‘The Simpsons’ Kills off Original Character After 34 Years

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The Simpsons just wrote off a major character.

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Fans of The Simpsons were in for a shock this weekend when a long-running character was unexpectedly killed off. With The Simpsons being as old as it is, the show and its titular family have seen their fair share of exciting, thrilling,  shocking, and unbelievable events, with dozens of characters leaving and returning over the years. However, it’s quite rare that a character is actually killed off, which is exactly what happened in the show’s newest episode.

Few shows are as instantly recognizable as The Simpsons. Premiering in 1989, The Simpsons is now entering its 35th season on the air, a monumental feat in the entertainment industry.

With over 750 episodes, The Simpsons holds the record as the longest-running animated series, sitcom, and scripted primetime series in American television history. Whether you’re a fan of the show or not, you can easily point out Homer, Bart, Marge, Lisa, and Maggie and their wonderfully deranged town known as Springfield.

A big part of what makes these characters so great and memorable is their respective voice actors, who have given life to this dysfunctional, neon-yellow family and their friends for over thirty years.

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In the newest episode of The Simpsons titled “Cremains Of The Day,” viewers learned alongside Homer, Moe, Lenny, and Carl that Larry the Barfly had passed away. While Larry may not be one of the more recognizable characters from the show, the character has been a part of The Simpsons since the very beginning.

Larry had been a frequent patron of Moe’s Tavern and could be seen in the background of many episodes. Larry made his Simpsons debut during the show’s first episode, “Simpsons Roasting on an Open Fire,” which premiered in 1989.

Larry was voiced by Harry Shearer, who is a major part of The Simpsons cast. Shearer provides his voice for other iconic characters, like Ned Flanders, Mr. Burns, and Waylon Smithers, among others.  

Although Larry the Barfly had been around for decades, he hardly ever spoke or had any influence on the plot of episodes. Fans barely knew anything about Larry, which was actually a recurring joke in the new episode.

After all these years, Larry was posthumously revealed to be named Lawrence Dalrymple.

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The Simpsons is no stranger to controversy, with the show recently facing backlash over the long-running gag of Homer strangling his son Bart.

Reports indicated that the iconic gag of Homer strangling his son Bart was being removed from the show entirely. These rumors came from a clip released of The Simpsons in which Homer says, “I don’t do that anymore. Times have changed.”

This all turned out to be untrue, with an executive producer setting the record straight.

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Fans of The Simpsons can stream the show in its entirety on Disney+ following The Walt Disney Company’s purchase of 21st Century Fox in 2019. This buyout brought dozens of iconic film and television franchises into Disney’s hands, with The Simpsons being one of the most valuable.

The Simpsons continues to be a significant anchor of Disney’s in-house streaming service, Disney+, and the show consistently ranks as one of the most-watched titles on the platform.

While Disney has yet to integrate this iconic American family into its theme parks, many rumors suggest guests may soon see Homer or Bart Simpson in the Magic Kingdom or Disneyland Park.

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