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100 Best Comedy Characters Currently On Television (Honorable Mentions)

February 29, 2012

I wanted to mention a few of the characters that just missed out on being included on the list.  Some of these are minor characters on shows that had such a deep stable of characters that I just couldn’t fit them in; others are bigger stars that I’m not huge fans of, but for whatever reasons, these just didn’t make my cut for the 100 funniest characters on tv.  Again, apologies to the fans of How I Met Your Mother, The Big Bang Theory, Up All Night, New Girl, etc. but those characters are not on the list because I do not watch those shows.  I’m sorry, but hopefully I watch enough shows that you will like some of the list anyway.

(Going in alphabetical order of the show these characters came from)

Lutz, Toofer, Grizz, Dot-Com, & Cerie (30 Rock)

30 Rock has such a great cast of characters that you could almost make a list just including those characters.  These were the most notable of the people that didn’t make the cut.

Krieger and Gillette (Archer)

Again, a really deep cast of characters, but I think these two characters just aren’t as strong as the rest of the cast of Archer along with the other characters on this list.

The Waitress and The McPoyles (It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia)

The Waitress is probably the character that is most relevant to the events of Always Sunny that missed the cut, but the funniest characters to miss the cut are the McPoyles.  Hilarious, gross, and incestuous, these characters are inseparable and they have provided one of the funniest shows on television some of the biggest laughs.

Haley Dunphy, Alex Dunphy, & Lily Tucker-Pritchett (Modern Family)

The daughters of Modern Family get the short stick here, primarily due to another great, deep cast.  Personally, I’m not as big a fan of the new Lily as I was of the old Lily, and had I done this list a year ago, Lily would probably knock someone out.  However, as it is, the three of them miss out here.

Kevin, Oscar, Angela, Stanley, Phyllis, Kelly, Ryan, Erin, Toby, Gabe, Robert California, & Meredith (The Office)

The supporting cast of The Office would have had a stronger showing in years past, and had I done this list prior to Steve Carell’s departure, you can be assured, Michael Scott would have placed in the top 10 easily.  As it is, there are just too many shows with too many great characters that the employees of Dunder Mifflin missed out on placing more characters on the list.

Donna Meagle (Parks and Recreation)

The one “primary” character of Parks and Recreation that missed the cut.  While she is very funny, I felt that the other characters that were included were just funnier or more well rounded.  She has helped to give Parks and Rec one of its greatest catchphrases, however: Treat Yo Self.  Treat yo self, Donna, to make up for not being on the list.

Kristen Wiig, Jason Sudeikis (Saturday Night Live)

Hear me out: I only put “characters” on the list, so SNL cast members had a harder time making the list because they needed a signature “character” to make the list.  So while Sudeikis is a great cast member, he doesn’t have a super character that placed high enough to make the list.  Also, Kristen Wiig is many people’s favorite cast member, and while she is not mine, I did want to find a reason to include her.  However, I didn’t think any of her recurring characters were consistently strong enough to place.  As Gilly would say, “Sorry.”  (Also, some of you may be thinking, I could have killed 2 birds with one stone by including the “2 A-Holes” skit, but they have not done that skit recently enough in my opinion to merit inclusion.)

Too many to properly name (The Simpsons)

When a show cracks the 500 episode mark as The Simpsons just did, you know there have to be a ton of characters to choose from for a list like this.   In truth, one could easily make a list of just the 100 best Simpsons characters (LIGHTBULB!).  This show does provide the most characters on the list, but there were a great number of exclusions, for which I apologize to any avid Simpsons fans that may be reading this.  A quick rundown of some of the excluded characters: Grandpa Simpson, Selma and Patty Bouvier, Apu, Lenny and Carl, Kent Brockman, Crazy Cat Lady, Superintendent Chalmers, Comic Book Guy (I can hear it now….Worst. List. Ever.), Disco Stu, Duffman, Fat Tony, Barney, Dr. Hibbert, Edna Krabappel, Reverend Lovegood, Otto, Mayor Quimby, Sideshow Bob, Chief Wiggum, and Groundskeeper Willie.  Forgive me, Simpsons fans, but there should be enough representation on the list to hopefully make up for the large number of characters not present.

Mr. Garrison, Mr. Mackey, most of the adults (South Park)

The simple reasoning behind this decision was just choosing which Trey Parker and Matt Stone characters to include.  At its core, South Park is about the kids, and while I couldn’t include all of the kids, I figured that they deserved spots the most.  M’kay?

So, that is a partial rundown of the most glaring absences from the list.  Hopefully that doesn’t turn you off to the list as a whole, as these were all tough decisions about who to include and who to leave off.

Hope you liked this post, and I hope you like what else I have to say.

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One Comment
  1. Really…no Grizz or Dot-Com? Or Toofer? Shame.

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