Following the announcement of seasons 31 & 32 of The Simpsons, we take a look some of the show's best episodes
Ever wondered which episodes of the long-running comedy classic you should go back and re-visit? Well look no further, as we run down seven of the best and most memorable episodes in the series' 30 year run.
Without any further ado, let's begin...
7. Mr. Plow
Season 4: Episode 9
After becoming the unlikely owner of a snow plow, Homer starts a new business to help clear roads of winter snow. The episode features a competitive rivalry between Homer and the new Plow King, Barney Gumble, who is inspired by Homer's new business success.
The episode even won Dan Castellaneta his second Emmy award for his role as Homer Simpson.
6. Last Exit to Springfield
Season 4: Episode 17
Last Exit to Springfield sees Homer take on the role of Union President as the workers of Mr. Burns' nuclear plant striker over their working conditions, including the much-sort after dental plan, which Lisa becomes in need of.
Mr. Burns goes into full Grinch mode as the workers at his plant take industrial action and strikes an unlikely deal with Homer to return the revered dental plan to the workers.
5. Cape Feare
Season 5: Episode 2
After leaving prison, Sideshow Bob once again sets out for revenge against Bart, at first sending Bart death threats written in his own blood, before confronting the boy he seeks to murder. The episode almost acts as a full-length Treehouse of Horror episode as a parody of the film Cape Fear.
The episode is probably most remembered however, for the rake gag, where Bob repeatedly steps on several rakes with the handles smashing him in the face.
4. Treehouse of Horror
We're kind of cheating with this one as there are several Halloween episodes that we'd recommend which we're all putting under one title.
The Simpsons' Treehouse of Horror episodes have become synonymous with the show and feature some of the best moments in the series' history.
Obviously there is the original Treehouse of Horror episode which features the shorts 'Hungry are the Damned' and 'The Raven'. Hungry are the Damned signals the first appearance of Kang and Kodos, the druelling, tentacle-covered aliens, hell-bent on world domination and eating our favourite yellow family. The episode ends with The Raven, which is The Simpsons' take on the Edgar Alan Poe poem of the same name, which features some excellent narration from non-other than James Earl Jones. (Season 2: Episode 3)
Up next is Treehouse of Horror VI. We've featured this for its shorts 'Nightmare on Evergreen Terrace' and 'Homer³'. As you can probably guess, the first of these is an adaptation of Nightmare on Elm Street and features a murderous Groundskeeper Willie who takes on the role of Freddie Kruger. However, the episode ends in hilarious fashion with Homer³ as Homer enters the third dimension and becomes 3D. To top it off, Homer is transported to the terrifying real world. (Season 7: Episode 6)
And finally we have Treehouse of Horror V, which is responsible for 'The Shinning'.
The hilariously disturbing adaptation of the Stanley Kubrick film, The Shining, offers up plenty of laughs as well as one of the most memeable moments in The Simpsons as Homer succumbs to madness. (Season 6: Episode 6)
3. Deep Space Homer
Season 5: Episode 15
Despite his regular day job at the Springfield nuclear plant, Homer sure does get around in the job department. In Deep Space Homer, our huggable hero becomes one of a few men to explore outer-Space.
The episode features several references to Stanley Kubrik's 2001: A Space Odyssey, not least a delightful scene which sees Homer floating around the cockpit of his spaceship munching on crisps (or potato chips, if you will) to the sounds of Johan Strauss. Cameos from musician James Taylor and actual astronaut Buzz Aldrin complete this amazing adventure into space.
2. Who Shot Mr. Burns?
Part 1 - Season 6: Episode 25 Part 2 - Season 7: Episode 1
The only two-part episode in the 30 year history of the show. Who Shot Mr. Burns? goes into full 'whodunit' mode with this two-part special.
Mr. Burns spends the duration in prime jerk mode, before ending the episode by blocking out the sun. There were dozens of potential culprits when Mr. Burns was shot dead and having the episode split into two parts, spread several months apart, drove fans crazy. There was even a competition for those fans dedicated enough to try and work out who the murderer was.
1. Marge vs. The Monorail
Season 4: Episode 12
Marge vs. The Monorail was one of the few episodes to centre on Marge in the early years of the show. After opening on a brilliant Homer homage to the Flintstones, the episode follows Marge in her efforts to stop Springfield spending $3million on a new monorail instead of much-needed road repairs around the town. Meanwhile, Homer adds another job to his resume as he becomes the conductor for the new monorail, which goes about as well as you'd expect.
Arguably Marge vs. The Monorail is up there as one of the best ever episodes of the Simpsons. The episode is consistently hilarious throughout and has everything you could wish for from a Simpsons episode, right down to the monorail musical number and a cameo from a certain Leonard Nimoy.
Obviously, with over 600 episodes to the show's name, we're sure to have missed a few. Which episodes of the Simpsons are your favourites?
In other Simpsons news, the show has just been renewed for two more seasons. Check out the details here.