Planet of the TV Monkeys: Our Favorite Small-Screen Simians
If you've turned on the television even once in the last few weeks, you damn well know that Friday marks the release of Rise of the Planet of the Apes, a new entry of the classic franchise that set back human-monkey relations for decades. (We're okay with them now, as long as they ride little tricycles.) Since the world will be taken over by apes any day now, we thought we'd list out our favorite TV simians in hopes that they'll spare us and give us a banana. And while we're on the topic of "favorites," you'll notice that Marcel from Friends isn't mentioned here. I hated that poo-flinger.
Evil Monkey, Family GuyEvil Monkey lives in Chris' closet and... uhhh, grins and does a lot of pointing. Apparently that's enough to get it on this list.
The cast of The Chimp ChannelTBS found comedy gold when it made interstitials featuring monkeys and later made its first original comedy series The Chimp Channel. Fact: Chimps wearing human clothes are funny. Facter: Chimps spoofing movies are always funny.
Bollo from The Mighty BooshThis gentle giant charms us with a sense of normalcy in a show that's about three solar systems away from normal. Bollo is a talented musician, and DJs at one of London's hottest clubs when he's not at the zoo. And he's a must when you need to pack your bags.
Guenter, FuturamaThis little guy was made super smart with a special hat invented by Professor Farnsworth. Even though he really only substantially appeared in one episode ("Mars University") he still makes this list because he put a hat on his butt.
Mojo Jojo, The Powerpuff GirlsThe archvillain of the adorable supergirls, Mojo is another super-intelligent simian. Forever jealous that Professor Utonium chose the girls over him, Mojo made it his life's work to take the girls down. But he still shops at the grocery store like you and I.
Cheeta, TarzanThe goon in the loincloth gets all the credit (and the girls), but we all know it was his chimpanzee sidekick that really did all the hard work.
Bear, B.J. and the BearBear is easily the best truck-driving chimpanzee to appear on primetime television. BJ and the Bear appeared on NBC from 1979 to 1981. But as you can tell from the clip, he wasn't actually that great of an actor.
What TV monkeys make you go bananas?
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