The A.V. Clubs Ranks the ‘10 Most Representative Episodes’ of ‘The Simpsons’

As part of The A.V. Club’s ongoing series “TV Club 10,” they tried to rank the 10 most “representative” episodes of The Simpsons today, choosing a string of episodes that best summarize the show. These aren’t what they find to be the best episodes; they’re the ones that best sum up everything the show can do (and can’t do). With 500+ episodes to choose from, it’s a rather daunting task (The A.V. Club calls it a “fool’s errand”), but here’s their list:

  • “The Way We Was” (Season 2)
  • “Lisa’s Substitute” (Season 2)
  • “Marge Vs. the Monorail” (Season 4)
  • “Last Exit to Springfield” (Season 4)
  • “Bart Vs. Australia” (Season 6)
  • “Much Apu About Nothing” (Season 7)
  • “El Viaje Misterioso De Nuestro Jomer” (Season 8)
  • “The Itchy & Scratchy & Poochie Show” (Season 8)
  • “The Principal and the Pauper” (Season 9)
  • “Behind the Laughter” (Season 11)
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