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

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

Grab your pink frosted donuts and let's take a trip to Springfield.

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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11 Things Psychology Majors Hear That Drive Them Crazy

No pun intended.

We've all been there. You're talking to a new acquaintance, or a friend of your parents, or whoever. And then, you get the dreaded question.

"So what are you studying in school?"

Cue the instant regret of picking Psychology as your major, solely for the fact that you are 99.9% likely to receive one of the slightly comical, slightly cliche, slightly annoying phrases listed below. Don't worry though, I've included some responses for you to use next time this comes up in conversation. Because it will.

Quick side note, these are all real-life remarks that I've gotten when I told people I was a psych major.

Here we go.

1. So are you, like, analyzing me right now?

Well, I wasn't. But yeah. Now I am.

2. Ugh so jealous! You picked the easy major.

"Lol" is all I have to say to this one. I'm gonna go write my 15-page paper on cognitive impairment. You have fun with your five college algebra problems, though!

3. So can you tell me what you think is wrong with me? *Shares entire life story*

Don't get me wrong; I love listening and helping people get through hard times. But we can save the story about how one time that one friend said that one slightly rude comment to you for later.

4. Well, s**t, I have to be careful what I say around you.

Relax, pal. I couldn't diagnose and/or institutionalize you even if I wanted to.

5. OMG! I have the perfect first client for you! *Proceeds to vent about ex-boyfriend or girlfriend*

Possible good response: simply nod your head the entire time, while actually secretly thinking about the Ben and Jerry's carton you're going to go home and demolish after this conversation ends.

6. So you must kind of be like, secretly insane or something to be into Psychology.

Option one: try and hide that you're offended. Option two: just go with it, throw a full-blown tantrum, and scare off this individual, thereby ending this painful conversation.

7. Oh. So you want to be a shrink?

First off, please. Stop. Calling. Therapists. Shrinks. Second, that's not a psych major's one and only job option.

8. You know you have to go to grad school if you ever want a job in Psychology.

Not completely true, for the record. But I am fully aware that I may have to spend up to seven more years of my life in school. Thanks for the friendly reminder.

9. So you... want to work with like... psychopaths?

Let's get serious and completely not-sarcastic for a second. First off, I take personal offense to this one. Having a mental illness does not classify you as a psycho, or not normal, or not deserving of being treated just like anyone else on the planet. Please stop using a handful of umbrella terms to label millions of wonderful individuals. It's not cool and not appreciated.

10. So can you, like, read my mind?

It actually might be fun to say yes to this one. Try it out and see what happens. Get back to me.

11. You must be a really emotional person to want to work in Psychology.

Psychology is more than about feeling happy, or sad, or angry. Psychology is about understanding the most complex thing to ever happen to us: our brain. How it works the way it does, why it works the way it does, and how we can better understand and communicate with this incredibly mysterious, incredibly vast organ in our tiny little skull. That's what psychology is.

So keep your head up, psychology majors, and don't let anyone discourage you about choosing, what is in my opinion, the coolest career field out there. The world needs more people like us.

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