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The Telltale Head 

Bart gets more than he bargained for when he saws the head off a statue of the town's founder.


Rich Moore


Matt Groening (created by), James L. Brooks (developed by) | 7 more credits »

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Episode cast overview:
Dan Castellaneta ... Homer Simpson / Krusty the Clown / Barney Gumble / Angry Mob Member #2 / Usher / Radio News Reporter / Grampa Simpson (voice)
Julie Kavner ... Marge Simpson (voice)
Nancy Cartwright ... Bart Simpson / Kearney / Girlfriend in Movie (voice)
Yeardley Smith ... Lisa Simpson (voice)
Harry Shearer ... Rev. Lovejoy / Principal Skinner / Angry Mob Member #1 / Sportscaster / Jebediah Springfield / Waylon Smithers / Dr. Marvin Monroe / Otto (voice)
Marcia Wallace ... Edna Krabappel (voice)
Hank Azaria ... Boyfriend in Movie / Apu / Chief Wiggum / Moe Szyslak (voice)
Pamela Hayden ... Janey Powell / Milhouse Van Houten / Dolph (voice)
Tress MacNeille ... Ms. Albright / Churchgoer / Jimbo Jones (voice)
Christopher Collins Christopher Collins ... Mr. Burns (voice)


Homer and Bart are being pursued by an angry mob through the streets of Springfield, baying for their blood. It turns out that Bart, hoping to impress the town bullies, sawed the head of the statue of town founder Jedediah Springfield. But when he discovered how appalled they were to find the head gone, enlisted Homer's help in replacing it. After he apologizes to the crowd, they forgive him. Written by don @ minifie-1

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Animation | Comedy


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Release Date:

25 February 1990 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

El Heroe Sin Cabeza See more »

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


This episode is one of very few to have the episode title on screen. See more »


After the boys leave the Kwik-E-Mart, Bart asks the bullies where they got all the stuff. Jumbo replies, "5 finger discount, man." Every character on the Simpsons only has 4 fingers on each hand. See more »


Marge Simpson: Bart, assume the position!
[Bart stands against a wall while Marge frisks him to see if he's concealing anything while at Sunday school, finding a slingshot and a comic book]
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Alternate Versions

The DVD release of "The Complete First Season" has a slighty shorter version of the episode "The Telltale Head" than was originally telecast. Near the end of the network version of the episode when the mob is about to attack Bart and Homer, Bart makes a speech to the mob about "taking the town's heritage for granted", which finally convinces the mob to let them go. On the DVD release, however, this short speech is absent and it quickly jumps to the mob deciding to leave them alone &emdash because it did not exist in the original reel of the episode that Groening and Brooks delivered to the Fox Network! The speech Bart made about the mob "taking the town's heritage for granted" was the editorial creation of the network censors in compliance of the FCC's 1989 ruling that every serial animated television show transmitted include at least 28 seconds of educational content. See more »


Referenced in The Simpsons: Hit & Run (2003) See more »


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Becoming More Comfortable!
8 November 2013 | by g-bodylSee all my reviews

The eighth episode of the first season, "The Telltale Head" really shows how much more confidence the makers had in this show. The show is really starting to come on in to it's own and this episode proves it. We meet some new characters such as the three bad bullies and the Kwik-Mart owner. There are some funny jokes here and I especially loved the scenes that features Bart and Homer.

This episode begins with Bart and Homer running away from an angry mob and as they are cornered, Bart tells his story about how he was pressured to cut off the head of the founder of Springfield's statue in order to impress some school bullies.

Overall, this is a very good episode and a Simpson's classic. I loved how this episode references Edgar Allan Poe's "The Telltale Heart." This was a very amusing episode and is one of my favorites so far. I rate this episode 9/10.

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