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.


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

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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)


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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Animation | Comedy


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Release Date:

28 January 1990 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Una familia modelo See more »

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


This marked the first appearance of yellow Smithers, who was drawn as an African-American in the previous episode. Eddie and Lou also appeared for the first time, although Lou was mistakenly animated with yellow instead of black, as he would later become. See more »


When Homer threatens Barney he says, "Here's five you haven't met" yet he has only four fingers. See more »


Homer: [Trying to pawn TV] Would you pay $150 for this lovely Motorola?
Pawnbroker: Is it cable ready?
Homer: Ready as she'll ever be!
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This early episode displays how much this show's evolved
9 March 2011 | by overtheedge27See all my reviews

When the family misbehaves at the power plant picnic, Homer grows concerned that his family is too dysfunctional and proceeds to put everyone in to family therapy with shocking results (pun intended).

As mentioned, this first season episode is a tad jarring for modern Simpsons fans to watch. Almost the entire family (with the exception of Bart, who was really the only one with a defined personality by this point) is acting out of character. Homer's concern about his family's behavior seems more like something expected from Marge, especially seeing as he's willing to pawn the family's TV set to pay for the therapy sessions. Marge getting drunk at the picnic is more like something that Homer would do. And Lisa seems more like a female Bart and is almost as bratty as he is.

With this in mind, the therapy session is clearly the major highlight of the episode. It's also the first episode where Bart utters the immortal line, "Don't have a cow", Mr. Burns first says, "Release the hounds", and it's the first appearance of Itchy and Scratchy, so it features some significance in Simpsons history.

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