“The Simpsons” Is Losing a Major Voice Behind Many Characters

Posted on May 14, 2015

“The Simpsons” has been a television institution since December of 1989. BusinessWire has even written that for the past 25 years a talented team of animators and voice over actors have made this show a hit for Fox. This show holds a lot of television records. According to Wikipedia, it is the longest running American sitcom, the longest running American animated show and the longest running scripted prime time American television show. It is truly a television legend that given the changing world of the TV landscape, with services such as Netflix, may never be beaten for these records. The actors who have been lending their voices to the characters are now known mostly for this show even if they had careers beforehand.

There are about a half dozen actors who provide the voices for the vast majority of the characters on the show. They include Dan Castellaneta, Hank Azaria, Harry Shearer, Tress MacNeille, Pamela Hayden and Nancy Cartwright. This is where some depressing news comes into the picture. Harry Shearer, the voice of Mr. Burns, Smithers, Ned Flanders, Principal Skinner and others, is leaving the show after the 26th season. He just made the announcement on twitter and, of course, there are already polls online as to whether the show can go on without him voicing these characters. Whether “The Simpsons” survives or not, it has cemented itself a place in television history and nothing will ever undo that.