The Simpsons has been on for just shy of 30 years, and while that’s a testament to the show’s endurance and impact on popular culture, no one can deny the animated series is way past its prime. Still, folks turn out in droves for the annual Treehouse of Horror episodes, which have become a bona fide Halloween tradition. This year’s Treehouse of Horror (the 28th!) is slated to air on Sunday, October 22nd and will feature William Friedkin, the famed director of 1973’s The Exorcist.
Before that, it seemed like the perfect opportunity to give props to the best of the best Treehouse of Horror segments, and our friends at WatchMojo have us covered. Check out their video below, Top 10 Best Treehouse of Horror Episodes from The Simpsons, and let us know what you think in the Comments section!
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If you can’t stream, the Top 10 Treehouse of Horror episodes, along with their synopses, are listed below the video. Enjoy!
Official Synopsis: Of the many Simpsons episodes over the years, the treehouse of horror segments are among the best and most memorable. These standalone episodes showed us Home killing the zombie Flanders, Edgar Allen Poe’s the raven retold by Bart and even a cursed Krusty doll making things difficult for our favourite cartoon family. The best Simpsons Halloween horror episodes are right around the corner, so join Watchmojo as we count down our favourite treehouse of horror episodes. Just don’t blame me, I voted for Kodos.
Dial Z for Zombies (Treehouse of Horror III)
Synopsis: While in the Springfield Elementary library, Bart finds a book of black magic and gets attached to it. That night, when Lisa reminisces about the family’s dead cat, Snowball I, Bart suggests that he could use the book he found to resurrect Snowball. At the Springfield pet cemetery with Lisa, Bart utters an incantation from the book but accidentally reanimates corpses from the nearby human cemetery instead. The zombies terrorize Springfield, turning many people into zombies.
The Thing and I (Treehouse of Horror VII)
Synopsis: Bart and Lisa begin to hear strange noises coming from the attic. Homer claims not to know what they are talking about, even though he is seen heading into the attic with a bucket of fish heads. Bart and Lisa investigate, and discover there really is a monster. Homer and Marge go into the attic, and discover that the creature has escaped, prompting Marge to call Dr. Hibbert. He explains that Bart has a conjoined twin brother named Hugo. The two were separated at birth, but it was discovered that Hugo was too evil to live in society, so the Simpsons kept him chained in the attic, where Homer fed him a bucket of fish heads once a week.
Homer3 (Treehouse of Horror VI)
Synopsis: Patty and Selma visit the Simpsons. Homer, desperate to avoid Patty and Selma, looks behind a bookcase and enters a mysterious new world in which everything is in 3D. Homer explores the peculiar area, and finds that he is trapped within. He seeks help from Marge and others, but their attempts to rescue him are fruitless.
The Devil and Homer Simpson (Treehouse of Horror IV)
Synopsis: In a parody of The Devil and Daniel Webster, at work, Homer states that he would sell his soul for a doughnut after finding that Lenny and Carl took all the doughnuts and threw them at an old man (Grampa) “for kicks”. The devil, revealed to be Ned Flanders, appears and offers Homer a contract to seal the deal. However, before Homer finishes the doughnut, he realizes that Ned will not be able to have his soul if he does not eat all of the doughnut and keeps the final piece in the refrigerator. Unfortunately, while half-asleep and looking for a midnight snack, he eats the final piece of the “forbidden donut”, and Ned instantly reappears to take possession of Homer’s soul.
The Raven (Treehouse of Horror)
Synopsis: Lisa reads “The Raven” by Edgar Allan Poe. In this adaptation, Bart is depicted as the raven, Homer finds himself in the role of the poem’s lead character, while Lisa and Maggie are seraphim. Marge appears briefly as a painting of Lenore. James Earl Jones narrates.
A Nightmare on Evergreen Terrace (Treehouse of Horror VI)
Synopsis: Bart has a nightmare that Groundskeeper Willie is out to kill him. He is slashed with a rake, and the scratches are still on his body after he wakes up. Many other students at Springfield Elementary School also say they were terrorized by Willie in their nightmares. When the students take a test, Martin falls asleep and is strangled to death by Willie in his dream, before waking up and dying in the real world. Bart and Lisa tell Marge about the incident and she explains Willie burned to death while the parents of the students looked on and did nothing. Bart, Lisa, and Maggie try not to fall asleep for several days, but eventually, Bart decides that he is going to have to go to sleep and fight Willie in his dream.
Clown Without Pity (Treehouse of Horror III)
Synopsis: In a parody of the Twilight Zone episode Living Doll and the Child’s Play franchise, Homer realizes that he forgot to buy Bart a present for his birthday. He rushes to the House of Evil, where he purchases a talking Krusty the Clown doll. The shopkeeper warns him that the doll is cursed, but Homer dismisses his concerns. He returns to the party and gives Bart the doll. Grampa exclaims that the doll is evil, but admits that he is just doing it to get attention.
Time and Punishment (Treehouse of Horror V)
Synopsis: While attempting to fix a broken toaster, Homer accidentally turns it into a time machine. It transports him to prehistoric times where he realizes he must be careful not to do anything to change history. After swatting a mosquito, he returns to the present to find a dystopia where Ned is a dictator of the world. Homer travels back in time again attempting to set things right; however, he accidentally kills a walking fish, and after returning to the present, he finds Bart and Lisa are giants, narrowly avoiding being crushed by them.
Citizen Kang (Treehouse of Horror VII)
Synopsis: While out fishing, Homer is abducted by the two aliens, Kang and Kodos. When they demand that Homer point them towards Earth’s leader, Homer informs them of the upcoming presidential election and says the winner could be either Bill Clinton or Bob Dole. Kang and Kodos kidnap both Dole and Clinton, placing them in suspended animation tubes and assuming their forms through “bio-duplication” to ensure that one of them will become the next leader. Before returning Homer to Earth, the aliens soak him in rum, so nobody will believe him. As the election nears, the impostor candidates are seen to be acting strangely, holding hands in public and making bizarre declarations in unhuman like monotone.
The Shinning (Treehouse of Horror V)
Synopsis: The Simpson family are employed as caretakers at Mr. Burns’ mansion. Mr. Burns cuts the cable television wire and steals the beer, thinking this will ensure hard work from the family. While there, Groundskeeper Willie discovers that Bart has the power to read his thoughts and says that if Homer goes insane, he should use this to call him. The deprivation of his two favorite things causes Homer to go insane and a ghostly Moe informs Homer he must kill his family in order to get a beer. Marge confronts Homer and locks him in the pantry until he has calmed down.
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