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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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22 Short Films about Spr... is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Simpsons Episodes Ever
Episode: 21, Season: The Simpsons season 7

Original Airing: Apr 14 1996

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.
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Episode: 9, Season: The Simpsons season 4

Original Airing: 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 ...more
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Cape Feare Episode: 2, Season: The Simpsons season 5

Original Airing: Oct 07 1993

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.
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Last Exit to Springfield... is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Simpsons Episodes Ever
Last Exit to Springfield Episode: 17, Season: The Simpsons season 4

Original Airing: 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 ...more
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Treehouse of Horror V is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Simpsons Episodes Ever
BaruchLalaev added Treehouse of Horror V Episode: 6, Season: The Simpsons season 6

Original Airing: 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 ...more
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Homer the Heretic is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Simpsons Episodes Ever
Episode: 3, Season: The Simpsons season 4

Original Airing: 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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Episode: 2, Season: The Simpsons season 8

Original Airing: 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 ...more
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Homer the Great is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Simpsons Episodes Ever
Homer the Great Episode: 12, Season: The Simpsons season 6

Original Airing: 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
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Homer's Enemy is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Simpsons Episodes Ever
Episode: 23, Season: The Simpsons season 8

Original Airing: May 04 1997

A hardworking new employee at the power plant is consumed with resentment at Homer's undeserved success.
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Who Shot Mr. Burns? is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Simpsons Episodes Ever
SnowLeopard44 added Episode: 129, Season: The Simpsons season 6

Original Airing: 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 ...more
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Episode: 12, Season: The Simpsons season 4

Original Airing: Jan 14 1993

When Springfield gets a sudden windfall, a charismatic traveling salesman convinces the town to build a monorail.
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Lemon of Troy is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Simpsons Episodes Ever
Episode: 24, Season: The Simpsons season 6

Original Airing: 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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Treehouse of Horror IV ... is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Simpsons Episodes Ever
BaruchLalaev added Episode: 5, Season: The Simpsons season 5

Original Airing: 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 ...more
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Episode: 10, Season: The Simpsons season 3

Original Airing: Nov 21 1991

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.
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Homer Badman is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Simpsons Episodes Ever
Episode: 9, Season: The Simpsons season 6

Original Airing: Nov 27 1994

When Homer grabs 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 vs. The Eighteenth... is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Simpsons Episodes Ever
Episode: 18, Season: The Simpsons season 8

Original Airing: Mar 16 1997

When Prohibition is revived in Springfield, Homer and Bart supply the town with alcohol.
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Bart of Darkness is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Simpsons Episodes Ever
Episode: 1, Season: The Simpsons season 6

Original Airing: Sep 04 1994

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.
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Rosebud Episode: 4, Season: The Simpsons season 5

Original Airing: 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.
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Deep Space Homer is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Simpsons Episodes Ever
Episode: 15, Season: The Simpsons season 5

Original Airing: 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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Episode: 4, Season: The Simpsons season 7

Original Airing: 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 ...more
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birdiejay23 added The Springfield Files Episode: 10, Season: The Simpsons season 8

Original Airing: 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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Episode: 7, Season: The Simpsons season 7

Original Airing: 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 ...more
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Bart's Comet is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Simpsons Episodes Ever
Episode: 14, Season: The Simpsons season 6

Original Airing: 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 ...more
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Oh Brother, Where Art Th... is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Simpsons Episodes Ever
Episode: 15, Season: The Simpsons season 2

Original Airing: 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 ...more
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Episode: 17, Season: The Simpsons season 7

Original Airing: 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