The Simpsons: 10 Golden Age Episodes That Foreshadowed Its Decline

For a while, The Simpsons was the best thing on TV. But which episodes were prophets of doom?


The Simpsons is one of the most iconic shows of all time, and while it’s a shadow of its former self, it deserves credit for still chugging along to this day. There are often more misses than hits now, but the most recent outing, Werking Mom, was an enjoyable 22 minutes of television, if nothing else.

Between The Simpsons' 'Golden Age' from Season 3 to around Season 9, it was king - but there were some subtle warnings that all wasn't perfect.

These aren't necessarily the ten worst episodes from that time. Instead, it’s the ones that in some way foreshadowed the decline that began in Season 10 (and hit hard in Season 11). The Simpsons has been on a bumpy path of ups and downs since then, including a fantastic movie outing, but it never recovered its former brilliance.

Great though some of these shows might be considered in their own right, they may have started a trend that quickly nosedived, provided diminishing returns or revealed a tiny crack that turned into a crevasse. In some way, these episodes can be viewed now as the first steps on the road that took The Simpsons downhill.

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Stacey Henley is a published author, avid gamer and all-round nerd. She can most often be found roaming through vivid expansive spaces and discovering the world around her, but only in video games. In real life, she mostly stays home.