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    I Ranked 13 Sitcom Dudes By How Mediocre They Secretly Are

    From Ted Lasso to Jim Halpert, we are breaking down exactly how mediocre these sitcom protagonists really are.

    Mediocre men are as American as apple pie, and nowhere else does the slightly below-average male have a richer history than on TV, specifically on sitcoms. From the earliest days of television, dudes have been thriving despite putting in little to no effort while laugh tracks help mask their shortcomings. 

    But who truly reigns supreme as the one true Mediocre Sitcom Man? As a proud mediocre dude myself, I feel uniquely qualified to judge these fictional characters based on their middle-of-the-roadness. First, a couple of ground rules:

    1. Obviously, the term mediocre is broad and its exact definition can change from person to person. So in the case of this list, I'm judging a character's mediocrity by how unremarkable they are. It's not that they're necessarily villainous, it's more that they have a potent blend of average ability and unearned entitlement that make them annoying or downright harmful to everyone around them. Some of these guys will be mediocre at work, while others will be mediocre in their love lives or as parents. And the truly mediocre will prove to lack any real prowess in all areas of life.

    2. Sitcom characters only. While there are no shortage of mediocre men in TV, sitcoms are the place where they most often aren't actually supposed to be seen that way. So apologies to anyone who was hoping to see Will Schuester, Pete Campbell, and all of Rory Gilmore's boyfriends except Jess.

    3. They can't be mediocre on purpose. George Costanza is defined by his mediocrity as a man, but that's literally the point of the character, so including him wouldn't be any fun. Same goes for the It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia gang.

    4. Low score means less mediocre. These guys earn points for their mediocrity, so the lower the final score, the less bland they are.

    That's really it. So without further ado, here is my official ranking, which I'm sure nobody will disagree with at all. May the worst man win.

    13. Danny Tanner (Full House)

    Jodie Sweetin sitting on Bob Saget's lap while Candace Cameron smiles.

    12. Ted Lasso (Ted Lasso)

    Jason Sudeikis with a big grin on his face.

    11. Jake Peralta (Brooklyn Nine-Nine)

    Terry Crews explaining something to Andy Samberg.

    10. Nick Miller (New Girl)

    Jake Johnson giving a big shrug.

    9. Sam Malone (Cheers)

    Kirstie Alley talking while Ted Danson sits.

    8. Patrick Brewer (Schitt's Creek)

    Noah Reid smiling while playing guitar.

    7. JD (Scrubs)

    Zach Braff wearing a fedora on the beach.

    6. Dave Rose (Happy Endings)

    Zachary Knighton shrugging in a pink bathrobe while sitting on the couch.

    5. Ray Barone (Everybody Loves Raymond)

    Jodie Sweeten sitting as Ray Romano looks confused.

    4. Ross Geller (Friends)

    Matthew Perry, David Schwimmer, and Matt LeBlanc sitting on the couch at the Central Perk.

    3. Jim Halpert (The Office)

    John Krasinski looking up with slight concern.

    2. Eric Forman (That '70s Show)

    Laura Prepon listening while Topher Grace talks.

    1. Ted Mosby (How I Met Your Mother)

    Josh Radnor talking in a booth.