The 25 best Simpsons episodes you should choo-choo-choose to watch
best Simpsons episodes
With literally hundreds of episodes now available on Disney Plus, Homer-in-a-Muumuu's job is to narrow your watch list down to the best Simpsons episodes. After all, the cartoon series has a golden course, in which classics after classics were regularly produced. If you've asked 100 people to name their favorite Simpsons episode, it's not difficult to claim that they'll get 100 answers, from Last Exit to Springfield, Treehouse of Horror, and more.
So ... can't someone else do it? My boss tells me no, no, they can't. So we've sorted the steamed ham, sugar (do-do-do-do-do-do) and the saddest moments from all your favorite Springfielders to bring you the final list of the best Simpsons episodes ... ever! Mmm ... controversy.
25.Rosebud (season 5, episode 4)
The result: Mr. Burns seems to have everything, but he secretly longs for what money can't buy - his childhood teddy bear, Bobo. Inexplicably, it ends up in the hands of a Maggie Simpson.
Why it's one of the best: The Simpsons often carry their pop culture references on their sleeves and maybe not more than in "Rosebud". Partly Citizen-Kane parody, part investigation of an unpopular billionaire. Mr. Burns manages to steal the whole show with a series of ridiculous plans to get Bobo back. The highlight, however, must be the power plant owner's attempt to take over every television station in order to emotionally blackmail Homer. Homer's fraction of a second, worried about the fate of his TV shows and really getting caught up in the plight of a fictional Smithers sketch, is one of the best gags in the series.
24. El Viaje Misterioso de Nuestro Jomer (Season 8, Episode 9)
The result: after a chili cook-off went very, very wrong, Homer spends the night hallucinating in the desert and concludes that Marge may not be his soul mate.
Why is it one of the best: Honest? It's like nothing the Simpsons saw before or after. Director Jim Reardon does a tough job of tripping animation during the hallucination sequences, while Homer wanders through the desert amidst a cacophony of color and regret - and all of this is rounded off by Johnny Cash pronouncing a space coyote. This is not a typo.
That doesn't mean that "El Viaje Misterioso de Nuestro Jomer (Homer's Mysterious Journey)" doesn't make you laugh. All of the chili cook-off preparation comes with some spicy, side-splitting setups, and the result is also one of the best case studies of why Marge and Homer are only a couple, despite their trials and difficulties. D’aww.
23. Behind the laughter (season 11, episode 22)
The Result: The episode is a parody of VH1's Behind the Music and introduces the Simpsons as a real TV show, including behind-the-scenes interviews with Homer (the show's creator) and his cast.
Why it's one of the best: Ideally, this should be the series finale for The Simpsons. "Behind the Laughter," a meta-deconstruction of everything that was good (and bad) on the show, captured the flash-in-a-bottle effect of what made the early years of the series so magical, but it did with the genius upside down concept to give the story of the origin of the Simpsons a fictional documentary.
Homer is a pushy star for drugs, Bart and Lisa tire of the show's monotonous and repetitive storylines, and narrator Jim Forbes rejects the sticky goods that were pushed out in the name of the show. It's a great commentary from the show, with enough laughing moments to keep up with some of the show's golden years.
22. Who shot Mr. Burns? Part one and two (season 6, episode 25 and season 7, episode 1)
The episode (s): Mr. Burns goes on a tyrannical tirade and manages to hide the sun. He is only stopped in his tracks by a mysterious attacker who shoots him right outside Springfield's town hall.
Why it's one of the best: Okay, this is a bit of a scam. While both episodes have aired separately and represent one of only two serialized stories in Simpsons history, one does not work without the other. To put it mildly, this was a mystery that struck a nation in the summer of 1995, when even a phone contest and TV special - with Vegas chances to win, no less - were set up to find out who wasn't. Then it turned out to be the baby all the time. Yes…
Even with this nonsensical revelation (which the show itself would mock in the coming years), the episode is full of crème de la crème from Simpson's hallmarks from that period: obscure references (including an entire Twin Peaks parody) probably at 80% of the audience lost) and absurd acts, but there is so much more.
For one thing, it's a real mystery that you can still go back and put it together, and its disrespectful, unusual ending - where everyone involved wiped out the murder and left no consequences for the murderous Maggie Simpson - was unlike anything else at the time. It is a first-class episode with the added dimension that it is also a more than passable thriller. Not bad for a silly cartoon, right?
21. Tree of Horror 5 (Season 6, Episode 6)
The result: The fifth installment of the series' legendary Treehouse of Horror series features a parody of The Shining, Homer, who travels through time with catastrophic consequences, and Springfield Elementary, which is transformed into a Sweeney Todd-style restaurant.
Why It's One of the Best: This topped our list of the best Treehouse of Horror episodes - and for good reason. The Shinning (we don't want to be sued) is an accurate parody of the Stanley Kubrick classic - with a delightful Simpsons feel when Homer goes crazy over a lack of beer and television. The nightmare cafeteria with its nasty ending also brings chills and giggles with it, especially with Principal Skinner's fancy puns that have no intention of hiding the fact that he eats elementary school students.
The highlight of the episode, however, are Homer's time travel adventures. His reluctance to touch nothing in the past - thanks to his father's strange wedding anniversary warning - gives way to Homer, who smashes everything with a baseball bat and messes up the schedules forever. Doctor Who, eat your heart.
20. One Fish, Two Fish, Blowfish, Blue Fish (Season 2, Episode 11)
The result: After eating poisonous fugu fish in a Japanese restaurant, Homer has only 22 hours to live. He sets off to check off his bucket list before finally saying goodbye.
Why is it one of the best: Who said the Simpsons need to tickle your funny bones to make a great episode? Absolutely one of the saddest 22 minutes in television history. Homer's separate farewell to each of his family members is heartbreaking, but it also brings a few hard laughs through the tears, including Homer, who teaches Beard how to shave even though he's bleeding like a stuck pig. For my money, all of this leads to the best joke in the history of the show. Homer inexplicably survives and vows to live life to the fullest. We end up with him stuffing his face on his couch while he sees bowling. Brilliant.
19.Homer the Great (Season 6, Episode 12)
The result: Homer encounters a Mason-like secret society that operates in Springfield, and Homer, who is Homer, tries to find a way to join and (most importantly) fit.
Why It's One of the Best: This episode is nothing more than a minute by minute joke machine. From Lenny, who does his best to reveal the stonemason's identity in the opening minute, to the "We Do" song and the paddling of the asses ritual, it is thanks to the writing team that they even fit an action could. And they do: Patrick Stewart speaks number 1, the head of the stonemason, until Homer takes first place in the only way he knows: stupid luck. His inevitable downfall from abuse of power only becomes funnier if everyone else leaves and creates another secret society that he cannot join.
18.Homer's enemy (season 8, episode 23)
The result: the Springfield nuclear power plant gets a new model employee with Frank Grimes - but it doesn't last long thanks to the mere incompetence of Homer.
Why it's one of the best: Homer's Enemy is probably the most controversial episode in the series' history and digs into a dark area - especially with the end - but its premise is too fantastic to ignore. Here's a look at how a normal character in Springfield would fare if faced with Homer's fool and stupid luck. The answer? Not good. Everything from Homer winning a children's competition to his repeated calls to "Grimey" brings Frank Grimes' blood to a boil. He soon gets out of control; It's proof that no one can keep up with the cartoon of the show. And then he accidentally kills himself while trying to monkey Homer. As I said, dark area.
17. Mr. Plow (Season 4, Episode 9)
The result: Homer finds success by opening a snow plow shop, but best friend Barney tries to build muscle on his lawn.
Why it's one of the best: Now we're reaching classic territory. This episode was the moment when the show went from a damn good cartoon to one of the biggest. Even occasional Simpsons fans shouldn't remember the Mr Plow jingle, but it's the absurdity of the episodes that they're most remembered for.
Mr Plow's entire commercial, especially Grandpa, which is bored halfway down, is a pleasure, and the animation of Homer's dangerous rickety bridge crossing has been hard to beat since the 26 years since. "Mr Plow" serves as a microcosm of the classic formula for success, as it features a great plot with secondary Springfield characters, literally a joke every 20 seconds, and awesome guest star appearances like the late Adam West. It says a lot that this episode is almost perfect and doesn't even break our top 15.
16. The Itchy & Scratchy & Poochie Show (Season 8, Episode 14)
The result: The hugely popular Itchy and Scratchy TV show wants to shake things up a bit so that it introduces a new character, Poochie - voiced by Homer.
Why it's one of the best: when in doubt, add something new and screw everything up. If this isn't the best comment on leadership interference in the network, I don't know what it is. The creative team took their frustrations from Fox's manipulations and introduced both Poochie and Roy The Itchy and Scratchy Show. Two "cool" characters who obviously didn't fit into the worlds they entered, all culminating in excruciating two minutes (though it feels much, much longer) in which Poochie makes his TV debut. It's both fun and shattering as Poochie literally blocks the maddening itch and scratch from walking in front of them - where a fireworks factory was lurking - and then the episode ends with grumbling and groaning from Homer's friends and family. Still, it was the best episode of Impy and Chimpy Ned Flanders ever seen. So that's something.
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15. Simpson's Roast on an Open Fire (Season 1, Episode 1)
The result: Homer is depressed and desperate on Christmas Eve and tries to make ends meet by working as Santa Claus in a shopping center.
Why it's one of the best: Sure, it's the very first episode - but it's not on our list just because of its historical importance. The animation may even be a bit rough compared to the next season, but these are classic Simpsons to the bone: raw humor and a sickly-sweet premise go perfectly together to create an opening episode that conquers the heart and mind of the world Over.
The best piece? It must have been Bart's childish rendition of Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, which was likely to be the school soundtrack for the coming months, although the introduction of Santa's Little Helper still makes hair stand up around 30 years later. Yes, a milestone, but a great one.
14. Homer at the Bat (Season 3, Episode 17)
As a result, in a rivalry with the owner of the Shelbyville power plant, Mr. Burns is betting a million dollars on his staff beating the Shelbyville team in a softball game. Burns plays the system by hiring several major league players as workers.
Why it's one of the best: Trust the Simpsons to put together a collective all-star talent team, including then-current baseball stars Jose Canseco, Steve Sax, and Wade Boggs, and have them written off in crazier ways.
Boggs gets into an argument with Barney over the 18th century prime ministers; Don Mattingly is kicked out of the team for not shaving his sideburns, and Ozzie Smith is caught in another dimension. It's ridiculously silly, but all the funnier. We even have a good ending when Homer, who thanks to Daryl Strawberry, who is the only MLB player who doesn't miss the game in his position, is still on the bench, wins the Springfield competition. This episode proved that the Simpsons could treat their guest stars with awe or as one-note jokes because everyone was just happy to be part of the now cultural phenomenon.
13.Lemon of Troy (Season 6, Episode 24)
The result: Springfield's schoolchildren are waging an extensive war with long-time rival Shelbyville after stealing Springfield's lemon tree.
Why it's one of the best: The Simpsons as a show don't often diverge from Springfield - even if it does, it's usually just an excuse to throw stereotypes on the wall and see what sticks - but the dark mirror has something special is Shelbyville in "Lemon of Troy".
Like most of the best Simpsons episodes, the episode turns around after the first act, a brilliant, repeated lecture by Marge about Springfield's importance, and plunges into a breakneck raid to get Springfield's lemon tree back. It gets even better when Bart and Milhouse are supported by their parents - and Ned reluctantly rides along, while Homer abuses the many gadgets and gadgets aboard his neighbor's motorhome, the cherry on a slim joke machine is one episode.
12. You only move twice (season 8, episode 2)
The result: Homer and his family get stuck after offering a comfortable job in a new company run by the not-so-secret super villain Hank Scorpio.
Why It's One of the Best: Many characters have taken seasons to achieve the impact Hank Scorpio has had within 22 minutes of some of the most rabid, funniest minutes ever dedicated to television.
The B plot, which involves some family members who have difficulty fitting in with Cypress Creek, can fluctuate slightly, but that doesn't really matter if every single interaction between Hank Scorpio and Homer Simpson is instantly quotable and crisp. The kicker in which Homer is the only person who somehow can't see that Hank Scorpio is literally a Bond villain makes the episode even better on several new watches. It's a real shame that we missed a second trip with Hank Scorpio after it was deleted from the Simpsons film, but at least we have it. And the Hammock District (this is the third).
11. Cape Feare (Season 5, Episode 2)
The result: The Simpsons are forced to enter witness protection after Sideshow threatens to kill Bob Bart.
Why it's one of the best: it's all in the rake. The sequence in which Sideshow Bob repeatedly steps on some of the pointed garden tools is proof that the Simpsons couldn't go wrong in the series at this point. Any other show would have reduced the gag considerably, but here the extended duration, which is actually used to fill the time after a short script, works wonders. Whether it's Kelsey Grammer's flawless work after each growl or shrinking to give the viewer the final punch line that Bob was surrounded by rakes all the time, this is The Simpsons at its most absurd, creative Page. The creative staff had abandoned their core family, and now they have the boastful confidence in the show's supporting characters - and that was evident in spades.
10.Lisa Deputy (Season 2, Episode 19)
The result: After Ms. Hoover fell ill, Lisa's second class was taken over by the substitute teacher, Mr. Bergstrom.
Why it's one of the best: "Lisa's Substitute" shows that a cartoon doesn't have to be over the top to be fun and heartwarming at the same time. At its core, it's a story about a daughter who feels underestimated by her father and decides to find a replacement in Mr. Bergstrom (yes, every Simpsons episode is pretty much a terrible joke), by Oscar- Award winner Dustin Hoffman is played expertly.
There are lots of jokes, but this isn't an episode worn by laughing belly or set pieces. It all comes down to four little words that Bergstrom wrote on a piece of paper that would define the great storytelling of the early years of the show: you are Lisa Simpson. It's an amazing look at Homer's pig's head and the rarity in a TV sitcom: an episode in which everyone makes it a more rounded character. This is really an important ad for any Simpsons fan. If you're not a Simpsons fan, you should probably start here.
9th Homers Barbershop Quartet (Season 5, Episode 1)
The result: while Homer kills time after collapsing on the way home from an exchange meeting, he tells the story of the time when he was in a hairdressing quartet.
Why it's one of the best: what a start to one of the most beautiful seasons in television history. From the funny side effects of Principal Skinner trying to find the exact helmet when he was a prisoner of war to the many, many Beatles references that are scattered all over the place, everything in this episode is delivered with such accuracy that you spend all the time seeing it with a massive grin on your face. The episodes in which the Simpsons delve into the past are often among the best in the show, but this refines this formula at a discount when the show jumps between the glowing rhythm of today's jokes and the show's known talent, To take time and place apart with relentless enthusiasm. It helps that the music we could (probably) forgive if it weren't all is actually one of the catchiest ones ever produced on the show. All together now: baby on board ...
8. 22 short films about Springfield (season 7, episode 21)
The result: the clue is in the name: this is a series of vignettes about the strange and wonderful world of Springfield - and the characters who inhabit it.
Why it's one of the best: That shouldn't have worked. "22 Short Films About Springfield" decides to get rid of the Simpsons (for the most part) and instead focus on the craziness that is going on around them. It would have been a death sentence for any other show. For this show? There's a reason why it's so high on the list. Almost every supporting character - except for Professor Frink, of course - has the chance to shine here, but there is a 90-second moment that will probably live on forever. Yes. Steamed ham. Despite the newly found meme status, it's hard to underestimate how incredibly good the scene is at every moment, in which masterful comic timing, exceptional speech and the ability to be absolutely ridiculous while still in the huge, colorful one Anchored in the city is Springfield. It shouldn't have worked - but it couldn't have gotten any better.
7. Margin vs. The Monorail (Season 4, Episode 12)
As a result, Mr. Burns is fined $ 3 million, and the city of Springfield is wise to spend it on a monorail system.
Why it's one of the best: Yes, here you have your one-liners, awesome songs, and even your celebrity guest appearances - all of this is included in this episode - but it's the late Phil Hartman's extraordinary talent for languages that is Kleber who "Marge vs. The Monorail" holds together. As a Lyle Lanley, he exudes both charm and smarm and is able to sell his faulty monorail system to Springfield smoothly, as it eventually put North Haverbrook, Ogdenville and Brockway on the map. Lanley could have been such an obvious villain, but Hartman plays him with enough amiable arrogance that it is difficult not to get in touch with the rest of the city. Sure, this episode isn't just about Phil Hartman, it's evidence of his amazing ability that he made an all-timer out of a very, very good episode. He was (and is) sorely missed.
6. Deep Space Homer (Season 5, Episode 15)
The result: To finish rating ratings, NASA is training two “average” people to become astronauts: Homer Simpson and Barney Gumble.
Why it's one of the best: This is one of the most quotable and memorable Simpsons episodes of all time, with every joke and moment seemingly burned into our collective memories thanks to its absurd premise. It's the insect overlords. Homer finally understood the end of the Planet of the Apes press conference; the lifeless carbon rod; This beautifully rendered sequence that Homer hovers in space - everything is pretty perfect. But it doesn't break the top 5. Yes, the show is so good that an episode that would easily be considered the all-time best anywhere hardly affects Mount Rushmore. Still, these are the Simpsons that shoot all cylinders, even if the conspiracy stretched the elasticity band about as much as it would before it snapped in later years.
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5. A Star Burns (Season 6, Episode 18)
The result: To improve Springfield's perception, the city decides to host a film festival.
Why it's one of the best: God, I love this episode. Mr. Burns is in tyrannical form here, trying his best to manipulate a small town film festival by throwing millions of dollars into an ego-fueled production of his life. If this setup doesn't make you laugh, how about the myriad of other home-made films that really light up half of Springfield? There is a man who is hit by football, the eternal struggle and much more.
Any joke setup could easily have been the highlight for many different comedy series. Not so with the Simpsons. Here it was just another moment before an even bigger and better joke. The success of the episode is summarized by a small disposable gag: boo urns. It doesn't make sense - much like a Springfield film festival - but it didn't have to because the timing, setup, and execution are absolutely flawless.
It says a lot that this is an episode that you can come back to anytime, whether you're watching the whole thing or just want a quick 20 second jump, and you're guaranteed to roll around on the floor in fits of laughter. It is the sign of a show at the top of their game.
4. Itchy and Scratchy Land (Season 6, Episode 4)
The result: The Simpsons decide to take a vacation in the newly opened Itchy and Scratchy Land theme park. Chaos arises.
Why it's one of the best: We all had a vacation that went very, very wrong - but nothing like what happens in "Itchy and Scratchy Land". Whether Bart chose his prank game up to 11, the Westworld-style meltdown of the robots, or the barbed-wire trenches of the creative staff at Walt Disney's, um, dubious background, everything comes together to give us an inflammatory episode that the family can make out of to breathe the boundaries of Springfield.
It helps that every part of the trip is so assignable. They'll groan along with Bart and Lisa when they pass the Flickey sign (probably the best gag in the show's history). You'll be ashamed and want to be thrown into a (not quite literal) hole just like Marge does after Homer's and Bart's gimmicks, and you'll cheer when the family finally joins when they face killer robots. Ok, maybe not the last bit. Nevertheless, this is a road trip that you should visit again and again.
3. Bart's Comet (Season 6, Episode 14)
The result: The end is near for Springfield when a comet races towards the city.
Why it's one of the best: It doesn't look like it at first - or even until the last act of the episode - but this episode is a perfect match of what makes the (relatively) early years of the show as great as it leaves your heart swell and split your sides at the same time. Everything that comes before the last few minutes, when almost the entire city is crowded into Ned's bunker, is exceptional ("It's 4:30 am now?" Bart quips after going to scientific work with Principal Skinner in the early morning was forced.), but Ned, belting out the first few lines of Que Sera Sera, makes it even bigger. He is suddenly accompanied by the whole city, although he is facing a certain downfall. Does anyone chop onions?
2. Last exit to Springfield (Season 4, Episode 17)
The result: Homer becomes a union leader in the power plant and goes on strike to enforce better performance for workers.
Why it's one of the best: It was the best time, it was the best time. Don't be fooled by the dry-sounding conspiracy. Homer's union antics play a second violin after a show that decided something as weak as an act would not stand in the way of the jokes. Often considered the best show (around here, but without the dice), it's not hard to understand why everyone loves it, thanks to the many cultural parodies, sprawling grandpa stories, and even some Vaudeville-style allusions.
What other show could the Beatles, Jimmy Hoffa, Batman and The Grinch combine so expertly in 22 minutes? The Simpsons were there for everyone in their prime, but the real skill of this episode was rotating so many plates at a time and not letting everything fall to the ground. It all ends with Homer getting one through his boss too. That is the dream.
1. Homer Badman (Season 6, Episode 9)
The result: Homer is brought to justice by public opinion after allegations of sexual assault.
Why It's One of the Best: Homer Badman addresses serious issues - such as sexual assault and alarming media coverage - and puts it all in one package worth listing on TV episodes, Simpsons, or otherwise. It also doesn't take you aside for a rigorous lecture.
The jokes come inevitably dense and quick (Homer's obviously edited interview to make him look bad is an absolute highlight), but it's the fact that it is just as relevant today as it was a quarter of a century ago that sets it apart from others the others. Because that's exactly what The Simpsons does and why it's the best Simpsons episode ever: it makes you laugh, makes you cry, and sometimes you can relate to it on a level that other shows don't even try to achieve. let alone pull through with as much grace as the Simpsons in "Homer Badman".
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