Inventory: “Maybe Moe gets a cellphone”: 12 Simpsons characters who actually evolved

1. Moe Szyslak

The status quo of The Simpsons is rooted in the Simpsons themselves, a quintet that will never change, no matter how many times their personal backstories and prospective futures do. (And no one will ever mention “That ’90s Show” again, under penalty of torture.) While the show’s protagonists forego the aging-in-real-time routes taken by their live-action counterparts in sitcomland, that places the onus of character development on the rest of Springfield. Sometimes, this can lead to maddening inconsistencies (how old are the bullies of Springfield Elementary?); other times, as in the case of local bartender and occasional orca smuggler Moe Szyslak, 26 seasons of The Simpsons have molded uncannily realized figures out of one-note stock types. Time has rendered Moe a tragicomic figure beyond compare, beautifully (and hilariously) human, yet detested for his emotional and physical ugliness. The latter quality has been blamed on boxing gloves …

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *