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Friends and Family 

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Homer finds a new friend in a woman who acts just like him when Mr. Burns hires the other Simpsons as his live-in virtual reality family.


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





Episode complete credited cast:
Dan Castellaneta ... Homer Simpson (voice)
Julie Kavner ... Marge Simpson (voice)
Nancy Cartwright ... Bart Simpson / Maggie Simpson (voice)
Yeardley Smith ... Lisa Simpson (voice)
Hank Azaria ... Professor Frink / Cletus Spuckler / Kirk Van Houten / Carl Carlson / Luigi Risotto / Moe Szyslak / Julia's fiance / Dr. Nussbaum (voice)
Harry Shearer ... Mr. Burns / Waylon Smithers / Otto Mann / Ned Flanders / Lenny Leonard / Rabbi Rudenstein (voice)
Allison Janney ... Julia (voice)
Pamela Hayden ... Milhouse Van Houten / Rod Flanders (voice)
Tress MacNeille ... (voice)
Chris Edgerly ... (voice)


Homer finds a new friend in a woman who acts just like him when Mr. Burns hires the other Simpsons as his live-in virtual reality family.

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Animation | Comedy


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Release Date:

2 October 2016 (USA) See more »

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16:9 HD
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Did You Know?


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Professor Frink: Oi! Gloivick! The Oculus Frink or Froculus provides you with a complete virtual reality experience.
Professor Frink: Letting you live in a world of your dreams. Goi!
Professor Frink: To adjust the focus, turn the dial on the side. Oi.
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References Sesame Street (1969) See more »


The Blue Danube
Composed by Johann Strauss
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Simple and Enjoyable,
1 February 2017 | by lesleyharris30See all my reviews

Friends and Family is a great Simpsons episode with a well written plot and plenty of very funny scenes. It's an interesting one, as we see Mr. Burns hiring Marge, Lisa, Bart and Maggie as his virtual reality family. It makes a farcical jab at how ridiculous technology has gotten, as people are now using it to create a whole new life different from their own.

I did feel the main plot could have had more of a structure. It seemed to merely be one gag after another, rather than giving us an actual arch that we could follow through with.

The Homer and Julia plot was very well developed. I thought the dialogue between the two of them was fantastic as we saw him somewhat falling for her as a result of how easy she was to talk to. Allison Janney's voice work in the role was stellar and suited the character perfectly.

It has a subplot that stands out so well that it saves the episode from sinking in to mediocrity. Friends and Family is a very enjoyable Simpsons.

Mr. Burns hires Marge and the kids to play his virtual reality family. Meanwhile, Homer befriends his neighbour Julia.

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