The BEST Episodes of The Simpsons
Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!
Last Updated: Nov 3, 2020
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.
#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.
#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.
#3 - Who Shot Mr. Burns? (1)
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.
#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.
#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.
#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.
#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.
#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.
#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.
#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.
#11 - 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.
#12 - 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.
#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.
#14 - 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.
#15 - 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.
#16 - Whacking Day
Season 4 - Episode 20 - Aired Apr 29, 1993
Lisa takes a stand against Springfield's annual snake-bashing festival.
#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.
#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.
#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.
#20 - 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.
#21 - 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.
#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.
#23 - 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.
#24 - 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.
#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.