If you think Homer Simpson is the one of the greatest characters ever created, you are not alone. Â If you think Homer Simpson is the greatest TV and film character of the past two decades, you aren’t alone in that regard either. Â According to an Entertainment Weekly survey, Homer Simpson of the long-running Fox animated series, “The Simpsons,” beat out several characters that will no doubt continue to entertain and endure for centuries.
Homer Simpson first appeared in April 1987 on the “The Tracey Ullman Show.” Â He and his dysfunctional family were just animated ‘shorts’ then. Â But in 1989, Homer took the Simpson family to prime time and a half hour show of their own. Â “The Simpsons” became Fox Television first bona fide hit, landing in the Top 30 top rated shows for the season (1989-90).
What is the appeal of a guy who swills beer, is intentionally and unintentionally cruel to his children, loves his wife unconditionally, pigs out on donuts, and says “D’oh!” when he realizes he’s done or said something sub-moronic? Â According to Matt Groenig, creator of “The Simpsons,” told Us Magazine that people relate to Homer Simpson “because we’re all secretly propelled by desires we can’t admit to.”
So who was Homer’s closest competition? Â Harry Potter (Daniel Radcliffe). Â The reluctant world-saving wizard beat out the WB Network’s “Buffy, the Vampire Slayer” (Sarah Michelle Gellar) for the second greatest TV and film character of the past 20 years. Â Tony Soprano (James Gandolfini) of the hit HBO television mafia drama “The Sopranos” was fourth. Â The Joker, as played by Heath Ledger in “The Dark Knight,” was fifth.
The bottom five of the Top 10 were Rachel Green (Jennifer Aniston) from the NBC sitcom “Friends,” Edward Scissorhands (Johnny Depp), Hannibal Lecter (Anthony Hopkins), Carrie Bradshaw (Sarah Jessica Parker) from HBO’s sitcom “Sex and the City,” and cartoon character Spongebob Squarepants.
After seeing the list, you know there are some “Twilight” fans that are steamed that Harry Potter made the Top 10 and Edward Cullen and Bella Swan didn’t, not to mention that a vampire slayer ended up side-by-side with the franchise’s rival.
Entertainment Weekly released the list of the Top 100 characters of the last 20 years on Monday to mark their 20th anniversary.