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15 Most Underrated Sitcom Characters of All Time

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15) Geoffrey (Fresh Prince of Bel-Air)

Will Smith’s rocket to fame started with the prime time favorite, Fresh Prince of Bel-Air. His character Will tries to deal with the upper-class after he moves to California to lives with his rich relatives.

And what do all rich relatives have? A butler of course. Enter Joseph Marcell. Marcell played the butler for the family, complete with perfect penguin suit and a dry monotone English accent.

Granted that a butler in a rich household is not the most original idea, but somehow Marcell made the character is own and the after the first season it was apparent that he was a vital part of the cast. His dry English accent was a perfect dead pan up against Will’s “street talk.” Geoffrey also was not afraid to speak his mind concerning the family’s antics.

During the second season, the writers allowed Marcell to loosen up the character a little, and only every once in a while which only added to the comedic affect. It is also important to note that the producers chose to portray the butler as a black man.

The show featured a predominately African American cast, but stereo type taboos of portraying domestic help as African Americans still prevailed. This was somewhat alleviated by the fact that Geoffrey was British instead of American and the fact that in no way did he ever portray himself as subservient.

  • bill

    don’t you mean THURSTON HOWELL?……

  • Sara Rahmes

    Dule Hill is Burton Guster on Psych and he was not Buddy on The Cosby Show.

  • matt

    really bogus article

  • Richard Gibbard

    Dis Sasha Mitchell go on to do martial-arts movies, or am I thinking of someone with as similar name?

    • Jonjon006

      pretty sure its the same guy

  • Jonjon006

    wow he looks way different..Sasha Mitchell

  • RumHamRiot

    His name was Bud, not Buddy. Actually, his name was Kenny but Rudy renamed him Bud. Research would have made this article worth my time.

  • Steffy93

    Why does his first name change from Deon to Dean in this article?
    His name on Cosby was Kenny.
    Dulé Hill was Gus on Psych.
    Deon Richardson did appear on one episode of Psych.

  • Kibber

    Poor research, poor writing and poor editing. #3 being the most irksome. 1. He was Kenny aka BUD, not Buddy. 2. He was only on the finale of Psych 3. Dule Hill was the ‘sidekick’, although I would say Co-Star is a better description.

  • Johnny Megabyte

    Phil Collins on TPB and Gradie on Sanford and Son

  • mike.palmer

    how could frasier be most underrated if they gave him his own show

  • You are a terrible writer

    This is So bad that it’s funny.
    The calling Kenny “Bud” as Buddy and saying he was on Psych is hilarious.
    In part because on the show they have a running joke that people think he was Bud from Cosby show. Good lord this is bad.

  • DocBullfrog666

    This is the worst list I have ever seen. Pretty much picked 1 person from every black show that had more than 1 season. What about Boom Boom Washington????

    BTW – Frasier was so underrated that he deserved a spin off. Florence was so underrated that the actress got her own show, 227. Jim Backus was far from underrated. Utterly dumb.

  • TonyXL

    List was meh. But Buddy Lembeck was a GREAT character!

  • Nightcrawler

    You rightly give credit for the Karen Arnold character but don’t acknowledge the actress, the lovely Olivia D’Abo? What, you couldn’t figure out if it was her or Maryam? Lame.

  • Rob Grizzly

    I don’t even watch Psych, and I still know that’s not the same guy!