The Simpsons is having a moment. After over two decades on the air and 552 episodes, the show feels more relevant now than it has at any point since its prime. In addition to the show celebrating its 25th anniversary on the air (the 26th season debuts this Sunday, Sept. 28, at 8 p.m. on FOX), in October, FX will launch “Simpsons World” within its FXNOW app. For the first time, anyone will have the ability to stream any episode on demand. This is truly unprecedented access to the entire series, especially for those too young to have seen older seasons and those once-loyal fans who might’ve abandoned the series along the way.
As part of Vulture’s Streaming Week — in which we look at the ways in which web series and ascendant services like Netflix, Hulu, and Amazon are changing the way we watch TV — we have assembled the 100 essential Simpsons episodes. It’s a guide for fans both young and old, and for those who have yet to even see a single episode. In the same way that the “Every Simpsons Ever” marathon succeeded in connecting the legacy of the classic seasons with the later ones, our list reflects the show’s continued greatness over two and a half decades. It includes the first episode and one of the most recent. These 100 episodes best paint a picture of all the things the series does best. And to enrich your experience, you can sort the list according to when the episode first aired and by which family member has a starring role. Happy streaming!