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Less Than Perfect was a Work Com that ran from 2002 to 2006. Its main focus was Claudia "Claude" Casey (Sara Rue), a full-figured young woman who tried to navigate the perils of making a career at a fictional broadcasting company. Her friends were dorky Owen, no-nonsense Ramona and Big Guy Carl; her superior was a famous news anchor, and her enemies were jealous coworkers Kipp and Lydia.


Tropes used:

  • Ambiguously Jewish (Kipp)
  • Benevolent Boss: Will Butler, though he's nice only to his direct assistants.
  • Big Guy (Carl)
  • Black Best Friend: Ramona. Partially subverted because she's much less nice than the protagonist and has much more of a love life.
  • Celebrity Paradox: Owen can't remember a certain combination because it's equal to the year of Eric Roberts's birthday, but he always lies about his age. Will Butler's played by Eric Roberts.
  • Coming Out Story: inverted. Owen has to tell his lesbian moms that he's straight.
  • Deadpan Snarker (Ramona)
  • Four-Temperament Ensemble: Claude (sanguine), Ramona (choleric), Owen (melancholic), Carl (phlegmatic).
  • Has Two Mommies (Owen)
  • Hollywood Homely: The main cast. To the show's credit, the homeliness was almost believable, as Ramona and Claude were full-figured, Carl was big and bald, and Owen looked...well...like Andy Dick.
  • Homeschooled Kids: It's brought up numerous times that Owen was homeschooled by his parents, usually as a joke, such as Claude and Ramona being astonished that he had an actual graduation ceremony.
  • The Lancer (Ramona)
  • Missing Episode: As mentioned below, 8 out of 13 peisodes of season 4 were not aired on ABC due to them abruptly cancelling the show, though the missing episodes did later air on Lifetime.
  • Nerd (Owen)
  • Nerd Glasses: Owen, as his stereotype implies, and, strangely enough, "metrosexual" Kipp. He wears contact lenses most of the time, but he still has a pair of thick round glasses.
  • Only Known By His Nickname: Jeb only ever referred to Kipp as "Secretary".
  • Patrick Warburton: played Jeb.
  • Relationship Upgrade: Claude and Carl sleep together in season 4 and become Friends with Benefits, then they develop feelings for one another and have a loving relationship for the rest of the series.
  • Retroactive Recognition: Zachary Levi went onto greater fame as the title character in Chuck.
  • Rich Bitch: Lydia, with the exception that, while she spends a lot of money to support her lifestyle, she is not rich, but actually in debt.
  • Sassy Black Woman: Ramona
  • Screwed by the Network: ABC downsized it's season 4 order from 22 to 13 episodes, only 5 of those episodes aired before the show was cancelled without any sort of explanation, to make matters worse, two more episodes were scheduled to air, but both were pre-empted by NBA games.
  • Vitriolic Best Buds (Kipp and Lydia)
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