Addicts Bracket Challenge: Best THOH Segment…and the Winner Is

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.

Today, we begin the fourth and FINAL Voting for TSTO Addicts’ Best THOH Segment Bracket Battle to crown our Segment Champion!  Details about this Bracket Battle can be found at Addicts Bracket Challenge: Best THOH Segment Round 1, Part 1

After 4 Rounds of voting and nearly 50,000 votes over the past three weeks, we finally have a winner. And the winner is…


Before I get to the announcement, I just want to take a mute to thank A/B/W/P for inviting me back for another Bracket Battle. I especially want to thank Alissa for all her hard work in transferring and setting up the posts, sending me results, answering all my emails, etc. And this time she had to do everything twice a week.

Now without further ado, a special video announcement with the winner revealed:

Here’s the final completed bracket showing The Shinning (55%) def. Time and Punishment (28%) and Citizen Kang (17%):

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What are your thoughts on the winner? Special shout out to Kevin Jacobs for being the first to comment “Tell you what, Smithers. If “The Shinning” doesn’t win, I owe you a coke” after the bracket first went live.

Thank you to everyone who voted and commented each week. I’m overwhelmed by the nearly 50,000 votes cast and countless comments (well technically they are pre-counted, but I’m too lazy to add them up). As mentioned, this was one of four Brackets I had started working on a couple years ago. Let A/B/W/P know in the comments if you’d like to see me back in the future with another of my Bracket Battles. Sound off below, you know we love hearing from you.

31 responses to “Addicts Bracket Challenge: Best THOH Segment…and the Winner Is

  1. This is less encouraging…

  2. Feelin’ fine, that’s a relief 😎😎😎😯😯😯😯

  3. The Shinn FTW!!! One of my all time favorites. In fact after this challenge started I went back and rewatched that THOH and man it’s great.

  4. Woo Hoo! The Shinning wins! Thanks for the incredible amount of hard work you put into this battle, Safi!

  5. Great job Safi! These bracket challenges are a lot of fun.:) Ideas for future bracket challenges? I think a fun one would be best classic episode(Seasons 1-11) and best newer episode.

  6. SAFI- I really hope the next bracket challenge will be one in which I can participate. I adored the first one but did not feel I could or should do this one as I would not have seen all of the episodes (I’m across the pond in blighty🇬🇧). I’ve seen all of the classic episodes/earlier stuff but over here we tend to get a lot of repeats and none of the newer stuff. Still, I would have voted for The Shinning to win anyway. It’s a superb & worthy winner. I’d love to have a bracket challenge along the lines of “Favourite episode featuring a ‘real life’/’celeb’ guest appearance” (i.e their cartoon form must be in the episode as opposed to just their voice) There must be dozens to chose from but I personally love Lisa The Vegitarian w/The McCartneys. The episode with U2 and the one with Ricky Gervais. I’m not being biaised towards Brits but we did add a little something special to those episodes n’est-ce pas? Anyway, thanks again for all your hard work on this & generally on this site with anything maths related. I wish my maths tutor at school had been like you I probably would have passed first time without needing to resit (in the same exam with my whizz kid brother😩😂). Now go & put your feet up with a Duff Beer. Cheers 🍺……💜X

  7. What’s that critter across from Devil Flanders?

  8. It’s been the site of satanic rituals, witch burnings, and 5 John Denver Christmas specials!

  9. Even though Shinning is a Halloween episode I have people agree that it is one of the best episodes ever!

  10. I knew the Shining was gonna win from the beginning. Great episodes.

    Also, I think a bracket like this would be cool to do for the Christmas episodes too.

  11. This was even more fun than the first tourney, and that was ridiculously fun! I love the write ups of the match ups. They do a great job reminding me of the episodes that I watched and forgot when I was drunk in college. Also, the write ups give a glimpse into the massive amount of work that Safi puts into these brackets. They are really loved in creation and in participation. Thanks again Safi!!!

  12. Thanks for another fun bracket challenge. The Shinning is definitely a worthy winner. I’d really like to see more like this on the site, keep ’em coming 🙂

  13. Great job!!! Not surprised by the winner, and that’s why I spent bonuts for the hotel and maze.

  14. Nice job once again Safi. “Lazy” is the last word that comes to mind when speaking of your mathematics. Looking forward to the next bracket!

  15. All three were great episodes.

  16. Your brackets are awesome! Thank you for putting them together- should we be hoping for a Christmas one soon?

  17. Talon8770 // rick m

    Hi Alissa, hope the little Angel got her candy and lots of it because we parents always find a way to help them eat it. Ive just got a simple question, Ive been playing for 3 years and was wondering if graveyard Billy was ever offered before.?

  18. This contest was great! I hope you keep doing more of them!

    This segment isn’t quite number one on my personal list, but it’s definitely in the top few. For the most part the results seemed to be pretty close to what I was voting for. I’m glad so many of the users on this site have such great taste! ;-p

  19. Not surprised (or disappointed) that The Shinning won. It’s a solid segment, but my personal favourite of these three will always be Citizen Kang 🙂

  20. The Shinning was my fav THOH segment so I’m glad it won.

  21. I love bracket battles! It’s nice to see what others thinks, and having my all time favorite episode of TBSE isn’t too shabby either.

  22. Congrats “The Shinning”, a worthy winner!
    Thank you so much Safi for doing this as I imagine a whole heap of stuff goes on behind the scenes of stuff like this. Hope you have a few extra brackets up your sleeve (Most desired event?? – would love that!)

  23. Definitely a classic segment. With lots of quotability, this is one of my favorite TTOHs.

    “All work and no play make Homer something something.”
    “Go crazy?”
    “Don’t mind if I do”

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