With 574 episodes to date spreading over 26 years, selecting just 10 is a daunting feat and only begins to scratch the surface of what makes The Simpsons the greatest cartoon of all time. These 10 classic episodes all stand out for their hilarity and brilliance, and even though you may know the entire plot and dialogue, changing the channel is not an option when these episodes are on. Some of them take on large themes and parody popular culture, some focus on a range of Springfield’s wacky citizens, and some are simply small family stories but packed full of laughs.
10. “Homer the Heretic” (Season 4, Episode 3)
Religion is a prevalent theme throughout the show, and “Homer the Heretic” is both an interesting and hilarious look at faith. On a cold Sunday morning, Homer decides to skip church and ends up having the best day of his life. This fantastic sequence sees Homer sleep in late, dance in his underwear, make his “patented space-age out of this world moon waffles,” win a radio contest, watch a football match and find a penny under the couch. Much to Marge’s dismay, he decides never to go to church again, but then has a dream where he meets God. God agrees with Homer’s point, and even the Flanders’ family cannot win Homer back to Christianity. Then, whilst everyone is at church, Homer accidentally burns the house down but is saved by Apu (Hindu), Krusty (Jewish), and Flanders (Christian). Reverend Lovejoy states God was working in the hearts of his friends.