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The Best Episodes of The Simpsons 

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List Rules Includes 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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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) 2 on the list The Best Episodes of The Simpsons
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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Homer the Heretic is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Episodes of The Simpsons
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: 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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22 Short Films about Spr... is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Episodes of The Simpsons
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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Treehouse of Horror V is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Episodes of The Simpsons
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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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's Enemy is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Episodes of The Simpsons
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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Homer the Great is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Episodes of The Simpsons
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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Who Shot Mr. Burns? is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Episodes of The Simpsons
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 Best Episodes of The Simpsons
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 Best Episodes of The Simpsons
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 Best Episodes of The Simpsons
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 Best Episodes of The Simpsons
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 Best Episodes of The Simpsons
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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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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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) 20 on the list The Best Episodes of The Simpsons
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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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 Best Episodes of The Simpsons
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 Best Episodes of The Simpsons
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