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Fandom Friday: Comedy antiheroes

Villains are awesome. They make the story interesting without all that “do-goody” nonsense we have to put up with from the heroes. But what’s even better than a villain? An antihero! You know the ones. You feel guilty for sympathizing with them and even end up really digging them. We’ve had so many of these lovable evil characters in the past few years, from Walter White to Dexter Morgan. But the thing is, those guys aren’t funny … well, not really, anyway. They’re normally too busy massacring people or cooking up drugs to don the ol’ clown hat. But there are so many comedies with characters who can be inherently evil—but we forgive them for it every week!

So this week’s Fandom Friday asks: Who is your favorite despicable yet lovable comedic TV character?

Before you vote in the poll below, here’s a quick rundown of the contenders:

Eric Cartman, South Park

Cartman is 10 years old, yet he has pretty much out-eviled even the worst of villains. Has Darth Vader or Voldemort ever served chili made out of a kid’s parents to them? Nah!

Yet little Eric is an icon. And while he’s still just a kid who enjoys World of Warcraft and tacos, he does occasionally dabble in committing hate crimes.

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Dennis Reynolds, It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia

Dennis is not just a narcissist—he believes he’s God. Plus, he is a psychopath and probably a closeted serial killer of Dexterous proportions.

But he’s part of a gang of inherently evil people whom we can’t help but love. And he is capable of doing leg lifts that are “imperceptible to the human eye,” so it’s easy to say that makes him pretty darn cool.

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Kenny Powers, Eastbound & Down

As much as we root for Kenny Powers—who just wants another shot at being in the limelight as a pro baseball player—we cannot forget just how evil he actually can be. Like Dennis Reynolds, Kenny could probably be classified as a narcissistic psychopath. I mean, c’mon, the guy compares himself to a god of the sea and Luke Skywalker!

But he’s desperate for love, fame, and freedom, and who can’t relate to that to some extent?

Angela Martin, The Office

I know what you’re thinking: how can you compare Angela Martin to the evil that is Eric Cartman or Dennis Reynolds? Easily. Because that is Angela’s ammo; like Lady Macbeth, she lets others (namely Dwight) do her dirty work for her while heartlessly breaking hearts and bringing misery upon the more cheerful folks of Dunder Mifflin.

Yet there is another side to Angela that only her cats (and, rarely, viewers) get to see. She has a kind heart toward those kitties to show us she really is human.

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George Costanza, Seinfeld

Manipulative and unapologetic—that is George Costanza in a nutshell. Any Curb Your Enthusiasm fan will know that George is based on Larry David, but no one could be quite as crazy as George in real life. He barrels past women and children to escape a “fire,” repeatedly lies about being an architect, and slips his boss a mickey.

But we can’t help but laugh at the crazy antics of this despicable being, because he’s George! And like a child stealing cookies from a cookie jar, he doesn’t see that what he does is wrong. In the words of George, “It’s not a lie if you believe it.”

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TV Families | EW.com
Mark Harris
February 23, 1990 AT 05:00 AM EST

The Bradys are back, with a passel of 90’s hassles. Do they represent the typical American Family? Did they ever? Who does? Stare and compare!

Kind Of Family
TheBradyBunch 1969-74: Blended
The Bradys 1990-: Enormous
Married…With Children 1987-: Postnuclear
Thirtysomething 1987-: Extended
The Flintstones 1960-66: Modern Stone Age

Family Pet
The Brady Bunch: Tiger
The Bradys: Alice
Married…With Children: Buck
Thirtysomething: Grendel
The Flintstones: Dino

Typical Guest Star
The Brady Bunch: Davey Jones
The Bradys: There’s no room
Married…With Children: Sam Kinison
Thirtysomething: Carly Simon
The Flintstones: Ann Margrock

Expression Of Joy
The Brady Bunch: Groovy!
The Bradys: Ritual hugging
Married…With Children: ”Oh, great.”
Thirtysomething: ”Of course I’m happy for you. Really. But what about me? Why does it always have to be about you?
The Flintstones: ”Yabba-dabba doo

Expression Of Rage

The Brady Bunch: ”Hmmm…”
The Bradys: ”If you back away from something you really want, then you’re a quitter!” (the angriest any Brady has ever been)
Married…With Children: ”Aaagh, God, take me from this miserable life!”
Thirtysomething: ”I’m not angry, OK?”
The Flintstones: ”Willllmaaaa!”

Typical Problem
The Brady Bunch: Marcia and her rival both want to be the prom queen.
The Bradys: Bobby gets paralyzed.
Married…With Children: Al doesn’t buy his family Christmas presents.
Thirtysomething: Nancy gets cancer.
The Flintstones: Fred and Barney are staying out too late.

Typical Solution
The Brady Bunch: The prom committee decides to have two queens.
The Bradys: Bobby gets married.
Married…With Children: They hate him.
Thirtysomething: If only we knew…
The Flintstones: Wilma and Betty decide to follow them.

House Style
The Brady Bunch: Conservative but mod, circa ’69
The Bradys: Conservative but mod, circa ’90
Married…With Children: Roach motel
Thirtysomething: Enviable
The Flintstones: Suburban cave

Clothing Style
The Brady Bunch: Early Osmonds
The Bradys: Made in the USA
Married…With Children: Flammable fabrics
Thirtysomething: Eclectic earth tones; nice ties
The Flintstones: One-piece

Most Annoying Character
The Brady Bunch: Alice’s cousin Emma, the substitute housekeeper (too strict)
The Bradys: Marcia’s husband, Wally (chronically unemployable)
Married…With Children: Steve (supercilious)
Thirtysomething: Ellyn (goes through Hope’s drawers, babbles, changes hairstyle every other week, generally mistreats her friends)
The Flintstones: Mr. Slate (bossy)

Attitude Toward Sex
The Brady Bunch: Never heard of it
The Bradys: Omigod — even Cindy does it!
Married…With Children: Peg: Yes. Al: No.
Thirtysomething: They didn’t get all those kids by accident.
The Flintstones: Prehistoric

How Spouses Fight
The Brady Bunch: They don’t.
The Bradys: Infrequently, but it happens
Married…With Children: Tooth and nail
Thirtysomething: They stop talking
The Flintstones: Fred and Barney go bowling while Wilma and Betty max out their charge cards.

How Kids Get Into Trouble
The Brady Bunch: Greg takes a puff of a cigarette.
The Bradys: Carol’s grandson steals her business cards and sticks them in the spokes of Bobby’s wheelchair.
Married…With Children: By committing felonies
Thirtysomething: Ethan plays with a forbidden toy rocket.
The Flintstones: They don’t.

How They’re Punished

The Brady Bunch: ”It’s not what you did, honey — it’s that you couldn’t come to us.”
The Bradys ”Next time, ask.”
Married…With Children: By the authorities
Thirtysomething: It blows up in his face.
The Flintstones: They’re not.

What Family Does For Fun
The Brady Bunch: Takes special three-part vacations to Hawaii and the Grand Canyon
The Bradys: Has flashbacks
Married…With Children: Exchanges insults
Thirtysomething: Talks
The Flintstones: Attends showings of The Monster at the Bedrock Drive-In

Unsolved Mysteries
The Brady Bunch: How exactly did Carol’s first husband and Mike’s first wife die?
The Bradys: What’s with Marcia’s new face and Bobby’s blonde hair
Married…With Children: What kind of hair spray does Peg use?
Thirtysomething: Why did Nancy take Elliot back? What do Gary and Susanna see in each other?
The Flintstones: How does Barney’s shirt stay on if he has no shoulders? Where do Fred and Wilma plug in their TV?

Worst Behavior
The Brady Bunch: The Brady children once made Alice feel under-appreciated.

The Bradys: Marcia’s son Mickey watches Bobby’s car-crash tape for fun.
Married…With Children: The Bundy’s kill their neighbor’s dog.
Thirtysomething: Elliot has an affair and talks about it.
The Flintstones: Characters don’t wear under-clothes.

Best Reason To Watch
The Brady Bunch: This is what life should be.
The Bradys: They’re all grown-ups now!
Married…With Children: Terry Rakolta hates it.
Thirtysomething (Tie) This is your life. This isn’t your life.
The Flintstones: This is what life might have been.

Best Reason Not To Watch
The Brady Bunch: Blurred vision from rerun overdoses.
The Bradys: You’re all grown-ups now.
Married…With Children: She has a point.
Thirtysomething: After a while, you think it’s real.
The Flintstones: The Simpsons

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