Top Ten Reasons Why Classic Episodes of The Simpsons Are the Best

I think this is something that we can all agree on.

The Top Ten

1 Better Humour

I don't think the newer humor is as terrible as everyone says it is, but it was CERTAINLY better back in the day.

Simple, but very true. The humor in classic Simpsons episodes were so well timed and clever. Its hard to explain. But in the newer ones, the jokes are either too obvious and just fail. There's times in newer episodes something happens that makes me feel like I should be laughing, but I'm not.

I totally agree, I think the older simpsons episodes are better because of all the things on this list. - Ajkloth

Back then, the writers were crammed with hilarious material. Those days are well and truly over. - PositronWildhawk

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2 Better Plots

Much better plots. Nowadays, they can be so stale. - PositronWildhawk

3 They had Phil Hartman They had Phil Hartman

I didn't even know who voiced Troy or Lionel when I was younger so before I had a computer for a few years I wondered what had happened to them.

We miss you, Phil Hartman


If it weren't for his tragic death, the show may not have fallen apart as it did. - PositronWildhawk

4 Better Connection With Characters

We're all used to them now, and it's getting old. - PositronWildhawk

5 More Original Ideas

Classic episodes are ahead of their time, perhaps ahead of the modern/current episodes.

You are bored of the show so shut up and delete this list.

Seriously. Stop repeating ideas. - PositronWildhawk

Some Simpsons episodes repeat some ideas like Lisa getting a A- or F - Sparkjolt

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6 Halloween Specials

These used to be hilarious. But I have a theory in which they became a priority to the writers, which got them to lose concentration on the main plot. And now they're crap, like the show is now. - PositronWildhawk

7 Less Attention On Guest Stars

Gust Stars are great, but excessive attention spoil the moment.

Some guest stars are just there for five seconds of attention in the modern Simpsons. Beforehand, it payed off for the show. - PositronWildhawk

8 Itchy and Scratchy Were Funnier

Some of the new ones are funny, but it just isn't the same slapstick interlude that it was. - PositronWildhawk

9 Parodies Were Funnier

They were really good in the beginning. Now, they're just clichés; desperate attempts to keep it going. - PositronWildhawk

10 Prank Calling Moe

Why can't I find Amanda Hugginkiss?

Why has this disappeared? It's what made Moe funny! Now, he bores one to death because the writers centred him. - PositronWildhawk

He was once a funny, angry guy. Now he is just depressed. - gemcloben

Yes I also miss that - BigBrotherSucks

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The Contenders

11 More Charming Animation

Seasons 1-10 were the Golden Age, Seasons 11-18 were the Silver Age, and Seasons 19-29 were the Bronze Age/Modern Era.

Season 1-7: Bad animation
Season 8-14: OK and bad animation
Season 15-20: OK animation
Season 21-29: Good animation.

12 Less Singing

There was singing, but there was less of it, and it was much less annoying. - PositronWildhawk

13 Lisa Wasn't Annoying Back Then

She was great on Seasons 1-10, decent on 11-17, but her annoying personality surge around Seasons 18 or 19, right after the movie.

Lisa back then was an overachiever smart girl and voice of reason, but she was still a child one way another. Now, well she's a liberal SJW radical that constantly whines. But she's still a decent character after all, even after the changes.

-Seasons 1-10: Voice of reason, overachiever, smart, but still a child afterall
-Seasons 11-17: Much more mature, active in activities, but still decent
-Seasons 18 or 19 and onwards: Self righteous, envious, narcissistic, liberal SJW

Her episodes use to have heart in now there boring or Lisa is just complaining!

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14 Homer Was More Likable

In the new episodes Homer does things that seem to only benefit himself without regarding anyone else. In the classic era he was a bumbling idiot, but he was still a loveable character. Nowadays some of the things he do make him just plain unlike able

15 More Tearful Moments

Face it, it was better back then - TheRealSilverlay

16 Homer Wasn't a Jackass

He was much better

17 Better Animation

The animation back then was much more realistic and innovative, as opposed to now.

18 Nostalgia

Beer goggles in Duff Gardens. Nostalgia goggles for this list.

19 They Weren't Trying to Compete with the Likes of South Park and Family Guy Back Then
20 Homer Says D'oh! More

More originality and honest humor.

21 New Episodes Are All About People Dating Other People


22 Better Satire
23 Less Confusing
24 Better Couch Gags
25 Cape Feare


26 More Realistic Reactions

In the old Simpsons episodes, the characters had more realistic reactions, and how Homer wasn't an absolute idiot and knew when to be scared. For example, when he goes to space in an old episode, he calls Marge to tell her that he's scared. And later in an old episode, he barely reacts to a clock smashing into the ground next to him, and his only reaction is that the clock says it's lunch time, so he happily walks home.

27 More Nostalgia
28 It Was Our Childhood
29 We Understand the Jokes Now
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