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My Ten Best Moments from The Simpsons
Without any question the greatest animated show of all time, “The Simpsons” is among a select group of television comedy shows (and some would argue that it is the best of them).
Fans of the show point to a “Golden Age” or four or five or six seasons in the 1990s, but the same characters are still making their amusing observations today and, the other most successful aspect of the show, making us think.
On a train ride without a book I began to catalogue my favourite moments, and it was very difficult to keep it under 50.
Some moments and episodes (which I confess are largely near the “Golden Age” that people talk about) vie for greatness as the best or funniest moment or episode, but I needed to be ruthless, because that is part of being a fan and being human.
One episode ("Homer Badman", my favourite episode) has more than one moment (three moments all in #3 rather than using more than one number). And while I, like everyone else, love the “insect overlords” moment, I am not including it in my own top ten, because I have just never thought of it that way. Unfortunately the quality of some of the videos linked on YouTube (including their abbreviated length) is not all it could be, due to copyright; I recommend seeking out these episodes to enjoy the most fully!
Without any further ado, here are my top ten best or favourite moments from “The Simpsons”, counting down from number 10:
10. I Love You Too, Pepsi - from episode 14, season 4 ("Brother from the Same Planet”)
9. Mr. Gumble, This Is A Girl Scout Meeting - from episode 18, season 6 (“A Star Is Burns”)
This whole film made by Barney Gumble is hilarious (as are the films made by the festival's other contestants); YouTube did not have the full version of Barney's film, so here is the moment I've referred to.
8. From Chimpan-A to Chimpanzee - from episode 19, season 7 (“A Fish Called Selma”)
7. Faberge Eggs Addiction of Bleeding Gums Murphy - from episode 22, season 6 (“‘Round Springfield”)
YouTube does not have this hilarious moment where Bleeding Gums Murphy hurls Faberge eggs against the wall, so this is a link to the amazing rendition (with Lisa Simpson) of "Jazzman."
6. Now March - from episode 21, season 7 (“22 Short Films About Springfield”)
5. Twirling Towards Freedom - from episode 1, season 8 (“Treehouse of Horror VII”)
4. I’ll Tell You When You're Older - from episode 4, season 4 (“Lisa the Beauty Queen”)
3. Rock Bottom, Gentle Ben and See You In Hell, Candy Boys! - from episode 9, season 6 (“Homer Badman”)
2. Born to Runner Up - from episode 2, season 6 (“Lisa’s Rival”)
It is again surprising that this highly amusing clip is not somewhere online. This is the transcription of the scene that those of you who have seen it would remember:
Lisa: Hey, I am above average! So what if Alison's ahead of me? There's no shame in being second. [Imagining sequence]
Announcer: And now, Avis Rent-A-Car is proud to present the second best band in America. Will you welcome Garfunkel, Messina, Oates, and Lisa singing their number two hit, "Born to Runner-Up." [Band begins to play; audience boos]
Lisa: Why would they come to our concert just to boo us?!
I often ask myself the question, "Why would they come to our concert just to boo us?!"
1. Sincerely, Little Girl - from episode 2, season 5 (“Cape Feare”)
Each of the versions on YouTube is in languages other than English. I will update videos in future in the event they become available, and will write more about The Simpsons in another article, as well as further on TV, on film and on YouTube. With four moments chosen from episodes in the fourth season (not counting several references in "Homer Badman"), I recommend those new to the series start with that one!