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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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 Greatest Simpsons Episodes Ever
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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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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Homer's Enemy is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Simpsons Episodes Ever
May 04 1997 A hardworking new employee at the power plant is consumed with resentment at Homer's undeserved success.

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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) 6 on the list The Greatest Simpsons Episodes Ever
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 the Heretic is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Simpsons Episodes Ever
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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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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22 Short Films about Springfie... is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Simpsons Episodes Ever
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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Lemon of Troy is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Simpsons Episodes Ever
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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Homer Badman is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Simpsons Episodes Ever
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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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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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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Who Shot Mr. Burns? is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Simpsons Episodes Ever
SnowLeopard44 added 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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Bart of Darkness is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Simpsons Episodes Ever
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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Deep Space Homer is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Simpsons Episodes Ever
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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Treehouse of Horror V is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Simpsons Episodes Ever
BaruchLalaev added 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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Jan 14 1993 When Springfield gets a sudden windfall, a charismatic traveling salesman convinces the town to build a monorail.

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Treehouse of Horror IV is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Simpsons Episodes Ever
BaruchLalaev added 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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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 ...more

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Treehouse of Horror VI is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Simpsons Episodes Ever
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 ...more

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Homer vs. The Eighteenth Amend... is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Simpsons Episodes Ever
Mar 16 1997 When Prohibition is revived in Springfield, Homer and Bart supply the town with alcohol.

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Bart's Comet is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Simpsons Episodes Ever
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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birdiejay23 added 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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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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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

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Lisa's First Word is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Greatest Simpsons Episodes Ever
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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Oh Brother, Where Art Thou? is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Greatest Simpsons Episodes Ever
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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And Maggie Makes Three is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Greatest Simpsons Episodes Ever
SnowLeopard44 added 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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Itchy & Scratchy Land is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Greatest Simpsons Episodes Ever
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 ...more

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Lisa on Ice is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Greatest Simpsons Episodes Ever
SnowLeopard44 added 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, ...more

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Boy-Scoutz 'n the Hood is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Greatest Simpsons Episodes Ever
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 ...more

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Kamp Krusty is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Greatest Simpsons Episodes Ever
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 ...more

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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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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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Burns' Heir is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Greatest Simpsons Episodes Ever
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 ...more

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The Last Temptation of Homer is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Greatest Simpsons Episodes Ever
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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Treehouse of Horror is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Greatest Simpsons Episodes Ever
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 ...more

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Treehouse of Horror II is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Greatest Simpsons Episodes Ever
michael-koebnick added 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 ...more

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Bart on the Road is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Greatest Simpsons Episodes Ever
Mar 31 1996 Bart creates a fake driver's license for himself and uses it to go on a spring break road trip with Milhouse, Nelson, and Martin. Meanwhile, Homer and Lisa bond after spending some quality time ...more

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Lisa Gets an
AlexanderRay added 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 ...more

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Feb 18 1993 After a DUI, Homer swears off beer for a month. Meanwhile, Bart and Lisa's sibling rivalry plays out in the school science fair.

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Mother Simpson is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Greatest Simpsons Episodes Ever
SnowLeopard44 added 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

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I Love Lisa is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Greatest Simpsons Episodes Ever
Feb 11 1993 "I Love Lisa" is the fifteenth episode of The Simpsons' fourth season, and originally aired on the Fox network in the United States on February 11, 1993. In the episode, Lisa gives ...more

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Stark Raving Dad is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Greatest Simpsons Episodes Ever
SnowLeopard44 added Sep 19 1991 "Stark Raving Dad" is the first episode of the third season of American animated television series The Simpsons. It first aired on the Fox network in the United States on September 19, ...more

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New Kid on the Block is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Greatest Simpsons Episodes Ever
Nov 12 1992 Bart has a crush on his new neighbor, a teenage girl who only has eyes for Jimbo Jones. Bart sets out to prove that Jimbo is not as tough as he seems.

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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 ...more

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Simpsons Roasting on an Open F... is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Greatest Simpsons Episodes Ever
Dec 17 1989 When his Christmas bonus is cancelled, Homer becomes a department-store Santa--and then bets his meager earnings at the track. When all seems lost, Homer and Bart save Christmas by adopting the ...more

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The Mysterious Voyage of Our H... is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Greatest Simpsons Episodes Ever
SnowLeopard44 added Jan 05 1997 After eating a dish laced with potent peppers during the chili cookoff, Homer has hallucinations where a mystical coyote urges him to find his soulmate.

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Sep 30 1993 Through flashbacks, Homer recalls the dizzying rise and fall of his Beatles-esque barbershop quartet. The Be Sharps reunite for one last concert on the roof of Moe's Tavern.