TV episodes The Greatest Simpsons Episodes Ever  

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List Rules Includes any regular episode starting from 1989 (first season) to present day. Shorts and movies are not included.

The Simpsons was one of the strongest, best written shows in the history of TV and this is a list of the very best episodes for you to vote on, and rank your own version. If you are a Simpsons Fan, you will find this a particularly hard one to rank. The top ten might be easy, you think, but then you will find another one that should be in the top ten... and another, and soon you have a top 20, and its still not enough. Vote on your favorites, add any you see missing, and, if you are a true Simpsons Guru, rank your own version to really impact the master list!
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Last Exit to Springfield is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Simpsons Episodes Ever
Last Exit to Springfield Mar 11 1993 Homer negotiates his union's contract with Mr. Burns, mindful that he needs a dental plan for Lisa's new braces. Burns mistakes Homer's utter ineptitude for strategy and concedes, on the condition that Homer resign as union president. ...more

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Mr. Plow Nov 19 1992 "Mr. Plow" is the ninth episode of The Simpsons' fourth season, which originally aired on the Fox network in the United States on November 19, 1992. In the episode, Homer buys a snow plow and starts a business plowing driveways. It is ...more

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Cape Feare Oct 07 1993 When Bart receives death threats from newly paroled Sideshow Bob, the family goes into the Witness Relocation Program and starts a new life on a houseboat on Terror Lake.

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Homer the Heretic is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Simpsons Episodes Ever
Homer the Heretic Oct 08 1992 After skipping church one Sunday morning, Homer decides to quit church altogether and spend Sundays worshiping in his own way -- with cigars and beer.

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Homer's Enemy is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Simpsons Episodes Ever
Homer's Enemy May 04 1997 A hardworking new employee at the power plant is consumed with resentment at Homer's undeserved success.

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Rosebud Oct 21 1993 Mr. Burns pines away for Bobo, his beloved childhood teddy bear and symbol of lost innocence. When the bear turns up in Maggie's possession, the resulting tug of war affects the whole town.

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You Only Move Twice Nov 03 1996 "You Only Move Twice" is the second episode of The Simpsons' eighth season. It first aired on the Fox network in the United States on November 3, 1996. The episode, based on a story idea by Greg Daniels, has three major concepts: the ...more

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Homer Badman is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Simpsons Episodes Ever
Homer Badman Nov 27 1994 When Homer gropes for a gummy candy stuck to the babysitter's pants, she mistakes his intentions and turns the town against him.

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Homer the Great is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Simpsons Episodes Ever
Homer the Great Jan 08 1995 Homer joins the secret society of the Stonecutters and is suddenly exalted when the brethren discover his birthmark. The ancient order is shaken to the core by the ineptitude of its new Chosen One.

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Who Shot Mr. Burns? is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Simpsons Episodes Ever
Who Shot Mr. Burns? 09 17 1995 "Who Shot Mr. Burns?" is a two-part episode of The Simpsons. Part One is the twenty-fifth and final episode of the sixth season and originally aired on Fox on May 21, 1995, while Part Two is the season premiere of the seventh season ...more

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22 Short Films about Springfie... is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Simpsons Episodes Ever
22 Short Films about Springfield Apr 14 1996 "22 Short Films About Springfield" is the twenty-first episode of The Simpsons' seventh season, which originally aired on April 14, 1996. It was written by Richard Appel, David S. Cohen, Jonathan Collier, Jennifer Crittenden, Greg ...more

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Treehouse of Horror V is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Simpsons Episodes Ever
Treehouse of Horror V Oct 30 1994 "Treehouse of Horror V" is the sixth episode of The Simpsons' sixth season and the fifth episode in the Treehouse of Horror series. It premiered on October 30, 1994, and features three short stories called The Shinning, Time and ...more

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Bart of Darkness is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Simpsons Episodes Ever
Bart of Darkness Sep 04 1994 Stuck in his room with a broken leg, Bart hears a high-pitched scream. When he looks through his telescope, he sees a guilty Ned Flanders burying the evidence.

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Treehouse of Horror VI is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Simpsons Episodes Ever
Treehouse of Horror VI Oct 29 1995 "Treehouse of Horror VI" is the sixth episode of The Simpsons' seventh season and the sixth episode in the Treehouse of Horror series. It first aired on the Fox network in the United States on October 29, 1995, and contains three ...more

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Treehouse of Horror IV is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Simpsons Episodes Ever
Treehouse of Horror IV Oct 28 1993 In "The Devil and Homer Simpson," Homer sells his soul for a doughnut. Next, in the Twilight Zone spoof "Terror at 5 1/2 Feet," everyone doubts Bart's sanity when he's the only one to see a gremlin sabotaging the school bus. ...more

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$pringfield Dec 16 1993 When gambling is legalized in Springfield, Mr. Burns opens an extravagant casino on the waterfront. Meanwhile, Bart opens a casino in his treehouse. Burns becomes a germ-phobic recluse and Homer must tear Marge away from the slot machines. ...more

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Lemon of Troy is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Simpsons Episodes Ever
Lemon of Troy May 14 1995 The simmering rivalry between Springfield and a neighboring town heats up when Shelbyville kids steal Springfield's prized lemon tree.

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Flaming Moe's Nov 21 1991 Moe steals the drink recipe Homer invented, and the rechristened “Flaming Moe” turns his tavern into a hotspot. When a national franchise wants to buy the recipe, Homer wants revenge.

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Bart Sells His Soul Oct 08 1995 "Bart Sells His Soul" is the fourth episode of The Simpsons' seventh season. It first aired in the United States on the Fox network, on October 8, 1995. In the episode, while being punished for playing a prank at church, Bart declares ...more

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Deep Space Homer is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Simpsons Episodes Ever
Deep Space Homer Feb 24 1994 Dejected by a lack of recognition at work, Homer makes a crank call to NASA and winds up being chosen to ride into space with astronauts.

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Homer vs. The Eighteenth Amend... is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Simpsons Episodes Ever
Homer vs. The Eighteenth Amendment Mar 16 1997 When Prohibition is revived in Springfield, Homer and Bart supply the town with alcohol.

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The Springfield Files Jan 12 1997 Homer witnesses something out of this world in Springfield woods, but no one believes him -- not even FBI agents Fox Mulder and Dana Scully, who come to investigate the incident.

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Bart's Comet is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Simpsons Episodes Ever
Bart's Comet Feb 05 1995 When Bart is forced to assist Principal Skinner in early-morning astronomy observations, he discovers a giant comet heading towards Springfield. Facing impending doom, the entire town shows up at the Flanders family bomb shelter. ...more

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Marge vs. the Monorail Jan 14 1993 When Springfield gets a sudden windfall, a charismatic traveling salesman convinces the town to build a monorail.

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And Maggie Makes Three is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Simpsons Episodes Ever
And Maggie Makes Three Jan 22 1995 The story of Maggie's birth is told in flashbacks: after Homer quits the Springfield Nuclear Power Plant to pursue his dream of working at a bowling alley, Marge reveals that she is pregnant.

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Homer the Smithers Feb 25 1996 Forced to take a vacation, Smithers needs to find a temporary replacement who won't outshine him. Homer seems the perfect choice until a sudden outburst forces Mr. Burns to assert his independence.

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Lisa's First Word is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Greatest Simpsons Episodes Ever
Lisa's First Word Dec 03 1992 While trying to get Maggie to say her first word, Marge and Homer reminisce about Bart's and Lisa's first words.

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King-Size Homer Nov 05 1995 "King-Size Homer" is the seventh episode of The Simpsons' seventh season. It originally aired on FOX in the United States on November 5, 1995. In the episode, Homer despises the nuclear plant's new exercise program, and decides to ...more

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Lisa on Ice is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Greatest Simpsons Episodes Ever
Lisa on Ice Nov 13 1994 When she nearly flunks gym class, Lisa is forced to take up a sport. She's a natural at hockey, but things get complicated when her team faces off against Bart's. In a tense moment on the ice, sibling rivalry melts into sibling loyalty. ...more

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Boy-Scoutz 'n the Hood is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Greatest Simpsons Episodes Ever
Boy-Scoutz 'n the Hood Nov 18 1993 After a reckless Squishee bender with Milhouse, Bart wakes to the shocking realization that he joined the Junior Campers. Lured by pocketknives and knot-tying lessons, Bart assimilates into the group but then must face the father-son rafting ...more

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The Last Temptation of Homer is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Greatest Simpsons Episodes Ever
The Last Temptation of Homer Dec 09 1993 Homer struggles with his attraction to new coworker Mindy, a beautiful engineer whose love for doughnuts is equal to his own.

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Lisa Gets an
Lisa Gets an A Nov 22 1998 "Lisa Gets an 'A'" is the seventh episode of The Simpsons' tenth season. It first aired on Fox in the United States on November 22, 1998. In the episode, Lisa cheats on a test for which she fails to study and receives an A+++ grade, ...more

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Mother Simpson is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Greatest Simpsons Episodes Ever
Mother Simpson Nov 19 1995 Homer discovers that his mother is still alive, a former radical who is a fugitive from the law. When her old nemesis Burns spots her and tips off the FBI, she is forced to return to the underground.

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Oh Brother, Where Art Thou? is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Greatest Simpsons Episodes Ever
Oh Brother, Where Art Thou? Feb 21 1991 "Oh Brother, Where Art Thou?" is the fifteenth episode of The Simpsons' second season. It originally aired on Fox in the United States on February 21, 1991. In the episode, Grampa confesses that Homer has a half-brother, whom Homer ...more

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Homer's Phobia is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Greatest Simpsons Episodes Ever
Homer's Phobia Feb 16 1997 The Simpsons befriend a shop owner, but when Homer discovers the man is gay, he worries about his influence on Bart.

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Who Shot Mr. Burns? (2) is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Greatest Simpsons Episodes Ever
Who Shot Mr. Burns? (2) Sep 17 1995 With Mr. Burns shot, Chief Wiggum investigates the crime, and nearly everyone in town has a motive. At the end, it all comes down to the Simpson DNA.

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Mountain of Madness Feb 02 1997 To promote teamwork amongst the power plant's employees, Mr. Burns makes them go on a corporate retreat up in the mountains.

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Homie the Clown Feb 12 1995 Krusty the Clown's reckless spending forces him to open a clown college to keep afloat. New graduate Homer discovers the perks and perils of being Krusty.

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Itchy & Scratchy Land is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Greatest Simpsons Episodes Ever
Itchy & Scratchy Land Oct 02 1994 "Itchy & Scratchy Land" is the fourth episode of The Simpsons' sixth season and first aired on October 2, 1994. Wanting a perfect family vacation, the Simpson family visits Itchy & Scratchy Land, dubbed "the most violent ...more

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Kamp Krusty is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Greatest Simpsons Episodes Ever
Kamp Krusty Sep 24 1992 When Bart and Lisa arrive at Kamp Krusty, they find the summer camp is more like a prison camp. When Krusty doesn't show up to set things straight, the kids seize control and take their case to the media. ...more

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Treehouse of Horror II is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Greatest Simpsons Episodes Ever
Treehouse of Horror II Oct 31 1991 In the first story, the family buys a cursed monkey paw in Morocco, and their three wishes turn out badly. In a Twilight Zone parody, Bart is the fearsome “monster” who can read the townspeople’s thoughts. In the final story, Mr. Burns steals ...more

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Trilogy of Error is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Greatest Simpsons Episodes Ever
Trilogy of Error Apr 29 2001 Homer's thumb is cut off following breakfast and the episode follows three different paths. Homer's day: as he and Marge race to get his thumb reattached. Lisa's day: as she misses the bus and tries to get to school so that she can win the ...more

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HOMR is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Greatest Simpsons Episodes Ever
HOMR Jan 07 2001 "HOMR" is the ninth episode of The Simpsons’ twelfth season, originally aired on January 7, 2001 by the Fox Broadcasting Company. The episode is the 257th episode overall and the ninth episode of the twelfth season. In the episode, ...more

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Simpson and Delilah is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Greatest Simpsons Episodes Ever
Simpson and Delilah Oct 18 1990 Homer's long-lost half-brother is the CEO of a car company that's wildly successful... until he hires Homer to help design a car for the average man.

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Homer at the Bat Feb 20 1992 With a million dollars on the line, Mr. Burns hires ringers for the upcoming baseball game against the Shelbyville Nuclear Power Plant. But as misfortunes fell the pros, with bases loaded and the score tied in the ninth inning, Homer is sent to ...more

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Holidays of Future Passed is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Greatest Simpsons Episodes Ever
Holidays of Future Passed Dec 11 2011 In this futuristic holiday episode, Bart is a deadbeat dad living in Springfield Elementary (which is now an apartment complex instead of a school) with Principal Skinner as his landlord. Meanwhile, a pregnant Maggie goes into labor during a ...more

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Homer and Apu is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Greatest Simpsons Episodes Ever
Homer and Apu Feb 10 1994 "Homer and Apu" is the thirteenth episode of The Simpsons' fifth season. It originally aired on the Fox network in the United States on February 10, 1994. In the episode, Homer participates in a hidden camera investigation of the ...more

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Treehouse of Horror is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Greatest Simpsons Episodes Ever
Treehouse of Horror Oct 25 1990 After a series of destructive acts, Homer decides that Santa's Little Helper must go unless he passes obedience school. As the dog's last hours with the family approach, Bart must find a way to get through to him. ...more

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Burns' Heir is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Greatest Simpsons Episodes Ever
Burns' Heir Apr 14 1994 "Burns' Heir" is the eighteenth episode of The Simpsons' fifth season. It originally aired on the Fox network in the United States on April 14, 1994. In the episode, Mr. Burns has a near-death experience which prompts him to find an ...more

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Radioactive Man Sep 24 1995 Bart longs to play "Fallout Boy" in the new Radioactive Man movie, but the Van Houtens thrust Milhouse into the spotlight. Meanwhile, the town of Springfield sees an opportunity for profit.