Not everyone can be a genius, but that doesn’t mean we don’t love them! The dimwitted airhead archetype is a classic in sitcoms and movies, often leaving viewers wondering how these people get through the day without dying. We have put together a list of some of the most beloved characters who are 25 of the best airheads on TV.
1. Reese, Malcolm in the Middle
Malcolm in the Middle is one of the most underrated shows, and Reese is one of the most underrated characters. He can be aggressive and stupid, but when it matters, he has his brothers’ backs and will defend his family. And he’s a culinary genius, so he’s not a total airhead.
2. Alexis Rose, Schitt's Creek
I always sing “A Little Bit Alexis” to myself and my dog; it’s a bop. Alexis is one of the most lovable airhead characters, and despite her lack of common sense, her character development in the show is sensational. She plays the stupid rich girl without being overly mean or shallow.
3. Charlie Kelly, It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia
Charlie Kelly is interesting because he is a complete idiot 95% of the time, but occasionally, he’s the voice of reason within the group. “Charlie Work” is one of my absolute favorite episodes, and it shows how Charlie seems to be the only one who does anything productive for the bar.
4. Cheyenne Lee, Superstore
Cheyenne Lee is a brilliant example of a lovable and hilarious airhead. Her bubbly and fun personality, lack of awareness, and constant confusion make her impossible to hate. Her reactions to uncomfortable situations are so offbeat that you can’t help but chuckle.
5. Jason Mendoza, The Good Place
Every character on The Good Place is distinct and entertaining, but Jason always holds a special place in my heart. He’s sweet and kind even though he rarely understands what is happening. His weird love for Janet is endearing, and while he may not be the brightest bulb, he is one of the cutest.
6. Kronk, The Emperor's New Groove
Kronk is one of the most lovable bad guys in Disney’s filmography. While he works for Yzma and helps her execute her evil plans, he doesn’t seem to have a malicious bone in his body and just happily goes along with what everyone wants. His deep voice and confused face contribute to his excellent airhead persona.
7. Shelley Darlingson, The House Bunny
The House Bunny is a surprisingly funny and sweet movie that easily could’ve been disgustingly raunchy. Shelley’s naive ways and charming personality are among the reasons this movie is enjoyable, and she’s the perfect example of a caring airhead who wants to help in any way she can.
8. Jenna Maroney, 30 Rock
While many airheads on this list are supremely lovable, Jenna is frustrating. She fits the airhead stereotype but is vapid and selfish, unlike Shelley Darlingson. Nevertheless, she’s one of the funniest characters in 30 Rock, and the show would be missing something without her.
9. Rose Nylund, Golden Girls
No one plays an airhead as well as the extraordinary Betty White. Rose Nylund is many people’s favorite Golden Girl, including mine, as her oblivious ways and charming personality make her unbelievably endearing and cute. I heard that White was initially supposed to play Blanche Devereaux, but they decided she was too perfect as Rose.
10. Eric Matthews, Boy Meets World
Maybe the most handsome idiot on TV, Eric Matthews, is relaxed and casual, with a smile that weakens all the girls’ knees. However, he has some difficulties when it comes to hitting the books. He almost joins a cult in one episode alongside Shawn, but luckily, they get out of it.
11. Van Montgomery, Reba
I can’t say I was an avid Reba watcher, but Van is an idiotic delight in the episodes I have seen. Steve Howey is such an underrated actor and plays a friendly moron beautifully in Reba, as well as in other shows like Shameless. He’s handsome and athletic but not always on the ball.
12. Michael Kelso, That ’70s Show
This one needs no explanation. Kelso is a lovable and hilarious doofus throughout the show and rarely deviates from his character’s airhead persona. Ashton Kutcher nails Kelso’s bewildered and elementary personality, making him one of the best airheads in any sitcom.
13. Troy Barnes, Community
Troy, played by Donald Glover, is the group’s airhead on Community. Unlike some of the other airheads on my list, he oscillates between competent and stupid throughout the series, so he’s not a dedicated airhead. He has moments of responsible clarity and many more instances of hilarious confusion.
14. London Tipton, The Suite Life of Zack and Cody
London Tipton is a beautiful character because she grows throughout the series, which is rare for a children’s show like this. In the first few episodes, she can be mean and vapid. Still, she slowly becomes more self-aware and sympathetic as the series continues, making her an airhead capable of emotional growth!
15. Joey Tribbiani, Friends
You knew this one was coming. No list of lovable idiots is complete without Joey Tribbiani. Despite his lack of intelligence, he was often the most emotionally competent one in the group, especially in the later seasons. Nevertheless, his shenanigans and missteps were always fun to watch and only made him more of an endearing character.
16. Erin Hannon, The Office
There are a couple of airheads in The Office who could easily make this list, including Michael Scott and Kevin Malone, but I think Erin Hannon is easily the winner. She’s so sweet and naive and always gave me Amelia Bedelia vibes with her constant confusion and eagerness to please.
17. Cheryl/Carol Tunt, Archer
Her name is Cheryl, but they referred to her as Carol for a decent part of the series. Cheryl Tunt might be the most dangerous airhead on this list, as she will wildly wave guns around, threaten her coworkers, set up schemes, and do hard drugs. I don’t know if I’d describe her as lovable, but I love watching her act outrageous.
18. Luke Dunphy, Modern Family
Like The Office, Modern Family has a few airheads to choose from, but Luke is probably the most clueless. His idiocy and naivety seem to cause him injury often, whether he gets a bump on his head or eats something that lands him in the hospital. But Phil and Haley are close seconds; it seems the dumb apples don’t far fall from the dumb tree.
19. Todd Chavez, BoJack Horseman
Voiced by Aaron Paul from Breaking Bad, Todd Chavez is BoJack’s funny and unwanted sidekick who has been crashing at his house for years. He constantly finds himself in wild situations. Although he isn’t the smartest, he participates in many impressive ventures, from startups to briefly ruling a foreign nation to being a high executive at What Time Is It Right Now.
20. Andy Dwyer, Parks and Recreation
The internet is tired of Chris Pratt, but they couldn’t get enough of him when he played Andy Dwyer, the charming moron on Parks and Recreation. He is one of the dumbest people on this list and one of the most beloved sitcom characters of the 21st century. And his persistent love for April only makes him more cuddly and cute.
21. Jeff Smith, American Dad
Jeff Smith, formerly Jeff Fischer before he took Hayley’s name, is a classic airhead who never understands what is happening. He floats through life without a care or logical thought, to the frustration of Stan and sometimes Hayley. However, everything always seems to work out for him.
22. Cher Horowitz, Clueless
The title of the movie says it all. Cher Horowitz is an airhead in line with Alexis Rose, as her heart is almost always in the right place, even if her head is up in the clouds. While she might lack street smarts and common sense, her fashion sense is pure genius, and no one can ever take that away from her.
23. Morgan Tookers, The Mindy Project
There are a few airheads in The Mindy Project, but Morgan is the best. He’s a top-notch nurse who seems to know how to take care of people inside and out, but when it comes to social cues and typical life skills, he’s lacking. However, his moral compass is accurate, even if his logic is off.
24. Chelsea Daniels, That's So Raven
I completely forgot about Chelsea Daniels until an online commenter mentioned her. Now, I have to go back and rewatch this delightful show. Her logic is slow, and her grades are low, but she has a massive heart that makes her a charming idiot to whom I’d be happy to explain some simple things.
25. Karen Smith, Mean Girls
The third OG member of The Plastics, Karen Smith, is far from the next Nobel Prize winner. She tells Cady she can predict the weather using her chest and doesn’t understand the difference between cousins and first cousins or the lack of difference. She’s stupidly hilarious and even adorable in some scenes.