Itchy and Scratchy Land (season 6, episode 4)
The episode: The Simpsons decide to go on a vacation to the newly-opened Itchy and Scratchy Land theme park. Chaos ensues.
Why it’s one of the best: We’ve all had a holiday go very, very wrong – but nothing quite like what goes down in "Itchy and Scratchy Land." Whether it’s Bart dialling up his prank game to 11, the Westworld-style meltdown of the robots, or the creative staff’s barbed digs at Walt Disney’s, ahem, dubious background, it all comes together to provide us with a riotous episode that allows the family to breathe away from the confines of Springfield.
It helps that every part of the trip is so relatable. You’ll groan along with Bart and Lisa as they pass the Flickey’s sign (probably the best sight gag in the show’s history), you’ll be embarrassed and want to be thrown in a (not-so-literal) hole just as Marge does after Homer and Bart’s shenanigans, and you’ll cheer as the family eventually bond as they come face-to-face with killer robots. Ok, maybe not that last bit. Still, this is one road trip you won’t mind revisiting again and again.
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