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Ranking the Top 10 Single “Treehouse of Horror”

Ranking the Top 10 Single Treehouse of Horror
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As one of the longest-running Halloween specials in TV history, “The Simpsons” has continued to release their annual “Treehouse of Horror” for every Halloween, each bringing their own, classic twist. I watched through every single iteration to figure out which of the specials stand out among the rest. Here are the ten best episodes of “Treehouse of Horror!”

10. “Treehouse of Horror XXXIII,” Season 34

The most recent one in the series has three equally great stories. “The Pookadook” is up first, and it was the only one in the series to give a creep factor. Marge is a good villain and super sweet in this. “Death Tote” is next up, and is complete parody of the popular anime “Death Note,” and completely adapts to the Japanese style. It is not a bad thing however, as it is funny and has some creepiness to it. “Simpsons World,” another love note to Simpsons past, as we see Disney World take place for the Simpsons. One Homer robot realizes what is going on and we see it unfold. It is funny and has a great twist ending, you should definitely check it out.

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9. “Treehouse of Horror X,” Season 11

The Simpsons Treehouse of Horror X 1999 - Filmaffinity

The 10th edition of The Treehouse starts with “I Know What You Diddly-Diddly Did,” where the family hits Ned with their car and they now have to cover it up. The story is full of twists and turns and the ending is amazing. We move on to “Desperately Xeeking Xena.” Bart and Lisa get powers and become Stretch Dude and Clobber Girl and it is great. They end the story fighting comic book villains. We end the segment with “Life’s A Glitch Then You Die,” where Homer starts Y2K because he didn’t check something at the plant. Seeing how the world would end was funny, it was also something that people were very scared of in 2000.

8. “Treehouse of Horror III,” Season 4

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This was the first to have an overarching story, and it was a Halloween Party, which works. “Clown Without Pity” opens on Bart’s birthday. Homer forgot to get him a present so he rushes to get one. The joke with the store clerk is very funny. The clown turns out to be evil and we see how they have to stop it. “King Homer” is one of the most boring ones, I won’t waste any time I always skip it. “Dial Z for Zombie” is one of the best segments of the Simpsons, Bart and Lisa team up to bring back their cat. Bart brings ends up raising zombies and we see how the town would react

7. “Treehouse of Horror VI,” Season 7

The Simpsons Treehouse of Horror VI 1995 - Filmaffinity

The first segment, “Attack of the 50-Foot Eyesores,” revolves around a mysterious advertising campaign that brings giant advertising mascots to life. It’s a clever satire on commercialism and advertising and includes some humorous moments. The second segment, “Nightmare on Evergreen Terrace,” is a parody of “A Nightmare on Elm Street,” with Groundskeeper Willie taking on the role of the vengeful Freddy Krueger. It combines humor and horror effectively and offers a unique twist. “Homer^3” (also known as “Homer Cubed”) is a technological nightmare as Homer enters a 3D world and encounters strange mathematical concepts. The visuals are a standout in this segment, and it’s a clever exploration of the fear of the unknown.

6. “Treehouse of Horror VII,” Season 8

The Simpsons Season 8 1996 The Movie Database TMDB

We open with “The Thing and I,” where Bart gets his own evil twin. It’s overall fine, the visuals are nice and I like Dr. Hibbert. “The Genesis Tub” is next again, and it’s also just fine. I like the stuff with Bart, but Lisa creating life is crazy to me. “Citizen Kang” is so good, I will not say anything, you just have to watch. But it is so good that it carried two boring episodes to number six on this list.

5. “Treehouse of Horror XX,” Season 21

This one was shocking in how good it is. I’d never seen it till now. We open with “Dial M for Murder or Press # to Return,” a segment in all black and white. Lisa wants to get revenge on Ms. Hoover as Bart wants to get it in on Ms. Krabappel. It’s crazy intense and one you have to see. “Don’t Have a Cow, Mankind” is fine, just an average zombie piece. But to end it, “There’s No Business Like Moe business” takes on the Sweeney Todd. I’d only ever seen it on “The Office,” but it’s funny. It’s got good kills and Dan Castellaneta does a great job singing. It is amazing, you absolutely have to see this one!

4. “Treehouse of Horror II,” Season 3

The Simpsons Treehouse of Horror II 1991 - Filmaffinity

A classic that still holds up today, the story begins with the family eats too much candy, so they have nightmares and we follow each different member. We begin with Lisa, who dreams of a story parodying “The Monkey’s Paw.” I love this story, even if it mimics the original story one for one. The ending with Kang and Kodos was great. Maggie and Homer by far have the best wishes in my opinion. Bart then dreams of a parody of “The Twilight Zone.” He has powers where he can read people’s minds. We go through what a 10-year-old boy would do with said power. Homer and Bart steal the show in this one. We end with Homer who honestly has a boring segment but, Mr. Burns and Mr. Smithers are so funny that it somehow is funny.

3. “Treehouse of Horror IV,” Season 5

The show opens with “The Devil and Homer Simpson.” This is my favorite segment so I won’t go on too long. Homer wants a donut so he gives his soul to the devil for it… and the Devil is Ned Flanders. “Terror at 5 1/2 Feet” has Bart envision a gremlin, similar to the “Twilight Zone” episode, “Terror at 20,000.” Finally, we end on “Bart Simpson’s Dracula.” It is very funny and I love Burns as the vampire, you should definitely check it out.

2. “Treehouse of Horror,” Season 2

This is the only one to take place in an actual treehouse! Bart and Lisa tell scary stories as Homer listens. “Bad Dream House” shows the family buying a haunted house, and it makes the family try to kill each other. It’s funny and Homer and Marge are very funny. In “Hungry are the Damned,” Kang and Kodos abduct the family and they believe the aliens are trying to eat them. Lisa and Kang and Kodos are great. We end with “The Raven.” It’s the first scene of Simpsons media I ever saw. It’s literally the Raven but the Simpsons. It’s funny and James Earl Jones is great as the narrator.

1. Treehouse of Horror V Season 6 Episode 6 1994

There was never any doubt that it would take the number one spot! Willie is great, he dies in all three but does his best. “The Shinning” has to be the most memed episodes in Simpsons history. Homer is a great villain and Marge is great as well. It’s funny and has a great end. We move on to “Time and Punishment.” Homer breaks the toaster and has to fix it, I will not spoil a thing but it’s funny and insane. We end with “Nightmare Cafeteria.” I won’t spoil it, if you have never seen it the best way I can describe it is really fun. Willie again steals the show.

With the next “Treehouse of Horror” on the horizon, be sure to check out these classic episodes while you wait for the next episodes release, or if you just want a funny, spooky time!



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