National Grouch Day: Celebrate Oscar, Ron Swanson and other TV grouches
Originally meant to honor "Sesame Street"s Oscar the Grouch, there are plenty of other grouchy TV characters to note. From Ron Swanson of "Parks and Recreation" to Sue Sylvester on "Glee," here are some of television's most-beloved grouches.
- Oscar the Grouch - The most famous of TV's grouches is Oscar, the mossy green, trashcan-living Muppet of "Sesame Street." "Sesame Street Magazine" actually created the holiday to honor Oscar.
- Ron Swanson (Nick Offerman) - Ron of "Parks and Recreation" is the perfect antidote to the relentless and aggressive optimism of Leslie Knope (Amy Poehler). Even if he hates you (and he probably does), it's hard not to love Ron.
- Nick Miller (Jake Johnson) - Most grouches don't make attractive boyfriends. Nick is the exception to this, effectively romancing Jess (Zooey Deschanel) on "New Girl."
- Sue Sylvester (Jane Lynch) - If Sue were in a better mood, would she be so much of an enemy on "Glee"? Probably not. She also wouldn't be such a good character.
- Walter White (Bryan Cranston) - Long before Walt showed his psychotic, criminal colors on "Breaking Bad," the man was a grouch. Seriously, nothing has ever made this guy happy.
- Simon Cowell - Unlike many of TV grouches, Simon Cowell ("The X Factor") is a real guy. Is he that grouchy when off TV? Let's hope not.
- Carlton Lassiter (Timothy Omundson) - Sure, it's hard to put up with Shawn Spencer on "Psych," but Detective Lassiter doesn't even try. He also has a gun and is therefore a semi-dangerous grouch.
- Judge Judith Sheindlin - The titular "Judge Judy" has to deal with a lot of annoying people. You'd be grouchy too.
- The Cannon - James Caan's aging baseball player and awful father is the very definition of a grouch in the new series, "Back in the Game."
- Cyrus Beene (Jeff Perry) - The White House Chief of Staff on "Scandal" is brilliant and ruthless. He's also a really grumpy guy.
- Gordon Ramsay - TV's grouchiest chef may not be quite the angry pessimist we thought -- Ramsey is positively charming on his newest show, "MasterChef Junior."
- David Lee (Zach Grenier) - In "The Good Wife," the Lockhart/Gardner head of family law is usually in a bad mood and lets everyone around him know it. It's fortunate that he's a good lawyer ...
- Chef Rudy (French Stewart) - It's hard enough to be a waitress -- like the main character on "Mom" -- without dealing with a grouchy chef in the kitchen. Alas, that's the case.
- Moe Szyslak (Hank Azaria) - Moe the Bartender is not a cheerful guy on "The Simpsons." But, given his clientele, he can probably be forgiven for this.