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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1
814 176
Dr. Gregory House is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Most Beloved Grumps in TV History

2
521 186
Red Forman is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Most Beloved Grumps in TV History
That '70s Show

3
321 167
Al Bundy is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Most Beloved Grumps in TV History
Married... with Children

4
515 241
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
340 158
Sophia Petrillo is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Most Beloved Grumps in TV History
The Golden Girls

6
320 200
Archie Bunker is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Most Beloved Grumps in TV History
All in the Family

7
353 183
Perry Cox is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Most Beloved Grumps in TV History
Scrubs

8
361 112
Oscar the Grouch is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Most Beloved Grumps in TV History
Sesame Street

9
226 189
Arthur Spooner is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Most Beloved Grumps in TV History
bojanthebest added The King of Queens

10
245 156
Frank Barone is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Most Beloved Grumps in TV History
Everybody Loves Raymond

11
269 174
Martin Crane is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Most Beloved Grumps in TV History
Frasier

12
261 190
Frank Costanza is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Most Beloved Grumps in TV History
Seinfeld

13
212 162
Fred G. Sanford is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Most Beloved Grumps in TV History
Sanford and Son

14
282 127
Waldorf is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Most Beloved Grumps in TV History
The Muppet Show

15
255 161
Moe Szyslak is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Most Beloved Grumps in TV History
wiabux added The Simpsons

16
235 94
Bobby Singer is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Most Beloved Grumps in TV History
Supernatural

17
258 107
Sherlock Holmes is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Most Beloved Grumps in TV History
KatSeaton added Sherlock
Sherlock 2010

18
234 156
Mr. Burns is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Most Beloved Grumps in TV History
The Simpsons

19
202 107
April Ludgate is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Most Beloved Grumps in TV History
Parks and Recreation

20
151 136
Basil Fawlty is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Most Beloved Grumps in TV History
Fawlty Towers

21
135 139
Oscar Madison is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Most Beloved Grumps in TV History
The Odd Couple

22
180 146
Lois is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Most Beloved Grumps in TV History
Malcolm in the Middle

23
157 124
Fred Mertz is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Most Beloved Grumps in TV History
I Love Lucy

24
185 130
Bob Kelso is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Most Beloved Grumps in TV History
Scrubs

25
155 103
Daisy
The Beverly Hillbillies