Worst The Simpsons Episodes

The Top Ten

1 Lisa Goes Gaga

Worst. Episode. Ever. Now I am not a fan of Lady Gaga but I'm willing to admit that her performance wasn't too bad. My main problem with this episode was the terrible plot and execution of said terrible, terrible plot. They spend way too much of the episode pretty much focused on and basically worshiping her. They of course have to go all out and include her ridiculous outfits and "props". Of course they could've gotten a worse guest star, but they also could've gotten a way better one. - FirearmsKill

I am actually very interested in seeing Lady Gaga's take on all this. So would she regret even going on the show? I guess not. - ParasN2000

I remember watching this episode. It made me take my T.V outside, pour gasoline on it, then I lit it with a match, because my T.V was tainted with the awfulness of this episode. It's that bad. Shame on you, Matt Groening, we want the Simpsons, not lady gaga - Megalink

You can't even deny it, the plot just relies on Lady Gaga instead of working with her.

2 The Boys of Bummer

Oh dear GOD this episode is bad-no, one of the worst! You know the basic plot by now, Bart is constantly bullied and harassed by the whole town for losing a damn Little League game of all things, because, THAT'S SUCH A DAMN SIN. And then the abuse gets worse and worse to the point where Bart in what I assume is some sort of mental breakdown, begins spray painting "I HATE BART" all over the town to try to regain their approval and then, to their encouragement, when he's spray painting the water tower, he lets go of the rope in an attempted suicide.

Let that sink in, Bart Simpson, a TEN year old, is bullied and harassed by the whole town for costing his team the Championship, something that would already invoke an incredible amount of guilt and harassment from his teammates, and has a mental breakdown because of it, causing him to, with the town's ENCOURAGEMENT attempts suicide.

That is so incredibly disturbing, hideous, abhorrent, and depressing that I'm ...more - regularshowman

For such it's long run, this show has built a reputation around having characters, and, heck, most of the town, full of jackassery and idiocy,
But this... This isn't crossing the line. It's crossing the line, then giving it the middle finger whilst taunting it with vulgar slurs and stamping on it.

Basic plot summary:
Bart gets taunted and hated by the townspeople for... Not pulling a prank on them that seriously injures many of them, nor offending them in anyway.
Wait, it gets even worse, after Lisa tries, but fails, to get Bart's hopes up, he jumps off the water tower.
Not as a prank, HE ACTUALLY TRIES COMMITTING SUICIDE. And then the Chief, of all others, tells him to jump.
After that, they still boo him for what happened, until Marge has to guilt them into apologising.
Writers, if your characters have to be TOLD OFF to have them finally realising their error, then those ...more

Okay, this is one of the worst episodes I've seen because it goes over the limit of 'mean-spiritually'. This episode is so damn unpleasant. I haven't seen an episode where the townsfolk hate Bart ever since the Jebidah's head ep, where the latter makes sense because that's their founder. Here, they all hate him just because he just lost a Little League game. Seriously! One.. Baseball. Game. They all hate Bart and bully and harass him throughout the entire episode. Even the bullies, who I thought were hilarious, do something that I actually thought was too low, by singing that they hate Bart.

Oh, it gets worse. Someone sprayed that they hate Bart on every house and it turns out to be who-else, BART. The boy went into a mental state where he couldn't live being hated by everybody so he expressed this by stating he hates himself...

He commits suicide. Yep, a little boy attempts suicide. Even for Simpsons standards, that's too low. What makes it even more worse was that when ...more

Even if this episode was trying to be satirical, because in real life people can be this stupid believe it or not, it still doesn't feel right. I get it, satires are meant to be over the top, sarcastic and show people what's wrong with them.

But I mostly feel like this episode simply had no purpose. Even for a satire, its too unbelievable, even for the Simpsons world.

Even if the point of it was to make fun of people who behave in the way Springfield behaved here, it doesn't deliver it right. In the end people feel bad about their douchebaggery, but it looks like they mostly felt bad about Bart failing, and the ending then made it look like if it was a satire but for making fun of the whole "trophy for trying" idea. If that was the intention, then this episode backfired completely.

3 All Singing, All Dancing

An episode of the viewers watching this would be called:All totured,all dying

Here's when things get bad for this episode: so the Simpsons get the movie Paint Your Wagon. I am really on homer and bart's side but when the cowboys paint the wagon the characters were singing. Then the drunk and violent guy comes he said "you missed a spot" then the cow boys say well come on in then the singing resumes and when lisa started singing it turns out everybody in Springfield started singing then it continued for the rest of the episode. It's stupid it's crappy and again shame on you matt groening

I remember when I saw this in the nineties, , I regret seeing this piece of crap its just so horrendous that it felt like that it wasn't even the simpsons at all - nickbrowning

Singing.. and old clips *clap clap* BRAVO!

4 Brother's Little Helper

Gosh all the people think this episode sucks because one person said it is the worst episode. Its actually one of the better Season 11 episodes if you watch the whole season. - 445956

Season 11 was good but this ruined it for me.

The worst episode of anything ever!

So unfunny and boring.

5 Simpsons Spin-Off Showcase

This is worse than later episodes.
The silly cheerleader Lisa.
It should've been an episode of just Chief Wiggum, P.I.

The last 2 acts were meant to be cheesy, and the first act was just good. - 445956

Sure it's a cheesy episode and all but I have to admit I kinda enjoyed, not good but its more of a guilty pleasure for me

Total turd. Troy McClure couldn't have done worse. The gaga episode was cringe worthy but the clip rehash show was unforgivable.

6 Love Is a Many Strangled Thing

I saw this on a Worst Simpsons Episodes list on YouTube and vowed to never watch it and to avoid it at all costs. The list had this in the Number 2 spot, and Lisa Goes Gaga in the Number 1 spot, by the way. But after seeing what it's about on the list, that's when I vowed never to watch it. Homer is my favorite Simpsons character, and to me it seems that the writers probably thought in their sick, twisted minds while writing the episode that it'd be funny to have Homer suffer. I mean, the Worst Episodes list even mentioned that Homer actually suffers from PTSD after the treatment he gets, and the list even said that Bart becomes a bad kid or something without his father strangling him! So if his father didn't strangle him in the show, his behavior would be bad! And people say they hate Homer for strangling Bart, even though it's a running gag in the show and something that KEEPS BART'S BEHAVIOR IN CHECK! - April96

They made an episode where Homer suffers through PTSD and attempts suicide, and it's played for laughs? And the writers have Bart take advantage of Homer's condition and make him apathetic when Homer (his own father) attempts suicide?

What. Were. The. Writers. THINKING?

This is worse than Plankton attempting suicide and Mr. Krabs laughing about Plankton's suicide attempt in "One Coarse Meal"! As bad as Mr. Krabs's actions are, at least Plankton and Mr. Krabs are established enemies! Homer and Bart are father and son!

News Flash: A character going through realistic trauma and attempting suicide with others treating them in mean-spirited ways is not funny! It's depressing and just plain mean. It would be like watching a documentary about kids bullying a kid, and the victim committing suicide as a result.

The post movie Simpsons are mostly unwatchable (though Seasons 20, 27, and as such are decent). By Season 11, The Simpsons have entered the Silver Age. The characters changed as well, but they changed further after the movie, specifically approximately Season 18 or 19. But regardless of the evolution, The Simpsons are still the greatest.

I really hate Bart. Because this kid is just evil. He pulls pranks on many pranks on his Dad. So I think this should be the top 2.

7 Kill the Alligator and Run

This abomination takes two views to realise its terribleness, the plot is over the place, the voice acting is weak ass water and the overall view on the depressed was a stereotype and made me rather annoyed, it's stupid and definitely worth a skip.

Kill Gil might be a little less unredeemable, but this episode really made me angry. The whole plot is stupid and all over the place. - truespongebobfan

This episode was not really that bad. It had the montage with the "I like it" lady, and that was really awesome.

This episode, along with Bart to the Future, are among the worst episodes.

8 The Devil Wears Nada

This episode is actually pretty decent minus the stuff with Ned and Marge. - 445956

This is terrible episode

Number 2 at least - Gangem

So bad!

9 Regarding Margie

This episode just uses amnesia cliches as an excuse to almost wreck Homer and Marge's marriage. - KalloFox34

This is the most pointless Simpsons episode of all time. It's just really boring and I even fell asleep, it's that bad

This one is way too low. This episode tortures Homer for no reason, has Marge at her worst, Is completely mean spirited, Has an overused plot, and the worst part is the ending, Marge doesn't remember Homer because of all of his love but him saying beer. Screw this episode so much. It is way worse than the Boys of Bummer because Springfield was seen as the antagonist, Marge is supposed to be the hero of the story... This episode needs to die.

I agree. This episode sucks a lot!

10 Miracle On Evergreen Terrace

How could everyone rob the family of everything but a WASHCLOTH after they had gone through rough times?!

I hate this episode because not are a happy end, seriously all people ends hate the simpsons and in the other episode don't hate them? That is stupid

The heartless ending leaves a horrid taste in the mouth, and everything leading up to it is also mostly unfunny. One of the worst.

Thank goodness that this is in the top 5. I hate this episode so much - RickyReeves

The Contenders

11 Saturdays of Thunder

It wasn't the best episode, sure, but is it really top 10 worthy? - KalloFox34

12 Large Marge

Marge is not sexy people

This was funny!

Large Marge was an OK episode, if you ignore the sexist jokes, its kind of funny. Quite underrated too - RickyReeves

Haw haw

13 Bart-Mangled Banner

This is the episode I really hate, and I don't usually hate Simpsons episodes. The Simpsons are billed as "The family that hates america" because a goat ripped Bart's pants off when he put a carrot in his back pocket right before the flag dropped. He was temporarily deaf because of Hibbert's defective vaccine!

This just goes to show that the Springfielders didn't' consider calling the person who's really after they told them about the vaccine (which may or may not be present) to confirm the issue because of what they saw (which apparently was more important that what they hear). And did anyone even see Bart holding the carrot?! No! They were too busy waiting for the flag to come down! Not even Skinner saw him horsing around! (no pun intended)

Because Springfield has hating Simpsons

I liked this episode, but I live in Australia, so...

This is one of the weakest

14 That '90s Show

This episode just makes me sick. I don't care about "floating timelines" or whatever excuses people have for this episode. It was just terrible. Marge and Homer are youths from the 70s/early 80s and should always be like that.

Also the Simpsons did a much better job at commenting on 90s pop culture and current events, while the 90s were actually happening. So this episode is extremely unnecessary.

While the fact that there were 90s references all over the place didn't help, seeing how some of it came before the year the episode was set, it violates continuity. - KalloFox34

I don't call it a terrible episode. Yes originally Marge and Homer got together in the 1970s and Bart and Lisa were born in the 1980s and Maggie I think she was born in 1990. BUT I know its only a cartoons BUT the kids and the parents never age. Homer and Marge are still in their 30s, Bart is still 10, Lisa is still 8, Maggie is still 1 and sometimes they have birthday episodes like they are a year younger. I don't really care if they made an episode based on the 2000s. I know it's a cartoon but its been running for many years, no one ages.

The only thing more terrible than this spectacle of craptastic proportions, is how its not on the top ten of worst episodes.

I don't get how Matt Groening could get so upset Principal and the Pauper (not that I'm defending it either), but let this terrible episode slide.

It takes a dump on the show's continuity and its fans.

15 Girls Just Want to Have Sums

This is the most sexist episode I ever watched

This was the nadir of the 'bullies always come off best' episodes. All through it I was longing for the Nazis to suddenly conquer America and get the gas chambers up and running again, but this time filling them with those who deserved it.

Aren't you happy that the school is back to normal? I love this episode after reading the plot. So do not call this episode the worst or I'll turn you into Mitochondrial Eve. - MeeMeeCandy777

I hate boy vs girl plots and this one used it - siguy

16 Kill Gil, Volumes I & II

I personally disliked this episode though the part with Homer and the Grinch like character was funny the episode centers around Gill the lovable loser who's fired after he gives a away a gift intended for his bosses daughter The Simpsons feeling bad for him invite him to satay with them but Gill quickly overstays his welcome and begins annoying everyone and Marge is to much of a pushover to kick him out months pass by and Marge is still unable to kick him out then she finally reaches her boiling point and decides to go threw with it but surprise Gill's already left and has become surprisingly successful however Marge still needing to voice her anger at him drives up to his workplace and completely tears him apart by voicing her outrage embarrassing him in front of his co workers and results in him getting fired again a complete waste of an episode. - egnomac

I really hated Gill. He's annoying, whiny and serves no purpose to anything at all. The only time I laughed was with the grinch. Terrible episode.

I hate this episode! Nothing too redeemable whatsoever. - truespongebobfan

Gil might be an annoying character but I liked this episode and it's my opinion not yours.

17 It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad Marge

I love this episode because it's a Marge torture porn

This episode is great! - toptenzen

Marge wants to take care her baby maggie

This is a classic, "SHUT UP NICKY! "

18 At Long Last Leave

I saw a lot of bad episodes, many times I was close to ragequit. But I officially ragequit after this episode. And after what I heard, I missed nothing special at the end of the season.

Why do they kick ALL the Simpsons out? Lisa, Maggie and Marge don't do any harm I can only think of one instance when they have.Homer and Bart do the most damage, and its definitely NOT legal to just outcast people that's against state law. Also the ending was weird its like they never go back to Springfield, Usually a episode ends with then going back but no. Then the next episode they were back, it's like Bart-Mangled Banner they moved back from France and were going to another town then next episode they were back in Springfield what?

The show's 500th episode, and everybody is mean to the Simpsons. Come on! We waited 500 episodes for that? That everybody secretly hated the Simpsons? Worst episode yet and should be higher on the list.

Thanks Obama, Thanks Bieber, and Thanks Annoying Orange!

19 The Greatest Story Ever D'ohed

Monty Burns's Life Of Homer. QUOTE: He's not the messiah, he's a VERY fat boy.

The bit where everyone claims to be the messiah somehow reminds me of family guy. - Harri666

It's just disgusting that this is so low on the list, monstrously bad

It ripped off family Guy.

20 My Sister, My Sitter

This is by far one of the worst episodes. Lisa, my favorite Simpsons, is tortured by Bart, my least favorite Simpson. Bart isn't original or anything. He just starts acting like a toddler wanting to be in charge. When I made a Top 10 Worst Simpsons episodes list last year, this was #3. It's THAT bad.

Bart Has two frames of mind; a normal, likeable 10 year old, and a bratty, idiotic nimrod. CHoose your pick in this episode!

Wow this is a mean episode!

Hooray, 23 minutes of lisa being tortured by bart. how nice

21 Simpsons Bible Stories
22 Love is a Many-Splintered Thing
23 Lisa vs. Malibu Stacy

Lisa made her own Barbie parody doll because Malibu Stacey was going stale. They introduced a new hat for the latest edition, not caring that an 8 year old made the doll. Malibu Stacey sucks.

I hate Lisa but I still think this is a good episode - 445956

The episode is SO boring. - KalloFox34

Lisa the is why no one like you

24 Homer vs. Dignity

Geez, I hated this episode. Why does fox consider this a Christmas episode? It has nothing to do with Christmas at all! I watched this episode when I was 9, and I never watched another episode of the simpsons for an entire month! I thought Mr. Burns was an okay character... UNTIL THIS PIECE OF GARBAGE! Homer abuses his friends, humiliates himself, all just for fat stacks of cash! And to top it all off he dumps rotten fish on the town, and that's it! Homer learns no leason! We just have to watch the town get attacked by seagulls! Now this should be the reason he got counsoling in Love Is A Many Strangled Thing.

I agree with you, seeing the writers had hit a new low. - Sprightly

This one's not bad at all.

What? This is my favorite episode! - ShaunFan04

I agree. While it's not my favorite, I'll admit this episode was hilarious. - KalloFox34

Why is this not number 1 on this list?

25 Homer's Night Out

Marge, it’s nit like Homer was cheating on you! Stop your overreacting!

Marge was so unlikable in this episode! I mean come on marge! Homer only danced with another Women! is that so much to ask? - ShaunFan04

No that episode was fine I'm young so I don't know the jokes

The problem is not the risque dancer, but Marge's reaction to when "Homie" dances next to said dancer. - Maddox121

I hate this episode, Marge,grow up.Homer was dancing NEXT to a very talented women - TheRealSilverlay

26 Milhouse of Sand and Fog
27 Alone Again, Natura-Diddily

Another crap episode from a frustrating season. I've seen people trying to justify this saying that it doesn't matter because Maude was not a fun or interesting character. Maybe she was not the best, but that doesn't change the fact that the Flanders family had a better and a funnier dynamic when she was alive. What made Homer hating Flanders funny was the fact that Ned was a constant source of Homer's unhappiness. With Maude's death, Ned stopped being an object of envy and became an object of pity, someone Homer has to help instead of hate, that is boring.
Now Homer hates Ned only because is Homer and that's the thing he is supposed to do... the dynamic between those characters is no longer funny.
Also killing Maude because the actress quit was a demostration from the show that they now care more about business instead of good storytelling and creativity.
So that's why I believe this episode deserves a place in the top ten.

Tell me again who liked Maude? This episode wasn't that bad, the song is really catchy too - 445956

Should be much higher

Maude dies. The shark is further jumped.

28 The Principal and the Pauper

This episode made no sense. It was so bad that the producers retconned the episode into being non-canon. - KalloFox34

Dare I say it, this episode isn't bad. Yes, the idea of Skinner being an imposter did mark the show's shark jump, but episodes like Curse of the Flying Hellfish (where Skinner's father sounds and looks just like Tamzarian) and Boy Meets Curl (where the fetus inside Agnes Skinner resembles a fetus version of Tamzarian) prove that this episode is non-canon. And it had lots of funny moments, like watching Agnes treat "Skinner" like a small child, Ralph Wiggum and Lisa's Presentation, the "America Balls" and "Up yours, children" - 445956

It just messed up the whole thing with Principal Skinner. The fact that you knew his story but then apparently it was all a lie is ridiculous. It's much funnier that Agnes is his real mother than that she's some other guy's mother. A waste of Martin Sheen. - Doulou

This episode IS non canon. Meaning that whatever have happened in this episode was rather a spoof. Sgt. Skinner IS the fake Skinner. Principal Skinner IS the real Skinner.

Actually, it used to be considered canon when it was first out. Only when it turned out that Matt Groening (and most of the fandom) despised it was it later dubbed non-canon. - KalloFox34

29 Co-Dependent's Day
30 Sweets and Sour Marge

Any episode with Marge in it is dead on arrival

Marge should be kicked off the show. She's always complaining

Marge is bitch!

31 Bye Bye Nerdie (Season 12)

The hate this episode is getting from the voters is very annoying. No, Lisa was NOT bullied for the entire episode; the people who said that are just Lisa whiteknights. Plus, it had me laughing more than any episode in Season 12. Unfortunately people are too worried about their precious little Lisa getting insulted and/or hurt to realize how great this episode is. Just because your favourite character(s) were insulted or hurt in an episode, does NOT mean it's bad, unless it's a torture porn like Lisa Goes Gaga or The Boys Of Bummer

Not a bad episode. Had some moments that were over the edge but also moments that were hilarious.

I literally hate this episode, this episode is just Lisa getting bullied! I did NOT laugh once! - ShaunFan04


32 Behind the Laughter

How could you guys like this episode? No plot. Just BEHIND the laughter. No laughter, but BEHIND it.

Overrated episode from a bad season.

This episode is AWFUL! Uh! I need 32423 bleach bottles. It's not funny!

Its fine but it's a bunch of lies

33 How I Wet Your Mother

Homer pees the bed... perfect plot

This one was kind of funny. - RalphBob

And so, when the raging jerk of Homer strangles Bart within his chair's arms, he then reveals his true nature when he said "¡Why you little bastard! ¡Nothing will stop me from strangling you! ".

34 A Star Is Born Again
35 Elementary School Musical

That's one of the episodes in south park Lol I'm a big south park fan and I love the Simpsons except the treehouse of horror episodes because there plain weird in my opinion Hey I love that episode too

I Hate this Episode So Much that I Stopped Watching Simpsons For 3 Weeks After That. This Is Why People Hate The New Simpsons

This episode is just boring! - rishal21

. I love this episode! How could you call it bad? Its hard to sing while playing... guitars.

36 Lisa's Rival


37 The Fool Monty
38 My Big Fat Geek Wedding

Mean spirited and another episode that further butchers skinner for no reason

39 Homer and Ned's Hail Mary Pass

Who wants to bring faith to the Super Bowl and make respected sports players do insulting victory moves?!

This episode is just very forgettable. - KalloFox34

40 Eight Misbehavin'

The mindless defensive comments are doing nada to change my mind on this one

This was great!

It was funny

This episode is great! whoever put it on the list is a phantomstrider fanboy - ShaunFan04

41 Homer Simpson in: Kidney Trouble

Homer is so unlikable in this episode. - 445956

42 The Musk Who Fell To Earth

Musk was so emotionless, and I hate how everyone praised him like a god. Did I mention it was painfully boring and unfunny? - Gametoon

I actually liked the ending part.
RIP Bowie. - Drewsky1211

43 Moe Goes From Rags To Riches

Why Did That Rag's Backstory Have to Involve The Simpsons! And Why Would a Rag Formerly Be a Quilt?


44 Simpson Safari

Very very poor episode. Has very weak humor and is not very interesting. - ThatEpicDude

A very bad episode with a weak plot and bad humor. - ThatEpicDude

45 Mona Leaves-a

Sad episode oh and who ever said the shark jumped far more than last time. Shut up.

The most sad episode ever - TrueWolf99

Homer's mother dies. The shark gets jumped far more than last time.

46 Bonfire of the Manatees

This should be much higher. I can't believe Lisa's Substitute is higher. - 445956

47 Little Big Girl
48 A Hunka Hunka Burns In Love

I would like this episode so much if it was just more appropriate. I mean, who wants to see girls shaking their butts in front of everybody?

I srooy nut robot burns is to,evil,to,love

49 Saddlesore Galactica

Even if it was meant as satire, the episode is still totally out of place on the show. - KalloFox34

Quite possibly one of the worst

It's a very funny episode

What?! I love ths!

50 Funeral for a Fiend
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