The Simpsons Movie opens today. (Read Steve Burgess’s review here). And while political satire hasn’t been ever-present in the show’s 20-year run, it has been the source of some the best all-time bits. Below, in no particular order, are 11 of The Tyee’s favourite moments in Simpsons and politics. #1 Kang and Kodos with a better critique of the two-party system than Ralph Nader ever produced. (Plus a hilarious cameo from Ross Perot.) #2 Whether or not the claim of censorship is true, either version is pretty scathing. #3 More from Kang and Kodos: “All they want to hear are bland pleasantries embellished by an occasional saxophone solo or infant kiss.” #4 Simpsons writers have long made a game of taking shots at their host Fox Network. But according to popular mythology, this is the only Fox-baiting bit ever to earn the ire of the network bigwigs. Pay attention to the scrolling news feed. #5 Some of the best Simpsons’ side characters were voiced by the late, great Phil Hartman. In this sketch, ubiquitous B-actor Troy MacLure takes us on a tour of “Bovine University.” #6 Of all the Al-Gore-is-boring jokes over the years, this one is my favourite. #7 One of several journeys into the inner sanctum of Springfield’s Republican Party. The animatronic Strom Thurmond looks more alive than the late Senator ever did. #8 You know, Vancouver’s garbage strike might actually end sooner if we traded Sam Sullivan for Mr. Burns. #9 More on Fox News. #10 Homer on the American health care system: “You can thank your lucky stars we don’t live in Paraguay!” #11 From the classic episode where George Bush Senior moves to Evergreen Terrace.