The Best Episodes of The Simpsons

Last Updated: Oct 30, 2018

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.

Homer the Great

#1 - Homer the Great

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 8.27
550 votes
Directors: Jim Reardon
Writers: John Swartzwelder
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Cape Feare

#2 - Cape Feare

Season 5 - Episode 2

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 8.22
717 votes
Directors: Rich Moore
Writers: Jon Vitti
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Who Shot Mr. Burns? (1)

#3 - Who Shot Mr. Burns? (1)

Season 6 - Episode 25

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 8.22
470 votes
Directors: Jeffrey Lynch
Writers: Josh Weinstein, Bill Oakley
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Mr. Plow

#4 - Mr. Plow

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 8.21
617 votes
Directors: Jim Reardon
Writers: Jon Vitti
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Marge vs. the Monorail

#5 - Marge vs. the Monorail

Season 4 - Episode 12

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

star 8.21
554 votes
Directors: Rich Moore
Writers: Conan O'Brien
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The Springfield Files

#6 - The Springfield Files

Season 8 - Episode 10

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 8.20
504 votes
Writers: Reid Harrison
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Bart's Comet

#7 - Bart's Comet

Season 6 - Episode 14

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 8.17
464 votes
Directors: Bob Anderson
Writers: John Swartzwelder
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Treehouse of Horror V

#8 - Treehouse of Horror V

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 8.16
705 votes
Directors: Jim Reardon
Writers: Greg Danula, Dan McGrath, David X. Cohen, Bob Kushell
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King-Size Homer

#9 - King-Size Homer

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 8.15
631 votes
Directors: Jim Reardon
Writers: Dan Greaney
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Lemon of Troy

#10 - Lemon of Troy

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 8.15
435 votes
Directors: Jim Reardon
Writers: Brent Forrester
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The Boy Who Knew Too Much

#11 - The Boy Who Knew Too Much

Season 5 - Episode 20

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 8.14
438 votes
Directors: Jeffrey Lynch
Writers: John Swartzwelder
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Holidays of Future Passed

#12 - Holidays of Future Passed

Season 23 - Episode 9

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 8.14
701 votes
Directors: Rob Oliver
Writers: Matt Groening, James L. Brooks
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Trilogy of Error

#13 - Trilogy of Error

Season 12 - Episode 18

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 8.13
328 votes
Writers: Matt Selman
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Summer of 4 Ft. 2

#14 - Summer of 4 Ft. 2

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 8.13
374 votes
Directors: Mark Kirkland
Writers: Dan Greaney
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Homer Badman

#15 - Homer Badman

Season 6 - Episode 9

When Homer gropes for a gummy candy stuck to the babysitter's pants, she mistakes his intentions and turns the town against him.

star 8.12
523 votes
Directors: Jeffrey Lynch
Writers: Greg Daniels
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Last Exit to Springfield

#16 - Last Exit to Springfield

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 8.12
490 votes
Directors: Mark Kirkland
Writers: Wallace Wolodarsky, Jay Kogen
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Itchy & Scratchy Land

#17 - Itchy & Scratchy Land

Season 6 - Episode 4

The family's trip to Itchy & Scratchy Land takes an unexpected turn when high-tech robots malfunction and become violent.

star 8.12
599 votes
Directors: Wesley Archer
Writers: John Swartzwelder
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You Only Move Twice

#18 - You Only Move Twice

Season 8 - Episode 2

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 8.12
675 votes
Writers: John Swartzwelder
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Homer vs. the 18th Amendment

#19 - Homer vs. the 18th Amendment

Season 8 - Episode 18

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

star 8.11
444 votes
Directors: Bob Anderson
Writers: John Swartzwelder
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Bart vs. Australia

#20 - Bart vs. Australia

Season 6 - Episode 16

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 8.11
459 votes
Directors: Wesley Archer
Writers: Josh Weinstein, Bill Oakley
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Raging Abe Simpson and his Grumbling Grandson in: 'The Curse of the Flying Hellfish'

#21 - Raging Abe Simpson and his Grumbling Grandson in: 'The Curse of the Flying Hellfish'

Season 7 - Episode 22

When a fellow veteran dies, Grandpa Simpson and Mr. Burns fight for buried WWII treasure as the only surviving members of their battalion.

star 8.11
336 votes
Directors: Jeffrey Lynch
Writers: Jonathan Collier
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Who Shot Mr. Burns? (2)

#22 - Who Shot Mr. Burns? (2)

Season 7 - Episode 1

With Mr. Burns shot, Chief Wiggum investigates the crime, and nearly everyone in town has a motive. At the end, it all comes down to the Simpson DNA.

star 8.10
571 votes
Directors: Wesley Archer
Writers: Josh Weinstein, Bill Oakley
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Homer the Heretic

#23 - Homer the Heretic

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 8.09
587 votes
Directors: Jim Reardon
Writers: George Meyer
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Brother, Can You Spare Two Dimes?

#24 - Brother, Can You Spare Two Dimes?

Season 3 - Episode 24

Homer’s half-brother Herb Powell returns, his finances in ruin from his last encounter with Homer. With a little help from the family, he invents a product that’s sure to turn his life around.

star 8.08
408 votes
Directors: Rich Moore
Writers: John Swartzwelder
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Homer at the Bat

#25 - Homer at the Bat

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 8.07
482 votes
Directors: Jim Reardon
Writers: John Swartzwelder
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