Most Thought Out Post Ever

19 July 2006

It's nothing new for Simpsons fans to lament how the show has gone downhill in recent years (I first said so here more than two years ago) so I won't revisit that argument. Nor is it original to marvel at how The Simpsons has shaped society - there's been hundreds of books, articles, academic papers and studies - so no need to add my two cents on this either.

But when the Simpsons is good, it's very very good. In fact, it soars far and above almost all other pop culture. Therefore, I'd like to present my list of personal Best Episodes Ever. They may not tally with the preceived wisdom, but these are the ones I'd take with me to...well, anywhere. (Links where provided are to the
SNPP capsules for each episode, if available)

#FABF10 Co-Dependents Day
"Sleep well, my drunken angel"
A thin premise, perhaps - Homer and Marge on a bender. But it works. The scene where they attend the cinema is priceless; and there's no Big Message here, just fast-flowing gags.

#CABF14 Trilogy of Error
"I'll sentence fragment you, stupid grammar robot!"
This is definitley the smartest episode ever. In fact, it's probably one of the most intelligent things ever shown on network TV. But even if you just watch the show for the humour, don't worry; #CABF14 has that too, in spades.

#4F19 Homer's Enemy
"God, he eats like a pig."
"I dunno. Pigs tend to chew. I'd say he eats more like a duck."
Ever wondered what would happen if the rules of the real world applied to the Simpsons? Here they do. It's completely unlike any other episode - poor Frank Grimes can see what we as the audience can, but what the Sprigfieldianties cannot, and it drives him to an early grave. It will change the way you view the show, especially Homer (don't worry, it's gone by next week).

#DABF22 How I Spent My Strummer Vacation
"It's only rock n roll fantasy camp"
"But I like it!"
The best cameo-packed episode of recent seasons, and a return to the multi-level plots of yesteryear. Most of the best jokes here are visual (seeing Homer imitating Lenny Kravitz had me in tears of laughter) - and who could forget the startling revelations of Disco Stu?

#9F14 Duffless
"My name is Hans. Drinking has ruined my life. I'm 31 years old!"
Season four is generally regarded by hardcore fans as the pinnacle of the show's achievement. Okay, the animation wasn't what it is today (but the animation on Toy Story is better than anything seen on the Simpsons, and I still wouldn't want to watch it) and the Bart and Lisa sub plot goes astray, but Homer's epic struggle to give up the beer is a television moment to remember. Classic stuff.

And the all time number one...

#3F05 King Size Homer
"Fat, don't fail me now!"
Anyone who's ever feared a company exercise program, or just looked for any good excuse to skip work, will love this episode. (Even if just because I told you to).

As you may have noticed, all of these (with the partial exception of #CABF14) are Homer-based episodes. Is anyone really suprised?


  1. Homer based episodes are indeed the best.

    My faves:
    Lisa gets a A. Pinchy.
    Homer to the Max. Takes about 15 minutes before I realie it's this episode. But it's worth it for Hootie McBoob
    The Blunder Years.

    Homer screaming at the start of this episode made my laugh so hard I thought I was going to suffocate. Seriously. I thought I was going to die.

  2. Those are all favourites of mine too. It was hard just picking a couple.

    It's funny how quotes enter your vocabulary...e.g. whenever I'm doing something selfish, I say to my friends "Pinchy would have wanted it this way".

    "You like Thai?"
    "Thai good. You like shirt?"

    And yeah, Homer's screaming is funnier the longer it goes on.

    The sad (or not) thing is...I didn't have too look any of this up to reply! It's all in my head!

  3. I love Homer to the max -I reckon it's one of the best. One of my old faves though is Mr. Plow because Adam West is in it and he looks like a total loon :P
    Angry Dad is also a fave :)


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