The BEST episodes of The Simpsons

Every episode of The Simpsons ever, ranked from best to worst by thousands of votes from fans of the show. The best episodes of The Simpsons!

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.

Last Updated: 7/5/2024Network: FOXStatus: Continuing
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Marge vs. the Monorail
star
8.24
1851 votes

#1 - Marge vs. the Monorail

Season 4 - Episode 12 - Aired 1/14/1993

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

Directors: Rich Moore
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Who Shot Mr. Burns? (1)
star
8.16
1711 votes

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

Season 6 - Episode 25 - Aired 5/21/1995

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.

Directors: Jeffrey Lynch
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Homer the Great
star
8.15
2131 votes

#3 - Homer the Great

Season 6 - Episode 12 - Aired 1/8/1995

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.

Directors: Jim Reardon
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Cape Feare
star
8.12
2306 votes

#4 - Cape Feare

Season 5 - Episode 2 - Aired 10/7/1993

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.

Directors: Rich Moore
Writer: Jon Vitti
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The Springfield Files
star
8.10
1787 votes

#5 - The Springfield Files

Season 8 - Episode 10 - Aired 1/12/1997

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.

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You Only Move Twice
star
8.10
2427 votes

#6 - You Only Move Twice

Season 8 - Episode 2 - Aired 11/3/1996

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.

Directors: Mike B. Anderson
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Lemon of Troy
star
8.09
1777 votes

#7 - Lemon of Troy

Season 6 - Episode 24 - Aired 5/14/1995

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

Directors: Jim Reardon
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The Boy Who Knew Too Much
star
8.06
1714 votes

#8 - The Boy Who Knew Too Much

Season 5 - Episode 20 - Aired 5/5/1994

Bart witnesses the alleged assault of a waiter by Mayor Quimby's nephew, but coming forward will mean admitting to skipping class and facing the consequences.

Directors: Jeffrey Lynch
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22 Short Films About Springfield
star
8.03
1552 votes

#9 - 22 Short Films About Springfield

Season 7 - Episode 21 - Aired 4/14/1996

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

Directors: Jim Reardon
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Trilogy of Error
star
8.02
1335 votes

#10 - Trilogy of Error

Season 12 - Episode 18 - Aired 4/29/2001

Homer's rush to the hospital to re-attach his severed thumb, Lisa's rush to school to win the science fair, and Bart's run-in with an illegal fireworks scheme interconnect from their points of view.

Directors: Mike B. Anderson
Writer: Matt Selman
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Burns' Heir
star
8.02
1589 votes

#11 - Burns' Heir

Season 5 - Episode 18 - Aired 4/14/1994

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.

Directors: Mark Kirkland
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Homer vs. the 18th Amendment
star
8.01
1820 votes

#12 - Homer vs. the 18th Amendment

Season 8 - Episode 18 - Aired 3/16/1997

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

Directors: Bob Anderson
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Mountain of Madness
star
8.01
1612 votes

#13 - Mountain of Madness

Season 8 - Episode 12 - Aired 2/2/1997

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

Directors: Mark Kirkland
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Bart vs. Australia
star
7.99
1749 votes

#14 - Bart vs. Australia

Season 6 - Episode 16 - Aired 2/19/1995

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.

Directors: Wesley Archer
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Rosebud
star
7.99
1941 votes

#15 - Rosebud

Season 5 - Episode 4 - Aired 10/21/1993

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.

Directors: Wesley Archer
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Homie the Clown
star
7.98
1590 votes

#16 - Homie the Clown

Season 6 - Episode 15 - Aired 2/12/1995

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.

Directors: David Silverman
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Deep Space Homer
star
7.97
1818 votes

#17 - Deep Space Homer

Season 5 - Episode 15 - Aired 2/24/1994

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.

Directors: Carlos Baeza
Writer: David Mirkin
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Bart's Comet
star
7.96
1866 votes

#18 - Bart's Comet

Season 6 - Episode 14 - Aired 2/5/1995

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.

Directors: Bob Anderson
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Itchy & Scratchy: The Movie
star
7.95
2083 votes

#19 - Itchy & Scratchy: The Movie

Season 4 - Episode 6 - Aired 11/3/1992

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.

Directors: Rich Moore
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Lisa the Greek
star
7.95
1660 votes

#20 - Lisa the Greek

Season 3 - Episode 14 - Aired 1/23/1992

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

Directors: Rich Moore
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Flaming Moe's
star
7.95
1827 votes

#21 - Flaming Moe's

Season 3 - Episode 10 - Aired 11/21/1991

Moe steals the drink recipe Homer invented, and the rechristened “Flaming Moe” turns his tavern into a hotspot. When a national franchise wants to buy the recipe, Homer wants revenge.

Writer: Robert Cohen
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Mr. Plow
star
7.94
2168 votes

#22 - Mr. Plow

Season 4 - Episode 9 - Aired 11/19/1992

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.

Directors: Jim Reardon
Writer: Jon Vitti
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King-Size Homer
star
7.94
2091 votes

#23 - King-Size Homer

Season 7 - Episode 7 - Aired 11/5/1995

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.

Directors: Jim Reardon
Writer: Dan Greaney
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Secrets of a Successful Marriage
star
7.94
1891 votes

#24 - Secrets of a Successful Marriage

Season 5 - Episode 22 - Aired 5/19/1994

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.

Directors: Carlos Baeza
Writer: Greg Daniels
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Treehouse of Horror IV
star
7.93
2188 votes

#25 - Treehouse of Horror IV

Season 5 - Episode 5 - Aired 10/28/1993

In "The Devil and Homer Simpson," Homer sells his soul for a doughnut. In "Terror at 5 1/2 Feet," everyone doubts Bart's sanity when he's the only one to see a gremlin sabotaging the school bus. In "Bart Simpson's Dracula," the family turns into vampires, and Lisa sends Homer to the Burns mansion in an attempt to kill the head vampire.

Directors: David Silverman
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