On the occasion of Paul Benedict’s death.

10. Charley Dietz, “Empty Nest.” Thanks to Charlie, we now know what it would be like to live next door to Joe Isuzu. Let me use this first entry to state two rules for this list: 1. The character must be a supporting player. Homer Simpson is wacky and Ned Flanders’ neighbor, but Homer is the star of the show, so he doesn’t count. 2. The character can’t be a sidekick. Ethel Mertz was Lucy Ricardo’s neighbor, but she’s best known as Lucy’s best friend.

9. Howard Borden, “The Bob Newhart Show.” Borden was borderline annoying.

8. Harry Bentley, “The Jeffersons.” Like Howard, sometimes annoying but generally wacky.

gladys-kravitz7. Gladys Kravitz, “Bewitched.” A tragic figure, when you think about it. Yes, Gladys was nosy. But she had reason to be: Some strange shit was going down next door at the Samantha and Darrin’s place. Poor Gladys saw it all but couldn’t get anyone to believe her.

6. Erwin “Skippy” Handelman, “Family Ties.” The wacky kid next door. I remembered Skippy’s last name, which frightens me.

5. Lenny Kosnowski and Andrew “Squiggy” Squigman, “Laverne & Shirley.” I just discovered these characters had full names. God bless you, Wikipedia.

4. Larry Dallas, “Three’s Company.” The inspiration for Charley Dietz and countless other sitcom lotharios.

3. Helen and Stanley Roper and Ralph Furley, “Three’s Company.” Combining these three into one entry is cheating, but I couldn’t possibly rank one above the other.

2. Larry, Daryl and Daryl, “Newhart.” Wacky? Yes. Strange? Absolutely.

kramer1. Cosmo Kramer, “Seinfeld.” Wackiness personified.

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