Live Poll: Know-It-All, Busy-Body Neighbors

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An oft-used TV trope is the nosy, superior neighbor(s). The ones who want to know everybody's business and expect you to do things exactly the way they want, because they think they are always right and know the best way to do everything.

Harriet Oleson was one such character. Played with aplomb by seasoned Broadway actress Katherine MacGregor, Mrs. Oleson (always called Mrs. Oleson, never Harriet except by her long-suffering husband Nels, was the best-known and longest-running character on Little House on the Prairie (1974) outside of the Ingalls family.

Scottie MacGregor, as she was known most of her career, recently passed away at age 93, after living for many years at the Motion Picture Fund Long Term Nursing Care facility in Woodland Hills, CA. She was a devout Hindu and was known by the actors from Little House, particularly the children, as a caring, funny mentor.

In honor of Scottie MacGregor and the perfectly horrible Harriet Oleson, which of these know-it-all, busy-body, nosy TV neighbors would you most hate to live next to?

List: https://www.imdb.com/list/ls045221378
Poll: https://www.imdb.com/poll/7Gz6jj2D7xA/
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Posted 8 months ago

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Ned Flanders fits at least 60% of the description, he's a nice guy but he has his holier-than-thou, I'm-so-perfect and patronizing moments.
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Good point. I considered him...and I'm still considering him. Helen Lovejoy will be on the list (waiting for a photo approval) and I'm not sure I want to have more than one per show.
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Was Dr. Bellows actually a neighbor or did he just work at NASA with the guys?
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Jen,

I vaguely remember that Dr. Bellows was a neighbor in Cocoa Beach, Florida. However, I'm not certain. I will see whether I verify or refute my contention.
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Jen,

I could find no supporting evidence that Dr. Alfred Bellows is  Major Anthony Nelson's neighbor.
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Jen,

Thanks for adding my suggestions sans Dr. Alfred Bellows, who is ineligible.
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Married with Children  (1986-1997)
https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0092400/
https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0092400/reference

Ed O'Neill   ...    Al Bundy (263 episodes, 1986-1997)
Katey Sagal   ...  Peggy Bundy (263 episodes, 1986-1997)
David Faustino   ...   Bud Bundy  (262 episodes, 1987-1997) 
Christina Applegate   ...  Kelly Bundy  (261 episodes, 1987-1997) 

Amanda Bearse   ...   Marcy Rhoades | D'Arcy  (263 episodes, 1986-1997)
 
https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0092400/mediaindex?refine=nm0000294

https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0092400/plotsummary
Al Bundy is an unsuccessful middle aged shoe salesman
with a miserable life and an equally dysfunctional family
To add to Al's misery is his yuppie next door neighbors Marcy and ...

https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0092400/tvschedule

In a 2013 interview, Ed O'Neill revealed that Amanda Bearse
was the only regular cast member
with whom he didn't get along, and no longer kept in touch;
O'Neill felt that after that time,
she was getting "more masculine" and "snarky",
and they would often argue over trivial matters
https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0092400/trivia?item=tr2210105
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The relationship between the two actors does not apply to this suggestion. The Marcy character doesn't qualify under the description above.
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List is updated.
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Both Ochmoneks deserve a top spot!
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Yeah, you're right.
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The Ochmoneks have been added. Thanks.
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The Ochmoneks are somewhat like a more modern duet version of Mrs. Lorelei Brown.

By the way, does anyone remember whether Mork & Mindy had a Know-It-All, Busy-Body Neighbor? It seems like a natural plot point for a show featuring an extraterrestrial alien.
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Mrs. Lorelei Brown is the character that Pamela Britton in My Favorite Martian (1963).

I suggested the character for this poll and Jen was gracious enough to include her.
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When you watch every episode of a TV show when it first aired, you tend to remember the name of the major characters. I still tend to think of Bill Bixby as Tim O'Hara rather than as Bruce Banner.
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My mom and I would watch Little House reruns that would be on as my dad got home from work. As soon as he saw Michael Landon he'd yell, "Little Joe!" Used to drive me up the wall..."no Daddy, that's Pa Ingalls!"
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Jen,

Did your dad also yell out "Little Joe" during "Highway to Heaven"?
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We never watched H2H, but knowing my dad, he'd probably yell "Pa Ingalls" just to mess with me.
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FYC

Amanda Bearse and David Garrison in Married with Children (1986)

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Jen, Champion :
The relationship between the two actors does not apply to this suggestion.
The Marcy character doesn't qualify under the description above.

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You're missing a little end parenthesis here:

Mrs. Oleson (always called Mrs. Oleson, never Harriet except by her long-suffering husband Nels),
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The end parenthesis is after Nels...?
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I added it, but you're missing it.
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Got it. Asked for a re-push. Thanks.
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Jason Alexander as George Costanza on Seinfeld was not a neighbor. He never lived in the same building as Jerry and Kramer.
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That's why he's not on the list.
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Yes, I misread it. Oops!
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