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A Father's Watch 

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As Homer and Marge try a different parenting style on the hellraising Bart, Grampa gives him a special watch that becomes Bart's moral center. But Bart loses it and tries everything to get it back.

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Matt Groening (created by), James L. Brooks (developed by) | 3 more credits »
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Episode complete credited cast:
Dan Castellaneta ... Homer Simpson / Groundskeeper Willie / Grampa Simpson / Sideshow Mel / Old Deceased Frog (voice)
Julie Kavner ... Marge Simpson (voice)
Nancy Cartwright ... Bart Simpson / Ralph Wiggum (voice)
Yeardley Smith ... Lisa Simpson (voice)
Hank Azaria ... Chief Wiggum / Moe Szyslak / Cletus Spuckler / Apu Nahasapeemapetilon / George the Frog (voice)
Harry Shearer ... Jasper Beardley (voice)
Vanessa Bayer ... Dr. Clarity Hoffman-Roth (voice)
Brian Posehn ... Dumlee (voice)
Rob Riggle ... Dr. Fenton Pooltoy (voice)
Adam Silver Adam Silver ... Himself (voice)
Pamela Hayden ... Milhouse Van Houten (voice)
Tress MacNeille ... Retirement Castle Nurse (voice)
Chris Edgerly ... (voice)
Maggie Roswell ... Luann Van Houten (voice)
Russi Taylor ... Martin Prince (voice)
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As Homer and Marge try a different parenting style on the hellraising Bart, Grampa gives him a special watch that becomes Bart's moral center. But Bart loses it and tries everything to get it back.

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Animation | Comedy

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TV-14 | See all certifications »
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USA

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English | Mandarin

Release Date:

19 March 2017 (USA) See more »

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Dolby

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Color

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16:9 HD
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References The Karate Kid (1984) See more »

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You're the Best
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Written by Bill Conti and Allee Willis
Performed by Joe Esposito
Performed by Dan Castellaneta
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A Sweet Episode about Acceptance,
3 September 2017 | by lesleyharris30See all my reviews

A Father's Watch is a terrific Simpsons episode with a very well written plot and plenty of very funny scenes. It is really sweet, albeit also a little heartbreaking, as we follow Bart realising how much his parents acceptance means to him, which goes deeper as we see Homer feeling the same mutual sadness towards Grandpa. It is an honest, relatable episode as we all want our parents to accept us for our individuality, cause if the people who raised us do not, then we do feel a little incapable of captivating others.

I did feel like the Lisa and Marge subplot got a little bit convoluted. While it did serve as a nice break away from the far more serious main plot, after a while it became ludicrous to see just how far Lisa was getting by in belittling parents.

The episode does a very impressive job of balancing three separate stories, each one has a beginning, middle and end, with none of the three merely feeling like filler. It all comes together nicely, with a sweet moment between Bart and Homer at the end.

One of this seasons highlights. Sweet and funny, A Father's Watch is a stellar Simpsons.

Marge's concern force her to go to a parenting expert, while Grampa gives Bart a gift that Homer would love to get his hands on.


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