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Matt Groening's Favorite Episodes

'The Simpsons'


To celebrate The Simpsons tenth anniversary, Matt Groening shared with Entertainment Weekly, his top ten favorite episodes. Notice that most of Groening's favorite episodes aired in seasons one and eight, which is ironic because die-hard fans feel that season one episodes are too primitive and that oft-quoted and classic episodes aired in season four.

1. "Bart the Daredevil" - Season 2

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After seeing Captain Lance Murdoch perform (barely) death-defying feats at the Springfield Speedway, Bart becomes a daredevil himself. When Homer realizes he's not going to make it across the gorge is my favorite moment in this episode.

Go to Season 2 Episode Guide

2. "Life on the Fast Lane" - Season 1

Marge flirts with her bowling instructor, Jacques, when Homer gives her a bowling ball for her birthday. My favorite moment is the Officer and a Gentleman parody when Homer says he's going to take Marge to the back seat of his car, and he won't be back "for ten whole minutes."

Go to Season 1 Episode Guide

3. "Much Apu About Nothing" - Season 7

Homer jumps on the anti-immigration bandwagon before realizing Apu will be deported. Again, Groening pokes fun at our own insecurities as a country.

Go to Season 7 Episode Guide

4. "A Streetcar Named Marge" - Season 4

Marge takes the part of Blanche DuBois in Springfield's musical version of "A Streetcar Named Desire." My favorite moment is Apu singing as the newspaper boy.

Go to Season 4 Episode Guide

5. "In Marge We Trust" - Season 8

Marge offers her sympathetic ear when Reverend Lovejoy gives up on his parish. Also, Homer discovers Mr. Sparkle, a character on a Japanese soap box, bears his own likeness. I love the completely politically incorrect way the writers depict Japanese businessmen. It's a parody on the stereotypes Americans believe to be true.

Go to Season 8 Episode Guide

6. "Homer's Enemy" - Season 8

A new employee, Frank Grimes, becomes bitter when he sees how successful a boob like Homer can be. This is a favorite episode among most fans, as well. Frank is a dose of reality in the world of Springfield, which makes his observations hysterical.

Go to Season 8 Episode Guide

7. "Treehouse of Horror VII" - Season 8

Bart discovers Hugo, his evil twin; Lisa creates a higher form of life, and Kang and Kodos morph into Bob Dole and Bill Clinton. My favorite quote is Marge's opinion of Clinton when he Kodos says, "I am Clin-Ton. As overlord, all will kneel trembling before me and obey my brutal commands. End communication." Marge responds, "Hmm, that's Slick Willie for you, always with the smooth talk."

Go to Season 8 Episode Guide

8. "Natural Born Kissers" - Season 9

Homer and Marge rekindle their passion by getting intimate in public or dangerous situations. My favorite shot in this episode occurs in the bed and breakfast: the maid walks in on Homer and Marge, causing Homer to cover his nipples with tea cups.

Go to Season 9 Episode Guide

9. "Krusty Gets Busted" - Season 1

Sideshow Bob commits his first crime when he frames Krusty for a robbery at the Kwik-E-Mart. I love Krusty's terrible slogan for his literacy campaign, "Give a hoot! Read a book!"

Go to Season 1 Episode Guide

10. "There's No Disgrace Like Home" - Season 1

In this episode, the family tries shock therapy with Dr. Marvin Monroe. My favorite quote is Homer saying, "When will I learn? The answers to life's problems aren't at the bottom of a bottle. They're on TV!"

Go to Season 1 Episode Guide

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