The benchmark of bad parenting for more than 20 years, Homer Simpson, has been named the best TV/Film character ever in a new survey. Not like forever ever, mind you, but the last 20 years.
Entertainment Weekly's latest issue ranks the top 100 characters from TV and Film, and Homer beat out the likes of Harry Potter, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Silence of the Lambs' Hannibal Lecter, Edward Scissorhands, and Heath Ledger's The Joker.
Seems like a pretty safe choice, though certainly a warranted one. Even if the show weren't still chugging along, that magical period of near-transcendental comedic quality found in seasons 2 through 10 pretty much would have made him a shoe-in, regardless.
Me personally? My vote would be for Deadwood's Al Swearingen. What say you, Screened community?