When it comes to The Simpsons, there are two things that fans, by and large, love to do: Talk about their favorite classic episodes, and talk about how all the “non-classic” seasons suck. People divide the show’s history in different places. The usual demarcation point is somewhere after season eight and before season 12. What remains true, in almost all instances, is that they dismiss the “non-classic” episodes out of hand. With tremendous laziness and inanity, fans throw out hundreds of episodes of television, as being completely, without redeeming quality. And then of course, there are those of us who are a bit more rational. Look, has The Simpsons gotten worse since its apex? Sure. Have there been bad episodes? Several. However, even beyond the “classic” seasons, there are plenty of very good episodes of The Simpsons. This ranking is dedicated to them. Here are the 100 best non-classic (defines as post-season nine) Simpsons episodes.
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