Seasonal episodes of our favorite TV shows are like comfort food. There’s nothing more relaxing than curling up on the couch with something pumpkin-spice and revisiting our favorite shows on the tube. We’ll never tire of watching Ross from Friends dressing up as Space-Doody.
Halloween episodes in TV shows like The Simpsons, The Office, and Stranger Things have gone from memorable to iconic in pop culture. Can you guess what made the list of the 5 most popular Halloween episodes on TV?
To cele-boo-rate the spooky season, USDish analyzed data and put together a list of the most popular Halloween TV episodes and shows by view numbers and IMDb ratings. While The Simpsons dominated the top 15 rankings, Friends and Stranger Things still took the treat for being the most popular shows in America around Halloween.
The 5 Most Popular Halloween Episodes on TV
The 1990 premiere of the Treehouse of Horror episode (has it really been that long?) of The Simpsons had the most views at 27.4 million. Friends’ The One with the Halloween Party was the runner-up with just under 27 million views. Stranger Things, which premiered in 2017, is the newest show on our list and ranked as #12 with the most views.
This year, The Simpsons’ Treehouse of Horror XXXII parodies the Oscar-winning Korean film Parasite, TikTok, Edgar Allan Poe (The Telltale Bart) and even Bambi! Should be hilarious and cartoonishly gruesome.
Stranger Things offers horror themes year-round, not to mention a strong nostalgia factor, since it’s is set in the 1980s. With three seasons in the trick-or-treat bag and a fourth promised, fans just can’t get enough of this unique show—and rewatches are definitely on the agenda around Halloween. The Halloween-themed episode from Season 2, Trick or Treat, Freak, is regarded as one of the very best, as it is full of insightful character moments and an effective dash of nostalgia as it looks back on the haunted holidays of yore.