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The Treehouse Of Horror Segment Simpsons Fans Agree Stands Above The Rest

There will always be an eternal debate over which episode of "The Simpsons" is truly the best. And even if a definitive answer came to that question, there's another debate waiting in the corner: Which "Treehouse of Horror" segment is best?

Every year, "The Simpsons" releases a non-canon Halloween special. It typically consists of three short segments, each one focusing on another tale of macabre and terror. Sometimes they're wholly original stories, while other times, they draw inspiration from other movies and TV shows, like "The Shining" and "A Nightmare on Elm Street." They may not influence the main storyline, but they're still a delight to watch to see how the residents of Springfield react to each new horror. 

Everyone will undoubtedly have a personal favorite, but if Reddit is any indication, there's one segment that's heads and tails above all of the others. From "Treehouse of Horror III," it's "Dial Z for Zombies." 

A single line makes Dial Z for Zombies so special

A lot of great choices come up in the comment thread of the Reddit post, but if you look carefully, one has received more upvotes than all of the others. It has to do with a simple yet effective line reading from Homer Simpson, where Bart initially says, "You shot the zombie Flanders." Homer responds, "He was a zombie?" It's hilarious and one of those jokes that continues to make people laugh even after they've heard it before. 

Of course, that's not the only gem from "Dial Z for Zombies" that gets love on the thread. Other people chime in with their favorite lines from the segment, including "Is this the end of zombie Shakespeare?" A zombie apocalypse breaking out in Springfield is naturally rife with comedy, but there's a case to be made that other segments are actually the best. 

In Screen Rant's list of the best "Treehouse of Horror" segments, "The Shinning," a parody of "The Shining," nabs the top spot. Meanwhile, Collider has "The Raven" from the very first "Treehouse of Horror" special as its top pick. It's clearly a matter of personal preference, but there's certainly no shortage of hilarious shorts to choose from.