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The Flanders family is a family in the animated television series The Simpsons. The nuclear family consists of Ned, Maude, and their two sons Rod and Todd, although Maude died in the season eleven episode "Alone Again, Natura-Diddily". They live next to the Simpson family.




Ned Flanders is the father in a devoutly Christian family, and is often used to satirize Fundamentalist Christianity, as well as the cloying "niceness" of doggedly upbeat born-again evangelicals. Ned is the Simpson family's neighbor and as such is a frequent target of Homer's abuse and a party to Homer's antics and schemes. Homer usually hates Ned, although he has referred to Ned as "Stupid best friend Flanders!" He owns a small shop in The Springfield Mall called "The Leftorium". Because of the manner in which Rod and Todd have been raised, they are terrified of anything outside of their strict Christian upbringing. This leads to Rod and Todd often moaning in fear whenever something immoral happens.


Maude Flanders was the wife of Ned Flanders, and the mother of Rod and Todd. Maude was voiced by Maggie Roswell, and also temporarily by Marcia Mitzman Gaven from 1999-2000 (while Roswell was involved in a pay dispute) before the character was killed off. In 2002, Roswell returned to the show and has since occasionally voiced the deceased character.

Maude Flanders was the happily married wife of Ned Flanders. With Ned, she had two children, Rod and Todd Flanders, in whom she instilled her unwavering piety. Maude was a woman with many qualities: faith, chastity, charity. She campaigned strongly against Itchy and Scratchy with Marge. While she was not employed outside the home, Maude was a busy homemaker and a tireless advocate for the children, whose innocence is so often sullied by the "evils" of cartoon violence, liberal education, and the insidious influences of popular culture. Even though she spent much of her free time in prayer and reading the Bible and helping out her husband at the Leftorium, Maude was known to let her hair down for the occasional dinner party at the home of her neighbors, the Simpsons. Homer often made statements insinuating his attraction to Maude, thereby literally coveting his neighbor's wife. Also, in the second season episode "The War of the Simpsons", Homer ogled at Maude's very low-cut dress at a dinner party, which resulted in him and Marge going to marriage camp.

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