First appearance: “The Telltale Head” (Season 1, Episode 8)
Notable appearance: “Deep Space Homer” (Season 5, Episode 15)
Voiced by: Harry Shearer

It makes sense that the ludicrous residents of Springfield would have an equally dim-witted news anchor to report on their absurd exploits every week. As the main media personality on Channel 6, Kent Brockman is the perfect talking head to simultaneously sensationalize and trivialize all of the events of Springfield. Over the years his memorable moments include winning the lottery live on the air, being nearly fired for on-air profanity (“That ought to hold those little S.O.B’s”) and refusing to read the news one evening after Bart stole his danish.

None of those incidents, however, compare to Brockman’s most iconic moment among Simpsons fans, when he erroneously welcomes a horde of what he thinks are an invading army of mutant space ants to Earth in “Deep Space Homer.” With the line “And I, for one, welcome our new insect overlords,” Brockman propels himself from flat background character into one of the show’s more notable residents.