Harry Shearer’s 10 best moments on the Simpsons (video)

14 May 2015

Harry Shearer, via Bryan Ledgard on Flickr

News broke today that Harry Shearer, one of the voice actors on the Simpsons, has left the show. Here is some of his most memorable work.

The voice of characters as utterly brilliant as Otto the bus driver, Mr Burns, Waylon Smithers, Principal Skinner, Rainere Wolfcastle and Ned Flanders, Shearer’s voice is perhaps more recognisable to people of about four generations than any other.

I remember Sunday nights when I was a kid as the greatest of the week, knowing a new The Simpsons episode would air on Sky One.

There was that year the summer holidays broke up the biggest cliffhanger in history, separating the two parts of Who Shot Mr Burns.

Of course, the show isn’t still punching at the same weight as it once was, but then again when you set the bar as high as the moon, you tend to fall short thereafter.

Anyway, here are some of Harry Shearer’s characters at their absolute best.

There’s Ned Flanders, telling his children to pray for penis:

Or Ned distracting Homer with his ultra-tight ski ensemble:

There’s Otto’s consistent, unsubtle glam-rock love, portrayed well in this snippet of Black Sabbath adoration:

Or the sexually confused, deeply troubled yet utterly adorable Smithers. Here are some of his gems:

There’s Skinner absolutely losing it as a bus driver:

Or the greatest pronunciation of his name ever:

There’s the entire McBain film, which featured in tiny snippets throughout The Simpsons’ earlier run:

There’s Kent Brockman, whose advice should always be heeded:

And then we get to Mr Burns, the finest evil character in TV history. He’s basically Cartman, fromSouth Park, but with far more money to fund his evil escapades.

He gave us The Simpsons’ greatest-ever joke:

And all of humanity’s greatest-ever song:

It’s a fond farewell us Simpsons fans bid to Shearer and, through Twitter, he has responded:

Here are just some of the many Tweets from fans around the world:

Harry Shearer image, via Bryan Ledgard on Flickr

Gordon Hunt was a journalist with Silicon Republic