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Homer Badman

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"Homer Badman"
The Simpsons episode
Episode no.Season 6
Episode 9
Directed byJeffrey Lynch
Written byGreg Daniels
Production code2F06
Original air dateNovember 27, 1994
Guest appearance(s)

Dennis Franz as himself playing Homer

Episode features
Chalkboard gag"I will not whittle hall passes out of soap"[1]
Couch gagThe family chases the couch and back wall down a long, portal-type hallway.[2]
CommentaryMatt Groening
David Mirkin
Greg Daniels
Julie Kavner
Jeffrey Lynch
David Silverman
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"Homer Badman" is the ninth episode of The Simpsons' sixth season. It originally aired on the Fox network in the United States on November 27, 1994.[3] It was written by Greg Daniels and directed by Jeffrey Lynch.[2] In the episode, Homer is falsely accused of sexual harassment and must clear his name.[3] Dennis Franz guest stars as himself portraying Homer in a movie.[3]


Homer and Marge hire Ashley Grant, a feminist graduate student, to babysit Bart, Maggie and Lisa while they go to a candy convention. Homer outfits Marge with an oversized trenchcoat hoping to smuggle out as much candy as possible in her pockets, including a rare gummy Venus de Milo. When caught, Homer makes a makeshift bomb with Pop Rocks and soda to blow up the center as he and Marge escape.

That night, Homer searches for the gummy Venus among his smuggled goods, but Marge reminds him to take Ashley home. As Ashley exits Homer's car, he sees the gummy Venus stuck to the seat of her pants. Homer grabs the candy and Ashley turns around to see him drooling at it. Mistaking this for a sexual advance, Ashley runs off screaming as Homer eats the candy.

The next morning, an angry mob of college students marches onto the Simpsons' lawn and claim that Homer sexually harassed Ashley. They don't believe Homer's explanation and stalk him. The tabloid news show Rock Bottom interviews Homer about his predicament and the hope he had to clear his name is dashed when the interview is selectively (and poorly) edited and presented out of context to make him look a pervert. The resulting media circus monitors the Simpson home and family around the clock. Lisa and Marge suggest Homer videotape himself telling his side of the story to air on a public-access cable TV channel, but as it's on a graveyard timeslot, nobody watches.

However, Groundskeeper Willie also sees Homer's speech, and arrives at the Simpson home with a video tape of what happened the night Homer took Ashley home. After watching it, Ashley and the media apologize for labeling Homer a monster.[3][4][5] But as soon as they apologize, the media immediately turns on Willie and portray him as a creep—which Homer instantly accepts despite being helped by him.


Greg Daniels, the writer of the episode, originally pitched this episode as being more centered on Lisa and Homer's opposing ideas on feminism. Eventually, the episode became more of a satire of the media and television shows like Hard Copy.[6] David Mirkin, the show runner at the time, felt very strongly about the "tabloidization of the media" and has said that the episode was as current in 2005 as it was at the time and things have since gotten worse.[7] Several gags in the episode are based on what real life shows like Hard Copy would do, such as making people look to be guilty without a trial as well as a complete invasion of privacy by setting up camp outside people's homes.[7] The talk show "Ben", which is hosted by a bear named "Gentle Ben" wearing a microphone on its head, reflects the writers' feeling that anyone could host a talk show because all they need is a microphone and an audience.[7]

Dennis Franz was the writers' second choice for the actor who plays Homer in the television dramatisation.[7] According to the DVD commentary, the original actor was more "barrel chested".[8]

Cultural references[edit]

During the convention, a voice over an intercom says the front desk is “Looking for Mr. Goodbar”. The action sequence at the Candy convention is "based on every Bruce Willis movie ever made".[7] Homer's imagination of living underwater is a parody of the song "Under the Sea" from the Disney film The Little Mermaid.[7] The episode also includes parodies of Hard Copy, Sally Jessy Raphael, the Late Show with David Letterman, and the media coverage of the O.J. Simpson standoff.[7] At the conclusion of the episode, the announcer on Rock Bottom jokingly refers to Groundskeeper Willie as "Rowdy Roddy Peeper," which is a reference to legendary professional wrestler, Rowdy Roddy Piper. Like Groundskeeper Wille, Piper's gimmick was that of a stereotypical Scot.


In its original broadcast, "Homer Badman" finished 50th in ratings for the week of November 21–27, 1994, with a Nielsen rating of 9.5, equivalent to approximately 9.1 million viewing households. It was the highest-rated show on the Fox network that week, beating Married... with Children.[9]

According to David Mirkin, this episode is very highly ranked among Simpsons fans.[7]

In Entertainment Weekly's top 25 The Simpsons episodes list, compiled in 2003, "Homer Badman" was placed eighteenth.[10]

The Daily Telegraph characterized the episode as one of "The 10 Best Simpsons TV Episodes".[11]


  1. ^ Groening, Matt (1997). Richmond, Ray; Coffman, Antonia (eds.). The Simpsons: A Complete Guide to Our Favorite Family (1st ed.). New York: HarperPerennial. pp. 158–159. ISBN 978-0-06-095252-5. LCCN 98141857. OCLC 37796735. OL 433519M..
  2. ^ a b Martyn, Warren; Wood, Adrian (2000). "Homer Badman". BBC. Retrieved 2007-08-13.
  3. ^ a b c d "Homer Badman" The Retrieved on March 1, 2007
  4. ^ Richmond & Coffman 1997, p. 173.
  5. ^ Episode Capsule Archived 2007-03-04 at the Wayback Machine at The Simpsons Archive
  6. ^ Daniels, Greg (2005). The Simpsons season 6 DVD commentary for the episode "Homer Badman" (DVD). 20th Century Fox.
  7. ^ a b c d e f g h Mirkin, David (2005). The Simpsons season 6 DVD commentary for the episode "Homer Badman" (DVD). 20th Century Fox.
  8. ^ Lynch, Jeffrey (2005). The Simpsons season 6 DVD commentary for the episode "Homer Badman" (DVD). 20th Century Fox.
  9. ^ "'Rockford' sweeps CBS to victory". Sun-Sentinel. December 1, 1994. p. 4E.
  10. ^ "The Family Dynamic". Entertainment Weekly. 2003-01-29. Retrieved 2007-02-10.
  11. ^ Walton, James (July 21, 2007). "The 10 Best Simpsons TV Episodes (In Chronological Order)". The Daily Telegraph. pp. Page 3.

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