The Simpsons has been running for over two decades now, and there are many episodes considered “classics” by both diehard Simpsons fans and casual viewers who tune in every now and then. But there are some great episodes of the Simpsons that are often overlooked, underrated, and generally lost in the sea of Simpsons episodes. Let’s look at three underrated episodes of the long-running animated show, The Simpsons!
Simpsons Roasting On an Open Fire: Season 1, Episode 1
If you ask most people to tell you about the first episodes of the seasons, chances are that they won’t be able to remember the plot. But the very first episode of the Simpsons, which centers on the family adopting Santa’s Little Helper, is not only well written but even heartfelt. It received two Emmy Award nominations, garnered over 13 million viewers in its first premiere, and was the episode which launched the series. It’s not the most stylishly drawn or complex, but it’s a simple, emotional, and funny look into the early incarnation of the Simpson family.
Behind the Laughter: Season 11, Episode 22
The later seasons of the Simpsons aren’t exactly the greatest, but they do have the occasional hidden gem in a sea of rocks. Behind the Laughter was a tongue-in-cheek parody of the then-popular VH1 show, Behind the Music. The show treated the Simpsons as a show-within-a-show, with the entire family and city of Springfield being played by actors. It’s unique, witty—and evens a bit biting when it comes to its jabs at the popularity of drugs and wild behavior among musicians and actors in the industry.
The War of the Simpsons: Season 2, Episode 20
The earliest seasons of the Simpsons had a drastically different tone than the latest episodes today. But The War of the Simpsons is often overlooked despite its great balance of an important lesson and humor. On one hand, we have Homer and Marge having marital troubles due to Homer’s tendency to think more about himself and his needs than other people. On the other hand, we have Grandpa watching an increasingly wild Bart and Lisa. Both storylines wrap up beautifully–with Homer giving up the fish catch of a lifetime because Marge told him to, and Grandpa tricking the kids into making the house spotless by crying–and make The War of the Simpsons and underrated but definitely “must watch” episode.