The Simpsons (1989– )
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A Test Before Trying 

The fate of Springfield Elementary rests on Bart and his test scores, and Homer finds way to make money with his own parking meter.


Matt Groening (created by), James L. Brooks (developed by) | 4 more credits »

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Episode cast overview:
Dan Castellaneta ... Krusty the Klown / Hans Moleman / Homer Simpson / Groundskeeper Willie (voice)
Julie Kavner ... Marge Simpson (voice)
Nancy Cartwright ... Nelson Muntz / Bart Simpson (voice)
Yeardley Smith ... Lisa Simpson (voice)
Hank Azaria ... Carl / Kirk Van Houten / Superintendent Chalmers / Moe Szyslak / Chief Wiggum / Disco Stu (voice)
Harry Shearer ... Kent Brockman / Mr. Burns / Waylon Smithers / Dr. Hibbert / Mr. Largo / Principal Skinner / Ned Flanders (voice)
Valerie Harper ... Department of Standardized Testing Proctor (voice)
Marcia Wallace ... Edna Krabappel (voice)
Pamela Hayden ... Milhouse Van Houten (voice)
Tress MacNeille ... Lunchlady Doris / Agnes Skinner (voice)
Russi Taylor ... Sherri / Terri / Martin Prince (voice)
Chris Edgerly ... (voice)


Following appalling grades the school is threatened with closure and the pupils dispersed until it is discovered that Bart has yet to sit his exam, which, if he passes, will save the school's future. He is very nervous but, with the accidental help of his pet beetle, manages to make the grade. Homer meanwhile discovers a parking meter, which he uses illegally to make money until Marge makes him donate the profits to a good cause. Written by don @ minifie-1

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Animation | Comedy


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Release Date:

13 January 2013 (USA) See more »

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16:9 HD
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Bart Simpson: It's hopeless! I can't make up for years of goofing up in one day. I need two days!
Lisa Simpson: Look, Bart. It's not important to know what's on the test so much as how to take the test. If you don't know the answer to one question, leave it for later. And if you still don't know the answer, just guess B and move on. Now, what's the capital of Massachussets?
Bart Simpson: Uh, B?
Lisa Simpson: Very good.
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References Babe (1995) See more »


Cold War
Music by Chris Payne and Paul Rogers
Heard during the couch gag.
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worse than garbage
26 December 2016 | by brettdowneySee all my reviews

i made a IMDb account just to tell people, if you have the chance to stop watching, stop! the episode is not only terrible and boring when judged on it's own, it brings the series down as a whole, making your fond memories of Simpsons past cheap and regrettable. truly a crime against humanity. when i started watching the Simpsons i loved it for two reasons, the jokes, and the lovable characters that served as vehicles for clever writing. fox decided that if dummies at home recognized Bart and homer, they wouldn't care what they were saying or doing. sadly, time and recent elections have proved these sadists correct. but you have a chance. a beautiful and precious chance. stop watching this episode. stop watching and tell all you know to boycott all episodes that postdate this episode.

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