The Simpsons (1989– )
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There's No Disgrace Like Home 

After being embarrassed by the rest of the family at a company picnic, Homer becomes obsessed with improving their behavior towards each other.

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

Episode cast overview:
Dan Castellaneta ... Homer Simpson / Barney Gumble / Son in Monroe ad (voice)
Julie Kavner ... Marge Simpson (voice)
Nancy Cartwright ... Bart Simpson / Tom Gammil / Mother #2 / Receptionist (voice)
Yeardley Smith ... Lisa Simpson (voice)
Harry Shearer ... Mr. Burns / Waylon Smithers / Father #1 / Documentation voice / Father #2 / Boxing announcer / Eddie / Dr. Marvin Monroe / Voice in Monroe ad / Pawnbroker / Father #3 (voice)
Hank Azaria ... Moe Szyslak / Mr. Gammil / Lou / Father in Monroe ad (voice)
Maggie Roswell ... Mother #1 / Daughter / Mother in Monroe ad (voice)
Pamela Hayden ... Son #1 / Son #2 (voice)
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Storyline

When the Simpsons go to Mr. Burns mansion for a party, Homer looks at all the families that are happy and spend time together. Homer becomes embarrassed that his family isn't as happy as other families, so he finds ways to make his family happier. He eventually finds a family therapist that makes families get along. But it's hard to get the Simpsons to make a family as one. Written by kevindklenke

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Genres:

Animation | Comedy

Certificate:

TV-PG | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

28 January 1990 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Una familia modelo See more »

Filming Locations:

USA

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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

The idea behind the shock therapy scene was based on Laurel & Hardy throwing pies at each other. The scene was rearranged in the editing room; it played out differently when first produced. The edits to this scene were preliminary, but well-received, and remained unchanged in the finished product. See more »

Goofs

At the picnic, Homer is holding the gelatin when Bart insults him. In the next shot, the two aren't holding anything. See more »

Quotes

Dr. Marvin Monroe: You are wired into the rest of your family. You have the ability to shock them, and they have the ability to shock...
[buzz]
Homer: AH!
Bart: Just testing.
Homer: Why you!
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Connections

Remake of The Simpsons: Family Therapy (1989) See more »

Soundtracks

Hey Brother, Pour The Wine
(uncredited)
Written by Dean Martin
Performed by Julie Kavner
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The Simpsons in all their dysfunctional glory
6 August 2006 | by BrandtSponsellerSee all my reviews

After a Peanuts-like, Simpsons-styled Christmas special, an episode that delved into Bart's psyche (along with "The Simpsons'" relationship to intellectualism) and an episode showing us a bit more about Homer's personality, it was time to look further into the Simpsons relationship to each other as a family unit.

The family has to attend one of Mr. Burns' annual, mandatory company picnics, and doing so, in addition to observing different kinds of behavior from his family at home, makes Homer despondent. He wonders why they can't be like other families, like the ones who ride off from the picnic in glee, with exemplary etiquette, while Heaven shines a special light on them and guides them home.

As they leave the picnic, the Simpsons instead turn into demons and ride through a desolate, Hellish landscape (in one of the first completely surreal sequences of the show, promising the many marvelously hallucinogenic side-trips to come in the series, and even more literally foreshadowing the Halloween specials). After the introduction (without title or other identification) of Itchy and Scratchy to the series, and while Homer is sitting at the bar of an oddly black-haired Moe, Homer sees a commercial for Dr. Marvin Munro's Family Therapy Center and decides to--horror of horrors--hock the television so they can have a session.

It's worth noting that as in episode 3, Homer's Odyssey, this is still not quite Homer as most of us would imagine him down the road. We'd usually think of someone else in the family--either Lisa or Marge, probably--becoming upset that the Simpsons are so unruly. But again, it may be that we've forgotten about Homer's complexities as much as that creator Matt Groening and the writers have changed his personality over the years.

Of course, things do not go as planned at Dr. Munro's. The Simpsons are too dysfunctional for that. Throughout the episode, we're treated to some of the funniest family dynamics of the series, including the family's typical manner of eating dinner and their response to quickly drawing what's bothering them for the psychiatrist (the latter event is also a great opportunity to note just how subtle the show can get--look closely at the differences in the drawings, considering each character's personality and abilities). The family is so dysfunctional that even the normally well-behaved and intellectual one, Lisa, goes off the edge many times--joining Bart in a funny pushing match, goofing off in an intellectual way at Mr. Burns' fountain, and gleefully engaging in the mayhem at Munro's office.

But Groening and the writers cleverly slip in a very benevolent and understanding moral of the story in the end--they show that as screwed up as they may be in some ways, the Simpsons are really a very happy family with a tight bond who function well as a unit. They just don't function in socially normative ways much of the time. The family who earlier slipped off into Heaven did so to emphasize the myth of that kind of family. The Simpsons tend to triumph, happily, in their own manner, just like most real families do.


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