Ned Flanders

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The Simpsons character
Ned Flanders
Gender Male
Job Owner of The Leftourium
Relatives Sons: Rod and Todd
Wife: Maude (deceased)
Parents: Mona Flanders and Nedward Flanders, Sr.
Voice actor Harry Shearer
First appearance
The Simpsons "Simpsons Roasting on an Open Fire"

Nedward "Ned" Flanders is a character in the animated television series The Simpsons.

History[change | change source]

Creation[change | change source]

The writers found Harry Shearer's voice for Flanders so sweet that they decided to make the character a Christian.

Ned Flanders and his son Todd first appeared in the season one episode "Simpsons Roasting on an Open Fire", which was the series first episode. The first episode in which Flanders and his family were seen is season two's "Dead Putting Society", which also showed the first appearance of Maude and Rod Flanders.[1]

Name[change | change source]

Flanders was named after Flanders St. in Portland, Oregon, the hometown of Simpsons creator Matt Groening.[2] Groening wanted Flanders as "just a guy who was truly nice, that Homer had no justifiable reason to loathe, but then did." It was not until after the first few episodes that it was decided Flanders would be a faithful Christian.[3] Mike Scully said that Flanders is "everything Homer would love to be, although he'll never admit it."[3] Flanders had originally been meant to just be a neighbor that Homer was jealous of, but Harry Shearer used "such a sweet voice" and Flanders was planned to become a Christian and a sweet guy that someone would choose to live next to over Homer.

How he was received[change | change source]

Ned's "unbearable niceness" has been described as "The Simpsons' worst comment about religion. Although Flanders was meant to be only a character making fun of Christian right, he has since become a favorite of many Christian viewers.[1] He has been described as "[The United States]' most well-known evangelical."[4] Dr. Rowan Williams, the Archbishop of Canterbury, declared himself as a Simpsons fan,[5] and likes Flanders.[4]

References[change | change source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 Jean, Al. (2002). The Simpsons season 2 DVD commentary for the episode "Dead Putting Society" [DVD]. 20th Century Fox.
  2. Blake, Joseph (2007-01-06). "Painting the town in Portland". The Vancouver Sun. http://www.canada.com/vancouversun/news/travel/story.html?id=f90268d8-6a5b-438d-9509-f03ecff27cc1. Retrieved January 13, 2007.
  3. 3.0 3.1 Joe Rhodes (2000-10-21). "Flash! 24 Simpsons Stars Reveal Themselves". TV Guide.
  4. 4.0 4.1 Peter Feuerherd (2006-05-01). "Save me, Jesus! Getting along with your born-again neighbor". U.S. Catholic. http://www.thefreelibrary.com/Save+me,+Jesus!+Getting+along+with+your+born-again+neighbor-a0145157892. Retrieved 2007-11-03.
  5. "Archbishop of Canterbury May Star on 'Simpsons'". Beliefnet. 2004-06-21. http://www.beliefnet.com/story/148/story_14807_1.html. Retrieved 2007-11-03.

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