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    Worst classic era episodes?

    I know people will say Principal and the Pauper, but what besides that do you find to be the worst of the classic era?

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    Lisa the Iconoclast, Lisa on Ice, Homerpalooza, Dead Putting Society, Krusty Gets Kancelled, El Viaje Misterioso de Nuestro Jomer, Lisa’s Date With Density.

    But why did you make this thread after bumping the exact same thread? If it’s because it was in a different section, you could’ve just asked it to be moved.
    Favorite and least favorite by season
    1. Krusty Gets Busted There’s No Disgrace Like Home 2. Bart Gets an F Dead Putting Society 3. Homer at the Bat Like Father, Like Clown 4. Brother From the Same Planet Krusty Gets Kancelled 5. Cape Feare Lady Bouvier’s Lover 6. Homer Badman Another Simpsons Clip Show 7. King-Size Homer Lisa the Iconoclast 8. Homer’s Enemy El Viaje Misterioso de Nuestro Jomer 9. Bart Carny The Trouble With Trillions 10. Thirty Minutes Over Tokyo Homer Simpson in: “Kidney Trouble” 11. Guess Who’s Coming to Criticize Dinner? Hello Gutter, Hello Fadder 12. HOMЯ Tennis the Menace 13. Tales From the Public Domain She of Little Faith 14. The Dad Who Knew Too Little Helter Shelter 15. I, Annoyed Grunt)-bot Bart-Mangled Banner 16. A Star is Torn On a Clear Day I Can’t See My Sister 17. My Fair Laddy Bonfire of the Manatees 18. The Haw-Hawed Couple You Kent Always Say What You Want 19. Funeral for a Fiend All About Lisa 20. Gone Maggie Gone The Good, the Sad and the Drugly 21. The Bob Next Door The Color Yellow 22. Donnie Fatso Love is a Many Strangled Thing 23. The Falcon and the D’ohman A Totally Fun Thing That Bart Will Never Do Again 24. Hardly Kirk-ing Moonshine River 25. The War of Art What to Expect When Bart’s Expecting 26. Sky Police Let’s Go Fly a Coot 27. Halloween of Horror Lisa With an ‘S’ 28. There Will Be Buds Moho House 29. Springfield Splendor Throw Grampa From the Dane

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    Saturdays of Thunder, too mean spirited, basically it starts off by making Homer seem like a bad father and then after that is makes Bart seem like a bad son. It just wasn't good, and despite it being a Season 3 episode, I still consider it the worst Nelson-based episode of the entire series, considering how a lot of his modern episodes have been at least decent
    Best and Worst Episode per Season:
    1: Krusty Gets Busted/Homer's Night Out 2: One Fish, Two Fish, Blowfish, Blue Fish/Bart's Dog Gets an 'F' 3: Bart the Murderer/Saturdays of Thunder 4: Homer the Heretic/So Its Come To This: A Simpsons Clip Show 5: Cape Feare/Lady Bouvier's Lover 6: Homie the Clown/Another Simpsons Clip Show 7: Raging Abe Simpson and his Grumbling Grandson in " The Curse of the Flying Hellfish"/Homerpalooza 8: The Springfield Files/The Old Man and the Lisa 9: The City of New York vs. Homer Simpson/Miracle on Evergreen Terrace 10: Mayored to the Mob/Homer Simpson in: Kidney Trouble 11: Grift of the Magi/Eight Misbehavin' 12: Trilogy of Error/I'm Goin' to Praiseland 13: The Blunder Years/The Lastest Gun in the West 14: Moe Baby Blues/The Strong Arms of the Ma 15: Fraudcast News/Co-Dependent's Day 16: The Heartbroke Kid/Homer and Ned's Hail Mary Pass 17: The Seemingly Never-Ending Story/The Bonfire of the Manatees 18: The Mook, The Chef, The Wife, and Her Homer/The Boys of Bummer 19: Eternal Moonshine of the Simpson Mind/Husbands and Knives 20: Gone Maggie Gone/Lisa the Drama Queen 21: The Squirt and the Whale/The Greatest Story Ever D'ohed 22: Homer Scissorhands/The Fight Before Christmas 23: The Book Job/Lisa Goes Gaga 24: The Saga of Carl/Love is a Many-Splintered Thing 25: Brick Like Me/What to Expect When Bart's Expecting 26: Sky Police/The Musk Who Fell to Earth 27: Barthood/Every Man's Dream 28: 22 for 30/The Caper Chase 29: Flanders' Ladder/Singin' in the Lane 30: Woo-hoo Dunnit?/I Want You (She's So Heavy)

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    El Viaje Misterioso de Nuestro Jomer is one of the best eps


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    Quote Originally Posted by scully apologist View Post
    El Viaje Misterioso de Nuestro Jomer is one of the best eps
    I agree, but that is just an opinion

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    Definitely a fact

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    Thank you!! There's already so many threads based on that topic before this thread was made.


    Anyway...

    Homer's Night Out, Dancin' Homer, Bart vs. Thanksgiving, My Sister, My Sitter and Scenes from the Class Struggle in Springfield.
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    Dog of Death. The family is just too bitter towards SLH who just happened to get sick. There's no strong jokes and just the overall tone is resentful.
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    Like the thread from last year is valid, sure, but even still why would you go "seriously, again?" and then link dead threads from all the way back in 2005, 2013, and 2015 lol.
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    Quote Originally Posted by pax View Post
    Like the thread from last year is valid, sure, but even still why would you go "seriously, again?" and then link dead threads from all the way back in 2005, 2013, and 2015 lol.
    Because it is a thread that was made uncountable times. It's not an ocassional thread that maybe was done, maybe not. There's more than 100.000 posts here, and I don't pretend that none be repeat, but I just shared the words 'worst' and 'classic' and I get those results in the first page.

    And it's not neccesary, especially when he posted this thread after he commented the one with the topic in Episode Discussion. I mean, he knew that this already exist.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Financial Panther View Post
    El Viaje Misterioso de Nuestro Jomer.
    That's one of my all-time favorite episodes actually.

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    The clip shows by default, though it feels like a cheat to use them. Putting them aside and just counting regular episodes, "The Canine Mutiny" still stands out as the weakest to me. I don't hate it and I feel like it has some funny moments and memorable lines, but it's far from brilliant and just kind of ends.
    A little less Generic than before.


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    I'd say A Star is Burns, because the jokes with the critic feel kinda cheap and basic, burping contest, the hotdog song thing, Patty and Selma hanging him on the roof... Although Barney's short film is absolutely memorable and wonderful, but still, not a big fan

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jub-Jub the iguana View Post
    I'd say A Star is Burns, because the jokes with the critic feel kinda cheap and basic, burping contest, the hotdog song thing, Patty and Selma hanging him on the roof... Although Barney's short film is absolutely memorable and wonderful, but still, not a big fan
    Not to mention the Critic and Homer's stomachs growling at each other like dogs. That scene definitely seemed too silly for the classic era.

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    The only episodes from Seasons 2-8 I outright dislike are Saturdays of Thunder and The Old Man and the Lisa. I consider Season 9 part of my personal golden age though, and even then, there is only 1 non-clipshow episode that season I dislike, Miracle on Evergreen Terrace, and it is only bad, not awful.

    A lot of these threads about "worst classic era episodes" really piss me off. I know of unpopular opinions, but a lot of people mention A Fish Called Selma, $pringfield, The Springfield Files, and Boy Scoutz 'n' the Hood. Some even mention Homie the Clown and Bart the Murderer. As far as I know, these are commonly regarded as fantastic episodes and I don't see what the hate is for.

    The fact that so many people claim that The Springfield Files and $pringfield are "weak" honestly makes my head spin. Of course you can have your opinions, but they seem way too common on these threads.

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    I don’t recall anyone saying Homie the Clown is a bad classic episode.

    But The Old Man and the Lisa > $pringfield.

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    For me it's '$pringfield' > 'The Old Man and the Lisa' for sure. 'The Old Man and the Lisa' is a good one and probably has the stronger story but the humor of '$pringfield' easily wins it over for me.

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    $pringfield is fine, but I love The Old Man and the Lisa. To me, it’s one of the best characterizations of Burns in the show, although I know many vehemently disagree with that.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Financial Panther View Post
    I don’t recall anyone saying Homie the Clown is a bad classic episode.

    But The Old Man and the Lisa > $pringfield.
    Basically I look all over the site for "worst classic era episodes" and occasionally people mention it.

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    To me, the worst classic era episode is like the worst water. I don't know if the statement really means much. I just see it as the episodes that are at least decent in their seasons, but they wouldn't be on the top five list or anything like that. There's a difference between that and classic episodes that are just downright bad. I can't think of too many episodes in the earlier seasons that are among the worst of the series. "The Canine Mutiny" is a bad episode by the standards of the classic era, but if it came out now, it would be considered a really good one.

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    Definitely. I can't name a single episode from the classic era that I just couldn't watch (short of having seen some so many times that I need to take a break from them to really appreciate them again), and the weakest would easily rank among the best today. It's probably too easy at times to fall into the trap of thinking every single episode was a flawless masterpiece; that would be an exaggeration, but the quality remained high for an impressively long time, with the weaker episodes generally still being entertaining.


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    difficult to say, while i would hold anything from s2 to s8 as classic, each season has a different standard. for example bart vs australia stands out among season 6 as a weak episode, but it is still classic simpsons and funnier than a lot of season 2 or season 3 episodes.

    i've never been a big fan of krusty based episodes, so bart the fink is one that stands out as weak amongst season 7. lady bouvier's lover has always struck me as a bit of a weird entry for season 5, a bit dry, not wild and zany like the rest.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jim View Post
    difficult to say, while i would hold anything from s2 to s8 as classic, each season has a different standard. for example bart vs australia stands out among season 6 as a weak episode, but it is still classic simpsons and funnier than a lot of season 2 or season 3 episodes.

    i've never been a big fan of krusty based episodes, so bart the fink is one that stands out as weak amongst season 7. lady bouvier's lover has always struck me as a bit of a weird entry for season 5, a bit dry, not wild and zany like the rest.
    Do you like Homie the Clown? That is imo a top 20 episode and it is Krusty focused

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    I’d say that’s more Homer-focused than Krusty-focused. It is outstanding, though.

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    homie the clown is a pre gag heavy epiosde, but a pretty empty outing

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    For me, the worst episode comes from the classic era (I prefer saying this rather than "golden era"): The Shary Bobbins one. Outside of the non-dubbed (I'm watching the series in French since I'm from France) overpresent songs, I also hate the plot. I've read the story that tells that Mike Reiss already proposed the script, but back in that day no one wanted it because of "magic in The Simpson universe". From what I remember (I hate this episode so much I didn't want to watch it ever again, and when the episode started a re-airing, I didn't know it was this episode, so I had to check on the program which episode it was, and when I knew it, I left the room where the TV that was showing the episode happened to be), technically, Shary doesn't use any magical power on the family (Bart's room is suddenly clean because the dirtyness is simply put under his bed). It's her presence that causes magic, that even causes every Springfieldian to act weird or even out-of-character, with for example Skinner wanting to sell Jimbo. I know this scene, like many other ones in this episode, is a reference to Mary Poppins... But in The Simpsons universe, all those references are to me what TV Tropes would call "Big-lipped alligator moments". For me, the show was so busy on parodying the movie that it forgot to be itself. I tend to like more other unpopular episodes because, at least, unlike in this episode, even when it's parodying something or someone, the show is itself, so are the characters.
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    I've never been overly fond of The Front, The Canine Mutiny or The Twisted World of Marge Simpson.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Walid View Post
    I've never been overly fond of The Front, The Canine Mutiny or The Twisted World of Marge Simpson.
    The Front was hilarious.
    -Grampa saying "I don't know" after being asked about taking off his underwear but not his Pants
    -That's right, I did the Iggy
    -Burning the donut
    -The Dazed and Contused I&S cartoon
    -Grampa writing an angry letter
    - Homer imagining himself taking Grampa to a Crazy House
    -"I figured it was because the Democrats were in power again"

    It is legitimately one of the funniest episodes of its season.

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    Does anybody consider Trouble with the Trillions part of the classic era? Because that had one of the most wacky, disjointed plots that have ever been done up to that point, and a nonsensical ending. It felt like several unrelated stories awkwardly spliced together. It's easily a contender.



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