For its 20th anniversary, Entertainment Weekly compiled a list of
the 100 greatest characters of the past 20 years. The eclectic collection
includes the likes of Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Roseanne Barr, Ron
Burgundy, and Rachel from Friends. The top spot in survey results went to America's
favorite nuclear power plant worker from sector 7-G: Homer Simpson. Here
is EW's top 10 list followed by praise for Homer and the Simpsons franchise:
- He's the Quintessential Everyman,
writes Robert Paul Reyes at News Blaze:
"Homer frequently chokes Bart almost to death, he can't understand his
precocious daughter Lisa, he ignores his baby Maggie, and he doesn't
appreciate his long-suffering wife. But when the chips are on the line,
Homer will do anything to protect his family. Homer ain't no Bill Cosby
kind of dad, he's a dysfunctional human being who represents all of us.
In spite of his many imperfections Homer's family loves him. They can
tolerate his marble-sized brain, because of his big heart. I may never
achieve the heroic accomplishments of some of the famous characters of
film, TV, and literature. But if at the end of the day my friends and
family love me for who I am, I'll be just fine."
No-Brainer, writes the B2C Marketing Insider:
"This should come as no surprise as since The Simpsons debuted on Fox
in 1989, the show has generated over $2.5 billion in revenue making it
one of the top TV brands of all-time. The Simpsons has been
merchandized on everything from clothing to video games to even
toothpaste yet their popularity has not suffered from overexposure. Not
only has The Simpsons been entertaining fans for over 20 years but it
has also changed our culture. In 2001, 'Doh' which was made famous by
Homer Simpson, was added to the dictionary. In 2007, the Simpsons clan
made their big screen debut with 'The Simpsons Movie', which drew in
over $527 million in box office receipts worldwide. In 2008, Universal
Studios Theme Parks opened a new 3D attraction based on the loveable
family from Springfield."
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