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Springfield Splendor 

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Lisa's sad experience is adapted into a graphic novel, which becomes a Broadway show.


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





Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Dan Castellaneta ... Homer Simpson / Sideshow Mel (voice)
Julie Kavner ... Marge Simpson (voice)
Nancy Cartwright ... Bart Simpson / Ralph Wiggum (voice)
Yeardley Smith ... Lisa Simpson (voice)
Hank Azaria ... Captain Horatio McCallister / Comic Book Guy / Carl Carlson (voice)
Harry Shearer ... Lenny Leonard (voice)
Alison Bechdel Alison Bechdel ... Alison Bechdel (voice)
Rachel Bloom ... Annette (voice)
Roz Chast Roz Chast ... Roz Chast (voice)
Dan Harmon ... Dan Harmon (voice)
Marjane Satrapi ... Marjane Satrapi (voice)
Pamela Hayden ... Milhouse Van Houten (voice)
Martin Short ... Guthrie Frenel (voice)
Chris Edgerly ... (voice)
Tress MacNeille ... Kumiko Nakamura (voice)


Lisa's sad experience is adapted into a graphic novel, which becomes a Broadway show.

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Animation | Comedy


TV-PG | See all certifications »



English | Japanese

Release Date:

8 October 2017 (USA) See more »

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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Dolby (as Dolby Surround)



Aspect Ratio:

16:9 HD
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Did You Know?


The rock music playing during the "Sad Girl" show is actually the music from the Broadway show "Spider-Man: Turn Off The Dark", which was notorious due to production complications, mainly relating to stunt problems and technical issues, as well as constant rewriting of the book and score. The show was receipted by critics with mixed feelings, claiming the stunts and visual effects were great, but weren't so keen on the storytelling. See more »


Lisa Simpson: Mom, can I have permission to swear?
Marge Simpson: Okay, if it's tier one.
Lisa Simpson: Dammit!
Lisa Simpson: That didn't work. Can I go to tier two.
Marge Simpson: I'm afraid not.
Lisa Simpson: Dammit!
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References The Andy Griffith Show (1960) See more »


Performed by Kipp Lennon
Written by Tim Long (uncredited) and Miranda Thompson (uncredited)
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Another emotionally great Simpsons episode for the modern day! Do you know how rare it is for Marge or Lisa-focused episodes to be great, now and even back then?
8 October 2017 | by adampkalbSee all my reviews

Lisa is feeling very sad and talks about her depression problems with a therapist in training from college. The therapist in training suggests Lisa draw pictures of her problems. Since Lisa can't draw very well, she has Marge illustrate her comic. The title of it is Sad Girl. It accidentally falls out of Lisa's backpack on her way inside, and Kumiko Nakamura wants to publish it at Comic Book Guy's store as a graphic novel. At first Lisa wants her to burn every copy, but changes her mind when lots of girls read it and can relate to the Sad Girl story. It's still far from being a full parody of American Splendor's plot because Lisa doesn't see other artists/illustrators even though she really wanted to do so.

The writer of this episode really made it an effort to make it the best that it could possibly be. If this episode's rating is underneath 8, those low-raters are not giving it enough credit just because it's in a newer season. So unfair. When Bart and Homer see how well Marge and Lisa bonding, they do another bonding thing Bart wanted to do in a homage to The Andy Griffith Show's opening. There was another fun gag where Homer orders PM Pizza and AM Waffles to eat with Maggie while Lisa and Marge work on their Sad Girl all night long. The episode also did good satire certain parts of society may want to see certain things differently and only going through different parts of the vision. A writer panel only gives attention to Lisa's writing and a Broadway play maker only gives attention to Marge's illustration.

I was actually worried about how good or bad this episode could become. Thankfully, it didn't turn out like A Father's Watch that has social commentary on whether kids deserve trophies or not without a point or payoff where Marge doesn't agree with Lisa's middle ground option. They actually got along really well at the end and Marge figures out how to make Lisa feel better so they can both get what they want. How does she do it? Well, I'm not going to spoil it. You have to watch the episode by yourself to know it. It's still really good and you really need to check it out. I got no doubts that this is the best new The Simpsons episode since Halloween of Horror, which was the best new The Simpsons episode since Dark Knight Court, which was the best new The Simpsons episode since Holidays of Future Passed, which was almost the show's final episode before the voice actors all took a pay cut. I'm glad that Rachel Bloom got to be in Sounds of Silence on Friendship is Magic a year later.

P.S. Have you ever felt so sad that you weren't even part of your own life?

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