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Homer Loves Flanders 

After Flanders invites Homer to a football game, the pair become friends, but Homer's possessiveness and loutish behaviour slowly turns Ned against him.


Wesley Archer (as Wes Archer)


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


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Episode cast overview:
Dan Castellaneta ... Homer Simpson / Marty / Chicken / Mayor Quimby / Man in Church #1 (voice)
Julie Kavner ... Marge Simpson (voice)
Nancy Cartwright ... Bart Simpson / Todd Flanders (voice)
Yeardley Smith ... Lisa Simpson (voice)
Hank Azaria ... Man on Street / Carl / Stan Taylor / Moe Szyslak / Priest / Chief Wiggum / Man in Church #2 (voice)
Harry Shearer ... Kent Brockman / TV Warning / Man Buying Tickets / Bill / Ned Flanders / Lenny / Mr. Burns / Old Sheep / Reporter / Ronald Reagan / Dr. Hibbert / Reverand Lovejoy / Man in Church #3 (voice)
Pamela Hayden ... Milhouse Van Houten / Jeremiah / Rod Flanders / Woman in Church (voice)
Maggie Roswell ... Ticket Booth Lady / Maude Flanders / Helen Lovejoy (voice)


After Flanders invites Homer to a football game, the pair become friends, but Homer's possessiveness and loutish behaviour slowly turns Ned against him.

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Animation | Comedy


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Did You Know?


In season three, the staff wanted to take a deeper look at the relationships of the characters. One of the things they wanted to explore in particular was what Homer and Flanders have in common and how they could turn into friends. See more »


When Homer and Ned are talking to Springfield QB Stan Taylor, you can see that the number 10, to mark the 10 yard line, has been reversed on the playing field to read 01. See more »


Homer: [singing] Nacho nacho man, I want to be a nacho man.
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Alternate Versions

In the Spanish language version, Homer's "Ted Koppel" line is changed to "Michael Jackson". See more »


Spoofs Golgo 13: The Professional (1983) See more »


Two Tickets to Paradise
Written and Performed by Eddie Money
Sung by Dan Castellaneta
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User Reviews

"This Is Ned Flanders, My Friend!"
14 January 2009 | by jerekraSee all my reviews

I love this episode. In fact I will come out and say that this is my favorite episode of the entire series.

When Ned wins tickets to a football game he asks Homer to go with him. Desperate, Homer decides to go with him. Won over by Ned's kindness and generosity, Homer becomes friends with Ned and spends a lot of time with him. After spending a lot of time with Homer, Ned begins to hate his new friend.

I think the entire plot involving Homer becoming friends with Homer is awesome. For the entire series Homer always hated Flanders so it is cool how he becomes friends with him for this episode. I always like the episodes where something that would never happen usually happens for one episode. This is a really funny episode. Whether it be Homer mistaking a waffle for God, Bart getting Rod and Todd hyper off a pixie stick, or Moe reading to the homeless this episode has got it all. I do not want to give too much away but there is even a heart touching scene towards the end which seems to be missing from newer Simpson Episodes.

Great episode. The best of the series and you must see it.

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Release Date:

17 March 1994 (USA) See more »

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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Dolby | Dolby SR (seasons 3-19)



Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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