Can you create sitcom characters that are awful humans yet still likeable?

In this blog I discuss creating characters that are deeply flawed, even unpleasant, and yet the audience want to spend time with them. (With thanks to the members over on the Comedy Crowd site who inspired this topic.) So often writers get the feedback that their characters aren’t likeable and yet at the same time there are often sitcoms with characters who behave badly and aren’t obviously likeable; Fleabag being a recent case in point. Rather than simply thinking in terms likeability it can be helpful to think about “characters the audience want to spend time with”. Characters don’t need to be simply likeable; they can be disagreeable and yet we the viewers still want to be in their compan

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