Bart of Darkness
Studio: Gracie Films Release Date : September 4, 1994 Series: Simpsons

Cumulative rating: No Ratings Posted


A heat wave is gripping Springfield and the townspeople attempt to cool down. Bart and Lisa persuade Homer to buy them a swimming pool, which proves popular with the town's other children. Bart ends up breaking his leg when he dives off his treehouse and is forced to spend the rest of the summer in his room. Realizing that he has become isolated, Lisa gives Bart her telescope to cheer him up. Using it, he witnesses Ned Flanders digging a grave and through his ramblings, becomes convinced that Ned has killed his wife Maude. Lisa's popularity increases due to the pool, but she is quickly abandoned when Martin Prince's parents buy a bigger pool. Bart sends Lisa over to the Flanders' house to look for proof of the "crime", only for Ned to return, holding an axe. However, he is merely putting it away; and it is revealed that Maude is still alive and well, and all that Ned killed was her favorite plant. The episode ends with Martin's pool being destroyed due to overcrowding, instantly evaporating his newfound popularity.
(Synopsis courtesy of Wikipedia)


Homer Simpson
(Voice: Dan Castellaneta)
Marge Simpson
(Voice: Julie Kavner)
Bartholomew JoJo “Bart” Simpson
(Voice: Nancy Cartwright)
Lisa Simpson
(Voice: Yeardley Smith)
Maggie Simpson



Jim Reardon


Richard Sakai

Production Manager

Laurie Biernacki


Matt Groening

Developed By

James L. Brooks
Matt Groening
Sam Simon


Dan McGrath

Assistant to the Producer

Jane O'Brien
Joel Kuwahara

Assistant Director

Klay Hall
Pete Michels


Fox (Original broadcast network)


The Simpsons (Season 6, Episode 1)


United States

The Simpsons: The Complete Sixth Season

Technical Specifications

Running Time: 22:56
Production No.: 1F22
Animation Type: Standard (Hand-drawn-Cel) Animation
Color Type: Color
Negative Type: 35mm
Original Country: United States
Original Language: English
Print Type: Video (NTSC)

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