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That '90s Show 

Homer and Marge tell the kids about their life in the early 1990s before they were born, when Marge was enrolled in Springfield College and Homer was the lead singer of a grunge rock band


Mark Kirkland


Matt Groening (created by), James L. Brooks (developed by) | 4 more credits »




Episode cast overview:
Dan Castellaneta ... Homer Simpson / Grampa Simpson / Barney Gumble / Krusty the Clown (voice)
Julie Kavner ... Marge Simpson (voice)
Nancy Cartwright ... Bart Simpson (voice)
Yeardley Smith ... Lisa Simpson (voice)
Hank Azaria ... Kirk Van Houten / Carl / Lou / Comic Book Guy / Prof. Stefan August / Gas Man / Marvin Cobain / Moe Szyslak (voice)
Harry Shearer ... Lenny / Various Students (voice)
Kurt Loder ... Himself (voice)
'Weird Al' Yankovic ... Himself (voice)
Pamela Hayden ... Buxom Coed (voice)
Tress MacNeille ... Fan #1 (voice)
Karl Wiedergott Karl Wiedergott ... Various (voice)
Michael Dees Michael Dees ... Additional vocals (voice)


Homer and Marge tell the kids about their life in the early 1990s before they were born, when Marge was enrolled in Springfield College and Homer was the lead singer of a grunge rock band

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


Animation | Comedy


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Release Date:

27 January 2008 (USA) See more »

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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Dolby | Dolby SR (seasons 3-19)



Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


Upon release, this was panned by both critics and lifelong fans of the show for contradicting the continuity and history of the show, with the canon already establishing that Homer and Marge graduated in the mid '70s and Bart, Lisa and Maggie being born in the early '80s, but this episode changes it to have Homer and Marge grow up in the '90s and remain childless. See more »


When Bart and Lisa are in the living room talking to Homer and Marge, there is a drawer above a shelf with a book in it. The shot then cuts to Homer and Marge. When it cuts back to Bart and Lisa, the book is gone. See more »


Comic Book Guy: ...And that is why Lord of the Rings can never be filmed.
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References That '70s Show (1998) See more »


Seinfeld Theme
Composed by Jonathan Wolff
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This Episode is to The Simpsons What Archie Bunker's Place was to All in the Family
4 November 2009 | by ANDREWEHUNTSee all my reviews

This episode is clear evidence that The Simpsons - once the very best show on television - has way overstayed its welcome. Everything about it was awful. The gags fell flat; Homer as a grunge rocker (with a far bushier mop on his head than he ever had in the 1960s or 1970s) was mind-numbingly unfunny; the band Sadgasm was a stupid "spoof" of grunge; the use of the Verve's Bittersweet Symphony puts the action in 1997, a year when some of the best Simpsons episodes were actually made; the character Professor August adds nothing to the show and the subplot involving Marge attending university was pointless. Clearly, The Simpsons has been on television too long. Either it needs to go off the air or it needs fresh writers who can bring back the show's edgy 90s humor. Watching this episode reminds me of the bad old days when we were subjected to some of those later Happy Days episodes or reruns of Archie Bunker's Place or the final season of The Love Boat. Some critics were upset by the fact that "That 90's Show" more or less subverted the entire Simpson family history time line. For example, the episode invalidates just about all of the flashback episodes, including the classic "Homer's Barbershop Quartet," which was set in 1985 and showed Bart as a little kid. But this is not what offended me about the episode. It was tired. It lacked creativity. It didn't even have as much edge as your typical Suite Life of Zack and Cody episode. What a sad assessment of a show that in its heyday used to excite TV viewers so much with its splendid subversive humor.

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