The WORST Episodes of The Simpsons

Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!

Last Updated: Jan 3, 2020

Network: FOX

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.

All Singing, All Dancing

#1 - All Singing, All Dancing

Season 9 - Episode 11 - Aired Jan 4, 1998

Homer rents a Clint Eastwood movie and is dismayed to find it's a musical. Using clips from past episodes, the rest of the family reminds him about the many times he and other members of the family and town have broken into song and dance.

star 6.32
1,253 votes
Directors: Mark Ervin
Writers: Steve O'Donnell
Love, Springfieldian Style

#2 - Love, Springfieldian Style

Season 19 - Episode 12 - Aired Feb 17, 2008

After being stranded in a Tunnel of Love ride at a carnival, Homer, Marge and Bart pass the time by sharing some of the greatest love stories of all time.

star 6.60
810 votes
Writers: Don Payne
Marge the Lumberjill

#3 - Marge the Lumberjill

Season 31 - Episode 6 - Aired Nov 10, 2019

Marge becomes a competitive lumberjack and goes on a month-long retreat to Portland with her trainer, whom Homer fears will take his wife away from him.

star 6.81
308 votes
Directors: Rob Oliver
Writers: Ryan Koh
Moe Goes from Rags to Riches

#4 - Moe Goes from Rags to Riches

Season 23 - Episode 12 - Aired Jan 29, 2012

After Moe is heckled for not having any real companions, Moe's best friend and beloved bar rag narrates his incredible thousand-year journey to Springfield. Beginning in the Middle Ages, the bar rag was loomed into a beautiful and ornate medieval tapestry and traveled around the globe through the hands of royalty before finding himself found himself at Moe's Tavern. Meanwhile, Bart begs Milhouse for forgiveness after the two friends get into a tiff, and when the bar rag goes missing, Moe realizes that he has more friends than he thought.

star 6.81
2,441 votes
Directors: Bob Anderson
Writers: James L. Brooks, Matt Groening
Go Big or Go Homer

#5 - Go Big or Go Homer

Season 31 - Episode 2 - Aired Oct 6, 2019

Homer is demoted to supervising interns, among whom is go-getter millennial Mike, a 35-year-old who asks Homer to be his mentor. However, when Homer inspires Mike to start a business of his own, the two find themselves being chased by the mob.

star 6.87
406 votes
Writers: John Frink
Million Dollar Abie

#6 - Million Dollar Abie

Season 17 - Episode 16 - Aired Apr 2, 2006

Homer spearheads the effort to get pro-football to bring a new franchise to Springfield. The football commissioner, on his way to officially award the franchise, stops at the Simpson house where Grandpa (mistaking him for a burglar) attacks him. Springfield loses out and Abe becomes the town’s pariah. After trying and failing assisted suicide, Abe decides to live his life without fear and when the town decides to reuse their football stadium as a bullfighting ring, he volunteers to be the toreador. Ever the activist, granddaughter Lisa protests his new profession.

star 6.90
717 votes
Writers: Tim Long
The Fat Blue Line

#7 - The Fat Blue Line

Season 31 - Episode 3 - Aired Oct 13, 2019

When the wrong man is arrested for pickpocketing Springfield during the San Castellaneta street festival, Chief Wiggum sets out to catch the real criminal.

star 6.90
382 votes
Directors: Michael Polcino
Writers: Bill Odenkirk
Another Simpsons Clip Show

#8 - Another Simpsons Clip Show

Season 6 - Episode 3 - Aired Sep 25, 1994

After reading the weepy best-seller The Bridges of Madison County, Marge sits down with the family and recalls romantic moments, along with temptations from her bowling instructor Jacques and Homer's coworker Mindy.

star 6.90
1,433 votes
Directors: David Silverman
Writers: Penny Wise
The Simpsons Spin-Off Showcase

#9 - The Simpsons Spin-Off Showcase

Season 8 - Episode 24 - Aired May 11, 1997

Troy McClure presents three Simpsons spinoff spoofs: In "Chief Wiggum, P.I.," Chief Wiggum becomes a New Orleans detective. Next, Grampa Simpson's soul is trapped inside Moe's Love tester machine in "The Love-Matic Grampa." Finally, the Simpson family hosts a '70s-style variety show.

star 6.92
1,182 votes
Directors: Neil Affleck
Writers: Dan Greaney, David X. Cohen, Steve Tompkins
Gorillas on the Mast

#10 - Gorillas on the Mast

Season 31 - Episode 5 - Aired Nov 3, 2019

After a trip to Aquatraz Water Park, Lisa becomes determined to set free Springfield's most vicious animals in captivity. Meanwhile, Homer fulfills a lifelong dream of buying a boat, and quickly realizes boat ownership sucks.

star 6.92
328 votes
Directors: Matthew Nastuk
Writers: Max Cohn
Once Upon a Time in Springfield

#11 - Once Upon a Time in Springfield

Season 21 - Episode 10 - Aired Jan 10, 2010

Krusty is approached by two network executives who want to bring on female co-star Princess Penelope to increase the show's female demographic. The onstage and behind-the-scenes rapport between Krusty and Princess Penelope grows, and before long, Krusty asks for his co-star's hand in marriage. Meanwhile, when Mr. Burns puts a stop to the free doughnuts at the plant to cut costs, Homer, Lenny and Carl decide to meet with a headhunter who specializes in nuclear workers and opens their eyes to opportunities free of draconian doughnut-cutting measures.

star 6.93
2,205 votes
 I'm Just a Girl Who Can't Say D'oh

#12 - I'm Just a Girl Who Can't Say D'oh

Season 30 - Episode 20 - Aired Apr 7, 2019

Marge becomes director of Springfield's local theater, armed with Lisa's script resembling "Hamilton"; Homer joins a baby class with Maggie, and he takes a liking to supervisor Chloe.

star 6.94
449 votes
Directors: Michael Polcino
Writers: Jeff Martin, Jenna Martin
Lisa the Drama Queen

#13 - Lisa the Drama Queen

Season 20 - Episode 9 - Aired Jan 25, 2009

Lisa lets her imagination run wild when she makes a new friend and they create a magical kingdom together called Equalia, complete with characters and plotlines. But they find themselves facing a nightmare when the boundaries between reality and fantasy are blurred. With the voice of Emily Blunt.

star 6.95
1,658 votes
Directors: Matthew Nastuk
Writers: Brian Kelley
Elementary School Musical

#14 - Elementary School Musical

Season 22 - Episode 1 - Aired Sep 26, 2010

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 6.96
3,825 votes
Directors: Mark Kirkland
Writers: Tim Long
The Serfsons

#15 - The Serfsons

Season 29 - Episode 1 - Aired Oct 1, 2017

In a magical medieval world, Marge's mother is turned into an Ice Walker and the only way for Homer to afford the cure is to force Lisa to use illegal magic. When the King discovers this, he kidnaps Lisa, and Homer must lead a feudal uprising to save her.

star 6.97
1,915 votes
Writers: Brian Kelley
Gorgeous Grampa

#16 - Gorgeous Grampa

Season 24 - Episode 14 - Aired Mar 3, 2013

Homer's obsession with the TV show "Storage Battles" leads the family to discover Grampa's past identity as "Gorgeous Godfrey," the most feared, villainous man in pro-wrestling history. What's more amazing, he was once revered by a young Montgomery Burns, who now convinces Grampa to get back in the ring. But when Bart starts to adopt some of his grandfather's former cheating ways, Grampa must reconcile with his past before it's too late.

star 6.97
2,169 votes
Directors: Chuck Sheetz
Writers: Matt Selman
No Good Read Goes Unpunished

#17 - No Good Read Goes Unpunished

Season 29 - Episode 15 - Aired Apr 8, 2018

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 6.97
815 votes
Directors: Mark Kirkland
Writers: Jeff Westbrook
3 Scenes Plus a Tag From a Marriage

#18 - 3 Scenes Plus a Tag From a Marriage

Season 29 - Episode 13 - Aired Mar 25, 2018

Homer and Marge recount the story of their transition from loving their life without kids to being miserable parents

star 6.98
869 votes
Directors: Matthew Nastuk
Writers: Max Pross, Tom Gammill
Homer Simpson, This Is Your Wife

#19 - Homer Simpson, This Is Your Wife

Season 17 - Episode 15 - Aired Mar 26, 2006

Homer is stoked for a party, where Lenny shows off his new plasma screen HD TV. Three days later and Homer still hasn’t left Lenny’s apartment. Lenny eventually gets him to leave and Marge enters them in a contest where they can win a plasma TV of their own. They don’t win, but 3rd place gets them a tour of the FOX studios, where Homer learns about a wife-swapping show where he can win enough money to buy his own plasma TV. Marge agrees to appear and they exchange wives with the Heathbar family. Charles Heathbar winds up falling in love with Marge (who is giving him what he needs), while his real wife Verity finds Homer detestable.

star 6.99
966 votes
Directors: Matthew Nastuk
Writers: Ricky Gervais
Fears of a Clown

#20 - Fears of a Clown

Season 29 - Episode 14 - Aired Apr 1, 2018

Everybody is now horrified of clowns after Bart's prank using clown masks, which also causes Krusty to lose his job. He attempts a comeback as a dramatic actor in the play "The Salesman's Bad Day", with Llewellyn Sinclair as his director.

star 6.99
838 votes
Writers: Michael Price
The Boys of Bummer

#21 - The Boys of Bummer

Season 18 - Episode 18 - Aired Apr 29, 2007

Bart becomes a hometown hero when he makes the game-winning catch at his Little League game, sending the Springfield Isotots to the championship for the very first time. Meanwhile, Homer runs into some luck, when a customer misunderstands Homer's excuses for a sales pitch after falling asleep in a department store's display bed. The impressed store owner hires Homer as a salesman.

star 6.99
870 votes
Directors: Rob Oliver
Writers: Michael Price
Woo-Hoo Dunnit

#22 - Woo-Hoo Dunnit

Season 30 - Episode 22 - Aired May 5, 2019

The documentary crime series “Dateline: Springfield” goes in-depth to solve the case of Lisa’s missing college fund.

star 7.00
430 votes
Writers: Brian Kelley
Homer the Whopper

#23 - Homer the Whopper

Season 21 - Episode 1 - Aired Sep 27, 2009

Homer gets the lead in a movie about a superhero who can take on the powers of every superhero in any comic book he touches. To whip Homer into superhero shape, the studio hires a celebrity fitness trainer.

star 7.00
3,190 votes
Directors: Lance Kramer
Writers: Evan Goldberg, Seth Rogen
Moe Letter Blues

#24 - Moe Letter Blues

Season 21 - Episode 21 - Aired May 9, 2010

As Mother's Day approaches, Moe narrates an episode in which he writes a letter to Homer, Apu and Reverend Lovejoy, who are vacationing with their children, and threatens to run away with one of their wives. While the trio tries to determine whose wife Moe is referring to, Homer, Lovejoy and Apu flashback to the intimate moments they initially ignored between Moe and Marge, Manjula and Helen Lovejoy. But when the boys return from their trip, they're in for the surprise of their lives.

star 7.01
2,321 votes
Whistler's Father

#25 - Whistler's Father

Season 29 - Episode 3 - Aired Oct 15, 2017

Homer discovers that Maggie is a whistling savant and launches her baby-celebrity career. Meanwhile, Marge impresses Fat Tony with her interior design taste, and he hires her to style his brothel.

star 7.02
1,425 votes
Writers: Max Pross, Tom Gammill