The 15 Most Controversial Simpsons Episodes of All Time

Apr 20, 2024

In this episode, Homer discovers that his new friend is gay, leading to controversy and discussion surrounding LGBTQ+ representation on TV.

Homer's Phobia

This episode, set in New York City, aired shortly before the tragic events of 9/11, leading to criticism and accusations of insensitivity.

The City of New York vs. Homer Simpson

In an attempt to boost ratings, the show introduced a crossover with The Critic, which upset some fans who felt it compromised the integrity of the series.

A Star is Burns

When Bart fails his history test, he faces the possibility of repeating the fourth grade. The episode received backlash for its representation of academic struggles and its portrayal of teachers.

Bart Gets an F

This episode featured Michael Jackson voicing a character, which resulted in controversy following allegations against the singer.

Stark Raving Dad

Lisa decides to become a vegetarian and faces ridicule and opposition from her family and friends. The episode sparked discussions about vegetarianism and animal rights.

Lisa the Vegetarian

When Springfield gets a monorail, chaos ensues. The episode was controversial due to its satirical portrayal of government corruption and mismanagement.

Marge vs. the Monorail

The Simpsons visit Japan and encounter cultural stereotypes, drawing criticism for perpetuating racial and cultural insensitivity.

Thirty Minutes Over Tokyo

This musical episode was criticized for its lackluster songs and weak plot, disappointing many fans of the series.

All Singing, All Dancing

In this episode, Homer infiltrates the IRS to recover a trillion-dollar bill. It sparked controversy for its portrayal of government agencies, taxation, and conspiracy theories.

The Trouble with Trillions

In this episode, a glimpse into the future shows Bart as a slacker and Lisa as the first female President of the United States. The episode received backlash for its political commentary.

Bart to the Future

When Frank Grimes joins the power plant, he clashes with Homer, highlighting the contrast between a hardworking outsider and the lazy, beloved protagonist.

Homer's Enemy

In this episode, the true identity of Principal Seymour Skinner is revealed, leading to controversy and criticism from fans who felt it betrayed the show's canon.

The Principal and the Pauper

When George H.W. Bush moves in across the street, he clashes with the Simpsons, resulting in a controversial portrayal of a former U.S. President.

Two Bad Neighbors

During a satirical anniversary special, the show acknowledges and parodies controversies it has faced over the years, stirring up further debates.

Thirtieth Anniversary Special

When Homer forms a barbershop quartet, they rapidly rise to fame, leading to strained relationships and controversy within the group.

Homer's Barbershop Quartet