Simpsons Classic Era Episodes Ranked (from best to worst)

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1. The Simpsons (1989– )
Episode: Lemon of Troy (1995)

TV-PG | 30 min | Animation, Comedy

When a group of Shelbyville kids steal Springfield's sacred lemon tree, Bart and his friends venture there to get the tree back.

Director: Jim Reardon | Stars: Dan Castellaneta, Julie Kavner, Nancy Cartwright, Yeardley Smith

Votes: 2,036

10/10

The only episode I'd rank a 10. Everything is absolutely brilliant in this episode - the story, the writing, the characterizations, the humour, the plot - this episode has everything. As well as some of my all time favourite quotes and scenes. Bart Simpson at his finest, no doubt.

2. The Simpsons (1989– )
Episode: Who Shot Mr. Burns? Part One (1995)

TV-PG | 30 min | Animation, Comedy

After Mr. Burns steals oil from Springfield Elementary, an unknown person, seemingly in retaliation, shoots him.

Director: Jeffrey Lynch | Stars: Dan Castellaneta, Julie Kavner, Nancy Cartwright, Yeardley Smith

Votes: 2,612

9.9/10

3. The Simpsons (1989– )
Episode: Summer of 4'2" (1996)

TV-PG | 30 min | Animation, Comedy

After realizing how unpopular she is, a disillusioned Lisa sees the vacation to Ned Flanders' beach house as an opportunity to reinvent herself.

Director: Mark Kirkland | Stars: Dan Castellaneta, Julie Kavner, Nancy Cartwright, Yeardley Smith

Votes: 1,772

9.8/10

4. The Simpsons (1989– )
Episode: The Springfield Files (1997)

TV-PG | 22 min | Animation, Comedy

Special Agents Mulder and Scully arrive in Springfield after Homer claims to have seen an alien.

Director: Steven Dean Moore | Stars: Dan Castellaneta, Julie Kavner, Nancy Cartwright, Yeardley Smith

Votes: 2,744

9.8/10

5. The Simpsons (1989– )
Episode: Bart Sells His Soul (1995)

TV-PG | 30 min | Animation, Comedy

Bart casually sells his soul to Milhouse for five dollars but later regrets it. Moe converts his dank bar into a fun family restaurant.

Director: Wesley Archer | Stars: Dan Castellaneta, Julie Kavner, Nancy Cartwright, Yeardley Smith

Votes: 2,148

9.8/10

6. The Simpsons (1989– )
Episode: Homer the Great (1995)

TV-PG | 30 min | Animation, Comedy

Homer becomes a member of a mysterious organization called the Stonecutters and is heralded as "the chosen one".

Director: Jim Reardon | Stars: Dan Castellaneta, Julie Kavner, Nancy Cartwright, Yeardley Smith

Votes: 2,333

9.7/10

7. The Simpsons (1989– )
Episode: Flaming Moe's (1991)

TV-PG | 30 min | Animation, Comedy

Moe claims a drink that Homer invented is his own, with the drink making the bar a local hot spot, but threatens his friendship with Homer.

Directors: Rich Moore, Alan Smart | Stars: Dan Castellaneta, Julie Kavner, Nancy Cartwright, Yeardley Smith

Votes: 2,504

9.7/10

8. The Simpsons (1989– )
Episode: Radio Bart (1992)

TV-PG | 30 min | Animation, Comedy

After Bart receives a microphone which can transmit through radios, he decides to pull a series of pranks and eventually convinces the town that a boy has fallen down a well.

Director: Carlos Baeza | Stars: Dan Castellaneta, Julie Kavner, Nancy Cartwright, Yeardley Smith

Votes: 2,130

9.7/10

9. The Simpsons (1989– )
Episode: Boy Scoutz 'n the Hood (1993)

TV-PG | 30 min | Animation, Comedy

After joining the Junior Campers while on a sugar high, Bart reluctantly invites Homer to accompany him on the group's annual father-son rafting trip, which soon goes awry.

Director: Jeffrey Lynch | Stars: Dan Castellaneta, Julie Kavner, Nancy Cartwright, Yeardley Smith

Votes: 2,020

9.6/10

10. The Simpsons (1989– )
Episode: Marge Be Not Proud (1995)

TV-PG | 30 min | Animation, Comedy

Marge's relationship with Bart is strained when he is caught shoplifting before Christmas.

Director: Steven Dean Moore | Stars: Dan Castellaneta, Julie Kavner, Nancy Cartwright, Yeardley Smith

Votes: 1,877

9.6/10

11. The Simpsons (1989– )
Episode: 22 Short Films About Springfield (1996)

TV-PG | 22 min | Animation, Comedy

A series of vignettes highlights a day in the life of various Springfield residents.

Director: Jim Reardon | Stars: Dan Castellaneta, Julie Kavner, Nancy Cartwright, Yeardley Smith

Votes: 2,260

9.6/10

12. The Simpsons (1989– )
Episode: Homer's Enemy (1997)

TV-PG | 30 min | Animation, Comedy

Industrious Frank Grimes starts working at the plant and becomes irritated by Homer's laziness; Bart buys a run-down factory for a dollar.

Director: Jim Reardon | Stars: Dan Castellaneta, Julie Kavner, Nancy Cartwright, Yeardley Smith

Votes: 3,639

9.5/10

13. The Simpsons (1989– )
Episode: Mr. Plow (1992)

TV-PG | 30 min | Animation, Comedy

Homer opens a snow plow business only to have his best friend Barney open a rival outfit, with commercials by Linda Ronstadt. Homer sends Barney into an avalanche, then feels guilty and saves his life.

Director: Jim Reardon | Stars: Dan Castellaneta, Julie Kavner, Nancy Cartwright, Yeardley Smith

Votes: 2,506

9.5/10

14. The Simpsons (1989– )
Episode: Treehouse of Horror V (1994)

TV-PG | 30 min | Animation, Comedy

The family's job at Mr. Burns' country estate goes awry when Homer goes mad; Homer's attempt to repair a toaster results in inadvertent time travel; The school staff turn cannibalistic.

Director: Jim Reardon | Stars: Dan Castellaneta, Julie Kavner, Nancy Cartwright, Yeardley Smith

Votes: 2,783

9.5/10

15. The Simpsons (1989– )
Episode: Cape Feare (1993)

TV-PG | 23 min | Animation, Comedy

After being released from prison on parole, Sideshow Bob plots to murder Bart.

Director: Rich Moore | Stars: Dan Castellaneta, Julie Kavner, Nancy Cartwright, Yeardley Smith

Votes: 3,214

9.5/10

16. The Simpsons (1989– )
Episode: Mother Simpson (1995)

TV-PG | 30 min | Animation, Comedy

After faking his own death, Homer is reunited with his mother, who harbors a deep secret.

Director: David Silverman | Stars: Dan Castellaneta, Julie Kavner, Nancy Cartwright, Yeardley Smith

Votes: 1,895

9.5/10

17. The Simpsons (1989– )
Episode: The City of New York vs. Homer Simpson (1997)

TV-PG | 30 min | Animation, Comedy

Homer must travel to New York to get his car back, which is illegally parked at World Trade Center Plaza.

Director: Jim Reardon | Stars: Dan Castellaneta, Julie Kavner, Nancy Cartwright, Yeardley Smith

Votes: 2,861

9.4/10

18. The Simpsons (1989– )
Episode: Bart of Darkness (1994)

TV-PG | 30 min | Animation, Comedy

After he breaks his leg and becomes confined to his room, Bart begins spying on the neighbors with his telescope, and suspects Ned of murdering Maude.

Director: Jim Reardon | Stars: Dan Castellaneta, Julie Kavner, Nancy Cartwright, Yeardley Smith

Votes: 2,121

9.4/10

19. The Simpsons (1989– )
Episode: My Sister, My Sitter (1997)

TV-PG | 30 min | Animation, Comedy

Bart is outraged when Lisa becomes his babysitter.

Director: Jim Reardon | Stars: Dan Castellaneta, Julie Kavner, Nancy Cartwright, Yeardley Smith

Votes: 1,606

9.4/10

20. The Simpsons (1989– )
Episode: Bart's Comet (1995)

TV-PG | 30 min | Animation, Comedy

Bart discovers a comet that is on a collision course with Springfield.

Director: Bob Anderson | Stars: Dan Castellaneta, Julie Kavner, Nancy Cartwright, Yeardley Smith

Votes: 1,910

9.4/10

21. The Simpsons (1989– )
Episode: Homer's Phobia (1997)

TV-PG | 30 min | Animation, Comedy

After Marge befriends John, a gay store owner, Homer worries that his presence will have a negative effect on Bart's sexuality.

Director: Mike B. Anderson | Stars: Dan Castellaneta, Julie Kavner, Nancy Cartwright, Yeardley Smith

Votes: 2,430

9.3/10

22. The Simpsons (1989– )
Episode: Lisa's Substitute (1991)

TV-PG | 30 min | Animation, Comedy

Lisa has a crush on her substitute teacher; Bart decides to run for class president.

Director: Rich Moore | Stars: Dan Castellaneta, Julie Kavner, Nancy Cartwright, Yeardley Smith

Votes: 2,569

9.3/10

23. The Simpsons (1989– )
Episode: The Last Temptation of Homer (1993)

TV-PG | 30 min | Animation, Comedy

Homer's marriage is in trouble when he develops an attraction to a new co-worker.

Director: Carlos Baeza | Stars: Dan Castellaneta, Julie Kavner, Nancy Cartwright, Yeardley Smith

Votes: 2,015

9.3/10

24. The Simpsons (1989– )
Episode: Kamp Krusty (1992)

TV-PG | 30 min | Animation, Comedy

Bart and Lisa attend "Kamp Krusty" but it is nothing like they thought it would be; Homer's hair grows back and he loses weight while the kids are away.

Director: Mark Kirkland | Stars: Dan Castellaneta, Julie Kavner, Nancy Cartwright, Yeardley Smith

Votes: 2,229

9.3/10

25. The Simpsons (1989– )
Episode: Homer vs. the 18th Amendment (1997)

TV-PG | 30 min | Animation, Comedy

After Bart inadvertently becomes drunk at a St. Patrick's Day celebration, an old prohibition law banning drinking in Springfield is rediscovered and enforced. Desperate to keep alcohol in the city, Homer takes matters into his own hands.

Director: Bob Anderson | Stars: Dan Castellaneta, Julie Kavner, Nancy Cartwright, Yeardley Smith

Votes: 2,055

9.3/10

26. The Simpsons (1989– )
Episode: Rosebud (1993)

TV-PG | 30 min | Animation, Comedy

After his birthday party goes wrong, Mr. Burns begins to want his childhood toy, a teddy bear named Bobo; Homer finds that Maggie is in possession of the doll.

Director: Wesley Archer | Stars: Dan Castellaneta, Julie Kavner, Nancy Cartwright, Yeardley Smith

Votes: 2,284

9.3/10

27. The Simpsons (1989– )
Episode: Brother, Can You Spare Two Dimes? (1992)

TV-PG | 30 min | Animation, Comedy

After Homer "wins" a $2000 settlement with the plant for radiation affecting his sperm count, his brother Herb comes to Springfield with an idea that could help him get his fortune back.

Director: Rich Moore | Stars: Dan Castellaneta, Julie Kavner, Nancy Cartwright, Yeardley Smith

Votes: 1,882

9.3/10

28. The Simpsons (1989– )
Episode: Lisa the Simpson (1998)

TV-PG | 30 min | Animation, Comedy

Lisa fears she is losing her intelligence when she learns about the fabled Simpson gene. Meanwhile, Jasper freezes himself in the Kwik-E-Mart freezer.

Director: Susie Dietter | Stars: Dan Castellaneta, Julie Kavner, Nancy Cartwright, Yeardley Smith

Votes: 1,526

9.3/10

29. The Simpsons (1989– )
Episode: Marge vs. the Monorail (1993)

TV-PG | 30 min | Animation, Comedy

After receiving a considerable donation of money, Springfield builds a monorail system with Homer as the conductor, unaware they've just boarded a one-way train to Hell.

Director: Rich Moore | Stars: Dan Castellaneta, Julie Kavner, Nancy Cartwright, Yeardley Smith

Votes: 3,071

9.3/10

30. The Simpsons (1989– )
Episode: You Only Move Twice (1996)

TV-PG | 23 min | Animation, Comedy

After moving to another town for a new job, Homer must decide whether or not to stay when the family have a hard time with the transfer.

Director: Mike B. Anderson | Stars: Dan Castellaneta, Julie Kavner, Nancy Cartwright, Yeardley Smith

Votes: 3,667

9.3/10

31. The Simpsons (1989– )
Episode: Simpson Tide (1998)

TV-PG | 30 min | Animation, Comedy

Homer causes an international incident after he joins the Naval reserves.

Director: Milton Gray | Stars: Dan Castellaneta, Julie Kavner, Nancy Cartwright, Yeardley Smith

Votes: 1,510

9.2/10

32. The Simpsons (1989– )
Episode: Bart on the Road (1996)

TV-PG | 30 min | Animation, Comedy

Unable to get out of a mis-scheduled spring vacation, Principal Skinner makes up the holiday "Go to Work with Your Parents Day," giving Lisa the chance to spend time with Homer, and Bart ... See full summary »

Director: Swinton O. Scott III | Stars: Dan Castellaneta, Julie Kavner, Nancy Cartwright, Yeardley Smith

Votes: 1,785

9.2/10

33. The Simpsons (1989– )
Episode: Natural Born Kissers (1998)

TV-PG | 30 min | Animation, Comedy

Homer and Marge's attempt to spice up their marriage leads to the couple being chased naked through Springfield.

Director: Klay Hall | Stars: Dan Castellaneta, Julie Kavner, Nancy Cartwright, Yeardley Smith

Votes: 1,453

9.2/10

34. The Simpsons (1989– )
Episode: Itchy & Scratchy Land (1994)

TV-PG | 30 min | Animation, Comedy

A family vacation to Itchy & Scratchy Land turns disastrous when the robots malfunction and turn on the tourists.

Director: Wesley Archer | Stars: Dan Castellaneta, Julie Kavner, Nancy Cartwright, Yeardley Smith

Votes: 2,027

9.2/10

35. The Simpsons (1989– )
Episode: Treehouse of Horror IV (1993)

TV-PG | 30 min | Animation, Comedy

Homer sells his soul to the Devil for a donut, Bart contends with a gremlin on the side of the school bus which only he can see, and the family discovers that Mr. Burns is a vampire.

Director: David Silverman | Stars: Dan Castellaneta, Julie Kavner, Nancy Cartwright, Yeardley Smith

Votes: 2,290

9.2/10

36. The Simpsons (1989– )
Episode: Homer Badman (1994)

TV-PG | 30 min | Animation, Comedy

After a series of misunderstandings, Homer is labeled a pervert, and must try to clear his name.

Director: Jeffrey Lynch | Stars: Dan Castellaneta, Julie Kavner, Nancy Cartwright, Yeardley Smith

Votes: 2,538

9.2/10

37. The Simpsons (1989– )
Episode: Bart the Murderer (1991)

TV-PG | 30 min | Animation, Comedy

After having a horrible day, Bart gets a job tending bar for a group of gangsters and becomes the prime suspect when Principal Skinner mysteriously disappears.

Director: Rich Moore | Stars: Dan Castellaneta, Julie Kavner, Nancy Cartwright, Yeardley Smith

Votes: 2,294

9.2/10

38. The Simpsons (1989– )
Episode: Treehouse of Horror VI (1995)

TV-PG | 30 min | Animation, Comedy

A freak lightning storm causes giant advertising mascots to come to life; The children are terrorized by Groundskeeper Willie in their dreams; Homer finds himself trapped in another dimension.

Directors: Bob Anderson, David Mirkin | Stars: Dan Castellaneta, Julie Kavner, Nancy Cartwright, Yeardley Smith

Votes: 2,037

9.2/10

39. The Simpsons (1989– )
Episode: The PTA Disbands (1995)

TV-PG | 30 min | Animation, Comedy

Marge fills in for Mrs. Krabappel during a teachers' strike.

Director: Swinton O. Scott III | Stars: Dan Castellaneta, Julie Kavner, Nancy Cartwright, Yeardley Smith

Votes: 1,612

9.1/10

40. The Simpsons (1989– )
Episode: Grade School Confidential (1997)

TV-PG | 30 min | Animation, Comedy

Bart discovers Principal Skinner and Mrs Krabappel kissing, and it's not long before the whole town knows of their secret affair.

Director: Susie Dietter | Stars: Dan Castellaneta, Julie Kavner, Nancy Cartwright, Yeardley Smith

Votes: 1,606

9.1/10

41. The Simpsons (1989– )
Episode: Brother from the Same Planet (1993)

TV-PG | 30 min | Animation, Comedy

When Bart gets tired of Homer's horrible parenting skills, he enrolled in the "Bigger Brother" program where he's assigned a fantastic role model.

Director: Jeffrey Lynch | Stars: Dan Castellaneta, Julie Kavner, Nancy Cartwright, Yeardley Smith

Votes: 1,842

9.1/10

42. The Simpsons (1989– )
Episode: Das Bus (1998)

TV-PG | 30 min | Animation, Comedy

While the kids become stranded on a desert island, Homer attempts to cash in on the Internet.

Director: Pete Michels | Stars: Dan Castellaneta, Julie Kavner, Nancy Cartwright, Yeardley Smith

Votes: 1,592

9.1/10

43. The Simpsons (1989– )
Episode: The Way We Was (1991)

TV-PG | 23 min | Animation, Comedy

Homer and Marge tell the story of how they met and fell in love in high school.

Director: David Silverman | Stars: Dan Castellaneta, Julie Kavner, Nancy Cartwright, Yeardley Smith

Votes: 2,221

9.1/10

44. The Simpsons (1989– )
Episode: Lost Our Lisa (1998)

TV-PG | 30 min | Animation, Comedy

Lisa gets lost after she tries to take a bus to a museum.

Director: Pete Michels | Stars: Dan Castellaneta, Julie Kavner, Nancy Cartwright, Yeardley Smith

Votes: 1,345

9.1/10

45. The Simpsons (1989– )
Episode: The Cartridge Family (1997)

TV-PG | 30 min | Animation, Comedy