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JabarkusRussell
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re: Why Do Sitcoms Always Have a Token Dumb, Borderline Retarded Character

I'm going to get flamed for this but Corky from Life Goes On.


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re: Why Do Sitcoms Always Have a Token Dumb, Borderline Retarded Character
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I would argue Sheldon is "special" enough to meet the sitcom requirement of having a borderline retard.


Good call. Maybe he is supposed to be "smart," but he says some stupid shite.

In trying to think of an exception to this, the closest listed so far is himym. Barney definitely fits the role of jester for this comedy although he is not "stupid." He does however throughout most of the show hold outlandish ideas that many may consider stupid. I think that Kramer fits this mold to an extent as well.

Who would be the idiot on everybody loves raymond? I can't think of which one fits.


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Who would be the idiot on everybody loves raymond? I can't think of which one fits.


The brother, Raymond, and the dad all have a good arguement


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beaverfever
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re: Why Do Sitcoms Always Have a Token Dumb, Borderline Retarded Character
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Good call. Maybe he is supposed to be "smart," but he says some stupid shite.

In trying to think of an exception to this, the closest listed so far is himym. Barney definitely fits the role of jester for this comedy although he is not "stupid." He does however throughout most of the show hold outlandish ideas that many may consider stupid. I think that Kramer fits this mold to an extent as well.

Who would be the idiot on everybody loves raymond? I can't think of which one fits.
Sheldon and barney both qualify as an extension of the rule. Both are absurd characters, though not necessarily stupid.


MrFreakinMiyagi
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re: Why Do Sitcoms Always Have a Token Dumb, Borderline Retarded Character
I would say that Frasier was lacking the type of character dicussed in this thread.


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re: Why Do Sitcoms Always Have a Token Dumb, Borderline Retarded Character
1) They are popular with audiences

2) They are easy to write jokes for


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Tiger1242
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re: Why Do Sitcoms Always Have a Token Dumb, Borderline Retarded Character
Scrubs doesn't really have one unless you count the Todd and he is a minor character, more of a side character than even a part of the show. Turk and JD do some stupid shite but they are in no way Dumb/Borderline Retarded


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JabarkusRussell
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re: Why Do Sitcoms Always Have a Token Dumb, Borderline Retarded Character
That's because Fraiser was incredibly high-brow and didn't cater to the lowest common denominators of society.


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The Eric
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re: Why Do Sitcoms Always Have a Token Dumb, Borderline Retarded Character
It's called a sitcom for a reason. Need a Buffon to make the majority of situations.


JabarkusRussell
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re: Why Do Sitcoms Always Have a Token Dumb, Borderline Retarded Character
Golden Girls also had Betty White. I never realized it was such an epidemic!


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