The Simpsons (1989– )
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The Computer Wore Menace Shoes 

Homer's gossip website becomes a huge hit, but when his information runs out he resorts to making up news.


Matt Groening (created by), James L. Brooks (developed by) | 3 more credits »




Episode cast overview:
Dan Castellaneta ... Homer Simpson / Quimby / Reporter #2 / Reporter #3 / Krusty / Moleman / Man #1 / Man #2 / Officer Scraps (voice)
Julie Kavner ... Marge Simpson (voice)
Nancy Cartwright ... Bart Simpson / Nelson Muntz / Todd Flanders (voice)
Yeardley Smith ... Lisa Simpson (voice)
Hank Azaria ... Moe Szyslak / Carl / Salesman / Chief Wiggum / Comic Book Guy / Apu / Lou / Terrorist / Number Fifteen / Number Two (voice)
Harry Shearer ... Montgomery Burns / Waylon Smithers / Lenny / Flanders / Principal Skinner / Kent Brockman / Lovejoy / Homer #2 (voice)
Patrick McGoohan ... Number Six (voice)
Marcia Wallace ... Edna Krabappel (voice)
Pamela Hayden ... Rod Flanders (voice)
Tress MacNeille ... Agnes Skinner / Woman / Scientist #1 (voice)
Karl Wiedergott Karl Wiedergott ... Reporter #1 (voice)


Homer gets a computer and sets up a web page as Mr. X,writing scurrilous blogs about the other townsfolk,later expanding it to make bizarre general claims. He is kidnapped and finds himself on an island to where people who know dangerous secrets are banished. It is akin to the community in television series 'The Prisoner'. Indeed he even meets Number Six,the lead character from the show and steals his boat in order to escape back to Springfield,where he beats up the German look-alike who has been impersonating him whilst he was on the island. Written by don @ minifie-1

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Animation | Comedy


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Release Date:

3 December 2000 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Dolby | Dolby SR (seasons 3-19)



Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


This was Patrick McGoohan's final guest appearance on a television series before his death on January 13, 2009. See more »


The part in Number Six's rather famous hair changes from his left to his right. (The correct side is his right) See more »


[number 6 shows Homer the boat he built]
Number Six: I fashioned it out of toilet paper rolls, toothpicks, plastic forks, scabs, and dynamite, its small but it can carry both of us to...
[Homer pushes him, steals his boat & sails off]
Number Six: that's the third time that's happened.
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References The Computer Wore Tennis Shoes (1969) See more »


I've Been Working on the Railroad
Performed by Dan Castellaneta (as "I've Been Sittin' on the Toilet")
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A Must for Fans of "The Prisoner"
10 October 2019 | by NellsFlickersSee all my reviews

I thought this was a strange episode until I saw the credits... and the name Patrick McGoohan.

A little research explained the strangeness. The Island is a take-off of the cult TV show "The Prisoner", with McGoohan. And wouldn't you know it, an obscure cable station was airing that very show! Viewing ensued...

I now understand every reference this episode makes. BUT, if you have never seen "The Prisoner", you will be VERY clueless. (Incidentally, there were no flamingos in the original, not sure where those are from UNLESS maybe Fantasy Island?)

As far as I know, this was the last role that McGoohan took, and I find it interesting that a man who shunned the press and seemed to want to keep his show's secrets secret, would lend his voice to his famous alter-ego once more, in cartoon form! I only wish he had been given more lines...

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