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Moaning Lisa 

A depressed Lisa's spirit is lifted when she meets a jazz-man, Bleeding Gums Murphy.

Director:

Wesley Archer (as Wes Archer)

Writers:

Matt Groening (created by), James L. Brooks (developed by) | 5 more credits »
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Cast

Episode credited cast:
Dan Castellaneta ... Homer Simpson (voice)
Julie Kavner ... Marge Simpson / Jacqueline Bouvier (voice)
Nancy Cartwright ... Bart Simpson / Boy #1 (voice)
Yeardley Smith ... Lisa Simpson (voice)
Harry Shearer ... Mr. Largo / News announcer / Clerk (voice)
Hank Azaria ... Moe Szyslak (voice)
Susan Blu Susan Blu ... Howie / Boy #2 (voice)
Miriam Flynn ... Miss Barr (voice)
Pamela Hayden ... Janey Powell / Boy with Howie / Howie's mother (voice)
Ron Taylor ... Bleeding Gums Murphy (voice)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Humberto Vélez Humberto Vélez ... Homero Simpson (Spanish)
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Storyline

Lisa is sent home from school with a note exempting her from games because she is sad,though she perks up when she meets fellow saxophonist Bleeding Gums Murphy and Marge encourages her to express her moods. Homer,meanwhile,sick of always beaten by his son at video games,finds a boy who can teach him to win but,just as he is about to triumph,Marge unplugs the television leaving Bart's victories unchallenged. Written by don @ minifie-1

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Genres:

Animation | Comedy

Certificate:

TV-PG | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Trivia

The song Lisa sings in this episode later reappeared in expanded form on The Simpsons Sing the Blues CD. See more »

Goofs

At the beginning of the episode, when Homer searches for his keys, Marge's pearls are white instead of red. See more »

Quotes

Lisa: I'm wailing out for the homeless family living out of its car. The Iowa farmer, whose land has been taken away by unfeeling bureaucrats. The West Virginia coal miner, coughing...
Mr. Largo: Well, that's all fine and good, but Lisa, none of those unpleasant people are going to be at the recital next week.
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Connections

Featured in Todd's Pop Song Reviews: Glitter (2011) See more »

Soundtracks

My Country, 'Tis of Thee
(uncredited)
Written by Samuel Francis Smith
Performed by Harry Shearer
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Good, But Pretty Weak!
29 October 2013 | by g-bodylSee all my reviews

Nothing against this episode in general, but of all the episodes so far in Season 1, I feel like this one is the weakest. It's not bad in any sense, but it's too depressing and not as interesting as I would like. Lisa carrying the episode is not the best thing to do since I only like her in a supporting role. The chemistry between Homer and Bart with their video game competition is spot on and really funny. But with Lisa and her depression.....not so much. But I did like the Bleeding Murphy character.

The sixth episode, "Moaning Lisa," is about how Lisa gets depressed about problems around her and she meets a jazz man, Bleeding Murphy. Meanwhile, Homer and Bart engage in a video game wrestling competition that usually has Homer losing. But, Homer may be out for revenge....

Overall, this is not the best episode, but it's still very watchable and sometimes enjoyable. The animation keeps getting better and better and it's nice how we are starting to be drawn into these characters. This is a good, but not great episode. I rate this episode 7/10.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

11 February 1990 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

La Depresion De Lisa See more »

Filming Locations:

USA

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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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