The wacky friend/neighbor is a Sitcom character trope as old as time (well as old as Sitcoms anyway) going all the way back to Maynard G. Krebs on The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis. I’m going to stick a little closer to the present day here, the 80s and 90s because of course, that’s what we do here. One other caveat, the wacky friend has to be strictly a side character and not a full on series star a la Kramer or Urkel. Without further ado – Top 5 Wacky Sitcom Friends
5. Bert – Valerie/The Hogan Family
Bert was a full on super nerd caricature complete with ugly outfits, nerds specs and a whiny voice. He played the perfect counter balance to Jason Bateman’s…well Jason Bateman-ness.
4. Vinnie Delpino – Doogie Howser M.D.
Vinnie was the scheming best friend, the “average” teen to Doogie’s super brain. Vinnie was a horndog of course, he was Italian after all, and the one who always remembered Doogie needed to still be a kid and not always super Doc.
3. Kimmie Gibler – Full House
Kimmie was Urkel before Urkel except 1000 times more annoying and 1000 times less funny. There’s a reason she didn’t take over the show like Urkel did on Family Matters.
2. Skippy – Family Ties
Alex P. Keaton’s best friend and Mallory’s greatest annoyance, Skippy dropped by the Keaton residence every so often to provide some aww shucks laughs and be the butt of Alex’s jokes. Poor Skippy deserved better neighbors.
1. Richard Milhous “Boner” Stabone – Growing Pains
Oh Boner. Mike Seaver’s best friend and metaphorical punching bag. Boner was the definition of a sidekick character, strictly there to serve Mike Seaver’s every whim. The eternal question of how a character named Boner made it onto a smash hit network TV show will probably never be answered. Ahhh the 1980s what a weird wonderful time.
That’s it, that’s the list. Undebatable.