Everyone else in the class has shown some improvement. Mrs. Krabappel is impressed at this obscure historical reference and gives him an extra point for demonstrating applied knowledge. "[7] An ad for the show in TV Guide spoofed this, with Homer attempting to wrestle his son away from clinging for dear life to "The Simpsons" logo, with Bart remarking "I'm not moving to another night just because some network dude says so! The authors of the book I Can't Believe It's a Bigger and Better Updated Unofficial Simpsons Guide, Warren Martyn and Adrian Wood, wrote, "A cracking opener to the second season – especially memorable for the sequence in which Bart prays for school to be cancelled the following day only to find himself exiled from the ensuing winter wonderland. He procrastinates, Edna and Bart butt heads, until finally Bart breaks down and studies — only to still fail a test on colonial America. Simpsons fans have long considered “Mother Simpson” to be one of the most emotional episodes of the series, ending with… [29] At the time, NBC had 208 television stations, while Fox had only 133. [9] Mayor Quimby makes his first appearance in this episode, without his trademark sash that says "Mayor". There have been two weeks in my life when a show I was associated with was number one in the ratings, and on Sunday night, we had a chance to be the number one show in the country. "[36] The Miami Herald's Hal Boedeker felt it "pulls off a finale that's thoughtful without being preachy, tender without being sappy. Bart failed his last four exams in History. [31] The rating is based on the number of household televisions that were tuned into the show. [21] News outlets had published stories about the supposed "Bill vs. Bart" rivalry. She scolds him for his falling test scores and warns him about an upcoming exam on Colonial America. [30] It finished eighth in the weekly ratings, tied with Who's the Boss?, while The Cosby Show finished seventh. [42], The "Snow Day" sequence was one of the most difficult sequences, Jean, Al. I don't think we have a chance on Thursday night. [24][25] Several critics predicted "Bart gets an 'F'" would do considerably worse in the ratings than The Cosby Show. In desperation, Bart asks Martin to help him get passing grades. It aired originally on the Fox network in the United States on October 11, 1990. At Springfield Elementary School, Bart presents a book report on Treasure Island. It was chosen to be the season premiere because it prominently features Bart, who enjoyed popularity during the early 1990s. Which Cartoon Characters Can Replace Human Characters? A Test Before Trying When he is unable to name the pirate in the story, Mrs. Krabappel realizes he has not read the book. Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? As the family plays a game of lotería(bingo), Carlota and Bobby arrive home with their BAT (big academic test) test scores. Bart is so ecstatic when he receives a barely passing grade (D-minus), he runs through Springfield, announcing his success. Commentary for "Bart gets an 'F, Silverman, David. [10] Silverman describes the "Snow Day" sequence as one of the hardest things he ever had to animate. Bart decides to study while everyone else is having fun in the snow. Our goal here is to make the most ridiculous, dark and outrageous comics that we can out of screenshots from The Simpsons. In today’s episode, the redundantly titled “Bart Gets an F”, the titular haughty underachiever receives a grim academic wake-up call when Miss Krabappel threatens to fail him unless he straightens up and flies right. Coronavirus Hits the Simpsons. After grilling Milhouse for the test answers, an overconfident Bart scores even worse than he did when Mrs. Krabappel gives Bart a different set of test questions. The Simpsons - Episode 14 - Bart Gets an F (Air date: October 11, 1990) Bart fails a test and is told that he has one more chance to pass it or else he will be held back a year. View production, box office, & company info. Bart vows to do better and persuades the class genius, Martin Prince, to tutor him. It features several long pans showing many characters engaging in various activities difficult to time correctly. The first season's opening sequence shows Bart stealing a "Bus Stop" sign; while the new sequence features him skateboarding past several characters, introduced during the previous season. Is there anything you haven't told us? Besides, I'm very wary of television where everybody is supposed to be a role model. 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