Ranking anything to do with the Simpsons is a daunting task, not only because of how beloved the show is but also because of the insanely rich catalog of material. Plus, it’s not like I’m trying to rank the non-Simpsons characters by level of awesomeness because that’s easy. It’s:
Instead, since they just aired Treehouse of Horror XXVII last night (and since you can watch all the Treehouses of Horror HERE)I thought I’d rank the top 20 ToH segments by the very unscientific metric of “which ones I like the most”. So…
1) Citizen Kang
This has moved to the top of my list because in all honesty if Kang & Kodos were running for President right now I’d give either one even odds of winning outright. Added bonus: THIS (go ahead throw your vote away)
2) The Shinning
All I need to say about this is “No beer and no TV make Homer something something…”
3) Attack of the 50 Foot Eyesores
I’m still waiting on my fat free fudge cake that doesn’t let us down in the flavor department like so many others (AND my colossal doughnut).
4) Clown w/out Pity
From the looks of things in the world right now a lot more than the doll has been switched from good to evil. This segment is even funnier now because of the copious use of the word “frogurt”.
5) King Homer
That this segment is better than Peter Jackson’s King Kong says volumes about both.
6) Terror at 5 ½ Feet
William Shatner would be beaming with pride if he hadn’t botox-ed the ability to do so out of his face.
7) Time and Punishment
Old and busted: Chocolate Rain
New hotness: Doughnut rain
Bonus points for the Mr. Peabody & Sherman cameo.
8) Nightmare on Evergreen Terrace
More Willie. MORE WILLIE!
(no, I DON’T care how dirty it sounds)
9) Nightmare Cafeteria
I particularly like this one because I can see how continued budget cuts could cause this to happen in a school in real life one day. My money is on it being in Mississippi.
10) The Genesis Tub
Science projects involving teeth and arguably the first time Professor Frink was used to his fullest potential.
I’m also still waiting on my erotic cake. Plus, the looks on the faces of the people when Homer is walking past them is pretty much perfect.
12) The Thing and I
As a rule the Treehouse of Horror segments are not canon, but if they made Hugo real, making Bart the evil twin I would not be in any way shocked. Now that I’m in my 40s I just think he’s a brat. #GetOffMyLawn
13) Hungry are the Damned
Rigel IV sounds lovely, but the not getting HBO is a total dealbreaker.
14) Starship Poopers
Marge, you ignorant slut.
15) It’s the Grand Pumpkin, Milhouse
A perfect blend of the Simpsons and Charles Schulz’s Peanuts.
16) Bad Dream House
From the 1st ever Treehouse of Horror, it set the bar and really gave the still developing characters some material to work with.
17) Night of the Dolphin
Maybe we would have been better off if the dolphins had just left after thanking us for the fish.
18) The Devil & Homer Simpson
Because of COURSE Ned Flanders is the devil.
19) Dial “Z” for Zombie
From “Is this the end for Zombie Shakespeare” to “He was a zombie?” this is a phenomenal bit of fun.
20) Hell Toupee
When all else fails I will judge a segment on how quotable it is. Snake yelling “Hey, that smells like regular. She needs premium, dude! PREMIUM! DUDE!” is something that I will reference randomly, but enough to judge those who do not get said reference.
And there you have it. Agree? Disagree? Sound off in the comments.