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Homer is Where the Art Isn't 

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Homer is accused of stealing a multimillion-dollar painting and only freelance insurance investigator Manacek can prove his innocence or guilt.


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





Episode cast overview:
Dan Castellaneta ... Homer Simpson / Mayor Quimby / Sideshow Mel / Krusty the Clown (voice)
Julie Kavner ... Marge Simpson (voice)
Nancy Cartwright ... Bart Simpson (voice)
Yeardley Smith ... Lisa Simpson (voice)
Hank Azaria ... Chief Wiggum / Comic Book Guy (voice)
Harry Shearer ... Mr. Burns / Waylon Smithers (voice)
Bill Hader ... Manacek (voice)
Cecily Strong ... Megan Matheson (voice)
Pamela Hayden ... (voice)
Tress MacNeille ... (voice)
Chris Edgerly ... (voice)


Homer is accused of stealing a multimillion-dollar painting and only freelance insurance investigator Manacek can prove his innocence or guilt.

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Release Date:

18 March 2018 (USA) See more »

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16:9 HD
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Did You Know?


The usual Simpsons-style credit sequences and gags are replaced with credits in the style of Banacek (1972), right down to the typeface, theme music, and shots in the opening credits of Manacek rowing a skiff and driving his classic convertible this is the first time in the series the credits are replaced. See more »


They pronounce "Joan" (Miró) like the name "Juan". In this case the letter jay is pronounced like English speakers pronounces it. See more »


Marge Simpson: There is nothing wrong with liking art, as long as it's representational.
Homer Simpson: Umm...
Marge Simpson: It is representational, isn't it?
Homer Simpson: Umm...
Marge Simpson: Tell me it's representational!
Homer Simpson: Umm...
Marge Simpson: What else about your marriage is a lie? Are you even a certified DJ?
Homer Simpson: I took the classes, but I failed the test!
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Spoofs Banacek (1972) See more »


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Music by Camille Saint-Saëns
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Homer Is Where the Art Isn't - Review.
24 March 2018 | by leolinsimpSee all my reviews

Quite a solid episode for the show to return with after a long hiatus. I'm not sure if they parodied a specific show or movie but the detective theme they went for worked really well. The detective also managed to be an enjoyable character, despite having so many scenes to himself. The mystery kept me hooked the whole time which had a good ending to it.

The beginning felt to quick where Homer out of nowhere is interested to buy a painting for millions of dollars. I guess it works because halfway in its being explained how Homer has gotten so interested, but left me thinking for to long. I think I missed Mr Burns's interest in the painting, it might be that he ddin't want to be bid out by a woman after all. I liked the intro with Manacek going to Springfield, and most of the jokes that came with it like the long silences with Wiggum. The rich woman mentioned her girlfriend and they didn't try to make fun of it... that must've taken some will power. I liked most of the scenes where Manacek investigated Homer's case and the flashback to the museum school trip. My favorite jokes being the kids playing around and Homer being so invested in the painting. Manacek hitting on Marge dragged on a bit in my opinion. A bit surprised that Marge didn't play a bigger role with Homer's interest in the painting, while she considers herself to be an artist. Kinda laughed at how Homer imagined Bart's behind as an artwork. Also laughed at Lou being fired due to budget cops where he is apparently 1/3 of Springfields police, and Homer who keeps betting with a ping pong bat.

The ending result was actually surprising where everyone turned out to be a part of the theft, with Lisa being the one that took the actual painting. It did seem out of character for her to just steal an expensive painting, I could give it a pass because of her reasonings where Homer shares a healthier bond with her interests. And she didn't get punished? I do like how they did the outro that has shown moments mentioned before, like Homer becoming a DJ and Marge teaching Homer that art needs to be representational.

Its a good ride of an episode that kept my attention. The guest star played his role well, I got into the story and the characters were well developed. While not a lot of jokes it did have some good ones that gave me a couple of good laughs. This may be one of the better episodes this season, doing a lot of things well and barely any flaws.

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