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Beginning today, FXX will air all 552 (!) episodes of The Simpsons in chronological order. 

It'll be the longest such marathon in TV history, and while Simpsons fans are an obsessive lot, we doubt many will be up to the task of watching the entire 12-day stretch. (Though we wouldn't be surprised if some careers and marriages are sacrificed in the attempt.)

Pinning down the best episodes from the iconic series' 25-season run is a nigh impossible task, but here's a list of 17 indispensable installments. Use it as a guide, set your DVR, and hopefully maintain your employment:

Bart gets Hit By a Car (Season 2)
One of the first episodes to delve into the depths of C. Montgomery Burns' true evil. Better yet, it features the first appearances of Springfield sleazeballs Dr. Nick Riviera and attorney Lionel Hutz (voiced by the late Phil Hartman).

Of course, no show can remain consistently brilliant for two-and-a-half decades, so naturally some days will require more of your time than others.

The marathon began at 10 this morning with the pilot/Christmas special "Simpsons Roasting on an Open Fire," and while that episode is rife with sentimental appeal for those of us old enough to remember its debut, the general consensus among fans is that Groening and company didn't really hit their stride until season 3.

The show's true glory days may have begun with the Conan O'Brien-penned "Marge Vs. the Monorail," but like all things Simpsons, that's a matter of tense debate amongst fans.

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The Simpsons Season 25 Episode 7 went back to a familiar well this week, as Bart tried to clean up his act and shape up. Been there, done that, right?

Yes, but this time his efforts took place aboard a submarine at least.

Similarly, Krusty experienced financial problems once again, though this time he tried to rectify the situation by licensing his series to foreign markets.

This led to the show skewering of other actual shows that did so, which was vintage Simpsons, and shows you why the show has lasted 25 seasons.

Watch The Simpsons Season 25 Episode 7 below ...

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A show known more for laughs than violence is set to take out one of its own.

Executive Producer Al Jean says The Simpsons will celebrate its 25th season at some point in the near future by killing off a long-time character. Who might it be?

"I'll give you a clue that the actor playing the character won an Emmy for playing that character, but I won't say who it is," Jean told reporters during a recent conference call.

Hmmm… that does actually narrow down the list by quite a lot.

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Sam Simon is giving back in a big way. The Simpsons co-creator is donating his entire fortune to charity as he fights terminal colon cancer.

The 58-year-old nine-time Emmy-winning writer and producer confirmed May 16 that he was given the prognosis of three to six months to live.

As a result, he will donate all of his royalties - "tens of millions" annually - to charity.

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"I get pleasure from it. I love it. I don't feel like it is an obligation," Simon told THR. "The truth is, I have more money than I'm interested in spending."

"Everyone in my family is taken care of. And I enjoy this."

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Margaret Groening, the mother of The Simpsons creator Matt Groening and the basis for the beloved Fox animated family matriarch Marge, has died.

She was 94 years old.

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Margaret Groening's death was announced via an obituary in The Oregonian. She passed away in her sleep back on April 22, according to the publication.

Many Groening family details made their way into The Simpsons, among them his mother's maiden name, Wiggum, and his father's name Homer.

Homer Groening, a World War II veteran and cartoonist, died in 1996. In addition to Matt, Margaret is also survived by two daughters ... Lisa and Maggie.

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