Bob Ross is one of those rare phenomena that unites generations. The more mature among us will fondly remember his soothing, friendly voice emanating from our TV's back in the 1980's, while younger fans are reveling in his unlikely comeback as the star of wonderfully positive and funny memes, and have rediscovered the gentle joy of his TV show The Joy Of Painting on streaming sites.

We spoke to Sarah Strohl over at Bob Ross Inc,  who helped us to put Bob's continuing appeal into perspective. "There were a lot of intentional things done during the filming of The Joy of Painting to make it as timeless as possible from Bob’s choice of dress to the plain black backdrop, but in the end Bob’s enduring popularity really just comes down to Bob," she told Bored Panda.

"People love Bob. He painted amazing landscapes in a very short period of time, but was always humble and more focused on teaching others to do the same than anything else. He’s a very calm, friendly figure on screen, but viewers can also tell that he’s passionate about painting, about animals, about teaching and all of that genuine joy that he wants to pass on to the viewer is infectious. He’s happy when he’s painting and that happiness transfers to the viewer—no matter what year someone is watching, who wouldn’t like that?"

Sarah believes that Bob offers an escape from the stresses and negativity that we are bombarded with in today's world. "He speaks about painting your own happy little world, making a place that is ideal and free of any possible stress," she explained. "No bad things, no sad things. There’s a reason why they are always “happy little trees.” Bob offered painting as a way for viewers to relieve stress. He’s reminded a lot of people watching today to turn to the arts as a way to take a break from everything going on in the world. But for a lot of people, watching Bob paint is the break they need from everyday stress, whether it’s for a love of ASMR or just because The Joy of Painting is a relaxing, happy program that’s easy to watch. Bob would have been absolutely delighted by today’s fans, and especially pleased to see their paintings!"

To celebrate the enduring legacy of Bob, whose can-do attitude and inspiring positivity continues to make people smile more than 20 years after his passing, we have created a list of our favorite memes and posts in his honor. Scroll down below to check out them out for yourself, and vote for the ones you like best!

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Danny Boi 4 months ago

Trying....not....to cry!

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Jennifer 4 months ago

1000 upvotes!

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Jay Broderick 4 months ago

I LOL'd out loud at this!

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Person2638 4 months ago

If only everyone had this mentality

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SandaPanda 4 months ago

A happy little accident :D

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Jennifer 4 months ago

what a great idea!!! you have wonderful friends!

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Danny Boi 4 months ago

The more I learn about Bob Ross, the happier I become.

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lazy panda 4 months ago

WHO HURT BOB???

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PyroarRanger 4 months ago

true

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Danny Boi 4 months ago

"Don't eat yellow snow" ~ Deadpool 2017

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Jennifer 4 months ago

not to sound condescending, but you two are adorable inside and out.

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Jeff 4 months ago

This is why he is a national treasure.

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Kristy P 4 months ago

WHERE. IS. THIS. ??? I need to find it!

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Erika Jones 4 months ago

He was the Mister Rogers of painting.

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La Petite Morte 4 months ago

I'm thinking this needs to be my screensaver. Just so I keep remembering this truth.

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Ola Polowczyk 4 months ago

I need to remember that and make it my motto

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Mother Mary Helen 4 months ago

WHOAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAH

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Jennifer 4 months ago

truth!!

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Jennifer 4 months ago

eyes all watery now...thank you

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Rob Lucchetti 4 months ago

Day now much brighter...Thanks!

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Person2638 4 months ago

looked it up, he didn't appear ☹

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Danny Boi 4 months ago

I say stuff like this sober....

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La Petite Morte 4 months ago

I know I'm gonna feel silly, but who's the first guy?

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Ben Smith 4 months ago

HAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!

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Sage Jay 4 months ago

I didn't grow straight either

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Tiffiny Seemann 4 months ago

Sounds a lot more fun than listening to a lecture about the science of politics and how to handle different areas. Unless you’re being groomed to be an active CEO of a major corporation, then you might want to pay attention because political science would be quite helpful.

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Jennifer 4 months ago

good eye!

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Amina Hays 4 months ago

Fawlty Towers is the greatest. My dad looks like John Cleese.

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Klara R 4 months ago

There is a stream with Bob painting and has quite a lot viewers :) including me, occasionaly

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Cody Eriksen 4 months ago

I've always wanted this!

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Jennifer 4 months ago

such wisdom

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Jennifer 4 months ago

you decide! I get it Bob! Thank you!

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Deena Salzman 4 months ago

PSA: There is MUCH more Bob Ross on Amazon Prime Video than there is on Netflix!

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Basil 4 months ago

Does this at all actually illustrate these concepts?

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Jilltdcatlady 4 months ago

And I believe you.

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Stella Rose 4 months ago

Bob Ross could paint the next Mona Lisa with a brick and a piece of broken glass

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Janine B. 4 months ago

So do I! The only way of hunting! :)))

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PyroarRanger 4 months ago

They didn't? What an outrage!

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Jilltdcatlady 4 months ago

And that was how Germany became the happiest place on Earth.

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Pan39 4 months ago

Believe

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Jilltdcatlady 4 months ago

I couldn't paint a wall with a wide brush. But Bob is using it like its a scalpel in surgery.

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Pan39 4 months ago

bob Ross the best painter

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Swetha Umashankar 4 months ago

I think he likes trees

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Person2638 4 months ago

Don't mean to offend anyone, but Jesus looks like a girl in the photo???

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Effseven Six 4 months ago

Damn straight!!

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Jennifer 4 months ago

thank you bob!

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Peter Bear 4 months ago

Every single time he does a mountain, I go through the same thought process. Doesn't matter if I've seen it once or a hundred times. How the happy little heck does he do that?

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Master Markus 4 months ago

Chuck Norris is a big homophobic asshole, so I sure hope he wasn't!

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Pan39 4 months ago

I don’t always paint trees, but when I do, they’re very happy. I don’t think bob would say “fucking”

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Jennifer 4 months ago

i need to learn to always ask this--regardless of the answer, the point is, ask this!

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Analyn Lahr 4 months ago

I'm pretty sure this is how people become gods.

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violetta 4 months ago

thank you, that's adorable

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Kjorn 4 months ago

doesn't seem happy

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Jilltdcatlady 4 months ago

For regular person "just whack it against something until its clean/dry". For Bob- an exorcism of bad vibes. Literally "beating the Devil".

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Jennifer 4 months ago

lol!

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EM 4 months ago

I saw a Bob Ross painting costume at spirit Halloween last week.

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okpkpkp 4 months ago

How did he keep his hair dry?

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Jilltdcatlady 4 months ago

Bunk! He painted it 15 minutes using 2 colors!

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Peter Bear 4 months ago

Now that's a good attitude to have.

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Agnes 4 months ago

my favourite

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Jennifer 4 months ago

yay!

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okpkpkp 4 months ago

'cept maybe Oprah!

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Neal Evans 4 months ago

Aw man, that's not Michael Jordan