When I was taking that quiz Dave put up yesterday I noticed that there were links to quizzes for Family Guy, South Park and Futurama as well. Rather than add to internet’s already vast archive of arguments over the relative merits of these shows, I’m simply going to point out a telling numerical discrepancy.
In raw numbers The Simpsons quiz had 63 characters, the South Park and Family Guy quizzes had 42 each and the Futurama quiz had 30. But the Simpsons quiz doesn’t have more characters because it’s been on longer. In fact, all of the 63 characters were on the show by Season 9 (nary a Zombie Simpsons creation in the bunch). But that doesn’t tell the whole tale because there are, by my count, only six characters in the quiz that weren’t already on the show by Season 3. (Cletus didn’t show up until Season 5, Brandine, Disco Stu and Homer’s Mom appeared in Season 7, and Duffman and the Cat Lady showed up in Season 9.) In other words, it took The Simpsons less than sixty episodes to have 57 characters memorable enough to be on an internet quiz.
Note: No Crazy Noises this week as Mad Jon is moving to Cypress Creek.