The classic TV sitcom formula includes a stereotypical “dumb” character. These characters are always good for a laugh. However, there are a handful of TV characters who seem dumb but are actually quite smart. From sitcoms to legal dramas, the following characters act like morons but have hidden intellectual depths.
Harold Gunderson, “Suits”
Harold and Mike started at Pearson Hardman around the same time, but Harold quickly got a reputation as the office idiot (despite the fact that he actually has a law degree, unlike Mike). Harold was clumsy, prone to making mistakes, and generally a liability for a firm. But oddly enough, Harold was actually something of a legal genius. He got great grades and teacher comments at Harvard, but he acted like an idiot at work because Louis Litt intimidated him so badly. Once Mike got Harold a new job at another firm, Harold finally started living up to his potential.
Troy Barnes, “Community”
At the start of the series, Troy is kind of a meatheaded jock. But while he may be kind of naïve and dopey at the best of times, Troy has an amazing ability to fix air conditioners, plumbing, and other crucial systems. Despite having no training, he can just look at a system and understand immediately how it needs to be fixed.
Andy Dwyer, “Parks and Recreation”
Andy Dwyer is a moron. He doesn’t know how to do his own laundry; he puts shoe polish on chairs; and he eats M&M’s that have been covered in silver spray paint. But at the same time, he does have flashes of brilliance. He got a perfect score on the written part of his police exam; he can quote the basic laws of gas expansion from memory; and he’s arguably better suited for Ben’s job at the Sweetums Foundation than Ben is!
Charlie Kelly, “It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia”
OK, Charlie is just plain stupid. There’s no two ways about it. He eats cat food; he thinks he’s an expert on “bird law”; he never learned how to write properly; and he kills what few brain cells he has left by huffing paint and glue. He’s also capable of deluding himself about how smart he actually is, and he even spent one episode convinced he was speaking flawless Mandarin after only studying the language for about a day. That being said, he does seem to be an idiot savant when it comes to music. Telling friends, “keyboards just make sense to me,” Charlie is a really talented pianist and composer — although the lyrical quality of his work leaves something to be desired.