Don’t you hate it when a show you love starts to suck? Or when a beloved character becomes a one-dimensional fragment of their former glory? Or just turns into a complete idiot? Yeah…that.
I call it The Homer Simpson Effect.
It’s when a character who has a personality aspect that is lovable in small doses, ie, being a little ditzy, or some Type A attributes, and then becomes that aspect in full. Homer Simpson used to be somewhat normal with hilarious moments of stupidity. Now? 100% moron, nothing else. No longer hilarious. Just stupid.
I think it’s part lazy writing and part lazy acting. But we see it all the time:
Monica Gellar. Originally a little uptight, became the poster girl for obsessive compulsive disorder.
Andy Dwyer. Same as Homer. Just an idiot now.
Jack and Karen (clearly the best two characters on Will & Grace) became caricatures of themselves.
Gloria on Modern Family. She’s nothing more than a loud, screaming accent.
Sometimes it happens to the entire cast:
It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia
The show that’s most recently broken my heart by descending into the pit of eternal suckitude…
How I Met Your Mother
Have you witnessed The Homer Simpson Effect in any of your favorite characters?