The Simpsons

Season 12 Episode 12

Tennis the Menace

Aired Sunday 8:00 PM Feb 11, 2001 on FOX

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  • 6.0
    Odd episode here. First thing that's noticeable seems to be the artists taking a day off. Look at the background, especially inside the Simpson's house in almosy ant scene. The art is very basic, almost childish. It's not like this show is ever an artisitic masterpeice or anything, it's just that this must be particularly bad because it was hard not to notice it. Beyond that, this episode is funny, but obviously rushed or burdened with a theme. The Simpsons get a tennis court and then get a little too competitive which starts a family fued. The fued is broken when each of them are replaced by pro-tennis players in the local tournament, and all being benched recognize the wrongness in fighting. Yeah, pretty shoved together huh? Andre Agassi, Pete Sampras, and the Williams sisters all guest star. You wanna bet that this was originally aired somewhere near Wimbledon and that they asked Fox to help advertise it? That kinda pressure is always the worst guests. It is still a funny episode, just not that well put together. Homer's classic life lesson: "It's better to watch stuff than to do stuff".