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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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Last Exit to Springfield... is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Simpsons Episodes Ever
Last Exit to Springfield Mar 11 1993

Season: The Simpsons season 4

Episode Number: 17

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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Nov 19 1992

Season: The Simpsons season 4

Episode Number: 9

"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 Oct 07 1993

Season: The Simpsons season 5

Episode Number: 2

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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Nov 03 1996

Season: The Simpsons season 8

Episode Number: 2

"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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Treehouse of Horror V is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Simpsons Episodes Ever
BaruchLalaev added Treehouse of Horror V Oct 30 1994

Season: The Simpsons season 6

Episode Number: 6

"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
Oct 08 1992

Season: The Simpsons season 4

Episode Number: 3

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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Nov 21 1991

Season: The Simpsons season 3

Episode Number: 10

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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Treehouse of Horror IV ... is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Simpsons Episodes Ever
BaruchLalaev added Oct 28 1993

Season: The Simpsons season 5

Episode Number: 5

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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Rosebud Oct 21 1993

Season: The Simpsons season 5

Episode Number: 4

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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Bart of Darkness is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Simpsons Episodes Ever
Sep 04 1994

Season: The Simpsons season 6

Episode Number: 1

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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Homer Badman is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Simpsons Episodes Ever
Nov 27 1994

Season: The Simpsons season 6

Episode Number: 9

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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Jan 14 1993

Season: The Simpsons season 4

Episode Number: 12

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) 13 on the list The Greatest Simpsons Episodes Ever
May 14 1995

Season: The Simpsons season 6

Episode Number: 24

The simmering rivalry between Springfield and a neighboring town heats up when Shelbyville kids steal Springfield's prized lemon tree.
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Homer the Great is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Simpsons Episodes Ever
Homer the Great Jan 08 1995

Season: The Simpsons season 6

Episode Number: 12

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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Deep Space Homer is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Simpsons Episodes Ever
Feb 24 1994

Season: The Simpsons season 5

Episode Number: 15

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... is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Simpsons Episodes Ever
Mar 16 1997

Season: The Simpsons season 8

Episode Number: 18

When Prohibition is revived in Springfield, Homer and Bart supply the town with alcohol.
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Homer's Enemy is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Simpsons Episodes Ever
May 04 1997

Season: The Simpsons season 8

Episode Number: 23

A hardworking new employee at the power plant is consumed with resentment at Homer's undeserved success.
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22 Short Films about Spr... is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Simpsons Episodes Ever
Apr 14 1996

Season: The Simpsons season 7

Episode Number: 21

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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Dec 16 1993

Season: The Simpsons season 5

Episode Number: 10

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 ...more
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Treehouse of Horror VI ... is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Simpsons Episodes Ever
Oct 29 1995

Season: The Simpsons season 7

Episode Number: 6

"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 ...more
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birdiejay23 added The Springfield Files Jan 12 1997

Season: The Simpsons season 8

Episode Number: 10

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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Nov 05 1995

Season: The Simpsons season 7

Episode Number: 7

"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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Oh Brother, Where Art Th... is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Simpsons Episodes Ever
Feb 21 1991

Season: The Simpsons season 2

Episode Number: 15

"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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Oct 08 1995

Season: The Simpsons season 7

Episode Number: 4

"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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And Maggie Makes Three ... is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Simpsons Episodes Ever
SnowLeopard44 added Jan 22 1995

Season: The Simpsons season 6

Episode Number: 13

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.