First appearance: “The Telltale Head” (Season 1, Episode 8)
Notable Appearance: “In Marge We Trust” (Season 8, Episode 22)
Voiced by: Harry Shearer
It’s no secret that the people of Springfield are almost all dangerously unqualified for their jobs, and in no character is this more evident than Reverend Timothy Lovejoy, the local minister at The First Church of Springfield. Problem is, he openly disdains all things Christian. As his character has progressed, Lovejoy has been a conduit for the writers of the show to channel their frustrations with organized religion.
This is a man of the cloth who has called the Bibe “a 2,000 page sleeping pill” and claims that all religions are pretty much the same. In the episode “In Marge We Trust,” we learn that Lovejoy’s formerly idealistic views of the world had grown jaded because of his constant run-ins with Ned Flanders, whose devotion to religion had sapped Lovejoy of his passion for it. But, of course, instead of trying to find inspiration for his problems in the Bible, Lovejoy simply takes out his frustrations by letting his dog do his sinful business on Ned’s lawn.