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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 V1
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    Treehouse of Horror V

    Oct 30 1994

    SeasonThe Simpsons season 6

    Episode Number6

    "Treehouse of Horror V" is the sixth episode of The Simpsons' sixth season and the fifth... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • Homer the Great2
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    Homer the Great

    Jan 08 1995

    SeasonThe Simpsons season 6

    Episode Number12

    Homer joins the secret society of the Stonecutters and is suddenly exalted when the brethren... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • Who Shot Mr. Burns?3
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    SeasonThe Simpsons season 6

    Episode Number129

    "Who Shot Mr. Burns?" is a two-part episode of The Simpsons. Part One is the twenty-fifth and... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • Treehouse of Horror IV4
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    SeasonThe Simpsons season 5

    Episode Number5

    In "The Devil and Homer Simpson," Homer sells his soul for a doughnut. Next, in the Twilight... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • Flaming Moe's5
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    Flaming Moe's

    Nov 21 1991

    SeasonThe Simpsons season 3

    Episode Number10

    Moe takes the drink recipe Homer invented, and the rechristened “Flaming Moe” turns his tavern... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • Homer the Heretic6
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    SeasonThe Simpsons season 4

    Episode Number3

    After skipping church one Sunday morning, Homer decides to quit church altogether and spend... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • Marge vs. the Monorail7
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    SeasonThe Simpsons season 4

    Episode Number12

    When Springfield gets a sudden windfall, a charismatic traveling salesman convinces the town... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • Homer vs. The Eighteenth Amendment8

    SeasonThe Simpsons season 8

    Episode Number18

    When Prohibition is revived in Springfield, Homer and Bart supply the town with alcohol.Amazon buy button
  • 22 Short Films about Springfield9

    SeasonThe Simpsons season 7

    Episode Number21

    The episode looks into the lives of other Springfield residents in a series of interconnected... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • And Maggie Makes Three10
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    SeasonThe Simpsons season 6

    Episode Number13

    The story of Maggie's birth is told in flashbacks: after Homer quits the Springfield Nuclear... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • The Springfield Files11
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    The Springfield Files

    Jan 12 1997

    SeasonThe Simpsons season 8

    Episode Number10

    Homer witnesses something out of this world in Springfield woods, but no one believes him --... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • Lemon of Troy12
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    Lemon of Troy

    May 14 1995

    SeasonThe Simpsons season 6

    Episode Number24

    The simmering rivalry between Springfield and a neighboring town heats up when Shelbyville... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • Last Exit to Springfield13
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    Last Exit to Springfield

    Mar 11 1993

    SeasonThe Simpsons season 4

    Episode Number17

    Homer negotiates his union's contract with Mr. Burns, mindful that he needs a dental plan for... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • You Only Move Twice14
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    SeasonThe Simpsons season 8

    Episode Number2

    "You Only Move Twice" is the second episode of The Simpsons' eighth season. It first aired on... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • Bart of Darkness15
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    Bart of Darkness

    Sep 04 1994

    SeasonThe Simpsons season 6

    Episode Number1

    Stuck in his room, Bart hears a high-pitched scream. When he looks through his telescope, he... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • Cape Feare16
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    Cape Feare

    Oct 07 1993

    SeasonThe Simpsons season 5

    Episode Number2

    When Bart receives notes from newly paroled Sideshow Bob, the family goes into the Witness... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • Bart Sells His Soul17
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    SeasonThe Simpsons season 7

    Episode Number4

    "Bart Sells His Soul" is the fourth episode of The Simpsons' seventh season. It first aired in... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • Deep Space Homer18
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    Deep Space Homer

    Feb 24 1994

    SeasonThe Simpsons season 5

    Episode Number15

    Dejected by a lack of recognition at work, Homer makes a crank call to NASA and winds up being... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • Homer's Enemy19
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    Homer's Enemy

    May 04 1997

    SeasonThe Simpsons season 8

    Episode Number23

    A hardworking new employee at the power plant is consumed with resentment at Homer's... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • Mr. Plow20
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    Mr. Plow

    Nov 19 1992

    SeasonThe Simpsons season 4

    Episode Number9

    "Mr. Plow" is the ninth episode of The Simpsons' fourth season, which originally aired on the... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button

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  • Lisa's First Word21
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    SeasonThe Simpsons season 4

    Episode Number10

    While trying to get Maggie to say her first word, Marge and Homer reminisce about Bart's and... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • Bart's Comet22
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    Bart's Comet

    Feb 05 1995

    SeasonThe Simpsons season 6

    Episode Number14

    When Bart is forced to assist Principal Skinner in early-morning astronomy observations, he... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • Treehouse of Horror VI23
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    SeasonThe Simpsons season 7

    Episode Number6

    "Treehouse of Horror VI" is the sixth episode of The Simpsons' seventh season and the sixth... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • King-Size Homer24
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    King-Size Homer

    Nov 05 1995

    SeasonThe Simpsons season 7

    Episode Number7

    "King-Size Homer" is the seventh episode of The Simpsons' seventh season. It originally aired... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • Lisa on Ice25
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    Lisa on Ice

    Nov 13 1994

    SeasonThe Simpsons season 6

    Episode Number8

    When she nearly flunks gym class, Lisa is forced to take up a sport. She's a natural at... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button