S1, E2: “Bart The Genius”

“Bart’s behavior is … unruly” – Principal Skinner.


Written by: Jon Vitti.

In a weird way, “Bart The Genius” is the first proper episode of The Simpsons. So many firsts here: theme song, chalkboard gag, couch gag, Mrs.¬†Krabapple, Skinner, etc. Loads of world-building, and a clear emphasis on Bart being positioned as the initial breakout character. Also, Millhouse has black hair!!¬†

I’d forgotten how many P.O.V. shots of one person getting right into another person’s face there were in these early days. On the other hand, I’m still waiting to play “KWYJIBO” in Words With Friends.

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