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22 for 30 

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A mocumentary about how Bart became a star basketball player at Springfield Elementary only to fall prey to fame, his own ego and the schemes of mobster Fat Tony.

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Matt Groening (created by), James L. Brooks (developed by) | 3 more credits »
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Episode cast overview:
Dan Castellaneta ... Homer Simpson / Grampa Simpson / Hans Moleman / Groundskeeper Willie / Krusty the Clown / Blue Haired Lawyer / Louie (voice)
Julie Kavner ... Marge Simpson (voice)
Nancy Cartwright ... Bart Simpson / Ralph Wiggum / Nelson Muntz (voice)
Yeardley Smith ... Lisa Simpson (voice)
Hank Azaria ... Superintendent Chalmers / Apu Nahasapeemapetilon / Raphael / Chief Wiggum / Luigi Risotto / Drederick Tatum / Johnny Tightlips / Moe Szyslak / Lifeguard (voice)
Harry Shearer ... Principal Skinner / Mr. Burns / Waylon Smithers (voice)
Stephen Curry ... Stephen Curry (voice)
Earl Mann Earl Mann ... Mr. Muntz / Narrator (voice)
Joe Mantegna ... Fat Tony (voice)
Pamela Hayden ... Milhouse Van Houten (voice)
Tress MacNeille ... Mrs. Muntz / Lunchlady Doris (voice)
Chris Edgerly ... Bob Johnson / La Coffee Nostra Waiter (voice)
Kevin Michael Richardson ... Anger Watkins (voice)
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A mocumentary about how Bart became a star basketball player at Springfield Elementary only to fall prey to fame, his own ego and the schemes of mobster Fat Tony.

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Animation | Comedy

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TV-14 | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

12 March 2017 (USA) See more »

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USA

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Dolby

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Color

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16:9 HD
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Trivia

Homer plays Bart's coach in this episode. During the games Homer chews on a towel. This pokes fun at Jerry Tarkanian, a former coach at UNLV that famously chewed on towels during games. See more »

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References Toy Story 2 (1999) See more »

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1812 Overture
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Composed by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
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A Really Solid Episode,
12 August 2017 | by lesleyharris30See all my reviews

22 for 30 is a terrific Simpsons episode with a very well written plot and a ton of very funny scenes. This has to be one of the most groundbreaking Simpsons episodes in a long time, having a documentary type style to tell the story of Bart as he makes it as a basketball star across Springfield. I love the simplicity of the story, in which it is in no way convoluted, but the biography set up blows it out of proportion, convincing us, as an audience, that these events are far more significant than they actually are.

I was a little disappointed by the writers for not maintaining the documentary style for the entire episode, it cut out on several occasions, just bringing it in to a regular show. I would have much preferred if it was there from beginning to end, similarly to the eleventh seasons Behind the Laughter, one of my favourite episodes.

I really admire this episode for not following the usual Simpsons formula that we have seen an awful lot of this season, in which all the beats are quite similar. I understand the writers know what works, but it is interesting to see the show taking a different direction. It conveys Bart's journey immensely well, and by the end of it, we feel as if we have sat through far more than just twenty minutes of television.

A great, well developed show. Funny and engaging, 22 for 30 is certainly a highlight of the 28th season.

Bart goes from slacker to basketball star, but things go awry when he gets involved with the mafia.


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