Since sitcoms tend to be mostly family centric, a neighbor popping in here and there just makes sense. The more characters, the more possibilities for hilarity. And hey, if a character is not working out, they can always just inexplicably stop showing up (we're looking at you, Judy from Family Matters). A good sitcom neighbor, though… They can start out as a one-off joke, and end up stealing the show (we're looking at you, Urkel from Family Matters). Wow, we really need to start finding more shows to reference here.
As art tends to imitate life, neighbors can be utter nightmares, but as many of these sitcom families know, they can also provide charm, advice, and most importantly, a good laugh. Welcome presence or not, they often help their shows live on in our hearts forever. From wise words to sexual deviance, we weigh in on 15 well known sitcom neighbors.
Wilson from 'Home Improvement' - Wise
Mr. Heckles from 'Friends' - Creepy
Glenn Quagmire from 'Family Guy' - Sexually deviant
Steve Urkel from 'Family Matters' - A destructive stalker
Ned Flanders from 'The Simpsons' - A saint
Penny from 'The Big Bang Theory' - A welcome presence
Marcy D’Arcy from 'Married… with Children' - A worthy adversary
Marie Barone from 'Everybody Loves Raymond' - Overbearing
Ethel Mertz from 'I Love Lucy' - A ride or die
Newman from 'Seinfeld' - Hilarious supervillain
George Feeny from 'Boy Meets World' - A wise old owl
Val Bassett from 'Will & Grace' - Psychotic stalker
Squidward Tentacles from 'SpongeBob SquarePants' - A salty tritagonist
Cody Lambert from 'Step by Step' - Wacky but helpful