“Homer the Clown”, when Homer goes to clown college (season six). It’s the smartest, wittiest, and funniest Simpson episode there is.

Notable quotes:

Krusty: All right, now there can only be one Krusty in each territory, so I hope this works out. Tell me where you’re from.
Man 1: Georgia.
Texan 1: Texas.
Texan 2: Uh, Brooklyn.
Man 2: Russia.
Man 3: New Hampshire.
Homer: Homer!

Homer: [folding a balloon incompetently] And then, take that…and… put that in there, and you…ah! There’s your giraffe, little girl.
Ralph: I’m a boy!
Homer: That’s the spirit. Never give up.

Homer: Whew, I’m beat. And after work I’ve got to dedicate a new Jiffy Lube and cohost the Ace Awards.
Lenny: Wow! Jiffy Lube!

Luigi: You come-a with me — come-a with Luigi! You don’t want to sit with the rest of these-a scum.
Everyone: Hey! What do you call that? etc.
Luigi: I only-a consider you scum compared-a to Krusty.
Everyone: Ah! Oh, well, right. I can see that, etc.
Luigi: Yeah, you see how you scum.

Bill: Let me get this straight: you took all the money you made franchising your name and bet it AGAINST the Harlem Globetrotters?
Krusty: Oh, I thought the Generals were due! [TV shows a Globetrotter spinning the ball as Generals watch.] He’s spinning the ball on his finger! Just take it, take the ball!!!

Shame that everything went downhill after Conan left.

-Previous best proclamation: Rock album


  1. Ed

    I agree with you that Conan’s influence was great. The best Simpsons episodes are the first five or six seasons.

    For my money, the best episodes are ones that don’t focus on Homer – mostly because in the latter years, that’s all they focus on. I like the ones taht focus on the kids.

    Cape Fear is my personal favorite for that reason, but also because Kelsey Grammer is just brilliant as Sideshow Bob. That, and Bart makes him sing all of HMS Pinafore. Classic.

  2. Matt

    I dont know Ed, Lisa episodes blow, if you were to make a top 10 of all time, 8 would be Homer episodes.

    The Krusty sequence betting on the globetrotters is classic, gets me every time.

  3. Matt

    You forgot the scene where he beats the crap out of the Hamburglar and the one crying kid goes “Stop…he’s already dead!”

  4. Kathryn

    I vote for “Lisa Loves Nelson.”

    Nelson to Lisa, after she asks him to hang out at her house: “OK, but if anybody sees me, I’m just here stealing your bike.”

    Lisa, upon seeing a poster in Nelson’s house: “Nuke the whales?”
    Nelson: [shrugs] “Gotta nuke something.”
    Lisa: “Touche.”

    Lisa, upon breaking up with Nelson: “Let’s just call it… smell ya later.”

  5. Liz

    1. It’s Homie the Clown, not Homer.

    2. I like ‘King Size Homer’ better (the one where Homer gains 61 pounds to go on disability).

    3. I also like “Summer of 4 Ft. 2”

    4. My Simpsons-fu is better than yours.

  6. Liz

    Also…you forgot an extremely funny part of the episode you are talking about.

    The part where Homer’s dedicating the Krusty Burger, and he beats the crap out of the Krusty Burglar.

    “Stop! He’s already dead!”

  7. mathew lamie

    I got 3 word for alll of you:

    “Homer the Great”

    when homer gets into the stonecutters

    best episode ever

  8. Dr. Sinister

    Stonecutters is a great episode.

    The one where Homer eats the crazy guatamalan chili pepper made by members of an insane society.

    The Treehouse of Horror where the teachers eat the kids (“Don’t you find it strange that we can’t find Uder, and they’re serving something called Uderbraten/” “I like to think there’s a little bit of UDER in all of us”), and homer gets a time travel machine and keeps changing history.

  9. Buddy

    I think that most of the best episodes can indeed be found in seasons 4 through 6, however, my favorite episode is season 11, episode 9, Grift of the magi.

    It starts with Bart breaking his coccyx on a bowling ball while playing an ambiguously gay dress-up game with Milhouse. Then onto the school which is not equipped to face Bart’s new disability, and in comes Fat Tony and his construction company, leading to the great line: I don’t get mad, I get stabby! Then the play to try and convince Mr. Burns to finance the school. And then comes Kid First Industries, and guest star Tim Robbins to the rescue. Of course, they have a hidden agenda, market research. They then Develop Funzo, a toy that every kid would want. Before the end of the episode, Gary Coleman argues with Mr. Quan on a phone that’s not plugged in and with Homer, Bart and Lisa about the commercialization of Christmas.

    It may not be the best plot we’ve seen on a Simpsons episode, but the jokes keep coming as fast as they ever did in the series. Perhaps it also stands out to me because it’s a great episode that was made later than most of the consensus favorites.

    Give it a second look, I’m telling you, it truly is one of the funnier episodes.

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