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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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383 142
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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212 114
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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376 158
Sheldon Cooper is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Most Beloved Grumps in TV History
arcoiris-944 added Sheldon Cooper The Big Bang Theory

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262 119
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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253 155
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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178 140
Arthur Spooner is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Most Beloved Grumps in TV History
bojanthebest added Arthur Spooner The King of Queens

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282 136
Perry Cox is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Most Beloved Grumps in TV History
Perry Cox Scrubs

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188 116
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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260 84
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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211 136
Martin Crane is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Most Beloved Grumps in TV History
Martin Crane Frasier

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198 146
Frank Costanza is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Most Beloved Grumps in TV History
Frank Costanza Seinfeld

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166 130
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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199 121
Moe Szyslak is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Most Beloved Grumps in TV History
wiabux added Moe Szyslak The Simpsons

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213 102
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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170 70
Bobby Singer is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Most Beloved Grumps in TV History
Bobby Singer Supernatural

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176 77
Sherlock Holmes is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Most Beloved Grumps in TV History
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114 115
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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181 129
Mr. Burns is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Most Beloved Grumps in TV History
Mr. Burns The Simpsons

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116 110
Basil Fawlty is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Most Beloved Grumps in TV History
Basil Fawlty Fawlty Towers

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153 115
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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124 83
Daisy
Daisy "Granny" Moses The Beverly Hillbillies

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104 103
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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155 101
Bob Kelso is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Most Beloved Grumps in TV History
Bob Kelso Scrubs

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123 82
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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119 105
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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86 90
Louie De Palma is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Most Beloved Grumps in TV History
willyboymcoy added Louie De Palma Taxi

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88 94
Thelma Harper is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Most Beloved Grumps in TV History
Thelma Harper Mama's Family

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84 95
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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105 95
Lou Grant is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Most Beloved Grumps in TV History
Lou Grant The Mary Tyler Moore Show

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117 113
Grampa Simpson is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Most Beloved Grumps in TV History
Grampa Simpson The Simpsons

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45 15
Leroy Jethro Gibbs is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Most Beloved Grumps in TV History
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122 86
Jay Pritchett is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Most Beloved Grumps in TV History
Jay Pritchett Modern Family

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75 98
Andy Sipowicz is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Most Beloved Grumps in TV History
Andy Sipowicz NYPD Blue

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93 92
Frank Burns is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Most Beloved Grumps in TV History
beernbugs added Frank Burns M*A*S*H

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130 99
Ron Swanson is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Most Beloved Grumps in TV History
Ron Swanson Parks and Recreation

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89 43
Squidward Tentacles is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Most Beloved Grumps in TV History
Maryellen Elizabeth added Squidward Tentacles SpongeBob SquarePants

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89 129
Newman is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Most Beloved Grumps in TV History
Newman Seinfeld

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82 92
Stanley Hudson is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Most Beloved Grumps in TV History
Stanley Hudson The Office (U.S.)

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68 98
Jack Arnold is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Most Beloved Grumps in TV History
Jack Arnold The Wonder Years

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80 101
Nick Miller is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Most Beloved Grumps in TV History
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61 33
Fred Flintstone is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Most Beloved Grumps in TV History
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34 40
George Costanza is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Most Beloved Grumps in TV History
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112 97
Sue Sylvester is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Most Beloved Grumps in TV History

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Carla Tortelli is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Most Beloved Grumps in TV History
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32 20
Philip Banks is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Most Beloved Grumps in TV History
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68 99
Patty and Selma is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Most Beloved Grumps in TV History
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33 40
Liz Lemon is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Most Beloved Grumps in TV History
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33 19
Luke Danes is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Most Beloved Grumps in TV History
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