A survey by Entertainment Weekly magazine named Homer Simpson the greatest character created for film or television during the past 20 years, beating out Harry Potter.
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To the Oxford English Dictionary, Homer Simpson is the immortal utterer of the word, “d’oh!” To the people of Britain, Homer Simpson is the “greatest American” – the fictional charater they would most like to see become president of the United States.
And now, to the readers of Entertainment Weekly, Homer Simpson is the single greatest character created for film or television during the past 20 years, more magical than Harry Potter (No. 2) and more hip than Buffy the Vampire Slayer (No. 3).
Homer Simpson is, after all, the patriarch of the Simpsons, stars of the eponymous TV show that is the longest-running prime time series on American TV.
Had he been a character by the other Homer (the old Greek one), his epithet would surely have been “boorish” or “craver of doughnuts.”
Equal parts lovable and laughable, Homer Simpson symbolized America more than Abraham Lincoln or Martin Luther King Jr. to the British participants in the unscientific 2003 BBC poll. To the American readers of Entertainment Weekly, too, Homer Simpson’s dim wits and warm heart were more memorable than the mob life of Tony Soprano (No. 4) or the sinister genius of the Joker (No. 5).