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.