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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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258 138
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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442 186
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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294 136
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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272 174
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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314 156
Perry Cox is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Most Beloved Grumps in TV History
Perry Cox Scrubs

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196 162
Arthur Spooner is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Most Beloved Grumps in TV History
bojanthebest added Arthur Spooner The King of Queens

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208 131
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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297 96
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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225 152
Martin Crane is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Most Beloved Grumps in TV History
Martin Crane Frasier

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219 164
Frank Costanza is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Most Beloved Grumps in TV History
Frank Costanza Seinfeld

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180 140
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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221 142
Moe Szyslak is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Most Beloved Grumps in TV History
wiabux added Moe Szyslak The Simpsons

The Most Shocking TV Deaths of All Time

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236 114
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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204 79
Bobby Singer is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Most Beloved Grumps in TV History
Bobby Singer Supernatural

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218 86
Sherlock Holmes is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Most Beloved Grumps in TV History
KatSeaton added Sherlock Holmes Sherlock - Sherlock 2010

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200 143
Mr. Burns is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Most Beloved Grumps in TV History
Mr. Burns The Simpsons

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162 89
April Ludgate is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Most Beloved Grumps in TV History
April Ludgate Parks and Recreation

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119 123
Oscar Madison is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Most Beloved Grumps in TV History
Oscar Madison The Odd Couple

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124 122
Basil Fawlty is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Most Beloved Grumps in TV History
Basil Fawlty Fawlty Towers

The Best TV Shows Based on Movies

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112 110
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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135 93
Daisy
Daisy "Granny" Moses The Beverly Hillbillies

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170 114
Bob Kelso is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Most Beloved Grumps in TV History
Bob Kelso Scrubs

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160 126
Lois is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Most Beloved Grumps in TV History
Lois Malcolm in the Middle

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130 112
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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124 49
Squidward Tentacles is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Most Beloved Grumps in TV History
Maryellen Elizabeth added Squidward Tentacles SpongeBob SquarePants

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92 99
Louie De Palma is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Most Beloved Grumps in TV History
willyboymcoy added Louie De Palma Taxi

The Creepiest Characters in TV History

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Thelma Harper is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Most Beloved Grumps in TV History
Thelma Harper Mama's Family

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166 106
Ron Swanson is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Most Beloved Grumps in TV History
Ron Swanson Parks and Recreation

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81 45
George Jefferson is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Most Beloved Grumps in TV History
OCD Man added George Jefferson The Jeffersons

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87 103
Becker is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Most Beloved Grumps in TV History
Becker Becker

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61 24
Leroy Jethro Gibbs is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Most Beloved Grumps in TV History
StaB added Leroy Jethro Gibbs NCIS

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133 124
Grampa Simpson is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Most Beloved Grumps in TV History
Grampa Simpson The Simpsons

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137 93
Jay Pritchett is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Most Beloved Grumps in TV History
Jay Pritchett Modern Family

The Funniest Business Names in The Simpsons

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110 102
Lou Grant is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Most Beloved Grumps in TV History
Lou Grant The Mary Tyler Moore Show

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78 105
Andy Sipowicz is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Most Beloved Grumps in TV History
Andy Sipowicz NYPD Blue

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102 102
Frank Burns is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Most Beloved Grumps in TV History
beernbugs added Frank Burns M*A*S*H

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97 100
Stanley Hudson is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Most Beloved Grumps in TV History
Stanley Hudson The Office (U.S.)

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97 142
Newman is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Most Beloved Grumps in TV History
Newman Seinfeld

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91 109
Nick Miller is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Most Beloved Grumps in TV History
willyboymcoy added Nick Miller New Girl

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42 47
George Costanza is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Most Beloved Grumps in TV History
slaft added George Costanza Seinfeld

The Biggest Pimps In Television History

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126 103
Sue Sylvester is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Most Beloved Grumps in TV History

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72 43
Fred Flintstone is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Most Beloved Grumps in TV History
slaft added Fred Flintstone The Flintstones

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Luke Danes is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Most Beloved Grumps in TV History
MaiaraNahimana added Luke Danes Gilmore Girls

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40 25
Philip Banks is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Most Beloved Grumps in TV History
ahmed-maklad added Philip Banks The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air

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42 46
Liz Lemon is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Most Beloved Grumps in TV History
Keshvar Alikhani added Liz Lemon 30 Rock

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77 106
Patty and Selma is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Most Beloved Grumps in TV History
liriodendron added Patty and Selma The Simpsons

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40 31
Carla Tortelli is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Most Beloved Grumps in TV History
Maryellen Elizabeth added Carla Tortelli Cheers

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Jack Arnold is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Most Beloved Grumps in TV History
Jack Arnold The Wonder Years