Tuesday, December 29, 2009

The Musical "Simpsons"

The Simpsons is a great show. Some would argue that the best episodes are behind them, but you have to give props to the creators who keep making new episodes. Also a big congratulations to them for their 20th season, what a feat!

That being said, there are a ton of lists floating the internet about the best episodes. That is why I decided to make a list of the ten best Simpsons episdoes with musical numbers.

10. Homer and Apu
This classic episode from season five features Apu moving in with the Simpson family because Homer inadvertently got Apu fired from the Kwik E Mart. To make Apu feel better about no longer being employed, the family and Apu sing a wonderful song, "Who needs the Kwik E Mart."

9. Homer's Barbershop Quartet
This episode is also from season five. After rifling through some vinyl records at a flea market, Bart and Lisa discover that Homer spent a summer as part of a barbershop quartet. The rest of the episode focuses on flashbacks of the Be Sharps' rise to fame with their hit "Baby on Board" and how they found out they were no longer hot.

8. A Fish Called Selma
A great episode from season seven that features Marge's sister Selma getting involved in a scam of a marriage to fish enthusiast and washed up actor Troy McClure (played by the late, great Phil Hartman) . You may remember him from such filmstrips as Locker Room Towel Fight: the Blinding of Larry Driscoll and from the musical rendition of Planet of the Apes.

7. Last Exit to Springfield
A great episode from season four where Lisa needs braces and as the new union leader, Homer has to regain the workers' dental plan. When the workers decide to strike, Lisa shows off her musical talent with a nice protest song followed by, at Lenny's request, a rendition of "Classical Gas."

6. A Streetcar Named Marge
nother great episode from season four. It's interesting to see how the Simpsons writers make their own spins from popular media. This time, though, not only is Marge playing Blacnhe DuBois in a musical adaptation of A Streetcar Named Desire, she is also having trouble with Homer, who seems to be exhibiting some Stanley-like behavior. (Clip of the song is at 1:00.)

5. Marge vs. the Monorail
Season four was one of the best seasons for this list, obviously. The town of Springfield has a surplus of money and what better way to blow it all than on a monorail system. How can they residents of Springfield say no to such a catchy tune? Once again, a great musical number voiced by Phil Hartman (this time as Lyle Lanley, a traveling scammer). (A clip of the song appears at ;51))

4. Mr. Plow
In this season four episode Homer decides to buy a snow plow and to pay for it by plowing the town's snowfall. Homer learns the true value of friendship after sending competing snowplower, the Plow King (Barney) ,on an impossible mission he has to rescue him. The best part of this episode is definitely Mr. Plow's catchy theme song to his late night television commercial.

3. Two Dozen and One Greyhounds
A great episode from season six. Santa's Little Helper ends up getting a racedog pretnant and the family intends on giving the puppies away...once they rescue them from Mr. Burns. Mr. Burns is trying to explain through song why he wants to add a tuxedo made of puppies to his wardrobe.

2. Homer the Great
This episode is from season six. Homer joins the secret Stonecutters society based on the Masons. Once he joins the group explains why they are so powerful, and of course it's always less menacing when it's done through song.

1. Homer at the Bat
This is probably my favorite Simpsons musical moment, and it comes all the way at the end of this season three episode. Mr. Burns wants to win the city softball tournament (and a million dollar bet) so he resorts to hiring ringers Steve Sax, Darryl Strawberry, Ken Griffey, Jr., and other popular MLB players. After a string of unfortunate incidences, the original team wins the game. The song that sums up everything that has happened to the players runs at the end of the episode and through the credits. It's definitely my favorite and a good reason to not change the channel when the credits roll.

Honorable Mentions:

Happy Birthday, Lisa
Stark Raving Dad (Season 3)

We're Sending Our Love Down the Well
Radio Bart (Season 3)

Springfield, Springfield!
Boy Scoutz N The Hood (Season 5)

Jazz Man
'Round Springfield (Season 6)

I'm An Amendment
The Day The Violence Died (Season 7)

Cut Every Corner
Simpsoncalifragilisticexpiala(Annoyed Grunt)cious (Season 3)

Drop Da Bomb
New Kids on the Blecch (Season 12)

All episode images are from a random Google Image search, I hold no copyright to them whatsoever. Images and characters belong to Fox and Matt Groening.


Anonymous said...

I don't think I've seen one of these episodes! It'll be hard to catch up on 20 years, but the summaries have encouraged me to at least watch the re-runs. Great post!