Whether the root cause is ADD or just a hyperactive personality, there are plenty of TV characters out there who are easily distracted. Almost always played for laughs, these TV characters provide much-needed comic relief thanks to their inability to focus during even the most tense of situations. Here are some prime examples of TV characters who are distracted so easily; it's hilarious.
Shawn Spencer, "Psych"Shawn's an interesting character. On the one hand, he does have the ability use laser-like focus to recall crime-scene details. But on the other hand, he's easily distracted when talking with people. One exceptionally priceless example of this tendency is showcased in the episode "Ferry Tale." Shawn is griping about being dragged on a trip with educational and environmental value, but Gus is able to derail him in mid-rant by simply giving him a Snickers bar. Gus is able to use this same trick later in the episode, as well.
Tim, "Spaced"The cult classic Britcom "Spaced" is notable for helping to launch the career of Simon Pegg. In one memorable episode, Tim (played by Pegg) gets a visit from his easily distracted friend Tyres. To be fair, Tyres is probably so easily distracted because of a combination of drug use and sleep deprivation. After Tyres leaves the apartment, however, Tim is shown to be just as bad. As he explains to his flatmate Daisy, "Tyres has got a really short attention span; I remember once we were - oh look, wrestling!"
Bart (and Homer), "The Simpsons"Both of the men in the Simpson clan are a bit ADD. Bart is constantly shown having issues with focusing on his school work, to the point that even a bird flying by the window can completely capture his attention. In one episode, Bart is put on the ADD drug Focusyn, which just made him paranoid.
The apple clearly didn't fall far from the tree: Homer also lacks the ability to focus. Famously, in the episode where Marge writes a novel, Homer tells himself "Gotta read Marge's' book. Can't get distracted. Distracted, that's a funny word. Does anyone ever get 'tracted'? I'm gonna call the suicide hotline and ask them."
Mr. Short-Term Memory, "SNL"Back in the 1980s, "Saturday Night Live" ran a series of sketches starring Tom Hanks as Mr. Short-Term Memory. The sketches, some of which were written by Conan O'Brien, featured Hanks as a man who would get disoriented by his surroundings to the point where he'd get temporary amnesia. He would then get distracted in the middle of conversations by food in his mouth or what other people were doing around him. A goldfish would be less easily distracted than this guy.
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