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Top 10 Marge Simpson Moments

Script written by Alex Crilly-Mckean Marge Simpsons is one of the best characters in TV. Where would springfield be without her?For this list, we’ll be looking at highlights of the Simpson matriarch from over the course of this extensive series, whether they be emotional, inspiring or downright hysterical. Also, be on the lookout for a few spoilers down the line

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Top 10 Marge Simpsons Moments

What would Springfield be without her? Welcome to MsMojo and today we’re counting down our picks for the top ten Marge Simpson moments.

For this list, we’ll be looking at highlights of the Simpson matriarch from over the course of this extensive series, whether they be emotional, inspiring or downright hysterical. Also, be on the lookout for a few spoilers down the line.

#10: Marge on Stage
“A Streetcar Named Marge”

Marge has sacrificed a lot in her life for the sake of her family’s wellbeing, and doesn’t always get to pursue her own hobbies as much as she would like. As such, she finds herself elated when given the female lead in a community theatre version of A Streetcar Named Desire. Of course, Homer being Homer, he’s not exactly that invested in her big debut. With the situations between Marge and the character of Blanche DuBois becoming visibly more parallel, Marge’s time on stage isn’t just enlightening, but also one of great sadness.

#9: The Almost Affair
“Life on the Fast Lane”

We all know that Marge loves her husband unconditionally, but it’s abundantly clear that as far as partners go Homer Simpson isn’t the most romantic, cultured, giving, intelligent – you get the idea - spouse. After his thoughtlessness ruins her birthday, Marge finds comfort in the company of French bowling instructor Jacques, who happens to be the sheer opposite of Homer. While initially giving into temptation, when it comes down to the wire Marge just can’t bring herself to leave her hubby. You really don’t know how lucky you are Homer!

#8: Multiple Jobs
Various Episodes

While she’ll always be known for being the ideal homemaker, Marge has also held down a variety of jobs over the years. Unsurprisingly, she often excels in each and could easily bolster a hearty career in any of them - alas they don’t tend to last very long, given her commitment to Homer and the kids. Still, she has an impressive resume, with a CV that includes but is not limited to: Power Plant employee, anchor-woman, owner of a female-only gym, successful author, elementary school teacher and badass police officer. How’s that for life experience?

#7: Encouraging Lisa
“Moaning Lisa”

For all her mistakes, never let it be said that Marge isn’t a great mother. During a particularly difficult stage in Lisa’s life, Marge tries to console her daughter by telling her to hold in her emotions, always smile and do whatever necessary to become popular. However, upon seeing just how miserable said course of action makes her feel, Marge encourages Lisa to do whatever makes her happy and let her creativity thrive. Given how much this means to Lisa, this is by far one of the Simpson’s most heart-warming moments.

#6: Fitting In
“Scenes from the Class Struggle in Springfield”

Even as adults, it’s always nice to know you fit in with a certain peer group. Of course, if said group happens to come with a helping of social pressure, then chances are you are heading down quite a slippery slope. Marge finds this out first-hand when she becomes a member of a Country Club, and becomes obsessed with impressing its members. This eventually leads to conflict with her and her family, given how she fears they will embarrass her new circle of high-class friends. However, after seeing what this new attitude has turned her into, she rejects it all, embracing her place as a working-class, yet exceptional woman.

#5: Daddy Issues
“Fear of Flying”

When it’s discovered Marge has aerophobia, we can only guess as to what tragic event took place in her past that resulted in such a potent fear. The truth of the matter isn’t only shocking but also oddly hilarious. In a flashback, we see a child version of Marge follow her father onto a plane, believing him to be a pilot…where she discovers he’s actually a steward. While she’s left scarred for life, we’re left stunned at the absurdity of it all. Still, nice to know Marge is like the rest of her family and has her own crazy quirks.

#4: Going Sober

Homer’s dependence and love for beer is one of his most defining characteristics, one that has also caused its fair share of problems. In this instance, it leads him to being arrested for drunk driving. For his own sake, Marge insists that Homer remain sober for an extended period. While the cravings for sweet, sweet Duff causes Homer to get up to all sorts of shenanigans, the real emotional core comes from when Marge’s positive influence leads him to hold off on the booze for a little while longer, at least long enough to take his wife for a romantic bike ride.

#3: Mental Breakdown

“Homer Alone”

Even someone as patient and caring as Marge Simpson has her limits. After being worn down by a seemingly endless series of chores as well as dealing with havoc on the road, she finally snaps, and the results are explosive. We’ve seen Homer lose his temper, marbles, and sanity plenty of times over the course of the series, but when Marge blows a gasket it’s downright terrifying. Given how much she had to endure, you can totally understand her outburst…but just hope you're never on the receiving end of it. Yikes.

#2: Accepting Patty
“There’s Something About Marrying”

While they have been known to test her on occasion, Marge still loves her sisters and is willing to do anything to help them out. Nowhere is this exemplified better than when Patty comes out as gay following the legalizing of same-sex marriage in Springfield. Of course, it’s not an easy pill for Marge to swallow, to the point where she was willing to let her sister marry a man posing as a woman just for her own peace of mind. This soon changes after she learns to accept Patty for who she is, sabotaging the ceremony so her sister can be truly happy.

Before we reveal our number one pick, here are a few honorable mentions.

Homer Over Artie
“The Way We Was”

The Monkees
“Fear of Flying”

#1: Taking on the Monorail
“Marge vs. the Monorail”

Following the purchase of a monorail from a rather shady salesman, the whole town is jovial over its construction and eventual launch. All except Marge, who senses something sinister is afoot. Despite meeting resistance at every turn, she discovers that her instincts were right. With Springfield conned out of its savings and her family in danger from a dangerously faulty monorail, Marge manages to save the day with her good-hearted nature and boundless determination. If that’s not Marge Simpson in a nutshell, we don’t know what is.

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