Friday, August 29

The Top 100 Simpsons Episodes Of All-Time: #10-1.


#10 – ‘Viva Ned Flanders

Season 10 – Episode 10 (Episode 213 Overall)

Synopsis – When Ned Flanders reveals that he is 60 years old and looks young because he has done nothing exciting in his life, Homer decides to take him to Las Vegas, where, after a night of drunken partying, they end up married to two derelict barmaids.


#9 – ‘Life On The Fast Lane
Season 1 – Episode 9 (Episode 9 Overall)

Synopsis – Having forgotten about Marge's birthday, Homer rushes to the Springfield mall and impulsively buys her a bowling ball. Marge is not impressed with the gift and after discovering that he intends to use it, she decides to spite him by going bowling herself. While at the alley, she meets Jacques, a charming French bowling instructor, who offers her lessons. Jacques begins to fall for Marge and Marge undergoes a moral dilemma.


#8 – ‘Behind The Laughter
Season 11 – Episode 22 (Episode 248 Overall)

Synopsis – In a parody of VH1's Behind The Music, viewers take an inside look at The Simpsons' rise to fame, and the many scandals, feuds, and break-ups that threatened to end the show and split up the family.


#7 – ‘Itchy and Scratchy Land
Season 6 – Episode 4 (Episode 107 Overall)

Synopsis – Bart and Lisa convince their parents to take their family vacation at the newly opened Itchy and Scratchy Land. The vacation seems to be going well, until Bart and Homer are both apprehended by the park security for assaulting a staff member dressed in an Itchy suit. Professor Frink realizes that all of the park's Itchy & Scratchy robots will turn on their masters; an event which proves true as a horde of Itchy and Scratchy robots advance on the Simpsons.


#6 – ‘Marge vs. The Monorail
Season 4 – Episode 12 (Episode 71 Overall)

Synopsis – After Mr. Burns is caught storing his excess nuclear waste inside Springfield Park's trees, he is ordered to pay the town $3 million. The town is originally set to use the money to fix Main Street, but the charismatic Lyle Lanley interrupts and convinces the town to use the money to buy one of his monorails.


#5 – ‘The City Of New York vs. Homer Simpson

Season 9 – Episode 1 (Episode 179 Overall)

Synopsis – Homer allows Barney to use his car when Barney is picked to be the designated driver for that night at Moe's Tavern. However, Barney disappears for two months with the car and returns without it. Homer searches for his car and eventually receives a letter from the City of New York. The family is excited to go there to obtain the car, but Homer, who had a bad experience in New York when he was younger, is reluctant.


#4 – ‘You Only Move Twice
Season 8 – Episode 2 (Episode 155 Overall)

Synopsis – When Homer accepts a new job at the Globex Corporation, the Simpson family moves to Cypress Creek. Homer enjoys his new work and his easy-going boss, but is completely unaware that his boss is an evil genius and that the company is a vehicle for international extortion. The rest of the family have trouble settling in Cypress Creek and Homer must make a choice between Cypress Creek and Springfield.


#3 – ‘Selma’s Choice
Season 4 – Episode 13 (Episode 72 Overall)

Synopsis – Marge's Great Aunt Gladys Bouvier dies and the Simpsons, Patty, and Selma attend her funeral. During the reading of her video will, Gladys tells Patty and Selma not to die lonely and miserable like she did. Though Patty doesn't care, Selma decides that she wants a baby. Meanwhile, Homer eats a spoiled hoagie, and becomes dreadfully ill. As a result, he can not fulfill his promise of taking Bart and Lisa to Duff Gardens and Selma agrees to take them instead.


#2 – ‘Colonel Homer
Season 3 – Episode 20 (Episode 55 Overall)

Synopsis – After Homer's behavior at the movie theater embarrasses Marge, they have a large argument, causing Homer to head to a redneck bar where he meets a beautiful barmaid named Lurleen Lumpkin with a talent for singing. Homer becomes her manager and does everything he can to make Lurleen famous, but it takes a very long time for him to notice Lurleen has fallen in love with him. With Marge already upset and thinking Homer's the one with the roving eyes, it's time for him to decide on his romantic future.


#1 – ‘Last Exit To Springfield - READ THIS!
Season 4 – Episode 17 (Episode 76 Overall)

Synopsis – After learning that Mr. Burns' decision to revoke their dental plan has coincided with Lisa needing braces, Homer convinces his coworkers not to give up their dental plan and becomes the new head of the workers union at the Springfield Nuclear Power Plant. He holds talks with Mr. Burns, but these go badly because Homer is not intelligent enough to understand Burns' sly innuendos. The plant goes on strike and Mr. Burns decides to take away the electricity for the entire town. However, this encourages the workers union and Burns decides to reach a deal with Homer.

Thursday, August 28

The Top 100 Simpsons Episodes Of All-Time: #20-11.


#20 – ‘Homer Simpson, This Is Your Wife

Season 17 – Episode 15 (Episode 371 Overall)

Synopsis – Homer's obsession with Lenny's new plasma TV prompts Marge to enter the family in a sweepstakes. Against Marge's wishes, Homer signs them up for a Trading Spouses/Wife Swap-style reality show and is forced to take in a controlling wife, while Marge moves in with a beaten-down husband and his perfect son.


#19 – ‘E-I-E-I-(Annoyed Grunt)
Season 11 – Episode 5 (Episode 231 Overall)

Synopsis – Inspired by a cheesy "Zorro" movie, Homer begins slapping people with a glove and challenging them to duels (with the victims giving Homer whatever he wants instead of accepting the challenge). But when a real Southern gentleman accepts Homer's request for a duel, The Simpsons run off to the old farm Homer lived in with his parents, and breed a dangerously addictive tobacco/tomato hybrid called "Tomacco."


#18 – ‘How I Spent My Strummer Vacation
Season 14 – Episode 2 (Episode 293 Overall)

Synopsis – Homer goes to a rock and roll camp, run by the Rolling Stones, after confessing on a hidden camera show that he hates his family and his job.


#17 – ‘New Kid On The Block
Season 4 – Episode 8 (Episode 67 Overall)

Synopsis – The Simpsons' next door neighbors move and are replaced by a single mother, Ruth Powers and her daughter Laura. Laura becomes the object of Bart's affection but Bart becomes heart broken after learning that her boyfriend is Jimbo Jones. Meanwhile, Homer wages war against the Sea Captain's seafood restaurant The Frying Dutchman, for falsely advertising their "all-you-can-eat" buffet.


#16 – ‘Treehouse Of Horror V
Season 6 – Episode 6 (Episode 109 Overall)

Synopsis – A Halloween special which is divided into three short stories:
'The Shinning' – A parody of the film The Shining, in which Homer tries to kill the rest of the family after Mr. Burns cuts off the beer supply and cable TV in his winter home.
'Time and Punishment' – Whilst attempting to fix it, Homer creates a time machine out of his toaster.
'Nightmare Cafeteria' – To solve the problems of overcrowded detention and lack of meat, the Springfield Elementary teachers resort to eating the students.


#15 – ‘Bart On The Road

Season 7 – Episode 20 (Episode 148 Overall)

Synopsis – While stuck at the DMV with Patty and Selma on "Go To Work With Your Parents Day," Bart creates a fake driver's license for himself and uses it to go on a spring break road trip. Bart and his friends decide to go to the World's fair in Knoxville, but discover that their guide book is outdated and the fair ended years ago.


#14 – ‘The Otto Show
Season 3 – Episode 22 (Episode 57 Overall)

Synopsis – Otto crashes the school bus, and is later discovered that he never actually owned a real driver's license, prompting authorities to fire him. Otto then moves in with the Simpsons after he has been evicted. Meanwhile, after attending a Spinal Tap concert, Bart decides he wants to be a rock star.


#13 – ‘The Way We Was
Season 2 – Episode 12 (Episode 25 Overall)

Synopsis – In the first Simpsons flashback episode, Marge tells the story of how she and Homer met in high school in 1974. Marge and Homer meet for the first time during detention and he immediately tries to get Marge to be his date for the prom. She initially agrees, but ends up attending with Artie Ziff. In the end, Marge regrets going with Artie, and reveals that she has fallen in love with Homer.


#12 – ‘Homer Badman
Season 6 – Episode 9 (Episode 112 Overall)

Synopsis – Homer and Marge attend a candy convention, where Homer successfully steals a gummy Venus de Milo. Later, after Homer takes the children's babysitter home, he notices that the gummy Venus has become stuck to her pants and grabs it, an action that Ashley misinterprets as a sexual advance. A mob of protesters soon appear at the Simpsons' house, claiming that Homer sexually harassed Ashley.


#11 – ‘Homer’s Phobia
Season 8 – Episode 15 (Episode 168 Overall)

Synopsis – The family tries to sell an old heirloom at a collectibles store and strike up a relationship with John, the store owner. The Simpsons invite John over to their house to assess their other belongings and Homer takes a liking to him. Marge then informs Homer that John is gay and he refuses to see him again. Afterwards Homer notices changes in Bart's behavior and fears that John has turned him into a homosexual.

Wednesday, August 27

The Top 100 Simpsons Episodes Of All-Time: #30-21.


#30 – ‘Marge Be Not Proud

Season 7 – Episode 11 (Episode 139 Overall)

Synopsis – Bart attempts to shoplift a popular video game at the local Try-N-Save but is caught by the security guard. The guard tells Bart to never set foot in the store again and leaves a message on the Simpson family's answering machine. Bart manages to stop Homer and Marge from finding out, but is later dismayed when he finds out that the entire family is going to Try-N-Save for the family's Christmas photo.


#29 – ‘That 90’s Show
Season 19 – Episode 11 (Episode 411 Overall)

Synopsis – After discovering Marge's diploma, Homer recounts the story of how he gave up his dreams of being a musician so Marge could attend Springfield University. However, after she became attracted to one of her professors, Homer started focusing his emotions into music and formed the first Grunge band.


#28 – ‘The Seemingly Never-Ending Story
Season 17 – Episode 13 (Episode 369 Overall)

Synopsis – While cave exploring with his family, Homer causes the cave to crumble and finds himself stuck upside down in the ceiling. Marge and Bart search for help while Lisa passes the time by telling Homer a story, which turns into a chain of narrated tales that, bit by bit, explain why The Simpsons are spending the day at Carl's Dad Caverns.


#27 – ‘A Milhouse Divided
Season 8 – Episode 6 (Episode 159 Overall)

Synopsis – Kirk and Luann Van Houten's marriage is in trouble and at a dinner party at the Simpson house Luann announces that she wants a divorce. Homer is confident that it will never happen to him, but Kirk tells him how quickly things can change. He realizes that he has taken his marriage for granted and overcompensates by smothering Marge. Deciding that their marriage is finished, Homer secretly files for a divorce from Marge.


#26 – ‘Deep Space Homer
Season 5 – Episode 15 (Episode 96 Overall)

Synopsis – NASA decides that they need to hire average joes in order to get higher television ratings. They recruit Homer and Barney to train to be the first average American in space. Homer, who wants to be respected, is the winner by default, and goes into space with Buzz Aldrin.


#25 – ‘One Fish, Two Fish, Blowfish, Blue Fish

Season 2 – Episode 11 (Episode 24 Overall)

Synopsis – The Simpsons go to a new Sushi bar, where Homer takes a liking to the food and decides to try Fugu, which is poisonous if not cut properly. Homer's fugu is not, and he is taken to the hospital where he is told he has 22 hours to live.


#24 – ‘Eternal Moonshine Of The Simpson Mind
Season 19 – Episode 9 (Episode 409 Overall)

Synopsis – Homer wakes up in the snow with no memory from the night before, and Moe informs him he drank a "Forget-Me-Shot," a drink powerful enough to rid the previous 24 hours from a user's mind. With his family missing, Chief Wiggum and Ned Flanders tell him of a domestic disturbance from the night before, prompting Homer to worry he may have done something awful and tries to regain his memories with help from Professor Frink. After gaining portions of his memory, Homer believes Marge cheated on him.


#23 – ‘Homer At The Bat
Season 3 – Episode 17 (Episode 52 Overall)

Synopsis – The Springfield Nuclear Power Plant softball team proves to be a huge success with Homer as their official star player. But after Mr. Burns makes a bet with Shelbyville Nuclear Power Plant owner Aristotle Amadopoulis, he hires nine professional baseball players to fill out the team. However, eight of those ringers fall victim to separate misfortunes, and Burns is forced to turn to his regular employees.


#22 – ‘Beyond Blunderdome
Season 11 – Episode 1 (Episode 227 Overall)

Synopsis – Mel Gibson admires Homer's brutal honesty during a test screening of Gibson's latest movie (a remake of Mr. Smith Goes to Washington) and hires him to create a better ending. However, when the ending proves to be too controversial, Mel and Homer end up on the run from studio executives while Marge and the kids see the sights of Hollywood.


#21 – ‘Mother Simpson
Season 7 – Episode 8 (Episode 136 Overall)

Synopsis – Homer fakes his death in order to get out of working on a Saturday and is later forced to go to the records office to verify that he is alive. The clerk reveals that Homer's mother is still alive, and he takes her home to meet his family, but she remains silent as to where she was for the past 27 years. The family finally forces her to reveal her secret: she was part of group of Hippie radicals in the 60s and is on the run from Mr. Burns and the FBI.

Tuesday, August 26

The Top 100 Simpsons Episodes Of All-Time: #40-31.


#40 – ‘Flaming Moe’s

Season 3 – Episode 10 (Episode 45 Overall)

Synopsis – One night at Moe's Tavern, Homer tells Moe of a secret alcoholic cocktail made with cough syrup and fire that he calls "Flaming Homer." When Moe tries Homer's recipe in the bar, he finds it boosts his business and patronage, so Moe steals the recipe from Homer.


#39 – ‘Homer Goes To College
Season 5 – Episode 3 (Episode 84 Overall)

Synopsis – After failing a test at the nuclear plant, Homer's lack of a college degree is revealed and he is sent back to pass a nuclear physics class. Homer, having seen too many bad Animal House knock-off movies, goofs off, so he is sent to a group of boys for tutoring. They steal Springfield A and M's mascot, but his friends are caught and expelled. Homer invites them to live with him, but his family soon become angered by their new housemates, so Homer decides to try to help them get back into college.


#38 – ‘Homer’s Night Out
Season 1 – Episode 10 (Episode 10 Overall)

Synopsis – Bart purchases a mini spy camera and manages to take a picture of Homer dancing with a belly dancer named Princess Kashmir at a co-worker's bachelor party. He gives copies of the picture to his friends, and eventually the picture starts to circulate around until eventually Marge sees it. She kicks Homer out of the house, but the next day explains that she is not upset about him dancing, but rather that Bart saw it. She demands that he take Bart and go apologize to Princess Kashmir.


#37 – ‘Lisa The Iconoclast
Season 7 – Episode 16 (Episode 144 Overall)

Synopsis – While doing research for an essay, Lisa finds a confession written by town founder Jebediah Springfield revealing that he was a murderous pirate named Hans Sprungfeld who never cared about the people of Springfield. Homer decides to help Lisa get the message out, but they are arrested by the town council.


#36 – ‘A Star Is Burns
Season 6 – Episode 18 (Episode 121 Overall)

Synopsis – Springfield adopts Marge's suggestion of a film festival, in which any of the townspeople can enter a short film. To help her judge, Jay Sherman comes from New York to stay at the Simpsons' house. Homer feels threatened by Jay, and so Marge puts him on the panel as well.


#35 – ‘I Married Marge

Season 3 – Episode 12 (Episode 47 Overall)

Synopsis – After worrying that she may be pregnant again, Marge and Homer drive to Dr. Hibbert's office. While anxiously waiting, Homer begins to tell Bart, Lisa, and Maggie about how he and Marge got married, and how he attempted to prove to Marge's sisters that he can provide for their upcoming child.


#34 – ‘The Twisted World Of Marge Simpson
Season 8 – Episode 11 (Episode 164 Overall)

Synopsis – Marge starts a new pretzel franchise after being voted out of the Springfield Investorettes for being too conservative. The Investorettes see this and strike back by getting a falafel van. Homer helps Marge with her business by asking Fat Tony for assistance. Fat Tony attempts to collect all of Marge's profit, but she refuses.


#33 – ‘The Springfield Files
Season 8 – Episode 10 (Episode 163 Overall)

Synopsis – Homer opts to walk home one night from Moe's Tavern. On his way he sees an eerie glowing creature. The next day Homer's story is printed in the local newspaper. FBI agents Mulder and Scully read the story and go to Springfield to investigate the X-file.


#32 – ‘Secrets Of A Successful Marriage
Season 5 – Episode 22 (Episode 103 Overall)

Synopsis – Tired of being called "slow," Homer signs up to teach a class on keeping a successful marriage at a learning annex. He is an unsuccessful teacher and finds that the only way he can keep the class interested is to tell racy secrets about Marge and their bedroom antics. Marge soon gets fed up with Homer telling their secrets and kicks him out.


#31 – ‘Radio Bart
Season 3 – Episode 13 (Episode 48 Overall)

Synopsis – When Bart's birthday party turns into a disaster, Bart uses an AM radio microphone Homer gave him to play pranks. He decides to throw a radio down an old well and tricks the town into thinking a little boy is stuck in it. At first he is successful, but he realizes that he left a "property of Bart Simpson" label on the radio and goes to retrieve it. Bart becomes trapped in the well himself and the town decides to leave him there.

Monday, August 25

The Top 100 Simpsons Episodes Of All-Time: #50-41.


#50 – ‘Bart-Mangled Banner

Season 15 – Episode 21 (Episode 334 Overall)

Synopsis – After receiving an injection from Dr. Hibbert, Bart becomes deaf, which makes him impervious to being bullied...until he accidentally moons the American flag during a donkey basketball game, prompting everyone in town to accuse The Simpsons of being unpatriotic.


#49 – ‘E Pluribus Wiggum
Season 19 – Episode 10 (Episode 410 Overall)

Synopsis – Homer burns down Springfield's fast-food restaurants. In order to rebuild them, Mayor Quimby moves up election day, making Springfield's primary election the first in the nation. The candidates in the election are not compelling and voters instead write in "Ralph Wiggum" on the ballot and he wins. As a result, both candidates embrace Ralph, even though it is not known which party he is running for.


#48 – ‘HOMR'
Season 12 – Episode 9 (Episode 257 Overall)

Synopsis – While working as a human guinea pig (to pay off the family's lost savings after making a bad investment), Homer discovers the root cause of his subnormal intelligence: a crayon that was lodged in his brain ever since he was a kid. He decides to have it removed to increase his IQ, but discovers that being smart does not necessarily equal being happy.


#47 – ‘A Fish Called Selma
Season 7 – Episode 19 (Episode 147 Overall)

Synopsis – Troy McClure tries to save his dying career and debunk the rumors of his bizarre sexual life by marrying Marge's sister, Selma. Selma discovers that the marriage is a sham but decides that being a sham wife is okay. However, Troy decides that becoming a father will help his career even more but Selma refuses to bring a child into their loveless marriage.


#46 – ‘A Streetcar Named Marge
Season 4 – Episode 2 (Episode 61 Overall)

Synopsis – Marge is cast in a musical production of A Streetcar Named Desire as Blanche DuBois after the play director sees Marge's deep-seated depression when dealing with an uncaring Homer. Meanwhile, Maggie is sent to the Ayn Rand School for Tots where she attempts to retrieve her pacifier from a strict daycare attendant.


#45 – ‘Treehouse Of Horror IV

Season 5 – Episode 5 (Episode 86 Overall)

Synopsis – In a parody of Night Gallery, Bart tells three scary stories based on paintings:
'The Devil and Homer Simpson' – Homer sells his soul to the Devil (Ned Flanders) for a doughnut.
'Terror at 5½ Feet' – While riding the bus to school, Bart discovers that there there is a Gremlin on the side of the bus.
'Bart Simpson's Dracula' – The Simpsons are invited to a dinner with Mr. Burns, where Bart and Lisa discover that Mr. Burns is a vampire.


#44 – ‘Bart Carny
Season 9 – Episode 12 (Episode 190 Overall)

Synopsis – While the family is at a traveling carnival, Bart accidentally crashes Adolf Hitler's car. To pay off the debts, Homer and Bart get jobs at the carnival by helping with the booths and exhibits, where they befriend Cooder and Spud, a father-and-son carny team. Unfortunately, Homer causes their booth to get shut down, and decides to allow the two carnies to stay at his home.


#43 – ‘Mountain Of Madness
Season 8 – Episode 12 (Episode 165 Overall)

Synopsis – To encourage teamwork, Mr. Burns takes all of his employees to a corporate retreat in the mountains. The employees pair up and Homer becomes Burns's partner. The challenge is to find a cabin on the snowy mountainside, and the pair to finish last will be fired. Burns and Homer cheat by using a snowmobile and make it the cabin before everybody else, but an avalanche buries the cabin. Homer and Burns proceed to go insane in the cold and plot to kill one another.


#42 – ‘Brother’s Little Helper
Season 11 – Episode 2 (Episode 228 Overall)

Synopsis – After getting in trouble for flooding the school gym during Fire Prevention Day, Bart is diagnosed with Attention Deficit Disorder and prescribed a Ritalin-esque drug called Focusyn. At first, the drug makes Bart well-behaved and intellectual, but soon, Bart becomes paranoid and descends into madness.


#41 – ‘Krusty Gets Kancelled
Season 4 – Episode 22 (Episode 81 Overall)

Synopsis – A new show about a ventriloquist dummy named Gabbo becomes the hottest show in Springfield and Krusty's show is cancelled due to low ratings. Krusty is at first downfallen at the cancellation of his show, but Bart and Lisa manage to convince him to stage a comeback special and invite his celebrity friends to take part.