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(Onion AV Club)   Fourteen television characters who, despite their rampant incompetence, managed to hold their jobs   (avclub.com) divider line 110
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2013-09-30 08:23:38 AM  
This list is absolute BULLshiat

Wiggum is more incompetent than Homer?

Wiggum actually solved a crime using real police work!

Homer averted two meltdowns by pure luck
 
2013-09-30 08:24:49 AM  
Cheryl Tunt

Who else could Malory treat like that without risking a huge lawsuit?
 
2013-09-30 08:42:01 AM  
1)Dwight is actually great at his job(we're told almost once an episode that he leads the office in sales) and is very competent (runs a working farm and by the end of the series a successful bed and breakfast in addition to his job at Dunder Mifflin) The problem with Dwight is all the other stuff(as mentioned in the article).
2)Wiggin is less competent than Homer?
3)that's the joke
4)In his world Frazier is an extremely popular radio personality. I guess haters gonna hate.
5)that's the joke
6)Tool Time is popular because of Tim Taylor's bumbling.(Also true of Home Improvement and Tim Allen)
7)what kind of incompetent "journalist" uses a second page on a web based article?(fark you second page)---article sucks
 
2013-09-30 08:47:20 AM  
 Barney Fife.
 
2013-09-30 09:01:17 AM  
15) The guy who put this list on two pages.
 
2013-09-30 09:06:11 AM  
Would ya believe that I think this list is crap?

/sees what I did there
 
2013-09-30 09:09:58 AM  
I'll echo the Dexter comment, I'm just going to pretend that series ended in its 4th season
 
2013-09-30 09:11:23 AM  

IdBeCrazyIf: I'll echo the Dexter comment, I'm just going to pretend that series ended in its 4th season


Wrong thread?
 
2013-09-30 09:12:52 AM  

cman: IdBeCrazyIf: I'll echo the Dexter comment, I'm just going to pretend that series ended in its 4th season

Wrong thread?


Nope, list mentions the entire Miami Police department who continually farks themselves during the entire series setting up impossible situations and moments where the arcs should have ended.
 
2013-09-30 09:14:52 AM  

IdBeCrazyIf: cman: IdBeCrazyIf: I'll echo the Dexter comment, I'm just going to pretend that series ended in its 4th season

Wrong thread?

Nope, list mentions the entire Miami Police department who continually farks themselves during the entire series setting up impossible situations and moments where the arcs should have ended.


My bad

When I saw Wiggum I decided to just skim the rest knowing the article was filled with shiat
 
2013-09-30 09:16:03 AM  

Voiceofreason01: 1)Dwight is actually great at his job(we're told almost once an episode that he leads the office in sales) and is very competent (runs a working farm and by the end of the series a successful bed and breakfast in addition to his job at Dunder Mifflin) The problem with Dwight is all the other stuff(as mentioned in the article).


Yeah, my first thought as well. A far better example from that show would be Michael Scott.
 
2013-09-30 09:18:29 AM  

Voiceofreason01: 4)In his world Frazier is an extremely popular radio personality. I guess haters gonna hate.


And, honestly, his stuff is fairly easier to come back from then numerous REAL LIFE people who have done worse stuff in media and have kept or gotten similar jobs later on.   On air personalities are the cats of the job world... they have at least 9 lives.
 
2013-09-30 09:20:56 AM  

cman: When I saw Wiggum I decided to just skim the rest knowing the article was filled with shiat


Yeah, other than that its pretty much filled with shiat so you saved yourself some time there
 
jbc [TotalFark]
2013-09-30 09:21:05 AM  
How many times must security be breached on the Enterprise before Worf gets fired?
 
2013-09-30 09:23:02 AM  
Al Bundy
 
jbc [TotalFark]
2013-09-30 09:25:41 AM  

bearded clamorer: Al Bundy


You take that back! Al is everything we want and expect in a shoe salesman, and a football hero on top of that.
 
2013-09-30 09:41:08 AM  
So, this list actually reflects real life in that there are incompetent people, whom we all know, that manage to retain their jobs.
 
2013-09-30 09:44:08 AM  
Glad to see Walt, Jr. didn't make the cut here. He really gave it his all at that car wash. "Have an A1A day!"

As for Cheryl Tunt... THAT'S the character from Archer they pick out? Granted, she's awful at her job, but so is everyone else at ISIS.
 
2013-09-30 09:44:12 AM  

Secret Agent X23: Voiceofreason01: 1)Dwight is actually great at his job(we're told almost once an episode that he leads the office in sales) and is very competent (runs a working farm and by the end of the series a successful bed and breakfast in addition to his job at Dunder Mifflin) The problem with Dwight is all the other stuff(as mentioned in the article).

Yeah, my first thought as well. A far better example from that show would be Michael Scott.


Before the show became more fantasy than reality, Michael Scott was the perfect example of failing upward. But you could take almost any Office character except Jim, Pam, and Dwight as examples of people bad at their jobs.
 
2013-09-30 09:53:50 AM  

secularsage: Glad to see Walt, Jr. didn't make the cut here. He really gave it his all at that car wash. "Have an A1A day!"

As for Cheryl Tunt... THAT'S the character from Archer they pick out? Granted, she's awful at her job, but so is everyone else at ISIS.


I thought Cheryl was there because Mallory was trying to steal her money.
 
2013-09-30 09:58:18 AM  
Whew - they included Miami Metro everyone.
 
2013-09-30 10:05:38 AM  

cman: This list is absolute BULLshiat

Wiggum is more incompetent than Homer?

Wiggum actually solved a crime using real police work!

Homer averted two meltdowns by pure luck



This.
 
2013-09-30 10:05:55 AM  
I DNRTFA, was Trump #1?
 
2013-09-30 10:06:04 AM  
www.wbez.org

Oh... fictional characters. Nevermind.
 
2013-09-30 10:08:53 AM  
including Chief Wiggum just seems to be missing the point.


I would argue that Michael Scott should be there instead of Dwight. Dwight was at least a good salesman. They always tried to bash us over the head with Michael being a good salesman, but it was never really believable and he would generally fark up the sale initially.
 
2013-09-30 10:11:16 AM  

someonelse: Secret Agent X23: Voiceofreason01: 1)Dwight is actually great at his job(we're told almost once an episode that he leads the office in sales) and is very competent (runs a working farm and by the end of the series a successful bed and breakfast in addition to his job at Dunder Mifflin) The problem with Dwight is all the other stuff(as mentioned in the article).

Yeah, my first thought as well. A far better example from that show would be Michael Scott.

Before the show became more fantasy than reality, Michael Scott was the perfect example of failing upward. But you could take almost any Office character except Jim, Pam, and Dwight as examples of people bad at their jobs.


Probably so in regard to Michael. I just think that if someone like that were able to get the job in real life, he wouldn't last nearly as long as Michael does on the show.

You could add Darryl and probably Oscar to the list of definitely competent folk. Most of the others...I'm not sure I've ever had a very good idea of how competent they actually are when they're working rather than planning parties and such. Now, Creed...if he's incompetent, he keeps his job because he has something on someone.

I make these statements not having seen the last couple of seasons, so if stuff happens during that time to prove me wrong, I'll stand corrected.
 
2013-09-30 10:12:44 AM  
Just because I watched it recently I would want to expand it to films: whoever designed the space prison in "Lockout", who decided that if, unfortunately, an inmate gets hold of a gun, he should then quickly be able to wander into the main control room (with no security, either in terms of locked doors to open or guards to get past) into a room that has just one guy that can be threatened into waking every prisoner on the ship in a couple of seconds. And then whoever did the training for the guards in such situation that though the best idea was to arm them all and send them off to split up and wander around the ship aimlessly so they can be jumped and help arm the inmates.

Oh and also the guy that designed it should all run on a "fly by wire" system which means if it isn't piloted 24/7 then it will crash into the earth in just a few hours, which seems a fairly unstable orbit not to have at least a basic autopilot system to back up the human pilot.
 
2013-09-30 10:14:13 AM  

Eddie Adams from Torrance: Oh... fictional characters. Nevermind.


Sweet jesus he looks like a skinny version of Kevin. It fits just too perfectly too.
 
2013-09-30 10:19:22 AM  
The whole list can be summed up with thatsthejoke.jpeg.
 
2013-09-30 10:21:46 AM  
The point could kinda be made to add Breaking Bad's Hank to that list:  Your brother-in-law is the meth Kingpin you've been searching for, and you only realize it after a year or so while taking a dump reading Walt Whitman?
 
2013-09-30 10:31:34 AM  

BeatrixK: The point could kinda be made to add Breaking Bad's Hank to that list:  Your brother-in-law is the meth Kingpin you've been searching for, and you only realize it after a year or so while taking a dump reading Walt Whitman?


Hank alternates between being TOO good at his job to the biggest buffoon of a DEA agent there is. One of the things that always drove me crazy about his character was how he could be a typical dumb jock one minute and then say or do something smarter than anyone in the room a few minutes later.

Granted, the character was written to be that sort of bulldog who never lets go, so I don't fault the writers too much. But there are times in the show (especially seasons 1 and 2) where Hank is really, terribly, AWFULLY bad at his job.
 
2013-09-30 10:33:44 AM  
List fails without...

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They probably ran out of time.
 
2013-09-30 10:36:48 AM  

Eddie Adams from Torrance: [www.wbez.org image 368x512]

Oh... fictional characters. Nevermind.


Ugh, ugly and greasy.
 
2013-09-30 10:38:49 AM  

Rent Party: List fails without...

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They probably ran out of time.


Incompetent? If you call saving a Presidential candidates life or stopping a nuclear bomb going off in a major city as incompetent. then you must consider anything less than Jesus perfect to be incompetent.
 
2013-09-30 10:39:38 AM  
No Carla from cheers? The way she treated customers she shouldn't have lasted a shift.
 
2013-09-30 10:39:47 AM  

BeatrixK: The point could kinda be made to add Breaking Bad's Hank to that list:  Your brother-in-law is the meth Kingpin you've been searching for, and you only realize it after a year or so while taking a dump reading Walt Whitman?


I just started season 3 (I know, I know), but I was pretty amazed that Hank not only didn't put it together that some of Walter's school lab equipment was "stolen" and that someone with intimate knowledge of chemistry stole the cannister used to make the blue meth. Granted, it's not necessarily damning evidence, but it seems like it would cause at least a twinge of suspicion.
 
2013-09-30 10:40:24 AM  

secularsage: Glad to see Walt, Jr. didn't make the cut here. He really gave it his all at that car wash. "Have an A1A day!"

As for Cheryl Tunt... THAT'S the character from Archer they pick out? Granted, she's awful at her job, but so is everyone else at ISIS.


Which is kind of the whole point of the show.  It's a dysfunctional spy agency run by an alcoholic sex addict and her equally drunk slut of a son.  Given how that went over their heads I'm amazed Rusty Venture didn't make the list.
 
2013-09-30 10:40:55 AM  

cman: Rent Party: List fails without...

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They probably ran out of time.

Incompetent? If you call saving a Presidential candidates life or stopping a nuclear bomb going off in a major city as incompetent. then you must consider anything less than Jesus perfect to be incompetent.


Stopping a nuclear bomb?  Dude, under that clown's watch, not one, but two nuclear devices were detonated on US soil, along with a dirty bomb.

Everything that guys was supposed to stop happened outside of season 1.    Nerve gas, bio-terrorism, nuclear bombs.   It all went off because he was the Worst.  Spy.  Ever.

You should play the "What is the dumbest thing this character could do right now?" game with 24.  It is amazing the number of hits you'll get.
 
2013-09-30 10:41:46 AM  
Gilligan.  Not only did is complete incompetence ship wreck the boat he was a sailor on but his incompetence foiled dozens of rescue plans
 
2013-09-30 10:42:15 AM  
Ok, I re-read the headline, I guess she was a good at her job but just a biatch to customers.
 
2013-09-30 10:42:31 AM  

IdBeCrazyIf: cman: IdBeCrazyIf: I'll echo the Dexter comment, I'm just going to pretend that series ended in its 4th season

Wrong thread?

Nope, list mentions the entire Miami Police department who continually farks themselves during the entire series setting up impossible situations and moments where the arcs should have ended.


I was waiting for the entirety of season 7 and 8 for Quinn to rekindle the suspicions he had of Dexter in season 5. I assumed that that's why the writers were keeping him around and writing in menial plots for him to appear in; but nope, his character was completely superfluous.
 
2013-09-30 10:42:50 AM  
www.sitcomsonline.com
 
2013-09-30 10:43:15 AM  
I disagree about Cliff Clavin. I just figured he was done his shift by the time the bar opened.
 
2013-09-30 10:43:33 AM  
15. Hank Schrader

Rent Party: cman: Rent Party: List fails without...

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They probably ran out of time.

Incompetent? If you call saving a Presidential candidates life or stopping a nuclear bomb going off in a major city as incompetent. then you must consider anything less than Jesus perfect to be incompetent.

Stopping a nuclear bomb?  Dude, under that clown's watch, not one, but two nuclear devices were detonated on US soil, along with a dirty bomb.

Everything that guys was supposed to stop happened outside of season 1.    Nerve gas, bio-terrorism, nuclear bombs.   It all went off because he was the Worst.  Spy.  Ever.

You should play the "What is the dumbest thing this character could do right now?" game with 24.  It is amazing the number of hits you'll get.


You are indeed right. He didn't stop everything, but he stopped a lot
 
2013-09-30 10:50:10 AM  
How about House?

He was high most of the time he was at work. He damn near killed his patients three times before he cured them. He was a complete a-hole to the people he worked with.

Sure, eventually cured most of his patients, but not without subjecting them to multiple expensive and invasive procedures. Also, I think he killed Kumar!
 
2013-09-30 10:50:39 AM  

Cheron: Gilligan.  Not only did is complete incompetence ship wreck the boat he was a sailor on but his incompetence foiled dozens of rescue plans


Damn, looking for the SCTV spoof on Gilligans Island, I believe it was called Cretins Island, something like that.
 
2013-09-30 10:53:41 AM  

cman: Rent Party: List fails without...

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They probably ran out of time.

Incompetent? If you call saving a Presidential candidates life or stopping a nuclear bomb going off in a major city as incompetent. then you must consider anything less than Jesus perfect to be incompetent.


The city of Valencia (Season 6) would like a word with you.
 
2013-09-30 10:58:01 AM  
Ted Baxter of the Mary Tyler Moore show.
 
2013-09-30 11:00:38 AM  
Les Nessman and Herb Tarlek of WKRP in Cincinnati
 
2013-09-30 11:03:19 AM  
The DA, detectives, and cops on Perry Mason. Always arresting the wrong guy .
 
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