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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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Animation | Comedy


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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 name of the Detective, Manacek, seems to be a combination of Mannix (1967) , who is a private investigator, and Banacek (1972) . But, the entire episode is a spoof of the series Banacek (1972) which was about an independent insurance investigator who is wealthy and a suave ladies man that solves intricate cases of stolen items. 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 »


Homer Simpson: Heh, heh, heh. I don't like you, Manacek.
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References Pac-Man (1980) See more »


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Music by Camille Saint-Saëns
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Hilarious and Fun Parody of Detective Shows,
22 March 2019 | by lesleyharris30See all my reviews

Homer is Where the Art Isn't is a terrific Simpsons episode with a very well written plot and tons of very funny scenes. It is a very fun parody of old detective shows from the 70s and 80s, mimicking them in such a clever way you can tell the writers did their research while writing this episode.

There is gag after gag, which is perfectly fine and obviously what we have come to expect from the Simpsons, but it does get carried away with itself sometimes to an extent that the plot can sometimes get lost, which was a shame because the story had so much potential that, had it been a tad more focused in telling that, this could have been a ten for me.

The highlight of the episode, for me, is without a doubt Bill Hader as Detective Manacek, perfectly protraying the kind of character they were parodying in a very satisfying way, and he had some stellar quotes throughout that had me in absolute stitches, he is a character I would not mind seeing again.

Hilarious and well constructed episode. Fun from beginning to end, Homer is Where the Art Isn't is a silly Simpsons at its finest.

Homer gets caught in a fix when he is accused of stealing a million dollar painting.

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