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20 Greatest Sitcom Characters of All Time

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7. Fred Mertz (William Frawley), 'I Love Lucy'

Fred Mertz and his wife Ethel are the best friends and landlords of Lucy and Ricky Ricardo. Fred and Ethel have a semi-contemptuous relationship, and often call each other names such as "fat old goat." The pair is constantly dragged into Lucy's crazy schemes and tend to be responsible for tipping off her husband. Fred, who is a World War I veteran and former show business man, is also notoriously cheap.

William Frawley played Fred from 1951-1960.—XFINITY Entertainment Staff (Photo: CBS)

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