Sarcasm is an underappreciated art, really… and an exhausting one at that. Think about it: constantly being on your game and coming up with the perfect quippy comment every. single. time. there’s an opening is a special life skill.
As far as we’re concerned, there are only a handful of TV characters that have truly pulled off this feat over the years. They may have made their friends, family members and co-workers roll their eyes repeatedly, but in our eyes these are some of the most awesome Sarcastic Sallys ever written for television.
Chandler Bing, Friends
Could he BE any more sarcastic? We think not. From the early episodes, Monica, Joey and the rest of the gang called him out on his incessant need for one-liners, but as the series went on we all grew to love (and rely on) them.
Gregory House, House MD
Sometimes sarcasm is a defense mechanism for people who refuse to let others in. No one demonstrated this more than Dr. House, but that didn’t make his comments any less clever. Maybe he would have been annoying… but you have to admit he was also always right.
Seth Cohen, The O.C.
The people of Newport Beach didn’t always appreciate Seth’s wit and sass, but from where we were sitting, he was basically the king of self-deprecation.
Nick Miller, New Girl
Stubborn, sarcastic and broke. Those three words described our favourite loft roommate to a T, and thankfully not much changed over the course of this series.
Jim Halpert, The Office
You know how some people have the gift of delivering a sarcastic quip while still coming across like your best friend? Yeah, we’re pretty sure that Jim Halpert invented that move.
Paris Geller, Gilmore Girls
For some reason the sarcastic TV character club is a very male-dominated one, but if any gal could hold her own it’s the neurotic, caustic and undeniably sarcastic Paris Geller.
Ron Swanson, Parks and Recreation
The parks and rec worker was a man of few words, but when he did spout his opinions on a subject you could be sure that they’d be dripping with sarcasm… and probably a side of meat.
Geoffrey the butler, Fresh Prince of Bel-Air
Will was absolutely a sarcastic gem, especially when it came to his interactions with his extended family. But it was Geoffrey, and his biting one-liners as he came in and out of the room, that had us giggling every single time.
Tyrion Lannister, Game of Thrones
It takes a special person to knock back a glass of wine and dole out caustic comments when you’re probably about to die, but it’s an art that one of our favourite Westeros characters seems to have perfected over the years.
Steven Hyde, That ‘70s Show
Teenagers have a penchant for sarcasm to begin with, but Hyde was one of the more memorable ones—especially on this show. Hell, we’re still riding high from some of his better one-liners.
Dr. Perry Cox, Scrubs
There was a lot to love about this kooky medical comedy but we have to say that we went to our happy place whenever Dr. Cox went on one of his legendary sarcastic rants. There are no other doctors quite like him on TV.