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The Simpsons, Saved: 10 Best Homer Moments

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WORDS BY JEL VILLANUEVA

Woohoo! The Simpsons are saved! Whew.

Citing disputes with the voice actors’ salary, all was not well at 742 Evergreen Terrace last week. It was reported that The Simpsons, the longest running primetime cartoon was in danger of getting the axe.

Obviously, this was not taken lightly; said news flooded twitter and facebook, becoming a trending topic on the former and not letting up on the newsfeed on the latter. But of course: The Simpsons has been providing us with insightful gags and heartwarming moments for over 20 seasons. It has even been proclaimed by Time Magazine as the century’s best television series. In 2010, Entertainment Weekly named Homer "the greatest character of the last 20 years."

It was hard not to hear the loud and persistent NO. And so, over the weekend, reports had it that The Simpsons gets another two years.

So hooray! We get another two years with them four-fingered yellow character. We’re especially looking at the direction of…Homer, he of the Creatively Brilliant in his Stupidity Fame. He, who’s always been the heart of the series. So to celebrate this win, and in anticipation of another two years of d’oh and duffs, we present you the ten best moments Homeric history!

1. The Eternal Moonshine of the Simpsons Mind

An homage to Michel Gondry’s Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, this timeline-traveling, mind-bending episode won The Simpsons’ its 10th Emmy award. Watch Homer as his life flashes back in one of the most visually stunning surrealistic scenes in the show’s history.

2. Homer Simpson meets Johnny Cash in El Viaje Misterioso de Nuestro Jomer (The Mysterious Voyage of Homer)

Homer’s goes on an epic spiritual odyssey after eating Springfield’s deadliest chili, the Merciless Pepper of Quetzalazatenango also known as the Guatemalan Insanity Pepper. In his hallucination, Homer ends up in the desert talking to his cosmic coyote spiritual guide voiced by Johnny Cash. The cosmic Cash coyote then advises Homer to find his soulmate, which makes him realize his destiny was with him all along.

3. The Shinning: Treehouse of Horror V

In this classic "Treehouse of Horror" episode, we see Homer ala Jack Nicholson in this rip-off of Stanley Kubrick’s The Shining. The Simpsons are invited to take care of Mr. Burn’s summer cottage during the dead of winter. Mr. Burns and Smithers cut the cable and take all the beer away which leads to Homer making a deadly deal with Moe as the bartending ghost. Intent on killing his family for a Duff, Homer indulges in his insanity while chanting “No TV and no beer make Homer go crazy!”

4. Deep Space Homer

The average Joe Schmo, perfectly embodied by Homer, gets sent to outer space as NASA tries to revive it’s declining popularity. (Of course NASA only realizes how irrelevant they've become after Homer calls in to complain about the “boring space launches.”) 2001: A Space Oddysey gets The Simpsons treatment as Homer smuggles a bag of potato chips on board the zero gravity space shuttle. The graceful dance of Homer and the floating chips makes this one of the most memorable moments in The Simpsons’ history. It's so memorable that a copy of the episode is available for astronauts to watch at the International Space Station.

5. The Homer Simpson Evolution

Homer evolves from a single-celled organism into the couch potato we all love. In this 4 billion years in the making couch gag, we see Homer follow Darwin’s evolutionary path as it stylistically imitates Fatboy Slim’s “Right Here, Right now” and Richard Dawkins intellectual musings as he D’oh’s his way to the Simpson’s couch, prompting Marge to ask, “What took you so long?”

Next: What happens when Homer goes to college, beer gets banned, and Banksy makes an appearance?

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