Sweets and Sour Marge
"Sweets and Sour Marge" is the eighth episode of The Simpsons' thirteenth season. It first aired on the Fox network in the United States on January 20, 2002. In the episode, Homer gathers several of Springfield's citizens to participate in creating the biggest human pyramid in the world, it fails, but they instead learn that Springfield is the world's fattest town, prompting Homer's wife Marge to sue Garth Motherloving's sugar company. "Sweets and Sour Marge" was directed by Mark Kirkland. It was dedicated to the memory of Ron Taylor. Omine conceived the episode after hearing about smokers. While its plot is loosely based on Erin Brockovich, the episode features references to Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory, What's Eating Gilbert Grape and Butterfinger, it features Ben Stiller as Garth Motherloving. In its original broadcast, the episode was seen by 7.5 million viewers, finishing in 34th place in the ratings the week it aired. Following its home video release, the episode received mixed reviews from critics.
Homer buys a book on world records published by Duff at a library sale. After boring everyone with world record trivia, Homer decides to break a record himself, he gathers the whole town to build the world's tallest human pyramid. After Jimbo and Kearney move their hands just before the record is claimed, the pyramid collapses into a giant sphere that rolls through town, taking in Agnes Skinner, Hans Moleman, a suicidal man about to jump from a ledge onto the street; the entire town rolls to a truck weighing station and the Duff record book officials say that Springfield is the world's fattest town, ahead of Milwaukee. The townsfolk are happy to have made it in the record book, but Marge is worried that the whole town is overweight, she discovers. After complaining to Garth Motherloving, head of the "Motherloving Sweets and Sugar Company", Marge decides to sue the sugar industry with the help of Gil and Professor Frink. Judge Snyder sides with her and bans all sugar products in Springfield, angering Homer and most of the town.
The whole town begins to suffer from intense sugar withdrawal. Homer joins a secret group led by Garth Motherloving, determined to illegally bring sugar back to Springfield. Homer embarks with Bart, Apu, Mr. Burns, a cartoon vampire named Count Fudge-ula to smuggle sugar from the island of San Glucos. After arriving back in Springfield, evading a police boat, Homer brings the sugar to the docks. Marge pleads Homer to dump the cargo. There Homer is presented with two choices: to obey Marge and press the button Drop Cargo or bring the sugar to Garth Motherloving by pressing the button Obey Bad Guy. After contemplating, Homer drops all the sugar falls to the Springfield docks' water. All Springfielders those who seemed happier and healthier without sugar, jump into the harbor and drink the sugar water. Judge Snyder declares the sugar ban over and dives in with everyone else. Marge is upset and she thinks about giving up changing the world. However, Homer tells her. "Sweets and Sour Marge" was directed by Mark Kirkland.
It aired on the Fox network in the United States on January 20, 2002. The idea for the episode was pitched by Omine, who based it on a lawsuit at the time, wherein smokers sued tobacco companies for selling harmful wares. Omine found it "kinda weird" that the people did not take responsibility for their own health, joked that, in the future, people might sue food companies for "making them fat", which became the episode's plot. While making the episode, the Simpsons writers decided to compile a list of Springfield's fat residents. According to Omine, the list "never ended", when the writers realized the amount of fat people there were in Springfield, they decided that the residents should try and "go for the world record" in the "fattest people" category; the writers decided that the residents were trying to set the world record for largest human pyramid, accidentally set the record for fattest population. The episode features the first appearance of Cletus' cousin Dia-Betty; the character was animated by Kirkland's assistant Matt Faughnan, who has since become a regular director for the series.
Garth Motherloving, the head of the "Motherloving Sweets and Sugar Company", was portrayed by American actor and comedian Ben Stiller. At one point in the episode, the Springfield residents try to set the record for largest human pyramid, which fails when the pyramid collapses, causing the people to roll into a giant ball. According to director Kirkland, the scene, which the staff members refer to as the "people ball", was difficult to animate, it "almost gave a migraine" determining how to implement it in the episode. While trying to figure out how to animate the "people ball", Kirkland spray-painted a globe with white primer and assigned layout artist Paul Wee to draw the Springfield citizens on it with black ink; the Simpsons animators each draw ten scenes per week, but because he drew the "people ball", Wee was excused from these duties. Since drawing the "people ball" by hand would have "murdered" the animators, they soon decided to photograph it for each frame of the scene; the photographs were taken in Kirkland's garage and were photocopied using a Xerox photocopier.
Executive producer and current showrunner Al Jean stated that the technique for animating the "people ball" was "extremely interesting", although it has never been used again in the series. The "master drawing" of the human pyramid, which Kirkland stated was complicated, took an
Lionel Hutz is a fictional character in the American animated TV sitcom The Simpsons. He was voiced by Phil Hartman, his first appearance was in the season two episode "Bart Gets Hit by a Car". Hutz is a stereotypical ambulance chasing lawyer in Springfield with questionable competence and ethics, he is often hired by the Simpsons. Following Hartman's murder in 1998, Hutz was retired. Lionel Hutz is an ambulance chasing personal injury lawyer and, according to Lisa Simpson, a "shyster" whom the Simpsons nonetheless hire as their lawyer because Hutz is the only legal counsel the Simpsons can afford, his legal practice, located in a shopping mall, is named "I Can't Believe It's a Law Firm!" and offers "expert shoe repair." He tries to entice potential clients with free gifts, including a "smoking monkey" doll, a pen that looks like a cigar, an exotic faux-pearl necklace, a business card that "turns into a sponge when you put it in water," and an almost-full Orange Julius he was drinking from himself.
John G. Browning of the Southeast Texas Record describes Hutz as a literal ambulance chaser, he exaggerates his academic credentials and is "the worst in legal marketing". Hutz is characterized as both an unethical individual in general. This, along with his greed in wanting half of the money, was supported in "Bart Gets Hit By a Car" in his first appearance. Hutz is disliked and mistrusted by both Marge and Lisa who see him for the person he is inside: when he, along with Homer, made Bart lie about the extent of his injuries. Marge testified against Hutz out of spite for hiring Dr. Nick, a quack doctor with a shady reputation, along with making Bart lie about his injuries and being in intense pain, when he was fine. Hutz' incompetence and greed is well noted by his rival, the more competent Blue Haired Lawyer. In the episode "Marge in Chains" he describes the following as his "problem" with Judge Snyder: Well, he's had it in for me since I kinda ran over his dog... Well, replace the word "kinda" with the word "repeatedly" and the word "dog" with "son".
Hutz is a recovering alcoholic. He once offered Marge a celebratory "belt of Scotch" at 9:30 in the morning. In "Marge in Chains", he hastily leaves the courtroom after handling a bottle of bourbon in order to consult his sponsor, David Crosby, he gives his closing statement, unaware that he is not wearing any pants and thinks that Clarence Darrow was "the black guy on The Mod Squad". Beyond practicing law, he tries his hand at selling real estate, reasoning that it was a natural move as most of his clients ended up losing their homes anyway, out of desperation for work, where he produces a switchblade upon awakening and burns all of his personal documentation in the Simpsons fireplace, claiming that "Lionel Hutz" no longer exists and he is now "Miguel Sanchez", but he did earn $8 for babysitting Bart and Maggie for 32 hours. His other alias is "Dr. Nguyen Van Phuoc", he ran a shoe-repair business out of his law office. Hutz's incompetence and financial desperation sometimes lead him to resort to rooting through dumpsters, claiming it is client-related.
Hutz was married to Selma Bouvier, although this storyline is not shown in an episode and instead mentioned in "Selma's Choice". However, he only married Selma; when he was caught forging Gladys' signature by Marge and Lisa, Hutz was forced to properly read the will and give Marge's family Gladys' inheritance. Hutz has been known to use a phone booth as an office. Hutz does not seem to care about conflict of interest. Another display of his incompetence takes place in "The Boy Who Knew Too Much" when, while representing a French waiter, accusing Mayor Quimby's nephew Freddy of battery, he is surprised when the opposing counsel mentions that Hutz's client is an immigrant. Hutz demands that his client tell him everything from on. Browning wrote that his "courtroom skills leave something to be desired". Although Hutz loses most of his cases, he does win several cases for the Simpsons. In "Bart the Murderer", he represented Bart when the latter was suspected for the supposed murder of Seymour Skinner, the charges were dropped when Skinner reveals himself to be alive.
In "New Kid on the Block", he represents Homer in his case against the Sea Captain and the Frying Dutchman restaurant over its "All You Can Eat" offer. He wins a case for Bart Simpson in "The Day the Violence Died", by proving that Itchy was created by an old man named Chester J. Lampwick—though the deciding factor of the case is proven by Bart's footwork to collect the crucial piece of evidence, rather than Hutz's competence. Hutz initiates the trial with zero credible evidence. In "'Round Springfield", Hutz sues Krusty the Clown after Bart consumes a jagged metal Krusty-O from a box of cereal, resulting in an inflamed appendix. After winning the case, Hutz give
Kent Brockman is a fictional character in the animated television series The Simpsons. He is voiced by Harry Shearer and first appeared in the episode "Krusty Gets Busted", he is a self-centered local Springfield news anchor. Kent Brockman hosts the Channel 6 weekday news, as well as Smartline, a local current-affairs program, Bite Back! With Kent Brockman, Eye on Springfield, which focuses on Springfield's entertainment news, the game show Springfield Squares, has his own personal commentary segment of the six PM news, "My Two Cents"; as seen in a flashback to the 1960s in the episode "Mother Simpson", Brockman was known as Kenny Brockelstein early in his career. Brockman has a daughter, who may have been the product of his fling with the Channel 6 weather girl. In "Kamp Krusty", Brockman is revealed to have during his career, reported on the Vietnam War, the 1979-89 Soviet–Afghan War, the 1991 Gulf War. In "Dog of Death", Brockman won the multimillion-dollar state lottery jackpot and left the news desk while still on the air.
However, he remained a news anchor because he was under contract, though he admitted that he likes making $500,000 a year. He has an ongoing feud with traffic reporter Arnie Pye, has been shown to criticize Pye's reporting and even chuckles when it was thought Pye had died in a helicopter accident; when Arnie Pye took Brockman's anchor position he admitted on the air he made out with Brockman's daughter but was sure to note it was with "the grown up one" thus revealing Brockman having an adult daughter. It has been hinted that Brockman is ethnically Jewish, he can sometimes be spotted wearing the Hebrew Chai symbol on a necklace. He is seen several times attending Reverend Lovejoy's Protestant church, in "Marge on the Lam" he states his belief in the Book of Revelation, suggesting he professes Christian religious beliefs. Brockman's penchant for using offensive language works against him in the 400th episode, "You Kent Always Say What You Want", after Homer accidentally spills coffee on Brockman's crotch, he shouts what Ned Flanders calls a "super swear" that shocked everyone who watched it.
Brockman was demoted to weather man due to the station paying a fine to the Federal Communications Commission and was soon fired when the network executives deliberately mistook a ring of Splenda in Brockman's coffee for cocaine. Brockman was given his job back to silence him, with a 50% raise, making his new salary $750,000 a year. Kent Brockman first appeared on television in the first season episode "Krusty Gets Busted", which aired April 29, 1990; the character was based on Jerry Dunphy. The director of "Krusty Gets Busted", Brad Bird, designed the character and modeled him after anchorman Ted Koppel. Another influence on the character was The Mary Tyler Moore Show's Ted Baxter, played by Ted Knight. Dunphy was proud of the fact that Brockman was based on him and would tell people that he was Kent Brockman. Brockman is responsible for popularizing the snowclone "I, for one, welcome our new overlords", sometimes used to express mock submission for the purpose of humor, it has been used in the media, such as New Scientist magazine, the Houston Chronicle and Ken Jennings on Jeopardy!: The Watson Challenge.
Brockman's harangue about the Corvair spacecraft being taken over by a master race of giant space ants in "Deep Space Homer", which generated the meme, is considered to be one of the show's classic moments. The spacecraft was carrying an ant colony to see if they could be trained to sort tiny screws in space, but were released by Homer by accident; this led to an ant drifting by the video feed, appearing gigantic due to its proximity to the camera, at which point Brockman contemplates if the "master race of giant space ants... will consume the captive earth men or enslave them" and utters the line "And I, for one, welcome our new insect overlords". Author Chris Turner called it "perhaps his finest hour as a journalist" and said that it is "simply among the finest comedic moments in the history of television." On May 6, 2014, Stephen Colbert made direct reference to the phrase by using it as his closing line. The author of the book Planet Simpson: How a Cartoon Masterpiece Documented an Era and Defined a Generation, Chris Turner, said that "if the institution of the News has a single iconic face on The Simpsons, it's Brockman's" and that "in Brockman's journalism, we see some of the modern news media's ugliest biases", of which he says are glibness and sensationalism.
MSN called Brockman one of the worst TV news anchors."You Kent Always Say What You Want" was well received by critics. IGN called it the second best episode of the season. Playmates Toys created a Kent Brockman action figure for its World of Springfield toy line, released in July 2001. Media in The Simpsons Bibliography Kent Brockman on IMDb
Grey aliens referred to as Zeta Reticulans, Roswell Greys, or Grays, are purported extraterrestrial beings whose existence is discussed in ufological and New Age communities and who are named for their unique skin color. Forty-three percent of all reported; such claims vary in every respect, including the nature, moral dispositions and physical appearances of the encountered beings, though many of them nonetheless share some noticeable similarities. A composite description derived from this overlap would have Greys as small-bodied beings with smooth grey-colored skin, enlarged hairless heads and large black eyes; the popularization of the idea of the Grey alien is associated with the Barney and Betty Hill abduction claim, which purportedly took place in New Hampshire in 1961, although skeptics see precursors in science fiction and earlier paranormal claims. Some sources in the UFO community describe the Grey aliens as artificially created/modified race used by other alien races as servants or slaves to execute tasks such as abductions and others.
Whatever the origin, the Grey alien has since emerged as an archetypal image of sentient non-human creatures and extraterrestrial life in general, as well as an iconic trope of popular culture in the age of space exploration. Greys are depicted as dark grey-skinned diminutive humanoid beings that possess reduced forms of, or lack, external human organs such as noses, ears or sex organs, their bodies are depicted as being elongated, having a small chest, lacking in muscular definition and visible skeletal structure. Their legs are shorter and jointed differently from, their limbs are depicted as proportionally different from a human's. Greys are depicted as having unusually large heads in proportion to their bodies, they are depicted as having no hair anywhere on the body, including the face, no noticeable outer ears or noses, but only small openings or orifices for ears and nostrils. They are depicted as having small mouths and large opaque black eyes with no discernible iris or pupil. Reports of alleged encounters state their height to be 2–4 feet tall, although other varieties of Greys are sometimes portrayed as human-sized or taller.
The precise origin of the Grey as the stereotypical extraterrestrial being is difficult to pinpoint. In the 1893 article "Man of the Year Million", science fiction author H. G. Wells envisioned the possibility of humanity transformed into a race of grey-skinned beings who were one meter tall, with big heads and large, oval-shaped pitch-black eyes. In his 1901 book The First Men in the Moon, Wells described Selenites as having grey skin, big heads, large black eyes, he briefly describes aliens resembling Greys brought down to Earth as food for the Martians, who were the antagonist characters in his 1898 novel The War of the Worlds. In 1933, the Swedish novelist Gustav Sandgren, using the pen name Gabriel Linde, published a science fiction novel called Den okända faran, in which he describes a race of extraterrestrials: "...the creatures did not resemble any race of humans. They were short, shorter than the average Japanese, their heads were big and bald, with strong, square foreheads, small noses and mouths, weak chins.
What was most extraordinary about them were the eyes—large, gleaming, with a sharp gaze. They wore clothes made of soft grey fabric, their limbs seemed to be similar to those of humans." The novel, aimed at young readers, included illustrations of the imagined aliens. In 1965, newspaper reports of the Betty and Barney Hill abduction brought Greys to international attention; the alleged abductees and Barney Hill, claimed that in 1961, alien beings had abducted them and taken them to a flying saucer or saucer-shaped spaceship. From a star chart reported by Betty Hill, Marjorie Fish, an elementary-school teacher and amateur astronomer, located the home planet of these beings in the Zeta Reticuli star system; the Greys therefore became mistakenly known as Zeta Reticulans. However, the description of "Zetans", a named alien race, differs from that of the "Greys", including in appearance, flying craft design and their treatment of abductees; the Greys appear as the aliens in the 1977 film Close Encounters of the Third Kind.
That same year, a species of Grey alien–type beings, called the Bith, were depicted as the Cantina Band in the film Star Wars. During the early 1980s, popular culture linked Greys to the alleged crash-landing of a flying saucer in Roswell, New Mexico in 1947. A number of publications contained statements from individuals who claimed to have seen the U. S. military handling a number of unusually proportioned, child-sized beings. These individuals claimed that the beings had oversized heads and slanted eyes—but scant other facial features—during and after the incident. In 1987, novelist Whitley Strieber published the book Communion, unlike his previous works, was presented as non-fiction, in which he describes a number of close encounters he alleges to have experienced with Greys and other extraterrestrial beings; the book became a New York T
Springfield (The Simpsons)
Springfield is a fictional town in the American animated sitcom The Simpsons, which serves as its main setting. A mid-sized town in an undetermined state of the United States, Springfield acts as a complete universe in which characters can explore the issues faced by modern society; the geography of the town and its surroundings are flexible, changing to address whatever an episode's plot calls for. Springfield's location is impossible to determine, the show is deliberately evasive on the subject, providing contradictory clues and information about its location. Springfield is intended to represent "anytown, USA" and not be a specific real town, although the producers acknowledge basing the town on numerous locations including The Simpsons creator Matt Groening's hometown of Portland and Mike Scully's hometown, Massachusetts. Groening named Springfield after Springfield and took inspiration from Springfield being the fictitious setting of the series Father Knows Best, he said, "I figured out that Springfield was one of the most common names for a city in the U.
S. In anticipation of the success of the show, I thought,'This will be cool, and they do." Groening liked Second City Television's use of Melonville, a town with a large cast of recurring characters that serves as a mini-universe for the show, based The Simpsons on it. Because of the many contradictory statements regarding Springfield, it is impossible for the town to exist in a specific state. In The Simpsons Movie, Ned Flanders tells Bart that the state where Springfield is located is bordered by the states of Ohio, Nevada and Kentucky - of which only Ohio and Kentucky are real neighboring states; the city's unknown and unknowable geography is a recurring joke in the series. But if you look at the clues, you can figure it out." Episodes make fun of the fact that Springfield's state is unidentifiable by adding further conflicting descriptions, obscuring onscreen map representations, interrupting conversational references. The 2012 episode "Beware My Cheating Bart" played upon the unidentifiability of the state in its opening chalkboard gag, which stated that "The true location of Springfield is in any state but yours".
David Silverman, who directed the movie and various episodes of the series, joked that Springfield is located in the fictional state of "North Takoma". This is substantiated by the state abbreviations TA used within the show; the telephone area codes for Springfield are 636 and 939. To promote The Simpsons Movie, various actual towns and cities across the U. S. called. The town of Springfield, was chosen. In 2016, a New York Times study of the 50 TV shows with the most Facebook Likes found that "of all the Springfields in America, is most popular in Springfields in Virginia and New Jersey, least popular in Springfields in Louisiana and Georgia". Springfield was founded in 1796 by a group led by Jebediah Springfield who, after misinterpreting a passage in the Bible, left Maryland trying to find "New Sodom." After he refused to found a town where men were free to marry their cousins, half of the group left. The dissenters founded the nearby town of Shelbyville, after fellow pioneer Shelbyville Manhattan, the two cities remain rivals after centuries.
Springfield reached its pinnacle in the mid-20th century, when it became the home of the world's first Aquacar factory. S. was said to wear Springfield galoshes and Springfield's streets were paved with gold. The town's prosperity faded. Springfield's geography is varied, including forests, mountain ranges, a desert, a gorge, a glacier, badlands, swamps, a harbor and waterways. Major named geographical features include Springfield Gorge, Springfield National Forest, the volcanic Mt. Springfield, the West Springfield Desert, the Springfield Badlands, the gigantic Murderhorn Mountain, Springfield Glacier, Mt. Useful National Park, Springfield Mesa, Springfield Monument Park, Springfield National Park; the town's climate is dry and sunny, with a bright blue sky. However, it has been subject to many natural disasters, including heat waves, avalanches, acid rain, hurricanes, lightning strikes and volcanic eruptions. Springfield's environment is unusually polluted. Overflowing garbage forced the whole town – both population and structures — to move five miles away from the massive dump that the old town of Springfield had become.
Springfield is unfortunately, home to the state's largest self-sustaining tire fire, burning continuously for many decades. Lake Springfield's pollution led to the town's destruction by an Environmental Protection Agency bomb, pollution from the nuclear power plant has mutated the fish in the river, with the Nuclear Power Plant's mascot being Blinky, with three eyes, its atmosphere proved to have such a thick and acidic pollution layer that it once reduced a comet to a tiny rock the size of a chihuahua's head. In politics, the mayor of Springfield is Joe Quimby, while the town's represe
The Simpsons (franchise)
The Simpsons is an American animated comedy franchise whose eponymous family consists of Homer, Bart and Maggie. The Simpsons were created by cartoonist Matt Groening for a series of animated shorts that debuted on The Tracey Ullman Show on Fox on April 19, 1987. After a three-season run, the sketch was developed into The Simpsons, a half-hour prime time show, an early hit for Fox, becoming the first Fox series to land in the Top 30 ratings in a season; the popularity of The Simpsons has made it media franchise. Alongside the television series, the characters of the show have been featured in a variety of media, including books, comic books, a magazine, musical releases and video games; the Simpsons Movie, a feature-length film, was released in 2007 and was the eighth highest-grossing film of that year. A variety of merchandise, including T-shirts, DVDs, board games and action figures has been released; the Simpsons merchandise has sold well, generating $2 billion in revenue during the first 14 months of sales.
In 2003, about 500 companies around the world were licensed to use The Simpsons characters in their advertising. In 2008, $750 million worth of The Simpsons merchandise was purchased worldwide. Peter Byrne, Fox executive vice-president of licensing and merchandising, called The Simpsons "without doubt the biggest licensing entity that Fox has had, full stop, I would say from either TV or film." Matt Groening conceived of the idea for the Simpsons in the lobby of James L. Brooks's office. Brooks, the producer of the sketch comedy program The Tracey Ullman Show, wanted to use a series of animated cartoons as bumpers between sketches. Groening had been called in to pitch a series of animated shorts, had intended to present his Life in Hell series; when he realized that animating Life in Hell would require him to rescind publication rights for his life's work, Groening decided to go in another direction. He hurriedly sketched out his version of a dysfunctional family, named the characters after his own family.
The Simpsons takes place in the fictional American town of Springfield, without any geographical coordinates or references to U. S. states. The Simpsons uses the standard setup of a situational comedy or "sitcom" as its premise; the series centers on their life in a typical American town. However, because of its animated nature, The Simpsons' scope is larger than that of a regular sitcom; the town of Springfield acts as a complete universe in which characters can explore the issues faced by modern society. By having Homer work in a nuclear power plant, the show can comment on the state of the environment. Through Bart and Lisa's days at Springfield Elementary School, the show's writers illustrate pressing or controversial issues in the field of education; the town features a vast array of media channels—from kids' television programming to local news, which enables the producers to make jokes about themselves and the entertainment industry. Some commentators say the show is susceptible to a left-wing bias.
The writer and producer Al Jean admitted in an interview that "We are of liberal bent." The writers evince an appreciation for liberal ideals, but the show makes jokes across the political spectrum. Religion figures as a recurring theme. In times of crisis, the family turns to God, the show has dealt with most of the major religions; the main characters of the show is the Simpsons family. The Simpsons are a family. Although the family is dysfunctional, many episodes examine their relationships and bonds with each other and they are shown to care about one another. Homer Simpson, voiced by Dan Castellaneta, is the father of the Simpson family, he embodies several American working class stereotypes: he is crude, incompetent, thoughtless and a borderline alcoholic. His voice started out as an impression of Walter Matthau but evolved into a more robust voice during the second and third season of the half-hour show, allowing Homer to cover a fuller range of emotions. Homer has since become one of the most influential fictional characters.
He has inspired an entire line of merchandise and his catchphrase, the annoyed grunt "D'oh!", has been included in the Oxford English Dictionary. Marge Simpson, voiced by Julie Kavner, is the well-meaning and patient wife of Homer and mother of Bart and Maggie, her most notable physical feature is her distinctive beehive hairstyle, inspired by Bride of Frankenstein and the style that Matt Groening's mother wore during the 1960s, although her hair was never blue. Bart Simpson, voiced by Nancy Cartwright, is the eldest child in the family—at age 10. Bart's most prominent character traits are his mischievousness, disrespect for authority and sharp wit. During the first two seasons of The Simpsons, Bart was the show's main character; the name "Bart" is an anagram of the word "brat". In 1998, Time magazine selected Bart as 46th of the 100 most influential people of the 20th century, the only fictional character to make the list, he had appeared on the cover the December 31, 1990 edition. During the early episodes, Bart was rebellious and escaped without punishment, which led some parents' groups and conservative spokespeople to believe he provided a poor role model for children.
This prompted George H. W. Bush to rally, "We're going to keep trying to strengthen the American family. To make them more like the Waltons and less like the Simpsons." Lisa Simpson, voiced by Yeardley Smith, is middle child of the family. She is an intelligent eight-year-old girl, one of th
Charles Montgomery "Monty" Burns referred to as Mr. Burns, is a recurring character of the animated television series The Simpsons, he is voiced by Harry Shearer. He is the evil and wealthy owner of the Springfield Nuclear Power Plant and is Homer Simpson's boss, he is assisted at all times by Waylon Smithers, his loyal and sycophantic aide, adviser and secret admirer. Although conceived as a one-dimensional, recurring villain who might enter the Simpsons' lives and wreak some sort of havoc, Mr. Burns' popularity has led to his repeated inclusion in episodes, he is a stereotype of corporate America in his unquenchable desire to increase his own wealth and power, inability to remember his employees' names and lack of concern for their safety and well-being. Reflecting his advanced age, Mr. Burns is given to expressing dated humor, making references to Jazz Age popular culture, aspiring to apply obsolete technology to everyday life. Conan O'Brien has called Mr. Burns his favorite character to write for, due to his arbitrarily old age and extreme wealth.
Mr. Burns' trademark expression is the word "Excellent", muttered in a low, sinister voice while steepling his fingertips, he orders Smithers to "release the hounds", so as to let his vicious guard dogs attack any intruders, enemies or invited guests. Mr. Burns is Springfield's most powerful citizen, he uses his power and wealth to do whatever he wants without regard for consequences and without interference from the authorities. These qualities led Wizard Magazine to rate him the 45th greatest villain of all time. TV Guide named him #2 in their 2013 list of The 60 Nastiest Villains of All Time. In 2016, Rolling Stone ranked him #8 of their "40 Greatest TV Villains of All Time"; as the primary antagonist, Mr. Burns spends his time in his office at the nuclear plant, monitoring his workers via closed-circuit cameras. At an early age, Mr. Burns left his family to live with a twisted and heartless billionaire who owned an "atom mill" in Shelbyville, he would amuse himself by injuring immigrant laborers.
Mr. Burns attended Yale University, where he studied science and business, joined Skull and Bones, competed in the "etherweight" wrestling class, graduated in the class of 1914. At his 25-year college reunion, he became romantically involved with the daughter of an old flame, she would bear his child, Larry Burns, given up for adoption and would enter Mr. Burns' life briefly. Mr. Burns has been engaged at least three times: to a woman named Gertrude who died of loneliness and rabies, to Marge Simpson's mother Jacqueline Bouvier, to a meter maid named Gloria. Mr. Burns enlisted in the United States Army during World War II, served as a member of Springfield's Flying Hellfish squad under Master Sergeant Abraham Simpson and saw action in the Ardennes during the Battle of the Bulge. On he was shipped to the Pacific Theater and was a co-pilot along with Abe Simpson and his brother, Cyrus. Mr. Burns and Abe were stuck on an island. At the end of World War II he was hired by President Harry S. Truman to transport a specially-printed trillion dollar bill to Europe as the United States' contribution to the reconstruction of Europe.
As the United States' richest citizen, Mr. Burns was thought to be the most trustworthy. Mr. Burns absconded with the bill and kept it in his possession for many years until it was lost to Fidel Castro in "The Trouble with Trillions". In "Homer the Smithers", it is revealed that Mr. Burns' mother is still alive at the age of 122 years, although Mr. Burns dislikes speaking to her, because she had an affair with President William Howard Taft and she refers to him as an "improvident lackwit". Furthermore, because she is so old, the only things she can do are pick up the phone and yell. Mr. Burns resides in a vast, ornate mansion on an immense estate called Burns Manor, on the corner of Mammon and Croesus Streets, it is protected by a high wall, an electrified fence, a pack of vicious attack dogs known as "The Hounds". Mr. Burns subjects Springfield and its residents to his abuse and there is a general dislike of him throughout the town. Mr. Burns has blackmailed and bribed various officials in Springfield, including Mayor Quimby and its nuclear safety inspectors.
He employed his wealth to make an unsuccessful run for governor, only to be denied his chance to be Governor by Marge Simpson. He once blocked out the sun to force Springfield residents to increase their use of electricity produced by his nuclear plant and was subsequently shot by Maggie. Mr. Burns' extreme old age is a frequent source of humor on the show, he is referred to as "Springfield's oldest resident". When Smithers informs him that Mr. Burns' credit card PIN is his age, he types four digits in his answer; when Lisa Simpson is researching her ancestors from the American Civil War, she comes across a Colonel Burns in the journal one of Mr. Burns' earlier ancestors. However, when Lisa mentions him, Mr. Burns replies by saying that he hasn't heard his father's name in years. In other episodes, his birthplace is Pangea, his national anthem implies he originates from Austria-Hungary, he mentions the possibility of an update on the Siege of Khartoum, implying that he wa