the world. It primarily satirizes Hollywood and bad sequels when Homer is put into a movie about a comic book character invented by Comic Book Guy (Jeff Albertson). It satirizes such things as: Special effects, weight control in Hollywood, superhero movies, and, briefly, bad sequels.

There are, however, points where this episode did not hold up so well. In one instance there is a joke about actors trying to lose weight by self-induced vomiting that ultimately had a rather lame punchline and did not really go anywhere. The jokes weren't as good as they were in The Simpsons's prime, such as one bit where the hole punchline is Homer saying something where he is "bleeped" out, turning out to be crass and not very funny.

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