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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787 169
Dr. Gregory House is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Most Beloved Grumps in TV History

2
502 178
Red Forman is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Most Beloved Grumps in TV History
That '70s Show

3
309 158
Al Bundy is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Most Beloved Grumps in TV History
Married... with Children

4
497 222
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
329 150
Sophia Petrillo is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Most Beloved Grumps in TV History
The Golden Girls

6
309 192
Archie Bunker is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Most Beloved Grumps in TV History
All in the Family

7
344 176
Perry Cox is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Most Beloved Grumps in TV History
Scrubs

8
220 184
Arthur Spooner is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Most Beloved Grumps in TV History
bojanthebest added The King of Queens

9
240 148
Frank Barone is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Most Beloved Grumps in TV History
Everybody Loves Raymond

10
344 109
Oscar the Grouch is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Most Beloved Grumps in TV History
Sesame Street

11
260 168
Martin Crane is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Most Beloved Grumps in TV History
Frasier

12
250 184
Frank Costanza is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Most Beloved Grumps in TV History
Seinfeld

13
205 157
Fred G. Sanford is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Most Beloved Grumps in TV History
Sanford and Son

14
269 123
Waldorf is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Most Beloved Grumps in TV History
The Muppet Show

15
243 157
Moe Szyslak is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Most Beloved Grumps in TV History
wiabux added The Simpsons

16
249 99
Sherlock Holmes is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Most Beloved Grumps in TV History
KatSeaton added Sherlock - Sherlock 2010

17
226 91
Bobby Singer is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Most Beloved Grumps in TV History
Supernatural

18
193 102
April Ludgate is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Most Beloved Grumps in TV History
Parks and Recreation

19
222 153
Mr. Burns is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Most Beloved Grumps in TV History
The Simpsons

20
132 132
Oscar Madison is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Most Beloved Grumps in TV History
The Odd Couple

21
146 131
Basil Fawlty is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Most Beloved Grumps in TV History
Fawlty Towers

22
153 118
Fred Mertz is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Most Beloved Grumps in TV History
I Love Lucy

23
173 140
Lois is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Most Beloved Grumps in TV History
Malcolm in the Middle

24
182 126
Bob Kelso is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Most Beloved Grumps in TV History
Scrubs

25
154 97
Daisy
The Beverly Hillbillies

26
122 121
Ralph Kramden is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Most Beloved Grumps in TV History
The Honeymooners

27
106 107
Louie De Palma is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Most Beloved Grumps in TV History
willyboymcoy added Taxi

28
196 113
Ron Swanson is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Most Beloved Grumps in TV History
Parks and Recreation

29
155 59
Squidward Tentacles is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Most Beloved Grumps in TV History
Maryellen Elizabeth added SpongeBob SquarePants

30
99 112
Becker is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Most Beloved Grumps in TV History
Becker

31
148 134
Grampa Simpson is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Most Beloved Grumps in TV History
The Simpsons

32
156 100
Jay Pritchett is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Most Beloved Grumps in TV History
Modern Family

33
102 53
George Jefferson is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Most Beloved Grumps in TV History
OCD Man added The Jeffersons

34
121 110
Lou Grant is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Most Beloved Grumps in TV History
The Mary Tyler Moore Show

35
102 111
Thelma Harper is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Most Beloved Grumps in TV History
Mama's Family

36
115 110
Stanley Hudson is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Most Beloved Grumps in TV History
The Office (U.S.)

37
115 112
Frank Burns is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Most Beloved Grumps in TV History
beernbugs added M*A*S*H

38
80 37
Leroy Jethro Gibbs is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Most Beloved Grumps in TV History
StaB added NCIS

39
107 155
Newman is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Most Beloved Grumps in TV History
Seinfeld

40
92 114
Andy Sipowicz is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Most Beloved Grumps in TV History
NYPD Blue

41
97 120
Nick Miller is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Most Beloved Grumps in TV History
willyboymcoy added New Girl

42
90 52
Fred Flintstone is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Most Beloved Grumps in TV History
slaft added The Flintstones

43
63 56
George Costanza is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Most Beloved Grumps in TV History
slaft added Seinfeld

44
62 32
Luke Danes is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Most Beloved Grumps in TV History
MaiaraNahimana added Gilmore Girls

45
138 112
Sue Sylvester is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Most Beloved Grumps in TV History

46
11 12
Jack Arnold is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Most Beloved Grumps in TV History
Jack Arnold The Wonder Years

47
87 115
Patty and Selma is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Most Beloved Grumps in TV History
liriodendron added The Simpsons

48
48 54
Liz Lemon is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Most Beloved Grumps in TV History
Keshvar Alikhani added 30 Rock

49
56 37
Carla Tortelli is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Most Beloved Grumps in TV History
Maryellen Elizabeth added Cheers

50
71 95
Agnes Skinner is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Most Beloved Grumps in TV History
liriodendron added The Simpsons