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Deep Space Homer 

In an effort to increase the dismal television ratings for their space launches, NASA decides to send an ordinary man into space, and Homer is chosen for the task.

Director:

Carlos Baeza

Writers:

Matt Groening (created by), James L. Brooks (developed by) | 5 more credits »
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Cast

Episode cast overview:
Dan Castellaneta ... Homer Simpson / Grampa Simpson / Launch Host #2 / Head of NASA / Chimp / Al Bundy / NASA Scientist #3 / Barney Gumble / Itchy / Reporter #5 (voice)
Julie Kavner ... Marge Simpson (voice)
Nancy Cartwright ... Bart Simpson (voice)
Yeardley Smith ... Lisa Simpson (voice)
Hank Azaria ... Carl / Tim Taylor / Reporter #3 / Race Banyon (voice)
Harry Shearer ... Waylon Smithers / X-Ray Inspector / Lenny / Mr. Burns / Man on TV / Tom / NASA Scientist #1 / Jim Wallace / Scratchy / Itchy & Scratchy Disclaimer / NASA Technician / Kent Brockman / Reporter #4 (voice)
Buzz Aldrin ... Buzz Aldrin (voice)
James Taylor ... James Taylor (voice)
Pamela Hayden ... Tobey Hunter (voice)
Maggie Roswell ... NASA Scientist #2 / Peggy Bundy (voice)
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Storyline

The powers that be at NASA, distraught over low television ratings for their space launches, decide to improve them by putting a private citizen on their next space shuttle. After receiving an angry phone call from Homer, they decide he is their man. Written by Tfilm78

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Genres:

Animation | Comedy

Certificate:

TV-PG | See all certifications »
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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

24 February 1994 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

USA

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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby | Dolby SR (seasons 3-19)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

While the NASA staff are examining the most popular characters on television, they watch a short segment spoofing the show Home Improvement (1991). In the segment, Tim "The Toolman" Taylor supercharges a riding mower, then accidentally reverses it through his backyard fence, running over his neighbor, Wilson. He then says: "Oh, no! I killed Wilson! Looks like it's back to jail for me." In real life, Tim Allen, who played Tim Taylor in Home Improvement (1991), actually spent time in prison before his rise to fame. See more »

Goofs

After Homer accidentally breaks the ant tank with his head, his beard disappears. See more »

Quotes

Peggy Bundy: [NASA people watch TV to see modern-day men on television. They click to "Married... With Children" on FOX]
[whines]
Peggy Bundy: Al... let's have sex!
Al Bundy: Ehh, no Peg.
[Audience laughs and claps]
Al Bundy: [Al flushes a toilet, and everyone hollers and cheers]
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Connections

Featured in WatchMojo: Top 10 Simpsons Episodes (2013) See more »

Soundtracks

An der schönen, blauen Donau (On the Beautiful Blue Danube), Op. 314
(uncredited)
Music by Johann Strauss
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"Maniacs! You Blew It Up!"
18 November 2009 | by Dan1863SicklesSee all my reviews

This classic Simpsons episode feels like a full two hour movie and not just a half hour show. It seems as if every Sci Fi Classic of the last fifty years comes in for the hilarious Simpsons treatment.

Some high points: Homer fielding questions at the press conference. "Wait a minute . . . Statue of Liberty . . . that was really our planet. You maniacs! You blew it up! Oh, damn them all to hell!" (PLANET OF THE APES)

Homer and Barney fighting man to man for a slot as an astronaut, gladiator style, while jaded NASA scientists cheer them on and take bets. (STAR TREK: THE GAMESTERS OF TRISKELION)

Homer floating through space, like a vast spacecraft, crunching potato chips in zero gravity. (2001 SPACE ODYSSEY)

And don't forget James Taylor revealing his less-than-mellow vibe, and Springfield TV anchor Kent Brockman preparing for the inevitable. ("Welcome ANTS!")

Classic Simpsons, with Homer becoming a real hero and not one but two ITCHY AND SCRATCHY cartoons.


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