Fictional 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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777 167
Dr. Gregory House is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Most Beloved Grumps in TV History

2
494 176
Red Forman is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Most Beloved Grumps in TV History
That '70s Show

3
302 155
Al Bundy is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Most Beloved Grumps in TV History
Married... with Children

4
492 217
Sheldon Cooper is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Most Beloved Grumps in TV History
arcoiris-944 added The Big Bang Theory

5
323 149
Sophia Petrillo is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Most Beloved Grumps in TV History
The Golden Girls

6
305 189
Archie Bunker is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Most Beloved Grumps in TV History
All in the Family

7
339 174
Perry Cox is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Most Beloved Grumps in TV History
Scrubs

8
219 179
Arthur Spooner is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Most Beloved Grumps in TV History
bojanthebest added The King of Queens

9
237 145
Frank Barone is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Most Beloved Grumps in TV History
Everybody Loves Raymond

10
339 107
Oscar the Grouch is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Most Beloved Grumps in TV History
Sesame Street

11
254 167
Martin Crane is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Most Beloved Grumps in TV History
Frasier

12
247 181
Frank Costanza is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Most Beloved Grumps in TV History
Seinfeld

13
200 155
Fred G. Sanford is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Most Beloved Grumps in TV History
Sanford and Son

14
264 122
Waldorf is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Most Beloved Grumps in TV History
The Muppet Show

15
242 153
Moe Szyslak is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Most Beloved Grumps in TV History
wiabux added The Simpsons

16
245 96
Sherlock Holmes is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Most Beloved Grumps in TV History
KatSeaton added Sherlock - Sherlock 2010

17
223 90
Bobby Singer is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Most Beloved Grumps in TV History
Supernatural

18
220 150
Mr. Burns is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Most Beloved Grumps in TV History
The Simpsons

19
189 100
April Ludgate is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Most Beloved Grumps in TV History
Parks and Recreation

20
131 130
Oscar Madison is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Most Beloved Grumps in TV History
The Odd Couple

21
140 130
Basil Fawlty is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Most Beloved Grumps in TV History
Fawlty Towers

22
149 116
Fred Mertz is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Most Beloved Grumps in TV History
I Love Lucy

23
170 137
Lois is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Most Beloved Grumps in TV History
Malcolm in the Middle

24
181 124
Bob Kelso is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Most Beloved Grumps in TV History
Scrubs

25
152 96
Daisy
The Beverly Hillbillies

26
121 118
Ralph Kramden is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Most Beloved Grumps in TV History
The Honeymooners

27
105 106
Louie De Palma is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Most Beloved Grumps in TV History
willyboymcoy added Taxi

28
154 58
Squidward Tentacles is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Most Beloved Grumps in TV History
Maryellen Elizabeth added SpongeBob SquarePants

29
188 112
Ron Swanson is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Most Beloved Grumps in TV History
Parks and Recreation

30
98 110
Becker is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Most Beloved Grumps in TV History
Becker

31
146 131
Grampa Simpson is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Most Beloved Grumps in TV History
The Simpsons

32
155 97
Jay Pritchett is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Most Beloved Grumps in TV History
Modern Family

33
101 50
George Jefferson is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Most Beloved Grumps in TV History
OCD Man added The Jeffersons

34
120 107
Lou Grant is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Most Beloved Grumps in TV History
The Mary Tyler Moore Show

35
102 107
Thelma Harper is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Most Beloved Grumps in TV History
Mama's Family

36
114 109
Frank Burns is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Most Beloved Grumps in TV History
beernbugs added M*A*S*H

37
112 107
Stanley Hudson is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Most Beloved Grumps in TV History
The Office (U.S.)

38
78 34
Leroy Jethro Gibbs is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Most Beloved Grumps in TV History
StaB added NCIS

39
92 111
Andy Sipowicz is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Most Beloved Grumps in TV History
NYPD Blue

40
105 151
Newman is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Most Beloved Grumps in TV History
Seinfeld

41
96 117
Nick Miller is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Most Beloved Grumps in TV History
willyboymcoy added New Girl

42
88 51
Fred Flintstone is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Most Beloved Grumps in TV History
slaft added The Flintstones

43
138 109
Sue Sylvester is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Most Beloved Grumps in TV History

44
58 54
George Costanza is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Most Beloved Grumps in TV History
slaft added Seinfeld

45
11 10
Jack Arnold is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Most Beloved Grumps in TV History
Jack Arnold The Wonder Years

46
59 31
Luke Danes is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Most Beloved Grumps in TV History
MaiaraNahimana added Gilmore Girls

47
85 113
Patty and Selma is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Most Beloved Grumps in TV History
liriodendron added The Simpsons

48
48 53
Liz Lemon is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Most Beloved Grumps in TV History
Keshvar Alikhani added 30 Rock

49
71 92
Agnes Skinner is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Most Beloved Grumps in TV History
liriodendron added The Simpsons

50
53 36
Carla Tortelli is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Most Beloved Grumps in TV History
Maryellen Elizabeth added Cheers