Addicts Bracket Challenge: Best THOH Segment Round 1, Part 1

Guess who’s back, back again
Bracket’s back, tell a friend
Guess who’s back, guess who’s back?
Guess who’s back, guess who’s back?
Guess who’s back, guess who’s back?
Guess who’s back?

I’ve created a monster, ’cause nobody wants to see Safi no more
They want Bracket, I’m chopped liver
Well if you want Bracket, then this is what I’ll give ya
A little bit of treehouse mixed with some horror

Now this looks like a job for bracket
So everybody just follow the racket
‘Cause we need a little controversy
‘Cause it feels so empty without me

Take that Marshall Bruce Mathers III, aka Eminem. Yes, the Bracket Battle is back again with a very special Halloween twist this October!

We present to you TSTO Addicts’ Best THOH Segment Bracket Battle.

Below you’ll find all 81 beloved THOH segments that will have aired in the first 600 episodes of The Simpsons up to and including this seasons’ THOH XXVII. The segments have been organized into three conferences based on their sequential appearance in each THOH anthology:  first, second, or third segment. The segments will battle each other in four rounds of head-to-head-to-head matchups, that we hope produce the most debate in the comments below. We’ll do our best to convince you of each segments’ merits, but it’s ultimately up to you. Twice a week on Tuesdays and Fridays over the next three weeks, we’ll post the matchups and your votes over the next 48 hours will determine which segments advance to the next round, until we’ve crowned “The Best THOH Segment” on Monday October 31st.


Here’s the full bracket:
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The schedule of matchups is as follows:

  • Tuesday October 11th – The 7 vs 12 vs 21 matchup, 8 vs 11 vs 20 matchup, 9 vs 10 vs 19 matchup in all three conferences
  • Friday October 14th – The 4 vs 15 vs 24 matchup, 5 vs 14 vs 23 matchup, 6 vs 13 vs 22 matchup in all three conferences
  • Tuesday October 18th – The 1 vs 18 vs 27 matchup, 2 vs 17 vs 26 matchup, 3 vs 16 vs 25 matchup in all three conferences
  • Friday October 21st – The semi-final matchups in all three conferences
  • Tuesday October 25th – The final matchup in all three conferences
  • Friday October 28th – The Championship Finals
  • Monday October 31st – The winner is unveiled

As with the original Bracket Battle, each matchup is accompanied by a ‘Tale of the Tape’. This Bracket’s Tale includes the segment name, the original air date, the episode number, the writer of the segment, the director of the segment, a short plot synopsis, a plot critique (featuring critique by BuzzFeed news reporter Louis Peitzman that I have edited/tweaked), a memorable quote, a list of guest stars in the segment, and an ask the expert conclusion.

Now without further ado, our first nine matchups:

FIRST SEGMENT CONFERENCEtsto-thoh-bracket-round-1-part-1-segment-1-matchup-1Note from Alissa, War & Pieces happens to be my FAVORITE THOH Segment 😉



SECOND SEGMENT CONFERENCEtsto-thoh-bracket-round-1-part-1-segment-2-matchup-1







Reminder, voting is open until 6:30pm EDT Thursday October 13.

What are your thoughts on this weeks nine matchups? Of the nine matchups above, which was the easiest decision and which was the hardest? What do you think of the Bracket Battle? What has been the best first, second and third segment? Which segment do you think will win the Bracket Battle? Sound off below, you know we love hearing from you.


52 responses to “Addicts Bracket Challenge: Best THOH Segment Round 1, Part 1

  1. the result chart is too small to read even magnified can you make it bigger?? Ive got a 27″ monitor but i still cant see clearly


  2. Yay! Bracket challenge! I plan to marathon all of them before I vote again so I’m an educated voter. These will clearly be the most important votes I cast this year. I appreciate the love & energy that goes into tstoaddicts. Happy holidays!


  3. I am Clin Ton! As overlord, all shall kneel trembling before me and obey my every brutal command!

    End communication.

    Liked by 2 people

  4. I love the old THOHs; they’re like old friends. Some of my faves are The Devil and Homer Simpson, The Shinning, Dial ‘Z’ for Zombies, and of course Bart Simpson’s “Dracula.”

    I haven’t seen any of the newer ones since Season 14 or so. I really wish they’d do a compilation just of THOH.

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  5. Will this week’s THOH segments be added as they look AWESOME!

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  6. its kinda sad i dont know much of this since i haven’t watched the simpsons in many many years being from australia for a long time they never aired the simpsons only once we got more channels have they started playing it again (not that i watch it just googled it a while back )


  7. Wiz Kids for the win!! I actually really liked “How to get ahead in Dead-vertising” despite being rated as weak by many. Another personal favourites are ‘the others’ and ‘Nighmare on Everygreen Terrace’ which actually scared me. Lll

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  8. Bloody heck, I’m going to have to find all these episodes now so that I can make an informed vote!

    Liked by 1 person

  9. “Tell you what, Smithers. If “The Shinning” doesn’t win, I owe you a coke”

    Liked by 1 person

  10. Time and Punishment. Period.

    Liked by 1 person

  11. Safi excellent choice for another bracket!! This is a LOT of fun and a great stroll down memory lane. 🙂

    Liked by 1 person

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