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  • Jim Ribs

    “Maybe it was the other George Michael, ya know the singer-songwriter”

  • Jim Ribs

    I have to say I completely agree with this list. I didn’t watch Cheers, but I’ll give you benefit of the doubt. Millman and Van Houten are my two personal favorites.

    Kirk: Uh I sleep in a racing car do you?
    Homer: I sleep in a big bed with my wife.
    Kirk: Oh

    • Jim Ribs

      Bill Dauetrive could easily be number 1 though.

      “I’m so depressed I can’t even blink”

    • That is the same quote that came to mind when I saw the picture of Kirk Van Houten. I think some of these sad sacks are also in the loser category, but others (George Michael) are not.

  • Bob R

    I thought good old Deputy Fife might be at the top of this list. Guess I need to take that thought and nip it in the bud.

  • Zach Gillette

    Notable omissions:

    Adrian Monk (Monk)
    Eeyore (Winnie the Poo)
    Theodore Buckland (Scrubs, should be #1 in my opinion)
    John Zoidberg (Futurama)
    Al Bundy (Married With Children) <- big oversight this one

    • Jeremy B

      I have to agree Zach, Ted and Al should be on this list!

    • skywatcher

      Zach, you got it perfect with Eeyore. He is the ultimate Sad Sack. But Ted Buckland is also about as good a choice as I can think of.

      Since these are all male, I guess maleness is part of the definition. But, what is the female equivalent of a Sad Sack? Would any nerdy-girls would really qualify?

      • Zach Gillette


        The biggest clue to Ted is that Dr. Cox literally calls him a Sad Sack in an episode.

        As for women, they seem to not work as well. The girl in Workaholics (Jillian) is pretty close, though.

  • Zowie!

    What about Gilligan?

  • Guy M.

    I would have to say ‘Old Gil’ Gil Gunderson is more of the sad sack in the Simpsons.

  • J

    I love the list, I love this website!…. but you left out the ultimate sad sack…. Moe Sizzlac (spelling?) is way more of a sad sack than Mr. Van Houten. Moe’s wholes character is based on him being a sad sack, and he is a bigger character on the simpsons too. But it’s a great list!

  • brian

    what a bunch of sad sacks of sadness

  • ParusMajor

    “The sad sack was a sittin on a block of stone
    Way over in the corner weepin all alone.
    The warden said, hey, buddy, don’t you be no square.
    If you can’t find a partner use a wooden chair.
    Lets rock, everybody, lets rock.
    Everybody in the whole cell block
    Was dancin’ to the jailhouse rock.”

    Jailhouse Rock (Jerry Leiber/ Mike Stoller) -Elvis Presley 😀

  • Alex

    What about Ted from Scrubs?

  • goldsac

    Mark Corrigan from Peep Show belongs near the top of this list.

  • Kay Hill

    I wish you had included the names of all the actors who played these sad characters. I can’t remember who played the #10 person.