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Homer the Father 

Homer picks up parenting advice from an 80s sitcom; Bart becomes involved in trading nuclear secrets.

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Matt Groening (created by), James L. Brooks (developed by) | 3 more credits »
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Cast

Episode cast overview:
Dan Castellaneta ... Homer Simpson / Groundskeeper Willie / Itchy (voice)
Julie Kavner ... Marge Simpson (voice)
Nancy Cartwright ... Bart Simpson (voice)
Yeardley Smith ... Lisa Simpson (voice)
Hank Azaria ... Apu / Alien / ATF Men (voice)
Harry Shearer ... Kent Brockman / Ned Flanders / Scratchy (voice)
Michael Paul Chan ... Chinese Agent (voice)
James Lipton ... Himself (voice)
David Mamet ... Himself (voice)
Garry Marshall ... Sheldon Leavitt (voice)
Chris Edgerly ... Various Voices (voice)
Pamela Hayden ... Milhouse Van Houten (voice)
Tress MacNeille ... TV Woman Announcer / Thicker Than Water Son / Lucy / The Playground Ghost / Little Girl Judge (voice) (credit only)
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Storyline

Homer becomes obsessed with "Thicker than Waters," a 1980s family sitcom written by David Mamet, and models his parenting skills after the show's sensible father much to the chagrin of Bart, who desperately sets his sights on a brand new dirt bike. But when Homer insists that Bart must earn the dirt bike, Bart takes matters into his own hands and schemes with Russian and Chinese spies to provide top-secret information in exchange for the new bike. Later, James Lipton conducts an interview with a television cast on "Inside the Actor's Studio." Written by Fox Publicity

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Genres:

Animation | Comedy

Certificate:

TV-PG | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

23 January 2011 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

USA

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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

Bart's dream about being chained to a rock with bald eagle ripping out his heart parodies the myth of Prometheus. See more »

Goofs

After Homer and Marge have their 'mummy-daddy' moment in bed, the shot then shows Ned Flanders with his boys at the window opposite as seen through the bedroom window. The Simpsons' window faces out onto the street usually, not along the side of the Flanders' house. See more »

Quotes

Homer Simpson: The boy's acting really weird. I did everything that T.V. show told me to and he's still not happy.
Marge Simpson: Well, maybe you shouldn't listen to a 30 - year old T.V. show that only got on the air because the creator had evidence the network president ran over a guy.
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Connections

Spoofs Growing Pains (1985) See more »

Soundtracks

Cherish That Family Smile
Music by Alf Clausen
Lyrics by Joel H. Cohen
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Certainly a Highlight of this Season,
19 April 2011 | by lesleyharris30See all my reviews

Homer The Father is a terrific Simpsons episode with a well thought out storyline and a ton of very funny scenes.It is very cleverly written and makes several jokes than you wouldn't expect from the Simpsons,like the many parodies of eighties sitcoms and James Lipton's appearance at the end ,it is certainly one of the funniest episodes of the twenty second season.The Chinese people that Bart gets involved wit were also very funny and delivered several very memorable lines.Homer the Father is a very enjoyable Simpsons episode.

Homer becomes obsessed with an old sitcom called Thicker Than Waters which teaches him to be a better father and he decides to stop strangling Bart and just use his mouth when he's angry,which brings the two closer.Meanwhile Bart really wants to get a new bike but Homer says that he won't get it for him until he starts to behave better.Bart starts working for a terrorist organisation by stealing nuclear power from the plant so that they will pay him enough money so he can buy that bike.


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