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The Best Episodes of The Simpsons

Updated August 12, 2020 57.0k votes 3.4k voters 81.7k views241 items

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 V is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Episodes of The Simpsons
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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
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    Homer the Great is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Episodes of The Simpsons
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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
  • 3
    Who Shot Mr. Burns? is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Episodes of The Simpsons
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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
  • 4
    Treehouse of Horror IV is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Episodes of The Simpsons
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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
  • 5
    Homer vs. The Eighteenth Amend is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Episodes of The Simpsons

    SeasonThe Simpsons season 8

    Episode Number18

    When Prohibition is revived in Springfield, Homer and Bart supply the town with alcohol.amazon buy button
  • 6
    Homer the Heretic is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Episodes of The Simpsons
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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
  • 7
    Marge vs. the Monorail is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Episodes of The Simpsons
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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
  • 8
    22 Short Films about Springfie is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Episodes of The Simpsons

    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
  • 9
    Flaming Moe's is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Episodes of The Simpsons
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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
  • 10
    And Maggie Makes Three is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Episodes of The Simpsons
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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
  • 11
    The Springfield Files is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Episodes of The Simpsons
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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
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    Bart Sells His Soul is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Episodes of The Simpsons
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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
  • 13
    Lemon of Troy is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Episodes of The Simpsons
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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
  • 14
    Bart of Darkness is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Episodes of The Simpsons
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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
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    Last Exit to Springfield is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Episodes of The Simpsons
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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
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    You Only Move Twice is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Episodes of The Simpsons
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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
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    Deep Space Homer is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Episodes of The Simpsons
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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
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    Bart's Comet is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Episodes of The Simpsons
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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
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    Cape Feare is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Episodes of The Simpsons
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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
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    Treehouse of Horror is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Episodes of The Simpsons
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    42

    SeasonThe Simpsons season 2

    Episode Number3

    After a series of destructive acts, Homer decides that Santa's Little Helper must go unless he... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
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    Mr. Plow is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Episodes of The Simpsons
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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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    Homer's Enemy is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Episodes of The Simpsons
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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
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    Homer Badman is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Episodes of The Simpsons
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    Homer Badman

    Nov 27 1994

    SeasonThe Simpsons season 6

    Episode Number9

    When Homer grabs for a gummy candy stuck to the babysitter's pants, she mistakes his... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
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    Lisa on Ice is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Episodes of The Simpsons
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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
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    Oh Brother, Where Art Thou? is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Episodes of The Simpsons

    SeasonThe Simpsons season 2

    Episode Number15

    "Oh Brother, Where Art Thou?" is the fifteenth episode of The Simpsons' second season. It... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
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