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The Simpsons Tennis the Menace (1989– ) Online

The Simpsons Tennis the Menace (1989– ) Online
Original Title :
Tennis the Menace
Genre :
TV Episode / Animation / Comedy
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Directror :
Jen Kamerman
Cast :
Dan Castellaneta,Julie Kavner,Nancy Cartwright
Writer :
Matt Groening,James L. Brooks
Type :
TV Episode
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The Simpsons Tennis the Menace (1989– ) Online

Homer builds a tennis court and plays the game with Marge. However he is predictably dreadful so that,when the family enter Krusty the Klown's pro-am charity tournament,she dumps him and partners the superior Bart instead. As the game progresses they are joined on court by the Williams sisters,Andre Agassi and Pete Sampras,to whose professional superiority they ultimately bow down and take their seats in the audience. Homer has,however,lifted fifty dollars from Sampras's wallet.
Episode cast overview:
Dan Castellaneta Dan Castellaneta - Homer Simpson / Grampa / News Director / Rook / King / Sideshow Mel / Krusty (voice)
Julie Kavner Julie Kavner - Marge Simpson (voice)
Nancy Cartwright Nancy Cartwright - Bart Simpson (voice)
Yeardley Smith Yeardley Smith - Lisa Simpson (voice)
Hank Azaria Hank Azaria - Moe Szyslak / Chief Wiggum / Yiddisha Guy / Director / Carl / Lou (voice)
Harry Shearer Harry Shearer - Montgomery Burns / Waylon Smithers / Ned Flanders / Kent Brockman / Comedian / Jasper / Lenny / Hibbert (voice)
Andre Agassi Andre Agassi - Himself (voice)
Pete Sampras Pete Sampras - Himself (voice)
Marcia Wallace Marcia Wallace - Edna Krabappel (voice)
Serena Williams Serena Williams - Herself (voice)
Venus Williams Venus Williams - Herself (voice)
Marcia Mitzman Gaven Marcia Mitzman Gaven - Helen Lovejoy (voice)
Pamela Hayden Pamela Hayden - Weeping Widow (voice)
Tress MacNeille Tress MacNeille - Stephanie (voice)
Karl Wiedergott Karl Wiedergott - Pawn (voice)

This episode was digitally colored, the third attempt after season 7's "Radioactive Man" and "The Simpsons 138th Episode Spectacular". However, the crew held off on completely switching over to digital coloring so that they could further fine-tune the process.

When Homer asks if Andre Agassi is "the wrestler", it is a reference to the late wrestler André the Giant.

The title is based on the newspaper single panel comic "Dennis the Menace" that has been produced since 1950 and started by the late Hank Ketcham.

The second episode of season 12 with the word 'menace' in the title, after 'The Computer Wore Menace Shoes.'

User reviews



Having only just watched this, I consulted google, expecting it to be an award-winning episode. I'm surprised to discover that the only review is from someone for whom "Tennis the Menace" signaled the end of The Simpsons.

Starting with the old man's stand-up routine, and the whole retirement castle's talent show being a blast. I can't think of a more depressing situation, but the flawless execution of ironic wit makes it bouncing and fun like a good tennis volley. Such silky comedy weaves through the dialogue at a Shakespearean pace, the jokes stacking together perhaps faster than certain viewers could discern.

"Tennis the Menace" is solid Simpsons comedy from the start, with the right amount of sap and guest stardom to make for very enjoyable viewing.


This was the episode that killed The Simpsons for me.

Up to this one, I has happy enough to keep believing that The Simpsons was the greatest show ever. But thanks to this truly unfunny and pointless episode I was able to finally see that the emperor was, in fact, naked, and I'd been fooling myself for years.

Now, it's possible that there have been some excellent episodes since, but I wouldn't know because I don't care any more. Every couple of months I'll watch a new episode just in case, but it's been many, many years since I've seen one that contains actual jokes. Most of them are painful to watch - though of course that could just be because I'm remembering how good the show used to be, when it was genuinely funny and not merely "funny-esque" (that is: it has all the set-ups, punch-lines and slapstick of actual humour, but without all that tedious laughing and enjoyment).

I realise that The Simpsons is a cash cow for everyone involved, but I just wish that that Mr Groening and co. could see that said cow isn't producing milk of any noticeable quality.

There is an old comedy adage that goes "Leave 'em laughing" - the idea being that it's better to go out on top than to out-stay one's welcome. Too late for that now, of course, but perhaps it would be better if The Simpsons was to stop now and leave us disappointed, before it gets to the stage where we actually start to get angry at it.