My friend Otter Disaster once likened Ted Mosby, the protagonist of ‘How I Met Your Mother’ to Ross, if ‘Friends’ had been all about him.  It’s a fair cop, as they’re both pretty terrible people on multiple levels.  Then again, many sitcom protagonists are utterly irredeemable people: Jerry Seinfeld, John Dorian, Sam Malone.  There’s a tradition of a terrible sitcom protagonist around whom ever-expanding wackiness can ensue, leading us to today’s filmed-in-front-of-a-live-studio-audience query…

The MS-QOTD (pronounced, as always, “misquoted”) thinks that Raymond from ‘Everybody Loves Raymond’ has to be at the top of my list, as he’s surrounded by terrible, off-putting characterizations, and still stands out as just awful, asking: Who’s the most terrible sitcom protagonist?

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Once upon a time, there was a young nerd from the Midwest, who loved Matter-Eater Lad and the McKenzie Brothers... If pop culture were a maze, Matthew would be the Minotaur at its center. Were it a mall, he'd be the Food Court. Were it a parking lot, he’d be the distant Cart Corral where the weird kids gather to smoke, but that’s not important right now... Matthew enjoys body surfing (so long as the bodies are fresh), writing in the third person, and dark-eyed women. Amongst his weaponry are such diverse elements as: Fear! Surprise! Ruthless efficiency! An almost fanatical devotion to pop culture! And a nice red uniform.

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