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The 10 Best Simpsons Episodes
The 10 Best Simpsons Episodes, Ranked

By Mark Stock  - September 15, 2020

You don’t just become one of the longest running animated series in the land without great content. The Simpsons has been at it since the late 1980s, delighting viewers with its hilarious depiction of life in suburban America.

They say Frasier was the smartest show on television and Seinfeld was great in that it was often about nothing at all. The Simpsons‘ success can be pinned on its core family of five characters, so unique yet complementary. Homer is the well-meaning doofus; Marge the housewife with a deceptively dynamic personality. Bart is the daredevil and troublemaker, while Lisa is bookish and brilliant. Maggie, well, she mainly just crawls about. Together, they form a relatable unit that’s prone to all kinds of hilarity, near disasters, and heartwarming good.

Of course, it’s about more than just the family of five on Evergreen Terrace. Countless other characters shine brightly, from surly barkeep Moe to wealthy elder statesman and nuclear power plant owner Montgomery Burns. There’s the wit of Sideshow Bob, the drunken bliss of Barney Gumble, the sloppy know-it-all-ness of Comic Book Guy, the incessant laugh of Dr. Hibbert, the chain smoking and constant smirks of sisters Patty and Selma. It’s no wonder celebrities have lined up for years to be featured in an episode. It’s also unsurprising that entire online encyclopedias are devoted to the show.

In the first dozen seasons, especially, The Simpsons offered brilliant storylines injected with extremely clever humor. There’s tons of entertaining parallel action and most episodes deliver a lesson or two, creatively and comically. Just a few talented people created voices for an entire Springfield community, which is based in Oregon for those still wondering (creator Matt Groening is from Portland plus there are clues that eliminate the possibility of any other state).

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