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10 Best Episodes of The Simpsons - Season 26

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 feb 28, 2024.

PS: The following content contains spoilers!

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The Simpsons - S26E13

#15 - Walking Big & Tall (Season 26 - Episode 13)

When Lisa learns Springfield's anthem was stolen from another town she writes a replacement. Meanwhile, Homer learns the meaning of "Wide Pride".

The episode was rated 7.18 from 696 votes.

The Simpsons - S26E19

#14 - The Kids Are All Fight (Season 26 - Episode 19)

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When Homer gets an old film roll developed, the family takes a trip down memory lane to see the origins of how Bart and Lisa first started fighting with each other.

The episode was rated 7.23 from 935 votes.

The Simpsons - S26E16

#13 - Sky Police (Season 26 - Episode 16)

Chief Wiggum is mistakenly delivered a military jet pack, which he gleefully accepts and uses in order to fight crime. But when the jet pack crashes into the church, the congregation, led by Marge, must resort to gambling and counting cards in order to collect money to repair the church.

The episode was rated 7.28 from 865 votes.

The Simpsons - S26E22

#12 - Mathlete's Feat (Season 26 - Episode 22)

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When a modernized Springfield Elementary has a technical meltdown, Lisa transforms it into a Waldorf school. Meanwhile, Groundskeeper Willie becomes the coach of the mathletes.

The episode was rated 7.28 from 851 votes.

The Simpsons - S26E17

#11 - Waiting for Duffman (Season 26 - Episode 17)

When Duffman (guest voice Stacy Keach) undergoes hip replacement surgery and retires, the company sets up a reality show competition to find his replacement. Homer wins the competition, and because the job requires him to stay sober, he learns that beer isn't as necessary as he thought to have a good time.

The episode was rated 7.32 from 850 votes.

The Simpsons - S26E18

#10 - Peeping Mom (Season 26 - Episode 18)

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Bart lies about being involved in a bulldozer crash, so Marge decides to follow him everywhere until he confesses. Meanwhile, Homer ignores Santa’s Little Helper when Flanders gets a new dog.

The episode was rated 7.33 from 899 votes.

The Simpsons - S26E2

#9 - The Wreck of the Relationship (Season 26 - Episode 2)

When Bart disrespects Homer's authority, Homer makes a point to try his hand at parenting. This proves fruitless, so Marge signs them up for the Relation Ship, where they'll resolve their conflicts at sea. Meanwhile, Marge is in charge of Homer's fantasy football league, but manages to win despite being the underdog.

The episode was rated 7.36 from 1100 votes.

The Simpsons - S26E8

#8 - Covercraft (Season 26 - Episode 8)

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Homer has a mid-life crisis, takes up bass guitar and forms a cover band with some of the other dads in town. But the band's modest early success is soon overwhelmed by the breakout potential of their most unlikely star, Apu.

The episode was rated 7.36 from 976 votes.

The Simpsons - S26E3

#7 - Super Franchise Me (Season 26 - Episode 3)

Marge opens a sandwich franchise store after her sandwiches become a huge hit at Springfield Elementary. But running day-to-day at the store proves challenging, especially when the same franchise opens another location across the street.

The episode was rated 7.36 from 1110 votes.

The Simpsons - S26E5

#6 - Opposites A-Frack (Season 26 - Episode 5)

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Lisa brings in assembly woman Maxine Lombard to put a stop to Mr. Burns' fracking operation, but is taken aback when the two political opponents find themselves attracted to one another.

The episode was rated 7.38 from 1019 votes.

The Simpsons - S26E9

#5 - I Won't Be Home for Christmas (Season 26 - Episode 9)

After Moe convinces Homer to stay out drinking on Christmas Eve, Marge tells Homer not to come home. This leads to Homer's sad trek through lonely Springfield, where he learns that the only place where one should truly get drunk on Christmas is home.

The episode was rated 7.40 from 898 votes.

The Simpsons - S26E11

#4 - Bart's New Friend (Season 26 - Episode 11)

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Bart has a new accomplice and best friend when Homer is hypnotized at the circus and believes he is a young boy again.

The episode was rated 7.40 from 749 votes.

The Simpsons - S26E4

#3 - Treehouse of Horror XXV (Season 26 - Episode 4)

In a Halloween-theme episode Bart reads Aramaic symbols from the bottom of his desk and he and Lisa are transported to an alternate world filled with demons. Also, Moe organizes a "Clockwork Orange"-ish gang in which member Dum (Homer) falls for a young lady (Marge) who wants him to quit. In a homage to "The Others," the Simpsons reconnect with their earlier incarnations from the Tracey Ullman era.

The episode was rated 7.55 from 1251 votes.

The Simpsons - S26E7

#2 - Blazed and Confused (Season 26 - Episode 7)

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Bart schemes to bring down his new teacher, Mr. Lassen, who is a terrible bully. Meanwhile, The Simpsons go to Burning Man.

The episode was rated 7.57 from 1063 votes.

The Simpsons - S26E6

#1 - Simpsorama (Season 26 - Episode 6)

The Planet Express crew come to present-day Springfield to prevent the Simpsons from destroying the future.

The episode was rated 7.92 from 1278 votes.

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