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15 Sitcom Characters Who Somehow Got Dumber Over Time

List RulesVote up the sitcom characters who get dumber with time.

Dumb sitcom characters have long been a staple of television comedies. Some prove so popular and enduring they could easily rank among the greatest TV characters ever, or, at the very least, the funniest. But not every sitcom moron started out that way. Some actually began as quite different characters, so much so that they eventually became unrecognizable from their early appearances. In a way, this is forgivable; after all, characters evolve naturally over the lifespan of a TV show - or, in the case of stupid TV characters, they devolve. In some cases they became so butchered by their own stupidity to the extent that the character, and sometimes even the show itself, suffered greatly.

There's a word for this phenomenon in pop culture-speak: Flanderization. When TV writers take one or two noticeable traits of a character and gradually those one or two traits become the whole character, that's Flanderization at work. The term is named for The Simpsons' Ned Flanders, Homer Simpson's neighbor, who started out the series as an optimistic, devout dad and morphed into a right-wing nut-job who can't see beyond the lens of his own fervent Evangelicalism.

And so: behold the sitcom characters who get dumber over time, or in other words, Flanderized to the max.