We’ve spent so much time in Springfield over the past three decades, we almost feel like honorary citizens by now.
The Simpsons returns for Season 32 this Sunday (Fox, 8/7c), and through the years, we’ve gotten to know not only the nuclear family of Homer, Marge, Bart, Lisa and Maggie, but the cast of seemingly thousands that populate the town, from annoying neighbors and fed-up teachers to TV clowns and space aliens. But which Springfield denizens have fascinated us the most across all 31 seasons so far? In other words: Who are the Best. Characters. Ever?
In honor of Season 32, we here at TVLine have selected and ranked the 32 best Simpsons characters of all time — and with such a sprawling cast, we could’ve easily gone to 50, so we had to make some very tough cuts. Who came in higher, Sideshow Bob or Krusty the Clown? Which Simpson family member ranks the highest? And which non-Simpson ended up at number one overall? (You might be surprised!) So grab yourself an ice-cold Duff beer and read on to see our full ranking, and then hit the comments to weigh in on who ranked too high, too low or should’ve been left off altogether.
First, though, some honorable mentions: Professor Frink, Dr. Hibbert, Mayor Quimby, Kent Brockman, Maggie Simpson, Reverend Lovejoy, Superintendent Chalmers, Sideshow Mel, Fat Tony, Jimbo Jones, Maude Flanders, Snake Jailbird, Rainer Wolfcastle (aka McBain), Bumblebee Man, Lenny and Carl, Itchy and Scratchy, Rod and Todd Flanders, Bleeding Gums Murphy, Hans Moleman, Duff Man, the Sea Captain and Crazy Cat Lady. (We treasure each and every last one of them.)