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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
5 Robert California on The Office
After the departure of Michael Scott, a new boss was needed in Scranton. There were plenty of candidates interviewed – including characters played by guest stars Ray Romano and Jim Carrey.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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