Arguably, These Are The 8 Most Iconic 'Simpsons' Episodes

Arguably, These Are The 8 Most Iconic 'Simpsons' Episodes

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1. The Way We Was (Season 2, Ep 12)

After the TV set breaks, the Simpsons decide to tell the story of how Homer and Marge met. The episode is a flashback and we get an interesting look at what Homer and Marge were like in high school. Of course the sparks fly right away, but there is conflict and drama to face before the iconic couple finally realize they’re meant for each other. It’s sweet, it’s funny, it’s touching, it’s a great episode.

2. Lisa's Substitute (Season 2, Episode 19)

Lisa is immediately smitten when a dreamy substitute teacher, Mr. Bergstrom, (voiced by Dustin Hoffman) comes to Springfield. He’s deep, he’s intelligent, he’s sensitive, he’s everything Lisa every wanted in a male figure but never had. The heart of the episode comes not only from Lisa’s relationship with Mr. Bergstrom but also the relationship between her and her and Homer, as she has to learn to accept him for who he is. The episode is about Lisa’s growth as a character with the ending cementing this growth in one tear-jerking picnic.

3. Krusty Gets Busted (Season 1, Ep 12)

Bart is in denial after his hero, Krusty the Clown, is arrested for armed robbery. Although everyone has accepted Krusty’s downfall and embraced his side kick Sideshow Bob (who makes his first appearance in this episode), Bart is determined to prove Krusty’s innocence. With the help of Lisa and Maggie, Bart embarks on a mission to clear Krusty’s name. The story is exciting, offering many twists and turns as well as a genuinely surprising ending. IT’s also worth mentioning that this episode was directed by animation legend Brad Bird, who directed The Incredibles and Ratatouille, so that alone makes the episode worth checking out.

4. Kill Gil Parts I & II (Season 18, Ep 9)

Although this an episode after The Simpsons’ golden years, it’s still really, really funny. A deadbeat named Gil comes to live with the Simpsons, and Marge has to grow a pair and ask him to move out as he far outstays his welcome. Gil is such a pathetic bum that it’s hilarious, in the best way. His impact on the family drives the comedy and Marge’s character development. It’s also Christmas themed- so now is a great time to watch it!

5. Homer’s Enemy (Season 8, Ep 23)

This is perhaps the darkest episode of the series. When Frank Grimes, a man who’s had to work had for everything he got, comes to Springfield the tables turn. Frank is obviously the polar opposite of Homer, who’s successfully coasted through life. He tries to call Homer out on this, but his efforts are to no avail. Homer keeps getting rewarded for his minimal efforts while Frank can never catch a break. The ending is one of the series most morbid, which is very different from the usual optimistic Simpsons ending. The dark, ultra-realistic tone of this episode sets it apart from the rest of the series, making it a must see for Simpsons fans.

6. Behind the Laughter (Season 11, Ep 22)

The Simpsons do a parody of VH1’s wildly popular “Behind the Music”, even getting the narrator from the show to narrate the episode. The episode is full of hilarious forth wall breaks and mockumentary style interviews that detail the over the top turmoil that was going on behind the scenes of the Simpsons. It’s such a different episode and employs a whole different kind of comedy. This out of genre episode is just as funny as it sounds.

7. And Maggie Makes Three (Season 6 Ep 13)

The Simpsons decide to tell the story of how Maggie came into their lives. Homer was living his dream of working at the bowling alley when Maggie came along as an unexpected surprise. The episode can be both emotional and dramatic, detailing how Homer had to quit his dream job in order to support a third child. But the ending and the payoff are just beyond sweet, as we see just how much Homer loves Maggie.

8. Stark Raving Dad (Season 3, Ep 1)

I kind of need to put this episode on my favorites list, considering that it’s a really good parody of my all-time favorite film, One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest. The parody here is not only accurate but also funny. Homer, while committed in a mental hospital, meets a man who thinks he’s Michael Jackson, and he’s actually voiced by Michael Jackson, and of course, he sings! So yeah, it’s kind of hard not to love a One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest Michael Jackson episode.

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To the guy that shot my brother...

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To the guy that shot my brother,

On January 9, 2019 my families entire life changed with one phone call. The phone call that my little brother had been shot in the face, no other details. We didn't need any other details. The woman on the phone who called us in full panic told us where he was so we went, as soon as possible. I don't think it helped that not even 10 min prior I talked to Zach on the phone.. kind of irritated with him, and the ONE TIME I didn't say 'I love you' as we hung up. Could've been the last time we ever spoke.. I remember pulling up to the hospital thinking 'this can't be real' 'it's not our Zach' 'this is just a dream Sarah, WAKE UP' I'd close my eyes really tight just to open them, I was still in the hospital emergency parking lot. I could still hear the ambulance sirens coming. It was all real.

The day our life's changed was definitely a test of faith. A test of how strong we were, as a family. I sat in that waiting room ready to see the damage that has been done to my sweet baby brother. Because at that point we had no idea how lucky he got. That glimpse of seeing Zach will haunt me forever. How helpless I felt in that exact moment frequently wakes me up from these horrific dreams I've been having ever since that day. That is a moment burned into my me and families brain forever.

You always hear about these things in the movies or on the news, a house being shot up, someone shooting another innocent person, not to care if they died on your watch. But we found ourselves on the news.. We have been confined to the hospital since that day. Running on barely any sleep, taking shifts of sleep so we don't make ourselves sick taking care of Zach. Watching him suffer. Undergoing surgeries, to repair the damage you did.

Before I proceed let me tell you a little something about the man you shot.

Zachary Keith Wright. A blonde hair blue eyed boy. Who could potentially be the most annoying human on the planet (possibly coming from his sister). A man who loves his God first, loves his family second. Perfect by no means, but almost perfect to me. A 19 year old who was to graduate high school this month. After graduation he was prepping to leave for Marine boot camp in the summer.. being in the military has been Zach's dream since he could talk. Literally. Running around, playing war with underwear on our heads, and finger guns. Some would say we looked like natural born assassins.. growing up he has been a country boy. Let me tell ya country to the core. He loves this country like he loves his family. He believes in helping people, taking charge in what's right, and never leaving a brother behind. He's lived by that his whole life. Until now....

The day you shot him. The day not only did you change my brothers life, you changed his families life too. The day you almost ripped my brother out of this world... for what? A misunderstanding? Because you've let something take ahold of your life that you can't let go you're willing to kill someone innocent over? Luckily for him, his guardian angels were protecting him in your time of cowardice. There were 3 times that day he should've died, the time you shot him, the time you tried to shoot him again as he stared you directly in the face, (even tho he couldn't talk I know you could read his eyes, and he still intimidated you. That's why you tried to pull the trigger again) and the time he was running out of the house. But he lived. A man who was shot in the face, didn't lay there helpless, didn't scream in agony. That MAN walked to the neighbors to get help. Why? Because he's a MAN, and because he's on this earth for a reason.

It's gonna sound a little strange not only to you, but the audience who is reading this. I must say thank you. Even in this situation, this was the best outcome we could get. He gets to live. He will make a full recovery. He will graduate. And he will go off into the Marines. You united my family together. Closer than ever. Thank you. You tested our faith and brought us closer to our God. Thank you. Because of your moment of weakness, you showed us what prayer could do. Heal anything. Thank you. This was a bump in the road, and a helluva way to kick off our year of 2019. But here we are.. all laying in the hospital. I'm looking around as mom is sleeping in her recliner chair exhasted but still here, Zach his awake playing his xbox all hooked up to machines, fighting to heal and get better. And of course I'm writing this letter to you.

See you in trial,

From the girl whose brother you shot.

'Fight the good fight' - 1 Tim 6:12 🤟🏼💙

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We produce a lot more trash than you think, until you start paying attention to your actions.

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1. Bring recyclables to a recycling center or reuse them around the home!

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This is something I want to start doing! I always get take out food and throw away the containers, when I could be using those containers to carry my lunch everyday! Also, I want to start collecting my plastic water bottles and taking them to the recycling center on campus instead of just throwing them away

2. Invest in a reuseable water bottle

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This would actually fix my water bottle problem. I need to invest in a nice, reuseable water bottle that I can refill, rather than throwing away 3-4 water bottles a day. Amazon has a lot of varieties of these bottles ranging from inexpensive to expensive, cool designs, and even one that holds snacks.

3. Reuseable Straws

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4. Donate old/unwanted clothes

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This is something I already do. I go through my drawers and closet once a year, and just put all the clothes I haven't worn all year, or just don't want into a garbage bag. I'm usually able to fill at least one (gallon) garbage bag with clothes to take to Goodwill!

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