Butlers in sitcoms. Do we really hate them? (Prepare for at least one glaring factual accuracy, probably in the Number One slot) The butler or servant character has been a staple of television sitcoms for many years, providing comic relief, witticisms, and sometimes even a touch of class to the proceedings. In this essay, we will explore the top 10 butlers or servants in sitcoms, including Butler from "On the Buses".
10 - Geoffrey Butler - "The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air" - Geoffrey Butler (played by Joseph Marcell) was the sarcastic butler to the wealthy Banks family in this classic 90s sitcom. He often provided a voice of reason and dry humor in the midst of the family's crazy antics.
9 - Benson DuBois - "Benson" - Benson (played by Robert Guillaume) was the head butler for the governor's mansion in this political sitcom. He eventually became a beloved character in his own right and even got his own spin-off series.
8 - Niles - "The Nanny" - Niles (played by Daniel Davis) was the sardonic butler for the Sheffield family in this popular 90s sitcom. He often engaged in witty banter with the nanny, Fran Fine, and provided some of the show's most memorable moments.
7 - Hudson - "Upstairs, Downstairs"** - Hudson (played by Gordon Jackson) was the strict butler for the Bellamy family in this classic British drama. He was known for his no-nonsense attitude and devotion to his duties, which often put him at odds with the other servants.
6 - Mr. Carson - "Downton Abbey"*** - Mr. Carson (played by Jim Carter) was the loyal butler for the Crawley family in this popular British drama. He was known for his strict adherence to tradition and his close relationship with the family.
5 - Parker - "Thunderbirds" - Parker (voiced by David Graham) was the loyal butler to the Tracy family in this classic puppet series. He was known for his dry wit and his willingness to go to great lengths to protect the family.
4 - Lurch - "The Addams Family" - Lurch (played by Ted Cassidy) was the butler for the creepy Addams family in this classic 60s sitcom. He was known for his deep, mournful voice and his willingness to play along with the family's eccentricities.
3 - Geoffrey - "Butler" - Geoffrey (played by Michael Elphick) was the loyal butler to a wealthy British family in this 1980s sitcom. He was known for his dry humor and his willingness to go to great lengths to protect the family's interests.
2 - Benson - "Soap" - Benson (played by James Noble) was the butler for the wealthy Tate family in this controversial 70s sitcom. He was known for his wit and his ability to provide a voice of reason in the midst of the family's wild antics.
1 - Butler - "On the Buses" - Butler (played by Stephen Lewis) was the cantankerous butler for the wealthy Blakey family in this classic British sitcom. He was known for his constant battles with the bumbling bus driver, Stan, and his devotion to his employer, Mrs. Blakey*.
In conclusion, these 10 butlers or servants in sitcoms have all become beloved characters in their own right, providing humor, wit, and sometimes even a touch of class to their respective shows. Whether they're sarcastic, loyal, or cantankerous, these characters have all left a lasting impression on audiences and have become a vital part of TV history.
(You guessed it, we asked ChatGPT to write the article, and Craiyon to provide the pictures)
*And we couldn't let this one pass, without human intervention. Stephen Lewis played Blakey, Reg Varney played Butler.
** Not a sitcom
*** Also not a sitcom
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