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The Best Sitcom Characters Of All-Time

The Best Sitcom Characters Of All-Time
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There is little more comforting than lounging on the sofa, and binging your favorite sitcoms.

What ultimately makes sitcoms so comforting, in addition to the clever writing and improbably affordable apartments, are the characters.

Why Friends continues to gain a new legion of fans, even nearly 20 years after its finale, is the fact that those watching often want Monica, Chandler, Rachel, Ross, Joey and especially Phoebe to actually be their friends.

Or wish their own friends' dynamic was more like that iconic sextet.

Indeed, people would be much less hesitant to show up for work if they knew The Office's Jim or Pam would be waiting for them, or think that their school days might have been more pleasurable if taught by Abbot Elementary's Janine Teagues.

Characters who are so lovable, it almost breaks our hearts that they aren't real.


Redditor thierryadams was eager to hear who people considered the best sitcom character of all time, leading them to ask:
"Who is the best sitcom character of all time?"

The Dad We All Wish We Had

"Hal from 'Malcolm in the Middle'."- TerriblyAverage1

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Someone Get That Lady a Vodka Rocks... Or A Piece Of Toast...

"Lucille Bluth."

"She stole every scene she was in, which is both a testament to how well the character was written and Jessica Walter’s performance."- PobBrobert

"It's Always Sunny" When They're Around.

"Charlie Kelly!"- SuperDuperCatman

"Frank Reynolds."- Pumpkin-tits-NYC

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"But He Already Did Something Today"...

"Titus Andromedon from 'Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt'."- cherry_blsm00

Especially When He Makes A "huge mistake"...

"Gob Bluth."- BrushGoodDar

Threatening Our Grasp On Reality

"Creed."

"Proof that less is more."

“'Somebody making soup?'”- AussieDuckMan

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The Boss Of Our Dreams

"Captain Holt"- Cabbiecar1001

If Only For His Hair!

"Maurice Moss, 'IT Crowd'."- SalsaYogurt

One Only Hopes Our Future Will Involve Him

"Bender B. Rodriguez."

"Remember that scene in Kill Bill where Bill says Clark Kent is Superman's impression of humans?"

"Clark had to act like all the other humans in order to blend into human society."

"Now apply that logic to Bender."

"He was made by humans to be able to function and relate to people in a human world."

"The humans made him in their own image and he's the most self-centered, amoral, insecure, emotional train wreck on Earth."

"He is what we secretly fear about our own nature."- blakethegr8

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One could say it's their questionable grasp of reality that makes sitcoms so enjoyable.

If Will Truman were a real-life New York attorney, there's no way he would have been chronically single for seven years.

Far-fetched as some of their premises may be, however, our favorite sitcom characters can almost be viewed as the friends who never disappoint us.

As they're always guaranteed to make us laugh and put a smile on our faces.

Even when they break our hearts.

Seriously, how could Nathan do that to Ted Lasso?!?!?!

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A person who loudly mouths their opinion about a certain topic with so much confidence isn't always right.

They're usually lacking self-awareness.

Or they're just being obnoxious.

We know who these people are. They are the ones who think they can get their point across effectively simply by raising their voice because that'll register.

Umm, no.

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Be it an old familiar, or a new establishment that has been the talk of the town, restaurant diners are always faced with a challenge once they are handed a menu.

Do they stick with what they know, and order the burger and fries or spaghetti and meatballs, which are both difficult to screw up?

Or do they get a little adventurous, and try the restaurant's specialité, even if it's something they've never tried before in their lives?

Generally speaking, it tends to be on a case-by-case basis based on the restaurant they are dining in.

Of course, some people have such an aversion to certain ingredients or dishes, that no matter the location, they will never order it.

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"Never dip your pen in the company ink."

An age-old cautionary saying urging people not to get romantically entangled with their coworkers.

Doing so used to be illegal at many companies, whereas now it's grown to become a bit more commonplace, and often results in some cases of wedded bliss and happily ever afters (as demonstrated by The Office's Jim and Pam.)

Of course, when entering a relationship with a coworker, be it a one night stand or a committed, multi-year relationship, there is always the risk that it might not end well, resulting in your being forced to see your ex every day at the office (Bridget Jones anyone?)

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It can take a lot of courage to put yourself out there and let someone know you're interested.

As long as they're not creepy, aggressive, or crazy, it should be flattering, right?

If you're straight and a person of the same gender as you flirts with you, this should be easy to deal with.

In most cases, it took a lot more courage for them to ask than for you to hear.

The following question has been asked to many a straight guy over the years.

Let's see how the times and reactions have progressed.

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