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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801 172
Dr. Gregory House is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Most Beloved Grumps in TV History

2
510 181
Red Forman is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Most Beloved Grumps in TV History
That '70s Show

3
313 163
Al Bundy is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Most Beloved Grumps in TV History
Married... with Children

4
504 233
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
332 155
Sophia Petrillo is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Most Beloved Grumps in TV History
The Golden Girls

6
350 178
Perry Cox is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Most Beloved Grumps in TV History
Scrubs

7
314 196
Archie Bunker is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Most Beloved Grumps in TV History
All in the Family

8
351 110
Oscar the Grouch is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Most Beloved Grumps in TV History
Sesame Street

9
244 152
Frank Barone is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Most Beloved Grumps in TV History
Everybody Loves Raymond

10
223 187
Arthur Spooner is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Most Beloved Grumps in TV History
bojanthebest added The King of Queens

11
265 170
Martin Crane is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Most Beloved Grumps in TV History
Frasier

12
255 186
Frank Costanza is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Most Beloved Grumps in TV History
Seinfeld

13
207 160
Fred G. Sanford is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Most Beloved Grumps in TV History
Sanford and Son

14
277 124
Waldorf is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Most Beloved Grumps in TV History
The Muppet Show

15
249 157
Moe Szyslak is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Most Beloved Grumps in TV History
wiabux added The Simpsons

16
253 104
Sherlock Holmes is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Most Beloved Grumps in TV History
KatSeaton added Sherlock - Sherlock 2010

17
230 93
Bobby Singer is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Most Beloved Grumps in TV History
Supernatural

18
198 104
April Ludgate is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Most Beloved Grumps in TV History
Parks and Recreation

19
227 154
Mr. Burns is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Most Beloved Grumps in TV History
The Simpsons

20
134 136
Oscar Madison is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Most Beloved Grumps in TV History
The Odd Couple

21
149 133
Basil Fawlty is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Most Beloved Grumps in TV History
Fawlty Towers

22
154 121
Fred Mertz is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Most Beloved Grumps in TV History
I Love Lucy

23
183 127
Bob Kelso is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Most Beloved Grumps in TV History
Scrubs

24
175 143
Lois is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Most Beloved Grumps in TV History
Malcolm in the Middle

25
154 100
Daisy
The Beverly Hillbillies

26
123 123
Ralph Kramden is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Most Beloved Grumps in TV History
The Honeymooners

27
158 60
Squidward Tentacles is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Most Beloved Grumps in TV History
Maryellen Elizabeth added SpongeBob SquarePants

28
198 114
Ron Swanson is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Most Beloved Grumps in TV History
Parks and Recreation

29
109 108
Louie De Palma is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Most Beloved Grumps in TV History
willyboymcoy added Taxi

30
100 114
Becker is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Most Beloved Grumps in TV History
Becker

31
151 135
Grampa Simpson is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Most Beloved Grumps in TV History
The Simpsons

32
156 102
Jay Pritchett is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Most Beloved Grumps in TV History
Modern Family

33
104 54
George Jefferson is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Most Beloved Grumps in TV History
OCD Man added The Jeffersons

34
122 113
Lou Grant is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Most Beloved Grumps in TV History
The Mary Tyler Moore Show

35
118 111
Stanley Hudson is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Most Beloved Grumps in TV History
The Office (U.S.)

36
117 113
Frank Burns is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Most Beloved Grumps in TV History
beernbugs added M*A*S*H

37
82 38
Leroy Jethro Gibbs is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Most Beloved Grumps in TV History
StaB added NCIS

38
102 114
Thelma Harper is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Most Beloved Grumps in TV History
Mama's Family

39
93 115
Andy Sipowicz is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Most Beloved Grumps in TV History
NYPD Blue

40
108 158
Newman is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Most Beloved Grumps in TV History
Seinfeld

41
92 52
Fred Flintstone is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Most Beloved Grumps in TV History
slaft added The Flintstones

42
98 121
Nick Miller is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Most Beloved Grumps in TV History
willyboymcoy added New Girl

43
64 58
George Costanza is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Most Beloved Grumps in TV History
slaft added Seinfeld

44
63 33
Luke Danes is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Most Beloved Grumps in TV History
MaiaraNahimana added Gilmore Girls

45
140 114
Sue Sylvester is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Most Beloved Grumps in TV History

46
12 13
Jack Arnold is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Most Beloved Grumps in TV History
Jack Arnold The Wonder Years

47
87 116
Patty and Selma is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Most Beloved Grumps in TV History
liriodendron added The Simpsons

48
49 55
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
52 33
The Skipper is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Most Beloved Grumps in TV History
Maryellen Elizabeth added Gilligan's Island