Last month, while Simpsons Club counted down the show’s top 17 episodes at Nitehawk, we asked a Simpsons superfan to pick his own favorites, so we could compare the two lists and name the best episode of all-time. Chris O. Cook gave us his list a couple of weeks ago and now Kris King of Simpsons Club has posted his list minus the #1 episode, which he reveals to us right here, right now.
Now that we’ve screened it, I guess I can tell you, our #1 episode was El Viaje Misterioso De Nuestro Jomer, I picked it because it’s a Marge/Homer episode, it adheres to the show’s traditional story motif of the introductory story leading into the primary story and because I think it’s really funny. Also, because….
We asked Cook what he thought of King’s picks. His response below.
In a way, we’re both winners. But in another, more accurate way, I am the winner.
Am I feeling optimistic that posterity will judge my list the better just because Nitehawk put “El Viaje Misterioso de Nuestro Jomer” in the top spot when I presciently opened my list with a crack about its absence? Yes, and also because they put “Marge vs. The Monorail,” “Cape Feare,” and “Last Exit to Springfield” all outside their Top 5… below the one where Milhouse’s parents get divorced and the one where Flanders gets angry. Maybe they deserve a special award as the Simpsons-rankers who obviously had no help from their parents?
But enough rancor — let’s talk rankings! Here now are the episodes that made both lists, along with their ranks:
“Homer at the Bat” (Cook: 9, King: 11)
“Last Exit to Springfield” (Cook: 2, King: 10)
“Cape Feare” (Cook: 4, King: 9)
“Marge vs. the Monorail” (Cook: 3, King: 8)
“22 Short Films About Springfield” (Cook: 10, King: 7)
Take each episode that our Simpsons fans agreed on, add together the ranks and divide by two, and you’ll find that “Marge vs. the Monorail” can safely be declared the best Simpsons episode of all-time. Some might even say the best sitcom episode ever.