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10 Sitcom Men Who Were Just Offensive And 10 Who Were Honestly Gems

You already know Ross's position on this list.

One thing that's always bothered me about sitcoms is that some of the characters are just annoying. Male characters in particular are often written to be sexist, homophobic, or just plain bad people, and yet we're still supposed to root for them.

But in recent years, we've also seen a lot of sitcom men challenge this male comedy trope, introducing much more layered portrayals of masculinity and giving us characters to actually root for. Here are some of the worst and some of the best!

1. Tired: Ross from Friends

2. Wired: Winston from New Girl

3. Tired: Barney from How I Met Your Mother

4. Wired: Andy from Parks and Recreation

5. Tired: Ted from How I Met Your Mother

6. Wired: Jason from The Good Place

7. Tired: Jack from 30 Rock

8. Wired: Holt from Brooklyn Nine-Nine

9. Tired: Michael from The Office

10. Wired: Andy from Modern Family

11. Tired: Jeff from Community

12. Wired: Patrick from Schitt's Creek

13. Tired: Pierce from Community

14. Wired: Chidi from The Good Place

15. Tired: Jim from The Office

16. Wired: Nick from New Girl

17. Tired: Tom from Parks and Recreation

18. Wired: Ted from Schitt's Creek

Ted saying "I was just giving them a little pup talk" in front of kennels of puppies

19. Tired: Michael from Arrested Development

Michael telling George Michael, "You know, maybe go for a run. Do some guy stuff"

20. Wired: Phil Dunphy from Modern Family

Phil saying, "When life gives you lemonade, make lemons. Life will be all 'Whaaaat?'"

Now it's time for your thoughts! What male sitcom characters challenged expectations of masculinity and managed to be funny without being sexist and offensive? Let me know in the comments!


#7 originally referred to Jack Donaghy as Jack Lemmon. Our bad!