The Simpsons

Homer Simpson has been crowned the greatest character created for film and television in the past 20 years.

The cartoon character has edged Harry Potter to win the title in a survey in industry magazine Entertainment Weekly.

Following the pair were Buffy The Vampire Slayer, Heath Ledger’s Joker from the Batman film, Tony Soprano and Jennifer Aniston’s Rachel from Friends.

The Simpsons’ creator Matt Groening said the character of Homer was easily relatable to its viewers.

“People can relate to Homer because we’re all secretly propelled by desires we can’t admit to,” he said.

“Homer is launching himself head-first into every single impulsive thought that occurs to him.

“His love of whatever has caught his eye is a joy to witness.”

Other characters to place in the EW poll were The X Files Moulder and Scully, South Park’s Cartman, The Office’s David Brent and Mike Myers Austin Powers.

Source: Herald Sun


Sunday, May 23 � 8pm ET/PT *Season Finale* on Global

*Simon Cowell, Ellen DeGeneres, Kara DioGuardi and Randy Jackson (American Idol), Guest Voice*

�Judge Me Tender�

When Moe discovers a hidden talent for judging contests, he is approached by a television agent to join the American Idol judges� panel. Moe flies to Los Angeles where he tours the Fox lot and receives some sage career advice. Meanwhile, Homer drives Marge crazy when he begins hanging around the house.

Sunday, May 16 – 7:00pm ET/PT *Special Time/Pre-release* on Global

*Kelsey Grammer (Frasier) Guest Stars*

“The Bob Next Door”

Bart becomes convinced that his new neighbour is his arch enemy, Sideshow Bob (guest voice Kelsey Grammer), and Marge tries to convince him otherwise by taking him to visit the state penitentiary.

Sunday, May 9 – 8pm ET/PT on Global

As Mother’s Day approaches, Moe narrates an episode in which he writes a letter to Homer, Apu and Reverend Lovejoy – who are vacationing with their children – and threatens to runaway with one of their wives. While the trio tries to determine whose spouse Moe is referring to, they each flashback to the intimate moments they initially ignored between Moe and their wives. But when the boys return from their trip, they’re in for the surprise of their lives.

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Sunday, May 2 – 8pm ET/PT on Global

A bomb squad mistakenly blows up Homer’s unattended gym bag, releasing radiation into the city and causing authorities to suspend civil liberties. Then, Wiggum and his men install surveillance cameras around Springfield to round up suspected terrorists. But when monitoring the non-stop flow of video imagery becomes too overwhelming, Wiggum enlists concerned citizens to help keep the city safe. Meanwhile, Lisa becomes fed up with being blonde and dyes her hair a dark color.

Sunday, April 25 – 8pm ET/PT on Global

The Simpsons decide to embrace a cheaper, alternate source of energy by erecting a wind turbine in their backyard. But when Homer realizes some of the power is being directed to the local electric company, he removes his home from the grid and becomes completely dependent upon an unreliable source of power. Then, Lisa and Homer help a beached whale following a storm.

Sunday, April 18 – 8pm ET/PT on Global

While finishing his court-ordered community service, Homer befriends his supervisor, Chief Wiggum. But will Homer be able to help his new friend when he is needed most? Meanwhile, Bart becomes addicted to Battle Ball, a Japanese game made up of plastic balls and magnetic cards.

Sunday, April 11 – 8pm ET/PT on Global

When the police are called to diffuse a rowdy crowd at Mr. Burns’ estate, one of the officers recognizes priceless stolen paintings on the walls, and the maniacal billionaire is taken downtown for questioning. With Mr. Burns gone, Smithers takes charge of the power plant. But when he punishes employees for taking advantage of his good nature, Homer and his crew devise a plan to bust out Mr. Burns.

Sunday, March 28 – 8pm ET/PT on Global

*Sasha Baron Cohen (Borat) Guest Voices*

Flanders invites the Simpson family on his church retreat to Jerusalem with the hope of redeeming Homer. Unappreciative of the history and culture, Homer would rather hang out at the hotel’s breakfast buffet. But when an eccentric tour guide (guest voice Sasha Baron Cohen) takes the group to famous monuments, including the Dome of the Rock and the Wailing Wall, Homer finally proves he is not beyond salvation.