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  • (5/5) Fabulous observation sir! Just fabulous!

    49 25.26%
  • (4/5) I thought we were making real progress!

    64 32.99%
  • (3/5) Be normal!

    61 31.44%
  • (2/5) Some damned fool went around telling everyone that I loved that slimy goop!

    17 8.76%
  • (1/5) These people are obviously freaks!

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  1. #61

    5/5 the first truly 'classic' episode from The Simpsons, it is non stop laughs and a mature plot thrown in the absurdity.

    'Its not your fault Homer, you have crummy little kids no one can control'
    'You can't talk that way about my kids, oh at least one of then'
    'Why you've got one I haven't met '
    'Why you ... Here's five you haven't met' - Homer precedes to give Barney a knuckle sandwich, that whole scene is heaven,

    I also love Homer wanting to smash in Bart's brains with a lamp !

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    Forgot to add this to my reasoning: I get that all characters are supposed to goof off or get a bit crazy once in a while, but it disturbed me seeing Marge like that in this episode. That prevented it from being a 4 or a 5.

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    Quote Originally Posted by HerbertMcHoover View Post
    Forgot to add this to my reasoning: I get that all characters are supposed to goof off or get a bit crazy once in a while, but it disturbed me seeing Marge like that in this episode. That prevented it from being a 4 or a 5.
    I think Marge becoming a slot junkie and neglecting her family whilst Gambling at Mr Burns casino was far more disturbing then Marge being a pisspot in this episode which was pretty funny.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Les_Wynan View Post
    I think Marge becoming a slot junkie and neglecting her family whilst Gambling at Mr Burns casino was far more disturbing then Marge being a pisspot in this episode which was pretty funny.
    It was pretty disturbing in $pringfield. Neither were enjoyable for me, though.

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    Being used to Homer's normal behaviour in later seasons, he seems incredibly out of character in this episode. Having said that, I've always enjoyed it. 6/10

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    Another of those season 1 episodes that can be seen as those experimential episodes when the show was just starting. The caracters are out of caracter indeed. But i actually think its interesting to Marge act like Homer etc. It also has several good moments like, "Be normal", Brat, The hell part, Homer drawing a airplane, The part when the family shocks each other, the part at Moes bar with the boxing, the family eating like pigs and Homers reaction are all hilarious. A soild B- it has flaws espacially with the caracters. But you can think of it as experimential episode, so its not a terrible episode by any means.
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    One of the Top 3 From Season 1...specifically #3.


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    One of the poorer episodes of season 1 but had some funny moments which gives it a pass mark. 3/5

  9. #69

    Okay, This episode had some funny gags. This episode sets Mr. Burns up nice.


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    All around average. 3/5

  11. #71

    5/10: This episode was ok. The characters were a little off base here but thats ok as the simpsons show was still in its infancy. Homer actually seemed like a role model in the 1st season. One of my favorite scenes was when Bart removed the padding from the rod and hit Mr. Monroe. It was also funny to see that supposed perfect family that Homer ran into at Mr. Burns picnic at the family therapy place. Not as good as the first 2 episodes of the season but more entertaining than Homers Oddysey.

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    One of my 3 favorite season 1-episodes. The plot is good, Mr. Burns appears only in the first scene but is incredibly funny, the exploration of what exactly a "normal" family is is interesting and for some reason, it's really fascinating how incredibly out-of-character Marge and Homer is. Marge gets drunk at a party and Homer is embarrassed over how fucked up his family is, which is something I never though could happen, but apparently did. It gets excused since it's one of the show's earliest episodes and they still experimented a whole lot with the characters and setting. A very solid 5/5, will always be a true classic in my eyes no matter how many episodes I've seen.
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    I always think fondly of this episode as one of the true classics. The ending describes everything about The Simpsons perfectly.

    I can't help but think that if they did this episode now, the kids being taken away would be done in such a manner as to yank at our heart strings. The way it was done here allows a healthy amount of suspension of disbelief and allows the third act to be set up without too much focus on the depressing nature of having your kids taken away.

    The humor is paced in such a way that it truly breaks up what could be some heartbreaking moments.


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    Homer acted very out of character in this episode and this episode felt little weird to me.
    I'm not saying I hate this episode, I just don't like it very much.


  15. #75

    Another very good episode. The ending was funny and I liked how the problem was revolved a lot. 89/100
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    One of my favourite Season 1 episodes. Yeah, the electroshock sequence is a bit overplayed but it's still funny as hell. The characterizations are a little dodgy, though- it's weird seeing Homer acting so authoritarian, with Bart as the straight man and Lisa more of a troublemaker than usual.

    Jesus...1990 does seem like a long time ago, though, doesn't it?

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    I do find this episode to be average (like most seem to say), but I still don't feel it's the worst of Season 1. They were obviously still working out the kinks and everything was backwards such as Homer being the voice of reason moreso than Marge who gets drunk. As well as Lisa creating mischief with Bart. I think the whole Monroe office scene is fun and when the Simpsons go looking through people's windows.

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    Hilarious episode. Quite a few classic moments, and the shock therapy scene always makes me laugh. A
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  19. #79

    Good episode, Homer and Marge do some things they would NEVER do now. (Sell the TV, Marge get drunk) Happy ending, but the therapy part was funny but sad at the same time. 4/5
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    And I thought the characterization of Homer in the last episode was bizarre. In a later season episode, it's far more likely the family would be embarrassed of him. Not to mention him pawning the TV and being considered about how other people view the family. I guess they were still writing Homer as a standard uptight sitcom dad rather than the stereotypical American boob we know and love. Still, despite the weirdness, it's saved by the iconic electroshock therapy scene, several amusing moments, and a sweet note at the end. And I love Mr. Burns. They had his character down right from the start. "I suggest you don't dawdle. The hounds will be released in ten minutes."

    Not a classic to me though. Fairly forgettable and out of place. 5.5/10

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    When Homer was Marge and Marge was Homer...

    When Matt Groening elaborated his TOP10 of favorite episodes, he included in it There's No Disgrace Like Home. While most of our choices are unpopular when making such a list, this is the most surprising of all. The criticism towards this episode is rarely positive (most of the time it is mixed) but the show's creator likes it. After all, his opinion worth nothing more or less than the rest.

    The electric shock scene motivated Matt to choose this episode.

    Personally, I'm not a fan of this one. And the main reason is in the characterizations. It is said that the writers tried to experiment with the change of roles, but it was an erroneous decision. Here, Homer is the voice of reason. And it's weird because it's completely out of character. He would be unable to pawn his television to pay for therapy, and he would be unable to refrain from dinner for an overlong prayer. He must be in charge of making us laugh. With own misfortunes, with absurd phrases, with funny reactions or whatever, but it is not the right one for a sermon or to feel -or be- the example to follow. This is not Homer Simpson.

    Homer asking Marge to locate and behave is hard to believe.

    And the worst of all is that Lisa and Marge are not well used either. The girl acts as she did in the shorts: disobedient, problematic, and teasing. In other words, she is the female version of Bart. Marge, on the other hand, is already unsustainable. The woman who is always on the right side gets drunk at an important event for her husband, eats in the middle of prayer, and watches cartoons when her family faces many problems. That is not Marge Bouvier. That is an unrecognizable lady. If the goal was to prove how fun she is, well, the results were clear. She simply could not take Homer's place. He could not get a smile out of me throughout the episode, although the purpose of his drunkenness was specifically that. This exchange of roles overthrown any positive thing they've done here.

    Look at Lisa in the background. What the hell was happening to her?

    Leaving aside the problem of characterizations, we can talk about the story. As I said, I think it would have worked better if Homer was in Marge's place and vice versa. Fortunately, the ending of the episode is not overshadowed by this. The third act is brilliant. The Simpsons in family therapy worked perfectly. The first exercise shows us that everyone thinks that Homer is the family problem (with very fun drawings and with Homer finally doing a Homer, being distracted and drawing a plane). In the second, we see Bart doing one of his pranks. And, in the third, we have the iconic scene of electric shocks, where the family can not contain itself in the face of revenge. All this, to top it off, leaves Marvin Monroe without clients, and forced to comply with his advertising: if the therapy does not work, he returns double the money. Poor doctor

    Apparently, the producers had not yet thought about the artistic side of Marge.

    As well as the rest of the episodes of the first season, this episode is responsible for 'the first time' of several things. We have the first appearance of the Lou and Eddie; also of Dr. Marvin Monroe that, unfortunately, was disappearing over time because Harry Shearer could not make his voice (why not change it instead of eliminating the character?). We also have the first Itchy & Scratchy program, one of the most important elements of the series. This time it was not funny but it portrayed the essence of the cartoon. And finally, we have the first time that Burns threatened to release the dogs. By the way, Mr. Burns was well used in this episode. Selfish, bad with everyone -especially with their employees- and advantageous. He is a great character.

    The first episode of Itchy & Scratchy, the series within the series.

    There's No Disgrace Like Home is an episode with an interesting premise, but fails because of the failed attempt to change roles between the characters. The third act is an absolute classic, but it is overshadowed by the problem already analyzed. The failed experiments; the bad part of belonging to the first season.

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  22. #82

    An interesting but good episode. It was different to see some of the characters actually be out of character. Marge was the one getting drunk and Homer actually caring about the well being of his family to a point where he actually sells the family tv. Something he would NEVER do in today's standards. 4/5

  23. #83

    I know the characterization is very wonky in this episode, but I can cut it a little slack since this is one of the first episodes. And besides, I think this is a funny episode. The second act is a bit weaker, but the first and third acts more than make up for it. All the stuff at Burns's mansion is a lot of fun and of course this episode has the shock therapy scene. The best scene of the episode and one of the funniest of the season. 7/10

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    For some reason if it were written today this could have been a Marge episode so easily, and believe it or not Homer's heart was actually in the right place, he wasn't doing this to show up anyone he was just envious of another family (who we end up seeing at Dr.Monroe's office later in the episode good acting job peop,e, and we don't even see those people again, maybe that's what Flanders was for)
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    Thumbs Up There's No Disgrace Like Home

    " There's No Disgrace Like Home " is a fantastic episode of " The Simpsons ". It is unique and stands out as an obvious experiment. It is clear the writers were thinking about how the characters are going to act from now on. I loved this! Let's take a look:

    ACT 1

    The episode opens with Bart and Lisa fighting over who loves Homer more. This doesn't turn sweet as Homer later understands they try to take the blame of loving Homer. After that, they make it to Burn's Manor, where Homer tells them not to screw it up! They go inside where Burns is making a list of people who are going to be fired, if they don't behave good. They hopefully passed that test and made it into the picnic. There, Homer reminds them for the second time that they have to act normal. Bart, however doesn't and Homer chases him and later Lisa. Marge on the other hand has made friends with one of the wives and drinks a lot of the punch. Then, it follows a series of funny gags with all the family members acting as completely different persons, aside from Bart and Maggie. This act ends with the family returning home.

    This was without question so bizarre and so funny. I laughed so hard. I thought to myself, what was going on? Homer became the voice of reason, Marge the drunk one and Lisa a little brat. Oh my God, I fell off my chair, when Marge began singing. It was so funny! LOL! Only the thought Marge could have been Homer is so out of that world! I also don't know, but Lisa being a female version of Bart is um......hard to believe! I loved act 1! Really funny!

    ACT 2

    Act 2 is good at demonstrating how Mar..Oh sorry I meant Homer feels about the way his family acts. All the family eating in the living room, while they are watching TV feels like a family activity to them. However, seeing Homer unplugging the TV to save the family from the doom feels more like a Marge thing. After Homer insisted eating on the table he tried to set a little grace in the family. I love how Marge says: " But Homer, how are we supposed to eat, when you bad mouth us to the man upstairs! ". This is my favourite scene in the episode! The spy to the other houses was really funny, especially when the father of door number 2 started shouting at them. I didn't care about the scene at Moe's, but it introduces us to the solution.

    I just want to talk about how everyone is saying Marge a killjoy and when Homer becomes like Marge, no one says anything. I personally found Homer's arguments good and similar to what Marge would do later on. Keep in mind that Marge and Homer switched personalities and could have stayed this way forever. I've said it before and I will say it again, I think Marge is what keeps this family together, but that is just my opinion. Anyway, this act contained some of the best moments in the entire episode and had the thing that the Simpsons don't care how they are seen by people and continue living in their " piggy like style ".

    ACT 3

    Act 3 is brilliant! After Homer sees Dr Marvin Monroe on television doing a commercial about family therapy, he decides he has to take the family in there. To do so, he is forced to sell the TV, despite the family not agreeing with it. The therapy session is so well done and I have to give them credit for it. I like how Dr. Monroe tries to make them leave without a refund, but he is forced to do it anyway. The episode ends with a happy family heading to their home!

    I honestly liked the episode for being funny and for being unique. Normally, I think it deserves a 5/5, but the animation made me give it 4/5. A masterpiece!
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    This is kind of an weird episode with the family's portrayals being all over the place, with Homerb eing the responsible one who wants the rest to be normal, Marge being a drunk and both Bart and Lisa being extremely rambunctious, but this still being early on in the show's development it is easily understandable and even so, it is an pretty enjoyable episode despite not being top notch.

    The plot is a straightforward one, with Homer taking the family with him on an company picnic but they misbehave and act embarassing to his chagrin and decides they need to change their ways to be normal to the point of seeking professional help, and I think for the most part it is a well-written story with some good jokes and gags. The out of character portrayals (aside from the characters looking kinda off-model, even for season 1) is probably what stands out the most and could be seen as a negative, but I don't feel that since this is before the characters had found their groove (much like the show itself) so the off-ness is understandable and the episode itself is still pretty entertaining.

    The opening with the picnic at Burns' estate had some good moments (and it is funny seeing Homer comparing his messy family to the others and trying to make them "be normal") and the part with Homer trying to prove to the family that they are dysfunctional by guiding them around the neighborhood to observe the normal families was a nice bit (and accidentally trampling their own flower bed was a good joke). Homer pawning the family's TV to afford the family theraphy is another odd bit (later classic era Homer would never have done that) but them at Dr. Marvin Monroe's Family Therapy Center (with the motto "family bliss or double your money back") was the best part and made the episode to me.

    Them drawing pictures of the source of their problems & whacking the other with padded mallets was a couple of pretty fun moments (I especially liked Bart removing the padding from his mallet and striking Monroe's leg with the hard core, which always makes me laugh) & then they get to the shock theraphy scene which is easily the best part of the episode to me; just a classic sequence (and so good they included in in a clip show), having some good editing, animation and brief back-and-forth between the family.

    The ending with them mindlessly shocking one another until the whole town gets a brownout, them being forced to leave by the frustrated Dr. Monroe who accepts defeat and gives them double their money back (which allows them to buy a new TV and still have $250) was a solid capper, ending it on an good note of Homer accepting his family for how they are. Nice stuff overall and with some good gags, but most of all a pretty decent family-centric story (even with the oddball characterizations).

    I'll give this one a 3/5 for now (rounded down from 3.5/5). The only thing that really works is the family therapy sequence but even aside from that part the episode was nice and enjoyable, certainly better than 'Homer's Odyssey' which came before. It came out at the right time to make work pretty well, all things considered.
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