Ranking all 24 episodes of The Simpsons, season 3
The third season of The Simpsons is so great that I didn’t even bother eliminating any episodes and instead, I just fit them into categories ranging from “All Time Classics,” “Good Examples of Season 3” and “Just a Good Ol’ Fashioned Simpsons Episode!”. Let’s dive in!
All Time Classics
“Bart the Murderer”
THE DON: What did I do to deserve this flat, flavorless Manhattan?
FAT TONY: The kiss of death. That’s all I need.
“Treehouse of Horror II”
You gotta love a good Halloween special, and
HOMER: Oh wait – there he is!
SHOP KEEPER: You’ll be sorry!
“Stark Raving Dad”
I guess I just love it any time Bart makes it clear to Lisa that he really loves her.
BART: Michael Jackson is coming to my house!
Love that Phantom of the Opera gag.
“When Flanders Failed”
I love Homer’s fantasies in this one – classic. When it comes to classic comedy, you can’t beat Homer’s brain.
“Saturdays of Thunder”
This episode just speaks to me; I like it when Homer remembers he has kids.
We all got sick of “We’re Sending Our Love Down the Well” when Funky See, Funky Do released “I Do Believe We’re Naked.” What a great song!
MARGE: You look tired, Sting. Maybe you should take a break.
STING: Not while one of my fans needs me.
MARGE: Actually, I don’t think I’ve ever heard Bart play one of your records.
HOMER: Quiet, Marge – he’s a good digger!
“Lisa the Greek”
Once again, Homer remembers he has kids and one again, its brilliant television.
“Brother, Can You Spare Two Dimes?”
Herb is awesome.
“I want horns here, here and here! You can never find a horn when you’re mad.”
“Bart’s Friend Falls in Love”
I never had this experience as a kid, but this episode is a great reminder of what it’s like to be ten years old.
I guess this was the first time Sideshow Bob got released from prison and sought revenge on Bart. This and the Cape Fear parody were certainly my favorites.
“Now let’s get out of this gas-filled hallway before we all suffocate.”
Homer managing a country start is pure genius. I still think someone should adopt this episode into a live action movie.
“Homer at the Bat”
It’s a baseball fan’s dream.
MR BURNS: Mattingly! I told you to shave those sideburns!
MR BURNS: That’s it, you’re off the team! For good!
MATTINGLY: Fine. … Still like him better than Steinbrenner.
STEVE SAX: But there are hundreds of unsolved murders in New York City.
OFFICER LOU: You don’t know when to keep your mouth shut, do you, Saxy Boy?
Good Examples of Season 3
“I Married Marge”
Good episode, just not especially memorable for me. For some reason, this episode title always make me think of “I buried Paul.”
“Mr. Lisa Goes to Washington”
I guess this episode is a little too hokey for me, but it’s still great.
I prefer “Lisa the Greek;” same message, better episode.
Homer gets into the dictionary.
MAGIC JOHNSON: “Looks like I pulled a Homer.”
COMPUTER: “Everything is super.”
SKINNER: What are you rebelling against?
LISA: What’ve you got?
Just a Good Ol’ Fashioned Simpsons Episode!
“Burns Verkaufen der Kraftwerk”
Mr Burns sells the plant to Germans, blah blah blah…
“Like Father, Like Clown”
Krusty reunites with his estranged father.
RABBI: I have no son!
BART: Guess we got the wrong house.
RABBI: I didn’t mean that literally!
“The Otto Show”
Otto moves in with the Simpsons because blah blah blah and then gets back on his feet due to blah blah blah…
Homer’s crappy dad and husband. The Simpsons kids could be easier to deal with. It’s like the subtext of the show comes to the forefront, but nothing really happens – instead of confronting the problem, Marge goes to a spa, which has a fantastic name: Rancho Relaxo. “You can swim, play tennis, or just stare at the walls.” AWESOME!
“Dog of Death”
Meh. I like the scene when Santa’s Little Helper is wandering around and they’re playing “Peter in the Wolf,” but not the most interesting or memorable episode.
“Bart the Lover”
I like this episode, but the A story (Bart wooing Mrs. Krabappel with a picture of Gordie Howe and love letters) feels more like a B story.