As any fan could tell you, The Simpsons has a fairly wide variety of styles through it's 16-season run. The first couple seasons feel very down-to-earth, while a few years ago, they were wacky as ever. In-between, we've had parodies, satire, musicals, and emotion-based episodes, keeping the variety fresh.
So I was thinking, which episodes of the show remind you of other shows? Like, which eps. could you see logically fitting in style-wise with other cartoons (after swapping a few characters around, of course)? And I don't mean story-wise (like Strong Arms vs. Family Guy's Lethal Weapons), but in the execution. Here're my picks:
South Park: New Kids on the Blechh
-Nothing to do with Fingerbang, just the show itself. The story, like many South Park episodes, starts off fairly normal, then goes nuts in the latter third with some very loud parodying and hit-or-miss satire. I think most SP episodes are better than this, though (though I do think New Kids is a tad underrated).
King of the Hill: Bart Gets an F
-Season 2 was one of the most "realistic", emotional seasons of the show, and at times it reminded me very much of KoTH. Bart Gets an F is a very standard, down-to-earth showing that I could easily see as a KoTH episode.
Futurama: Lisa's Wedding
-For extremely obvious reasons
Family Guy: Catch 'em if You Can
-Homer and Marge really reminded me of Peter and Lois, in that they were more "outrageous" and less endearing than their normal selves. They're also abnormally sex-crazed, and don't seem to care about the well-being of their children most of the time. Everyone's a jerk in this episode, and a lot of the gags revolve around someone being put-down. Finally, the Catch Me parody--while clever--did go on a bit long and reminded me of FG's trademark cutaways.
What are your picks?