The Simpsons

10 Best Episodes of The Simpsons - Season 3

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 letโ€™s get started!

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The Simpsons - S3E10

#1 - Flaming Moe's (Season 3 - Episode 10)

Moe steals the drink recipe Homer invented, and the rechristened โ€œFlaming Moeโ€ turns his tavern into a hotspot. When a national franchise wants to buy the recipe, Homer wants revenge.

The episode was rated 8.02 from 710 votes.

The Simpsons - S3E17

#2 - Homer at the Bat (Season 3 - Episode 17)


Burns hires Major League ringers for the plant softball championship.

The episode was rated 7.98 from 675 votes.

The Simpsons - S3E1

#3 - Stark Raving Dad (Season 3 - Episode 1)

A deviation from his norm lands Homer in a mental institution, where he shares a room with a man who thinks he's Michael Jackson.

The episode was rated 7.93 from 826 votes.

The Simpsons - S3E24

#4 - Brother, Can You Spare Two Dimes? (Season 3 - Episode 24)


Homer's half-brother asks for a loan after Homer is awarded some cash.

The episode was rated 7.93 from 579 votes.

The Simpsons - S3E13

#5 - Radio Bart (Season 3 - Episode 13)

Bart fools the town into thinking there's a little boy trapped in a well.

The episode was rated 7.91 from 663 votes.

The Simpsons - S3E18

#6 - Separate Vocations (Season 3 - Episode 18)


The results from their aptitude tests cause Bart and Lisa to make 180-degree turns in their behavior.

The episode was rated 7.87 from 633 votes.

The Simpsons - S3E4

#7 - Bart the Murderer (Season 3 - Episode 4)

While working for Fat Tony, Bart gains enough influence with his boss to solve his problems with Principal Skinner--perhaps permanently.

The episode was rated 7.82 from 842 votes.

The Simpsons - S3E15

#8 - Homer Alone (Season 3 - Episode 15)


A stressed Marge vacations alone, leaving Bart and Lisa with Patty and Selma, and Maggie with Homer--until she leaves in search of Marge.

The episode was rated 7.82 from 646 votes.

The Simpsons - S3E12

#9 - I Married Marge (Season 3 - Episode 12)

A trip down memory lane to the early days of Simpson wedded bliss, when Marge was with child and Homer was without a job.

The episode was rated 7.81 from 618 votes.

The Simpsons - S3E21

#10 - Black Widower (Season 3 - Episode 21)


Bart suspects something rotten when Selma gets engaged to Sideshow Bob.

The episode was rated 7.80 from 589 votes.

The Simpsons - S3E11

#11 - Burns Verkaufen der Kraftwerk (Season 3 - Episode 11)

Burns sells the power plant to a German corporation that doesn't care for Homer's approach to his work.

The episode was rated 7.79 from 681 votes.

The Simpsons - S3E16

#12 - Bart the Lover (Season 3 - Episode 16)


Bart's answer to detention from Mrs. Krabappel is to answer her personal ad with letters from a Mr. Wonderful, but his last laugh is more of a guilty whimper.

The episode was rated 7.78 from 633 votes.

The Simpsons - S3E5

#13 - Homer Defined (Season 3 - Episode 5)

Homer's averting of a nuclear meltdown earns him employee-of-the-month honors--and a call from Magic Johnson; Milhouse's parents prohibit him from playing with Bart.

The episode was rated 7.74 from 733 votes.

The Simpsons - S3E14

#14 - Lisa the Greek (Season 3 - Episode 14)


Lisa's ability to pick winning football teams kicks off a strong bond with Homer.

The episode was rated 7.72 from 644 votes.

The Simpsons - S3E7

#15 - Treehouse of Horror II (Season 3 - Episode 7)

Maggie uses one of three wishes; a mind-reading Bart rules Springfield; Homer donates his brain to Mr. Burns' science project.

The episode was rated 7.70 from 856 votes.

The Simpsons - S3E3

#16 - When Flanders Failed (Season 3 - Episode 3)


Flanders suffers a failure after Homer wishes him ill.

The episode was rated 7.69 from 779 votes.

The Simpsons - S3E8

#17 - Lisa's Pony (Season 3 - Episode 8)

After disappointing Lisa, Homer buys her a pony, solving one problem, but creating others, requiring a second job--at Apu's Kwik-E-Mart.

The episode was rated 7.69 from 663 votes.

The Simpsons - S3E20

#18 - Colonel Homer (Season 3 - Episode 20)


Marge fears a cheatin' heart when a waitress-country singer asks Homer to be her manager.

The episode was rated 7.69 from 591 votes.

The Simpsons - S3E9

#19 - Saturdays of Thunder (Season 3 - Episode 9)

When Homer helps Bart build a soapbox racer, it does little for the car but a lot for their relationship.

The episode was rated 7.65 from 671 votes.

The Simpsons - S3E19

#20 - Dog of Death (Season 3 - Episode 19)


Santa's Little Helper notices resentment after the Simpsons make sacrifices to fund his life-saving operation.

The episode was rated 7.57 from 569 votes.


Last updated: aug 22, 2023

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