10. Cape Feare (S5)
Sideshow Bob’s definitive episode, with just about every line a killer (“no one who speaks German could be evil”). And there is nothing funnier than Bob stepping on rakes.
9. Treehouse of Horror IV (S5)
A practically perfect Halloween special which sees Homer make a deal with Devil Flanders (“it’s always the one you least suspect”), Mr Burns as Dracula and a gremlin on the school bus.
8. And Maggie Makes Three (S6)
Homer’s neglect of his youngest child is often played for laughs, but this one proves that he really does love Maggie. If you want to make a Simpsons fan cry, just say: Do it for her.
7. Lisa’s Wedding (S6)
The absolute best future-set episode, as Lisa’s wedding to a Hugh Grant-type is complicated by Homer’s boorishness. The Homer/Lisa relationship has rarely been better portrayed.
6. Homer’s Phobia (S8)
A hilarious, touching and perfectly-balanced exploration of Homer’s thoughtless prejudice when he thinks Bart might have been given “gay” by a homosexual friend of the family.