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  • Sep 16, 2014

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ARLINGTON, TEXAS (9/12/14) — “The Simpsons” is the longest-running scripted show in television history. American Mensa has selected its top 10 characters. The characters in this TV tradition were examined by Mensa members nationwide, and the one that came out on top was Bart Simpson. Bart was the No. 1 overall pick as ranked by Mensa members. “I think that Bart is a hero in a way — in trouble and funny, yet good at heart and lovable,” said a participating member. Surprisingly, Lisa Simpson who is an actual (albeit fictional) member of Mensa, was included in the top 10 but did not receive the top spot.

Here are the top 10 “Simpsons” as selected by Mensa members:

  1. Bart Simpson
  2. Homer Simpson
  3. Lisa Simpson
  4. Marge Simpson
  5. Charles Montgomery Burns
  6. Apu Nahasapeemapetilon
  7. Maggie Simpson
  8. Nedward “Ned” Flanders
  9. Herschel Schmoikel Pinkus Krustofsky aka Krusty the Clown
  10. Barney Gumble

Participating Mensa members chose their top 10 from a list created by To view the full infographic, visit

American Mensa is an organization open to anyone who scores in the top 2 percent on an accepted, standardized intelligence test. Mensa has more than 56,000 members in the United States and more than 110,000 members globally. For more information about Mensa, visit or call (800) 66-MENSA.

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