The Simpsons

10 Best Episodes of The Simpsons - Season 20

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!

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The Simpsons - S20E6

#1 - Homer and Lisa Exchange Cross Words (Season 20 - Episode 6)

Lisa learns she is good at crossword puzzles and enters a city-wide contest. Homer discovers he has a flair for letting loved ones down so he opens Sweet Conclusions Break-Up Service, but lands himself in trouble with his daughter when he places a bet against her in the competition.

The episode was rated 7.54 from 493 votes.

The Simpsons - S20E16

#2 - Eeny Teeny Maya Moe (Season 20 - Episode 16)


Moe once again searches for love and falls for a woman named Maya over the Internet. However, when Moe meets Maya face-to-face, he discovers it's more like face-to-knee, as Maya is only three feet tall.

The episode was rated 7.52 from 384 votes.

The Simpsons - S20E13

#3 - Gone Maggie Gone (Season 20 - Episode 13)

Lisa infiltrates a convent in order to steal back Maggie who was accidentally taken in by nuns. While in the convent, Lisa uncovers a series of cryptic clues leading to a hidden jewel in Springfield. With help from resident history buffs Principal Skinner and Comic Book Guy, Lisa sets off to find the coveted prize. But Springfield's Freemasons are also hot on the trail of the jewel, and Lisa must race against them to find the jewel and rescue Maggie.

The episode was rated 7.50 from 420 votes.

The Simpsons - S20E17

#4 - The Good, the Sad and the Drugly (Season 20 - Episode 17)


Bart falls in love with a charitable girl named Jenny, prompting Bart to behave in order to date her. Meanwhile, Lisa becomes depressed when she writes a report on Springfield's future.

The episode was rated 7.49 from 421 votes.

The Simpsons - S20E7

#5 - Mypods and Boomsticks (Season 20 - Episode 7)

Lisa struggles to become the proud owner of a Mypod, and Homer believes Bart's new Middle-Eastern friend Bashir is involved in a terrorist plot to destroy the Springfield Mall.

The episode was rated 7.47 from 452 votes.

The Simpsons - S20E21

#6 - Coming to Homerica (Season 20 - Episode 21)


When nearby Ogdenville’s economy crumbles due to tainted barley discovered in Krusty’s veggie burgers, the unemployed workers of Ogdenville flock to Springfield. After Mayor Quimby closes Springfield’s borders and enlists private citizens to help patrol them, Homer organizes a border patrol group.

The episode was rated 7.43 from 412 votes.

The Simpsons - S20E20

#7 - Four Great Women and a Manicure (Season 20 - Episode 20)

Marge and Lisa visit the nail salon where they engage in a spirited debate as to whether a woman can be smart, powerful and beautiful all at the same time and spin four tales of famous women featuring famous Springfield faces: Selma as Queen Elizabeth I, Lisa as Snow White, Marge as Lady Macbeth and Maggie as Howard Roark, the idealistic architect protagonist from Ayn Rand’s The Fountainhead.

The episode was rated 7.40 from 391 votes.

The Simpsons - S20E4

#8 - Treehouse of Horror XIX (Season 20 - Episode 4)


Springfield is the setting for parodies of Charlie Brown, It's the Great Pumpkin and Michael Bay's Transformers as Homer's vote on election day is misread by a renegade machine.

The episode was rated 7.39 from 621 votes.

The Simpsons - S20E1

#9 - Sex, Pies and Idiot Scrapes (Season 20 - Episode 1)

Bounty hunter Ned is forced to scrap his partnership with Homer when the hapless layabout skips bail, and Marge mistakenly takes a job at an erotic bakery.

The episode was rated 7.37 from 648 votes.

The Simpsons - S20E5

#10 - Dangerous Curves (Season 20 - Episode 5)


Homer and Marge remember the ups and downs of their marriage through a series of flashbacks, including the time they each began flirting with guests at a glamorous party - a situation that led to a food fight and an unexpected swim in the pool.

The episode was rated 7.37 from 477 votes.

The Simpsons - S20E15

#11 - Wedding for Disaster (Season 20 - Episode 15)

After Marge and Homer's marriage turns out to be invalid, they decide to re-do their vows. But when Homer goes missing, Bart and Lisa smell something funny and investigate his disappearance.

The episode was rated 7.35 from 393 votes.

The Simpsons - S20E3

#12 - Double, Double, Boy in Trouble (Season 20 - Episode 3)


An irreverent take on the Prince and the Pauper. Bart enthusiastically trades lives with a wealthy lookalike after landing himself in trouble for triggering a rampage of vacuum cleaners, but finds the lavish lifestyle too much when he becomes the target of all his new friends' pranks.

The episode was rated 7.34 from 539 votes.

The Simpsons - S20E18

#13 - Father Knows Worst (Season 20 - Episode 18)

Bart and Lisa start struggling in their academic and social lives at school and Homer starts monitoring them and forcing them to do better. Meanwhile, Marge discovers a sauna in the basement.

The episode was rated 7.34 from 398 votes.

The Simpsons - S20E2

#14 - Lost Verizon (Season 20 - Episode 2)


Bart lands himself in trouble when he steals a mobile phone from Denis Leary and subsequently uses it to land the actor a comical film role. The troublemaker then leads his family to the ancient ruins of Machu Picchu after Marge confiscates the device and decides to use its GPS technology to track her son.

The episode was rated 7.34 from 598 votes.

The Simpsons - S20E8

#15 - The Burns and the Bees (Season 20 - Episode 8)

Mr Burns wins a professional basketball team in a poker game at the annual billionaire's retreat. He decides to build a state-of-the-art facility in an attempt to lure fans, but the stadium site is on the last remaining bee colony in Springfield - prompting Lisa to lead a protest.

The episode was rated 7.33 from 421 votes.

The Simpsons - S20E19

#16 - Waverly Hills 9-0-2-1-D'oh (Season 20 - Episode 19)


When Marge learns Springfield Elementary is the worst school in the state, she and Homer rent an apartment in the upscale Waverly Hills school district so Bart and Lisa can attend a better school. Meanwhile, Homer moves into the rented Waverly Hills apartment and gets used to the bachelor lifestyle.

The episode was rated 7.32 from 447 votes.

The Simpsons - S20E11

#17 - How the Test Was Won (Season 20 - Episode 11)

Bart gets a perfect score on a practice test for a national achievement test, which not only rattles Lisa, but it means Bart gets to attend a special party instead of having to take the actual test. Meanwhile, Homer must avoid injuring himself for an entire afternoon after failing to pay his insurance.

The episode was rated 7.32 from 457 votes.

The Simpsons - S20E9

#18 - Lisa the Drama Queen (Season 20 - Episode 9)


Lisa lets her imagination run wild when she makes a new friend and they create a magical kingdom together called Equalia, complete with characters and plotlines. But they find themselves facing a nightmare when the boundaries between reality and fantasy are blurred. With the voice of Emily Blunt.

The episode was rated 7.28 from 453 votes.

The Simpsons - S20E10

#19 - Take My Life, Please (Season 20 - Episode 10)

Homer is jealous when old classmate Vance Connor is inducted into the Springfield Walk of Fame. Lenny and Carl confess they fixed the result in favor of Principal Dondelinger - leading the hapless father to speculate on how his life would have changed had he won the ballot.

The episode was rated 7.27 from 413 votes.

The Simpsons - S20E12

#20 - No Loan Again, Naturally (Season 20 - Episode 12)


When the adjustable rate on the Simpson couple's mortgage resets at more than the pair can afford, they must sell their house. Good Samaritan Ned Flanders buys the house and rents it out to them at an affordable rate. But Homer pushes his luck too far when he takes advantage of Ned's generous landlord duties.

The episode was rated 7.26 from 416 votes.


Last updated: aug 22, 2023

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