The Best Episodes Directed by Mark Kirkland

Last Exit to Springfield

#1 - Last Exit to Springfield

The Simpsons Season 4 - Episode 17

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 condition that Homer resign as union president.

star 8.16
548 votes
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Summer of 4 Ft. 2

#2 - Summer of 4 Ft. 2

The Simpsons Season 7 - Episode 25

On a family vacation, Lisa tries on a new identity to fit in with the other kids at the beach. Jealous, Bart reveals her true nerdiness to the group.

star 8.11
428 votes
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Mountain of Madness

#3 - Mountain of Madness

The Simpsons Season 8 - Episode 12

To promote teamwork amongst the power plant's employees, Mr. Burns makes them go on a corporate retreat up in the mountains.

star 8.05
459 votes
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Lisa the Vegetarian

#4 - Lisa the Vegetarian

The Simpsons Season 7 - Episode 5

After visiting a local petting zoo, Lisa becomes a vegetarian and faces ridicule from family and friends. When she lashes out and ruins Homer's barbecue, she learns a lesson in tolerance.

star 8.04
557 votes
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Burns' Heir

#5 - Burns' Heir

The Simpsons Season 5 - Episode 18

The childless Mr. Burns selects Bart as his heir and begins grooming him for his new role. As a test of loyalty, Mr. Burns orders Bart to fire Homer.

star 8.04
448 votes
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Team Homer

#6 - Team Homer

The Simpsons Season 7 - Episode 12

Homer catches Mr. Burns in an ether-induced haze and asks for $500 for his bowling team. When Burns' head clears, he demands to join the team. Meanwhile, Bart's inflammatory T-shirt provokes Principal Skinner to require school uniforms.

star 7.99
462 votes
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Sideshow Bob Roberts

#7 - Sideshow Bob Roberts

The Simpsons Season 6 - Episode 5

Backed by a cabal of Republicans and the talk radio blowhard Birch Barlow, Sideshow Bob runs for mayor of Springfield. When new mayor Bob decides to build a freeway right through the Simpson's' home, Bart and Lisa set out to prove the election was rigged.

star 7.93
528 votes
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Homer and Apu

#8 - Homer and Apu

The Simpsons Season 5 - Episode 13

Fired for selling tainted meat to Homer, Apu tries to make amends to the Simpsons, and Homer joins him in a pilgrimage to Kwik-E-Mart headquarters in India.

star 7.89
515 votes
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The Springfield Connection

#9 - The Springfield Connection

The Simpsons Season 6 - Episode 23

After Marge helps catch a petty criminal, the adrenaline rush inspires her to join the Springfield Police Department. Marge experiences feelings of power and authority that she's never known before, but police corruption makes her question her newfound calling.

star 7.88
438 votes
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The Old Man and the Lisa

#10 - The Old Man and the Lisa

The Simpsons Season 8 - Episode 21

Financially ruined, Mr. Burns turns to Lisa for help in building a recycling business. Lisa believes he's changed, but his new business venture takes a shocking new direction.

star 7.87
403 votes
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The Homer They Fall

#11 - The Homer They Fall

The Simpsons Season 8 - Episode 3

When Moe sees that Homer can absorb massive blows to the head, he turns him into a prizefighter and sets up a match with heavyweight champion Drederick Tatum.

star 7.83
541 votes
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The Computer Wore Menace Shoes

#12 - The Computer Wore Menace Shoes

The Simpsons Season 12 - Episode 6

As Mr. X Homer starts his own web page where begins revealing Springfield's secrets. He ultimately wins the Pulitzer Prize for his work so he reveals himself to the public. When everyone knows that he is Mr. X his ability to obtain secrets disappears. So he begins making up stories. When one of those stories turns out to be the truth, he is kidnapped and taken to "The Island," a place where those who know too much are taken out of society.

star 7.82
444 votes
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Kamp Krusty

#13 - Kamp Krusty

The Simpsons Season 4 - Episode 1

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 the media.

star 7.82
743 votes
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Homer vs. Patty and Selma

#14 - Homer vs. Patty and Selma

The Simpsons Season 6 - Episode 17

Homer must turn to his sisters-in-law for a loan. Relishing Homer's degradation, Patty and Selma make him their slave. But when the sisters are caught smoking on the job, Homer reluctantly covers for them, saving their jobs. Meanwhile, Bart is late to sign up for a gym class and must take the only class still open -- ballet.

star 7.81
454 votes
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Lisa's Rival

#15 - Lisa's Rival

The Simpsons Season 6 - Episode 2

Lisa feels threatened when a new girl moves to Springfield: Allison is smart, pretty, a great saxophone player and a crack diorama builder. Lisa tries to befriend her new rival, but she's consumed with envy and competitiveness.

star 7.80
555 votes
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Three Gays of the Condo

#16 - Three Gays of the Condo

The Simpsons Season 14 - Episode 17

After yet another Homer and Marge fight, Homer ends up sharing a condo with two homosexuals - who don't exactly think Homer is straight.

star 7.79
335 votes
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A Fish Called Selma

#17 - A Fish Called Selma

The Simpsons Season 7 - Episode 19

Washed up and plagued by scandal, Troy McClure sees a marriage to Selma as his ticket back to success.

star 7.79
388 votes
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Behind the Laughter

#18 - Behind the Laughter

The Simpsons Season 11 - Episode 22

In this satire of VH1's "Behind The Music," we learn the secrets of the Simpsons' rise, fall, and ultimate success.

star 7.78
307 votes
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Beware My Cheating Bart

#19 - Beware My Cheating Bart

The Simpsons Season 23 - Episode 18

When Bart supervises Jimbo's girlfriend at a movie, she develops a crush on him; Homer is persuaded to buy a state-of-the-art treadmill with a television, and he becomes obsessed with watching it from the treadmill, but not actually working out.

star 7.77
621 votes
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Girly Edition

#20 - Girly Edition

The Simpsons Season 9 - Episode 21

Lisa becomes the anchor of a kids’ news program but is upstaged by Bart’s treacly human interest stories. At home, Homer corrupts a helper monkey.

star 7.77
396 votes
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Treehouse of Horror VIII

#21 - Treehouse of Horror VIII

The Simpsons Season 9 - Episode 4

In “The Homega Man,” Homer faces a post-apocalyptic Springfield. Next, Bart attempts to become Superfly in "Fly vs. Fly." In “Easy-Bake Coven,” amidst a witch hunt in 1649, Marge and her sisters invent trick-or-treating.

star 7.77
623 votes
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Dark Knight Court

#22 - Dark Knight Court

The Simpsons Season 24 - Episode 16

Lisa comes to her brother's defense when Bart is accused of an Easter prank involving the school marching band, the horn section and some rotten eggs. Meanwhile, Mr. Burns seizes the opportunity to realize his lifelong ambition to become a superhero.

star 7.76
768 votes
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The Wizard of Evergreen Terrace

#23 - The Wizard of Evergreen Terrace

The Simpsons Season 10 - Episode 2

A midlife crisis prompts Homer to quit his job and become an inventor.

star 7.74
571 votes
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Brother's Little Helper

#24 - Brother's Little Helper

The Simpsons Season 11 - Episode 2

When Bart commits an extremely destructive prank, he is given Focusyn, a pill to help him concentrate in school. At first the results are impressive, and then Bart starts believing in a conspiracy involving spy satellites and major league baseball.

star 7.74
467 votes
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Fear of Flying

#25 - Fear of Flying

The Simpsons Season 6 - Episode 11

When they try to go on vacation, the family discovers Marge's debilitating fear of flying. Marge consults a psychoanalyst to find the source of her baffling fear.

star 7.74
470 votes
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Marge Simpson in: 'Screaming Yellow Honkers'

#26 - Marge Simpson in: 'Screaming Yellow Honkers'

The Simpsons Season 10 - Episode 15

A new Canyonero SUV turns timid Marge into an aggressive driver, and her road rage lands her in traffic school. But when a stampede occurs at the zoo, the town looks to Marge to save the day.

star 7.73
411 votes
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Postcards from the Wedge

#27 - Postcards from the Wedge

The Simpsons Season 21 - Episode 14

When Bart fails to turn in his homework, Mrs. Krabappel sends a letter home about Bart's behaviour. Despite Bart's best efforts to intercept it, Homer reads the letter, and he and Marge visit Principal Skinner for a parent-teacher conference. Furious, Homer punishes him, but Marge takes a more sympathetic approach. When Bart realizes he can pit Homer and Marge against each other to his benefit, his scheming reaches new heights.

star 7.70
521 votes
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Bart Carny

#28 - Bart Carny

The Simpsons Season 9 - Episode 12

When the carnival comes to town, Homer and Bart wind up working the ring toss. A father-son team of grifters shows them the downside of the “carny code,” but the Simpsons beat them at their own game.

star 7.69
421 votes
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Don't Fear the Roofer

#29 - Don't Fear the Roofer

The Simpsons Season 16 - Episode 16

Springfield is experiencing an unusually strong thunderstorm, and the rain is causing roofs to leak all over town. Homer devises a unique solution for getting the rain water out of their house that ultimately fails and sends him dejected off to Moe's, where he ruins Lenny's surprise party. Homer goes off wandering and finds himself at a bar called Knockers, where he makes a new friend named Ray, who is a licensed and bonded roofer. Marge takes the kids on some errands while Homer and Ray almost begin the roof repairs; they screw around and never get around to doing any work until he gets called away. Marge wants Homer to fix the roof by himself. Homer runs into Ray at the Builder's Barn and Ray promises to stop by later and help him with the roof. Homer waits for him, but Marge is skeptical that Ray even exists when Ray never shows up. Marge has Homer placed in the mental ward of the hospital and she and no one else can confirm that Ray really exists. Dr. Hibbert recommends and gives Homer electro-shock therapy. Six weeks later Homer's treatments are over and to everyone's surprise Ray turns up at the hospital to celebrate Homer's release. Plausible explanations, even one by Stephen Hawking, are given to explain why no one had ever seen Ray before.

star 7.68
299 votes
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Tummy Clock Says it’s Three

#30 - Tummy Clock Says it’s Three

Shin Chan Season 2 - Episode 7

“It Puts the Lotion on the Baby” – Mitzi’s gotten drawn in by the allure of younger looking skin: “Rub Le Bonjour Miracle Cream from ear to ear. It’s what you deserve… Cream on your face!” But Shin’s gotten it into his head that Hima’s sweet cheeks are gonna be sacrificed! Big bro’s willing to put his ass on the line, but what if mom thinks his butt’s too old? “Dildor of Destiny” – One fateful day in Horsey Poo Park… When Shin catches a fly that’s after his poo, his actions catch the attention of the local schizophrenic! Convinced the young lad is the foretold messiah, Dildor, the crazy kook must now set about training him in the ancient art of Kendo. Only Shin’s not playing! “I can show you great things, Dildor! Take my sword!” “Lucky Bastard Fever Episode 3: Secret of the Bastard!” – Disturbed by his memories of Lollipop and the other life they imply, the Flying Pecker seeks out his master’s advice. But when the evil genius himself is stirred into action, it’s Doctor Hitler Clone vs. Doc (Action Bastard’s own genius inventor… er, guy)! And what’s this? The clucking cocks got away with Doc’s three and a half inch floppy?!?

star 7.67
9 votes
That 90's Show

#31 - That 90's Show

The Simpsons Season 19 - Episode 11

After discovering Marge's diploma, Homer recounts the story of how he gave up his dreams of being a musician so Marge could attend Springfield University. However, after she became attracted to one of her professors Homer started focusing his emotions into music and formed the first grunge band called Sadgasm.

star 7.63
452 votes
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The Regina Monologues

#32 - The Regina Monologues

The Simpsons Season 15 - Episode 4

Mr. Burns uses his ATM card and gets a $1000 bill. It hits him in the chest and then blows away, right across town and into the Simpson living room window, where Bart gets a hold of it. His parents (well Marge anyway) make him put up a notice so that the owner might have a chance to claim the bill. When no one can identify the bill, Bart wonders what he can do with his new windfall. He realizes that he can make money showing off his bill, so he opens up the "Museum of Modern Bart" in his tree house. Mr. Burns makes his claim for the bill, but all is not lost. Bart has made over $3000 in admissions to his museum. To make use of the money the family decides to go to England, where Abe recalls having a memorable night with a beautiful English girl named Edwina. In merry ole England, the Simpsons meet Prime Minister Tony Blair. Abe tries to find Edwina, meanwhile the rest of the family tours London. Everything is going fine until Homer slams his rental Mini into the back of the Queen's horse drawn carriage. Homer is put on trial, makes an ass out of himself in court and is thrown into the Tower of London. Lisa finds a way for Homer to escape his tower cell, a secret tunnel once used by Sir Walter Raleigh. Unfortunately the tunnel leads to the Queen's bedroom. Homer's pathetic plea with the Queen works and the family is allowed to leave the country, provided they take Madonna with them. Before boarding the plane, Edwina calls out to Abe, and introduces him to her daughter of 58 years, Abbie, a woman who looks like Homer in drag. Abe runs on board the plane as fast as he can.

star 7.61
422 votes
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Homer Scissorhands

#33 - Homer Scissorhands

The Simpsons Season 22 - Episode 20

After Homer discovers a genius talent for styling hair and opens his own salon, he becomes Springfield’s most in-demand hair stylist. But having to listen to women’s problems and gossip all day long leads Homer to believe his gift may actually be a curse. Meanwhile, when Milhouse decides to live each day to the fullest, he comes out of his shell and professes his love for Lisa, only to have his heart broken. Milhouse then catches the eye of popular fifth-grader Taffy, causing Lisa to make a bold move.

star 7.59
531 votes
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Mommie Beerest

#34 - Mommie Beerest

The Simpsons Season 16 - Episode 7

The family is celebrating by having brunch at a fancy restaurant; Homer has finally paid off the mortgage. Lisa and Bart get into a food fight, embarrassing Homer. Homer goes to Moe's, where a visit from the health inspector, results in his death from eating one of Moe's pickled eggs. The new health inspector comes down hard and Moe's is closed until the violations are cleared up. The regulars hold an Irish wake for the demise of Moe's. Homer decides to help Moe reopen his bar; and he gets a new mortgage for their home. When Marge finds out, as a new co-owner she goes with Homer to the bar and tells Moe that there are going to be changes until he pays them back. On Homer's next visit, he finds Marge behind the bar, protecting their investment. She sends him home to take care of the kids, while she sells Moe on the idea of remodeling the place into an English pub. The new place opens and is a success; the kids tell Homer that they've noticed that Marge is spending more time at Moe's than he ever did. Homer becomes worried; but Marge tells him there is nothing to worry about. They go to a movie together, but they are joined by Moe. Homer is more worried than ever; Lenny and Carl tell Homer that Marge and Moe are having an emotional affair. When Marge and Moe are leaving to go to a convention together in Aruba, Homer makes a mad dash to the airport and gets to the airplane as it is taxing down the runaway. He confronts Moe, but Moe makes him realize that he really doesn't know that much about his wife. Homer concedes defeat, but Marge tells Moe that she doesn't love him. She tells Homer that she is totally committed to him. In Aruba, Marge makes Moe realize that he might be able to make a woman happy some day with a few changes. Marge realizes that no one is home watching the kids, but the kids aren't at home as Bart has them entered in a European balloon race.

star 7.59
380 votes
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Kiss, Kiss Bang Bangalore

#35 - Kiss, Kiss Bang Bangalore

The Simpsons Season 17 - Episode 17

At the power plant a movie is shown where the workers endorse outsourcing and Mr. Burns announces that he is closing the plant and moving the work to India. Homer is the only union employee left on the payroll and he is sent to India to train the replacement workers, when he succeeds beyond expectations, he is given total control of the plant and declares himself a god. Meanwhile, Selma & Patty take Bart and Lisa to their MacGyver convention. When they discover Richard Dean Anderson doesn’t like MacGyver and much as they do, they kidnap him in retaliation. Anderson escapes only to enjoy the thrill and he turns himself back in so that he can escape again. When it happens over and over again, soon Patty and Selma are the ones who need a means of escape.

star 7.58
316 votes
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My Big Fat Geek Wedding

#36 - My Big Fat Geek Wedding

The Simpsons Season 15 - Episode 17

Principal Seymour Skinner and Ms. Edna Krabappel are finally getting married. Edna has a great bachelorette party at the Simpson house, featuring Duffman and a top-less Chief Wiggum; meanwhile at Seymour's bachelor party at Moe's, he confesses to Homer the fact that he is getting cold feet. When the actual event is about to occur, Edna has second thoughts; feeling that Seymour has never been on board with this whole idea all along. Edna runs from the ceremony. Unknowingly both Homer and Marge are each with the pair in an attempt to get them back together. The attempt fails when the state of Homer and Marge's own marriage gets in the way. Edna returns a gift to the Comic Book Guy. She becomes charmed by his banter and agrees to accompany him to lunch. Homer tries having Seymour serenade Edna, but they discover she's seeing Comic Book Guy. The family goes to Bi-Mon-Sci-Fi-Con to try to keep Edna from making a big mistake. After seeing Futurama creator Matt Groening, they find Edna being proposed to by a Klingon clad Comic Book Guy. Seymour enters wearing a Catwoman outfit and begins battling Comic Book Guy. Edna stops the fight, and tells the pair that neither man is for her. Now Homer must make some amends to Marge to keep his marriage together.

star 7.58
294 votes
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Homer Goes to Prep School

#37 - Homer Goes to Prep School

The Simpsons Season 24 - Episode 9

With the end of the world looming, Homer decides to join an off the grid group of survivalists who've set up a secret sanctuary outside of Springfield to prep for the apocalypse. However, a skeptical Marge is suspicious of the plans.

star 7.57
752 votes
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Little Big Mom

#38 - Little Big Mom

The Simpsons Season 11 - Episode 10

When Marge leaves the house to recuperate from a skating injury, everything goes to hell - until Lisa convinces Homer and Bart they have leprosy.

star 7.56
369 votes
Replaceable You

#39 - Replaceable You

The Simpsons Season 23 - Episode 4

Bart’s science fair project, a mechanical baby seal, outshines Lisa’s brainy asteroid model and quickly becomes a popular pet among the retirement home patrons. Meanwhile, Homer’s new and eager assistant Roz, steals Homer’s job, forcing him to team up with Flanders to reveal her true colors and evil past.

star 7.56
699 votes
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The Dad Who Knew Too Little

#40 - The Dad Who Knew Too Little

The Simpsons Season 14 - Episode 8

Homer fails to get the birthday present that Lisa wanted. The gift he gets her instead makes it obvious that he knows nothing about his daughter and that makes her disappointed in him. To win Lisa back, Homer hires a private detective to find out everything about her. The private detective comes through with information that restores Homer's relationship with Lisa. Homer refuses to pay the detective's $1000 expenses; to get even the detective arranges it so that Lisa is framed for a crime she didn't commit. When the police arrive outside the Simpson home, Homer takes Lisa on the run. While they are holed up in a cabin, Homer confesses what he did to learn more about Lisa. The police trace them there and Homer and Lisa's subsequent escape leads them to a circus, where they find evidence that will exonerate Lisa of the crime. Only first together they must deal with the crooked detective.

star 7.56
340 votes
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D'oh-in in the Wind

#41 - D'oh-in in the Wind

The Simpsons Season 10 - Episode 6

In a quest to learn Homer's middle name, Homer and Grandpa travel to his mother's old commune, where Homer embraces the hippie life.

star 7.55
409 votes
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Pygmoelian

#42 - Pygmoelian

The Simpsons Season 11 - Episode 16

Plastic surgery gives Moe the bartender a handsome new face and a whole new life as a soap opera star.

star 7.54
357 votes
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The Parent Rap

#43 - The Parent Rap

The Simpsons Season 13 - Episode 2

Abandoned by a prize seeking Homer, Milhouse and Bart go for an unintentional joyride in Chief Wiggum's squad car. In juvenile court, Milhouse gets his case dismissed; however, when Bart goes up before Judge Snyder he is just about to get out of it, when the judge's vacation starts. The replacement judge isn't a pushover and citing Homer's negligence she orders that Bart and Homer be tethered together. The pair attends school, work and Moe's together and begin bonding. Frustrated by the whole situation Marge cuts the tether and is caught. Judge Harm decides that both Bart's parents are unfit, so she has Homer and Marge put into stocks and put on public display. Homer and Marge break free and retaliate, only to get caught. When brought before Judge Harm they are about to have the book thrown at them, when Judge Snyder returns from vacation and declares that boys will be boys and dismisses the case.

star 7.54
478 votes
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Simpson Safari

#44 - Simpson Safari

The Simpsons Season 12 - Episode 17

Maggie eats a magazine and Marge takes her to the hospital, leaving Homer to do the food shopping. Homer abuses a bag boy, which leads to the bag boys going out on strike. With them on strike, the family does not go grocery shopping. When their food runs out, Homer searches the house for food and he finds 30+-year-old animal crackers. When he opens the box, he finds it contains a golden giraffe; the token, which indicates the recipient, has won an African safari. The manufacturer honors the prize and sends the Simpson family to Africa. Their tour of the African wilderness is very strange. A local tribe treats them to a concert. Later, when a hippo tries to attack Homer, the Simpson family escapes on a makeshift raft. They sail down river and end up having to fend for themselves in the wilderness. They come across a scientist who is researching monkeys. When poachers come to take the monkeys, the Simpson family helps him to fight back. Lisa soon discovers that the researcher actually runs a chimp diamond mine and the poachers are actually Greenpeace. The Simpsons fly back home.

star 7.52
347 votes
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Helter Shelter

#45 - Helter Shelter

The Simpsons Season 14 - Episode 5

When Homer is injured at work, his compensation is use of a luxury sky box. The family enjoys the luxuries, but Lisa is bored and joins the masses rink side. She gives one of the players some score tying advice and is rewarded with Kozlov's hockey "tree". The stick is mounted in Lisa's room where later that night termites break out of the stick and do much damage to the family home. Until the Russian no-wood-nick termites can be thoroughly exterminated, 6 months from now, the Simpson family is homeless. The family tries a number of options but settle upon trying out for a home where they are required to live like its 1895. They pass the audition and start living the lifestyle. When the "1895 Challenge" sinks in the ratings, the producers try to stir things up by adding Squiggy from Laverne and Shirley. When even that doesn't work, they relocate the house to a river and watch it float downstream. Eventually the house comes to shore and falls apart. Now the family finds themselves without food and shelter as the TV crew eats away. The encounter and tribe of refugees from another reality program and together they fight to return to civilization, where they can find quality scripted television. When even that fails them, they start to entertain themselves.

star 7.51
377 votes
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Diatribe of a Mad Housewife

#46 - Diatribe of a Mad Housewife

The Simpsons Season 15 - Episode 10

Homer compromises the power plant's security system and as a result gets fired. Marge and the kids go to a bookstore and while there she sits in a on a book reading and then asks the author if anyone can write a book. The answer gives Marge an idea. Meanwhile, Homer has gotten a job as a car salesman; but there is an ambulance on the lot that seduces Homer into quitting that job and becoming an ambulance driver. Marge wants to start writing her novel and Homer agrees to watch the kids, while putting in his night shift as an ambulance driver. Marge completes her novel and lets Lisa read it. Seeing one of the characters is hard on her father, Lisa suggests that Marge let Homer read the novel. Homer makes an attempt, fails and tells her that he did. Marge gets her novel published and the kids worry that if Homer ever reads it or sees it as a MADtv sketch, he will be heartbroken. Marge's novel comes out and everyone in Springfield is talking about it. Homer gets the book on tape version, as read by the Olsen twins, and finds out what everyone is talking about. Mad Homer chases after Flanders to do something he should have taken care of a long time ago.

star 7.50
352 votes
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The Old Man and the C Student

#47 - The Old Man and the C Student

The Simpsons Season 10 - Episode 20

When Bart ruins Springfield's chance to host the Olympics, the kids are sentenced to community service work at the retirement home. To help the residents recapture their youth, Bart takes them on an ill-fated boat ride.

star 7.48
312 votes
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Moe 'N' a Lisa

#48 - Moe 'N' a Lisa

The Simpsons Season 18 - Episode 6

Lisa aides Moe in discovering his inner-poet and he gains swift popularity and recognition from a group of successful American authors, when Lisa helps to get his poetry published. However, Lisa is crushed, when Moe enjoys his newfound success with literary giants and fails to credit Lisa for her assistance in his poetry.

star 7.48
362 votes
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The Burns and the Bees

#49 - The Burns and the Bees

The Simpsons Season 20 - Episode 8

Mr Burns wins a professional basketball team in a poker game at the annual billionaire's retreat. He decides to build a state-of-the-art facility in an attempt to lure fans, but the stadium site is on the last remaining bee colony in Springfield - prompting Lisa to lead a protest.

star 7.47
432 votes
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He Loves to Fly and He D'ohs

#50 - He Loves to Fly and He D'ohs

The Simpsons Season 19 - Episode 1

After Homer saves Mr. Burns' life he is rewarded with a trip in Mr. Burns' private plane. A depressed Homer realizes he will never again receive a chance to fly in a luxurious private jet and Marge hires Homer a life coach to help get him out of his rut.

star 7.45
537 votes
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Sweets and Sour Marge

#51 - Sweets and Sour Marge

The Simpsons Season 13 - Episode 8

The family goes to the library's used book sale; where Homer obtains a copy of Duff's Book of World Records. When he's gone through all the records, he decides to set one of his own. Duff tells him that all the personal records have been set. He needs to help set a group record. The town tries to set a record for the world's tallest human pyramid; but when they fail, they inadvertently set the record as the world's fattest town, which they celebrate. Only Marge has a problem with this. She goes to the Motherloving Sugar Company to lodge her complaint. The owner Garth Motherloving is less than cooperative, so Marge files a class action lawsuit. Professor Frink blows the whistle on "big sugar" and the court rules in Marge's favor and then bans all sugar from Springfield forever. All the town's sugar products are burned and Apu's store shelves are empty. Apu brings Homer into a group determined to smuggle sugar back into Springfield. Homer and Bart join with Apu, Mr. Burns, Count Fudgula and Garth Mothelovering in a scheme to smuggle in sugar from the island of San Glucose. They make it into Springfield Harbor, but are intercepted by the police. Evading Wiggum and Co., Homer finds himself faced with the decision to either "Dump Cargo" to make Marge happy or "Obey Bad Guy" and bring sugar to Springfield. He chooses the former, but Judge Snyder realizes that he's overstepped his authority and makes sugar legal once again.

star 7.45
417 votes
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All's Fair in Oven War

#52 - All's Fair in Oven War

The Simpsons Season 16 - Episode 2

The house next door is for sale and Marge and Homer go inside to check it out; Marge falls in love with the kitchen. Back at home Marge asks Homer for a new kitchen. Rather than hire someone, Homer decides to do the renovation himself. While demolishing the kitchen, Homer unleashes his old collection of Playdude magazines. He tells Marge he keeps them for the articles; she obliges him by cutting up the magazines, keeping only the articles. Now that they are useless, Homer throws them away, only to have them found by Bart and Milhouse. Using these 1970's era magazines as a model, Bart decides to renovate the Treehouse. After Homer has made a mess of the kitchen remodeling, Marge is finally able to hire a contractor, who completes the job "on-time" two years later for $100,000. Marge's first new dish out of her kitchen gets rave reviews and she decides to enter the Ovenfresh Bakeoff with her Dessert Dogs. At the bakeoff Marge encounters stiff and ruthless competition, so ruthless that Marge resorts to cheating to get even, much to Lisa's dismay. Chief Wiggum and other concerned parents talk with Homer about Bart's spreading the Playdude philosophy to the other children. Homer has a talk with Bart about the facts of life, which a horrified Bart quickly spreads to the other children. Meantime, in the finals for the bakeoff against Brandine, Marge admits to her foul play and Lisa's faith in her mother is restored.

star 7.43
488 votes
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The Italian Bob

#53 - The Italian Bob

The Simpsons Season 17 - Episode 8

After being humiliated by Mrs. Krabappel's class, Mr. Burns finally decides to buy a new car, so he orders a Lamborgotti Fasterossa. He sends Homer and his family to the factory in Italy to pick the car up. The family takes a tour of Italy in the new car, but an accident with the car and a cheese truck has the family pushing the car into the town of Salsiccia. They find out that only one person in the town speaks English and it happens to be their mayor. The family goes to meet the mayor and they are surprised to see that it is Sideshow Bob, and he is equally surprised to see them. Sideshow Bob tells them how he came to Italy, become mayor and started a family with his wife (Francesca) and son (Gino). He hopes that the Simpsons will keep the secret of his criminal past, but Lisa’s first exposure to drinking wine leads to loose lips, which sinks his ship. Sideshow Bob, being no longer welcome in his new home, swears a vendetta on the Simpson family. The Simpsons go on the run from Sideshow Bob, who is joined by his wife and son as the vendetta affects their entire family. In Rome, the family discovers that Krusty is preparing to perform the lead in “I Pagliacci.” The Simpsons hide as extras within the show, but Krusty gets tossed off-stage only to be replaced by Sideshow Bob, whose family has the Simpsons surrounded. Krusty and his limo save the day, while Sideshow Bob and his family adjust to their unresolved vendetta.

star 7.43
365 votes
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Homer the Father

#54 - Homer the Father

The Simpsons Season 22 - Episode 12

When Homer insists Bart must earn the new dirt bike he wants, Bart comes up with a scheme; James Lipton interviews a TV cast.

star 7.42
516 votes
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No Loan Again, Naturally

#55 - No Loan Again, Naturally

The Simpsons Season 20 - Episode 12

When the adjustable rate on Homer's home mortgage (taken out to pay for Homer's annual Mardi Gras parties) increases drastically and Homer can't make the payments, 742 Evergreen Terrace is sold...to Ned Flanders, who rents it back to Homer... at least until Homer demands that Flanders repair the house.

star 7.40
438 votes
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The Bonfire of the Manatees

#56 - The Bonfire of the Manatees

The Simpsons Season 17 - Episode 1

Homer gets into trouble with football gambling debts. As compensation, Fat Tony wants to use the Simpson home for shooting the adult film “Lemony Lickit: A Series of Horny Events.” Homer gets Marge and the kids to leave the house by sending them off to “Santa’s Village.” Marge and the kids return home to find the production is still underway. Marge, outraged by Homer’s latest bit of idiocy, leaves. Homer, home alone with the kids tries to figure out what to do next. Just when Marge is about ready to reconcile with Homer, she encounters Caleb Thorn, a good looking scientist with a passion for saving the endangered manatee. Homer and the kids go on a quest to find Marge and they stop and stay with some “country cousins,” meanwhile Marge is finding herself while helping to save manatees. Homer tries to win Marge back by save a herd of manatees from a gang of jet skiers. His effort pays off as Marge takes home the endangered species of her own, the endangered devoted husband. The family decides to take a mini-vacation and Homer gets a manatee sent to the power plant to fill in for his job for the next few days.

star 7.36
407 votes
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Penny-Wiseguys

#57 - Penny-Wiseguys

The Simpsons Season 24 - Episode 5

Homer is shocked to discover that his bowling teammate, Dan Gillick (guest voice Steve Carell), is an accountant for Fat Tony (guest voice Joe Mantegna) and his mob. Meanwhile, Lisa adds insects to her vegetarian diet after passing out during a saxophone solo, but starts questioning her decision when bugs start pleading for mercy in her dreams.

star 7.34
729 votes
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Bart Gets a 'Z'

#58 - Bart Gets a 'Z'

The Simpsons Season 21 - Episode 2

Mrs Krabappel is fired from Springfield Elementary after Bart spikes her coffee, causing her to make a drunken fool of herself. She is replaced by a cool new teacher, Mr. Vaughn, who is a quick hit with the kids. Bart, however, struggles with the guilt and considers telling Principal Skinner the truth.

star 7.33
617 votes
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Fatzcarraldo

#59 - Fatzcarraldo

The Simpsons Season 28 - Episode 14

When all the fast food restaurants in Springfield become healthy, Homer turns to the last bastion of greasy food for comfort — and digs up some childhood memories along the way. Meanwhile, Lisa must find a good news story when the future of her school radio station is in jeopardy.

star 7.32
1665 votes
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Love Is in the N2-O2-Ar-CO2-Ne-He-CH4

#60 - Love Is in the N2-O2-Ar-CO2-Ne-He-CH4

The Simpsons Season 27 - Episode 13

Lonely Professor Frink uses science to turn himself into a man whom women find attractive. Then, overwhelmed by the attention, he invents an algorithm to perfectly pair the lonely men and women of Springfield, realizing that scientific exploration is his true love. Meanwhile, Marge, Bart, and Lisa visit Grampa for Valentine’s Day and try to rescue the old folks from a drug-induced hallucination that allows them to relive their happiest memories.

star 7.31
1390 votes
Elementary School Musical

#61 - Elementary School Musical

The Simpsons Season 22 - Episode 1

Marge sends Lisa to a performing arts camp, where counselors and fellow campers inspire her to embrace her creative side; upon returning to Springfield, Lisa grows restless with her boring suburban lifestyle.

star 7.28
632 votes
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Politically Inept, with Homer Simpson

#62 - Politically Inept, with Homer Simpson

The Simpsons Season 23 - Episode 10

Homer lands his own political talk show and becomes the spokesperson for the Gravy Movement. He then is asked to select the next Republican nominee for President and officially endorses right-wing rock star Ted Nugent.

star 7.26
607 votes
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101 Mitigations

#63 - 101 Mitigations

The Simpsons Season 30 - Episode 15

Homer steals Comic Book Guy's car and must either prove his innocence in court or reconcile with him.

star 7.21
452 votes
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No Good Read Goes Unpunished

#64 - No Good Read Goes Unpunished

The Simpsons Season 29 - Episode 15

In an attempt to bring the family together, Marge forces everyone to hand in their electronics and take a trip to a book store.

star 7.19
779 votes
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Her Little Gang-Bang Miracles

#65 - Her Little Gang-Bang Miracles

Shin Chan Season 2 - Episode 12

“The Widow Breaker” – When Miss Katz learns that her estranged friend’s husband was killed in a tragic accident, she sets out to make Samantha jealous of her perfect life… “Whitey’s Man Burden” – Shin’s being lazy again, but this time Mitzi’s had enough! She’s gonna throw him out on his lazy little ass… “Look Who’s Stalking!” – The neighborhood just hasn’t been the same ever since that poodle got raped, and now there’s a creep lurking around the Nohara house…

star 7.17
6 votes
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Gump Roast

#66 - Gump Roast

The Simpsons Season 13 - Episode 17

Our story begins a la "Forrest Gump", with Homer sitting on a park bench waiting for the rest of the family to arrive. While Chief Wiggum initially tells him isn't interested in hearing Homer's life story initially, he becomes intrigued as Homer goes right into it, in the form of flashbacks (clips). Homer is picked up and brought blindfolded to the Springfield Friar's Club where emcee Krusty the Klown and other friends and family roast Homer with their memories (more clips from past episodes). Bart and Lisa start followed by Mr. Burns, Grampa Simpson & Agnes Skinner, Reverend Lovejoy & Ned Flanders (a la "The Smothers Brothers"). The proceedings are interrupted by Kodos and Kang, whom rest the entire fate of humanity upon one human being, Homer Simpson; they cite him as "the fat selfish epitome of modern man". They probe him revealing more clips, which helps prove to them that humans are unfit to continue existing. Lisa talks them into probing the innocent mind of a child. The probing of Maggie's mind reveals to Kodos and Kang the most important thing of all for them; Earth is where there favorite celebrities live. Kodos and Kang attend the "People Choice Awards" and the episode ends with a wacky little ditty celebrating more clips, but telling the viewers "not to fear, they have stories for years."

star 7.06
303 votes
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It’s Actually Better for Anal

#67 - It’s Actually Better for Anal

Shin Chan Season 2 - Episode 6

“Super Happy Fun Time American School Presents: Winter Blunderland!” – It’s a hot time on the ski slopes, all fun and unwanted advances! But Shin finds himself shackled to Miss Katz… That is, until the teacher’s hormones have her distracted. Free at last and ready to party, the little trouble maker stirs up some action of his own on the triple black pass! “Winter Blunderland: Part 2!” – The school trip gets even hotter as things move over to the spa! But when Shin insults Mr. Ench’s half-inch, the principal’s forced to drastic measures! And he’s not the only one out of sorts, as Georgie finds himself outsmarted and Shin takes one for the team… Saving the school from the monkey crotch and from the noodle stretcher?!? “Lucky Bastard Fever Episode 2: Inflatable of Doom!” – Lollipop’s gone off in search of the Flying Pecker, convinced she can save Felipe from himself. But when she finds herself at the madman’s mercy, as well as the center of his plot to flood the earth, Lollipop calls for reinforcements! It’s Bruce… Er, Action Bastard to the rescue!

star 7.00
6 votes
Condescending Spanish for Heiresses

#68 - Condescending Spanish for Heiresses

Shin Chan Season 1 - Episode 25

"The Miseducation of Maso's Will" - Ai is treating Maso like a dog and Penny isn't having it. It's a crash course in manliness but the only tail Maso's chasing is his own. "The Horrible Secret of Count Ench the Magnificent" - Principal Ench displays his skills in prestidigitation and nobody is safe. Look it up. "Ai Yi Yi!" - Ai uses Maso to make Shin jealous… but it's hard to compete with snail poop.

star 6.62
8 votes
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At Least They Pay for the Ouchie

#69 - At Least They Pay for the Ouchie

Shin Chan Season 1 - Episode 21

“Penny’s Mom’s Great Escape” - Penny’s Mom has plans to escape her horrid home-life… and only a spastic five year old stands in her way. “Between A Rock and a Tard Face” - What sort of retard asks Shin to baby-sit a pet rock? Why, the functional sort of course! “Happiness Bunny’s Revenge’s Revenge” - One of Penny's favorite stuffed animals has gone missing. Never turn your back on the Happiness Bunny.

star 6.50
8 votes
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