The nefarious (but comically inept) villain has been a consistent threat to Bart Simpson and the greater population of Springfield. Ending up stranded in a small Italian village, they discover that, after escaping custody at the conclusion of his previous appearance, Bob relocated overseas and made a home for himself in Italy -- including getting married and having a son. While there’s nothing particularly offensive or poorly produced in this Season 12 episode, “Day of the Jackanapes” suffers by comparison to the rest of the episodes featuring Bob. Best Episode: “The Book Job” But when Bob finds out that Krusty dedicated part of the final show to honor his relationship with Bob out of regret for the strain that came to define it, Bob has a change of heart and is able to warn Mr. Teeny in time to save the pair. Along the way, his episodes have been among the best (and occasionally worst) entries in the series. It all builds to the Simpsons trying to evade them during a performance of Pagliacci starring Krusty -- because of course -- that includes Bob calming the horrified crowd with his operatic singing. A high mark of the entire series and maybe the single funniest episode of the show, “Cape Fear” finds the tricky balance of having Bob be both hilarious (his tattoo that says "Die Bart Die"is just German for "The Bart The") and terrifying all in good measure. The most recent Sideshow Bob episode (at least until next year’s "Bobby, It's Cold Outside"), and what could have easily been the last appearance of the character. 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I’d say it’s a shame, that a decade of occasionally great, sometimes bad, usually fine seasons has hurt The Simpsons‘ legacy, but it hasn’t: season 2-8 (or thereabout) are still as widely praised as any run a TV show has ever gone on, and even if it runs for 15 more years, at least we’ve still got “Homie the Clown” and “Marge vs. the Monorail.”. An anthology episode that follows Rick and Morty on a train with people who don't like Rick. Best Episode: “How I Spent My Strummer Vacation” The folks behind The Simpsons are basically fortune tellers.This week, it was announced that Disney had agreed a deal to buy a large chunk of 21st Century Fox – something The Simpsons prophesied in an episode nearly 20 years ago. Every Guest Star: Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Robert Forster, Denis Leary, Brian Grazer, Joe Montana, Will Shortz, Merl Reagle, Scott Thompson, Shohreh Aghdashloo, Mark Cuban, Jeff Bezos, Marv Albert, Emily Blunt, Fall Out Boy, Ed Begley, Jr., Colm Meaney, Glen Hansard, Markéta Irglová, Anne Hathaway, and Ellen Page. This past Sunday was the beginning of The Simpsons‘ 25th season, so because I was feeling nostalgic, and wanted a reason to talk about “You Only Move Twice,” I’ve ranked all of them, from least to most essential. Tens of thousands of all-uppercase words have been angrily written about Armin Tamzarian, which is unfair to season nine as a whole. While some moments don’t land as well as they could (particularly in his motivations, an argument against television that he never really makes outside of his intentions to turn the Krusty Show more educational in “Krusty Got Busted”), the episode ends with a frantic and enraged Bob stealing the Wright Brothers Plane to try and kill himself and two others. Every Guest Star: Harvey Fierstein, James Earl Jones, Tom Poston, Tony Bennett, Alex Rocco, Larry King, George Takei, Jon Lovitz, Danny DeVito, Tracey Ullman, Audrey Meadows, Ringo Starr, Dustin Hoffman, Cloris Leachman, and Daniel Stern. One of the best political satires the series has ever attempted, “Sideshow Bob Roberts” is a highlight of the sixth season of the show. Airing towards the end of the first season, the episode centers around Krusty the Clown apparently robbing the Kwik-E-Mart, to Bart's dismay. The first Sideshow Bob episode is deceptive one. RELATED: Disney+ Is Already Getting The Simpsons Wrong. Australia, London, Brazil, Delaware, Africa, India? It comes down to Bart having to try and outthink Bob if he wants any chance of escaping him. It’s time for my ranking of every episode of the 20th season of The Simpsons! Best Episode: “Thursdays with Abie” EPISODE: Season 16, Episode 1 ORIGINAL AIR DATE: 11/7/04 DESCRIPTION: Every show, even a first ballot Hall of Famer like The Simpsons, is entitled to a few dud episodes.This is one of them. But once the episode finds a rhythm, it moves at a hilarious and harrowing pace. It’s the first non-“Treehouse,” non-“22 Short Films About Springfield” episode that was written by more than three people. Every Guest Star: Ken Burns, Zooey Deschanel, Sarah Michelle Gellar, Anne Hathaway, Don Pardo, Natalie Portman, Al Roker, Sarah Silverman, Jon Lovitz, Jeff Gordon, Jennifer Tilly, Anika Noni Rose, Marvin Hamlisch, Steve Carell, Alex Trebek, Fred Armisen, Carrie Brownstein, Patton Oswalt, The Decemberists, Tom Waits, Valerie Harper, Danny DeVito, Rashida Jones, Benedict Cumberbatch, Robert Caro, Max Weinberg, Richard Dawkins, Tina Fey, Janet Reno, Wanda Sykes, George Takei, Edward Norton, Tony Bennett, Sonny Rollins, Ron Taylor, Justin Bieber, Bill Hader, Jane Krakowski, Patrick Stewart, Sigur Rós, Lisa Lampanelli, and Seth MacFarlane. Every Simpsons Treehouse of Horror episode, ranked from worst to best By Bradley Russell 28 October 2020 Vampires, zombies, and Homer with a donut for a … But Bob follows them to their new home of Cape Feare and is able to corner Bart alone in the middle of the night on a drifting house-boat. Most Emblematic Episode of the Season As a Whole: “The Principal and the Pauper,” because, oh boy. Out of the numerous Sideshow bob episodes of The Simpsons, which stand out as genuine highlights and which can you skip? The entire Terwilliger family is on hand but don’t leave much of an impression, save for a cameo by Cecil where he talks to Bart about their mutual dislike for Bob and how it's shaped them to an extent. It’s heartfelt, but not saccharine and always funny, which goes for the entirety of the season, too. The Simpsons: The Best Episode In Every Season, Ranked The Simpsons has run for thirty seasons, and with every season has come an amazing stand-out episodes. Bob’s attempts to be civilized are funny, and his eventual outing as a criminal is sudden but effective -- ruined by Lisa of all people. Share Tweet Fox With the world’s current situation, … We are re-running it today, as a marathon of every Simpsons episode kicks off on FXX. Even the highly controversial “Homer’s Enemy,” a turning point of the series for many, got away with turning Homer into an asshole, because the script was tight enough to allow him to be. Let’s see what the balance is, though, as I proceed to rank every episode. Every Guest Star: Stephen Colbert, Lionel Richie, Maya Rudolph, Plácido Domingo, Matt Dillon, Steve Buscemi, Ted Nugent, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Alan Moore, Art Spiegelman, Dan Clowes, Jack Black, David Hyde Pierce, John Mahoney, Keith Olbermann, Jon Stewart, Dan Rather, Kurt Loder, Weird Al, Topher Grace, Terry Gross, Beverly D’Angelo, the Dixie Chicks, Zooey Deschanel, Jim Jarmusch, John C. Reilly, Glenn Close, Lance Armstrong, and Drew Carey, Best Episode: “Eternal Moonshine of the Simpson Mind” As it’s done with every other cornerstone of family sitcoms, The Simpsons has taken the vacation episode to new heights (and lows). Every Guest Star: Jemaine Clement, Bret McKenzie, Ira Glass, Stephen Hawking, Lea Michele, Cory Monteith, Amber Riley, Mark Zuckerberg, Muhammad Yunus, Chris Hansen, Mike Scioscia, Bill James, Hugh Laurie, Daniel Radcliffe, Danica Patrick, Rachel Weisz, Martha Stewart, Katy Perry, Jon Hamm, Alyson Hannigan, Kristen Wiig, Scott Thompson, Michael Paul Chan, James Lipton, Garry Marshall, David Mamet, Ricky Gervais, Halle Berry, Russell Brand, Nick Park, J. Best Episode: “Lisa the Drama Queen” prophesied in an episode nearly 20 years ago. And that’s how you go from “I’m Troy McClure, and I’ll leave you with what we all came here to see: hardcore nudity!” to “Milhouse, do you ever worry that your mom might stop loving you?”. Some of them are great. Most Emblematic Episode of the Season As a Whole: “Rome-old and Juli-eh,” because the instance someone decided that Grampa should fall in love with Selma, “They’ll Never Stop The Simpsons” became prophetic. All 30 Seasons Of The Simpsons, Ranked SR did the unthinkable and combed through 30 seasons of FOX's The Simpsons to determine which are truly the greatest outings in Springfield. Eventually released, he proposes to Selma and the pair are promptly married. RELATED: No, The Simpsons Is NOT Ending, Says Producer Continue scrolling to keep reading Click … Most Emblematic Episode of the Season As a Whole: “We’re on the Road to D’ohwhere,” because it’s right in the middle of The Simpsons most middle-of-the-road season. In season two, The Simpsons was still very much a “normal” sitcom about a family…that just so happened to be yellow. Every 'Simpsons' 'Treehouse of Horror' Special Ranked Celebrating the most iconic annual Halloween special on TV, 29 years and counting. Click the button below to start this article in quick view. This sixteenth season episode opens with the family traveling through Italy to deliver a sports car to Mr. Burns. Every Guest Star: The Who, Drew Barrymore, Amy Tan, Stephen King, John Updike, Jay Mohr, Joshua Jackson, Leeza Gibbons, Patrick McGoohan, Edward Norton, Michael Keaton, Charles Napier, Robert Schimmel, Bruce Vilanch, Tom Savini, Andre Agassi, Pete Sampras, Venus Williams, Serena Williams, Gary Coleman, ‘N Sync, Stacy Keach, Kathy Griffin, Frankie Muniz, and Shawn Colvin. 21. Most Emblematic Episode of the Season As a Whole: “I, (Annoyed Grunt)-Bot,” because BattleBots was popular in 2001. Bart and Lisa, trapped on the base with him, end up discovering his plan and help foil it -- but not before Bob kidnaps Bart so they can perform a kamikaze attack on the one man who ignored Bob’s demands: Krusty. One of the most iconic recurring characters in The Simpsons is the failed television star turned attempted murderer Sideshow Bob. Most Emblematic Episode of the Season As a Whole: “Stark Raving Dad,” because it’s the premiere, and season three is the beginning of The Simpsons multi-season run of perfection. Futurama: Every Anthology Episode, Ranked Futurama features several wild anthology episodes. Even the absurd ending, where Bart plays into Bob’s showmanship and gets him to sing the entirety of the Gilbert and Sullivan opera H.M.S. Terrified by his new state, he stops himself from killing the people around him by throwing himself into the river -- where he survives because of his modified body. During an air show at the Springfield Air Force Base, Bob escapes custody (again) and, in perhaps his most bold attempt at murder yet, steals a hydrogen bomb. Virtually every holiday episode of The Simpsons has something to offer fans, but "Marge Be Not Proud" is the series at its finest, successfully delivering the feather touch of emotions and the power drive of silliness. After finding peace behind bars, Bob seems to have actually found redemption. Most Emblematic Episode of the Season As a Whole: “The Itchy & Scratchy & Poochie Show,” because in this episode, as well as “The Springfield Files,” “You Only Move Twice,” “El Viaje Misterioso de Nuestro Jomer (The Mysterious Voyage of Homer),” and “The Simpsons Spin-Off Showcase,” The Simpsons was taking weirder and weirder conceptual chances, and they all worked. It also builds to one of the best moments of Bob and Bart’s relationship, reflecting how they’ve become more friendly rivals than mortal enemies by this point in the show: getting the open opportunity to kill Bart, Bob finds he can’t do it. All the latest gaming news, game reviews and trailers. “Lisa the Greek,” it ain’t. When Springfield is forced to release a majority of non-violent offenders back into the public because of a lack of resources, one of them moves in next door to the Simpsons. Best Episode: “Lisa’s Substitute” But a suspicious Bart eventually uncovers a plot by Bob to kill Selma to steal a small private fortune she’s ended up with. It’s a surprisingly complex shade to give Bob and Bart’s animosity that would be largely dropped in future installments but works well here. The second appearance of Sideshow Bob occurs in the third season and features Bob at perhaps his most realistically devious. 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The current-day Simpsons is so proud of its occasional ability to push buttons, unlike before, when it naturally happened in the writing process. Most Emblematic Episode of the Season As a Whole: “Kill the Alligator and Run,” because this was the year where everything began to fall apart. Every Guest Star: Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Lenny Kravitz, Elvis Costello, Brian Setzer, Tom Petty, the Baha Men, Jan Hooks, Adam West, Burt Ward, Larry Holmes, David Lander, Little Richard, Elliott Gould, Pamela Reed, Lisa Leslie, Tony Hawk, Blink-182, Jane Kaczmarek, James L. Brooks, Helen Fielding, Marisa Tomei, Eric Idle, Weird Al, Ben Schatz, Scott Thompson, David Byrne, Andy Serkis, Jonathan Taylor Thomas, Stacy Keach, John Kassir, Jackson Browne, Steve Buscemi, and Jane Kaczmarek. Bob briefly takes over Krusty's show and intends to make it a more educational series, but Bart finds out he framed Krusty for the crime and he's taken to jail. These are the best of them, ranked. Best Episode: “The City of New York vs. Homer Simpson” But when Bart goes to try and make peace with Bob before he’s cremated, Lisa realizes it’s a trap and is barely able to lead the family to Bart in time to save him from Bob and his family. Every Guest Star: Alec Baldwin, Terry Bradshaw, Dennis Rodman, Lily Tomlin, Maria Grazia Cucinotta, Michael York, William H. Macy, Joe Frazier, Susan Sarandon, Antonio Fargas, Dave Thomas, Randy Johnson, Ricky Gervais, Richard Dean Anderson, Frances McDormand, Sal Bando, Gene Tenace, Melanie Griffith, Larry Hagman, Mandy Moore, and Stacy Keach. Covering the hottest movie and TV topics that fans want. Bob is released from prison -- again -- and this time sets out on killing Bart and Krusty at the latter’s retirement celebration. On February 19, 2012, The Simpsons reached its 500th episode in the twenty-third season. Season two was more of a promising evolution from season one than a sign of what was to come. The Simpsons has been on for so long, has aired so many episodes, has blown through so many guest stars that it’s easy to forget, oh yeah, the program that gave us “Secrets of a Successful Marriage” is still around. The episode features parodies of then-modern television, an entire opening act about a spa resort that only serves to introduce the plot and a twist that tries to connect the story to a far stronger episode, "Homer's Enemy." While other episodes would lose that balance at times, "Black Widower" finds a happy medium. When someone starts trying to kill Homer on the eve of Mardi Gras, the police release Bob into the family’s custody. It has been updated. Every Guest Star: Lisa Kudrow, William Daniels, Regis Philbin, Kathie Lee Gifford, Jerry Springer, Ed McMahon, Robert Englund, Alec Baldwin, Kim Basinger, Ron Howard, Brian Grazer, George Carlin, Martin Mull, Mark Hamill, the Moody Blues, Cyndi Lauper, John Madden, Troy Aikman, Dan Marino, Pat Summerall, Rosey Grier, Fred Willard, Dolly Parton, Rupert Murdoch, Ed Begley, Jr., Elton John, Jan Hooks, John Kassir, Hank Williams, Jr., Jasper Johns, Isabella Rossellini, Jack LaLanne, Michael McKean, Stephen Hawking, George Takei, Gedde Watanabe, Keone Young, Karen Maruyama, and Denice Kumagai. While it’s nice to see Lisa take center stage as the one to defeat Bob fully for once in this season 19 episode (instead of just giving Bart an assist), the episode falls flat for more of the run-time than not. The 10 Best Simpsons Episodes, Ranked By Mark Stock September 15, 2020 You don’t just become one of the longest running animated series in the land without great content. Not bad, not good, just…there. This episode aired in 2004. Here's every episode of Sideshow Bob, ranked. It becomes increasingly amusing when, unlike the town that turns on him, his wife and son go along with his plan to kill the Simpsons in revenge. They have to find their way out but they bump into unexpected situations along the way. Me neither, and yet, they, along with two more former-love interests of Bart’s, returned in “Moonshine River,” a sort-of sequel to the far superior “The City of New York vs. Homer Simpson.”. RELATED: Sunday's Simpsons Will Be Russi Taylor's Final Martin Prince Performance. RELATED: The Simpsons Begrudgingly Join Disney+ In New Promo. Every Guest Star: George Harrison, David Crosby, the Ramones, Frank Welker, George Fenneman, Pamela Reed, James Brown, Albert Brooks, Ernest Borgnine, Michelle Pfeiffer, Werner Klemperer, Robert Goulet, Gerry Cooney, Sam Neill, Conan O’Brien, James Woods, Kathleen Turner, Buzz Aldrin, and James Taylor. He threatens to destroy Springfield if they fail to completely shut off all television in the town. The plots were easy to relate to, the guest stars were kept to a minimum, and Bart hadn’t won an elephant yet. Watch our lively chats with … Plus, Homer’s a Carolina Panthers fan (like me!) To this end, Bob brainwashes Bart ala The Manchurian Candidate so that Bart can be used as Bob’s tool to murder the pair of them. The character works best when the show's creators perfectly meld his failures with a genuine sense of malice and terror. Every “Treehouse of Horror” episode is simply named “Treehouse of Horror” plus the episode number in Roman numerals, so for the sake of this list we will call every episode by the … He actually finds a surprising friend and lab partner in Lisa, but their relationship falls apart when Bob reveals that his experiments have been altering his DNA to give him attributes and powers of other species. Most Emblematic Episode of the Season As a Whole: “Flaming Moe,” because I love the editorializing in the Wikipedia description for this episode: “Moe Szyslak and Waylon Smithers turn Moe’s tavern into an ultra-trendy gay bar after Smithers is rejected from Mr. Burns’s will and Moe’s business is (once again) in a slump.” “Once again.” Moe’s Tavern has gone through as many changes as Comic Book Guy has tacos in a wheelbarrow. Bob himself is never treated as a comic figure. Informative and influential on the future of the characters, "Krusty Gets Busted" doesn't so much have flaws so much as it possesses the overall weaknesses of the first season of the series as a whole -- the animation is loopy, the writing is figuring itself out and the cast is still settling into their roles. Best Episode: “Summer of 4 Ft. 2” Every Guest Star: Michael Jackson, Kipp Lennon, Neil Patrick Harris, Magic Johnson, Chick Hearn, Jon Lovitz, Jackie Mason, Frank Welker, Aerosmith, Sting, Wade Boggs, Jose Canseco, Roger Clemens, Ken Griffey, Jr., Don Mattingly, Steve Sax, Mike Scioscia, Ozzie Smith, Terry Cashman, Darryl Strawberry, Steve Allen, Beverly D’Angelo, Christopher Guest, Michael McKean, Kimmy Robertson, Danny DeVito, and Joe Frazier. The episode also has a lot of fun pairing Bob off with Milhouse of all people, forcing the young boy to take him to Bart by singing light operetta. Best Episode: “Don’t Fear the Roofer” Plus, while it may be one of the more outlandish Sideshow Bob episodes, the horror is still grounded enough in the usual comedy of the Simpsons world to keep it consistent. Every Guest Star: Albert Brooks, Michael Buffer, Paul Winfield, Rodney Dangerfield, Johnny Cash, Leonard Nimoy, David Duchovny, Gillian Anderson, Jack Lemmon, Joe Mantegna, Alex Rocco, Jon Waters, David Hyde Pierce, Dave Thomas, Bret Hart, Denise Kumagal, Karen Maruyama, Sab Shimono, Gedde Watanabe, Tim Conway, Gailard Sartain, and William Dafoe. In its 29 seasons—and counting—the animated … But when the Simpsons accidentally blow his cover, he swears revenge on the entire family and tries to murder them -- alongside his new family. B. Smoove, Werner Herzog, Tommy Chong, Cheech Marin, Martin Landau, Jack McBrayer, Ricky Jay, Penn & Teller, David Copperfield, Kristen Schaal, Ken Burns, and Joey Kramer. Those moments, especially the way he bellows what he believes will be his death cry, show Bob at some of his most fearsome and frantic. (As a personal aside, season eight’s animation is my favorite of the entire show.). While it’s not the best Bob episode, it is one of the better episodes period and deserves recognition for that if nothing else. There are almost no elements (save a few jokes about Bart being hypnotized) that are wholly unique to the episode. Best Episode: “Homer at the Bat” Best Episode: “MoneyBART” “Wedding for Disaster” 19.”Four Great Women and a Manicure” 18. TV at its best. Wut. Most Emblematic Episode of the Season As a Whole: “That ’90s Show,” because if you want to watch two Simpsons fans fight, ask them what they think of “That ’90s Show.” The continuity makes no sense, it relies on far too many 1990s references, and Homer is a Cobain-like grunge idol for some reason, but goddamn if “he who is tired of Weird Al is tired of life” doesn’t make me laugh. Negative points for the 43,583 guest stars, through. While most of the neighborhood is immediately won over by Walt Warren, Bart remains terrified because of his voice -- which sounds exactly like Sideshow Bob. To get away from all of his threats, the Simpsons are moved into witness protection. Every Guest Star: Joe Pantoliano, Michael Imperioli, Metallica, the White Stripes, Phil McGraw, Richard Lewis, Fran Drescher, Sir Mix-a-lot, Kiefer Sutherland, Tom Wolfe, Gore Vidal, Michael Chabon, Jonathan Franzen, J.K. Simmons, Elvis Stojko, Sab Shimono, Natalie Portman, Eric Idle, Peter Bogdanovich, Andy Dick, James Patterson, Meg Ryan, Stephen Sondheim, Jane Kaczmarek, J.K. Simmons, Betty White, Jon Lovitz, Ronaldo, Stephen Hawking, Kiefer Sutherland, Mary Lynn Rajskub, and Ludacris. In this fifth season episode, after being released from prison, Bob makes his mission very clear: he’s going to kill Bart and be done with it. Most Emblematic Episode of the Season As a Whole: “The Greatest Story Ever D’ohed,” because there’s no reason the Simpsons had to visit Israel. But the twist is that there is no reveal to Bob’s plans -- he genuinely is trying to go straight. While the episode swings for the fences, it fails to make any real impression. But during the trial, Bob and his family try to make the case that Bob has been driven insane due to his interactions with Bart. Photo: FOX This article was originally published on October 31, 2011. Every Guest Star: James Caan, Thomas Pynchon, Kim Cattrall, Eric Idle, Tom Brady, Warren Sapp, LeBron James, Yao Ming, Michelle Kwan, Gary Busey, Lucy Liu, Robert Wagner, Frank Gehry, Charles Napier, Amy Poehler, John DiMaggio, Ray Romano, Stephen Hawkins, Albert Brooks, Fantasia Barrino, Jason Bateman, and Liam Neeson. The Simpsons: Every Season 1 Episode Ranked Let's all (stay in) for frosty chocolate milkshakes! RELATED: No, The Simpsons Is NOT Ending, Says Producer. Every Guest Star: Bob Hope, Tom Jones, Sara Gilbert, Pamela Reed, Linda Ronstadt, Adam West, Elizabeth Taylor, Leonard Nimoy, Dr. Joyce Brothers, Brooke Shields, David Crosby, Johnny Carson, Hugh Hefner, Bette Midler, Barry White, Luke Perry, Elizabeth Taylor, and Red Hot Chili Peppers. Let’s see what the balance is, though, as I proceed to rank every episode. The killer jockeys, the poison eclair, the motorcycle, Lisa as the President of the United States of the America: all horrible concepts that even the brilliant likes of John Swartzwelder and George Meyer couldn’t redeem. But when the search is called off, Bob escapes from his prison appointed psychiatrist to find him -- and kill him -- himself. Although Homer is saved from the vengeful son of Frank Grimes, it's something he attempts in the final moments of the episode to no avail. But in the process, he becomes a villain for the entire town, at least for an episode This episode is more focused on mocking pretty much every aspect of politics in quick succession, while still featuring some solid characters beats from Bart and Homer. It all leads to a brief epilogue sequence that shows Bob later in life, regretting his earlier commitment to vengeance that consumed his life. He immediately makes life difficult for the Simpsons, forcing Bart and Lisa to try and prove that Bob won the election fraudulently -- otherwise, they risk losing their house to his plans. The entire family being in on the plan to murder Bart pushes the suspension of disbelief to a breaking point, leading to the entire family ending up in jail only to never appear again. Instead, it’s revealed to be Cecil who’s the criminal, intending to destroy the dam his company had been hired to construct so he can make off with a small fortune in stolen money while his brother -- and the rest of Springfield -- die to cover his escape. With its twenty-first season (2009–10), the series surpassed Gunsmoke in seasons to claim the spot as the longest-running American prime-time scripted television series, and later also surpassed Gunsmoke in episode count with the episode "Forgive and Regret" on April 29, 2018. At times, the Season 8 episode feels like the kind of stunt-casting that The Simpsons would later become beholden to -- casting David Hyde Pierce, who played Kelsey Grammer’s brother on Frasier, as Bob’s brother does nothing but draw attention to that other series. His perpetually patient psychiatrist is a recurring element in the episode, forcing Bob to have flashes of sanity punctuated by stylized bouts of madness. But there's something inherently appealing about the characters, especially Bob, and shows how quickly it made sense to make the character. Asadora! Most Emblematic Episode of the Season As a Whole: “Homer and Lisa Exchange Cross Words,” because it shows Homer at his cruelest. Every Guest Star: Seth Rogen, Chuck Liddell, Jonah Hill, Neve Campbell, Eli Manning, Peyton Manning, Cooper Manning, Kim Cattrall, Jordan Nagai, Huell Howser, the Smothers Brothers, Mitch Albom, Anne Hathaway, Gary Larson, Jackie Mason, Eartha Kitt, Chris Martin, Bob Costas, Wren T. Brown, Sarah Silverman, Angela Bassett, Sacha Baron Cohen, Yael Naim, Jane Kaczmarek, Eddie Izzard, Don Pardo, Simon Cowell, Randy Jackson, Ellen DeGeneres, Kara DioGuardi, Ryan Seacrest, and Rupert Murdoch. Most Emblematic Episode of the Season As a Whole: “Jaws Wired Shut,” because that boner joke still hurts. RELATED: The Simpsons: Disney+ Will Add Original Uncropped Episodes - But Not Yet. Far and away the worst episode featuring Sideshow Bob, "The Man Who Grew Too Much" takes an initially promising idea -- pairing Sideshow Bob and Lisa as intellectual peers -- and wastes it on an attempt to make the character a sci-fi horror fiend. He continues to think so even when he sees Bob in maximum security but tries to come to terms with his anxiety to go out to a baseball game with him. But how do they all stack up against one another? Most Emblematic Episode of the Season As a Whole: “Tennis the Menace,” because this episode was meant as a “screw you,” to quote writer Ian Maxtone-Graham, to viewers. Season 14's “Great Louse Detective” isn’t so much flawed as it is scatter-brained. Most Emblematic Episode of the Season As a Whole: “Who Shot Mr. Burns? (Another episode that fits the criteria: “A Star Is Burns,” which Matt Groening infamously took his name off of because he felt it was blatant advertisement for Fox’s The Critic, created by two former Simpsons writer, Mike Reiss and Al Jean. Yes, “Stark Raving Dad” was a holdover from season two, but it FEELS like a season three episode, with a major guest star (“John Jay Smith”) seamlessly blending into Springfield’s ever-expanding universe. Best Episode: “My Fair Laddy” Actually, you can…. Having been a test subject for their experiments, he's risen in the ranks as a researcher. Vol. Best Episode: “The Day the Earth Stood Cool” Their Top 40 titles from the past 30 years are ranked worst to best. Me! the concept of the most iconic annual Halloween Special on TV 29... Treated with a genuine moment of reconciliation and understanding between Bart and Bob harrowing pace this Halloween tradition, 've! 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