The BEST Episodes of The Simpsons

Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!

Last Updated: Sep 12, 2020

Network: Disney+

Set in Springfield, the average American town, the show focuses on the antics and everyday adventures of the Simpson family; Homer, Marge, Bart, Lisa and Maggie, as well as a virtual cast of thousands. Since the beginning, the series has been a pop culture icon, attracting hundreds of celebrities to guest star. The show has also made name for itself in its fearless satirical take on politics, media and American life in general.

Marge vs. the Monorail

#1 - Marge vs. the Monorail

Season 4 - Episode 12 - Aired Jan 14, 1993

When Springfield gets a sudden windfall, a charismatic traveling salesman convinces the town to build a monorail.

star 8.20
1,645 votes
Directors: Rich Moore
Writers: Conan O'Brien
Homer the Great

#2 - Homer the Great

Season 6 - Episode 12 - Aired Jan 8, 1995

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 8.14
2,033 votes
Directors: Jim Reardon
Writers: John Swartzwelder
Who Shot Mr. Burns? Part One

#3 - Who Shot Mr. Burns? Part One

Season 6 - Episode 25 - Aired May 21, 1995

In Part I of this two-part suspense story, Mr. Burns' evil schemes go too far. When Burns winds up shot, everyone is a suspect.

star 8.13
1,611 votes
Directors: Jeffrey Lynch
Writers: Bill Oakley, Josh Weinstein
The Boy Who Knew Too Much

#4 - The Boy Who Knew Too Much

Season 5 - Episode 20 - Aired May 5, 1994

Playing hooky, Bart sneaks onto the Quimby Compound and is the only witness when Mayor Quimby's ne'er-do-well nephew Freddy allegedly assaults a snooty French butler. But if he comes forward, he will be punished for truancy.

star 8.10
1,602 votes
Directors: Jeffrey Lynch
Writers: John Swartzwelder
Lemon of Troy

#5 - Lemon of Troy

Season 6 - Episode 24 - Aired May 14, 1995

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

star 8.09
1,685 votes
Directors: Jim Reardon
Writers: Brent Forrester
Cape Feare

#6 - Cape Feare

Season 5 - Episode 2 - Aired Oct 7, 1993

When Bart receives death threats from newly paroled Sideshow Bob, the family goes into the Witness Relocation Program and starts a new life on a houseboat on Terror Lake.

star 8.09
2,154 votes
Directors: Rich Moore
Writers: Jon Vitti
Burns' Heir

#7 - Burns' Heir

Season 5 - Episode 18 - Aired Apr 14, 1994

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 8.07
1,458 votes
Directors: Mark Kirkland
Writers: Jace Richdale
The Springfield Files

#8 - The Springfield Files

Season 8 - Episode 10 - Aired Jan 12, 1997

Homer witnesses something out of this world in Springfield woods, but no one believes him -- not even FBI agents Fox Mulder and Dana Scully, who come to investigate the incident.

star 8.06
1,665 votes
Writers: Reid Harrison
You Only Move Twice

#9 - You Only Move Twice

Season 8 - Episode 2 - Aired Nov 3, 1996

When Homer accepts a job offer, the Simpsons move to Cypress Creek, where everything seems too good to be true. Finally happy at his job, Homer fails to notice that his new boss is an evil megalomaniac bent on world domination.

star 8.06
2,302 votes
Writers: John Swartzwelder
Trilogy of Error

#10 - Trilogy of Error

Season 12 - Episode 18 - Aired Apr 29, 2001

Homer's thumb is cut off following breakfast and the episode follows three different paths. Homer's day: as he and Marge race to get his thumb reattached. Lisa's day: as she misses the bus and tries to get to school so that she can win the science fair, but finds herself at one point at West Springfield Elementary. Bart's day: as he and Milhouse make use of a stash of fireworks that Fat Tony has illegally smuggled into the country. In the end their respective paths come together.

star 8.02
1,211 votes
Writers: Matt Selman
22 Short Films About Springfield

#11 - 22 Short Films About Springfield

Season 7 - Episode 21 - Aired Apr 14, 1996

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

star 8.02
1,425 votes
Directors: Jim Reardon
Writers: Brent Forrester, David X. Cohen, Greg Daniels, Jennifer Crittenden, Jonathan Collier, Josh Weinstein, Matt Groening, Rachel Pulido, Richard Appel, Steve Tompkins
Rosebud

#12 - Rosebud

Season 5 - Episode 4 - Aired Oct 21, 1993

Mr. Burns pines away for Bobo, his beloved childhood teddy bear and symbol of lost innocence. When the bear turns up in Maggie's possession, the resulting tug of war affects the whole town.

star 8.02
1,781 votes
Directors: Wesley Archer
Writers: John Swartzwelder
Bart vs. Australia

#13 - Bart vs. Australia

Season 6 - Episode 16 - Aired Feb 19, 1995

After Bart's prank phone call to Australia goes awry, the Simpsons must fly out to the land down under and apologize to the Australian people. When they discover Bart's penalty will be a kick in the pants, international relations deteriorate.

star 8.01
1,639 votes
Directors: Wesley Archer
Writers: Bill Oakley, Josh Weinstein
Mountain of Madness

#14 - Mountain of Madness

Season 8 - Episode 12 - Aired Feb 2, 1997

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

star 8.01
1,498 votes
Directors: Mark Kirkland
Writers: John Swartzwelder
Homie the Clown

#15 - Homie the Clown

Season 6 - Episode 15 - Aired Feb 12, 1995

Krusty the Clown's reckless spending forces him to open a clown college to keep afloat. New graduate Homer discovers the perks and perils of being Krusty.

star 8.01
1,465 votes
Directors: David Silverman
Writers: John Swartzwelder
Whacking Day

#16 - Whacking Day

Season 4 - Episode 20 - Aired Apr 29, 1993

Lisa takes a stand against Springfield's annual snake-bashing festival.

star 7.99
1,346 votes
Directors: Jeffrey Lynch
Writers: John Swartzwelder
Bart's Comet

#17 - Bart's Comet

Season 6 - Episode 14 - Aired Feb 5, 1995

When Bart is forced to assist Principal Skinner in early-morning astronomy observations, he discovers a giant comet heading towards Springfield. Facing impending doom, the entire town shows up at the Flanders family bomb shelter.

star 7.99
1,752 votes
Directors: Bob Anderson
Writers: John Swartzwelder
Secrets of a Successful Marriage

#18 - Secrets of a Successful Marriage

Season 5 - Episode 22 - Aired May 19, 1994

Homer teaches an adult education class on successful marriage, but his students show little interest until he starts telling them juicy details of his marriage to Marge. Furious, Marge kicks Homer out.

star 7.99
1,752 votes
Directors: Carlos Baeza
Writers: Greg Daniels
Lisa the Greek

#19 - Lisa the Greek

Season 3 - Episode 14 - Aired Jan 23, 1992

Sundays become “Daddy-Daughter Days” when Homer discovers Lisa’s uncanny ability to pick winning football teams.

star 7.98
1,513 votes
Directors: Rich Moore
Writers: Jay Kogen, Wallace Wolodarsky
Homer vs. the 18th Amendment

#20 - Homer vs. the 18th Amendment

Season 8 - Episode 18 - Aired Mar 16, 1997

When Prohibition is revived in Springfield, Homer and Bart supply the town with alcohol.

star 7.97
1,709 votes
Directors: Bob Anderson
Writers: John Swartzwelder
Bart the Daredevil

#21 - Bart the Daredevil

Season 2 - Episode 8 - Aired Dec 6, 1990

Bart decides to emulate his hero, daredevil Lance Murdoch, and performs increasingly risky stunts on his skateboard. When he sets his sights on Springfield Gorge, Homer intervenes.

star 7.97
1,642 votes
Directors: Wesley Archer
Writers: Jay Kogen, Wallace Wolodarsky
Itchy & Scratchy: The Movie

#22 - Itchy & Scratchy: The Movie

Season 4 - Episode 6 - Aired Nov 3, 1992

When Bart's misdeeds at school and at home reach new extremes, Homer puts his foot down and imposes the ultimate punishment: Bart is forbidden to go see the new Itchy & Scratchy movie.

star 7.95
1,948 votes
Directors: Rich Moore
Writers: John Swartzwelder
Holidays of Future Passed

#23 - Holidays of Future Passed

Season 23 - Episode 9 - Aired Dec 11, 2011

In this futuristic holiday episode, Bart is a deadbeat dad living in Springfield Elementary (which is now an apartment complex instead of a school) with Principal Skinner as his landlord. Meanwhile, a pregnant Maggie goes into labor during a family dinner.

star 7.95
2,727 votes
Directors: Rob Oliver
Writers: James L. Brooks, Matt Groening
Deep Space Homer

#24 - Deep Space Homer

Season 5 - Episode 15 - Aired Feb 24, 1994

Dejected by a lack of recognition at work, Homer makes a crank call to NASA and winds up being chosen to ride into space with astronauts.

star 7.95
1,660 votes
Directors: Carlos Baeza
Writers: David Mirkin
Duffless

#25 - Duffless

Season 4 - Episode 16 - Aired Feb 18, 1993

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
1,598 votes
Directors: Jim Reardon
Writers: David M. Stern