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Dark Knight Court 

When Bart is accused of a prank he says he didn't commit, Lisa is forced to defend him in youth court, with former attorney general Janet Reno serving as judge.


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


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Episode cast overview:
Dan Castellaneta ... Homer Simpson / Leprechaun / Mayor Quimby / Sideshow Mel / Abraham Simpson / Krusty the Clown / Groundskeeper Willie (voice)
Julie Kavner ... Marge Simpson (voice)
Nancy Cartwright ... Bart Simpson / Ralph Wiggum / Nelson Muntz (voice)
Yeardley Smith ... Lisa Simpson (voice)
Hank Azaria ... Chief Wiggum / Lou / Moe Szyslak / Cletus Spuckler / Comic Book Guy / Old Jewish Man / Superintendent Gary Chalmers / Apu / Snake / Carl Carlson (voice)
Harry Shearer ... Kent Brockman / Otto Mann / Mr. Burns / Smithers / Dewey Largo / Rainier Wolfcastle / Clifford Burns / Seymour Skinner / Jasper Beardly / Lenny Leonard / Fruit Bat Man (voice)
Janet Reno ... Self (voice)
Maggy Reno Hurchalla Maggy Reno Hurchalla ... Janet Reno (voice)
Pamela Hayden ... Milhouse Van Houten (voice)
Tress MacNeille ... Lunchlady Doris / Crazy Cat Lady / Woman at Party (voice)
Russi Taylor ... Martin Prince (voice)
Chris Edgerly ... Various Voices (voice)
Michael Dees Michael Dees ... 'Easter Parade' Vocals (voice)


Lisa comes to her brother's defense when Bart is accused of an Easter prank involving the school marching band, the horn section and some rotten eggs. Meanwhile, Mr. Burns seizes the opportunity to realize his lifelong ambition to become a superhero. Written by Nourane Kouli

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1930s to 2020s | presbyterian | See All (2) »


Animation | Comedy


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Release Date:

17 March 2013 (USA) See more »

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16:9 HD
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Did You Know?


The title is a reference to the film "Dark Knight". See more »


The comic books in Mr. Burns' childhood flashback are all in the 8-inch by 11-inch comic book format that was not widely used until the early 1930s. (With the show's rolling timeline, Mr. Burns would have been born around 1909 when the episode aired in 2013.) See more »


Smithers: Shouldn't we call the police?
Mr. Burns: Every last one is on the take. And I should know, I'm the one on the give.
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References The Dark Knight (2008) See more »


The Stars and Stripes Forever
Composed by John Philip Sousa
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This the funniest modern The Simpsons episode ever! It actually knows how to make something good come out of having characters out of character.
28 November 2016 | by adampkalbSee all my reviews

This episode's title lets you know that its 2 plots spoof either Dark Knight or Night Court. While I don't remember too much of the Night Court plot, there was still a few good jokes that I remember. I definitely found the Dark Knight plot to be a lot better and it was also even funnier than the Night Court plot. It was also a really good episode because Bart and Mr. Burns had more to their character in this episode than just being a prankster or cruel old boss man. After Mr. Burns regrets turning down Lisa's help, he eventually steps in to defeat the real culprit who framed Bart. It was also really cool to see Mr. Burns want to be a hero for once instead of being the villain all the time, and he even surprised himself by doing this thing.

So if you've been feeling sour from really bad episodes lately like Postcards from the Wedge or Love is a Many Strangled Thing or Lisa Goes Gaga, be glad that The Simpsons can still have really good episodes afterwards that are as good as the earlier seasons and in this case, even provide something new and beneficial in writing characters. I would love to see more episodes with Fruit Bat Man and The Dependables and I should probably write episodes like that to get The Simpsons to 700 episodes. This episode's proudest crowning achievement was how both plots managed to reverse flanderization for Bart and Mr. Burns, by showing us a more moral side to the anti-hero protagonists of each plot without ditching their original personality entirely. This imdb review is dedicated to the loving memory of Janet Reno. Kudos to her George W. Bush joke after Skinner made Ralph think of a field day.

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