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Homer named greatest TV character in last 20 years

Matt Groening’s character, Home Simpson, has been named by Entertainment Weekly as “the most recognizable and greatest character created for TV and Film of the last 20 years.

“People can relate to Homer because we’re all secretly propelled by desires we can’t admit to,” Groening was quoted as telling Entertainment Weekly.

“Homer is launching himself head-first into every single impulsive thought that occurs to him. His love of whatever…is a joy to witness.”

Home beat out Harry Potter and Buffy the Vampire Slayer.

Community Comments

#1 Josh McDonald
June/2/2010
@ 3:05 pm

Actually, if they really are after the best character “created for TV and film”, wouldn’t that disqualify Harry Potter (along with other top-10 contenders the Joker and Hannibal Lecter)? They were created for other media first, and adapted to TV and film.

#2 Rich Diesslin
June/2/2010
@ 9:57 pm

Homer is good … basically he’s like a grown up version of Charlie Brown.

#3 Jeff Stanson
June/3/2010
@ 7:46 am

The media success of The Simpsons is responsible for bringing a lot of low-class, low-rent television to the market. And The Simpsons is one of the first media successes to translate into popular success because marketers said this is a great show and people jumped on the bandwagon to enjoy the hype while washing over the value of the show itself (it’s good because they tell us it’s good). Even Groening later admitted that he understood why parents complained about The Simpsons, once he became a parent. That hasn’t stopped him from feeling bad all the way to the bank.

#4 Larry Levine
June/4/2010
@ 12:20 am

I love Homer Simpson, but he ain’t no Bugs Bunny, Doc!!

#5 Gar Molloy
June/4/2010
@ 4:59 am

Yeah, but Bugs was created in the 30s.

The old WB shorts are still brilliant though.

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