Monday, February 23, 2009

Best Simpsons Episodes Part I

Let the controversy begin. We are here with tier 4 of the BEST SIMPSONS EPISODES. I'm sure some people will already feel done wrong by some of these selections.

Again I am using the tier system, but this time I will be dividing the episodes into A and B sections depending on how good the episode is, with A obviously being better episodes than B so in essence there are 8 tiers, but that would be a bit much So this is tier 4 of 4, (or 7 and 8 of 8) the worst of the best episodes. Let the countdown, or maybe list is a better word, begin.
In no order.....


Simpsons Roasting on an Open Fire - The episode that started it all. Set the tone for the serious, mostly ridiculous, but also heartfelt, and dealing with real problems, only a bit more crazy.
Bart Gets Hit by a Car - Read the title. First appearance of the great Lionel Hutz and the average Dr. Nick

Hutz: Hutz is the name, Mr. Simpson. Lionel Hutz, attorney at law.

Here's my card. It turns into a sponge when you put it in water.
Homer: Ooh, classy.

Mr. Simpson, the state bar forbids me from promising you a big cash settlement.
But just between you and me, I promise you a big cash settlement.

The Springfield Files – obvious X-Files crossover.

Mr. Burns: So, another Friday is upon us.  What will you be doing,
           Smithers?  Something gay, no doubt!
 Smithers: Wha...?  What?!
Mr. Burns: You know.  Light-hearted, fancy-free.  "Mothers, lock up your
           daughters!  Smithers is on the town!"  [chuckles a bit]
 Smithers: Exactly, sir!  [laughs nervously]

Grade School Confidential- Teacher Strike. Mrs. Krabappel and Skinner get together.

Skinner reveals he is a 44 year old virgin.

Skinner:   More tea, Edna?

Krabappel: What kind of little boy has a tea set?
Skinner: [pours tea] I think we both know the answer to that ... alucky boy.
Mrs. Krabappel and Principal Skinner were in the closet
making babies and I saw one of the babies and then the baby looked at me.

Lisa the Skeptic – Lisa find an angel statue on a school archeology dig, it predicts the end of

the world (some parts similar to Bart’s Comet) Smithers kisses Mr. Burns. Good comments on religion and science.

The Otto Show – Great episode, Spinal Tap concert, Otto lives with the Simpsons, Skinner

drives the bus – the scene of him waiting to move out into traffic was great. Otto gets his bus license by telling Patty and Selma stories about Homer . Also the concert riot scene was great and the fact that Homer did not know that anything was going one, and that they forgot Millhouse. Oh, and the Billy Beer. The only episode where Otto is the central character?

Landlord: All I found in there was a jar of mustard and a couple of old
             `Psycho' magazines.

   Otto:     Wow!  I have mustard?

I Love Lisa –

First Episode with Ralph as a lead character. He falls in love with Lisa after she is the only one to give him a Valentine - “I Choo-choo-choose you.”

Duffless – Home goes on a Duff tour with Barney, takes his keys so he doesn’t drive drunk, but

then Homer gets pulled over for a DUI. B story was Lisa testing Bart versus a hamster. Best

part of the episode was Homer at the DD meeting.

It's funny 'cause I don't know him.

Whacking Day – You know this one. A tad over-rated I believe.

Homer Goes to College – Same. Homer repeatedly want to pull a prank on the dean was pretty nice, though.

Lisa on Ice- Hockey episode

Homer Badman – Great episode where Homer gets accused of sexual harrassement, when all he wanted was a gummi

Radio Active Man – Fall-out Boy

Team Homer – Bowling episode

The Day the Violence Died – The one about the actual creator of Itchy and Scratchy being

homeless. Average Hutz appearance. Lester and Eliza save the day.


One Fish, Two Fish, Blowfish, Bluefish – The one where Homer is supposed to die d

ue to the incorrectly prepared blowfish. A very heartfelt episode. Larry King reads the entire

bible. The drool is warm!

Homer: Okay, okay, where do  want to go?
   Lisa:  Anywhere but hamburgers, pizza, or fried chicken!
   Homer: Fine!  We'll go to Mars!

A Millhouse Divided – The first scene is great, with the dinner party and the Pictionary. Wow. And you can’t forget “Can I borrow a feeling?” Also some good cracker-factory jokes. Gotta love those.

Homer’s Phobia – The one about gays. Probably not a necessary theme, as there are already great characters like Smithers and Lenny and Carl (?) Best part was the gay steel mill

Stark Raving Dad – Excellent episode, Homer goes to the Nut house for wearing a pink shirt and for Bart’s answering his questionnaire – heartfelt too – Lisa it’s your Birthday.

Flaming Moe’s – Classic episode. Homer’s story of how he came up with the drink was great.

Good Moe story. And it also contains one of the best Simpsons lines ever

Oh, look at me!  I'm making people happy!
       I'm the Magical Man from Happy-Land, in a gumdrop house on

       Lollipop Lane!  [leaves the room, slamming the door]
       [pokes his head back in]  Oh, by the way, I was being sarcastic.

Burns Verkaufen Der Kraftwerk- Very close to tier 3. Countless great lines.

Horst: Do we have any alcoholics among us?
          [hands slowly go up]
   Man 1: Uh, me?
   Man 2: Right here.
   Man 3: I'm drunk right now!
Marge, it's not the money.  My job is my identity.

   If I'm not a safety whatchamajigger, I'm nothing!
Burns: [recoils in mock horror]
          Oooh, the Germans are mad at me.  I'm so scared!  Oooh, the Germans!
          [hiding behind Smithers]  Uh oh, the Germans are going to get me!
   Horst: Stop it!
   Man 2: Stop, sir.
   Burns: Don't let the Germans come after me.
          Oh no, the Germans are coming after me.

Radio Bart – Classic episode where Bart pretends a kid is trapped in well and then really gets

trapped in a well. Sting guest stars. Some other good gags with the radio.

And Groundskeeper Willie and Sting digging was pretty nice. Any time where numerous characters can present ideas is great.

A falconer explains that his bird will fly the boy to safety.
He releases the bird, which flies away, never to return.
 A man shows a fishhook and a bar of chocolate.  ``And then I'll
clean him for free.''
   Although we can't reach the boy, we  freeze him with liquid
nitrogen, so that future generations can rescue him.

Krusty gets Canceled- Gabbo, Gabbo, Gabbo.

Lots of people LOVE this ep. I think it is good, especially the Gabbo stuff, but the Krusty down and out is a bit overplayed. Sideshow Luke Perry was pretty nice.

Two Dozen and One Greyhounds – See my vest!

Homer vs. Apu – Who needs the Kwik-i-Mart? The bit was James Woods was nice, but going to the Kwik-i-mart headquarters in India was dumb.

Lisa the Vegetarian – You don’t win friends will salad!

Bart Gets Famous – I didn’t do it. This one starts at the box factory, then Bart gets a job at the TV studio and becomes famous for his lame Catch Phrase. This one was close to tier 3.

"That's what passes for entertainment these
days? Woozle Wuzzle?"

There, you go. Tons of great stuff, and this is just the beginning. If you thought these were classic, just wait for the next round.
Feel from to post comments on my selections and funny stuff I did not mention