The Simpsons

10 Best Episodes of The Simpsons - Season 1

The Simpsons is an iconic American show that has been airing since 1989 on FOX. Set in the average American town of Springfield, the show follows the antics and everyday adventures of the Simpson family. Over the 36 seasons of the show, there have been many memorable episodes that have made The Simpsons a household name. Here we will rank the best episodes of The Simpsons, from the highest to the lowest rated.

The Simpsons is filled with comedy, satire and commentary directed at politics, media and American life. It has attracted hundreds of celebrities to guest star in the show, making it even more popular. With so many great episodes, it can be hard to pick out the best. Here we will rank the top episodes based on their ratings, reviews and overall popularity.

So sit back and enjoy this list of the best episodes of The Simpsons, ranked from highest to lowest. There is sure to be something here to satisfy everyone, so let’s get started!

Written by Sophie and last updated on may 22, 2024.

PS: The following content contains spoilers!

PPS: I will admit that parts of this page was written with the help of AI - it makes my work so much easier to not start from a blank page!

The Simpsons - S1E3

#13 - Homer's Odyssey (Season 1 - Episode 3)

After being fired from the nuclear power plant for negligence, Homer becomes a safety activist.

The episode was rated 7.26 from 1495 votes.

The Simpsons - S1E8

#12 - The Telltale Head (Season 1 - Episode 8)


Bart pulls a stunt that shocks the entire town, including the new friends he was trying to impress.

The episode was rated 7.29 from 1001 votes.

The Simpsons - S1E9

#11 - Life on the Fast Lane (Season 1 - Episode 9)

Homer's bowling-ball gift "for Marge" prompts her to take up the sport--and maybe also a handsome instructor who offers to teach her "many things."

The episode was rated 7.45 from 995 votes.

The Simpsons - S1E7

#10 - The Call of the Simpsons (Season 1 - Episode 7)


The Simpsons put the wild back in the wilderness when their RV goes over a cliff and Homer and Bart go for help, get lost and lose their clothes.

The episode was rated 7.46 from 1101 votes.

The Simpsons - S1E10

#9 - Homer's Night Out (Season 1 - Episode 10)

Shutterbug Bart captures Homer with a sexy entertainer at a bachelor party.

The episode was rated 7.47 from 1017 votes.

The Simpsons - S1E13

#8 - Some Enchanted Evening (Season 1 - Episode 13)


Homer takes Marge out for a romantic night, leaving the kids with a sitter--who's profiled on "America's Most Armed and Dangerous."

The episode was rated 7.47 from 968 votes.

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#7 - Bart the General (Season 1 - Episode 5)

Terrorized by the school bully, Bart seeks counsel from Grandpa Simpson, who takes him to a warfare expert for basic training.

The episode was rated 7.48 from 1268 votes.

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#6 - Bart the Genius (Season 1 - Episode 2)


Bart's labeled a genius and sent to a school for the gifted.

The episode was rated 7.50 from 1802 votes.

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#5 - The Crepes of Wrath (Season 1 - Episode 11)

A little story about how Bart saves France after blowing up Principal Skinner's mom with a cherry bomb.

The episode was rated 7.51 from 958 votes.

The Simpsons - S1E6

#4 - Moaning Lisa (Season 1 - Episode 6)


The meaning of life and second grade have Lisa playing the blues solo--until she jams with a kindred spirit; Homer seeks tutelage to beat Bart at video boxing.

The episode was rated 7.56 from 1124 votes.

The Simpsons - S1E4

#3 - There's No Disgrace Like Home (Season 1 - Episode 4)

After seeing families being nice to each other at a company picnic, Homer orders the Simpsons to a family therapist.

The episode was rated 7.57 from 1311 votes.

The Simpsons - S1E1

#2 - Simpsons Roasting on an Open Fire (Season 1 - Episode 1)


Homer's Christmas bonus is canceled and the rainy-day funds are needed to pay for Bart's tattoo removal.

The episode was rated 7.66 from 2712 votes.

The Simpsons - S1E12

#1 - Krusty Gets Busted (Season 1 - Episode 12)

Bart's TV hero Krusty the Clown is arrested for a convenience-store robbery, and witness Homer must testify against the clown.

The episode was rated 7.76 from 998 votes.

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