TV characters The Most Beloved Grumps in TV History  

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List Rules Best grumpy or curmudgeonly TV characters, both female and male

List of the best TV grumps. Male or female, these are the greatest grumpy TV characters -- television curmudgeons whose pessimistic rants and antics usually make viewers laugh. From the original great TV grumps, including Fred Sanford and Archie Bunker, to the new generation of grumpy TV characters such as Sue Sylvester, they’re all here.

 Why is it that we love TV’s curmudgeons? They’re unhappy, they complain, they’re pessimistic, and they often try to make everyone around them miserable, too. The best TV grumps remain lovable, however, because they tap into our own grumpy sides; besides, their rantings and predictions of doom and gloom often have no effect on anyone else. The other characters in a TV show know that they’re dealing with a grouch, and carry on accordingly. In some cases, of course, the greatest grumps on TV really do make others’ lives miserable, but the curmudgeonly, grumpy character usually gets what’s coming to him or her in the end, which makes it okay.

 The best grumps on television are usually funny, as well. Frank Costanza generally looks like he’s about to pop a blood vessel, but his ravings are hilarious. And underneath it all, many TV curmudgeons have a softer, warmer side. Who can blame a gentle-hearted person for putting up a mean front to protect their tender emotions? Viewers understand this about the best TV curmudgeons: They might seem mean, but they’re often concealing a caring personality -- and if they inspire a few laughs in the process, that’s all the better.

 This list contains the grumps on TV that viewers have both loved and hated, laughed at or felt sorry for. Both female and male TV curmudgeons are included; after all, women can be just as crabby as men. The list also makes no age distinction -- the best TV grouches are both young and old.
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Dr. Gregory House is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Most Beloved Grumps in TV History

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Red Forman is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Most Beloved Grumps in TV History
Red Forman That '70s Show

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Al Bundy is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Most Beloved Grumps in TV History
Al Bundy Married... with Children

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Sheldon Cooper is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Most Beloved Grumps in TV History
Sheldon Cooper The Big Bang Theory

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Sophia Petrillo is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Most Beloved Grumps in TV History
Sophia Petrillo The Golden Girls

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Perry Cox is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Most Beloved Grumps in TV History
Perry Cox Scrubs

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Archie Bunker is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Most Beloved Grumps in TV History
Archie Bunker All in the Family

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Arthur Spooner is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Most Beloved Grumps in TV History
Arthur Spooner The King of Queens

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Frank Barone is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Most Beloved Grumps in TV History
Frank Barone Everybody Loves Raymond

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Oscar the Grouch is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Most Beloved Grumps in TV History
Oscar the Grouch Sesame Street

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Martin Crane is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Most Beloved Grumps in TV History
Martin Crane Frasier

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Frank Costanza is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Most Beloved Grumps in TV History
Frank Costanza Seinfeld

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Fred G. Sanford is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Most Beloved Grumps in TV History
Fred G. Sanford Sanford and Son

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Moe Szyslak is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Most Beloved Grumps in TV History
Moe Szyslak The Simpsons

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Waldorf is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Most Beloved Grumps in TV History
Statler and Waldorf The Muppet Show

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Mr. Burns is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Most Beloved Grumps in TV History
Mr. Burns The Simpsons

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+ - 152 69
Sherlock Holmes is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Most Beloved Grumps in TV History
Sherlock Holmes Sherlock - Sherlock 2010

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Oscar Madison is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Most Beloved Grumps in TV History
Oscar Madison The Odd Couple

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Basil Fawlty is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Most Beloved Grumps in TV History
Basil Fawlty Fawlty Towers

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Lois is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Most Beloved Grumps in TV History
Lois Malcolm in the Middle

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Bobby Singer is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Most Beloved Grumps in TV History
Bobby Singer Supernatural

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Bob Kelso is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Most Beloved Grumps in TV History
Bob Kelso Scrubs

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Ralph Kramden is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Most Beloved Grumps in TV History
Ralph Kramden The Honeymooners

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Daisy
Daisy "Granny" Moses The Beverly Hillbillies

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April Ludgate is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Most Beloved Grumps in TV History
April Ludgate Parks and Recreation

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Fred Mertz is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Most Beloved Grumps in TV History
Fred Mertz I Love Lucy

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Thelma Harper is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Most Beloved Grumps in TV History
Thelma Harper Mama's Family

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Becker is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Most Beloved Grumps in TV History
Becker Becker

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Louie De Palma is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Most Beloved Grumps in TV History

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George Jefferson is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Most Beloved Grumps in TV History
George Jefferson The Jeffersons

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Grampa Simpson is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Most Beloved Grumps in TV History
Grampa Simpson The Simpsons

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Andy Sipowicz is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Most Beloved Grumps in TV History
Andy Sipowicz NYPD Blue

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Lou Grant is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Most Beloved Grumps in TV History
Lou Grant The Mary Tyler Moore Show

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Frank Burns is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Most Beloved Grumps in TV History
Frank Burns M*A*S*H

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Ron Swanson is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Most Beloved Grumps in TV History
Ron Swanson Parks and Recreation

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Newman is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Most Beloved Grumps in TV History
Newman Seinfeld

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+ - 73 35
Squidward Tentacles is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Most Beloved Grumps in TV History
Squidward Tentacles SpongeBob SquarePants

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Stanley Hudson is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Most Beloved Grumps in TV History
Stanley Hudson The Office (U.S.)

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Jay Pritchett is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Most Beloved Grumps in TV History
Jay Pritchett Modern Family

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George Costanza is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Most Beloved Grumps in TV History
George Costanza Seinfeld

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Leroy Jethro Gibbs is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Most Beloved Grumps in TV History

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Jack Arnold is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Most Beloved Grumps in TV History
Jack Arnold The Wonder Years

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Fred Flintstone is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Most Beloved Grumps in TV History
Fred Flintstone The Flintstones

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Philip Banks is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Most Beloved Grumps in TV History
Philip Banks The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air

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Nick Miller is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Most Beloved Grumps in TV History
Nick Miller New Girl

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Sue Sylvester is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Most Beloved Grumps in TV History

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Carla Tortelli is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Most Beloved Grumps in TV History

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Agnes Skinner is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Most Beloved Grumps in TV History
Agnes Skinner The Simpsons

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The Skipper is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Most Beloved Grumps in TV History
The Skipper Gilligan's Island

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Liz Lemon is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Most Beloved Grumps in TV History
Liz Lemon 30 Rock