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Lisa the Vegetarian 

A trip to a local petting zoo convinces Lisa to give up meat, despite excessive pressure to convince her not to do so.


Mark Kirkland


Matt Groening (created by), James L. Brooks (developed by) | 4 more credits »

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Episode cast overview:
Dan Castellaneta ... Grampa Simpson / Homer Simpson / Lord Thistlewick Flanders / Groundskeeper Willie / Itchy / Barney Gumble (voice)
Julie Kavner ... Marge Simpson / Patty Bouvier / Selma Bouvier / Others (voice)
Nancy Cartwright ... Bart Simpson / Ralph Wiggum / Jimmy / Ham (voice)
Yeardley Smith ... Lisa Simpson (voice)
Hank Azaria ... Wolf / Jose Flanders / Chief Wiggum / Apu Nahasapeemapetilon (voice)
Harry Shearer ... Ned Flanders / Principal Skinner / Scratchy / Dr. Hibbert / Montgomery Burns / Waylon Smithers (voice)
Phil Hartman ... Troy McClure (voice)
Linda McCartney ... Linda McCartney (voice)
Paul McCartney ... Paul McCartney (voice)
Doris Grau Doris Grau ... Lunchlady Doris (voice)
Pamela Hayden ... Janey (voice)
Tress MacNeille ... Mother Goose / Lamb (voice)
Maggie Roswell ... Miss Hoover (voice)
Russi Taylor ... Sherri / Terri (voice)


Having befriended a lamb on a trip to a petting zoo,Lisa refuses to eat a lamb chop,seeing it as a living creature,and becomes a vegetarian,ruining Homer's hog-roast barbecue. Feeling depressed she runs into Apu who introduces her to Linda and Paul McCartney,from whom she learns that it is possible to have principles but still understand others' view points. Written by don @ minifie-1

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Animation | Comedy


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Release Date:

15 October 1995 (USA) See more »

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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Dolby | Dolby SR (seasons 3-19)



Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


This was the first full-length episode David X. Cohen wrote for the series. His most prominent work for the show to that point had been the "Nightmare Cafeteria" segment in the season six episode The Simpsons: Treehouse of Horror V (1994). See more »


When Apu opens the fake non-alcoholic beer fridge, the stairs are frozen. It is a fake fridge, the stairs lead to the roof. See more »


Homer: Lisa! Lisa! Come back before everyone finds out what a horrible father I am.
Lisa: Hi dad. Looking for me?
Homer: I don't know. You looking for me?
Lisa: I don't know.
Homer: Ohhhh. Lisa. I was looking for you. I wanted to apologize. I don't know exactly what went wrong but it's always my fault.
Lisa: Actually Dad, this time, I was wrong...
Homer: Oooh!
Lisa: ...too.
Homer: Ohh.
Lisa: While I was gone I got some really good advice from Paul and Linda McCartney.
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Referenced in The Mind of a Chef: Pig (2012) See more »


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Written by Kal Mann and Billy Strange
Hummed by Nancy Cartwright
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The satire is strong with this one
20 August 2019 | by JetSetThomasSee all my reviews

The plot is great and in perfect line with Lisa's character development; the gags are a-plenty and are both well-written and well-delivered; the satire manages to hit home and be funny at the same time. There's even a bit of nuanced realism at the end, so it avoids looking preachy.

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