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Top 5 Best Simpsons Episodes Of All Time: RANKED


With its 30th anniversary quickly approaching, The Simpsons is the longest-running animated series in the United States. A cultural touchstone ever since its release, The Simpsons has released well over 600 episodes over the course of its run. While there are many episodes that I wish I could include, this list only calls for 5 episodes, so I will provide exactly what I promised I would. Without further ado, here are the top 5 best episodes of The Simpsons!

5. “Kamp Krusty” (Season 4)

In many episodes of The Simpsons, depraved children’s entertainer Krusty the Klown receives the focus. Known for his acclaimed television variety show, which is a favorite of characters Bart and Lisa, Krusty takes it to the next level in this episode by opening his own summer camp. Or at least that’s what it seemed like, since it turns out that the camp wasn’t sponsored by Krusty at all and someone used his name. Can Bart and Lisa expose the frauds who are content with running the world’s worst summer camp?

What works best about this episode is comedic timing. There are many jabs at summer camp traditions and the staff all are caricatures of the typically corrupt businessmen who will use anything to make quick money. Overall a great episode.

4. “Flaming Moe’s” (Season 3)

One of Homer Simpson’s favorite hangouts in the series is Moe’s Tavern, run by the irascible Moe Syzlak. Perpetually short on money, Moe often has to resort to shady means to acquire it and in this episode, he does just that, via stealing the recipe of an irresistible cocktail that Homer made by accident. Ascending to fame across all of Springfield, Moe even gets to “walk this way” with Aerosmith. Consumed by jealousy, Homer tries to get revenge. Will he succeed?

“Flaming Moe’s” works because of the jealousy and envy that the plot centers around. It’s all too relatable to have a great idea, only for someone else to receive the credit for it. Including Aerosmith also never is a bad idea.

3. “Homer’s Enemy” (Season 8)

Often considered to be one of the darkest episodes of The Simpsons, “Homer’s Enemy” is often referred to as the deconstructive parody episode and for good reason. The episode centers around the exploits of Frank Grimes, a new employee to the Springfield Power Plant, and his inability to deal with the antics of protagonist Homer Simpson. Grimes grows immensely frustrated by Homer’s seeming ability to do whatever he pleases and get off scot-free for it. Can Grimes learn to adapt, or will he snap?

This episode poses questions that few other episodes are willing to pose. What would happen if an average person moved to Springfield? Would they adapt? Would they be driven insane? Every possible angle is proposed here to fantastic effect.

2. “The Itchy & Scratchy & Poochie Show” (Season 8)

After this episode aired, The Simpsons officially surpassed The Flintstones as the longest-running animated series in the United States. As such, it was only fitting that the episode would lampoon the lengths that network executives will go to in order to keep long-running shows relevant. This is depicted perfectly in “The Itchy & Scratchy & Poochie Show”, in which the fictitious Itchy and Scratchy show receives a new character; the ‘hip’ dog Poochie. Will Poochie catch on?

What works about this episode is how The Simpsons is willing to make fun of itself to make a point. Creating new characters to keep an ailing show relevant is one of the oldest tricks in the book and one of the most controversial. At no point does the episode take a side, however, which makes the satire all the more potent.

1. “22 Short Films About Springfield” (Season 7)

Here you have it, this is the best episode of The Simpsons. In the aptly titled episode, we take a look at the city of Springfield through the lens of various characters, including Apu, Dr, Nick and Principal Skinner. Can all 22 plots engage us to an even level?

This episode allows for a focus on many different characters in the way that a conventional narrative would not. My favorite segment of the episode by far is the one referred to as the “Steamed Hams” segment. In it, Principal Skinner christens the term in reference to cheeseburgers, all in an effort to avoid trouble with his boss; Superintendent Chalmers. The stakes escalate perfectly and every joke lands.

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