When it comes to cinema and television, there’s no shortage of iconic characters from every facet of life. While some of the characters are relatable and inspire us, others are downright horrible. Yet sometimes, even the most cringeworthy characters are the ones that remind us of the people closest to us. From the irritating to the downright horrifying, we’re ranking the most annoying neighbors in television history.
25. Wilson W. Wilson Jr. – Home Improvement
It goes without saying that one of the most beloved and memorable characters from the Home Improvement series would have to be Wilson. Shrouded in mystery and always embracing the strange as he peers over that fence, at times Wilson comes across as more of an omnipotent entity than any normal native of Detroit.
Wilson’s most irritating trait is that he always seems to be giving Tim some unwarranted advice. But beyond this constant interference, just when does anyone ever get to see Wilson’s human side? You can forget leveling with this annoying dude on an equal level. He’s forever going to be talking down to you like some lost soul that needs to be saved.
24. George Feeny – Boy Meets World
Having Mr. Feeny as a neighbor wouldn’t necessarily be a bad thing — if you were merely friendly acquaintances. At the end of the day, the man does indeed have a good heart and a whole lot of wisdom to bear. However, if this man just so happens to be your teacher (and later, school principal), you can forget about having a good time.
You can only imagine how hard it was for Corey and Eric Matthews to get down and party with Mr. Feeny constantly hanging by their rickety backyard fence tending to his garden. Forget about ditch class or not doing your homework, Mr. Feeny would be sure to call you out. It didn’t help that he was good friends with Corey’s dad, which meant that practically every night had the potential of becoming a parent-teacher conference.
23. Arthur Fonzarelli – Happy Days
No doubt, being friends with the Fonzie definitely would pay off for Richie and the gang. They might have never made it out of high school with all their teeth if it weren’t for the Fonz saving their skins time after time. That said, swagger and all, he isn’t always the easiest to be around.
He pushes the cool guy act so far that he basically turned himself into a living cartoon character. Dealing with him as a friend has its drawbacks, too, as Fonzie is actually living in Richie’s garage. Regularly, he’d just walk into the house without knocking and basically display how much cooler he was then everyone else in the family. This could be a handful after a while.
22. Clark Griswold – National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation
Clark Griswold attracts chaos like metal attracts lightning. The man always has good intentions, and yet, somehow, a lot of people always end up suffering due to his antics. After all, we all saw how his family vacations went. Luckily, they only saw him in passing; remember, his neighbors have to deal with him 24/7.
On National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation, being the extremist he is, Clark decides he just has to go over the top with the Christmas lights. He doesn’t only drive his yuppie neighbors insane, but he manages to cut out the power for his whole town. Looks like even having this guy in the same city as you is a major pain, so just imagine being his next-door neighbor.
21. Marsha Klein – Spaced
Anyone who watched Spaced would easily consider Marsha Klein to be one of the best characters. She’s extremely strange, and yet, she’s nonetheless lovable, to say the least. She wouldn’t be a problem for most people — but she definitely was for Tim and Daisy, who told her they were a couple in order to move into her apartment building.
From that point on, they’d need to pretend they’re a couple every time Marsha shows up. She even suspects they may have lied to her, and she’s constantly listening in on them. Their antics made her one of the hardest neighbors — not to mention landlords — to live with.
20. Fred & Ethel Mertz – I Love Lucy
When it comes to annoying neighbors who nonetheless seem perfectly harmless on the surface, Fred and Ethel Mertz take the cake. While Lucy alone would be pretty bad to live next to, especially when she talks, Fred and Ethel sound like nightmares. For starters, no matter the occasion, Fred always sounds extremely aggressive.
One can only imagine how terrifying it’d be to hear the couple having an argument or even an excitable conversation. It seems no matter how thick a wall is, Fred’s voice can penetrate it with ease. Given the antics that Ethel and Lucy are always up to, you can expect to hear Fred scream rather often. Rent’s high enough in New York City, so the very least you can hope for is decent neighbors.
19. Roger – Sister, Sister
Okay, so one should give Roger a little bit of a break, seeing as he’s a teen. However, Ray and Lisa couldn’t enjoy this watching this weird kid bust into their home day after day to thirst over and harass their daughters. We all know that Tia and Tamara didn’t like it, as one of their popular catchphrases was to tell Roger to go home.
Overall, Roger’s antics didn’t last long. As the series moved forward, the excitable teen calmed down and eventually vanished altogether, so you can at least be assured that he was a nightmare that the family actually got to wake up from.
18. Cosmo Kramer – Seinfeld
It goes without saying that Kramer is a pretty annoying neighbor — perhaps one of the best-known ones in television history. Many times over, Jerry has come home from a date to find Kramer just hanging out on his couch watching the TV. Jerry could well have company over, and Kramer will come bursting through the door without knocking and begin fixing himself a sandwich.
The man has literally walked into Jerry’s apartment, taken a bunch of food out of his fridge, and left. One has to give it to Jerry: he has the patience of a saint. While Kramer would definitely be a horrible neighbor, Jerry would actually be a really amazing neighbor to have.
17. Jazz – The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air
While most sitcoms feature characters who have a never-ending supply of patience, things are rather different on the Fresh Prince of Bel-Air. Will’s best friend Jazz is constantly offending the Banks family — and getting put in his place for it.
One of the classic show’s running gags just happens to be this clown getting thrown out of the house. Throughout the six seasons, it happens to him a total of 15 times. There is even one occurrence where he is already outside and is thrown into the house. It is understandable, seeing as he was constantly creeping on Hilary, insulting Uncle Phil about his weight, and getting Will into trouble.
16. Sam Anders – Clarissa Explains It All
No list of annoying neighbors throughout television history would be complete without talking about Sam Anders on Clarissa Explains It All. It’s like this weird kid has just never heard of using the door, as he is constantly climbing into Clarissa’s room through the window, getting his dirty shoes all over her windowsill.
Okay, so it’s slightly less creepy because they are best friends. But her family knows him, so he could just knock on the front door. He should have kicked this bad habit at an early age, because many wouldn’t be cool with that creeper tactic. One can only hope he eventually grew to use doors, as nothing is creepier then some 40-year-old dude busting through the window.
15. Mr. Roper – Three’s Company
When it comes to America’s favorite television trio, they had the unfortunate fate of constantly being harassed by their neighbor and landlord, Mr. Roper. While he isn’t an absolute nightmare to live around 24/7, he does have an annoying side to him, especially when he finds himself in the mood to abuse his power.
Oftentimes he’ll even threaten the trio that he’ll raise their rent, purely out of a manipulative effort to get favors and chores done. If this behavior isn’t shady enough, he also constantly rejects his wife’s love and goes to the beach to spy on girls with binoculars. Mr. Roper isn’t a neighbor that you want to have.
14. Dennis Mitchell – Dennis The Menace
Children and a feeling of irritation go together like hand and glove. You’re bound to feel a little annoyed when there are children running around the neighborhood constantly. However, troublemaker Dennis takes this feeling to the absolute extreme with his antics.
One can’t help but feel for Mr. Wilson as he is constantly finding himself as the target of Dennis’ pranks and grating questions. We can’t imagine it does much for his blood pressure. If Mr. Wilson has any sense, he’d throw in the towel and move to a different neighborhood. It’s only a matter of time before Dennis turns into a teenager and starts breaking into houses and stealing cars.
13. Steve and Marcy Rhoades – Married… with Children
Al Bundy has a pretty hard life. He has a daughter with the IQ of a pigeon, a son who doesn’t respect him, and a wife who is constantly putting him down. To make matters worse, he works at a shoe store where everyone berates him on a constant basis.
However, his biggest headache would have to come in the form of his yuppie neighbors Steve and Marcy. They come over every single day, tell him how good their lives are, make him feel bad about his shortcomings, and then prance off to the good life next door. Talk about having the cards stacked up against you!
12. Marie & Frank Barone – Everybody Loves Raymond
It’s safe to assume that at least half the married population isn’t especially jazzed about hanging with their in-laws. A weekend visit or an entire day can be riddled with stress and anxiety due to their presence. Now just imagine how stressful Debra’s situation is: the poor woman lives on the same block as her in-laws. Think you have annoying neighbors? Count your blessings.
Raymond’s parents Frank and Marie never let up on poor Debra, especially Marie. While Frank is often obnoxious and quick to become angry, Marie is constantly criticizing the way Debra runs her home and raises her kids. She even puts down her cooking. There isn’t anything Debra can do to please Marie.
11. Kimmy Gibbler – Full House
Full House’s Kimmy Gibbler is an awful neighbor to have, plain and simple. Usually, if you want to shut out your neighbor, all you have to do is close the door on them. Unfortunately for Danny and the gang, Kimmy is DJ’s best friend. She often comes over and just disrespects everyone in her path.
Even when she isn’t visiting, she always somehow manages to be causing a ruckus with the Tanner family. For example, we all remember when her pet ostrich attacked Jesse, or how her antics got DJ a speeding ticket on her first day of driving. Kimmy is definitely a bad apple in terms of neighbors.
10. Friends – Friends
Friends is by far one of the most popular sitcoms to ever grace prime time television. Even today, people love watching this ragtag group of buddies turn a normal situation into chaos. That said, nobody sane would actually want them as neighbors. First off, aside from maybe Chandler, none of them behave like actual human beings.
If you live on the same floor, below or above them, you likely wouldn’t rest, ever. They are always freaking out, jumping up and down, or sobbing over something. Ross alone would be a nightmare. They are always peeping on their neighbor across the way and judging him, and they even caused their downstairs neighbor Mr. Heckles to have a fatal heart attack. These monsters felt guilt for maybe two minutes before snapping back into their typical hijinks.
9. Bruh Man – Martin
Bruh Man from Martin is definitely a problematic neighbor to have. He is a man with one mission in mind — and that’s getting to food, no matter what. One can kind of think of him as Martin’s version of Kramer, but perhaps worse. Kramer had ideas and character; Bruh Man is a man of few sensible words and it’s safe to assume he’s walking around with a few screws loose.
Boundaries just aren’t a concept that Bruh Man is familiar with, as he often climbs into Martin’s house through the window and snacks on his food or takes his things. On one occasion, Bruh Man even managed to find his way on into Martin’s place and ate a whole Thanksgiving dinner.
8. Newman – Seinfeld
In terms of bad neighbors, Jerry has even more than Kramer to worry about. While Kramer is wacky and weird, he’s ultimately harmless. Newman, on the other hand, is not. He’s been described as being pure evil, and makes it his business to go after Jerry whenever he can.
The reason for this is that Newman harbors a lot of resentment towards Jerry for the sole purpose of not believing Jerry deserves the fame he has. Newman has tried busting Jerry for mail fraud, he’s told Jerry’s parents about a certain movie theater incident, and he’s even caused Jerry a flea infestation. Honestly, that doesn’t even reach the tip of the iceberg of his malice.
7. Ted Maltin – Jingle All The Way
The 1996 film Jingle All The Way was perhaps the biggest Christmas hit that year, as it featured a memorable cast, a killer Christmas soundtrack, and a whole ton of action. One of the most cringey and annoying characters in the movie was Ted Maltin, Howard and Liz’s next-door neighbor.
Playing off of the couple’s marital problems, he would constantly try to slip into their relationship and steal Liz from Howard through tactics of false friendship and comfort. He even sunk as low as to hit on her in front of Howard. Seeing as Howard was portrayed by Arnold Schwarzenegger, we can’t see someone having enough gall to do that in real life.
6. Cody Lambert – Step By Step
Cody Lambert is kind of an enigma in Step By Step. First off, the show takes place in Wisconsin, but Cody sounds just like your stereotypical 1980s surfer dude. Exactly how that happened, the masses will never know. Living in his van, which is conveniently parked in his uncle’s backyard, Cody is constantly meddling in the Lambert home and causing a ruckus.
One can’t say he is a bad person, as he comes to the rescue of each and every family member on several occasions. However, the guy has zero boundaries and even less sense. Throughout the show’s nearly 10-year run, we see this guy do one stupid thing after another. He is the definition of a doofus.
5. Deebo – Friday
Deebo is definitely a reason to speed out of your neighborhood and never look back. He isn’t loud, he isn’t trying to make small talk with you, nor is he even playing his music after midnight. In fact, you might not even see him coming.
In Friday, he is quietly mugging people and breaking into houses. The movie kind of gives you the idea that he’s doing this on a daily basis. Day in and day out, he’s rolling up and down the block on his stolen bike, checking on what people have. If someone doesn’t give him what he’s after, he’ll knock them the heck out.
4. Stanley Kowalski – A Streetcar Named Desire
You can throw the notion of sleep out the window if you have Stanley Kowalski as your next-door neighbor. He’s constantly drinking, screaming, or just talking loudly. One would literally be better off sleeping in the monkey cage at the zoo rather than being neighbors with this guy.
In the duration of one movie, we’ve seen him beat on his neighbors, yell at his wife, and then scream her name desperately in the middle of the night for his whole neighborhood to hear. Worse still, he even assaults her sister and has her committed to an asylum. The only house this guy belongs in is a jail house.
3. Robert Turner – Disturbia
Robert Turner is what happens when neighbors aren’t even annoying but just plain dangerous and scary. If you saw 2007’s Disturbia, you’ll remember that Robert Turner wasn’t annoying whatsoever. In fact, one can even go as far to say that he was the neighbor of everyone’s dreams — on the surface.
He was quiet, kept to himself, and basically didn’t exist unless you took the time to look out for him. However, this man had a reason for being quiet. He was doing some very illegal and horrible things behind the scenes. Once his neighbor caught on to what was going on, Robert became everyone’s nightmare neighbor.
2. The Klopeks – The Burbs
The Klopeks are definitely neighbors that you don’t want on your block. Once they had moved into the neighborhood, the house they bought immediately began to resemble something out of a horror movie. They were bad news from the beginning.
Despite them looking like the family from the Texas Chainsaw Massacre, the neighbors tried to give them the benefit of the doubt at first. However, they would end up having a bunch of surprises buried in their backyard, and even under the hood of their car. Truly, one should just pack up and move to another state if a family like the Klopeks moves in.
1. Steve Urkel – Family Matters
When it comes down to the worst neighbor in the history of pop culture, it has to be Steve Urkel. If we cover the facts that he was unbelievably obnoxious, harassed Laura constantly, and broke windows, chairs, and walls in the Winslow household, we wouldn’t even be scratching the surface.
Steve Urkel really went over the top with his annoying antics. He went as far as shrinking himself and Carl, he’s made an evil robot version of himself to terrorize his beloved neighbors, and Steve has even sent himself and Carl back in time with a time machine. Steve is pretty much the definition of a menace to society and should have been locked up after season one.
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