The Best Episodes Directed by Jim Reardon

Homer the Great

#1 - Homer the Great

The Simpsons Season 6 - Episode 12

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 One.

star 8.15
2062 votes
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Lemon of Troy

#2 - Lemon of Troy

The Simpsons Season 6 - Episode 24

The simmering rivalry between Springfield and a neighboring town heats up when Shelbyville kids steal Springfield's prized lemon tree.

star 8.12
1716 votes
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22 Short Films About Springfield

#3 - 22 Short Films About Springfield

The Simpsons Season 7 - Episode 21

Bart and Milhouse wonder if anything interesting happens to the citizens of Springfield, which leads to a series of interconnected vignettes.

star 8.02
1456 votes
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King-Size Homer

#4 - King-Size Homer

The Simpsons Season 7 - Episode 7

Homer tries to gain sixty pounds so he can stay home on disability. When he nearly causes a catastrophe at the plant, Homer reconsiders his plan.

star 7.96
2040 votes
Mr. Plow

#5 - Mr. Plow

The Simpsons Season 4 - Episode 9

Homer starts a thriving snow-plowing business, but cutthroat competition arrives when Barney sets up shop as the "Plow King." When an avalanche buries Barney, Homer realizes the rivalry has gone too far.

star 7.94
2075 votes
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#6 - Duffless

The Simpsons Season 4 - Episode 16

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

star 7.94
1653 votes
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El Viaje Misterioso de Nuestro Jomer (The Mysterious Voyage of Our Homer)

#7 - El Viaje Misterioso de Nuestro Jomer (The Mysterious Voyage of Our Homer)

The Simpsons Season 8 - Episode 9

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.

star 7.92
1479 votes
Homer Goes to College

#8 - Homer Goes to College

The Simpsons Season 5 - Episode 3

Burns discovers that Homer is grossly unqualified to be a nuclear safety inspector, so Homer enrolls at Springfield University to study nuclear physics. While there, Homer befriends three nerds and instigates a prank that gets them expelled.

star 7.92
2365 votes
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The City of New York vs. Homer Simpson

#9 - The City of New York vs. Homer Simpson

The Simpsons Season 9 - Episode 1

Designated driver Barney absconds to Manhattan in Homer's car and leaves it there. But when the family journeys to the Big Apple to retrieve their property, Homer discovers his car has been booted.

star 7.91
1969 votes
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Homer the Heretic

#10 - Homer the Heretic

The Simpsons Season 4 - Episode 3

After skipping church one Sunday morning, Homer decides to quit church altogether and spend Sundays worshiping in his own way -- with cigars and beer.

star 7.91
2065 votes
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Homer at the Bat

#11 - Homer at the Bat

The Simpsons Season 3 - Episode 17

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 the score tied in the ninth inning, Homer is sent to bat.

star 7.90
1608 votes
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Treehouse of Horror V

#12 - Treehouse of Horror V

The Simpsons Season 6 - Episode 6

In "The Shinning," Homer becomes groundskeeper of Mr. Burns' isolated mountain mansion. Next, in "Time and Punishment," Homer tries to fix the toaster and winds up traveling through time. In "Nightmare Cafeteria," Principal Skinner finds an ingenious way to reduce overcrowding in the detention room and deal with cafeteria budget cuts.

star 7.89
2254 votes
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Bart Gets an Elephant

#13 - Bart Gets an Elephant

The Simpsons Season 5 - Episode 17

Bart wins a wacky radio contest and forgoes the cash to claim the gag prize instead: an elephant.

star 7.89
1487 votes
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Homer's Enemy

#14 - Homer's Enemy

The Simpsons Season 8 - Episode 23

A hardworking new employee at the power plant is consumed with resentment at Homer's undeserved success.

star 7.85
1752 votes
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Homer the Vigilante

#15 - Homer the Vigilante

The Simpsons Season 5 - Episode 11

When a cat burglar prowls Springfield, Homer forms a citizens' watch group that winds up breaking more laws than they protect. When the cat burglar sets his sights on the world's biggest cubic zirconia, a clue comes from an unexpected source.

star 7.82
1864 votes
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Marge in Chains

#16 - Marge in Chains

The Simpsons Season 4 - Episode 21

Overwhelmed by her family's demands during a flu epidemic, Marge accidentally shoplifts at the Kwik-E-Mart and winds up in prison.

star 7.82
1726 votes
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Bart of Darkness

#17 - Bart of Darkness

The Simpsons Season 6 - Episode 1

Stuck in his room with a broken leg, Bart hears a high-pitched scream. When he looks through his telescope, he sees a guilty Ned Flanders burying the evidence.

star 7.81
2304 votes
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Thirty Minutes Over Tokyo

#18 - Thirty Minutes Over Tokyo

The Simpsons Season 10 - Episode 23

After their bank account is drained at a cyber-cafe, the Simpsons go on a disastrous low-budget trip to Japan, where they wind up as contestants on a humiliating game show.

star 7.79
1237 votes
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Trash of the Titans

#19 - Trash of the Titans

The Simpsons Season 9 - Episode 22

Homer feuds with the Springfield garbage men and decides to run for Sanitation Commissioner. After winning the election with a sleazy campaign, Homer can’t keep the extravagant promises he made to the town.

star 7.72
1434 votes
When Flanders Failed

#20 - When Flanders Failed

The Simpsons Season 3 - Episode 3

When Ned Flanders opens a store for left-handed people, Homer wants him to fail...

star 7.70
2046 votes
Bart the Fink

#21 - Bart the Fink

The Simpsons Season 7 - Episode 15

In a scheme to get Krusty's autograph, Bart sends him a check. When Krusty's offshore holding corporation endorses the check, his illegal tax shelter is exposed. In despair after the government auctions off his possessions, Krusty fakes his own death.

star 7.67
1568 votes
Brush with Greatness

#22 - Brush with Greatness

The Simpsons Season 2 - Episode 18

Marge rediscovers her interest in art and takes up painting. When Mr. Burns hires her to paint his official portrait, Marge tries but fails to find his “inner beauty.”

star 7.64
1570 votes
Saturdays of Thunder

#23 - Saturdays of Thunder

The Simpsons Season 3 - Episode 9

Homer tries to bond with Bart by building a soapbox racer. On race day, Bart must decide between driving Martin’s aerodynamic racer and disappointing Homer, or driving his own racer and losing to Nelson.

star 7.63
1644 votes
Dog of Death

#24 - Dog of Death

The Simpsons Season 3 - Episode 19

When Santa’s Little Helper needs a life-saving operation, the family tightens their belts to save up the money. Sensing their resentment, the dog runs away from home, only to be adopted by Mr. Burns.

star 7.60
1447 votes
Simple Simpson

#25 - Simple Simpson

The Simpsons Season 15 - Episode 19

Homer is intrigued by a commercial that talks about a contest that will allow the winner, the finder of a golden ticket, a trip to "Farmer Billy's Bacon Factory." Homer buys a lot of pork products but is only able to find a silver ticket, which allows him to judge the pig competition at the county fair. When Homer sees an injustice being done to Lisa's entry in the place setting competition, he decides to take action. Remembering Chief Wiggum's warning about felony assault, he disguises himself as "Pie Man" and delivers a pie in the face as revenge. He disappears as quickly as he came, making Springfield wonder if they will ever see him again. When Bart gets ripped off by Comic Book Guy, "Pie Man" delivers some "key lime justice." The police decide that "Pie Man" needs to be stopped and they shoot him when he makes his next appearance. He takes time out from his fleeing to save Marge and then kisses her, even though she tells him she's a married woman. Later at home, the wounded Homer makes a promise to Lisa (who's figured out his disguise) that he will stop his pie avenging. When Mr. Burns goes too far, "Pie Man" makes another appearance, but his escape from the plant is thwarted by his own laziness. Mr. Burns turns him into his personal hit man. Homer finds himself in a dilemma when Mr. Burns wants him to deliver a pie in the face of Lisa's Buddhist hero the Dalai Lama. When he comes clean in front of a crowd, no one believes that he was capable of being the "Pie Man," only his family believes in him.

star 7.59
1118 votes
Bart's Friend Falls in Love

#26 - Bart's Friend Falls in Love

The Simpsons Season 3 - Episode 23

Everything’s coming up Milhouse when Bart’s best friend falls in love with the new girl at school. Jealous, Bart snitches to Milhouse’s father and the lovebirds are separated.

star 7.51
1350 votes
Lisa's Wedding

#27 - Lisa's Wedding

The Simpsons Season 6 - Episode 19

A fortune teller foresees Lisa's future marriage to an upper-crust Harvard classmate. After a series of embarrassing incidents, Lisa comes to realize that even though her family may not be classy, she loves them the way they are.

star 7.51
1670 votes
Burns Baby Burns

#28 - Burns Baby Burns

The Simpsons Season 8 - Episode 4

Mr. Burns' boorish long-lost son Larry gets the brush-off from Burns, but Homer hatches a plan to reconcile them.

star 7.50
1644 votes
My Sister, My Sitter

#29 - My Sister, My Sitter

The Simpsons Season 8 - Episode 17

Lisa has a stellar reputation as a babysitter, but when Homer and Marge leave her in charge of Bart and Maggie, everything starts going wrong.

star 7.49
1453 votes
Alone Again, Natura-Diddily

#30 - Alone Again, Natura-Diddily

The Simpsons Season 11 - Episode 14

Ned's wife Maude is inadvertently killed by a T-shirt accident at an auto race. Homer and his family try to help Ned cope.

star 7.46
1392 votes
Itchy & Scratchy & Marge

#31 - Itchy & Scratchy & Marge

The Simpsons Season 2 - Episode 9

Marge wages a one-woman campaign against violence on the Itchy and Scratchy Show. She wins that battle, but draws the line at censoring Michelangelo's "David."

star 7.41
1785 votes
Treehouse of Horror XII

#32 - Treehouse of Horror XII

The Simpsons Season 13 - Episode 1

a). "hex and the city" The family sees a gypsy, but Homer's usual ineptitude causes the gypsy to seek her revenge by cursing him and his loved ones. In an effort to get the curse lifted, Homer catches a leprechaun and releases it upon the gypsy with surprising results. b). "House of Whacks" The family home obtains an upgrade, the Ultrahouse 3000, a computer that will do everything for them. Everything is going great until the house falls in love with Marge and tries killing Homer. c). "Wiz Kids" Bart and Lisa are attending wizard school. The evil Lord Montymort and Slithers have designs on capturing Lisa, so that Montymort can take her essence. They use Bart's rivalry with his sister as the means to get at her.

star 7.39
1960 votes
Bart's Dog Gets an "F"

#33 - Bart's Dog Gets an "F"

The Simpsons Season 2 - Episode 16

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 get through to him.

star 7.38
1494 votes
Large Marge

#34 - Large Marge

The Simpsons Season 14 - Episode 4

Marge sees Homer flirting with two women and later tries to decide whether he is still interested in her or not. Homer's response is to fall asleep. Meanwhile, Bart and Milhouse are watching Krusty playing the villain "Clownface" on an episode of the old Batman television series and are inspired to recreate the carousel sequence. Marge asks Manjula what she should do about Homer and Manjula responds by taking her to a plastic surgery clinic. Marge goes in for a liposuction procedure and winds up with breast implants. The doctor gives her 48 hours to try living with them before he will take them out. At school, Bart gets Milhouse spun at a high speed on the carousel; so fast that he spins out of control, resulting in his knocking over the flagpole and throwing up on the flag. When confronted for his part in this act of unpatriotic behavior, Bart cites Krusty as the influence; making Krusty a very unpopular figure. Homer discovers her implants and at dinner the next night, Homer and the men of Springfield sing the praises of her new endowment. Marge gets offered a trade show modeling job. Marge gets into her new image until the extra weight up front of starts giving her back problems. At the trade show, Bart's old friend Stampy and Marge's gifts are used to help Krusty get his reputation back. Afterwards surgery is preformed to reverse Marge's condition and the Baha Men sings the praises of her Jugs with a little help from Homer.

star 7.28
1466 votes