1. “The 100 Best Simpsons Episodes to Stream.” As part of Vulture’s Streaming Week, staffers, including Matt Zoller Seitz, have assembled the 100 essential Simpsons episodes.
“Arriving near the end of season two, ’Lisa’s Substitute’ was one of the best early Simpsons episodes to operate almost entirely in ’sweet’ mode (though it has its share of pop-culture references, such as Miss Krabappel trying to seduce Mr. Bergstrom à la Hoffman’s breakthrough The Graduate). It’s uncharacteristically reserved, and its final sequence—which finds Homer realizing some of his flaws as a dad and reaching out to his daughter to the extent that he can—is genuinely touching. This is also the first Simpsons episode in regular run to compact its opening credits and cut straight to the couch gag (in this case, a repeat of the one from season two’s ’Itchy and Scratchy and Marge,’ in which the family enters the living room and finds the couch missing).”