October 4th, 2013

Top Ten Simpsons Episodes

I've been referring to episodes of The Simpsons as being in my "top ten", but I haven't actually ever thought about what that top ten list is, until now. I present my top ten list, with the understanding that I reserve the right to change it at any time. They are listed in order of airing, not in any particular order of topness.

I'd also like to state for the record that I don't believe these are the ten best episodes of The Simpsons, only that these are my top ten, mostly because of how much I remember them making me laugh the first time I watched them or how quotable they are.

Selma's Choice Season 4, Episode 13

Summary: After planning a trip to Duff Gardens, Homer gets food poisoning and Aunt Selma takes Bart and Lisa instead.

Why I love it: My favorite part of this episode is the sandwich. I was almost in tears.

$pringfield (Or, How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love Legalized Gambling) Season 5, Episode 10

Summary: Mr Burns builds a casino and Marge develops a gambling addiction.

Why I love it: My favorite part of this is the people soliciting Mr Burns with casino proposals.

Deep Space Homer Season 5, Episode 15

Summary: Nasa decides to send a "regular joe" into space and selects Homer.

Why I love it: There are a bunch of hilarious moments to this, but Barney reverting to a drunk after one sip of non-alcoholic champagne is amazing.

Homie the Clown Season 6, Episode 15

Summary: After seeing an advertisement for Clown College, Homer becomes a Krusty lookalike.

Why I love it: Another episode with fantastic moments. I love the slick car salesman responding, "Those are speed holes, they make the car go faster".

El Viaje Misterioso de Nuestro Jomer Season 8, Episode 9

Summary: The Mysterious Voyage of Homer starts with a Chili cook off and leads to a quest for his soulmate.

Why I love it: I was in tears watching Homer on the effects of the Insanity Peppers, and I've continued to reference the Johnny Cash line "I'm just your memory. I can't give you any new information".

Realty Bites Season 9, Episode 9
Marge becomes a realtor.

Why I love it: The best part of this episode is Troy McClure teaching Marge about the "truth" and the truth, but the subplot with Homer and Snake's hotrod is great.

The Last Temptation of Krust Season 9, Episode 15

Summary: Krusty the Klown becomes a standup comic, raging against "selling out".

Why I love it: This episode is awesome just for the line "Don't you hate pants?!", but then it adds in the whole Canyonero song on top of it.

Viva Ned Flanders Season 10, Episode 10

Summary: Ned Flanders becomes worried that he hasn't experienced life, so he joins the Homer Simpsons Program and goes to Las Vegas for a night on the town.

Why I love it: I usually don't love the travel episodes since they're so referential, but this had a genuinely funny plot to go with it. Ned Flanders in Vegas is spectacular.

Homer to the Max Season 10, Episode 13

Summary: After a television show airs with a character named "Homer Simpson", Homer eventually changes his name to "Max Power".

Why I love it: This may be the most quotable episode of all. There are so many awesome Max Power moments.

Maximum Homerdrive Season 10, Episode 17

Summary: After visiting a steak restaurant where he challenges a trucker to an eating contest, Homer becomes a truck driver.

Why I love it: This episode feels more like the zanier, less intelligent show that The Simpsons became, but it's still a fantastic episode. Every line of the steakhouse scene is gold.

All of these are good episodes, but there are so many great Simpsons moments that I could easily pick another ten. Now maybe I should make this a top 20, maybe I'll replace an episode or two with something I decide is better, but this is what I've got. I haven't deemed anything later than Season 10 to be worth the list, but I also haven't seen anything past about Season 20.