The 10 most successful bachelors in the history of TV sitcoms have certainly stole their fair amount of hearts from women viewers all over the world, throughout a long series of decades.
Everybody loves watching a good sitcom from time to time and back in the day, this was one of the most important moments for a family, when they were all gathered up around the TV set and waited for their favorite show to start, after a long day at work.
TV sitcoms are the strong foundation on which television, as we know it today, was built. Without successful TV shows that ran for years in a row, it wouldn’t have been possible to create cult-sitcoms, cult-movies and to transform regular actors into real life legends.
Every sitcom has its own story, starting from the two people that everybody wants to see together, all the way to the rivalries and the guys that seem to have it all: fame, money, power and women.
This is exactly the type of character that made many sitcoms reach the peaks of success. The bachelor stereotype that made every woman to fall in love with the character and the actor while making every man envy his dream life.
10. Jonathan Lajoie from “The League”
“The League” is an ongoing comedy sitcom based on a group of friends that play fantasy football each season, trying to win “The Shiva”, a trophy based on “Shiva”, which was one of their high school colleagues. The show is rated at 8.4 on IMBD and since it started in 2009, it has gathered higher and higher ratings.
Jonathan Lajoie is a Canadian actor and comedian that plays the role of “Taco”, who is a character that doesn’t excel when it comes to personal wits, but has a real way with the ladies.
Although he is constantly high and the fantasy football league he is involved in doesn’t really mean anything for him, he has a natural way of getting women fall in love with him, triggering the envy of all his friends.
Most of the times, “Taco” can be found smoking marijuana in his van, or having sex in very strange places with different women.
9. Dennis from “It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia”
“It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia” started in 2005 and is still one of the hottest comedy sitcoms still rolling right now. The show managed to attract attention with Danny DeVito’s return to the screen and has a staggering 8.8 rating on IMDB.
The action takes place in a pretty gloomy Irish Pub in Philadelphia, owned by three friends, Charlie, Mac and Dennis that are always thinking about new ways to promote their bar or to make some extra money.
These three friends have nothing in common; Mac standing out as a man interested in fights and bodybuilding, Charlie comes out as an airhead in every episode, while Dennis is the only really successful bachelor of the gang.
Having his own system for picking up women, called “D.E.N.N.I.S” (Demonstrate value, Engage physically, Nurture dependence, Neglect emotionally, Inspire hope, Separate Entirely) he manages to pick up women wherever he goes, almost never thinking about the consequences. Dennis also has cameras in his room where he films all his sexual experiences that he later labels with the name of the women he slept with and gives each intercourse a rating based on stars.
8. Schmidt from “New Girl”
“New Girl” is an ongoing comedy sitcom, with an IMDB rating of 7.8 that started in 2011 having Zooey Deschanel playing the leading role of “Jess”, a girl that moves in with 3 guys in their apartment. These guys are old friends and each has a different strong personality: Nick is the lazy slob that works as a bartender, Coach is the athletic figure of the group and Schmidt is the hardworking corporate metro sexual stereotype.
Schmidt spend the most time in the bathroom to prepare himself for work, for going out or just to look his best for any occasions. Being fat when he was in college, Schmidt made a promise to himself to never look like that again and since he got in shape, he became a very successful bachelor, giving advice on how to pursue women to everybody in the group.
Also, his friend, Coach, is a pretty strong contender for the title of most successful bachelor in the group, but Schmidt takes the cake in this domain, being able to make every woman fall for his charm and style.
7. Fonzie from “Happy Days”
“Happy Days” is one of the most iconic TV sitcoms of all time, portraying the life of the Cunningham family throughout the 1950’s, all with the help of Fonzie aka “The Fonz”, portrayed majestically by Henry Winkler.
The show ran for 11 seasons, during 1974-1984, and is considered one of the best sitcoms of all time, having a real cult-fan base around it.
Fonzie was the character that gave light to the entire show and is definitely one of the most memorable roles in TV sitcom history. He was a bachelor that could have any woman he desired and he was considered the sheer definition of coolness.
The show still has reunions and they attract hundreds of fans even after 30 years since the sitcom has been off the air.
6. Kramer from “Seinfeld”
“Seinfeld” is without a doubt a sitcom that needs no introduction, managing to achieve amazing ratings and a score of 9 on IMDB, all based on “a show about nothing”, as described by Jerry Seinfeld in one of the episodes.
Although Jerry Seinfeld is the main character of the series, being the glue that holds the gang (Elaine Benes, George Costanza and Cosmo Kramer) together, Kramer is definitely the successful bachelor of the group, regardless of his unique nature.
Being unemployed and a klutz is no barrier in the way of Kramer’s success with women. He is so convinced about bachelorhood that he even manages to convince Jerry Seinfeld that “marriage is a manmade prison”, and that single life is the way to go.
5. Hawkeye from “M.A.S.H.”
“M.A.S.H.” is yet another cult sitcom, considered by many to be the best sitcom ever made, combining perfect dozes of comedy, action, drama and history. The action takes place during the Korean War in a mobile military hospital camp, where doctors and nurses are looking forward to the day they will return back home.
The show has an 8.5 rating on IMDB and ran for 11 seasons, from 1972-1983, having the lead male character Captain Hawkeye Pierce, played by Alan Alda.
Hawkeye is one of the best surgeons of the unit and although he constantly misses home and writes letters to his father in Maine, he tries to make the best out of the situation by seducing every female presence in the camp.
4. Charlie Harper from “Two and a Half Men”
“Two and a Half Men” is an ongoing comedy sitcom that started in 2003, and is now rolling its 12th season. The show is rated at 7.2 on IMDB and it can be defined as a series meant and designed especially for bachelors.
Charlie Harper, played by Charlie Sheen until 2011 when he was fired from the show after arguing with one of the producers, is a successful musician that produces advertisement jingles and lives in a Malibu beach house.
His day to day activities are comprised out of getting drunk and having sex with a lot of women, while his brother and nephew sleep in his house because they have no other place to go. Charlie’s sexual affairs strike his brother’s envy, who was never a charming man and who could never have the ease and charm that Charlie possesses.
After Charlie Sheen was fired from the show, producers hired Ashton Kutcher, who plays the role of Walden Schimdt, a successful young millionaire who buys Charlie’s house and is yet another charming bachelor, giving yet more reasons for Charlie’s brother to hate his average miserable life.
3. Barney Stinson from “How I Met Your Mother”
“How I Met Your Mother” ran for 9 seasons, from 2005-2014, and with a rating of 8.5 on IMDB, we can definitely say, in the words of Barney Stinson, that the show was “LEGEN… Wait for it… DARY”.
Although many criticized the show for being a copy of the more popular comedy sitcom “Friends”, the show still became a cult-series, with millions of fans all over the world that could not wait to see who the mother of Ted’s (the main male character and narrator of the show) kids is.
Barney Stinson, portrayed by Neil Patrick Harris, is the modern day iconic figure of the successful bachelor that has it all and doesn’t what to commit to any serious relationship. He prefers a night out with young ladies more than everything in the world, and this can be easily spotted in every episode where he hooks up with women or fantasizes about every attractive lady that appears before he’s eyes.
2. Joey Tribbiani from “Friends”
Joey Tribbiani needs no further introductions, being considered a role model of his generation when it comes to seducing women without thinking about the consequences.
“FRIENDS” ran for 10 seasons, during 1994-2004, and with a rating of 9 on IMDB, the show is considered one of the best TV productions ever made, launching hairstyles like “The Rachel” and one of the most popular pick-up lines of all time, expressed by Joey Tribbiani, played by Matt LeBlanc, “How you doin’?”.
Without a doubt, the show is deeply missed and very popular even after 10 years since it stopped shooting, and a pure bachelor stereotype like Joey Tribbiani is always a figure to remember across the ages, making its place in the television hall of fame.
1. Sam Malone from “Cheers”
“Cheers” is one of the most beloved shows that ever appeared on TV, portraying the life of Sam Malone, former baseball player for the Red Sox and now a Boston bar owner, and the regulars that stop by Sam’s bar, Cheers, on a daily basis.
Having a 7.8 rating on IMDB (LINK 20), the sitcom ran for 11 seasons, from 1982-1993, and it was one of the pioneering comedy shows for families all over the United States and the world.
Cheers was a regular bar in Boston where friends gathered to complain about their life and where Sam Malone, played by Ted Danson, was king of his castle, being considered a real stud that could have any woman he desired.
Sam Malone is one of the first successful bachelors ever to be portrayed on a TV sitcom and he became a stereotype for comparison to any other actor that had to interpret the role of a charming bachelor that had a way with the ladies.