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2012-02-21 09:31:31 AM  

Angry Drunk Bureaucrat: gunga galunga: What, no love for Homie the Clown? The first seven minutes of that was probably the hardest I have ever laughed in my life.

THAT'S IT! You people have held me back long enough! I'm going to clown college!


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Doo doo doodoodoo doo doo doo doo.
 
2012-02-21 09:39:00 AM  

Angry Drunk Bureaucrat: THAT'S IT! You people have held me back long enough! I'm going to clown college!


Clown college? You can't eat that.
 
2012-02-21 09:39:01 AM  
"Hurricane Neddy" - can I really be the first to mention this? NED CURSES
"Treehouse of Horror I"
"Lisa the Vegetarian"
 
2012-02-21 09:47:45 AM  

nekom: Angry Drunk Bureaucrat: THAT'S IT! You people have held me back long enough! I'm going to clown college!

Clown college? You can't eat that.


Clown college can buy many peanuts.
 
2012-02-21 09:59:35 AM  

JudgeItoBox: That's way more words than I ever wanted to read about a Simpsons episode.


There's a book called Planet Simpson that exhaustively details the show's history, cultural relevance, the author's personal relationship with it, and detailed breakdown of landmark episodes. You would not enjoy it.
 
2012-02-21 10:01:46 AM  

dj_spanmaster: "Hurricane Neddy" - can I really be the first to mention this? NED CURSES


Ned: I just attacked all my friends and neighbors just for trying to help me. I'd like to commit myself.
Nurse: Very well. Shall I show you to your room, or would you prefer to be dragged off kicking and screaming?
Ned: Ooh, kicking and screaming, please.
Nurse: As you wish.
[two men in white grab hold of him and drag him away]
Ned: Noooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo!

/"Yes, yes Mr. Sherman, everything stinks"
 
2012-02-21 10:07:30 AM  

dj_spanmaster: "Lisa the Vegetarian"


Lisa-centric episodes are usually pretty lame, but if they were their own category, this one would definitely win.

My favorite bit of trivia from that episode is that Groening, et al, really wanted to get Paul McCartney on, because he was the only living Beatle not to have appeared at that point. And so McCartney agreed to appear. But only if Lisa remained a vegetarian for the duration of the series.
 
2012-02-21 10:07:59 AM  
The quote I use a lot:

"In this house we obey the laws of THERMODYNAMICS!"

taxandspend: My absolute favorite of the series: $pringfield, or How I learned to stop worrying and love legalized gambling.

"Freshen your drink gov'ner"
"I call him Gamblor!"


Burns: Thank you so much for visiting our plant, Dr. Kissinger.
Henry: It was fun.
Smithers: We'll let you know if your glasses turn up.
Henry: Er, yes, well, I'm sure I left them in the car.
Henry, To Himself: No one must know I dropped them in the toilet; not I, the man who drafted the Paris Peace Accord.
 
2012-02-21 10:10:27 AM  
No way I could pick a favorite. I could pick seasons but not a favorite single episode. Too many good ones.

Surprising lack of Lionel Hutz in here.

Hutz: "That judge has had it in for me since I kinda ran over his dog."

Marge: "You ran over his dog?"

Hutz: "Uh huh. Except replace the word kinda with repeatedly and the word dog with son."

/ might have messed that up
 
2012-02-21 10:12:37 AM  
Homer at the Bat is a great episode (and I remember watching the first airing) but my personal fave is Treehouse of Horror III. It has Clown Without Pity, King Homer, and Dial 'Z' For Zombies.
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To the book depository!
 
2012-02-21 10:16:11 AM  
I think we can all agree that any given episode from seasons 2-10 is better than 90% of anything that has ever been on or will ever be on television.
 
2012-02-21 10:26:59 AM  
No one's mentioned "Itchy & Scratchy Land?" That episode's one of the best solely for the look on the kids' faces when Marge says she's already planned the family vacation to the Highway 9 Bird Sanctuary.
 
2012-02-21 10:27:20 AM  
Reading through everyone's choices it's obvious we all are awesome. I'm throwing in my addition:

Krusty gets Kancelled. You are all going to be reading this lines in the voices of the characters that said them. Without any visual prompting as to whom they were.

"I figure it's someone's name. Someone names Gabbo."

"Don't snap my undies"

"You can call me Ray.. and you can call me Jay"

"We want Chilly Willy! We want Chilly Willy!"

"What? what am I looking at? I'm gonna stop looking soon. What? What is that it?"
"Can I look too?"
"sure but it'll cost ya!"
"My WALLET'S in the CAR!"
"He's so stupid... and now back to the wall"

"That oughta hold those S.O.B.s. WHAT THE?"

"Ow my face! My valuable face!"

"My son returns from a fancy East Coast college, and I'm horrified to find he's a NERD"
"Ha! I'm laughing already!"
"IT'S NOT A COMEDY!"

"I've been in this chair fort near 13 seasons, and I ain't a-leavin' now"
"He's dead now"

/all from memory
//all typed out while saying them in head in the voices
///voices in my head
 
2012-02-21 10:30:46 AM  
Treehouse of Horror V, not for the shinning (which is excellent) but for Time and Punishment. For my brothers wedding I got my father to give the advice that grandpa gives to Homer to my brother.

Homer: Aah! OK, don't panic -- remember the advice your father gave you on your wedding day.
[remembers Abe with hair and a tuxedo]
Abe: If you ever travel back in time, don't step on anything because even the tiniest change can alter the future in ways you can't imagine.

/I'm the first NON brazillian to go back in time!
 
2012-02-21 10:32:10 AM  
Whacking Day was invented as an excuse to beat up the Irish

"Ahhh, 'tis true. I took many a lump, but twas all in good fun!!"


And when Homer takes over for smithers.

"No, no. This is five six FOUR three. I suspect you need more practice operating your telephone machine."

"You are a bad son Mont...el".
 
2012-02-21 10:36:06 AM  
Every episode mentioned here is a classic except for everyone clamoring about the Frank Grimes episode. I simply do not understand the love its getting. It wasn't funny, it was depressing and just plain dumb. Really, your gonna say homers enemy is funnier than last exit to springfield?
 
2012-02-21 10:47:23 AM  

NewportBarGuy: elvisaintdead: This man would like to have a word with you, subby -

[i43.tinypic.com image 450x411]

A challenger emerges!


Supposedly he was supposed to be Richard Branson, but I always thought Larry Ellison as well.
 
2012-02-21 10:49:58 AM  
I always loved "Bart's Girlfriend," but that's mostly because a good friend of mine in high school at the time was a minister's daughter, and very much a secret badass.

This bizarre exchange between Marge and a deadpan Homer gets me every time:

Marge: Have you noticed any change in Bart?
Homer: New glasses?
Marge: No...he looks like something might be disturbing him.
Homer: Probably misses his old glasses.
Marge: I guess we could get more involved in Bart's activities but then
I'd be afraid of smothering him.
Homer: Yeah, and then we'd get the chair.
Marge: That's not what I meant.
Homer: It was, Marge, admit it.
 
2012-02-21 11:02:18 AM  

DSanchez: "Now Homer, you're over-stimulated, lets get some beer into you, and then it's straight off to bed."

//one of my favorite lines.


deadhomersociety.files.wordpress.com

Whoo hoo! Beer beer beer bed bed bed!
 
2012-02-21 11:09:59 AM  
darrrrrrryl

darrrrrrrrrrrryl

darrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrryl

/rolls right off their backs
 
2012-02-21 11:24:53 AM  

SlagginOff: I think we can all agree that any given episode from seasons 2-10 is better than 90% of anything that has ever been on or will ever be on television.


And this is why you'll never see me biatching about the current quality of the show like many have been in recent threads. Yes, it's been years since I've been a regular watcher. And when I do, the show ranges from "meh" to "pretty funny". But for seasons 2-8, as well as several episodes from seasons 9-12, they get a lifetime free pass from me. They can continue to make mediocre episodes for all long as the show continues to remain profitable. All power to them.
 
2012-02-21 11:27:04 AM  

BilldaCat10: darrrrrrryl

darrrrrrrrrrrryl

darrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrryl

/rolls right off their backs


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2012-02-21 11:28:32 AM  
I vote Worst Episode Ever as the best episode ever.
 
2012-02-21 11:29:22 AM  
"Raging Abe Simpson and His Grumbling Grandson in "The Curse of the Flying Hellfish" isn't about baseball...why is there a discussion of basball in an article about "best Simpsons episode"?

splitsider.com

/"Last Exit to Springfield" would also be an acceptable article subject.
 
2012-02-21 11:35:33 AM  

alwaysjaded: No way I could pick a favorite. I could pick seasons but not a favorite single episode. Too many good ones.

Surprising lack of Lionel Hutz in here.

Hutz: "That judge has had it in for me since I kinda ran over his dog."

Marge: "You ran over his dog?"

Hutz: "Uh huh. Except replace the word kinda with repeatedly and the word dog with son."

/ might have messed that up


Close enough.

Hutz: Care to join me for a belt of scotch?

Marge: But it's 9:30 in the morning!

Hutz: Yeah, but I haven't slept in days.
 
2012-02-21 11:39:38 AM  

ArgusRun: Also, Bart After Dark.

I'm partial to musical numbers.


Another great episode.

"If Homer Simpson's 10-year-old son want's to work in a burlesque house, the Homer Simpson's 10-year-old son gets to work in a burlesque house!"
(crowd disperses revealing Marge, who's furious)
"Now Marge, you're going to hear a lot of crazy talk about Bart working in a burlesque house."
 
2012-02-21 11:40:55 AM  

steamingpile: sugar


Marge: Homer, when are you going to give up this crazy sugar scheme?
Homer: Never, Marge! Never. I can't live the button-down life like you. I want it all: the terrifying lows, the dizzying highs, the creamy middles. Sure, I might offend a few of the bluenoses with my cocky stride and musky odors -- oh, I'll never be the darling of the so-called "City Fathers" who cluck their tongues, stroke their beards, and talk about "What's to be done with this Homer Simpson?"
 
2012-02-21 11:48:53 AM  

JesterJames: steamingpile: sugar

Marge: Homer, when are you going to give up this crazy sugar scheme?
Homer: Never, Marge! Never. I can't live the button-down life like you. I want it all: the terrifying lows, the dizzying highs, the creamy middles. Sure, I might offend a few of the bluenoses with my cocky stride and musky odors -- oh, I'll never be the darling of the so-called "City Fathers" who cluck their tongues, stroke their beards, and talk about "What's to be done with this Homer Simpson?"


In America, first you get the sugar, then you get the power, then you get the women.
 
2012-02-21 11:49:55 AM  

gunga galunga: ArgusRun: Also, Bart After Dark.

I'm partial to musical numbers.

Another great episode.

"If Homer Simpson's 10-year-old son want's to work in a burlesque house, the Homer Simpson's 10-year-old son gets to work in a burlesque house!"
(crowd disperses revealing Marge, who's furious)
"Now Marge, you're going to hear a lot of crazy talk about Bart working in a burlesque house."


Can we please not talk about S-E-X in front of the C-H-I-L-D-R-E-N?

Sex Cauldron?! I thought they shut that place down!!
 
2012-02-21 11:56:04 AM  
Deep Space Homer is my favourite!
 
2012-02-21 12:01:26 PM  

gunga galunga: SlagginOff: I think we can all agree that any given episode from seasons 2-10 is better than 90% of anything that has ever been on or will ever be on television.

And this is why you'll never see me biatching about the current quality of the show like many have been in recent threads. Yes, it's been years since I've been a regular watcher. And when I do, the show ranges from "meh" to "pretty funny". But for seasons 2-8, as well as several episodes from seasons 9-12, they get a lifetime free pass from me. They can continue to make mediocre episodes for all long as the show continues to remain profitable. All power to them.


4.bp.blogspot.com

Sees what you did there
 
2012-02-21 12:16:31 PM  

StreetlightInTheGhetto: epyonyx: stevie1der: DENTAL PLAN!

Lisa needs braces!

DENTAL PLAN!


LORD PALMERSTON!
 
2012-02-21 12:17:48 PM  

Shakes999: Every episode mentioned here is a classic except for everyone clamoring about the Frank Grimes episode. I simply do not understand the love its getting. It wasn't funny, it was depressing and just plain dumb. Really, your gonna say homers enemy is funnier than last exit to springfield?


Agreed. Though I no longer absolutely hate it like the first time I saw it, Homer's Enemy is one of the weaker episodes from the first 10 seasons.
 
2012-02-21 12:23:12 PM  

Richard Roma: Agreed. Though I no longer absolutely hate it like the first time I saw it, Homer's Enemy is one of the weaker episodes from the first 10 seasons.


I wouldn't put it in my top 10, but it wasn't THAT bad. It had its moments. How dare you spill my priceless acid and destroy my valuable wall?
 
2012-02-21 12:41:48 PM  

JesterJames: StreetlightInTheGhetto: epyonyx: stevie1der: DENTAL PLAN!

Lisa needs braces!

DENTAL PLAN!

LORD PALMERSTON!


PITT THE ELDER!
 
2012-02-21 12:42:12 PM  

Madbassist1: href="http://www.fark.com/comments/6953201/75093937#c75093937" target="_blank">SavaThePriest: I can't believe we've come this far without Two Dozen and One Greyhounds.

[img218.imageshack.us image 426x252]

/I really like the vest.

Way WAY WAY too late.

born_yesterday: Some men hunt for sport
Others hunt for food...
the only thing I'm hunting for....
is an outfit that looks gooood....

(TAKE IT MADBASSIST!!!)

(Lyrics go here)

Bart:
Sorry. You gotta admit, it's catchy.


Great... Now I've got THAT stuck in my head.

/Had worse.
 
2012-02-21 12:44:20 PM  

Shakes999: Every episode mentioned here is a classic except for everyone clamoring about the Frank Grimes episode. I simply do not understand the love its getting. It wasn't funny, it was depressing and just plain dumb. Really, your gonna say homers enemy is funnier than last exit to springfield?


Your comment is better read in an exasperated and incredulous Frank "Grimey" Grimes voice.

Grey Street: JesterJames: steamingpile: sugar

Marge: Homer, when are you going to give up this crazy sugar scheme?
Homer: Never, Marge! Never. I can't live the button-down life like you. I want it all: the terrifying lows, the dizzying highs, the creamy middles. Sure, I might offend a few of the bluenoses with my cocky stride and musky odors -- oh, I'll never be the darling of the so-called "City Fathers" who cluck their tongues, stroke their beards, and talk about "What's to be done with this Homer Simpson?"

In America, first you get the sugar, then you get the power, then you get the women.


For some reason, his winking 'in the forest' part of his explanation to Marge where they got the sugar always cracks me up.
 
2012-02-21 12:53:23 PM  

Shakes999: Every episode mentioned here is a classic except for everyone clamoring about the Frank Grimes episode. I simply do not understand the love its getting. It wasn't funny, it was depressing and just plain dumb. Really, your gonna say homers enemy is funnier than last exit to springfield?


One of my favorite lines came out of that episode:

"I live in a single room above a bowling alley and below another bowling alley!"
 
2012-02-21 01:02:21 PM  
In the end, Homer wins his team the pennant, albeit through inexplicable and unconventional means. So when Homer smacks a bottom-of-the-ninth grand slam with his team down three runs, how the hell are we supposed to process that? Homer doesn't fail miserably; Bart doesn't quip his way out of trouble; Lisa doesn't roll her eyes in judgment. It was like watching some avant-garde, one-night-only experiment in ad hoc television.

The episode actually ends with Homer getting hit by a pitch.
 
2012-02-21 01:10:12 PM  

Mordo The Black:
Great... Now I've got THAT stuck in my head.

/Had worse.


I know, right? That's why I had to post it. HAD to. I read the first verse and the goddamned earworm WOULD...NOT...STOP. So I had to infect everyone else. HA HA SUCKERS!
 
2012-02-21 01:17:53 PM  

Shakes999: Every episode mentioned here is a classic except for everyone clamoring about the Frank Grimes episode. I simply do not understand the love its getting. It wasn't funny, it was depressing and just plain dumb. Really, your gonna say homers enemy is funnier than last exit to springfield?


Far from my favorite, but I like that episode because Frank Grimes (or "Grimey" as he liked to be called) reminds of some people, and a lot of Farkers, who get waaaay too worked up over something (or someone) they don't like. It's not enough that they don't like it, everybody else needs to share that level of hatred.

I've seen many Farkers have meltdowns over trivial issues that remind me of Frank's meltdown at the end of the episode.
 
2012-02-21 01:22:16 PM  
Change the channel, Marge!
 
2012-02-21 01:33:52 PM  
No love for Much Apu About Nothing? The Bear Patrol parts alone are funny enough to cause serious injury.

"Lisa, I wanna buy your rock!"

/Get Eurass back to Eurasia
 
2012-02-21 01:36:20 PM  
Not a mention of Deep Space Homer?

Now we'll never see the closeup of the rod.
 
2012-02-21 01:36:55 PM  
 
2012-02-21 01:39:03 PM  
You misspelled "Whacking Day"

/I love the sexy slither of a lady snake. Ohhh baby.
 
2012-02-21 01:43:37 PM  
purple monkey dishwasher.
 
2012-02-21 01:44:48 PM  
Feast of Maximum Occupancy
 
2012-02-21 01:45:54 PM  
That there are so many nominees for "Best Simpsons Episode" in this thread demonstrates exactly the quality of the show. This show's writers and producers deserve big credit for continually putting out a product that is above average by default.
 
2012-02-21 01:49:43 PM  

gunga galunga: Shakes999: Every episode mentioned here is a classic except for everyone clamoring about the Frank Grimes episode. I simply do not understand the love its getting. It wasn't funny, it was depressing and just plain dumb. Really, your gonna say homers enemy is funnier than last exit to springfield?

Far from my favorite, but I like that episode because Frank Grimes (or "Grimey" as he liked to be called) reminds of some people, and a lot of Farkers, who get waaaay too worked up over something (or someone) they don't like. It's not enough that they don't like it, everybody else needs to share that level of hatred.

I've seen many Farkers have meltdowns over trivial issues that remind me of Frank's meltdown at the end of the episode.


Frank Grimes was a meta-character - he was taken from everything that makes "real life" crappy, and placed into a nonsensical Simpsons universe where Homer somehow succeeds, owns a nice house, two cars, etc, despite being a total idiot. It's the episode that acknowledges that Homer could never operate or succeed in the real world.

I thought it was brilliant.
 
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