When it comes to TV characters, dumb people are almost always funny people. But in some TV shows, the adults are so dumb, it's more sad that funny. Here are some prime examples of shows where all the adults are stupid and all the kids are really smart.
Every boss on "The Office" has been a complete moron. Michael, Deangelo Vickers, and Andy: All three were stupid in their own special way. And the rest of the Scranton staff are also incompetent, with a few exceptions. Creed appears to be drawing a salary for doing no quality assurance work. Meredith's brain cells have been pickled from years of alcohol abuse (some of that while on the job). And Kelly was just…well, Kelly.
Meanwhile, the kids on "The Office" are all smart and well-adjusted (with the possible exception of Meredith's kid). In the episode "Take Your Daughter to Work Day," Toby's daughter, Stanley's daughter, and Brian's fiancee's daughter all seem more intelligent and well-adjusted than Michael.
With the exception of Michael and Lucille, every adult character on "Arrested Development" is pretty thick. Tobias is utterly deluded about his skill set, Lindsay is a vapid little minx, and Buster, while well-educated, has no common sense. In contrast, Maeby is able to secure a job as a film executive despite her young age, and while George Michael may be a bit awkward, he is very intelligent. In fact, George Michael might be the breadwinner of the family: The banana stand seems to be the only part of the company that consistently made money without any shady business dealings.
"Buffy the Vampire Slayer"
While Giles and Jenny Calendar are smart, savvy adults, the majority of adults in Sunnydale are pretty dumb. Seriously, why would you live in a city where so many unexplained deaths happen each year? In fact, some of the adults are so clueless that they are actively endangering kids.
For that matter, the adults in "The Vampire Diaries" aren't much better. With so many vampires right under their noses, the Mystic Falls council should have been able to see the danger their children were facing.
"Pretty Little Liars"
None of the adults in "Pretty Little Liars" ever seem to grasp the danger that their daughters are in. Even the parents who are involved in the lives of their children fail to see the obvious signs that their kids are in need of help.
"South Park" is perhaps the best example of stupid adults on TV. Nearly every adult in the town is a complete moron. Randy can't focus on his job, preferring to play with his Margaritaville mixer, watch cooking shows, or play video games. There's even an episode where the parents banish their children from the town because a news report said the kids were most likely to get abducted by their own parents. By contrast, Kyle, Kenny, and Stan are a little too clever, if anything.
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