The Simpsons

10 Best Episodes of The Simpsons - Season 8

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 apr 14, 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!

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The Simpsons - S8E14

#15 - The Itchy & Scratchy & Poochie Show (Season 8 - Episode 14)

In an attempt to boost ratings, the Itchy and Scratchy Show adds a new "in-your-face" character voiced by Homer.

The episode was rated 7.70 from 584 votes.

The Simpsons - S8E21

#14 - The Old Man and the Lisa (Season 8 - Episode 21)

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Financially ruined, Mr. Burns turns to Lisa for help in building a recycling business. Lisa believes he's changed, but his new business venture takes a shocking new direction.

The episode was rated 7.70 from 508 votes.

The Simpsons - S8E22

#13 - In Marge We Trust (Season 8 - Episode 22)

Disturbed that Reverend Lovejoy has lost interest in counseling parishioners, Marge volunteers as the "Listen Lady." Meanwhile, Homer sees his likeness on a box of Japanese detergent.

The episode was rated 7.74 from 506 votes.

The Simpsons - S8E3

#12 - The Homer They Fall (Season 8 - Episode 3)

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When Moe sees that Homer can absorb massive blows to the head, he turns him into a prizefighter and sets up a match with heavyweight champion Drederick Tatum.

The episode was rated 7.76 from 645 votes.

The Simpsons - S8E5

#11 - Bart After Dark (Season 8 - Episode 5)

After trespassing and damaging property at a mysterious old house, Bart is required to work there as a punishment... but it turns out to be a burlesque house.

The episode was rated 7.76 from 596 votes.

The Simpsons - S8E16

#10 - Brother from Another Series (Season 8 - Episode 16)

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When Sideshow Bob is released from prison, his brother Cecil puts him in charge of building Springfield's new hydroelectric dam.

The episode was rated 7.78 from 527 votes.

The Simpsons - S8E8

#9 - Hurricane Neddy (Season 8 - Episode 8)

A hurricane destroys the Flanders' home and they have to move into the church basement. The people of Springfield gather to rebuild their house, but when Ned sees the poor workmanship, he has a complete breakdown.

The episode was rated 7.85 from 618 votes.

The Simpsons - S8E9

#8 - El Viaje Misterioso de Nuestro Jomer (The Mysterious Voyage of Homer) (Season 8 - Episode 9)

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After eating a dish laced with potent peppers during the chili cookoff, Homer has hallucinations where a mystical coyote urges him to find his soulmate.

The episode was rated 7.86 from 599 votes.

The Simpsons - S8E15

#7 - Homer's Phobia (Season 8 - Episode 15)

The Simpsons befriend a shop owner, but when Homer discovers the man is gay, he worries about his influence on Bart.

The episode was rated 7.92 from 598 votes.

The Simpsons - S8E1

#6 - Treehouse of Horror VII (Season 8 - Episode 1)

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A Halloween trilogy. This time, Bart meets his "pure evil" Siamese twin; Lisa's science project attacks Bart; aliens Kang and Kodos invade as Clinton and Dole's replicas just before the 1996 Presidential election.

The episode was rated 7.92 from 801 votes.

The Simpsons - S8E12

#5 - Mountain of Madness (Season 8 - Episode 12)

To promote teamwork amongst the power plant's employees, Mr. Burns makes them go on a corporate retreat up in the mountains.

The episode was rated 7.98 from 574 votes.

The Simpsons - S8E18

#4 - Homer vs. the Eighteenth Amendment (Season 8 - Episode 18)

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In the episode "Homer vs. the Eighteenth Amendment", Springfield revives the Prohibition and Homer and Bart become the town's beer barons. The episode is filled with humour, ranging from Rex Banner's uptight, old-timey talk to Chief Wiggum's rise and fall during the sud-soaked mayhem. The plot follows Homer and Bart's crazy scheme to dig up barrels, make their own liquor, and help Wiggum with his position. At the end of the episode, the hilarious final line will live on in infamy.

The episode is a great commentary on beer culture, featuring a St. Patrick's day homage, and a green-themed intro. Dave Thomas' Rex Banner is a classic character, and his inability to laugh makes for some great jokes. Homer and Bart's antics throughout the episode are priceless, from their digging up of the barrels to their bowling situation and their making of the liquor. Marge's reaction to all of this is also hilarious. The ending with the catapult is a bit out there, but memorable nonetheless.

The episode was rated 8.10 from 599 votes.

The Simpsons - S8E2

#3 - You Only Move Twice (Season 8 - Episode 2)

In the episode You Only Move Twice of the beloved show The Simpsons, Homer is given a job opportunity at a new company in the idyllic town of Cyprus Creek. His new boss, played by Albert Brooks, is a great match for Homer and the first scene of the two together is a great showcase of the episode’s brilliance. The rest of the family also has difficulty adjusting to their new life in the bucolic burg.

This episode of The Simpsons has been praised by fans for its wit and writing, and Albert Brooks’ performance as Hank Scorpio. People have often referred to it as one of the greatest episodes of The Simpsons and as a perfect example of the show. With its humor, intelligence and subtle implications, it is a joy to watch and rewatch time and time again. You Only Move Twice is quite possibly the best episode of The Simpsons.

The episode was rated 8.15 from 846 votes.

The Simpsons - S8E10

#2 - The Springfield Files (Season 8 - Episode 10)

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The Simpsons' episode "The Springfield Files" is a gag-fest featuring FBI agents Fox Mulder and Dana Scully coming to Springfield to investigate an out of this world incident. While the episode is mostly comedic, there is a faint thread of an arc which follows Homer's struggle to have someone believe him. David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson do a good job, and Leonard Nimoy makes a hilarious appearance.

The jokes in the episode make it click. From Moe hauling a whale out to see to the bus that couldn't slow down, the writers are clearly having fun with the absurdity of the situation and the seriousness of Mulder and Scully. The episode also has some great one-liners, such as when Mulder says "Let me write it down on my invisible typewriter." All in all, this episode is a great example of The Simpsons' writers embracing the comedy of the show while also developing a story.

The episode was rated 8.15 from 675 votes.

The Simpsons - S8E23

#1 - Homer's Enemy (Season 8 - Episode 23)

The Simpsons episode, Homer's Enemy, follows the story of a hardworking new employee at the power plant who is consumed with resentment at Homer's undeserved success. The episode begins with the employee, Frank Grimes, expressing his frustration with the lack of reward for his hard work. In a moment of despair, he laments "I have had to work hard everyday of my life and what do I have to show for it? This briefcase and this haircut!"

The episode follows Frank Grimes as he attempts to prove himself to the other employees at the power plant, but his efforts are continually undermined by Homer's incompetence. As the episode comes to an end, viewers are left shocked as Frank Grimes is killed off with a cutaway gag. Despite his untimely death, fans have come to appreciate this classic Simpsons episode for its witty dialogue and satire of the American work ethic.

The episode was rated 8.17 from 652 votes.

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