Sitcoms are formulaic. Producers find a winning combination (winning being profitable) of character archetypes, and they milk that combination of characters until the cash cow runs dry, or until it’s time move the cow to a different pasture. Nearly every show that enjoys immense success, and a long television run, is reliant on at least one dumb character. Some shows do better with two. Ultimately, we find humor in doltish caricatures of individuals, and it’s because we all know that person in life. Here are 10 of the dumbest characters in TV history.
10. Wile E. Coyote – Looney Tunes & Merrie Melodies
We’ll start in the world of animation, and tip the cap toward Warner Brothers and the sheer joy they brought to millions with Looney Tunes and Merrie Melodies. Within that cast of characters there lived the dumbest wild dog in the history animated characters: Wile E. Coyote. Of course, Mr. Coyote would merely be blip on the radar if he hadn’t a nemesis as savvy and cunning as The Road Runner. We know what you’re thinking—we were all thinking the same thing: why is this coyote obsessed with eating a bird? Psychologists would suggest it’s more about the chase and conquest than the actual reward of eating The Road Runner, alas, the chase…what a chase. Wile E. Coyote took cartoon violence to another level, and offered more advertising for ACME than he could have possibly imagined. The beauty of this animated short series: it’s a true classic.