Our Ten Best: The Simpsons Episodes
¡Ay, caramba! Can you believe The Simpsons have been on the air for 22 years? With hundreds of hilarious episodes filled with pop culture references, countless adventures and so many touching moments it’s not hard to see why the show has been on for so long. While the show has seriously declined over the years, seasons one through ten of “The Simpsons” is considered the golden age of the show. Here is a list of the top ten The Simpsons episodes from season’s one through ten. Whether you’re a long time fan of the show or a new comer, these ten episodes (in no particular order) of the first ten seasons of ‘The Simpsons” guarantee a great time.
10:Rose Bud – Season 5 Episode 4
In This parody of Citizen Kane, Mr. Burns tries to retrieve his long-lost teddy bear “Bobo” from Maggie. Having lost Bobo When he was just a child Mr. Burns is still haunted by the memory of his beloved bear. In a flashback scene we see the awesome adventure that Bobo takes to eventually end up in the arms of little Maggie Simpson. Having gone through many obstacles trying to recover Bobo from Homer and Maggie a defeated Mr. Burns is finally reunited with his forgotten friend Bobo when Maggie gives it to him out of pity.
9: El Viaje Misterioso de Nuestro Jomer (The Mysterious Voyage of Homer) – Season 8 Episode 9
After having fallen victim at the annual chilli-cook off to Chief Wiggums “Merciless Peppers of Quetzlzacatenango” and going on a mind bending journey, which includes a talking coyote. Homer is meet with a furious Marge who can not believe that Homer has yet again embarrassed him self in front of the whole town. Homer begins to question if marge really is his soul mate and ventures off on a path of self discovery. The episode ends with Marge and homer on top of a lonely lighthouse coming to the realization that they are soul mates; and a shipwrecked boat spilling short shorts onto the shore.
8:The PTA Disbands – Season 6 Episode 21
If you’ve ever wondered why elementary school policy on signed permission slips for field trips are so strictly enforced then this episode has the answer. After Having gone on a field trip to a civil war reenactment and leaving the trip one German exchange student less. Principal Skinner is seen directly after kissing his permission slips which absolve him from any responsibility. Feed up with principle skinners cheapo spending. Mrs. Krabappel and the other teachers strike. After being trapped in Principal Skinner’s office by Marge, Bart and Lisa, Skinner and Edna finally come to a resolution they both can see eye to eye on. Inmates from the local prison are housed in the school in order to receive more funds.
7: Bart The Daredevil – Season 2 Episode 8
After having gone to see famed daredevil Lance Murdock almost lose his life performing a death-defying stunt at the monster truck rally. Bart is inspired to become a daredevil himself. Bart announces to all his classmates that he will be jumping over Springfield gorge. Even after having been punished and having a heart to heart with Homer, Bart still decides to go through with his stunt. This Episode features a great scene at the end where Homer and Bart have a heart warming moment on top of Springfield gorge which quickly leads to hilarity.
6: I Love Lisa – Season 4 Episode 15
Lisa takes pity on a teary eyed Ralph Wiggum and drops a valentine’s day card which reads “I choo- choo- choose you” in Ralph’s empty card box. Ralph quickly develops a crush on Lisa and does everything he can to court her. Using his father’s position in authority Ralph is able to secure both the leading role as George Washington in the Presidents Day pageant opposite Lisa and Krusty 29th anniversary spectacular tickets. After having had his heart-broken on live television Ralph delivers a masterful performance at the Pageant which leaves the crowd cheering. Also note the awesomely funny song which commemorates the mediocre presidents of the United States.
5: The City of New York vs. Homer Simpson – Season 9 Episode 1
The Simpsons are forced to travel to New York city in order to recover their car which is parked illegally in the middle of the World Trade Center. As soon as he hears the news Homer reveals his distaste for New York City. In a hilarious flash back we see Homer on his way to the Harrisburg coat outlet to buy an irregular coat only to be robbed of all his possessions and then chased by a New York City pimp. At the end of the episode Homer is again left with a strong hatred for new york city while the rest of the Simpson family has had a wonderful experience.
4: Selma’s Choice – Season 4 Episode 13
Marge’s great-aunt Gladys has passed away and the Simpsons are forced to post pone their trip to Duff Gardens. Not wanting to die a lonely woman herself like Gladys, Selma decides that she wants to immediately start a family. On the day of the big trip Homer Falls ill and Bart and Lisa are taken to Duff Gardens by aunt Selma. While at duff gardens Selma can not control Bart and Lisa and the two quickly run wild in the amusement park. Bart Gets stuck on a roller coaster while Lisa drinks some toxic water and starts to hallucinate. Having had a horrible day at duff gardens Selma decides that she doesn’t want kids and instead adopts Aunt Gladys Pet Iguana “Jub Jub”
3: Radioactive Man – Season 7 Episode 2
The Filming of the new “Radioactive Man” movie has started and a search for an actor to play Radioactive Man’s side kick fallout boy is launched at Springfield elementary. A reluctant Milhouse is chosen for the roll and quickly grows to dislike the job. After Milhouse goes missing during the filming of the most expensive scene in the entire movie, A helpless Radioactive Man puts on his protective eye goggles and he is swept away by a sea of acid yelling in distress “My eyes! The Goggles do nothing” This episode ends with the producers of the movie fleeing Springfield and returning to Hollywood.
2: Last Exit to Springfield – Season 4 Episode 17
In what is widely regarded as the greatest episode in the shows history, Homer finds himself the newly elected president of his union and is pitted against Mr. Burns in a struggle for proper health care. This episode gives us so many cultural references and so much intelligent humor as well as two beautiful songs “the Strike song” and Mason Williams’ song “Classical Gas” (both performed by Lisa Simpson) that it should come with no surprise why this episode is regarded as one of the best. In the end Homer steps down as Union President and the workers of the Springfield Power Plant regain their health insurance.
1: Life on the Fast Lane – Season 1 Episode 9
Homer and Marge’s love is tested in this episode when Marge finds her self on the verge of committing adultery. Having forgotten Marge’s birthday and selfishly giving her a bowling ball marge decides to take up bowling in order to spite Homer. While at Barney’s Bowlarama Marge meets a french bowling instructor named Jacques and is quickly enamored by him. Homer and Marge start to drift apart as she spends more time at the bowling alley. While heading to Jacques apartment for a rendezvous marge takes a detour and instead heads to the nuclear power plant. In a parody of “an Officer and a Gentleman” Homer carries Marge off her feet and yells to his co-workers that he is going to the back seat of his car and will not be back for ten minutes.
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