On the ever-growing list of things people use to relax for a lazy hour or two after a long day, sitcoms are usually up there with reality television, alcohol and sports. While sports can be stressful, reality TV can be enraging, and alcohol is unhealthy when over-consumed. More often than not, whether animated or not, sitcoms have likable, relatable characters, whose presence in our daily lives is welcomed and cherished. Unfortunately, no matter how hard creative minds try, not every protagonist is liked.
Sometimes our favorite sitcoms are filled with terrible characters. They may be funny and provide plenty of laughs at times, but there might be something about them that just makes you despise them. They might have horrible personalities, and maybe that’s why you can’t stand them. They could even be grating, irritating or simply get on your nerves. Some of these characters are so hated by fans that they would love to see them taken off the show entirely. What do you think of the characters on this list? Are any of them your favorites, or do you hate them with a passion?
12. Ted from How I Met Your Mother
For eight long years, How I Met Your Mother fans had to endure the whiny antics of Ted Mosby. He was the star of the show, but as time went on many fans grew to hate him. Thankfully, the cast was filled with many likable characters that made How I Met Your Mother enjoyable and funny.
Ted did provide fans with quite a few laughs, and at first almost everyone was rooting for him. However, by the end of the show’s run the mere sight of him made many fans angry.
11. Mark Brendanawicz From Parks and Recreation
He was supposed to be Parks and Recreation’s version of Jim Halpert. Mark Brendanawicz, who was played by Paul Schneider, was the straight man to wild and zany Leslie Knope, played by Amy Poehler. Unfortunately, unlike most of the characters on this spectacular sitcom, he just wasn’t funny.
Fans grew tired of Mark very quickly, and as Parks and Rec developed its own voice it became an instant classic rather than just a clone of The Office. Thankfully, Schneider left the show at the end of season two. Adam Scott and Rob Lowe joined the cast, and Parks and Rec went from great to excellent almost instantly.
10. Dennis from It’s Always Sunny In Philadelphia
It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia is one of the funniest shows on TV, and that’s quite an accomplishment considering there isn’t a single likable character on the show. Dee, Mac, Frank and Charlie are some of the worst people you could possibly imagine, but it’s Dennis that is by far the most detestable.
Sure, his fits of rage and spastic freak outs are good for plenty of laughs, but if you can relate to Dennis in any way there is probably something seriously wrong with you. He is a selfish, sexist, misogynistic narcissist, and he may very well be a sexual deviant and serial killer, too. It’s easy to laugh at Dennis, but it’s also very easy to hate him.
9. Ross from Friends
If you ask any Friends fan who their favorite character is, it is extremely unlikely that anyone will choose Ross. Like Ted from How I Met Your Mother, he is simply too annoying and whiny. His obsession with dinosaurs was unfunny and the on and off dynamic between him and Rachel was tedious.
Chandler was witty and clever while Joey was charming because of his stupidity. Ross on the other hand was judgmental, snide, condescending, melodramatic and just plain depressing. For the show’s entire ten year run he was nothing but an annoying sad sack – even when he got the girl!
8. Tom Haverford from Parks and Recreation
Pawnee, Indiana was filled with plenty of douchey characters. From Councilman Jamm to Jean-Ralphio, there were so many characters you just wanted to punch right in the face – and Ron Swanson actually did that to Councilman Jamm. However, these were side characters, and they were so over the top and cartoony you actually came to like them.
Tom Haverford on the other hand was part of the main cast, and he was just a real jerk. We all wanted Leslie, Ben, Andy, April, Donna, Ron and Gerry to have great lives, but Tom was such an uncaring jerk many Parks and Rec fans didn’t really care what happened to him in the end.
7. Leonard Hofstadter on The Big Bang Theory
If Sheldon is The Big Bang Theory character everybody loves to hate, then Leonard is The Big Bang Theory character everyone simply hates. Period. Sheldon is unintentionally mean because most of the time he doesn’t know any better. Leonard on the other hand is simply snide and annoying.
Big Bang Theory fans tune in to see what Sheldon, Howard and Raj will be up to. Few can even muster up the slightest bit of enthusiasm for this hated and unlikable character. The less of this annoying, selfish and neurotic character the better.
6. Newman from Seinfeld
He was supposed to be Kramer’s fun and wacky sidekick. He could have even been conniving and lovable. However, that’s not the way things turned out. Newman was the Bugs Bunny to Jerry’s Elmer Fudd, and it didn’t take long for Seinfeld fans to become fed up with him. If it was Jerry Seinfeld vs. Newman, most Seinfeld fans would want to see Jerry victorious, and some fans even hated Newman as much as Jerry did!
Still, it was always fun to see how Newman could piss off Jerry so easily, and that resulted in plenty of laughs. Many of the characters on Seinfeld were selfish and stubborn, but you grew to care about the characters. Many fans could even feel empathy for perennial loser and sloth George Costanza. Newman on the other hand didn’t garner much sympathy from anyone.
5. Robert California on The Office
Eventually it was announced that Robert California would be the new boss, and his weird, pseudo-sexual controlling demeanor seemed like it would result in plenty of laughs. There was a lot of potential here. Unfortunately the character became one-note and annoying. Most fans couldn’t stand him and they longed for the return of Steve Carell’s Michael Scott.
4. Poochie on The Simpsons
The whole point of Poochie was that he was supposed to be a brand new beloved character. Unfortunately, Poochie was hated on two levels. The Simpsons characters watching The Itchy and Scratchy Show hated him, and so did real life Simpsons fans.
However, Poochie was so lame and such a poor attempt at being something cool that he became a great joke and a classic bit of meta humor. To the extreme! Let’s just hope Simpsons writers aren’t tempted to bring back this hated character.
3. Kimmy Gibbler from Full House
Kimmy Gibbler was the Steve Urkel of Full house. However, she was simply too annoying and unfunny. Thankfully, her popularity didn’t skyrocket like Steve Urkel’s, and she didn’t take over the show.
Kimmy Gibbler will be returning in the upcoming Full House spin-off Fuller House, which is set to debut on Netflix soon. Hopefully her screen time is kept to a minimum and she doesn’t become a central focus of the show, because that is just asking for trouble.
2. Marcy from Married With Children
Marcy certainly had potential as a character. Her constant arguments with Al Bundy were very funny and Al’s comebacks always put her in her place. Al Bundy was the king of delivering sick burns, and no one experienced that wrath more often than Marcy.
Unfortunately, that was the problem with her character. She was never more than an annoying and shrill punching bag for heavyweight Al and his insults. She could never really give Al a run for his money in the insult-slinging department, and she was more pathetic than empowering.
1. Jeff Greene on Curb Your Enthusiasm
There is no question about it; Larry David often came off as a complete a**hole on Curb Your Enthusiasm. However, more often than not he was simply being a bastion of common sense. Most of the time he was a victim of his neurosis and unfortunate circumstances.
David’s friend and manager Jeff Greene, played by Jeff Garlin, on the other hand may have appeared likable on the surface, but in reality he was just a womanizing sex addict who loved to drive drunk, cheat on his wife and play with himself on his friend’s sheets.