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.
This show provides examples of:
- Ambiguously Jewish: Kipp.
- Bald of Awesome: Carl.
- Benevolent Boss: Will Butler, though he's nice only to his direct assistants.
- Big Guy: Carl.
- Butt Monkey: Kipp and Owen.
- 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 and Kipp.
- Four-Temperament Ensemble: Claude (sanguine), Ramona (choleric), Owen (melancholic), Carl (phlegmatic).
- Has Two Mommies: Owen.
- 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 Their Nickname: Jeb only ever referred to Kipp as "Secretary".
- Plucky Girl / Plucky Office Girl: Claude.
- Promotion to Opening Titles: Carl, in season 2.
- 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.
- 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.
- Sitcom Archnemesis: Both Kipp and Lydia are this to Claude.
- íThree Amigos!: Claude, Ramona and Owen.
- Vitriolic Best Buds: Kipp and Lydia.
- Wacky Guy: Owen.