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The Best 'Simpsons' Gags

Updated April 22, 2019 5.5k votes 1.5k voters 265.3k views19 items

There are as many great Simpsons gags as there are cats for the Crazy Cat Lady to throw at you. And so I turn to the internet (I think she's talking to you) for your greatest of all time. I am starting the list with these... and, really, I almost can't rank them... it's like picking which of your children you love more.

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    Mr. Thompson

    Mr. Thompson
    Video: YouTube

    Episode: Cape Feare

    The FBI is coaching Homer on his new identity for when he goes into the witness protection program.

    FBI Man #1: Tell you what, Mr. Simpson, from now on your name is Homer Thompson, at Terror Lake. Let's just practice a bit, hmm? So when I say "Hello Mr. Thompson" you say "Hi."
    Homer: Check!
    FBI Man #1: Hello, Mr. Thompson.
    [Homer stares blankly]
    FBI Man #1: [pauses] Now, remember, your name is Homer Thompson.
    Homer: I gotcha!
    FBI Man #1: Hello, Mr. Thompson.
    [again Homer stares blankly, FBI men stare at each other]
    [hours pass by]
    FBI Man #1: [frustrated] Argh... Now when I say "Hello Mr. Thompson" and press down on your foot, you smile and nod.
    Homer: No problem.
    FBI Man #1: [stepping hard on Homer's foot] Hello, Mr. Thompson.
    Homer: [stares blankly again for a few seconds, whispers to the FBI man next to him] I think he's talking to you.

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    Is It About My Cube?

    Is It About My Cube?
    Video: YouTube

    Episode: Homer the Smithers

    Homer Simpson: Okay Mr. Burns Here are your messages: "You have 30 minutes to move your car." "You have 10 minutes to move your car." "Your car has been impounded." "Your car has been crushed into a cube." "You have 30 minutes to move your cube." [phone rings, Homer answers] Hello?
    Mr. Burns: Is it about my cube?

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    Steamed Hams

    Steamed Hams
    Video: YouTube

    Episode: 22 Short Films About Springfield

    The bit that became a meme.

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    Underground Sugar Caves

    Underground Sugar Caves
    Video: YouTube

    Episode: Deep Space Homer

    Homer accidentally releases experiment ants in a space shuttle just as a live camera cuts to the interior for an interview.

    Kent Brockman: The Corvair spacecraft has apparently been taken over, "conquered" if you will, by a master race of giant space ants. It's difficult to tell from this vantage point whether they will consume the captive earth men or merely enslave them. One thing is for certain. There is no stopping them; the ants will soon be here. And I for one welcome our new insect overlords. I'd like to remind them that as a trusted TV personality, I could be helpful in rounding up others to toil in their underground sugar caves.

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