The Simpsons

Season 4 Episode 2

A Streetcar Named Marge

Aired Sunday 8:00 PM Oct 01, 1992 on FOX
out of 10
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Episode Summary

Marge gets a taste of the acting bug and decides to volunteer at the Springfield Community Center. She is cast as Blanche DuBois in a musical version of A Streetcar Named Desire directed by the flamboyant Llewellyn Sinclair. Meanwhile, Maggie squares off with her strict new daycare provider.moreless

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  • I Hope North Korea Isn't Getting Any Ideas...

    While this is an overall great episode, the song which trashes New Orleans can only give Kim Jong Un ideas on where to place his first nuclear strike. I shudder upon writing this review...
  • Marge learns that a musical adaptation of the classic A Streetcar Named Desire will be perfomed in Springfield. She auditions and is cast in the role of Blanche DuBois. Homer (not surprisingly) could not care less.moreless

    There are many things to like about The Simpsons. One such thing, that I have pointed out in previous reviews, is the show's talent for parody. This particular episode is the first to show us another thing to like about the series: well done musical shows. The songs in Oh Streetcar are so well done, I almost wanted to see the entire show. The opening number "New Orleans" is damn near perfect. That is not the only source of laughs here. The rehersal scenes, Marge practicing "the bottle scene" and Maggie at the daycare center are all very well done.moreless
  • New Orleans.

    Marge tries out for a play, a musical version of A Streetcar named Desire (or something like that.) Anyways, Marge gets the lead role, but Homer, Lisa and Bart don't seem to care. Marge starts to spend time with Ned, and practice their lines with him.

    Toward the end of the episode, Homer sees what the play is really about, and Marge forgives him for his ignorance.

    This was a decent episode. It wasn't that funny, but i liked the ending, and some of the songs.

    This episode was also criticiized by New Orleans, for an offensive song about New Orleans.

    Overall Grade: 85%/Bmoreless
  • this was a good ep

    in this ep of the simpsons marge gets attracted to acting and volinters to play apart of the play called a street car name desire. and marge is angrey with homer do to the way he is acting since she has been acting . and she also puts maggie in a day care and maggie gets upset when her pacifire is taken so she gets togeathe with the other babies to take the daycare over. this was a great ep and a good second ep of season 4 and that is wy i gave the show a 8.5 for this epmoreless
  • Great

    This episode is proof that even though Homer can be a bit of a jerk he is still funny.

    Marge joins a musical play production and Homer is of course no help to her through anything.

    Homer doesn't even want to go to the play but only does because Marge is the star.

    During the final few musicals Homer learns what the play was really about, and he apologizes.

    This episode is a great funny episode with a really decent plot. It's not the funniest of all episodes of course but it does provide some fresh laughs with some really well written musicals.moreless
Dan Castellaneta

Dan Castellaneta

Homer Simpson, Grampa Simpson, Barney Gumble, Krusty the Clown, Groundskeeper Willie, and others

Hank Azaria

Hank Azaria

Apu Nahasapeemapetilon, Moe Szyslak, Chief Wiggum, Comic Book Guy, Lou, and others

Harry Shearer

Harry Shearer

Mr. Burns, Ned Flanders, Principal Skinner, Waylon Smithers, Kent Brockman, and others

Julie Kavner

Julie Kavner

Marge Simpson, Patty Bouvier, and Selma Bouvier

Nancy Cartwright

Nancy Cartwright

Bart Simpson, Nelson Muntz, Ralph Wiggum, Todd Flanders, and others

Yeardley Smith

Yeardley Smith

Lisa Simpson

Lona Williams

Lona Williams

Debra Jo Smallwood

Guest Star

Maggie Roswell

Maggie Roswell

Maude Flanders, Helen Lovejoy, Miss Hoover, and others

Recurring Role

Phil Hartman

Phil Hartman

Lionel Hutz, Troy McClure and Additional Voices

Recurring Role

Jon Lovitz

Jon Lovitz

Llewellyn Sinclair and Ms. Sinclair

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (8)

  • QUOTES (8)

    • Troy McClure: If you ask me they're all winners. We'll be cutting our first 40 contestants right after this.

    • Marge: I haven't been in a play since high school, and I thought it would be a good chance to meet some other adults.
      Homer: Sounds interesting.
      Marge: You know, I spend all day alone with Maggie, and sometimes it's like I don't even exist.
      Homer: Sounds interesting.

    • Marge: (in a southern accent) The play's tomorrow night. I've got to stay in charactah.
      Lisa: (in a southern accent) Hey mom, would it help if I talked lack this tew?
      Marge: (in a southern accent) It maght.
      Bart: (in a cockney accent) En I'll talk like 'is. Bob's ya uncle mate.
      Marge: (in a southern accent) That really doesn't help, Baaht.
      Bart: (in a cockney accent) Can I slog off school tomorra. Gotta pain in me gulliva!
      Homer: I'm livin' in a cuckoo clock!

    • Ms. Sinclair: Mrs. Simpson, do you know what a baby is saying when she reaches for her bottle?
      Ms. Sinclair: She's saying "I am a leech".

    • Bart: Are there any Jive-Talking Robots in this play?
      Marge: Um, I don't think so.
      Homer: Bart, don't ask stupid questions... Is there any frontal nudity?
      Marge: No, Homer!

    • Lou: Hello! I am Llewellyn Sinclair. I've directed three plays in my career and I've had three heart attacks. That's how much I care, I'm planning for a fourth.

    • Apu: (Singing)
      I am just a lonely paperboy,
      No romance do I seek;
      I just wanted forty cents for my
      Deliveries last week;
      Will this bewitching floozy
      Seduce this humble newsie?
      Oh, what's a paperboy to do?

    • Sinclair: Tonight you'll be transformed to dead-eyed suburbanites, to white hot grease fires of pure entertainment. (To Otto) Except you, you're not working out. I'll be playing your part.
      Otto: Drag.

  • NOTES (5)

    • Since the play "A Streetcar Named Desire" is copyrighted, the writers weren't allowed to use very much dialogue from the actual play. To get around this problem the writers turned it in to a musical with songs they wrote themselves.

    • In 2006, this episode was ranked #4 in Matt Groening's list of top 10 episodes of all time.

    • The song about New Orleans stirred up controversy again in Fall 2005, when the episode aired shortly after the city was destroyed by Hurricane Katrina.

    • The producers of the show formally apologized to the city of New Orleans following the derogatory comments made in this episode.

    • Blackboard Joke: My name is not "Dr. Death".
      Couch Gag: The family runs in and the couch turns into a giant octopus and eats them.


    • When the women on TV are singing "We learn the truth at seventeen, that love was meant for beauty queens".  Those are the song words to the 1975 song by Janis Ian At Seventeen.

    • Citizen Kane
      During the performance of the show, Homer is shown in the audience playing with his program torn into strips. In the 1941 film Citizen Kane, Joseph Cotten is shown (out of boredom) doing the same thing during the performance of the opera starring Kane's girlfriend.

    • Homer: Is there any full frontal nudity?
      Oh! Calcutta! is a musical from 1972 directed by Jacques Levy, featuring several aspects of full frontal nudity, as well as several other sexually explicit instances.

    • The Great Escape
      Maggie's isolation in "the box" is a reference to the Steve McQueen WWII movie, the 1963 film The Great Escape, wherein McQueen's character gets "the cooler" for trying to escape. Also, the music being played as the babies make their escape attempts sounds similar to the movie theme.

    • Episode Title: A Streetcar Named Marge The title of the episode, and obviously the play the episode makes fun of takes its name from the Tennessee Williams play A Streetcar Named Desire. There is a reference to the film version when Homer is screaming at Marge when she's rehearsing with Ned.

    • Bart: Can I slug off school tomorrow? I've got a pain in me gulliver.
      Alex misses school because of "a pain in the gulliver" in the book/movie A Clockwork Orange.

    • The Fountainhead
      Maggie goes to the Ayn Rand School for Tots, where Ms. Sinclair reads The Fountainhead Diet and takes away Maggie's pacifier. Writer Ayn Rand would have people not depending on others or crutches, like pacifiers.

    • The Birds
      When picking up Maggie from the nursery all the babies were sat together just like at the end of The Birds. When Homer gets Maggie and takes her outside Alfred Hitchcock walks past with his dogs. Hitchcock was noted for always having a walk on part in his films.