20 Best TV Characters of the Past 20 Years (#4-#1)
Page 1 of 44. Cosmo Kramer (Michael Richards)
Seinfeld, NBC, 1989-1998
The quintessential wacky neighbor thrived so long on set-piece absurdism that he developed his own internal logic—after awhile his antics made a strange kind of sense, as though (to borrow a sentiment from Cher) the world was crazy and he was sane.
“After he heckled Toby, she got so upset she ran out of the building and a street sweeper ran over her foot and severed her pinkie toe. Yeah, then after the ambulance left I found the toe. So I put it in a Cracker Jack box, filled it with ice and took off for the hospital.”