A sitcom lives and dies on the strength of its characters: it’s not enough for the situation to be funny, it has to have a funny effect on a character that we care about. Throughout all the sitcoms over the years there have been some truly memorable faces that a lot of us can ultimately relate to. These gifted actors’ portrayals of characters and their variety of antics can still elicit anything from a chuckle to a stomach sore from loud and prolonged guffaws. So, here is a tribute to 50 of the funniest sitcom characters who kept or keep us glued to our TVs. This is a list of some of the most popular characters from your favorite sitcoms ever!
Also Read: 10 Unusual How I Met Your Mother Facts
1. Joey Tribbiani
Joey Tribbiani is a fictional character from the NBC sitcoms ‘Friends’ and its spin-off ‘Joey’, portrayed by Matt LeBlanc. Joey comes from an Italian-American family of 8 children, of which he is the only male. Joey is generally good-natured and well-meaning, but not-so-bright. He loves food, women, sex, family, friends, jam, and the New York Knicks. Although he is usually simple-minded, there are moments where he seems very smart. He knows what he wants from life and is proud of who he is. He is wise and dumb at the same time. He is innocent but has his way with the ladies of course with his punch line- “How you doin?”
2. Barney Stinson
The lengend-wait for it… Dary Barney Stinson is a fictional character portrayed by Neil Patrick Harris and created by Carter Bays and Craig Thomasfor the CBS television series How I Met Your Mother. Barney Stinson is Ted Mosby’s wingman and friend. He almost always wears suits (except when attending funerals because suits are supposed to express joy), is a womanizer and an amateur magician. Barney became a suit-wearing womanizer after his long-term girlfriend Shannon cheated on him and then dumped him for a soulless corporate sellout.
Although he is dedicated to living up the single life, he fell in love Ted’s ex-girlfriend Robin Scherbatsky which revealed a whole new side of him. Most of the people liked the womanizer version better. The debate still goes on. Barney has only one guideline in his amoral quest for women: “The Bro Code,” a book of his own set of rules (although he claims that The Bro Code was written by his ancestor Barnabus Stinson in 1776). He has amazing sense of humour and wit. The way he proposes Robin was totlly amazing, hard to say no to!
3. Sheldon Cooper
Sheldon Lee Cooper, Ph.D., Sc.D., is a fictional character in the CBS television series The Big Bang Theory, portrayed by actorJim Parsons. He is a theoretical physicist at Caltech who lives with his best friend, Leonard Hofstadter. Sheldon is known for his brilliant mind but also his quirky behavior and idiosyncrasies. He is extremely logical, but this comes at a cost of often being rude of condescending to others. Sheldon has many interests, including comic books, video games and sci-fi TV shows. His favorite TV shows include Battlestar Galactica, Doctor Who, Star Trek and Firefly. He knows many languages including Finnish, Spanish, Mandarin, Persian and Arabic and of course Klingon.
Also Read: 7 Funniest Episodes of The Big Bang Theory
His friends have generally learned to live with Sheldon’s quirks as he is very good at heart. Although he pretends to be a robot with no feelings whatsoever, he genuinely cares about his friends. His relationship with the neuro-scientist Amy Farrah Fowler is indeed interesting to watch! He uses the catch phrase ‘Bazinga’ when he messes with someone or play pranks.
4. Phoebe Buffay
Phoebe Buffay is a fictional character, portrayed by Lisa Kudrow, one of the six main characters from the American sitcom ‘Friends’. She is perhaps best known for her guitar playing in Central Perkand her character’s silly wit. She had a very difficult childhood as her mother killed herself and her step father went to prison but she never lets her previous life affect her in any adverse manner nor does she complaint about it, though her previous lifestyle and wild stories have shocked her friends.
When she tells the story of the time she stabbed a cop, their obviously surprised looks cause her to retort, “What? He stabbed me first!” She is kind, compassionate and weird in her own wonderful way. She is an amazing friend and always there for her friends when they need them. She knows her priorities. She never runs after money as she realizes that friends, family and living life to the fullest are way more important than being rich. She marries a guy with a similar approach towards life despite of the fact that he had a rich family background.
5. Chandler Bing
Chandler Muriel Bing is a fictional character from the NBC sitcom Friends, portrayed by Matthew Perry. He has the best sense of humour among all the sitcom characters so far! Chandler Muriel Bing was born on April 8, 1968, to an erotic novelist mother and a gay father who later became the star of a Las Vegas drag show. He is of Scottish and Swedish ancestry. He is an only child and is apparently from an affluent family. Chandler’s parents announced their divorce to him over Thanksgiving dinner when he was nine years old, an event which causes him to refuse to celebrate the holiday in his adulthood.
Chandler’s main catch phrases are starting sentences with “Could that BE any more…” in his own characteristic way. Although he never had his way with the ladies, he got married to the very beautiful Monica Gellar who was also his best friend.
Who do you like most among these popular characters from your favorite sitcoms? Let us know in the comments below.