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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370 133
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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203 104
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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353 151
Sheldon Cooper is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Most Beloved Grumps in TV History
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250 117
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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246 147
Archie Bunker is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Most Beloved Grumps in TV History
Archie Bunker All in the Family

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274 127
Perry Cox is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Most Beloved Grumps in TV History
Perry Cox Scrubs

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172 133
Arthur Spooner is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Most Beloved Grumps in TV History
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179 111
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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249 78
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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204 129
Martin Crane is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Most Beloved Grumps in TV History
Martin Crane Frasier

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192 140
Frank Costanza is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Most Beloved Grumps in TV History
Frank Costanza Seinfeld

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161 124
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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195 115
Moe Szyslak is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Most Beloved Grumps in TV History
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205 95
Waldorf is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Most Beloved Grumps in TV History
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110 108
Oscar Madison is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Most Beloved Grumps in TV History
Oscar Madison The Odd Couple

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177 121
Mr. Burns is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Most Beloved Grumps in TV History
Mr. Burns The Simpsons

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161 73
Sherlock Holmes is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Most Beloved Grumps in TV History
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114 104
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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158 66
Bobby Singer is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Most Beloved Grumps in TV History
Bobby Singer Supernatural

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151 109
Lois is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Most Beloved Grumps in TV History
Lois Malcolm in the Middle

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101 98
Ralph Kramden is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Most Beloved Grumps in TV History
Ralph Kramden The Honeymooners

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118 79
Daisy
Daisy "Granny" Moses The Beverly Hillbillies

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149 96
Bob Kelso is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Most Beloved Grumps in TV History
Bob Kelso Scrubs

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117 75
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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116 99
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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87 88
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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81 85
Louie De Palma is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Most Beloved Grumps in TV History
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82 89
Becker is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Most Beloved Grumps in TV History
Becker Becker

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George Jefferson is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Most Beloved Grumps in TV History
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117 106
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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102 90
Lou Grant is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Most Beloved Grumps in TV History
Lou Grant The Mary Tyler Moore Show

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74 93
Andy Sipowicz is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Most Beloved Grumps in TV History
Andy Sipowicz NYPD Blue

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92 86
Frank Burns is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Most Beloved Grumps in TV History
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123 93
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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80 37
Squidward Tentacles is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Most Beloved Grumps in TV History
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87 122
Newman is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Most Beloved Grumps in TV History
Newman Seinfeld

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81 86
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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119 81
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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38 12
Leroy Jethro Gibbs is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Most Beloved Grumps in TV History
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George Costanza is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Most Beloved Grumps in TV History
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66 94
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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77 96
Nick Miller is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Most Beloved Grumps in TV History
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Fred Flintstone is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Most Beloved Grumps in TV History
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Philip Banks is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Most Beloved Grumps in TV History
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109 93
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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30 22
The Skipper is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Most Beloved Grumps in TV History
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67 71
Henry Spencer is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Most Beloved Grumps in TV History

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Patty and Selma is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Most Beloved Grumps in TV History
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