It has been updated. 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. It gives Bob a complete arc, something almost no one on The Simpsons has ever fully received. 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. While Bob tries to help Homer uncover the mystery behind who’s threatening him, Bob also continually hints at his own intentions to kill Bart as soon as he gets the opportunity. 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. Best Episode: “The Day the Earth Stood Cool” They’ve done it again. Every Guest Star: Mel Gibson, Jack Burns, Mark McGwire, Ed Asner, Dick Clark, Tom Arnold, Lucy Lawless, the B-52’s, Ron Howard, Pat O’Brien, Nancy O’Dell, Penn & Teller, Garry Marshall, Butch Patrick, John Goodman, Henry Winkler, Jay North, NRBQ, Gary Coleman, Tim Robbins, Clarence Clemons, Elwood Edwards, Don Cheadle, Britney Spears, Bachman–Turner Overdrive, Jim Cummings, Shawn Colvin, Betty White, Kid Rock, Joe C., Robert Evans, Charlie Rose, Diedrich Bader, Parker Posey, Jim Forbes, and Willie Nelson. “In the Name of the 17. 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." The greatest sitcom, if not the greatest TV show in general, of all-time is still on, and people rarely talk about it. While the episode isn’t perfect,  it does include a genuine moment of reconciliation and understanding between Bart and Bob. 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. Let’s find out. Most Emblematic Episode of the Season As a Whole: “Lisa’s Substitute,” because *begins crying*. Most Emblematic Episode of the Season As a Whole: “Barting Over,” because this was The Simpsons‘ 300th episode, a milestone South Park STILL hasn’t reached and King of the Hill never did. 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. That’s typical of the season as a whole: funny moments in otherwise lackluster episodes, except for the great “Eternal Moonshine of the Simpson Mind.”. While there are some fun bits after Bob’s full plan is revealed (particularly his inability to keep himself from promising to kill Selma during a foot rub), the episode is largely one of the darkest Sideshow Bob episodes. They have to find their way out but they bump into unexpected situations along the way. Australia, London, Brazil, Delaware, Africa, India? Best Episode: “Homer Badman” Every 'Simpsons' 'Treehouse of Horror' Special Ranked Celebrating the most iconic annual Halloween special on TV, 29 years and counting. But that's when Whitman reveals he is Bob -- having knocked out the real Walt Warren and, using surgical tools in the prison, cut off Warren's face to replace with his own. While other episodes would lose that balance at times, "Black Widower" finds a happy medium. Every Guest Star: Sam McMurray, Ron Taylor, Albert Brooks, June Foray, Penny Marshall, and Paul Willson. Best Episode: “Homer to the Max” The two even hug at the end, content with the revelation that Bob didn’t stab him -- and Bart didn’t put a Kick Me sign on his back. Every minor character eventually ends up moving in with the Simpsons at some point – it is practically Springfield by-law by now. 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?”. It's a fun moment that leads to perhaps the character’s most sinister laughter ever, finding at least some level of balance between the humor and frightening aspects of the character. After finding peace behind bars, Bob seems to have actually found redemption. It’s the perfect example of how Bob should work, and he's an undeniably funny character that's the closest thing the show has to life-or-death stakes. Before “Marrying” aired, there was a massive publicity campaign over which long-time Simpsons character would come out of the closet. 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. Fox Tweet Share Post … prophesied in an episode nearly 20 years ago. 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. Watch our lively chats with … This slowly turns public opinion against Bart, who only makes things worse by becoming seemingly being responsible for the death of Bob while he’s on trial. Only the second episode largely featuring the character, and the writers discover the perfect balance for him: funny things may happen to him and his response to them can be silly, but for the character to work there needs to be a genuine threat. Star Wars: First Andor Set Photos Surface, The Simpsons: Every Sideshow Bob Episode Ever, Ranked, No, The Simpsons Is NOT Ending, Says Producer, The Simpsons: The Best Episodes You Missed From Recent Seasons, Sunday's Simpsons Will Be Russi Taylor's Final Martin Prince Performance, The Simpsons: Disney+ Will Add Original Uncropped Episodes - But Not Yet, The Simpsons Begrudgingly Join Disney+ In New Promo, The Simpsons: 10 Treehouse of Horror Skits That Are Way Too Dark, Disney+ Is Already Getting The Simpsons Wrong. Most Emblematic Episode of the Season As a Whole: “Last Exit to Springfield,” because every line is perfect, just as every episode from season four is perfect. But things take a turn when Bob actually finds Bart with the forced help of Milhouse. 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. Best Episode: “Behind the Laughter” 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. Erica Banks Embraces Her Viral ‘Buss It’ Challenge On TikTok As A Beautiful Thing, An Update From The Wrens On The Most Delayed Indie Album In History, DDG Brings His Viral Hit ‘Moonwalking In Calabasas’ To ‘UPROXX Sessions’, ‘WandaVision’ Is A Wickedly Retro Treat For Fans Of Classic Sitcoms, Anthony Mackie On The Responsibility And Message Of Captain America, The Rundown: Finally, At Long Last, The ‘Fast & Furious’ Franchise Will Let Helen Mirren Drive, Photos From Wednesday’s MAGA Protest And Riots Taken By Hip-Hop Photography Legend Mel D. 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In fact, it was written by four, one of whom, Mike Scully, said it was quickly thrown together, without thinking of “things such as thought and structure.” And yet, it still turned out exceptionally because even after a decade, The Simpsons was unstoppable. Let into the custody of his brother Cecil as part of a work-release program, Bob soon finds himself hounded by Bart, who is convinced that he’s up to something nefarious. Every Guest Star: Pierce Brosnan, Matthew Perry, Jane Kaczmarek, R.E.M., Julia Louis-Dreyfus, George Takei, Paul Newman, Judith Owen, Richard Gere, Delroy Lindo, Ben Stiller, John Kassir, Jon Lovitz, Reese Witherspoon, Wolfgang Puck, Dennis Weaver, Frank Welker, Olympia Dukakis, Bill Saluga, Phish, Stan Lee, James Lipton, Robert Pinsky, Carmen Electra, and Frances Sternhagen. His perpetually patient psychiatrist is a recurring element in the episode, forcing Bob to have flashes of sanity punctuated by stylized bouts of madness. Not bad, not good, just…there. While the episode swings for the fences, it fails to make any real impression. Bob himself is never treated as a comic figure. Remember when Anne Hathaway played Jenny in season 20’s “The Good, the Sad and the Drugly,” or Sarah Silverman as Nikki in season 21’s “Stealing First Base”? But the twist is that there is no reveal to Bob’s plans -- he genuinely is trying to go straight. 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Best Episode: “The Blunder Years” But when the search is called off, Bob escapes from his prison appointed psychiatrist to find him -- and kill him -- himself. We are re-running it today, as a marathon of every Simpsons episode kicks off on FXX. 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 … 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. The fact that it’s completely pointless (with the plane bouncing off Krusty’s shack before being crushed by a tank) is the perfect comedic touch on the moment, giving Bob a level of comic ineptitude that doesn't detract from his scarier aspects. TV at its best. These are the best of them, ranked. Covering the hottest movie and TV topics that fans want. 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. 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. His ultimate plan to kill Bart falls apart in large part thanks to Bart's suspicious nature never allowing him to trust Warren This allows for Warren's Jimmy Stewart character and his innocent nature to play off perfectly against Bob and the rest of the crimes he commits. Some of them are great. 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. I don’t know whether that’s a good thing or a bad thing, but, um, who’d like to be a bass player? Vol. This article originally ran on February 17, 2012. Best Episode: “Moe’N’a Lisa” There are almost no elements (save a few jokes about Bart being hypnotized) that are wholly unique to the episode. As it’s done with every other cornerstone of family sitcoms, The Simpsons has taken the vacation episode to new heights (and lows). Pinafore to stall for time, concludes with Bob drawing a blade and preparing to gut the boy. 21. Best Episode: “Lisa’s Substitute” Most Emblematic Episode of the Season As a Whole: “There’s Something About Marrying,” because unlike “Homer’s Phobia,” which beautifully dealt with the topic of homosexuality, this episode yearned to be a HOT TAKE. Even ideas like Krusty retiring or throwing a massive anniversary show have been done better in other episodes. In honor of this Halloween tradition, we've ranked of every single "Treehouse of Horror" episode. 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. 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.”. 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. 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. 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. Best Episode: “My Fair Laddy” RELATED: The Simpsons: The Best Episodes You Missed From Recent Seasons. It helps that Cecil ends up being a surprisingly threatening character in his own right, even coming closer to killing Bart than Bob ever has by just picking him up and throwing him over the side of a dam. 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