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Homer Simpson Named The Greatest Television Character In 20 Years

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Beer, donuts, and unbridled stupidity have won the hearts of Americans.

Considering that The Simpsons holds the record as the longest lasting television series in prime time with 21 seasons, it comes as no surprise that Homer Simpson has been named the greatest television and film character in the last 20 years by Entertainment Weekly.

Homer’s lovable antics and bumbling beat out Harry Potter and even—and this one may come as a shock—Buffy the freaking Vampire Slayer, who came in second and third respectively.

“People can relate to Homer because we’re all secretly propelled by desires we can’t admit to,” series creator Matt Groening told 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.”

Homer’s fame stretches across boundaries and oceans as well. The show runs strong in over 90 countries. But for the people of England, “Homer is not just the greatest television character, but the greatest American—the fictional character they would most like to see become president of the United States,” according to the Christian Science Monitor.

It speaks highly of us that an entire nation thinks a character with the catch phrase “D’oh,” represents our finest specimen and deserves to be ruler of the free world.

But, who cares? We love Homer Simpson and we are proud to call him an American.

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