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
19. Tired: Michael from Arrested Development
20. Wired: Phil Dunphy from Modern Family
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!