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Bart the Genius 

Bart ends up at a school for gifted children after cheating on an IQ test.


David Silverman


Matt Groening (created by), James L. Brooks (developed by) | 4 more credits »

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Episode cast overview:
Dan Castellaneta ... Homer Simpson / Conductor (voice)
Julie Kavner ... Marge Simpson (voice)
Nancy Cartwright ... Bart Simpson / Skinner's secretary (voice)
Yeardley Smith ... Lisa Simpson / Cecile Shapiro (voice)
Harry Shearer ... Principal Seymour Skinner / Dr. J. Loren Pryor / Mr. Prince (voice)
Marcia Wallace ... Edna Krabappel / Ms. Melon (voice) (as Marsha Wallace)
Jo Ann Harris ... Richard / Lewis (voice)
Pamela Hayden ... Milhouse Van Houten / Ethan Foley / Boy (voice)
Russi Taylor ... Martin Prince / Sidney Swift / Ian (voice)


Bart is fearing that he will fail an intelligence test, Bart switches exams with Martin Prince. When school psychologist Dr. Pryor studies the results, he thinks that Bart is a genius, and Bart is enrolled into a new school for genius kids. Bart doesn't fit in very well though. Written by

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Animation | Comedy


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Release Date:

14 January 1990 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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The scene where the family plays Scrabble was inspired by The Big Snit (1985). See more »


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It isn't the sharpest of The Simpsons but it's somewhat of an early classic; the seeds for what the show would become can be seen here
3 October 2017 | by SLionsCricketreviewsSee all my reviews

In "Bart the Genius" can be seen the seeds that would go onto define the greatness of The Simpsons. While the animation is still rough and lacks the beautiful smoothness of the majority of the show's golden age, and while some of the voice work is not what would go onto become a staple of the series (namely Homer's very deep voice in these episodes), the episode manages to bring forth the heart that has made the series a timeless staple of media.

The single greatest aspect of the episode is Bart and the episode perfectly nails everything that has made the character so endearing and enduring. He's a troublemaker, he's lazy, he craves a relationship with his father, he tries to be better and ultimately admits to his own mistakes. In this episode, Bart swaps an IQ test with class genius Martin and due to 'his' remarkable results is given the chance to attend an intellectual school for gifted kids. He accepts when he realizes the freelance nature of studying and very soon comes to realize his place there.

The part of the episode in which Homer begins to dote on his son and the two share a healthy and touching relationship is a story that the show would come to time and time again, always to great success. Here it works but perhaps not as well as when the show REALLY finds its footing.

While the episode can be a little dry on humour, there's some amusing moments with Homer such as the joke about his atrociously childish handwriting or the doctor casually insulting Homer's intelligence by suggesting that Bart's genius bears no resemblance on his heredity. More importantly, there's great heart behind this episode and while the episode isn't quite part of the show's Golden Age, it's still pretty impressive.

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