As The Simpsons celebrates its 20th anniversary this Sunday, all this week at IGN TV we're taking a look back at the best elements of the animated series. Today we present what we think are the 25 best peripheral characters. Yesterday we ran down the 25 best guest appearances on the show, and coming up later this week we'll run down our favorite quotes from Homer in a new Line-O-Rama feature, as well as list the best episode from each of the past 20 seasons.
There are many, many small "peripheral" roles on The Simpsons, but how did IGN TV determine the best peripheral characters? Well, first we eliminated characters that are shown often enough to be considered "regulars" (like Moe, Milhouse, Mr. Burns, and Smithers) or big supporting characters that have often gotten their own storylines (like Krusty, Apu and Principal Skinner). After all the bigger characters were removed, we narrowed down our list to the 25 characters we like the best. Limiting the number to 25 meant that some of the characters we wanted to make the list didn't, such as Kang & Kodos, Gil, and Dr. Hibbert -- so maybe there's another character list in our future.
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