With the Every Simpsons Ever Marathon on FXX in full-swing, we’ve been taking a look at some of the Simpsons episodes centered around specific characters. Now let’s turn our focus to Springfield’s richest and most powerful citizen that we all can’t help but love, Mr. Burns. Share some of your favorite moments in the comments section!
1. “Two Cars In Every Garage and Three Eyes On Every Fish” — Original Air Date: November 11, 1990
With the appearance of “Blinky” the three-eyed fish (a result of nuclear waste) this episode shows just how far Mr. Burns will go to cover up a mishap at The Springfield Nuclear Power Plant. Burns for Governor!
2. “Team Homer” — Original Air Date: January 7, 1996
You want $500 for you bowling team? Well then Mr. Burns demands a spot on that team!
3. “Bart Gets Hit By a Car” — Original Air Date: January 10, 1991
Mr. Burns will attempt to fire Homer any chance he can, even if he hit Bart with a car, and briefly killed him.
4. “Treehouse of Horror IV” — Original Air Date: October 28, 1993
In this parody of Bram Stoker’s Dracula, Mr. Burns is Dracula, and invites the Simpson family to his mansion in Pennsylvania “for dinner.”
5. “Homer’s Enemy” — Original Air Date: May 4, 1997
Mr. Burns hires Homer’s far more competent nemesis Frank Grimes to work at the Nuclear Power Plant.
6. “Brush With Greatness” — Original Air Date: April 11, 1991
One nude painting of Mr. Burns coming right up!
7. “Blood Feud” — Original Air Date: July 11, 1991
If you’re Mr. Burns and one of your employee’s children donates blood so you can have a blood transfusion, all that deserves in return is a ‘Thank You’ card, right?
8. “Mountain of Madness” — Original Air Date: February 2, 1997
Mr. Burns and Homer are paired off on a company retreat(they have the best dynamic). Watch as they bond when they get stranded in the mountains after they cause an avalanche, and then totally turn on each other!
9. “Homer the Smithers” — Original Air Date: February 25, 1996
What does Mr. Burns do when Smithers takes a vacation? He hires Homer to take the job, of course! But Homer is so bad at the job (he catches a bowl of cereal on fire) that Mr. Burns almost becomes self-reliant.
10. “Burns, Baby Burns” — Original Air Date: November 17, 1996
Mr. Burns illegitimate 60-year-old son is in town, and Burns is embarrassed by his rudeness (somehow). In case you ever wanted to see a staged kidnapping, and a simulated gunning down of Homer by the police on The Simpsons, well this episode has that, too.
11. “Burns Heir” — Original Air Date: April 14, 1994
Mr. Burns has a brush with death after almost drowning in his bathtub, and decides that Bart Simpson should be heir to his fortune.
12. “Homer At The Bat” — Original Air Date: February 20, 1992
Have an awful company softball team? Mr. Burns won’t have that. Especially when he has a million dollars riding on the championship game. And he’s definitely not above hiring Ken Griffey Jr., Roger Clemens, Wade Boggs etc. as employees at the Nuclear Power Plant, so he can add them to the team roster.
13. “Marge Gets a Job” — Original Air Date: November 5, 1992
Can Mr. Burns fall for Marge after he hires her at the Nuclear Power Plant? Yes, he can. He even forces Tom Jones to help win her over.
14. “The Old Man and the Lisa” — Original Air Date: April 20, 1997
When Mr. Burns loses his fortune, he turns to our favorite Springfield environmentalist Lisa Simpson to help gain it back, giving her her own “Little Lisa Recycling Plant.” But what does Mr. Burns do with all of the recycled material? He builds a giant plastic net to sweep the ocean clean of animals.
15. “$pringfield (Or, How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love Legalized Gambling)” — Original Air Date: December 16, 1993
When the success of Mr. Burns Casino becomes too much for Mr. Burns, watch as he spirals into a recluse with Kleenex boxes for shoes.
16. “A Star is Burns” — Original Air Date: March 5, 1995
“I was saying Boo-urns.” – Hans Moleman
17. “Raging Abe Simpsons and His Grumbling Grandson In “The Curse of the Flying Hellfish” — Original Air Date: April 28, 1996
We discover that Mr. Burns relationship with the Simpson family far predates him being Homer’s boss at the Nuclear Power Plant. In fact, he and Grandpa Simpson are old World War II comrades. When they discover they are the only two surviving members of the Flying Hellfish in line to inherit the expensive paintings they discovered at war, things get ugly. Murder for hire anyone?
18. “Last Exit to Springfield” — Original Air Date: March 11, 1993
Find out just how little Mr. Burns knows about his employees, and sees Homer as a brilliant union leader. Need I mention “It was the best of times, it was the blurst of times”?
19. “Who Shot Mr. Burns Part 1 & 2” — Original Air Date: May 21, 1995
It becomes a real whodunnit after Mr. Burns is shot outside of City Hall in Part 1, and after just about everyone in Springfield is seen brandishing a gun. But there are only two real suspects: Smithers and Homer. Too bad it was Maggie Simpson all along.
20. “Rosebud” — Original Air Date: May 21, 1993
We see a pleasant childish side of Mr. Burns when he longs for his childhood teddy bear Bobo– who was previously owned by Charles Lingbergh, and Adolf Hitler. And the sandbox confrontation between Maggie and Mr. Burns reminds you that he’s still a very old child at heart. Stick around for The Ramones cameo!