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!
Tired: Ross from Friends
Wired: Winston from New Girl
Tired: Barney from How I Met Your Mother
Wired: Andy from Parks and Recreation
Tired: Ted from How I Met Your Mother
Wired: Jason from The Good Place
Tired: Jack Lemmon from 30 Rock
Wired: Holt from Brooklyn Nine-Nine
Tired: Michael from The Office
Wired: Andy from Modern Family
Tired: Jeff from Community
Wired: Patrick from Schitt’s Creek
Tired: Pierce from Community
Wired: Chidi from The Good Place
Tired: Jim from The Office
Wired: Nick from New Girl
Tired: Tom from Parks and Recreation
Wired: Ted from Schitt’s Creek
Tired: Michael from Arrested Development
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!
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