The Simpsons (1989– )
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The Secret War of Lisa Simpson 

After a prank destroys half the town, Bart is shipped away to military school. Lisa, seeking a challenge, decides to enroll with him, but is faced with discrimination as the school's only girl cadet.

Director:

Mike B. Anderson (as Mikel B. Anderson)

Writers:

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

Episode cast overview:
Dan Castellaneta ... Homer Simpson / Santa's Little Helper / Grampa Simpson / Cadet Anderson (voice)
Julie Kavner ... Marge Simpson (voice)
Nancy Cartwright ... Bart Simpson / Ralph Wiggum / Nelson Muntz (voice)
Yeardley Smith ... Lisa Simpson (voice)
Hank Azaria ... Chief Wiggum / 'The Moon of Earth' Narrator / Prof. Frink / English Teacher / Black-Haired Cadet / Firing Range Instructor (voice)
Harry Shearer ... Sand Movie Narrator / Adlai Stevenson / Principal Skinner / Jasper (voice)
Willem Dafoe ... The Commandant (voice)
Marcia Wallace ... Edna Krabappel (voice)
Pamela Hayden ... Janey Powell (voice)
Tress MacNeille ... Brown-Haired Cadet / Orderly (voice)
Maggie Roswell ... Miss Hoover / Franklin (voice)
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After a prank destroys half the town, Bart is shipped away to military school. Lisa, seeking a challenge, decides to enroll with him, but is faced with discrimination as the school's only girl cadet.

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Genres:

Animation | Comedy

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

18 May 1997 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

USA

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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Dolby | Dolby SR (seasons 3-19)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

Lisa's experience is partly based on that of Shannon Faulkner, the first woman admitted to the Citadel military academy in South Carolina. See more »

Goofs

There are fewer megaphones in Bart's daisy-chained line-up than were originally hanging on the wall. See more »

Quotes

[nearing the end of the year]
The Commandant: But these skills are nothing without courage and stamina. Traditionally, the academy tested these virtues by pitting you against each other in a two-day battle royale.
[the cadets gasp]
The Commandant: That was prior to 1957, thank you very much State Supreme Court...
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Connections

References A Christmas Story (1983) See more »

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Composed by 'Daniel Butterfield (I)'
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S8: Broader narratives weaken it a bit – particularly when some of the self-referential joking hits close to home
1 November 2014 | by bob the mooSee all my reviews

Although it is now in its 20-somethingth season, at one point The Simpsons seemed like a miracle of longevity by virtue of having 8 seasons of very high quality television and still appearing to be going strong. In some ways the strain of that does appear to be showing a little bit in this season. This is not all a bad thing because I did enjoy some elements of the in- joking about this, however it is in the plotting where it has a slightly negative impact on the show. Some of the plots here are smaller character driven things, but mostly it is bigger wider things that drive the stories. The examples run from the start to the end of the season: Homer working for a Bond villain; Homer becoming a boxer; long-lost sons and quite a few others in the same ilk.

Of course such plots have always been part of the show, but here I thought they did it too much, with the more 'sitcom' fare pushed to back rather than being something subverted and expanded upon. It is still funny though but I found that it was happening for me in the side plots and smaller characters rather than in the main plots – plus, with them being crazier, they tended to fill more time rather than acting as the spine down the middle of a strong episode. The second half of the season produces some stronger episodes, and better narratives. As a result of this some of the in-jokes about trying to keep things fresh (one of them an entire episode) don't land quite as well as intended. The regular cast are good as ever, and the guest voices are mostly good and well used – although a couple feel forced in for the sake of it.

Another enjoyable season overall, however the plots do feel like the show is occasionally reaching for ideas – making it look a bit less effortless and hurting some of those in-jokes in the meantime.


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