YMMV / The Simpsons S 2 E 1 Bart Gets An F
- Angst? What Angst?: Later episodes that focus on Bart having to repeat the fourth grade wouldn't have him react as desperate as he did here.
- Family-Unfriendly Aesop: Even if you try your hardest, you can still fail. Not as bad a moral as some other examples of this, just Brutal Honesty.
- Grown the Beard: Widely considered to be the episode in which the show really gained its own voice, proving that it was more than capable of being both funny and emotional.
- Harsher in Hindsight: Despite Bart earning his happy ending and actually passing his history test, later episodes would still have him in the fourth grade, making this whole episode a complete waste.
- Memetic Mutation: The infamous scene of Bart crying over his F shows up quite a bit on Tumblr.
- She Really Can Act: Who knew Nancy Cartwright could cry so convincingly and realistically in Bart's voice?
- Some Anvils Need to Be Dropped: See Family-Unfriendly Aesop above. It would have been easy for Bart to get an "A" after all that hard work, but The Simpsons at the time was all about bringing down the crushing hammer of reality on TV and sitcom cliches whenever possible, so letting Bart fail despite his efforts (then getting a "D-" so as to not make the ending too depressing) breathes new life into a worn-out premise.
- Tear Jerker: As you could see from a number of tropes listed on these pages, there's a reason why The Simpsons became such a successful show.