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Initial post: Jan 20, 2012 12:41:55 PM PST
Mike B. says:
You know, the co-star who is often funnier than the star. I was thinking about this while watching actress Belita Moreno play the mother on "George Lopez".

Who is your favorite sitcom scene-stealer?

Posted on Jan 20, 2012 1:39:20 PM PST
Last edited by the author on Jan 20, 2012 1:39:44 PM PST
RichieV says:
Often times the co-stars are used as comic relief. There is a main story line in sitcoms and then there is the comic relief story line.

I will start with: The two sets of parents on Dharma and Greg. They were hilarious. I loved how they interacted with each other. Often times the funniest part of the show.

Posted on Jan 20, 2012 1:45:22 PM PST
RichieV says:
Don Knotts on threes company as well.

Posted on Jan 20, 2012 1:50:13 PM PST
RichieV says:
And another one:

Lauren Graham: Caroline in the City. She played Richards spunky girlfriend for a few episodes and stole the show. It was fun to watch because Richard was always down and depressed and she was always so cheerful.

Posted on Jan 21, 2012 4:29:46 AM PST
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Posted on Jan 23, 2012 1:27:00 PM PST
Mike B. says:
A few that at least matched the stars, and occasionally surpassed them:

Lenny and Squiggy on "Laverne & Shirley" (Michael McKean and David Lander)

Carlton on "The Fresh Prince Of Bel-Air" (Alfonso Ribeiro)

Posted on Jan 24, 2012 2:46:10 PM PST
Lynda says:
Jaleel White as Steve Urkel and Myrtle Urkel on Family Matters
Delta Burke as Suzanne Sugarbaker on Designing Women
Ted Knight and Betty White as Ted Baxter and Sue Ann Nivens on The Mary Tyler Moore Show

Those are a few of my favorites, but there are SOOO many!!

Posted on Jan 26, 2012 10:08:36 AM PST
'WKRP' - I always liked seeing Ian Wolfe as deadpan butler Hirsch to Momma Carlson (Carol Bruce). In one scene, she calls for him; he shows up seconds later. She: "Well? Where have you been??" He: "Mardi Gras, ma'am."

'Barney Miller' had a number of colorful repeat offenders who'd show up in the precinct office. Wish I could recall the actors/characters, but I can't because WHY ISN'T THIS IN SYNDICATION???

Posted on Jan 26, 2012 10:52:35 AM PST
Lynda says:
I thought of another one...

Marla Gibbs as Florence on The Jeffersons

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 26, 2012 11:01:49 AM PST
Lynda says:
I agree with you on both points. That butler was so dry. He was always fun.

I do wish that Barney Miller was shown more often. I believe I would watch reruns of reruns.

There was one actor that played at least two characters. In one he was convinced he was a werewolf to the point he had everyone in the precinct (except Barney) nervously watching the moon. At one point, he hanging on the bars and howling. Barney came out of his office and yelled something like "SIT!!" at him as if he were chastising a bad dog. It was hilarious.

In the other instance, he was convinced he was Jesus Christ. He was very convincing to others as well but especially WoJo.

I miss both shows.

Posted on Jan 26, 2012 8:56:36 PM PST
Last edited by the author on Jan 26, 2012 8:57:36 PM PST
RichieV says:
Reverend Jim, (Christopher Lloyd) Taxi.

Because Taxi was an ensemble cast, it's hard to distinguish between, who was a main character and who was a supporting character. I think it is safe to say that there were quite a few funny characters on that show.

Posted on Jan 27, 2012 8:02:51 AM PST
Music Lover says:
lot of good ones mentioned already. here's some others:
Kramer on Seinfeld
Alex P.Keaton on Family Ties-the show was supposed to originally be about the parents but he was too good to avoid so they changed it up
Cliff and Norm on Cheers-like Taxi they were all good but these two often stole scenes
Niles Crane on Frasier
I love all the side characters on Mike & Molly almost as much as the main two-Molly's sister and mom. Mike's Mom. Carl and his grandmother are great too
Snyder on One Day At A Time
Re-Run on What's Happening?
J.J on Good Times
Elka on Hot In Cleveland-so good initally they made her an official cast member

Posted on Feb 5, 2012 6:15:20 PM PST
Colonel Klink-Hogans Heroes
Sigfried-Get Smart

Posted on Feb 7, 2012 4:17:48 PM PST
Lynda says:
Wanda Sykes as Barb on The New Adventures of Old Christine
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Posted on Feb 19, 2012 9:18:45 AM PST
stevign says:
Sideshow Bob (Self) - The Simpsons

Reverend Jim (Christopher Lloyd) - Taxi

Herb Tarlek (Frank Bonner) - WKRP

Dutch (Donnelly Rhodes) - Soap

Cosmo Kramer (Michael Richards) - Seinfeld

Emerson Cod (Chi McBride) - Pushing Daisies

Olive Snook (Kristin Chenoweth) - Pushing Daisies

"Sach" Jones (Huntz Hall) - Dead End Kids - The Bowery Boys

Cartman (Self) - South Park

Ernest T. Bass (Howard Morris) - The Andy Griffith Show

Posted on Feb 19, 2012 12:48:27 PM PST
Last edited by the author on Feb 20, 2012 6:45:34 AM PST
Martin on "Frasier", and Roz as well. Good 'common folk' foils to Frasier and Niles.
Also, only in a handful of episodes, but Harriet Samson Harris stole the show when she appeared as Frasier's wicked agent Bebe Glaser.

Kenneth the page on "30 Rock" is terrific. They dropped hints about his backwoods childhood, and his age ("I raised that bird for over fifty years..."). And also the insanely vain and self-involved Jenna often steals the show.

Raj from "The Big Bang Theory" sometimes is the funniest, even though uptight Sheldon is the showcase.

On "Seinfeld" George was awesome. He dominated much of the show even though it was straight man Jerry's program. I often consider that sitcom to be 'three looneys and the whiny stand-up comic'.
Also, to a lesser extent, Newman is a scene-stealer. What a great character.

Cloris Leachman on "The Mary Tyler Moore Show" always added such a memorable flair as Phyllis Lindstrom, Mary's obnoxious, sophisticated friend/landlord.
Honestly, this series had a few scene-stealers-- Ted, Sue Ann, Rhoda.

And although not a sitcom:
On "Northern Exposure", Marilyn would crack me up a lot-- or just exude a quiet grace as other characters acted like a doofus or nutjob around her.
But the biggest scene-stealer of that show, and one of the best characters ever to appear on TV, was the mysterious, filthy epicure Adam (Adam Arkin). Absolutely hilarious to behold, because he was so cranky and outspoken. That has to be a dream role for a TV actor.

Posted on Feb 19, 2012 11:09:59 PM PST
Crowley13 says:
Gabriel (Richard Speight Jr.) on Supernatural.

Posted on Feb 20, 2012 6:43:59 AM PST
PS: I forgot this thread was about sitcoms. Northern Exposure is a 'dramedy'. My bad. I'll edit my previous post to indicate that.
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