ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

My Ten Best Moments from The Simpsons

Updated on April 20, 2015
Milhouse Van Houten.
Milhouse Van Houten.
"The Simpsons" on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
"The Simpsons" on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

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!

The Simpsons Ride at Universal Studios, Florida.
The Simpsons Ride at Universal Studios, Florida.

Comments

    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    • NonCopyBook profile imageAUTHOR

      Nicholas Daly 

      3 years ago from NSW Australia

      I am old ish too, thought of dozens of moments but figure it's an interesting subject for a hub haha.. and proves how much I love season 4..

    • FatFreddysCat profile image

      Keith Abt 

      3 years ago from The Garden State

      I've been watching the Simpsons religiously since its debut in 1989 (yeah, I'm old)... it would be impossible to narrow my favorite moments down to just ten, as you did here... but Troy McClure's song from "Stop the Planet of the Apes, I Want To Get Off" would definitely make my list as well!!

    • NonCopyBook profile imageAUTHOR

      Nicholas Daly 

      3 years ago from NSW Australia

      Haha love it

    • peachpurple profile image

      peachy 

      3 years ago from Home Sweet Home

      i like no.4, the video is hilarious. Thumbs up

    working

    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, hubpages.com uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at: https://hubpages.com/privacy-policy#gdpr

    Show Details
    Necessary
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the googleapis.com or gstatic.com domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Features
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Marketing
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Statistics
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)