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    A Boston guide to ‘The Simpsons’ marathon

    On Thursday at 10 a.m., FXX begins airing every episode of “The Simpsons,” a 25-season marathon that will run through Sept 1. The Fox show has too many Boston connections to count (many of its writers cut their comedic teeth at the Harvard Lampoon), but we made a list of our Top 10 favorite episodes with local connections, so plan your viewing parties accordingly.

    10. “American History X-cellent,” Season 21

    It’s revealed that Vermeer’s “The Concert,’’ stolen from the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in 1990, has been on display at Mr. Burns’s mansion. Air date: Aug. 31, 12:30 a.m.

    9. “Homer and Ned’s Hail Mary Pass,” Season 16

    Patriots player Tom Brady.

    Tom Brady guest stars. So does Tufts grad Michelle Kwan, who gets the best line: “Beware the wrath of Kwan!” Air date: Aug 28,
    1 p.m.

    8. “Thirty Minutes Over Tokyo,” Season 10


    Homer goes to an American-themed restaurant in Japan and says, “I can’t believe they stuck us at Taxachusetts! Hey, you know, I once knew a man from Nantucket.” Air date: Aug. 26, 2:30 a.m.

    7. “You Kent Always Say What You Want,” Season 18

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    In which Grampa Simpson declares: “Back in my day, TV stars couldn’t say boobie, tushie, burp, fanny burp, water closet, underpants, dingle dangle, Boston marriage, LBJ, Titicaca, hot dog, or front lumps!” Air date: Aug. 29, 5:30 p.m.

    6. “Bart Gets a ‘Z’,” Season 21

    Tufts University is mocked. Bart’s questionable substitute teacher exclaims, “Needle scratch! My name is Zachary Vaughn. I just got my masters in education from Tufts University, and you are my first class ever.” Milhouse responds, with awe, “An M.E.D. from Tufts? Nice.” Air date: Aug. 30, 5 p.m.

    5. “The Boy Who Knew Too Much,” Season 5

    Kennedy-inspired Mayor Quimby has a nephew, Freddy, who beats up a waiter for mispronouncing “chowda.” Air date: Aug. 23, noon

    4. “The Father, The Son, and The Holy Guest Star,” Season 16

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    Actor Liam Neeson.

    Liam Neeson guest stars and Homer says, “Face it, Marge, Catholics rule. We’ve got Boston, South America, the good part of Ireland, and we’re making serious in-roads in Mozambique, baby!” Air date: Aug 28, 7:30 p.m.

    3. “Flaming Moe’s,” Season 3


    The first Aerosmith appearance. Sexual tension is established between drummer Joey Kramer and Edna Krabappel, voiced by the late Marcia Wallace. Air date: Aug. 22, 8 a.m.

    2. “Marge vs. the Monorail,” Season 4

    The best known (and brilliant) episode by Brookline’s own Conan O’Brien, who worked on the show in the early ’90s. Air date: Aug. 22, 9 p.m.

    1. “The Debarted,” Season 19

    A parody of “The Departed,” with Bart befriending a new troublemaker (voiced by Topher Grace). The Dropkick Murphys’ “Shipping Up to Boston” is in the score. Just like the Oscar-winning film, the episode concludes with a rat running across the screen. And as a slap to director Martin Scorsese, Ralph Wiggum says, matter-of-factly, “the rat symbolizes obviousness!” Air date: Aug. 30, 2 a.m.

    A scene from the 2006 film "The Departed," directed by Martin Scorsese.
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    A scene from the 2006 film "The Departed," directed by Martin Scorsese.

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