I love The Simpson more than any piece of pop culture. I’ve mentioned that on this very site many times over, and on other sites. Also, in many conversations, on a lot of dates, and so on and so forth. Granted, it’s not uncommon for Simpsons die hards to have a lot of negative opinions related to the show. I’m not as active on that front. I didn’t stop watching the show after season 12, I think there have been good episodes made in the last decade, and I actually like the episode “The Principal and the Pauper.” However, I have one Simpsons-related opinion that’s negative, and it’s not a popular one. I think the episodes where they travel are overrated.
“The Simpsons are going to…” episodes are one of the more common tropes they’ve used. I feel like the family, or members of the family, have traveled to far-flung destinations more often than they’ve celebrated Christmas on the show. Vacation episodes may only be second to Halloween episodes. Generally, they get good reviews, at least the early ones. The thing is, I don’t think any of them are great, and only a couple are really good.
I’m going to eschew the more recent ones in my argument. Yes, the episode where the family goes to Israel sucks, but it’s a late-period Simpsons episode, so a lot of fans haven’t seen it or just assume it sucks. Even in the glory days of the show, though, these episodes are usually just fine at best. I’m talking mostly about the ones where they leave the country, like when Bart goes to France, or the family goes to Brazil or whatever. That Brazil one is particularly mediocre, and “Crepes of Wrath” is one of my least-favorite early episodes as well.