Cheers had Woody. Wings had Thomas Hayden Church. Seinfeld had Kramer. Married with Children had Kelly. Friends actually had two in Joey and Phoebe. Does a pilot just get tossed if it doesn't include a dumb character?
re: Why Do Sitcoms Always Have a Token Dumb, Borderline Retarded Character(Posted by Jim Rockford on 1/2/13 at 5:34 pm to JabarkusRussell)
quote: Family Matters had Urkel.
Who was a walkon bit player until he stole the show for himself. Audiences love the token dumb, borderline, retarded characters, which is why they keep showing up. It's an archetype. The Wise Fool who often gives the smart ones their comeuppance.
A lot of token dumb characters on The Office and Parks and Rec
Going old school: Gilligan Gomer Pyle Edith and Archie Bunker JJ Evans (Good Times) Chrissie (Three's Company) Herman Munster Barney Fife ....well shite pretty much everyone from Andy Griffith Potsy from Happy Days