28 Episodes That Define The Simpsons 28-Year-Run

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Premiering as a short on The Tracey Ullman Show in 1987, The Simpsons soon earned their own series two years later. Creator Matt Groening could have never have guessed that almost 30 years later this show would still be such a mainstay in pop culture. As a result of its popularity, The Simpsons has aired over 600 episodes to date. Impressive would be an understatement.

So with that many, you've got to wonder which is the best Simpsons episode of all time? While we can't pick the ultimate #1, we can give you an episode from each season that has helped define the series and keep it going for almost three decades.

1. Season 1: “Simpsons Roasting on an Open Fire”


Because it was the first, we have to go with what is essentially the pilot episode. Set around Christmastime, we were introduced to the family in a full 30 minutes. Instantly we knew Bart was the bad boy, and while they had a nice house — finances weren't always strong. As a result, Homer's secondary job as a mall Santa eventually led them to their pup, Santa's Little Helper. Setting the tone for the whole series, this is definitely one of the best Simpsons episodes.