As a not-so-wise man once put it, the answers to life's problems aren't at the bottom of a bottle, they're on TV.
It's a good time to be a TV fan, as evidenced by the host of new, high quality shows that grace our screens each year and throw their hats into the ring for the right to be included among those hallowed names that always come up when the best television shows of all time are being discussed. The likes of The Sopranos, The Wire, Game of Thrones and Breaking Bad among many other fine offerings from recent TV schedules and decades past deserve to be part of this conversation, but for many seasoned couch dwellers the final word will always belong to The Simpsons.
Regardless of the notable dip in quality since the show's remarkable heyday, it is beyond dispute that The Simpsons in its prime stood as tall as any show before or since in terms of sheer quality and consistency, while few to none at all can claim a comparable level of success or influence. Quite aside from the fact that your South Parks and Family Guys would probably never have existed were it not for their yellow-skinned forefathers, The Simpsons also opened the door for companies like Pixar and DreamWorks to create animated features both suitable and enjoyable for all ages.
It would take a long time to list all the reasons why The Simpsons became the TV powerhouse and cultural phenomenon it still is, but a key one is the vast array of unique characters created to complement the Simpsons themselves and it would take even longer to name all of them. However, a handful of characters managed to become unforgettable in just a single appearance, so start the Boo-urns cheers and strap yourself in and feel the G's as we revisit ten of the very best.