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It’s been 30 years since ‘The Simpsons’ first appeared in our homes. Now, the creators behind some of the show’s greatest half hours talk about TV’s most enduring institution.

On April 19, 1987, Homer, Marge, Bart, Lisa, and Maggie made their debut during a short on The Tracey Ullman Show. Two years later, Fox gave them their own program. In the three decades since, The Simpsons has become an American institution. To celebrate the 30th birthday of the greatest set of television characters of all time, let’s look back at the stories behind the 100 best Simpsons episodes.

To compile this list, I sought feedback from both hardcore Simpsons fans and former members of the show’s creative staff. Still, it was an inherently subjective undertaking. "You could choose every other episode from the first 200 episodes for your top 100 and you wouldn’t be too far off," one Simpsons writer told me. I don’t claim to be a scientician, but I tried to be meticulous. So crack open a Duff and enjoy.

Click here for episodes 100-91.

Click here for episodes 90-81.

Click here for episodes 80-71.

Click here for episodes 70-61.

Click here for episodes 60-51.

Click here for episodes 50-41.

Click here for episodes 40-31.

Click here for episodes 30-21.

Click here for episodes 20-11.

Click here for episodes 10-1.

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