Most episodes of The Simpsons revolve around a lone story (or two if there is a B plot) about the titular family, but the writers have also developed a handful of anthology-style episodes that tell a few short stories within a single episode, usually three segments comprising a trilogy. These episodes have proven so popular that Family man has copied the format with episodes like “Three Kings” and “High School English”.
Like the annual Halloween specials, the “Treehouse of Horror” episodes are pretty much their thing, so for the purposes of this collection, they do not count as anthology episodes.
10 Simpsons Bible Stories (Season 10, Episode 18)
During one of Reverend Lovejoy’s typically boring sermons on a hot Easter Sunday morning, the Simpson family imagines themselves in their own versions of classic Bible stories.
Marge imagines herself and Homer as Adam and Eve; Lisa imagines herself in ancient Egypt when the plagues strike; Homer imagines himself as King Solomon; Bart imagines himself as King David killing Goliath.
9 The Wettest Stories Ever Told (Season 17, Episode 18)
The Simpson family share three stories set at sea in Season 17’s “Wettest Stories Ever Told”. The first story takes place on the Mayflower’s voyage to the New World and the second story takes place on the Bounty that leads to the famous riot.
The third story steals the show with a parody of the classic disaster movie Poseidon’s adventure. The framing narrative sees the Simpsons’ trip to a seafood restaurant go awry when an octopus arms himself with knives.
8 Margical History Tour (Season 15, Episode 11)
Marge takes the children to the library to study on the “Margical History Tour” in season 15, but discovers that almost all the books are gone, so she decides to tell her own tales of various historical figures.
The episode segments feature Homer as Henry VIII in a chronicle of his marital troubles, Lenny and Carl as Lewis and Clark (with Lisa playing Sacagawea), and Bart as Mozart in a historically inaccurate account based on the film. Amadeo.
7 Simpsons Tall Tales (Season 12, Episode 21)
Since Homer refuses to pay for a flight to the Simpsons family vacation, they have to get on the rails in season 12’s “Simpsons Tall Tales.” They meet a homeless man who tells them three popular stories.
The episode tells three familiar American stories – the stories of Paul Bunyan (played by Homer), Connie Appleseed (played by Lisa), and Tom Sawyer (played by Bart, with Nelson as Huck Finn), with the show’s trademark biting wit.
6 Tales from the Public Domain (Season 13, Episode 14)
In “Tales from the Public Domain” from season 13, the Simpsons The writing staff tackled three stories that any writer can freely adapt: Homer Odyssey, the life of Joan of Arc and William Shakespeare Village.
Like all the best anthology episodes, it ends with the strongest segment. The roles of Village they are perfectly cast with Simpsons characters: Bart as Prince Hamlet, Homer as King Hamlet, Moe as Claudius, Marge as Gertrude, Lisa as Ophelia and Carl and Lenny as Rosencrantz and Guildenstern.
5 Revenge is a dish served three times (season 18, episode 11)
The Simpson family offers three stories of revenge in season 18 of “Revenge is a dish that is served three times.” First, Homer stars in a hysterical The Count of Monte Cristo.
So, Milhouse stars in a parody of Revenge of the nerds in which he fights back against bullies and eventually becomes one. And finally, Bart plays a Batman parody aptly named “Bartman.”
4 The Seemingly Neverending Story (Season 17, Episode 13)
Instead of telling three separate stories in a row like most Simpsons Anthology episodes, Season 17’s “Seemingly Never-ending Story” jumps from perspective to perspective, unraveling a bigger story when Homer is trapped in a cave and waiting to be saved.
Plot threads as disparate as Bart’s geography quiz, a scavenger hunt, a sheep chase, and Mr. Burns losing the power plant all come together in the episode’s complicated narrative.
3 The Simpsons spin-off showcase (season 8, episode 24)
Unlike other popular comedies like Friends Y Family man, The Simpsons he has managed to avoid the allure of spin-offs for his entire career. But in season 8’s “The Simpsons Spin-Off Showcase,” the writers released three humorous launches for spin-offs.
First, Chief Wiggum, PI, moves Wiggum to New Orleans and associates him with Director Skinner at a private detective agency. The second, Grandpa Love-matic, match Moe and Grandpa while Grandpa owns the love test machine in Moe’s tavern. The third, Simpson Family Smile Hour Variety Hour, is a variety show with all the Simpsons except Lisa, who refused to participate.
two Trilogy Of Error (Season 12, Episode 18)
Season 12’s “Trilogy of Error” is a different kind of anthology episode, because all three stories are technically the same story told from three perspectives: Homer, Lisa, and Bart. It’s a clever version of something popularized in Run Lola Run.
Homer loses a thumb, Lisa wants to get to the science fair on time, and Bart tries to get some illegal fireworks. Throughout the episode, Matt Selman’s masterfully crafted script reveals how the three stories interconnect with one another.
1 22 Short Films About Springfield (Season 7, Episode 21)
At the beginning of Season 7’s “22 Short Films About Springfield”, Bart and Milhouse wonder about all the interesting stories that happen in their town that they never get to see.
The episode then goes from supporting character to supporting character, exploring new perspectives on the residents of Springfield. Principal Skinner invents “steamed hams” to cover up his disastrous dinner with Superintendent Chalmers and there’s even a big Pulp fiction parody riff in anthology format.
NEXT: The Simpsons: 10 Best Homer and Lisa Episodes
Younger: 10 Ways Liza Got Better and Better
About the Author