It’s common knowledge that monkeys are cool. You can put them in any TV show or movie and it’ll instantly become a classic. How much better would it be if Rosebud was actually Charles Foster Kane’s pet orangutan or if the cast of Seinfeld were all baboons? That’s why Bear, the chimpanzee from B.J. and the Bear, was so vital to the show.

He added hilarity and cuteness to a series that desperately needed it because just watching a chimp-less B.J. battle it out with Sheriff Lobo would have been a major bummer. We sure hope Bear was compensated with a buffet of bananas and termites for all of his hard work.