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The Best Episodes of The Simpsons

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

Springfield is home to countless characters and chief among them are the the residents of 742 Evergreen Terrace on The Simpsons. Some great The Simpsons episodes are about Homer's job at the nuclear power plant while other good episodes focus on Bart and Lisa at school. A few good episodes of The Simpsons showcase the lives of Moe, Apu, or The Comic Book Guy.

What are the best episodes of The Simpsons? “Cape Feare” from season five is a fan favorite. This episode finds Bart being kidnaped by a vengeful Sideshow Bob. “Last Exit to Springfield” is also a compelling episode of the Fox series, The Simpsons.

“Treehouse of Horror V” is another good episode from The Simpsons as is “Mr. Plow” which finds Homer and Barney competing for business.

Do you have a favorite episode of The Simpsons? Give the best episodes a vote up and vote down any episodes you may not have liked.

You might also like this list of The Best Grampa Simpson Quotes.

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    Treehouse of Horror V

    Oct 30 1994

    SeasonThe Simpsons season 6

    Episode Number6

    SeriesThe Simpsons

    "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...  more
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    145

    Flaming Moe's

    Nov 21 1991

    SeasonThe Simpsons season 3

    Episode Number10

    SeriesThe Simpsons

    Moe takes 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. ...  more
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    154

    Homer the Great

    Jan 08 1995

    SeasonThe Simpsons season 6

    Episode Number12

    SeriesThe Simpsons

    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....  more
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    646
    108

    SeasonThe Simpsons season 5

    Episode Number5

    SeriesThe Simpsons

    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...  more
  • 5
    679
    127

    SeasonThe Simpsons season 6

    Episode Number129

    SeriesThe Simpsons

    "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...  more
  • 6
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    160

    SeasonThe Simpsons season 4

    Episode Number3

    SeriesThe Simpsons

    After skipping church one Sunday morning, Homer decides to quit church altogether and spend Sundays worshiping in his own way -- with cigars and beer....  more
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    153

    Lemon of Troy

    May 14 1995

    SeasonThe Simpsons season 6

    Episode Number24

    SeriesThe Simpsons

    The simmering rivalry between Springfield and a neighboring town heats up when Shelbyville kids steal Springfield's prized lemon tree....  more
  • 8

    SeasonThe Simpsons season 7

    Episode Number21

    SeriesThe Simpsons

    The episode looks into the lives of other Springfield residents in a series of interconnected stories that take place over a single day. This episode serves as a loose parody of Pulp Fiction....  more
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    790
    209

    SeasonThe Simpsons season 4

    Episode Number12

    SeriesThe Simpsons

    When Springfield gets a sudden windfall, a charismatic traveling salesman convinces the town to build a monorail....  more
  • 10

    SeasonThe Simpsons season 8

    Episode Number18

    SeriesThe Simpsons

    When Prohibition is revived in Springfield, Homer and Bart supply the town with alcohol....  more
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    SeasonThe Simpsons season 8

    Episode Number2

    SeriesThe Simpsons

    "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...  more
  • 12
    485
    72

    SeasonThe Simpsons season 6

    Episode Number13

    SeriesThe Simpsons

    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....  more
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    Last Exit to Springfield

    Mar 11 1993

    SeasonThe Simpsons season 4

    Episode Number17

    SeriesThe Simpsons

    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...  more
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    113

    The Springfield Files

    Jan 12 1997

    SeasonThe Simpsons season 8

    Episode Number10

    SeriesThe Simpsons

    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....  more
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    150

    Bart of Darkness

    Sep 04 1994

    SeasonThe Simpsons season 6

    Episode Number1

    SeriesThe Simpsons

    Stuck in his room, Bart hears a high-pitched scream. When he looks through his telescope, he sees a guilty Ned Flanders burying the evidence....  more
  • 16
    548
    125

    SeasonThe Simpsons season 7

    Episode Number4

    SeriesThe Simpsons

    "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...  more
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    286

    Mr. Plow

    Nov 19 1992

    SeasonThe Simpsons season 4

    Episode Number9

    SeriesThe Simpsons

    "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...  more
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    Cape Feare

    Oct 07 1993

    SeasonThe Simpsons season 5

    Episode Number2

    SeriesThe Simpsons

    When Bart receives notes from newly paroled Sideshow Bob, the family goes into the Witness Relocation Program and starts a new life on a houseboat on Terror Lake....  more
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    236

    Homer's Enemy

    May 04 1997

    SeasonThe Simpsons season 8

    Episode Number23

    SeriesThe Simpsons

    A hardworking new employee at the power plant is consumed with resentment at Homer's undeserved success....  more
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    69

    SeasonThe Simpsons season 4

    Episode Number10

    SeriesThe Simpsons

    While trying to get Maggie to say her first word, Marge and Homer reminisce about Bart's and Lisa's first words....  more
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    82

    SeasonThe Simpsons season 7

    Episode Number6

    SeriesThe Simpsons

    "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...  more
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    107

    Bart's Comet

    Feb 05 1995

    SeasonThe Simpsons season 6

    Episode Number14

    SeriesThe Simpsons

    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...  more
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    167

    Deep Space Homer

    Feb 24 1994

    SeasonThe Simpsons season 5

    Episode Number15

    SeriesThe Simpsons

    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....  more
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    85

    Lisa on Ice

    Nov 13 1994

    SeasonThe Simpsons season 6

    Episode Number8

    SeriesThe Simpsons

    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,...  more
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    King-Size Homer

    Nov 05 1995

    SeasonThe Simpsons season 7

    Episode Number7

    SeriesThe Simpsons

    "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...  more