Hello people of the Internet!!! On today’s ‘Monday Memos’ we are going to talk about one of TV’s longest running shows, ‘The Simpsons’. For more than 25 years, this show has entertained us with hilarious story lines, and unforgettable characters that we love re watching again and again. Sadly as I’m sure y’all have heard, Harry Shearer, one of the voice actors behind several of the characters we love is leaving the show. Even though we will most likely get new voice actors for these roles, it only seems appropriate to honor the work Harry Shearer has done to shape so many of the characters we love on the show. So, we’re going to count down the ‘Top 5 Harry Shearer Simpsons Characters’. Ready? Let’s go!!! 5) Reverend Lovejoy: So let’s kick things off with Reverend Lovejoy. Now who doesn’t love the hilarious situations that this character has helped create. Not only is this character a reverend of the church that our favorite TV family attends, but he’s also a cool character that hangs out at Moe’s bar sometimes, and plays guitar. When you add him in a situation with Homer (who is definitely not what most people picture when they think of a religious guy), then you have the perfect recipe some really funny moments (check out one of these funny moments below).
5) Reverend Lovejoy: So let’s kick things off with Reverend Lovejoy. Now who doesn’t love the hilarious situations that this character has helped create. Not only is this character a reverend of the church that our favorite TV family attends, but he’s also a cool character that hangs out at Moe’s bar sometimes, and plays guitar. When you add him in a situation with Homer (who is definitely not what most people picture when they think of a religious guy), then you have the perfect recipe some really funny moments (check out one of these funny moments below).
4) Waylon Smithers: Now what would Mr. Burns be without Smithers? All great character have their loyal sidekicks, but luckily for us, we also get to see who Smithers really is as an individual. I’ve always thought of Smithers as what Milhouse could be as an adult. Think about it, they’re both submissive, and they follow the lead of a character that can be a little selfish. Even though some people might feel like Smithers gets overshadowed by Mr. Burns, honestly I don’t think we would love Mr. Burns as much if we didn’t have everyone’s favorite sidekick along for the ride (it’s clips like this that show just what a perfect setup character Smithers is).
3) Principal Skinner: Ok it’s time to talk about everyone’s fav stick in the mud…Principal Skinner. Now why exactly do we love Principal Skinner? Well he’s funny (of course), he’s a HUGE pushover (complete with an overbearing mother who he lives with), and he’s the perfect setup character for Bart to torment. Honestly without Skinner we wouldn’t have such hilarious Bart moments, and then what would we do? Oh and you gotta love when Superintendent Chalmers gets frustrated and yells SkinneeEEEEERR…so funny (check out a clip of this below…you know you wanna!)
2) Mr. Burns: Now we’re getting to one of our all time favorite characters! No other character has had us feel so many emotions towards them (love, hate, confusion…anyway, moving on…). Mr. Burns has definitely added fun storylines, and sometimes even surprises us by showing that he can be kind, and then he goes back to being the greedy, selfish Scrooge like character that we all love. So whether you love him or love to hate him, Mr. Burns is a character that Springfield would be lost without (check out a Mr. Burns clip below, I promise that it will be excellent…if you don’t like that joke please don’t release the hounds).
1) Ned Flanders: Now we’ve reached one of the characters that is completely engraved in Simpsons history…Ned Flanders! Without Flanders, we all know that Homer’s character just wouldn’t be the same. Flanders is the neurotic, religious, incredibly strange character that we all are all either thankful we don’t have in our lives, or wish we did live next door to. It’s clear that the Simpsons’ just wouldn’t be the same without this character, and hopefully the next actor who voices Flanders will be able to capture everything that makes this character so iconic (you know we gotta finish this off with a Flanders clip…I think this is probably one of the best Flanders moments ever…enjoy!).
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Hello people of the internet!!! On today’s ‘Monday Memos’ we are going back in time. This is a special blog post for all my fellow 90s kids who either grew up in the 90s, or just love the TV shows that were on-air during this decade. Of course, today’s generation has video sharing platforms like YouTube and will show up with completely different types of kind programs which aren’t even on TV – check it out here – but it’s nice to go back in time and look at what we grew up with before the digital age took over. Now I think we can all agree that there were a lot of AMAZING cartoons, sitcoms, and other TV shows that we just loved to tune into every week (now I know that there was a lot of great shows in other decades too but since I was a kid in this decade, I’m a bit biased. Y’all know that were all a little biased too the time we grew up in). Now we all know that there are some shows that came out during this time that we can’t forget, but there are others that we love, but may have forgotten how much we love them. So here goes a small list of some of the Top 6 TV shows of the 90s (know I know that there are SOOOO many more shows that deserve to be on this list, so if y’all like this blog post then I will definitely post another with YOUR fav 90s TV shows. Just comment below with your suggestions). Ok, let’s jump into the list! Now these shows aren’t in any particular order, because it’s really difficult to say that one of these shows is better than another (honestly they’re all equally AWESOME!). I also tried to include a wide variety of shows so there’s something for everyone!
Bill Nye The Science Guy:
Now everybody remembers this guy as one of their first science teachers. Bill Nye was able to make science fun and interesting. This show really had a cool formula of keeping our attention by fusing Bill Nye’s funny banter and knowledge of science into an unforgettable show that is truly showed us that being nerdy is always cool (and who could forget that theme song…Bill! Bill! Bill)
Boy Meets World:
Now this isn’t really a show that was easy to forget because it has always lived on in syndication, but I think that a lot of people really forget just how much they love this show. It was really awesome to be able to sit down with your family and watch a show that everyone enjoyed. Boy Meets World was a show where everyone could relate to a character, whether you were a Cory, Shawn, Topanga, Mr. Feeny, Eric, or Minkus. Through his show we learned about how to deal with everyday problems, and that the most important things in life are friends and family. We also all fell in love with the love story of Cory and Topanga (there still our example of the perfect OTP). When Girl Meets World was announced, everyone was really anxious to see the story continue, because these characters became our best friends over the 7 seasons they were on air. What was the best thing we got out of Boy Meets World though? The Feeny Call of course!
In the 90s there wasn’t a show that was much cooler than All That. The sketches were cool, the characters were funny, it was truly a kids’ version of SNL (Saturday Night Live). This show also brought us actors that we fell in love with such as: Kenan Thompson, Kel Mitchell, Nick Cannon, and of course, Amanda Bynes. It was fun to see a kid’s show that didn’t talk down to kids, and had jokes that were actually funny and memorable. We also got a lot of cool spin-off shows that stared members of the All That cast, and a sketch from the show even got turned into a movie. Does the phrase “Welcome to Good Burger” ring a bell? If it doesn’t congratulations, you’re a 90s K
Now this is a show that only gets better the more times you watch it. Honestly who would have thought that seeing the world through the eyes of a baby would be so much fun? We laughed, we cried, and we actually learned some lessons about friendship and family. One thing that I really love about this franchise, is when the characters entered their preteen/teen years, the show was brought back with a new show that had our fav characters learning new life lessons. Now whether or not you liked the sequel, Rugrats: All Grown Up (personally I loved it), you have to admit that it was cool that the creators of the show aged the characters with the fans, so we got to enter those all too important/slightly awkward years with our favorite cartoon friends.
Digimon & Pokémon:
Now if you were a kid in the 90s, this was a serious debate. I mean for a lot of us this was our first experience being a part of a fandom, so you had to choose wisely. Personally I was a fan of both, but a lot of people said you had to take a side (I’m telling y’all this was serious business). Looking back it’s sort of funny that the world was divided into people who like Digimon & people who liked Pokémon, just like pop culture was divided into people who liked the Backstreet Boys & people who like NSync. This was the decade were shipping wars really became a big deal (and if you look on YouTube we still ship all the various characters from these shows). With both shows still going strong (and the recent announcement of a sequel to the first 2 seasons of Digimon…yay Digimon Adventure Tri!), we get to continue wishing we were digidestined & Pokémon masters.
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