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The Itchy & Scratchy & Poochie Show 

Krusty becomes alarmed at the flagging ratings for "The Itchy & Scratchy Show" and demands it be corrected. The producers reason some new gimmicks are needed to inject fresh air and - after a focus group doesn't quite go as well as planned - decide to introduce a new character named Poochie, a rapping cartoon dog that is supposed to become friends with Itchy and Scratchy. Homer auditions to do ... See full summary »

Director:

Steven Dean Moore

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 / Krusty / Sideshow Mel / Blue-haired Lawyer / Josh Weinstein / Itchy / Poochie / Barney / Benjamin (voice)
Julie Kavner ... Marge Simpson (voice)
Nancy Cartwright ... Bart Simpson / Nelson Muntz / Ralph Wiggum / Database (voice)
Yeardley Smith ... Lisa Simpson (voice)
Hank Azaria ... Oakley / Meyer / Roy / Doug / Comic Book Guy / 'Uh, in episode...' / Moe Szyslak / Carl (voice)
Harry Shearer ... Focus Group Guy / David Silverman / Otto / David S. Cohen / Recording Engineer / Scratchy / Jasper / Ned Flanders / Kent Brockman / Gary (voice)
Phil Hartman ... Troy McClure (voice)
Alex Rocco ... Roger Meyers Jr. (voice)
Pamela Hayden ... Milhouse Van Houten / Krusty's Secretary (voice)
Tress MacNeille ... Network Lady / June Bellamy (voice)
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Krusty becomes alarmed at the flagging ratings for "The Itchy & Scratchy Show" and demands it be corrected. The producers reason some new gimmicks are needed to inject fresh air and - after a focus group doesn't quite go as well as planned - decide to introduce a new character named Poochie, a rapping cartoon dog that is supposed to become friends with Itchy and Scratchy. Homer auditions to do Poochie's voice and wins the part. Poochie's first cartoon, "The Beagle Has Landed," premieres to great fanfare but is poorly received to say the least. The producers decide that, given his spectacular failure, Poochie will be killed off in the mutt's next cartoon. Homer learns about this and at his next recording session, gives a speech imploring everyone to give Poochie a chance. However, the effort is unsuccessful and Poochie's death - along with the correct lines dubbed in - is revealed in the next animated short. Also: A college-aged boy named Roy temporarily moves in with the Simpsons and ...

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Genres:

Animation | Comedy

Certificate:

TV-PG | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

7 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

In 2014, the writers picked "The Beagle Has Landed" as one of their nine favorite "Itchy & Stratchy" episodes of all time. See more »

Quotes

Comic Book Guy: Last night's "Itchy & Scratchy" was, without a doubt, the worst episode ever. Rest assured that I was on the Internet within minutes, registering my disgust throughout the world.
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Soundtracks

Poochie Rap Song
Written by Alf Clausen and David X. Cohen (as David Cohen)
Performed by Dan Castellaneta
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"The little dog nobody wanted"
23 August 2017 | by Mr-FusionSee all my reviews

Enter Poochie, the shrew attempt at boosting the limp ratings of Itchy and Scratchy. Focus-grouped and crassly emblematic of teens' "extreme!" culture, he ends up a cautionary tale; the Scrappy Doo, if you will.

'The Itchy & Scratchy & Poochie Show' casts a keen eye on this most durable of TV tropes. It's hard not to identify with this, being an avid TV viewer for so many years. I know full well the hyper-scrutiny of a favorite show, and the fanboy outrage when that show deviates from the norm. It's a very clever episode; the jokes all land beautifully because we've all seen this first hand. It's a biting satire on the industry and the devotees that sustain.

Highly entertaining.

9/10


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