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Tennis the Menace 

Homer installs a tennis court in the backyard, but his lousy playing creates a rift in the family.

Director:

Jen Kamerman

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 / Grampa / News Director / Rook / King / Sideshow Mel / Krusty (voice)
Julie Kavner ... Marge Simpson (voice)
Nancy Cartwright ... Bart Simpson (voice)
Yeardley Smith ... Lisa Simpson (voice)
Hank Azaria ... Moe Szyslak / Chief Wiggum / Yiddisha Guy / Director / Carl / Lou (voice)
Harry Shearer ... Montgomery Burns / Waylon Smithers / Ned Flanders / Kent Brockman / Comedian / Jasper / Lenny / Hibbert (voice)
Andre Agassi ... Himself (voice)
Pete Sampras ... Himself (voice)
Marcia Wallace ... Edna Krabappel (voice)
Serena Williams ... Herself (voice)
Venus Williams ... Herself (voice)
Marcia Mitzman Gaven Marcia Mitzman Gaven ... Helen Lovejoy (voice)
Pamela Hayden ... Weeping Widow (voice)
Tress MacNeille ... Stephanie (voice)
Karl Wiedergott Karl Wiedergott ... Pawn (voice)
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Storyline

Homer builds a tennis court and plays the game with Marge. However he is predictably dreadful so that,when the family enter Krusty the Klown's pro-am charity tournament,she dumps him and partners the superior Bart instead. As the game progresses they are joined on court by the Williams sisters,Andre Agassi and Pete Sampras,to whose professional superiority they ultimately bow down and take their seats in the audience. Homer has,however,lifted fifty dollars from Sampras's wallet. Written by don @ minifie-1

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Genres:

Animation | Comedy

Certificate:

TV-PG | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

11 February 2001 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

USA

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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Dolby | Dolby SR (seasons 3-19)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

The title is based on the newspaper single panel comic "Dennis the Menace" that has been produced since 1950 and started by the late Hank Ketcham. See more »

Goofs

When Homer and Marge are in bed, there is a picture of Bart and Lisa on the wall. After Homer's nightmare, there is a picture of Bart only. See more »

Quotes

Kent Brockman: We win again. But the real winners here are Marge's Hors D'Oeuvres.
Homer: How do you come up with such witty remarks?
[focuses in on ear plug/mic]
Guy in the van: I guess you could say its my racket.
Kent Brockman: I guess you could say I'm Iraqi.
Homer: Get off my property.
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Connections

References Tales from the Crypt (1972) See more »

Soundtracks

Mary Had a Little Lamb
(uncredited)
Traditional
Hummed (screamed?) by Dan Castellaneta
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Ask not for whom the bell tolls...
5 November 2008 | by Mike CarrollSee all my reviews

This was the episode that killed The Simpsons for me.

Up to this one, I has happy enough to keep believing that The Simpsons was the greatest show ever. But thanks to this truly unfunny and pointless episode I was able to finally see that the emperor was, in fact, naked, and I'd been fooling myself for years.

Now, it's possible that there have been some excellent episodes since, but I wouldn't know because I don't care any more. Every couple of months I'll watch a new episode just in case, but it's been many, many years since I've seen one that contains actual jokes. Most of them are painful to watch - though of course that could just be because I'm remembering how good the show used to be, when it was genuinely funny and not merely "funny-esque" (that is: it has all the set-ups, punch-lines and slapstick of actual humour, but without all that tedious laughing and enjoyment).

I realise that The Simpsons is a cash cow for everyone involved, but I just wish that that Mr Groening and co. could see that said cow isn't producing milk of any noticeable quality.

There is an old comedy adage that goes "Leave 'em laughing" - the idea being that it's better to go out on top than to out-stay one's welcome. Too late for that now, of course, but perhaps it would be better if The Simpsons was to stop now and leave us disappointed, before it gets to the stage where we actually start to get angry at it.


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