5. Bart Sells His Soul (S7)
An unusually metaphysical episode as Bart regrets “selling” his soul to Milhouse. The best one for deepening Bart beyond his trademark badboy image, with some lovely stuff with Bart and Lisa, too.
4. Marge Vs the Monorail (S4)
The Simpsons at its most delightfully wacky and gag-filled. The simple story of the town’s new monorail is embroidered by arguably the highest hit rate of jokes of any episode ever.
3. You Only Move Twice (S8)
The Simpsons leave Springfield for new pastures in a truly sparkling episode. Finding Nemo‘s Al Brooks steals the show as Hank Scorpio – Homer’s new boss who just happens to be a Bond villain.
2. Treehouse of Horror V (S6)
‘The Shinning’ is the show’s greatest spoof ever – it’s just so spot-on with not a word wasted. Pair that with ‘Nightmare Cafeteria’ and ‘Time and Punishment’ and you’ve got the perfect Halloween special… and one of the finest Simpsons ever.
1. Homer’s Enemy (S8)
A true masterpiece that flips the show on its head – what would happen if an ordinary guy met Homer Simpson? He would hate him, that’s what! It’s hard to pick a single greatest episode of the show, but this one won out this time around. Ask me tomorrow, and I’d probably change my mind.
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