This episode was the first to be broadcast by the BBC, on BBC One on November 23, 1996, making it the first episode to be seen by UK terrestrial viewers (the satellite channel, Sky One, had aired the show since September 2, 1990). BBC Two first broadcast the episode a day after, on November 24, 1996. When the show moved to BBC Two on March 10, 1997, the show continued to air on the BBC until they aired the show one last time on May 7, 2004 before the terrestrial rights were moved to Channel 4 on November 5, 2004.
When Homer says that he and his family will have to dig deep and orders Marge to go get the kids' college fund, in the background, the bear on the lower shelf near the right stereo speaker looks exactly like Mr. Burns' bear Bobo.
The Great Family that Homer encounters at the end of Mr. Burns' picnic is seen again later, behind the Simpsons at Dr. Monroe's office.
Marvin Monroe keeps his aggression therapy mallets in a gun cabinet.
The family acts wildly out of character in this episode: Homer is much more caring and actually suggests to eat at the dinner table instead of watching TV. He also brings up the subject of selling the TV, something Homer typically would never think of doing, and is embarrassed of his family being dysfunctional (usually, Marge or Lisa would be the ones embarrassed). Marge is a drunkard who behaves a lot like Homer. While Bart and Maggie have the same personalities, Lisa seems to act much more bratty, which is reminiscent of her actions on the Tracy Ullman Show. The writers on the DVD commentary have noted this, and wrote off the mistakes as an experiment.
Mr. Burns looking at an index card to greet the Simpson family is a reference to Ronald Reagan, who was known to use index cards to greet families at his parties.
The family that exits out of Dr. Monroe's office before the Simpsons enter look like the Simpsons themselves.
Mr. Burns says Bart as "brat", which is an anagram for Bart.
When Marge says, "Homie, did you try the punch?" while drunk at the picnic, her lips don't move.
When the Simpsons are spying on the Old Dad, the Son and the Knitting Grandma, all three of them disappear and then reappear between shots. Whenever there is a wide shot from outside the house, they are not there, but when there is a close shot from outside or inside, they are there.
As Homer carries the TV towards the pawn shop in the first shot, the left window is clear. When he and his family get in front of the shop, the window now has a decal that reads, "Pawn Shop". The writing is in black, but in the next two shots, the writing is now dark brown.
During the Dr. Monroe's Family Therapy Center commercial, a Troubled Dad and a Troubled Mom shout at each other until their Troubled Son enters and tells them to both shut up. This ends in a freeze frame, and the mother has a sad expression on her face, even when Dr. Marvin Monroe enters and is first seen. However, when Dr. Monroe says, "...or double your money back! So call today!", the mom's frozen expression is different (you can see this over his right shoulder).
When Marge, Bart, Lisa and Maggie are watching a documentary that shows a bald eagle giving food to his eaglets, the narrator mentions the eagle as "the father of the family". A couple of seconds later, the narrator mentions the eagle as the "mother".
In this episode, Homer stated that his mother said that he was a big disappointment but later episodes show them having a close relationship.
Appearances in other media
There's No Disgrace Like Home made a cameo appearance in the 1990 film Die Hard 2: Die Harder. The scene of the Simpson family at Dr. Monroe's clinic shocking each other appears on Holly McClane's flight; ironically it is shown right after a stewardess says that the passengers are getting restless about not landing (terrorists had captured the runways and prevented any flights from landing), and the captain suggests to her "TV, that usually calms the passengers down."