15. Marge Be Not Proud (S7)
Bart is caught stealing (AKA “four-fingered discount”) a video game, in a rare episode that explores the bond between Bart and Marge – as well as satirising kids’ roving interests.
14. The Itchy and Scratchy and Poochie Show (S8)
A spot-on self-parody of what happens when TV shows have been on the air for a while. Whatever you say about latterday Simpsons, they never introduced a Poochie.
13. A Fish Called Selma (S7)
Everyone knows that (“Hi, I’m”) Troy McClure is the best Simpsons side character, so naturally this one – the only episode based around him – is absolutely priceless, from chimpan-A to chimpan-Z.
12. The Springfield Files (S8)
Whether you are an X-Files fan or not, this meeting of Homer and Mulder and Scully is a pitch-perfect half-hour of comedy nonsense. But isn’t that the real truth? The answer is no.
11. The Last Temptation of Homer (S5)
Homer’s loyalty to Marge is tested when his new coworker at the plant seems perfect for him. A fair-handed look at temptation and a great example of how dedicated to Marge Homer really is.