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Homer's Phobia 

After Marge befriends John, a gay store owner, Homer worries that his presence will have a negative effect on Bart's sexuality.

Director:

Mike B. Anderson (as Mikel B. Anderson)

Writers:

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

Episode cast overview:
Dan Castellaneta ... Homer Simpson / Steel Mill Worker #1 / Barney (voice)
Julie Kavner ... Marge Simpson (voice)
Nancy Cartwright ... Bart Simpson / "Cockamamie's" Salesgirl (voice)
Yeardley Smith ... Lisa Simpson (voice)
Hank Azaria ... Steel Mill Worker #2 / Steel Mill Worker #3 / Steel Mill Worker #4 / Moe Szyslak / Annual Gift Man (voice)
Harry Shearer ... Skinner / Smithers / Roscoe (voice)
John Waters ... John (voice)
Pamela Hayden ... Milhouse Van Houten (voice)
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Storyline

Homer fears that Bart's masculinity is at stake when he suspects he is being influenced by a flamboyant homosexual collectible store owner named John. All his efforts to show Bart how to be a man keep backfiring on him... or do they? Written by Daniel Timothy Dey

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Genres:

Animation | Comedy

Certificate:

TV-PG | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

16 February 1997 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

USA

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Sound Mix:

Dolby | Dolby SR (seasons 3-19)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

Even though it had been banned in certain countries for explicitly stating homophobia throughout the episode, it has been praised throughout the LGBT community for giving anti-prejudicial message at the end of the episode. While the episode is no longer banned in the U.S, certain countries still refuse to air it for syndicated reruns. See more »

Goofs

John is shown wearing Homer's old bowling shirt from the episode "Team Homer." At the end of that episode, that shirt was torn to shreds by one of Burns's hounds. See more »

Quotes

[Homer places Bart in front of a sexy billboard]
Homer: Well, it's been two hours. How do you feel?
Bart: I dunno. I kinda want a cigarette.
Homer: That's good. Let's get you a pack. What's your brand?
Bart: Anything slim.
Homer: D'oh!
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Connections

References Daktari (1966) See more »

Soundtracks

Jingle Bells
(uncredited)
Written by James Pierpont
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Great Episode that Explores a Theme no Show had Neve Dealt with Previously,
13 May 2014 | by lesleyharris30See all my reviews

Homers Phobia is a brilliant Simpsons episode with a very well written storyline with loads of really funny scenes.The episode is an absolute classic episode of the Simpsons,and is also a very groundbreaking episode for its time,as it's storyline heavily revolves around a gay character,which no show had previously dealt with.The character,John (voiced by John Waters) is such a memorable character,his personality and his interest in all things collectible are hilarious and this makes him without a doubt one if the highlights of the eight season.Watching Homer trying to get Bart interested in more manly things is also very funny and memorable,this episode is without a doubt a classic.Homers Phobia is a great episode of the Simpsons.

After the family befriends a gay man,Homer is frightened when Bart starts to behave like him and try's get him interested in more manly activities.


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