Sunday, December 12, 2021

Best. Episode. Ever.

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The Simpsons, much like guest star Ken Griffey, Jr., debuted in 1989. Both were at the top of their game in the early 1990s, declined in the next decade, and probably stuck around a little too long.

Unlike Ken Griffey, Jr. The Simpsons is still active and returns next Sunday with episode #716! While the quality of episodes and the ratings have declined, it is incredible that any television series can last for 33 seasons across five decades. Of course it would be impossible for any pro athlete to continue a high level of play in a top pro sports league for that length of time. That could never happen.

Oh... hi, Gordie (yep, he's been in a Simpsons episode, too.)

"Bart The Lover" and "Homer At The Bat" aired in consecutive weeks back in February of 1992, just out of our jurisdiction here at The 1993. The first episode to air in calendar year '93 is considered by many to be the greatest Simpsons episode of all time : Marge vs. The Monorail.

This was one of three episodes written by Conan O'Brien, who would go on to host his own late-night talk show starting in September of 1993.

Following this masterpiece, these ten Simpsons episodes round out Season 4:

"Selma's Choice"

"Brother from the Same Planet"

 "I Love Lisa"


"Last Exit to Springfield"

"So It's Come to This: A Simpsons Clip Show"

"The Front"

"Whacking Day"

"Marge in Chains"

"Krusty Gets Kancelled"

Season 5  of The Simpsons kicked off on September 30, 1993 with "Homer's Barbershop Quartet"

Following that, nine more episodes aired in 1993:

"Cape Feare"

"Homer Goes to College"


"Treehouse of Horror IV"

"Marge on the Lam"

"Bart's Inner Child"

"Boy-Scoutz 'n the Hood"

"The Last Temptation of Homer"

"$pringfield (or, How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love Legalized Gambling)"



Do you agree that "Marge vs. The Monorail" is the best Simpsons episode ever?

What's your favorite Simpsons episode of all-time? Do you still watch The Simpsons?

Thanks for reading!



  1. So many great choices! I'm gonna look over your picks but I love the callback to when the show was at its peak.

  2. Monorail it’s a great episode. My other faves are a fish called Selma and homer’s enemy

  3. Season 4 of The Simpsons is unbelievable. One of the best seasons of television ever.

    The very best episode of the show, though, was from the 1992 part of the season: A Streetcar Named Marge. The musical sequence is hysterical, Maggie gets a great storyline, and Homer's realization at the end is heartbreaking. My second-favorite episode of the show, BTW, is Lisa's Rival, from 1994.

    I gave up on the new episodes years ago. I stuck with it into, like, Season 23 or so, but by then I almost never found myself laughing. The last good episode was The Debarted in Season 19, and there was a lot to slog through before that. I'll still watch old episodes--anything in the first 8 seasons or so is usually gold, but even the next 8 or so is usually decent. If the episode is in the new animation style, that's a hard no from me.

  4. I was a diehard watcher in '92, '93, but I'd have to rewatch them all the figure out which was my favorite, I remember favorite Simpson quotes more easily. I stopped watching around '96, so in my mind the Simpsons are still at peak form.

  5. Monorail is classic. Hard to choose, but I'd also nominate Lisa the Vegetarian.

    Haven't watched since season 11 or so.

  6. I still watch the new episodes and once in a while one of them is pretty okay.

    My favorite episodes are probably the one with the lemon tree and the one with the Radioactive Man movie. But yeah, there are a bunch of great ones from the early 90s.