The 25 Greatest Neighbors in TV History
When you think about television and the shows there-on, it starts to become abundantly clear that one of the classic staples of the comedy program is and was the lovable irritation of the neighbor. Playing nearly always a second fiddle to the primary protagonist, the neighbor can be a best friend, an acquaintance, or just someone who pops in on occasion for a little slice of comedic cheese.
But the simple fact remains that without such a neighbor, the balance would be tipped so awkwardly that the show itself would just feel completely off. Neighbors have sometimes become even more likable than the main characters. Conversely, some have become the absolute epitome of annoyance to the point that they have garnered a little chunk of pop culture all their own. But they are still neighbors — always present, often times irksome, and never forgotten. Here are twenty-five of the most well-known from television history.
- 25) Freddy Benson
The Show: iCarly
Proximity to Carly Shay: Right across the hall.
Claim to Fame: Best friend and tech-guru for the iCarly web show.
- 24) The Ladies of Wisteria Lane
The Show: Desperate Housewives
Proximity to Each Other: All neighbors on Wisteria Lane
Claim to Fame: They all seem to harbor secrets and probably want to kill each other.
- 23) Wilona
The Show: Good Times
Proximity to the Evans: Next apartment neighbor.
Claim to Fame: Albeit a best friend to Florida, sometimes her nature was less than appropriate. She was a tough chick.
- 22) Mr. Wilson
The Show: Dennis the Menace
Proximity to the Mitchells: Next-door neighbor.
Claim to Fame: The oft brutalized and irritable target of irksome child, Dennis.
- 21) Mary Barone
The Show: Everybody Loves Raymond
Proximity to the Barones: Next-door neighbor
Claim to Fame: Ray's mother and principal cause for thousands of headaches.
- 20) Mr. Feeny
The Show: Boy Meets World
Proximity to the Matthews: Next-door neighbor
Claim to Fame: He also happens to be Cory's teacher and somewhat of a mentor.
- 19) Patrick Star & Squidward Tentacles
The Show: Spongebob Squarepants
Proximity to Spongebob: Neighbors on either side of the pineapple.
Claim to Fame: Squidward, though pegged as Spongebob's pal, is much more of an unfortunate pawn in his daily activities. Patrick, on the other hand, is Spongebob's best friend.
- 18) Cherie Johnson
The Show: Punky Brewster
Proximity to Punk and George: Upstairs neighbors
Claim to Fame: Once Punky moves in with George, Cherie rapidly becomes her best friend.
- 17) Joey, Chandler, Monica & Rachel
The Show: Friends
Proximity to Each Other: In several seasons of the show, Joey and Chandler lived across the hall from Monica and Rachel.
Claim to Fame: They're all friends. Duh.
- 16) Winnie Cooper
The Show: The Wonder Years
Proximity to the Arnolds: They live close on the same block.
Claim to Fame: On-again, off-again crushes, but always friends.
- 15) Kimmy Gibbler
The Show: Full House
Proximity to the Tanners: Annoying neighbor.
Claim to Fame: Really, really annoying neighbor. Also DJ's best friend.
- 14) Fred and Ethel Mertz
The Show: I Love Lucy
Proximity to the Ricardos: Neighbors and best friends.
Claim to Fame: Though best friends, few know that the Mertz's were also the building's landlords.
- 13) The Westons
The Show: The Golden Girls
Proximity to the Girls: Next-door neighbors and eventual spin-off recipients (Empty Nest).
Claim to Fame: The Weston daughters showed up at the Girl's house frequently and thus were awarded Empty Nest. Good for them.
- 12) Mrs. Dubcek
The Show: 3rd Rock From the Sun
Proximity to the Solomons: She's the landlord and lives downstairs.
Claim to Fame: Smoker, drinker and sexual deviant, she enjoys regaling tales of her exploits to the Solomons.
- 11) Trevor and Raquel Ochmonek
The Show: ALF
Proximity to the Tanners: Nosy neighbors.
Claim to Fame: Frequently their nosiness gets a bit too close to ALF.
- 10) Wilson
The Show: Home Improvement
Proximity to the Taylors: Backyard neighbor.
Claim to Fame: Much of Wilson was never seen. His speeches were often a conscience-like voice of reason and he often failed in his attempts to warn Tim of an impending accident.
- 9) Harry Bentley
The Show: The Jeffersons
Proximity to the Jeffersons: Next-door neighbor.
Claim to Fame: British, droll, and a Russian translator... who knew?
- 8) The D’Arcy’s
The Show: Married... With Children
Proximity to the Bundys: Next-door neighbors.
Claim to Fame: Constant source of irritation.
- 7) Steve Urkel
The Show: Family Matters
Proximity to the Winslows: Next-door neighbor.
Claim to Fame: The more he showed up (a lot), the more he became a standard fixture. Unfortunately.
- 6) Quagmire and Joe
The Show: Family Guy
Proximity to the Griffins: Glen Quagmire lives next-door and Joe Swanson down the street, all of whom live on Spooner Street.
Claim to Fame: Best friends, drinking buddies, and frequent mischief cohorts.
- 5) Larry Dallas, Mr. Furley & The Ropers
The Show: Three's Company
Proximity to Jack, Janet, and Chrissy: All neighbors at one time.
Claim to Fame: Landlords and frequent accusers of Jack's possible homosexuality. Obvious idiots.
- 4) Penny
The Show: The Big Bang Theory
Proximity to Sheldon and Leonard: Across-the-hall neighbors.
- 3) The Rubbles
The Show: The Flintstones
Proximity to the Flintstones: Next-door neighbors.
Claim to Fame: Barney, Fred, Betty and Wilma are all best friends. And weirdly attracted to each other... probably.
- 2) Kramer and Newman
The Show: Seinfeld
Proximity to Jerry: Kramer: across the hall, Newman: in the same building.
Claim to Fame: Kramer: one of Jerry's best friends. Newman... NEWman!
- 1) The Flanders
The Show: The Simpsons
Proximity to the Simpsons: Next-door neighbors.
Claim to Fame: Though once or twice Homer was oddly polite and caring to Ned, typically he just tells him to shut up or tries to kill him.