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Homer to the Max 

Homer changes his name when a dimwitted TV character named Homer Simpson becomes an overnight sensation.


Pete Michels


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


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Episode cast overview:
Dan Castellaneta ... Max Power / Archie Bunker / Criminal #2 / Lance Kaufman / Barney Gumble / Groundskeeper Willie / Krusty the Clown / Producer #4 / Grampa Simpson (voice)
Julie Kavner ... Marge Simpson (voice)
Nancy Cartwright ... Bart Simpson / Admiral Baby (voice)
Yeardley Smith ... Lisa Simpson (voice)
Hank Azaria ... Naval Officer #1 / Criminal #1 / TV Homer Simpson / Carl / Moe Szyslak / Chief Wiggum / Comic Book Guy / Professor Frink / Producer #3 / Producer #5 / Trent Steele / Lou (voice)
Harry Shearer ... FOX Announcer / Naval Officer #1 / Bank Manager / Chief / Lenny / Otto / Fan #2 / Producer #1 / Judge Snyder / Montgomery Burns / Man Talking to Woody Harrelson / Bill Clinton / Lorne Michaels / Eddie (voice)
Ed Begley Jr. ... Himself (voice)
Tress MacNeille ... Agnes Skinner / Producer #2 (voice)
Maggie Roswell ... Fan #1 / Employee / Guest (voice)
Karl Wiedergott Karl Wiedergott ... Ned Flanders / Valet (voice)


Humiliated with sharing his name with a bumbling character on a hit TV show, Homer decides to have his name legally changed to Max Power. The new name opens a lot of doors for Homer and Marge and soon they become friends with some of Springfield's most powerful people. Written by Matthew N. Jones

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2d animation | See All (1) »


Animation | Comedy


TV-PG | See all certifications »






Release Date:

7 February 1999 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Dolby | Dolby SR (seasons 3-19)



Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


While discussing TV shows, Homer mentions how producers like animation because they don't have to pay the voice actors, at which point Ned Flanders, sounding noticeably different, walks by and says they can even replace the cast and and the audience won't be able to tell the difference. This is an inside joke referring to a real-life pay dispute that occurred between the main cast and the network in 1998, during which Fox threatened to replace all of the voice actors. See more »


When Homer gets his scarf caught in the fan at Moe's and begins swinging around, knocking over items on the bar, the glasses of beer get knocked over before Homer even connects with them. See more »


Trent Steele: [Homer has just introduced himself as "Max Power"] Hey, great name!
Max Power: Thanks. I got it off a hair dryer.
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Spoofs Miami Vice (1984) See more »


by John Barry, Leslie Bricusse and Anthony Newley
Performed by Dan Castellaneta as "Max Power"
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Homer Simpson is Max Powers
21 October 2006 | by faincutSee all my reviews

The Simpsons are watching the new "Mid-Season" on TV. What's brilliant about this episode is the inside jokes on Television series Producers. "Police Cops" parody of police TV shows was brilliant. One of the cool cops is named "Homer Simpson" and Homer is surprised by that. Soon the whole town admires Homer, not long enough the cool Homer Simpson cops is changed into a goofy fat character who is made fun off all the time. The town makes fun of Homer, who decides to battle his name - eventually loses and decides to change his name to Max Power. There is a great satire there on Bill Clinton as he is portrayed as a person who sleeps even with pigs. 8 out of 10.

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