This week that mighty yellow television juggernaut, The Simpsons, reached its 550th episode, in this its 25th year. Few shows, animated or otherwise, have ever managed such an achievement and even fewer have reached said milestone with as much interest and as many fans as The Simpsons. So what is the key to the world's favourite fictional family's success? D'oh! It's a real no-brainer - much like the man himself. A big reason why the family has endured is surely due to the impulsive, inept yet totally endearing Homer Simpson. When The Simpsons began (after first appearing in shorts in The Tracey Ullman Show) in 1989, pre-teen tearaway Bart Simpson was the star of the show. However, the production team soon realised they had created a finer comic character in Homer and the show was given a new focus. Ever since, Homer has been responsible for a large portion of the series' greatest moments, both hilarious - with the character often stealing the best lines and sight gags - and touching, unlike most animated series, The Simpsons has never shied away from the odd emotional scene. So sit back in your couch groove, with a Duff beer in one hand, your son's neck in the other, and relax (remember, if something's hard to do, it's not worth doing) as we run through the very best of Homer Simpson.