How brilliant is The Simpsons, though? It's been a part of my life for longer than I can remember - and that is no surprise considering that it was first aired in 1989 (25 years this December?! Is that right?) I wanted to share some of my favourite Halloween themed Treehouse of Horror episodes that have stuck with me.
Episode I, Season 2: "The Raven" (1990) - I never got this one as a kid and it actually annoyed me when it was on the TV since I'd seen it a million times. Now though, as an adult with more appreciation and knowledge, I actually really enjoy this (especially the line that begins on 4:01)
Episode V, Season 6: "The Shinning" (1994) - This whole episode is so funny, a parody of The Shining of course but the best bit it the small scene I'm about to show you. I can't get enough of
"No TV and no beer make Homer something something"
"Don't mind if I do!"
Episode V, Season 6: "Time and Punishment" (1994) - in the same episode (you know how these go, three or more shorter bits make up the Treehouse of Horror episodes) following The Shinning is Time and Punishment. Homer gets his hand jammed in a toaster which becomes a time machine and so he changes the course of history. Ned is the overlord and my favourite line of the episode is when Homer is the smiling contraption, looks at the guy next to him and says:
"What the hell are you smilin' at"
Episode VII, Season 8: "Citizen Kang" (1996) - This is another episode where, as a kid, I couldn't appreciate because it's american politics. There are some parts of this that I love: the spraying Homer with rum, the "don't blame me, I voted for Kodos" and "always twirling, twirling towards freedom"
Episode VII also has the short of "The Thing and I" where we learn Bart had a conjoined twin named Hugo but it turns out that Bart was the evil twin.
Episode XIV, Season 15: "Reaper Madness" (2003) - I can't find the clip of my favourite part (that isn't sped up) where Homer is abusing his powers as Grim and is poking people in the crowd (he is trying to get better seats) on the head and in the eyes then a guy puts his hand up to stop the attack so Homer does an exaggerated hand movement before hitting him round the head. It made me laugh.
Bonus: "Yokel Chords", Episode 14, Season 18 (2007) - I always think this little sketch was a Treehouse of Horror short story but it isn't. It's still one of my favourite stories because of the style and music.
Any Treehouse of Horror episodes or moments that are stuck in your memory?