Saturday, August 23

The Top 100 Simpsons Episodes Of All-Time: Honorable Mentions.



Hey there, kids. I sincerely hope you've been enjoying the countdown of our 100 favorite Simpsons episodes of all-time. If you've been following along with us from the beginning, there's no doubt that you have your arguments as to why my particular list was completely wrong from start to (eventual) finish. Today, before we launch into our Top 50 next week, I wanted to briefly talk about how I took my favorite television series ever, and managed to handpick my 100 personal favorites (and 5 least-favorites, which you'll see tomorrow).

First off, it goes without saying that this is a 100% opinion-based countdown. If you want to take the time to explain to me in detail why no episode produced in the last decade should have made the countdown, I implore you to create a list of your own, print that list out, tightly roll it up and shove it deep within the black recesses of your anal cavity, because nobody cares.

It would have been easy, sterile and boringly similar to every other Simpsons list to go that route. Therefore, I made it a point to feature a certain amount of episodes from all 20* seasons thus far. If there was a recent episode that I quite enjoyed, it took a certain amount of precedence over an episode I may have enjoyed a decade ago. I find certain 'classic' episodes overrated. I find certain 'recent' episodes underrated (Seasons 19 and 20 have been arguably the best of the new millennium). I haven't seen that 'Mr. Plow' episode in forever, so it got lost in the shuffle when it came time to sift through over 220 hours of landmark TV. Stuff like that.

(*This countdown is a re-post from 2009, if you didn't already know. Seasons 21-25 are not represented in this list.)

I stand by my countdown, but for a show with as many good episodes as The Simpsons, I can't spotlight them all. Therefore, here is a compendium list to my Top 100; a list of 35 additional episodes that did not make my Top 100. There is at least one episode from each season here, and they all could have arguably made the Countdown. Maybe this will cork the cryholes of some of the more vocal critics out there. Enjoy!

Season 1
"Moaning Lisa" (Episode 6 Overall)
"The Telltale Head" (Episode 8 Overall)

Season 2
"Dancin' Homer" (Episode 18 Overall)
"Dead Putting Society" (Episode 19 Overall)
"Lisa's Substitute" (Episode 32 Overall)

Season 3
"Mr. Lisa Goes To Washington" (Episode 37 Overall)
"Bart's Friend Falls In Love" (Episode 58 Overall)

Season 4
"Kamp Krusty" (Episode 60 Overall)
"Itchy & Scratchy: The Movie" (Episode 65 Overall)
"Marge Gets A Job" (Episode 66 Overall)
"Mr. Plow" (Episode 68 Overall)
"Whacking Day" (Episode 79 Overall)

Season 5
"Lisa vs. Malibu Stacy" (Episode 95 Overall)
"Bart Gets An Elephant" (Episode 98 Overall)
"Burns' Heir" (Episode 99 Overall)

Season 6
"Grampa vs. Sexual Inadequacy" (Episode 113 Overall)
"Bart's Comet" (Episode 117 Overall)

Season 7
"Radioactive Man" (Episode 130 Overall)
"The Day The Violence Died" (Episode 146 Overall)
"The Curse Of The Flying Hellfish" (Episode 150 Overall)

Season 8
"Hurricane Neddy" (Episode 161 Overall)
"The Itchy & Scratchy & Poochie Show" (Episode 167 Overall)

Season 9
"The Trouble With Trillions" (Episode 198 Overall)

Season 10
"Kidney Trouble" (Episode 211 Overall)
"Homer To The Max" (Episode 216 Overall)

Season 11
"Eight Misbehavin'" (Episode 233 Overall)

Season 12
"Hungry, Hungry Homer" (Episode 263 Overall)

Season 13
"Half-Decent Proposal" (Episode 279 Overall)

Season 14
"I'm Spelling As Fast As I Can" (Episode 303 Overall)

Season 15
"Marge vs. Singles, Seniors, Childless Couples And Teens And Gays" (Episode 321 Overall)

Season 16
"Midnight Rx" (Episode 341 Overall)

Season 17
"The Italian Bob" (Episode 364 Overall)

Season 18
"You Kent Always Say What You Want" (Episode 400 Overall)

Season 19
"Mona Leaves-a" (Episode 419 Overall)

Season 20
"Mypods and Boomsticks" (Episode 427 Overall)

Boom. Ass covered; argument averted. Sound off in the comments section and enjoy your weekend. The Top 50 arrives next week, and my list of the 5 worst Simpsons episodes of all-time is up tomorrow.

Friday, August 22

The Top 100 Simpsons Episodes Of All-Time: #60-51.


#60 – ‘Bart vs. Australia

Season 6 – Episode 16 (Episode 119 Overall)

Synopsis – In order to prove Lisa wrong about the Coriolis Effect, Bart collect calls Australia, but the call lasts six hours and costs $900.00. After the call's recipient complains, Australia indicts Bart for fraud. The United States State Department negotiates a settlement, with Bart having to publicly apologize in Australia. There, after Bart apologizes, the parliament wishes to give him the additional punishment of a booting.


#59 – ‘$pringfield (Or, How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love Legalized Gambling)
Season 5 – Episode 10 (Episode 91 Overall)

Synopsis – After the local economy stalls, everyone in town votes for gambling to be legalized, prompting Mr. Burns to open a casino. Homer becomes a blackjack dealer, and Marge to become so addicted to gambling that she forgets about her family life. Meanwhile, Bart opens up his own casino, and Lisa struggles to create a costume for a school pageant.


#58 – ‘King-Size Homer
Season 7 – Episode 7 (Episode 135 Overall)

Synopsis – Unhappy with the Springfield Nuclear Power Plant's new exercise program, Homer decides to get on workman's comp by purposely gaining 61 pounds. He succeeds in his goal and is able to work at home, but finds that a nuclear meltdown is about to take place at the plant.


#57 – ‘Lisa’s Pony
Season 3 – Episode 8 (Episode 43 Overall)

Synopsis – When Lisa requires a new saxophone reed for her talent recital, she asks Homer, who immediately promises to buy her one. Though when Homer breaks his promise, he makes up for it by giving Lisa the one thing she had always wanted, a pony named Princess. With a new pony in the house, Homer struggles with two jobs to cover the cost.


#56 – ‘Three Men And A Comic Book
Season 2 – Episode 21 (Episode 34 Overall)

Synopsis – Bart, Milhouse and Martin Prince pool their money together to buy the first Radioactive Man comic from Comic Book Guy. They discover that they are unable to share the comic and due to their mistrust of each other, end up destroying it.


#55 – ‘Grift Of The Magi

Season 11 – Episode 9 (Episode 235 Overall)

Synopsis – When Springfield Elementary goes bankrupt after blowing all their funds on a system of shoddy wheelchair ramps (to help Bart after he is confined to a wheelchair following an injury to his coccyx), a toy company takes over the school with a marketing scheme in mind.


#54 – '22 Short Films About Springfield
Season 7 – Episode 21 (Episode 149 Overall)

Synopsis – Bart and Milhouse wonder if anything interesting happens to the citizens of Springfield, which leads to a chain of vignettes about the lives of Springfielders including Apu, Mr. Burns, Dr. Nick, Moe, Principal Skinner, Chief Wiggum, Bumblebee Man, Reverend Lovejoy, Cletus and Comic Book Guy.


#53 – ‘The War Of The Simpsons
Season 2 – Episode 20 (Episode 33 Overall)

Synopsis – After Homer gets drunk at a party, Marge decides to sign them up for a marriage counseling retreat. Homer finds out that the retreat will be held at Catfish Lake and packs his fishing equipment, despite Marge telling him that all they will be doing is resolving their differences.


#52 – ‘Make Room For Lisa
Season 10 – Episode 16 (Episode 219 Overall)

Synopsis – When Homer uses Lisa's room as a cellular phone transmitter to pay off damages done to the Bill of Rights at a Smithsonian exhibit, Lisa begins developing stress-related stomach aches and fears that she and Homer will never be close because of their clashing personalities. Meanwhile, Marge uses Maggie's baby monitor to listen in on phone calls.


#51 – ‘Homerpalooza
Season 7 – Episode 24 (Episode 152 Overall)

Synopsis – In an attempt to show his kids how hip he is, Homer takes Bart and Lisa to the Hullabalooza music festival where Homer is hired as a sideshow freak who can withstand the force of cannonball blasts.

Thursday, August 21

The Top 100 Simpsons Episodes Of All-Time: #70-61.


#70 – ‘Home Away From Homer

Season 16 – Episode 20 (Episode 355 Overall)

Synopsis – Ned rents a room to two college girls who, without his knowledge, use the spare room to broadcast live softcore pornographic videos of themselves. Upset that no one in town told him this, Ned moves to the seemingly perfect town of Humble, Pennsylvania, while a brash coach moves into Flanders' house and begins harassing Homer the same way Homer harassed Ned.


#69 – ‘The Call Of The Simpsons
Season 1 – Episode 7 (Episode 7 Overall)

Synopsis – Homer becomes envious of Flanders' new RV and goes to "Bob's RV Round-up" to buy one of his own. Settling on a dilapidated camper, he takes the family camping and in the process destroys the RV. Leaving Lisa and Marge behind, Bart and Homer try to find their way back to civilization, but have little luck. Later on, Homer is mistaken for Bigfoot and captured.


#68 – ‘Cape Feare
Season 5 – Episode 2 (Episode 83 Overall)

Synopsis – Bart starts receiving threatening letters in the mail and it is soon revealed that they were sent to him by Sideshow Bob. Bob is released from prison, so Bart is placed in the Witness Relocation Program and the Simpson family is moved to Terror Lake. However, Bob follows the Simpsons there and sneaks onto the family's house boat to kill him.


#67 – ‘It’s A Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad Marge
Season 11 – Episode 21 (Episode 247 Overall)

Synopsis – Otto dumps his fiancee, Becky, at the altar, leaving her to become the Simpsons' latest houseguest, prompting Marge to go insane when Patty and Selma scare Marge with thoughts of Becky replacing Marge as a wife and mother.


#66 – ‘Oh Brother, Where Art Thou?
Season 2 – Episode 15 (Episode 28 Overall)

Synopsis – Grampa confesses that Homer has a half-brother, who immediately tries to track him down. Homer eventually discovers that his half brother is Herbert Powell, the head of a car manufacturer in Detroit. Herb immediately starts to bond with Bart and Lisa and he invites Homer to design his own car. Homer's car design is a disaster, causing Herb to become bankrupt.


#65 – ‘Alone Again, Natura-Diddily

Season 11 – Episode 14 (Episode 240 Overall)

Synopsis – Maude Flanders is killed in a freak accident during a stock car race, devastating Ned and prompting Homer to find a new woman for his grieving neighbor.


#64 – ‘I (Annoyed Grunt)-Bot
Season 15 – Episode 9 (Episode 322 Overall)

Synopsis – Homer builds a battle robot to win Bart's respect, and places it in a tournament against other robots. What Bart does not know, though, is that the robot is actually Homer in costume. Meanwhile, Snowball II dies and Lisa tries to find a replacement cat.


#63 – ‘Summer Of 4 Ft. 2
Season 7 – Episode 25 (Episode 153 Overall)

Synopsis – At the start of summer, Ned Flanders asks Homer to take care of his beach house in Little Pwagmattasquarmsettport. The family decides to go there and Lisa, realizing that she is not as cool as she thinks, uses the new locale as a chance to rid herself of her nerd image and becomes a surfer girl.


#62 – ‘I’m Goin’ To Praiseland
Season 12 – Episode 19 (Episode 267 Overall)

Synopsis – After finding a sketchbook belonging to his late wife Maude, Ned Flanders opens a Bible-themed amusement park to honor her memory.


#61 – ‘Homer vs. The Eighteenth Amendment
Season 8 – Episode 18 (Episode 171 Overall)

Synopsis – Alcohol is banned from Springfield after Bart accidentally gets drunk at a town parade. Rex Banner is appointed to replace Chief Wiggum as police chief to enforce the new laws and stop Fat Tony from smuggling. Rex is successful, but then Homer starts to smuggle alcohol.

Wednesday, August 20

The Top 100 Simpsons Episodes Of All-Time: #80-71.


#80 – '24 Minutes

Season 18 – Episode 21 (Episode 399 Overall)

Synopsis – When finding out Jimbo, Dolph, and Kearney plan on sabotaging Springfield Elementary School's annual bake sale by releasing the "ultimate stinkbomb" (a rotten yogurt cup from Springfield's Nuclear Power Plant), Bart and Lisa enlist the help of Jack Bauer and Chloe O'Brian.


#79 – ‘Dude, Where’s My Ranch?
Season 14 – Episode 18 (Episode 309 Overall)

Synopsis – When challenged to come up with a new Christmas carol, Homer instead writes a song about how much he hates Ned Flanders. The song becomes such a hit that The Simpsons become sick of the fame and move away to a dude ranch.


#78 – ‘Lisa The Skeptic
Season 9 – Episode 8 (Episode 186 Overall)

Synopsis – Lisa discovers that a shopping mall is going to be built at a site where prehistoric fossils were found. Afraid of there being more prehistoric items at the site, Lisa complains to the developers and starts an archaeological survey at the site. Late into the dig, Lisa unearths a skeleton with bones that resemble wings, similar to an angel's. Despite the whole town believing it to be an angel, Lisa is skeptical. After an interview about her beliefs, there is a town riot against the Science community.


#77 – ‘New Kids On The Blecch
Season 12 – Episode 14 (Episode 262 Overall)

Synopsis – A music producer selects Bart, Nelson, Milhouse and Ralph to be members of the next hit boy band, who record subliminal songs about joining the Navy.


#76 – ‘Girly Edition
Season 9 – Episode 21 (Episode 199 Overall)

Synopsis – Lisa becomes a news anchor of a children's news segment on the Krusty the Clown Show when the channel discovers that it requires some educational programming. Marge makes Lisa allow Bart to be the sports anchor, but after the channel sees Bart's success, they promote him to co-anchor. To prove to Lisa that he is a good anchor, Bart starts to produce "Bart's People", which are human interest stories, a news segment that becomes extremely popular.


#75 – ‘The Last Temptation Of Homer

Season 5 – Episode 9 (Episode 90 Overall)

Synopsis – Mr. Burns hires a female worker named Mindy Simmons in accordance with labor union policies and Homer is worried that his crush on her will ruin his marriage with Marge.


#74 – ‘Black Widower
Season 3 – Episode 21 (Episode 56 Overall)

Synopsis – Selma reveals that she has a new boyfriend that she met through the prison pen-pal program, Sideshow Bob. Bart is immediately suspicious of Bob, but he does everything he can to romance Selma and prove he's changed. After Selma and Bob are married, Bob reveals that he plans to kill Selma.


#73 – ‘Trilogy Of Error
Season 12 – Episode 18 (Episode 266 Overall)

Synopsis – Homer's rush to the hospital to reattach his thumb, Lisa's rush to school to win the science fair, and Bart's run-in with an illegal fireworks scheme are interconnected in a parody of Go and Run, Lola, Run.


#72 – ‘The Lastest Gun In The West
Season 13 – Episode 12 (Episode 281 Overall)

Synopsis – Bart befriends Buck, a former Western film star who stages a comeback on The Krusty the Klown show after every kid in town becomes interested in the Wild West. However, the comeback flops when Buck begins drinking alcohol and injures Krusty on live TV.


#71 – ‘Natural Born Kissers
Season 9 – Episode 25 (Episode 203 Overall)

Synopsis – Homer and Marge go out on their anniversary dinner, but are forced to take the kids. They end up having an unromantic dinner, and lose interest in being intimate later that night. Later, the two must go purchase a new refrigerator motor, but during a rainstorm, their car gets stuck in the mud, so the two rush into a barn. When the farm owner nearly discovers them, the two become excited and have sex. They then realize that the fear of getting caught makes them excited.

Tuesday, August 19

The Top 100 Simpsons Episodes Of All-Time: #90-81.


#90 – ‘Eeny Teeny Maya Moe

Season 20 – Episode 16 (Episode 436 Overall)

Synopsis – Moe falls in love with a woman over the Internet. When he meets her in person, she turns out to be three feet tall. He remains in love with her, but worries about what his friends will think. Meanwhile, Homer attempts to spend more time with Maggie.


#89 – ‘The Simpsons 138th Episode Spectacular
Season 7 – Episode 10 (Episode 138 Overall)

Synopsis – Troy McClure hosts a special episode of The Simpsons that gives viewers a behind the scenes look at the show. It features clips of the series' beginnings as filler on The Tracy Ullman Show, fan mail readings, a look at the real Matt Groening, Simpsons trivia questions and unaired scenes from popular episodes, including the alternate ending to "Who Shot Mr. Burns?"


#88 – ‘The Debarted
Season 19 – Episode 13 (Episode 413 Overall)

Synopsis – A new kid named Donny comes to Springfield Elementary School and Bart thinks he's found the ultimate partner for pranks. However, these pranks backfire and Bart begins to suspect that there is a rat amongst his group of friends. Meanwhile, Marge wrecks the family car and Homer gets a new loaner vehicle, to which he becomes attached.


#87 – ‘Bart The Fink
Season 7 – Episode 15 (Episode 143 Overall)

Synopsis – Bart unintentionally gets Krusty the Clown audited by the IRS after his attempt to get him to sign a check exposed Krusty's illegal tax shelter. When his financial situation worsens, Krusty fakes his death to escape from the public eye.


#86 – ‘Two Bad Neighbors
Season 7 – Episode 13 (Episode 141 Overall)

Synopsis – Former president George Bush moves to Springfield and Bart starts to annoy him. One day Bush loses control and spanks Bart. Homer, who had been jealous of the attention Bush had been receiving, is outraged and launches a prank war.


#85 – ‘Maximum Homerdrive

Season 10 – Episode 17 (Episode 220 Overall)

Synopsis – While at a steakhouse, a trucker named Red challenges Homer to an eating contest, ending with Homer losing the match and the trucker losing his life. To make it up to him, Homer becomes a trucker and takes Bart along for the ride. Meanwhile, after deducing that only Homer and Bart get to do the fun things in life, Marge and Lisa decide to excite their lives by installing a new doorbell.


#84 – ‘Homer’s Triple Bypass
Season 4 – Episode 11 (Episode 70 Overall)

Synopsis – Due to his many years of eating unhealthy foods, Homer needs to have a triple bypass surgery. He has to choose between the $40,000 operation set by Doctor Julius Hibbert, which he can't afford, or the $129.95 operation by Doctor Nick Riviera. When he chooses the cheaper surgery, Homer begins to accept that he may die.


#83 – ‘Homer The Great
Season 6 – Episode 12 (Episode 115 Overall)

Synopsis – Homer discovers that Lenny and Carl are members of the ancient secret society known as the Stonecutters. Gaining membership through Grandpa, Homer takes great pleasure in the society's many privileges and events. Unfortunately, during a celebratory dinner he unwittingly destroys the Stonecutter's Sacred Parchment. Homer is stripped of his membership, until it is discovered that he is the 'Chosen One' who will lead the Stonecutters to glory.


#82 – ‘El Viaje Misterioso De Nuestro Jomer (The Mysterious Voyage Of Homer)
Season 8 – Episode 9 (Episode 162 Overall)

Synopsis – Homer begins to hallucinate after eating a dish laced with potent Guatemalan peppers at the chili cookoff. In this hallucination he meets a mystical coyote, which tells him to find his soul mate.


#81 – ‘Homer The Heretic
Season 4 – Episode 3 (Episode 62 Overall)

Synopsis – While skipping Sunday's church services, Homer discovers the joy of staying home and having the house all to himself while Marge and the kids experience a rambling sermon from Reverend Lovejoy. Homer decides to start his very own religion customized for himself, despite Marge's continuing objections for giving up his faith.

Monday, August 18

The Top 100 Simpsons Episodes Of All-Time: #100-91.


#100 – ‘Lisa The Drama Queen

Season 20 – Episode 9 (Episode 429 Overall)

Synopsis - Lisa meets an intelligent girl named Juliet and the two create a fantasy world that takes them away from reality.


#99 – ‘The Fat And The Furriest
Season 15 – Episode 5 (Episode 318 Overall)

Synopsis – Everybody thinks Homer is a coward after television footage captures him fleeing from a bear.


#98 – ‘There’s Something About Marrying
Season 16 – Episode 10 (Episode 345 Overall)

Synopsis – Homer becomes a minister after Springfield legalizes gay marriage (to boost their damaged reputation for tourists) and Patty comes out of the closet, much to the shock of her sister, Marge, who was naive to her sister's sexuality.


#97 – ‘The Blunder Years
Season 13 – Episode 5 (Episode 274 Overall)

Synopsis – After tricking Marge into thinking an advertising spokesman is coming to visit her, Homer takes Marge and the rest of the family to a restaurant featuring a hypnotist that uses his powers on Homer...and makes him remember a horrific childhood incident where he found a dead body in a ravine.


#96 – ‘Treehouse Of Horror VII
Season 8 – Episode 1 (Episode 154 Overall)

Synopsis - A Halloween special which is divided into three short stories:
'The Thing and I' – Bart discovers he has an evil twin, who is living in the Simpsons' attic.
'The Genesis Tub' – After intending to prove that sugary drinks will rot teeth, Lisa creates her own miniature universe.
'Citizen Kang' – Kang and Kodos impersonate presidential candidates Bill Clinton and Bob Dole in order to invade Earth.


#95 – ‘Don’t Fear The Roofer

Season 16 – Episode 16 (Episode 351 Overall)

Synopsis – Sick of being unwanted, Homer befriends a man who works as a roofer. The trouble is, no one else can see him and Homer's insistence that the roofer does exist prompts everyone to think he has gone crazy.


#94 – ‘Bart Sells His Soul
Season 7 – Episode 4 (Episode 132 Overall)

Synopsis – While forced to clean the organ pipes after playing a prank against the church, Bart sells his soul to Milhouse for five dollars, to prove his point that a soul does not exist. Meanwhile, an encounter with the Hibbert family results in Moe converting Moe's Tavern to a family restaurant to make more money.


#93 – ‘The Cartridge Family
Season 9 – Episode 5 (Episode 183 Overall)

Synopsis – After a large soccer riot leads to break-ins into people's homes, Homer decides to buy a gun when he cannot afford a home security system.


#92 – ‘The Regina Monologues
Season 15 – Episode 4 (Episode 317 Overall)

Synopsis – After making over $3000 from his own museum, Bart takes the family to London, where Homer is arrested for treason after crashing into the Queen.


#91 – ‘Homer’s Barbershop Quartet
Season 5 – Episode 1 (Episode 82 Overall)

Synopsis – In a flashback, Homer recounts his time with a barbershop quartet called 'The Be Sharps' that also featured Principal Skinner, Apu and Chief Wiggum who was later replaced with Barney.