8. "The Raven" (Treehouse Of Horror I, 1990)

The debut installment of Treehouse Of Horror was surprisingly dark compared to the later versions, but nothing tops this unsettling rendition of Edgar Allen Poe’s famous poem,The Raven. Narrated by James Earl Jones, this segment is one of Treehouse series' most atmospheric and creative ventures.

Not only did this story retain the classic Simpsons humor, but it also respected the original poem as well. It’s haunting, somber, and never sacrifices the quality of the story for cheap humor. Unfortunately, these Treehouse Of Horror episodes have since strayed from the original Halloween roots a bit, but The Raven still stands as perhaps the best example of how these early stories combined horror and humor so effectively.