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Thursday, August 21, 2014

10 episodes of ‘The Simpsons’ every sports fan needs to watch

1. “Homer at Bat,” Friday, Aug. 22, 11:30 a.m. ET

Why it’s great: Everything. “Homer at Bat” is perfection rolled into 20-some minutes. This episode aired early in the series life, but is one of the most memorable for how many baseball players and references are made in a single episode. From Mr. Burns’ crusade against sideburns, to “Wonderbat” this episode has it all. If you’ve somehow managed to miss this then it’s an absolute must-watch.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: August 21, 2014 at 11:32 AM | 57 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. steagles Posted: August 21, 2014 at 04:28 PM (#4776562)
one of my favorite episodes, "crepes of wrath", aired a couple hours ago.

can't wait for the stonecutters episode, the chowder episode and the australia episode.
   2. Nasty Nate Posted: August 21, 2014 at 04:45 PM (#4776579)
I did some major cleaning out of DVR space this week.
   3. RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: August 21, 2014 at 04:45 PM (#4776580)
"Dancin' Homer" should be on the list. "Boys of Bummer" is another baseball-related episode, but it wasn't all that good.

Baseball-related Simpsons references.

Bart and Homer illegally transmit Major League baseball games from international waters.
Bart becomes paranoid and is convinced MLB is spying on people. Mark McGwire appears and asks “Do you you want to know the horrifying truth or do you want to see some dingers?” A quote that was ironic considering the PED scandal about to happen.
Bart and Milhouse play ball and pretend to be “Tomokazu Ohka of the Montreal Expos” and “Esteban Yan of the Tampa Bay Devil Rays.”
When Milhouse is distracted by kissing a girl, Bart trades him his Omar Vizquel baseball card for the Carl Yaztremski card with the sideburns
When Homer gives up beer, he goes to a baseball game and notices how boring it is
At a run down bookstore, a book is featured called “Kansas City Royals: Forever Champions”
I forget which episode, but there is a comic book called “Radioactive Man Meets the Kansas City Royals”
When Marge gets her pretzel business, she has a giveaway at an Isotopes game. Everyone gets upset when Mr. Burns wins the raffle for a car, and throws the pretzels. Whitey Ford pleads for sanity, but he is pelted….“aaaaaand here come the pretzels!”
Gabbo, the ventriloquist dummy, does an impression of Vin Scully
Bart gives Marge a book called “Chicken Soup for the Loser” which “inspired Bill Buckner to open a chain of laundromats.”
   4. AJMcCringleberry Posted: August 21, 2014 at 05:20 PM (#4776614)
Season 5 starts at 2:30 AM on Saturday. I'll have to set my DVR.
   5. My name is Votto, and I love to get blotto Posted: August 21, 2014 at 05:47 PM (#4776635)
Mark McGwire appears and asks “Do you you want to know the horrifying truth or do you want to see some dingers?”


That was my handle here for a long time.

What was the name of the "Moneyball" episode from a couple seasons ago (Lisa becomes the manager)?
   6. Batman Posted: August 21, 2014 at 05:51 PM (#4776638)
Hungry, Hungry Homer inspired the name of the Dodgers' Triple A team.
   7. AJMcCringleberry Posted: August 21, 2014 at 05:57 PM (#4776643)
What was the name of the "Moneyball" episode from a couple seasons ago (Lisa becomes the manager)?

MoneyBart.
   8. AJMcCringleberry Posted: August 21, 2014 at 06:03 PM (#4776648)
How many people here have seen all 552 episodes? I have.
   9. puck Posted: August 21, 2014 at 07:16 PM (#4776690)
What was the name of the "Moneyball" episode from a couple seasons ago (Lisa becomes the manager)?

MoneyBart.

Or, #9 in the linked article's list.
   10. The Clarence Thomas of BBTF (scott) Posted: August 21, 2014 at 07:30 PM (#4776703)
Hungry, Hungry Homer inspired the name of the Dodgers' Triple A team.


Isotopes is a pretty great sports team name, and it happens to work well given New Mexico's history with the US atomic program.
   11. Bhaakon Posted: August 21, 2014 at 07:55 PM (#4776709)

How many people here have seen all 552 episodes? I have.


And all but the first season on first run.

Apparently The Simpsons was too risque for a 6 year old, but OK for 7.
   12. The John Wetland Memorial Death (CoB) Posted: August 21, 2014 at 08:04 PM (#4776715)
How many people here have seen all 552 episodes? I have.


Aye, Caramba!
   13. NattyBoh Posted: August 21, 2014 at 09:08 PM (#4776776)
I've seen them all. Glad to see that they will be showing the episode where Homer is at the WTC.
   14. puck Posted: August 21, 2014 at 09:22 PM (#4776786)
That's some dedication, guys.

Hmm, from http://simpsons.wikia.com/wiki/Hungry,_Hungry_Homer

On the syndicated version in America, the last scene with the mayor of Albuquerque hatching a new plan was cut in syndication, so the episode ends with Homer celebrating in the stadium. The original ending is still shown in Hungary, Sweden, Denmark, Finland, Britain, Canada, Australia, France and Italy, and has been reinstated in the season 12 DVD set for U.S. audiences.


Also didn't know that this episode is one of the reasons "meh" caught on.

   15. RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: August 21, 2014 at 10:20 PM (#4776804)
They just aired Hungry, Hungry Homer on my local station this evening. DUFF MAN, HAVING CONFLICTING FEELINGS! WHAT WOULD JESUS DO? OH YEA!

My kids are just getting into the Simpsons. They don't get about 90% of the jokes, but they love it somehow.
   16. AJMcCringleberry Posted: August 21, 2014 at 10:20 PM (#4776805)
Glad to see that they will be showing the episode where Homer is at the WTC.

I didn't even think of that. That is good news.
   17. PreservedFish Posted: August 21, 2014 at 10:39 PM (#4776810)
I started on the 2nd or 3rd episode and watched almost every one after that live for the next decade or so. I remember choking with laughter when being told the plot of "Bart the Genius" and determining that I would see the next one live. And then also choking with laughter during the opening sequence of that first episode I watched. Huge part of my childhood straight through high school.

Freshman year of college just about everyone I was friends with gathered to watch The Simpsons every Sunday night - but this was the first really bad season, as far as I remember. It was the year with Tomacco and the evil jockey-elves. Lots of disappointed people in that hot little basement tv room. After that I didn't watch as often, and if I recall correctly they next went through that phase of rampant guest starring. Also lots of unflattering meta-humor, the "worst episode ever!" stuff.

The decline of The Simpsons has been so snarkily overdiscussed on the internet that I almost feel sorry for this comment. Trying not to be annoying, just recording my history with the show that had a greater impact on my sense of humor than any other piece of pop culture.

Haven't seen a new episode in several years now - are they any good?
   18. SoSHially Unacceptable Posted: August 21, 2014 at 11:25 PM (#4776826)
I started on the 2nd or 3rd episode and watched almost every one after that live for the next decade or so.


And that's just hell on the animators.

   19. RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: August 21, 2014 at 11:41 PM (#4776835)

Haven't seen a new episode in several years now - are they any good?


I catch them from time to time. I wouldn't say they're good as an overall episode, but they'll have at least 2-3 gags that make me laugh, which is pretty good for a modern comedy.
   20. Jolly Old St. Nick Is A Jolly Old St. Crip Posted: August 21, 2014 at 11:44 PM (#4776837)
How many people here have seen all 552 episodes? I have.

I petered out about 5 or 6 years ago, when Seinfeld re-runs replaced The Simpsons. Is there anyplace online to catch up with them without having to wade through all those ####### commercials? I don't have Tivo or a DVR.
   21. Jose Can Still Seabiscuit Posted: August 21, 2014 at 11:48 PM (#4776843)
The tv room at my college was never more full than when the Simpsons came on at 8pm on Sunday night.
   22. Baldrick Posted: August 21, 2014 at 11:53 PM (#4776845)
I'm going to say something mildly controversial, but I think season 9 is right up there with their best seasons. I can't quite argue that it's better than 4-6. But I probably enjoy it more.
   23. the Hugh Jorgan returns Posted: August 22, 2014 at 01:37 AM (#4776863)
My kids are just getting into the Simpsons. They don't get about 90% of the jokes, but they love it somehow.


My 5 kids grew up with the Simpsons. Now when they rewatch episodes they actually laugh at different parts within each episode then they did before.
Stuff they didn't get when they were 9, 10, 11 years old, they now think is brilliant because they are 18-21. I do remember when it first ran as part of the Tracey Ulman(sp?) show waaay back when.

Simpsons and The Far Side were the two things my friends and I really looked forward to.
   24. Snowboy Posted: August 22, 2014 at 04:21 AM (#4776871)
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3. RoyalsRetro (AG#1F)
Posted: August 21, 2014 at 04:45 PM (#477658)

"Dancin' Homer" should be on the list.


I'm unsure. There was a lot of silliness in that episode. But Homer's mimic of Gehrig's farewell speech is very good. Marge's comment about being surprised at "seeing a Simpson on a t-shirt" was kind of an inside wink to themselves at just how big they were becoming in their third(?) season.

The opening chalkboard has Bart writing "I will not trade pants with others" which apparently Jose Bautista and RA Dickey did not read last year.

I'm still undecided whether Mr. Burns' remark about "these banjos couldn't carry Pie Traynor's glove" was a brilliant foreshadow of the sabr revolution, or whether it was just them citing some old tymie player that Burns grew up admiring. (In "Homer At The Bat" [1992] Burns talks with Smithers about putting together a team, and he mentions wanting Honus Wagner, Cap Anson, and Three-Finger Brown. I think Traynor is also in the graphic, but I could be wrong. Maybe they were just listing old tymie players? But I laughed and muttered "yeah, right, Pie Traynor" when Burns was bonding with Homer [in Dancin Homer, 1990].)

The Simpsons is littered with sports references throughout almost all of its episodes, but a couple of singular moments that have had me doubled over include the moment in "The Homer They Fall" (on this list at #2 as a sports episode) when Homer enters the ring to fight Drederick Tatum and his entrance music is .... well, you know. Or if you don't, go watch it. So bad, so perfect, so Homer.

The Keith Jackson sound-a-like doing the voiceovers for Krusty Burger ads just gets better with age. Or maybe it just gets better as I age? You have to have grown up with Keith Jackson on Saturday afternoons to feel warm when you hear a mimic of Keith Jackson. (Example would be "Lisa's First Word" episode, when Krusty Burger is a sponsor of the 1984 Olympics. That one also includes a quick reference to Chariots of Fire in an Itchy & Scratchy snip.)

Another sports ref that is perfectly delivered comes in Treehouse of Horrors IV. The vignette "The Devil and Homer Simpson" is superb. The listing of The Jury of The Damned...it brings to mind that shameless grin of Bobby Clarke's with eight-tenths of his tooths missing, plus all the other images, including officially printed hockey cards, of other Flyers with blood on their shirts or picking up their gloves off the ice. Cracks me up. (Not a full sports episode, but a terrific one made better with an awesome sports ref.)
   25. Jolly Old St. Nick Is A Jolly Old St. Crip Posted: August 22, 2014 at 06:30 AM (#4776876)
The most gutsplitting sports reference in any Simpsons episode was in "Homer Goes To Klown Kollege", where Krusty's accountant throws up his hands in exasperation and says something like "Let me get this straight. You took all the money you made with Klown Kollege, and you bet against the Harlem Globetrotters?" And all Krusty can say is "Hunnhhh, I thought the Generals were due".
   26. You Know Nothing JT Snow (YR) Posted: August 22, 2014 at 08:06 AM (#4776893)
"He's just holding the ball!"
   27. Walks Clog Up the Bases Posted: August 22, 2014 at 08:47 AM (#4776900)
I know this is a really obvious comment, but: God damn it, The Simpsons is just so good. I think I got into it during the 93-94 season, but recall before that watching a VHS of Season 1 episodes that my mom had lying around for some reason. I hung in there with "live" viewings until probably 2004, and haven't really watched more than a handful of new episodes since. It's certainly not awful, but I almost look at the last decade-plus as being something of a separate entity from what I grew up on.

I have the season DVDs going up to, I think, 10 or 11, but haven't bothered to unpack them following any of the three moves I've made in the last four years. With anything pre-2000 being essentially non-existent on syndicated airings, it's been YEARS since I watched a lot of these episodes. A lot of them, I'd seen countless times when they were still shown in syndication, but it'd been so long that I guess I was surprised by how good even some of the Season 1 stuff is.

Airing the entire run, quality of later seasons be damned, in one continuous marathon is such a simple, yet incredible idea. I didn't expect to get so excited and engrossed in the thing, but I've probably watched 10 episodes since the marathon started yesterday.
   28. Nasty Nate Posted: August 22, 2014 at 09:18 AM (#4776912)
my supply of homespun sayings is lower than a doodlebug in Aunt Tilly's root cellar.
   29. RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: August 22, 2014 at 09:28 AM (#4776923)
"Homer at the Bat" is on at 11:30 ET today.

Some great ones on today. The monorail episode. Flaming Moe's. Lisa the Greek (football gambling episode). The Germans buy the plant. And Homer the union leader.

LISA NEEDS BRACES
   30. snapper (history's 42nd greatest monster) Posted: August 22, 2014 at 10:05 AM (#4776943)
"Homer at the Bat" is on at 11:30 ET today.

Some great ones on today. The monorail episode. Flaming Moe's. Lisa the Greek (football gambling episode). The Germans buy the plant. And Homer the union leader.


My all time favorite is the Bobo the teddy bear episode.

"I want $1M and three Hawaiian islands. Good ones, not the leper island."
"Done."

"Mmmmmm 64 slices of American Cheese...1,2,...63,64. I think I'm going blind."
   31. JE (Jason) Posted: August 22, 2014 at 10:18 AM (#4776959)
The monorail episode.

That episode might just be my favorite Phil Hartman appearance.
   32. zonk Posted: August 22, 2014 at 10:27 AM (#4776966)
I'm going to say something mildly controversial, but I think season 9 is right up there with their best seasons. I can't quite argue that it's better than 4-6. But I probably enjoy it more.


I don't think that's controversial -

Season 8 is my favorite -- Homer vs the 18 the Amendment (Beer Baron!) is my all-time favorite episode. The Old Man and Lisa (Burns loses his fortune, Lisa helps him start a recycling business... I don't know what Ray sounds like, but I like to think he sounds like Mr Burns "Oh, so Mother Nature needs a favor? Well maybe she should have thought of that when she was besetting us with droughts and floods and poison monkeys. Nature started the fight for survival and now she wants to quit because she’s losing? Well, I say: hard cheese"), Mountain of Madness (Nuclear power plant team-building exercise in the mountains), and Simpsoncalifragilisticexpiala(Annoyed Grunt)cious (which has one of the best musical numbers -- Just do a Half-ass job!) are tops. It also has one of the best non-linear episodes (Simpsons spin-off showcase -- Skinner and Wiggum as PIs in New Orleans is awesome) and two of the best guest episodes before guest episodes became a debacle (Sideshow Bob + Sideshow Cecil and the Rodney Dangerfield as Burns' son).

I've seen 550 episodes - missed two this season, first time ever... I have to say, I thought this season was one of the poorest. The only episodes I liked in the slightest was the Days of Future Future (Bart as a divorce, Lisa married to zombie milhouse, etc) and The Winter of His Content (the Retirement Castle closes and Grandpa and others move in).

I really did think that there was a rebound last season/season before, but we're definitely in another trough... For the longest time, I was dreading the end of the series... but at this point? I'm ready.

The guest episodes are all vanity claptrap (and 2/3 of them are 'guest episodes'). The nominal 'standard' episodes are either retreads or get so self-referrentially ironic that it becomes annoying. The only ones worth watching anymore are the non-linear/non-canon ones...
   33. Yeaarrgghhhh Posted: August 22, 2014 at 10:28 AM (#4776970)
I'm hardly going out on a limb, but monorail, homer the union leader, the casino, and bobo are my favorite episodes.
   34. Yeaarrgghhhh Posted: August 22, 2014 at 10:29 AM (#4776972)
My all time favorite quote: I’ll keep it short and sweet. Family. Religion. Friendship. These are the three demons you must slay if you wish to succeed in business. When opportunity knocks, you don’t want to be driving to a maternity hospital or sitting in some phony-baloney church...or sy-na-gogue.
   35. zonk Posted: August 22, 2014 at 10:36 AM (#4776982)
I think the biggest unanswered question regarding the Simpsons is this:

Troy McClure or Lionel Hutz.

I think it's fundamentally a Pedro vs Maddux question.... Troy McClure had more great moments but Lionel Hutz has a longer list of consistently funny quotes.
   36. The Robby Hammock District (Dan Lee) Posted: August 22, 2014 at 10:37 AM (#4776984)
Is there anyplace online to catch up with them without having to wade through all those ####### commercials?
Fox is putting all 552 episodes online, on-demand, for free starting in October. The drawback, I think, is that it's only available for cable customers who subscribe to FXX.
   37. Nasty Nate Posted: August 22, 2014 at 10:40 AM (#4776992)
Troy McClure or Lionel Hutz.

I think it's fundamentally a Pedro vs Maddux question.... Troy McClure had more great moments but Lionel Hutz has a longer list of consistently funny quotes.


Hi! You might remember me from such BBTF comment threads as Did Steroids Rape My Baby? and Blade: The Rise and Fall of Casey Fossum.

Watching these old episodes makes me remember that Hartman also provided various one-off voices in addition to Hutz/McClure; he was such an asset to the show.
   38. JE (Jason) Posted: August 22, 2014 at 10:43 AM (#4776998)
Fox is putting all 552 episodes online, on-demand, for free starting in October. The drawback, I think, is that it's only available for cable customers who subscribe to FXX.

Shouldn't these episodes be available on Fox Sports 1? (As well as Peter Griffin's short-lived tenure on the Patriots?)
   39. JE (Jason) Posted: August 22, 2014 at 10:45 AM (#4777004)
Watching these old episodes makes me remember that Hartman also provided various one-off voices in addition to Hutz/McClure; he was such an asset to the show.

As noted above, "Monorail!!!"
   40. Jolly Old St. Nick Is A Jolly Old St. Crip Posted: August 22, 2014 at 10:58 AM (#4777020)
Is there anyplace online to catch up with them without having to wade through all those ####### commercials?

Fox is putting all 552 episodes online, on-demand, for free starting in October. The drawback, I think, is that it's only available for cable customers who subscribe to FXX.


Okay, that's what I must have been thinking of. Too bad Fios in the DC area requires an upgrade to get FXX.
   41. RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: August 22, 2014 at 11:36 AM (#4777067)

I think it's fundamentally a Pedro vs Maddux question.... Troy McClure had more great moments but Lionel Hutz has a longer list of consistently funny quotes.


McClure was kind of a one-trick pony. Hutz was just a tremendous caricature of a hapless ambulance-chasing incompetent attorney.

Lionel Hutz: Now, Apu, Mrs. Simpson claims that she *forgot* that bottle of... delicious... bourbon. Brownest of the brown liquors... so tempting.

[holds the bottle to his ear]

Lionel Hutz: [whispering] What's that? You want me to drink you? But I'm in the middle of a trial!
   42. What did Billy Ripken have against ElRoy Face? Posted: August 22, 2014 at 11:37 AM (#4777070)
"Mmmmmm 64 slices of American Cheese...1,2,...63,64. I think I'm going blind."


But you left out the best part - Marge' line. "Homer, have you been up all night eating cheese again?" It's the "again" that makes it.
   43. You Know Nothing JT Snow (YR) Posted: August 22, 2014 at 11:48 AM (#4777086)
I'm hardly going out on a limb, but monorail, homer the union leader, the casino, and bobo are my favorite episodes.


Bart selling his soul (Season 7, 3F02) has been my favorite episode since it aired. The episode is all over the place, opening up with pure gold ("And now, please rise for our opening hymn, "In the Garden of Eden," by I. Ron Butterfly" complete with THIS) and continuing through a memorably great subplot with "Uncle Moe's Family Feedbag" ("I'm not used to the laughter of children. It cuts through me like a dentist's drill.") It was brilliantly funny and poignant in the way the best Simpsons episodes can be. "I am familiar with the works of Pablo Naruda," just gold.

My wife places her marker on the episode where Homer goes to work for Hank Scorpio, which is also fantastic.
   44. The Robby Hammock District (Dan Lee) Posted: August 22, 2014 at 12:00 PM (#4777099)
She must be from the hammock district.
   45. Random Transaction Generator Posted: August 22, 2014 at 12:01 PM (#4777100)
Watching these old episodes makes me remember that Hartman also provided various one-off voices in addition to Hutz/McClure; he was such an asset to the show.


I've always contended that show was never the same again after Phil Hartman died.
I'd put Simpsons seasons 2-to-9 up against any television comedy series (or any television series, period) of similar length.
Arrested Development (S1-S3) might be better in quality, but it's only 3 seasons, in which case I could easily put together a "best-of" Simpsons from S2-S9 of equal size that would trump AD.

I used to watch the Simpsons (from season 1 to season 13 or so) live. I started watching when I was 17/18, and then real life started to intrude on my ability to watch it (marriage/work), and I wasn't laughing as much as I used to when I did watch it.

It was so ingrained in my brain that I would use a Simpsons quote/reference at least once a day (and that's not including "D'oh!" or "Mmmm...[food]").

Favourite episode?
My absolute favourite one (not just for the laughs, but for the story) is "Lisa's Substitute". I don't think they have made a more heart warming story on the Simpsons, and it really highlights the difference between the "old" episodes and the "new" ones.

Others?
"Last Exit to Springfield" (Lisa needs braces!)
"Homer at the bat" (Still better than Steinbrenner.)
"Cape Feare" (Do you want to see my new chainsaw and hockey mask?!)
"Marge vs the Monorail" (I call the big one, Bitey.)
"Mr. Plow" (Mr Plow is a loser, and I think he's a boozer.)
"You Only Move Twice" (Scorpio! He'll sting you with his dreams of power and wealth.)

I own the fist 10 seasons on DVD, and the commentary tracks are fascinating to hear.
   46. A Fatty Cow That Need Two Seats Posted: August 22, 2014 at 12:14 PM (#4777112)
One of my favorite things to do on occassion was to read reviews of classic Simpsons episodes on SNPP (so, those seasons discussed throughout this thread) from when they aired. This piece from uproxx got some play a few weeks ago, excerpting similar poor contemporary reviews of classic episodes.

And, actually, clicking around on SNPP now, I see those reviews were pulled from usenet. Makes sense!
   47. Dr. Nick Riviera Posted: August 22, 2014 at 12:33 PM (#4777134)
Hey everybody!
   48. RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: August 22, 2014 at 12:34 PM (#4777137)

My absolute favourite one (not just for the laughs, but for the story) is "Lisa's Substitute". I don't think they have made a more heart warming story on the Simpsons, and it really highlights the difference between the "old" episodes and the "new" ones.


There are two moments in the series that still make me choke up. When Lisa rides her dad's shoulders at the end of that episode, calling him her "baboon", and when they reveal Homer's workspace covered with photos of Maggie at the end of "And Maggie Makes Three."

Crap, I'm getting teary just thinking about it.

I don't think any live action comedy has a moment like that for me.
   49. A Fatty Cow That Need Two Seats Posted: August 22, 2014 at 12:36 PM (#4777139)
And my story: born in '81, I watched The Simpsons from the beginning and it became the pop culture marker for me for the next decade (as it did for so many others). My wife is routinely (probably daily) annoyed with obscure references that happen to make it from my head to my mouth. Stopped watching regularly in ~03-04. Tried again a few yeasr ago and finally gave up because I wasn't getting anything out of it and had too much else I could watch. Someone said earlier that two or three gags an episode is good for a modern comedy, but it isn't. There's just too much else out there with which to occupy my time. I'm not hard on the show, though, because I recognize I (like everyone else) will compare it to the glory years and it will fall short. I didn't expect much from the movie in 2007, but my brother and I had to see it in the theater, given how much the show meant to us growing up (we still go through phases of texting each other random Simpsons pics). I didn't like the movie at all (and was surprised at the generally positive reception), but again, wasn't too hard on it because I don't know what would have worked for me.

I've never tried putting together a list of my favorite episodes (too many, of course), but two lesser-discussed episodes stick out because I remember watching them what essentially amounted to a loop for years (despite having others on tape and the glorious regular syndication run):

The Front - Homer's high school reunion and need to re-take remedial science 1a and Bart/Lisa write an Itchy and Scratchy episode. Includes my favorite random Simpsons line - after Homer is humiliated at his reunion, Barney comes into the picture:

Barney - 'Didn't graduate, how low can you get?'
Classmate - 'Barney, where's your cummerbund?'
Barney - 'It fell in the toilet' *sad look*

Bart the Murderer (oh, it's true, it's true. all the pieces fit!)
   50. Baldrick Posted: August 22, 2014 at 01:07 PM (#4777180)
I don't think any live action comedy has a moment like that for me.

The last few minutes of Blackadder, maybe. Darker, but just as powerful.
   51. Yeaarrgghhhh Posted: August 22, 2014 at 01:19 PM (#4777200)
Nothing in the Simpsons compares to the most emotional moments in Futurama.
   52. Biff, highly-regarded young guy Posted: August 22, 2014 at 01:25 PM (#4777208)
I don't think I've watched a new episode since around season 11 or 12.
   53. Dog on the sidewalk Posted: August 22, 2014 at 01:31 PM (#4777217)
Reading Royals Retro's comments about emotional Simpsons moments only made me think of the last scene from Futurama's "Jurassic Bark" episode. The Simpsons was a much better show than Futurama, but I don't think it has any moments anywhere near as capable of manipulating my emotions as that one.

So I agree with Yeargh.
   54. bread and rice Posted: August 22, 2014 at 01:49 PM (#4777231)
If not for The Simpsons we would be missing many cromulent additions to our collective vocabulary.
   55. My name is Votto, and I love to get blotto Posted: August 22, 2014 at 01:57 PM (#4777245)
And Homer the union leader.

LISA NEEDS BRACES


Dental Plan!
   56. Random Transaction Generator Posted: August 22, 2014 at 02:04 PM (#4777257)
when they reveal Homer's workspace covered with photos of Maggie at the end of "And Maggie Makes Three."


I have a screen shot of that printed out and in my laptop bag I take to work.
It has strong meaning for our family.
   57. Alex meets the threshold for granular review Posted: August 22, 2014 at 02:52 PM (#4777308)
Bart selling his soul (Season 7, 3F02) has been my favorite episode since it aired. The episode is all over the place, opening up with pure gold ("And now, please rise for our opening hymn, "In the Garden of Eden," by I. Ron Butterfly" complete with THIS) and continuing through a memorably great subplot with "Uncle Moe's Family Feedbag" ("I'm not used to the laughter of children. It cuts through me like a dentist's drill.") It was brilliantly funny and poignant in the way the best Simpsons episodes can be. "I am familiar with the works of Pablo Naruda," just gold.


I once got away with showing that entire episode in a 200-level English class relating to a discussion of Marlowe's Faustus. It contains probably my most-quoted line: "Way to breathe, no-breath" (whenever somebody ##### up something really easy). A couple other favorites:

"Dude, you kissed a girl? That is so gay!"
"Branson, Missouri. My dad says it's like Las Vegas if it were run by Ned Flanders."

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