TVs Most And Least Desirable Neighbors In 2018

Dated: 10/07/2018

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You told us which TV characters you'd like to live next to and which to avoid.

We wanted to know which fictional TV characters Americans would most like to have as a neighbor and which ones they’d avoid.

Most desirable neighbors for 2018

Leonard Hofstadter and Penny from CBS’s “The Big Bang Theory” (above) are the top choice for neighbors in 2018, earning 19 percent of the votes. The couple received strong results from voters across different genders, generations and education levels, but were slightly less popular among voters from the West.

Leonard and Penny were neighbors when they first met, and they’ve remained close friends with their former roommate and current neighbor Sheldon Cooper over the years despite his interesting quirks. Plus, living next door gives Sheldon plenty of opportunities to play video games and watch sci-fi movies with Leonard and Penny’s entire group of friends.

“‘The Big Bang Theory’ is one of the most popular shows on TV, so it’s not surprising that American adults chose its leading couple as the most desirable neighbors for 2018,” said Jeremy Wacksman, chief marketing officer at Zillow.

The Dunphys from ABC’s “Modern Family” and the Simpson family from FOX’s “The Simpsons” tied for the second-most desirable neighbors, with 11 percent of the votes each. Will and Grace from NBC’s revitalized sitcom of the same name rounded out the top four, earning 10 percent of the votes, followed by Jack and Rebecca Pearson from NBC’s “This Is Us” (9 percent) and the Johnsons from ABC’s “Black-ish (5 percent).

Least desirable neighbors for 2018

Despite their popularity, the Simpsons still topped the list of least desirable neighbors with 31 percent of the votes. Adults over the age of 55 were most likely to name the family as the least desirable neighbors on the list, while fewer millennials cited the Simpsons as the least desirable neighbors in the poll.

“It wouldn’t be easy to live next to the Simpsons, who have spent nearly 30 seasons causing chaos for neighbor Ned Flanders and the rest of Springfield,” Wacksman said.

The Lannisters from HBO’s “Game of Thrones” came in second on the list of worst neighbors with 21 percent of the votes. They ranked much higher than the rest of the competitors, including Sheldon Cooper and Amy Farrah Fowler from “The Big Bang Theory (9 percent), Olivia Pope from ABC’s “Scandal” (6 percent) and the Jennings from FX’s “The Americans” (5 percent).

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