Ranking Every Episode In The Incredible Fifth Season Of ‘The Simpsons’

First, let me say one thing. I do a monthly Simpsons trivia event that is held at a bar in better times. The last few months we’ve done it on Zoom. I won this month, and my prize is a paddle featuring Jasper holding his paddle from “The PTA Disbands.” That’s just a cool thing I thought I would share with you. Now, onto the task at hand. It’s time for me to rank every episode of the fifth season of The Simpsons. This was the first of two seasons with David Mirkin as the showrunner. It’s a great season of television, of course. However, which episodes will rise to the top, and which will be at the bottom, though still quite good? Let’s get to it!

22. “Treehouse of Horror IV”

21. “Lady Bouvier’s Lover”

20. “Burns’ Heir”

19. “Lisa vs. Malibu Stacy”

18. “Marge on the Lam”

17. “Homer’s Barbershop Quartet”

16. “Secrets of a Successful Marriage”

15. “Homer Loves Flanders”

14. “Boy Scoutz ‘n the Hood”

13. “Sweet Seymour Skinner’s Baadasssss Song”

12. “Homer and Apu”

11. “$pringfield (or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love Legalized Gambling)”

10. “Homer the Vigilante”

9. “Cape Feare”

8. “Rosebud”

7. “Deep Space Homer”

6. “Bart Gets Famous”

5. “The Last Temptation of Homer”

4. “The Boy Who Knew Too Much”

3. “Bart’s Inner Child”

2. “Homer Goes to College”

1. “Bart Gets an Elephant”

Let me be clear: Being low on this list is not a condemnation. In fact, I would say that every episode from “Marge on the Lam” up is a really good episode. The bottom three are all still quite good. The top three are all in my personal top 10. This is a truly amazing season of television. And yet it isn’t my favorite season of The Simpsons! Even I can’t believe that right now. I can think of great moments and memorable lines from each of these episodes. I could happily watch this entire season in a binge over one weekend. Hell, I’d do it over one day. Maybe I will! I’ll do it on “Do What You Feel Like Day.” But I will be sure to double bolt the bandstand.

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