In honor of FXX‘s 12-day Simpsons marathon, we here at Pop Culture Spin thought it would be fun to talk about some of our favorite episodes (and characters) from the show’s impressive 25-year catalog.
Up first is contributing writer Hector Diaz‘s favorite episode, “Homer at the Bat.”
“Homer at the Bat” perfectly encapsulates everything the Simpsons were, as well as everything they would become. The story itself is a simple one at its core; Homer is trying his damnedest to be a good contributor for his company’s softball team, while fulfilling all the tropes of a feel-good sports movie (especially with his “magical” Wonderbat). But aside from that, the story is grandiose both in how the narrative is driven and how the episode came to happen behind the scenes.