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Bart Gets an F 

Mrs. Krabappel, fed up with Bart's lackadaisical approach to his studies, gives him an ultimatum: shape up or repeat the fourth grade.


David Silverman


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




Episode cast overview:
Dan Castellaneta ... Homer Simpson / Bill / Mayor Quimby / Krusty the Clown / George Washington / Delegate #2 / Benjamin Franklin (voice)
Julie Kavner ... Marge Simpson (voice)
Nancy Cartwright ... Bart Simpson (voice)
Yeardley Smith ... Lisa Simpson (voice)
Harry Shearer ... Otto Mann / J. Loren Pryor / Marty / Principal Skinner / Montgomery Burns / Waylon Smithers / Reverend Lovejoy / Delegate #1 / Alexander Hamilton (voice)
Marcia Wallace ... Edna Krabappel (voice)
Jo Ann Harris ... Nurse (voice)
Pamela Hayden ... Escape from Grandma's House Announcer / Milhouse Van Houten (voice)
Russi Taylor ... Martin Prince / Sherri / Terri / Mother (voice)


Bart disappoints Marge yet again by his appalling history grades and the school psychiatrist reckons that unless he shapes up, he must sit the fourth grade again next year. But if he can successfully pass the history paper one last time he will be clear. Since Martin refuses to help, Bart prays for a miracle - which comes in the form of a snow storm which closes the school and gives him extra revision time. Written by don @ minifie-1

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Animation | Comedy


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Release Date:

11 October 1990 (USA) See more »

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


David Silverman had to work hard to make Bart cry without making his design look too off-putting, and this is the reason why he was shown covering his face with a piece of paper. See more »


The textbook Bart is reading says the First Continental Congress was debating over the Declaration of Independence when, in fact, it was actually the Second Continental Congress. See more »


Martin Prince: As a natural enemy, I don't know why I should care, but the information pertaining to America's colonial period that you just received is erroneous.
Bart: So you're saying...
Martin Prince: A blindfolded chimp with a pencil in his teeth has a better chance of passing this test than you do.
Bart: Oh. Thanks for the pep talk.
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Crazy Credits

During the opening credits, in the scene where Bart is writing on the blackboard, this week's "lesson" he has to repeat is "I will not encourage others to fly." See more »


References Gone with the Wind (1939) See more »


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Awesome Episode
31 December 2006 | by PirateLordJackSparrowSee all my reviews

Bart Gets an F is an awesome episode. This episode is one of many favorites like Bart The Daredevil, Deep Space Homer, The Computer Wore Menace Shoes, The City of New York vs. Homer Simpson and many others. In this episode Bart is constantly underachieving in school. Due to Bart's underachieving he is faced with the possibility of flunking the 4th grade and therefore having to repeat fourth grade. To pass fourth grade Bart must pass a history test. This is a great episode where you are on Bart's side and want to see him succeed. This episode also has some good dreamlike sequences and a song as well. So overall Bart Gets an F is an awesome early season 2 episode.

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