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  1. My Simpsons Ultimate Episode Ratings and Rankings: An Attempt at Explaining My Grading Process

    I am close to finishing my re-watch of all of Season 16. When I do I will begin blogging about it in several parts and after that will have one extra part where I update my episode rankings by combining Season 15 and 16. In the meantime I got bored and decided to attempt an outline of what my episode grades actually mean and what criteria I actually grade episodes on. NOTE: Please keep in mind that these are VERY loose guidelines which I try to follow but should in no way be interpreted as definitive ...
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  2. My Simpsons Ultimate Episode Ratings and Rankings: Season 15, Part 4 (Conclusion)

    19.The Regina Monologue - 3/5
    20.Diatribe of a Mad Housewife - 2.5/5
    21.My Big Fat Geek Wedding - 2.5/5
    22.Bart-Mangled Banner - 1.5/5

    The bottom four, and here at last we see a steep and sudden drop in quality. The Regina Monologue manages to get a 3/5, which according to my grading scale is average. Anything below this is at least below average. And to be below average in the post-classic era is almost unforgivable. It basically guarantees the episode is not ...
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  3. My Simpsons Ultimate Episode Ratings and Rankings: Season 15, Part 3

    14.The Ziff Who Came to Dinner - 3.5/5
    15.Treehouse of Horror XIV - 3.5/5
    16.Today, I Am a Clown - 3.5/5
    17.Milhouse Doesn't Live Here Anymore - 3.5/5
    18.Margical History Tour - 3.5/5

    We're continuing to see a drop in quality with Season 15 episodes but again, it isn't a steep and sudden drop. These next 5 episodes, while certainly not in the same league as the top 8 of this year, are all pretty close in quality to the previous 5. One or two little problems ...
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  4. My Simpsons Ultimate Episode Ratings and Rankings: Season 15, Part 2

    9.The Wandering Juvie - 4/5
    10.Catch 'Em If You Can - 4/5
    11.Marge vs. Singles, Seniors, Childless Couples and Teens, and Gays - 4/5
    12.The President Wore Pearls - 4/5
    13.My Mother the Carjacker - 4/5


    The next 5 episodes on my list are all rated a 4/5. However, what does a 4/5 grade mean exactly? Well, it means I found the episode's plot, jokes, and characterizations to be significantly above average for the era, but that the episode did not near ...
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  5. My Simpsons Ultimate Episode Ratings and Rankings: Season 15, Part 1

    1.'Tis the Fifteenth Season - 5/5
    2.The Way We Weren't - 5/5
    3.Simple Simpson - 5/5
    4.I, D'oh-Bot - 4.5/5
    5.Fraudcast News - 4.5/5
    6.The Fat and the Furriest - 4.5/5
    7.Co-Dependent's Day - 4.5/5
    8.Smart and Smarter - 4.5/5


    The Top 8. Why 8? I decided that I would at least try to limit each part to two number grades at the most, unless that left me with only one or two episodes. So what can I say about these episodes? Well, first ...
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