J. Allen wrote:
The show was at its best through the end of the seventh season. The eighth season is also fairly strong, and is the last one I own on DVD. The decline, for me, started in the ninth, and the show now in no way resembles what it used to be, at least not in the ways that matter.
Oh, definitely. Season 8 had "In Marge We Trust
" with Homer and the Mr. Sparkle ad. I love that episode. Bart's "Yep, there's your answer, fishbulb."
Yeah, definitely two of the season's highlights. My favorite of the eighth year though is absolutely the Prohibition one. Which was also probably the last time on the show Homer was allowed to be clever. The gag at the end involving the testing of the catapult is a classic moment.
But I could have done without the so-so X-Files crossover episode, or the "Itchy & Scratchy & Poochy" episode, and I hate the one-joke "Simpsons Spin-Off Showcase". That last one is probably why I don't count it as part of the show's best run.