michael dees sings "theme from new york, new york" joan kenley as woman on the phone
the simpsons are dressed as the harlem globetrotters, showing off elaborate basketball tricks to the tune of "sweet georgia brown".
commentary 1: bill oakley josh weinstein jim reardon commentary 2: ian maxtone-graham dan castellaneta
← previous "the secret war of lisa simpson"
next → "the principal and the pauper"
the simpsons (season 9)
list of the simpsons episodes
"the city of new york vs. homer simpson" is the first episode of the simpsons' ninth season. it was originally broadcast on the fox network in the united states on september 21, 1997, as the 179th episode of the series. the episode features the simpson family traveling to manhattan to recover the family car, which was taken by barney gumble and abandoned outside the world trade center, where it has been repeatedly posted with parking tickets, and disabled with a parking boot.
writer ian maxtone-graham was interested in making an episode where the simpson family travels to new york to retrieve their misplaced car. executive producers bill oakley and josh weinstein suggested that the car be found in austin j. tobin plaza at the world trade center, as they wanted a location that would be widely known. great lengths were taken to make a detailed replica of the borough of manhattan. the episode received generally positive reviews, and has since been on accolade lists of the simpsons episodes. the "you're checkin' in" musical sequence won two awards. because of the world trade center's main role, the episode was taken off syndication in many areas following the september 11 attacks, but returned to syndication by 2006.
Writer Ian Maxtone-Graham was interested in making an episode where the Simpson family travels to New York to retrieve their misplaced car. Executive producers Bill Oakley and Josh Weinstein suggested that the car be found in Austin J. Tobin Plaza at the World Trade Center, as they wanted a location that would be widely known. Great lengths were taken to make a detailed replica of the borough of Manhattan. The episode received generally positive reviews, and has since been on accolade lists of The Simpsons episodes. The "You're Checkin' In" musical sequence won two awards. Because of the World Trade Center's main role, the episode was taken off syndication in many areas following the September 11 attacks, but returned to syndication by 2006.