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Series / Less Than Perfect

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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.

This show provides examples of:

  • Benevolent Boss: Will Butler, though he's nice only to his direct assistants.
  • Coming-Out Story: inverted. Owen has to tell his lesbian moms that he's straight.
  • 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.
  • 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".
  • 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.
  • Wrong Song Gag: In the episode "Claude the Terminator", Owen reveals that he has a romantic fantasy about running into Lydia at the bar jukebox, providing a quarter and suggesting "Can't Fight This Feeling", asking her to dance... Later it looks like the scenario is actually happening, only for him to mishear her and select J5 instead of A5. Cue the jukebox blasting "Feliz Navidad".