The Simpsons are well known for having guest stars, so much so that overusing and under-utilising them has become a frequent criticism of the later seasons. When done right though, the guest stars can be a brilliant addition to the cast.
Some of the most famous guest stars, like Lyle Lanley or Frank Grimes, are actually played by Simpsons regulars, in these examples Phil Hartman and Hank Azaria. Other times, guest stars like Rodney Dangerfield (who played Larry Burns) guest star as brilliant one off characters.
Here though, we’re taking a look at the characters who were actually allowed to play themselves. Congratulations.
Though little walk on appearances or episodes built around celebrities are a big part of modern day frustration with the show, some episodes fold the celebrities in seamlessly, making them feel a natural part of Springfield. These characters get enough time to shine without hogging the spotlight, and manage to get in some great laughs too.
Though celebrity appearances might rightly be criticised on The Simpsons, let’s give credit where it’s due. When they get it right, they hit it out of the park like Darryl Strawberry.