Leonard and Penny of ‘Big Bang’ are most desirable celebrity neighbors

December 28, 2017

While the devout may strive to “Love thy neighbor as thyself,” many of us are more likely to view the people next door with a bit more sang-froid. In fact, according to results of a survey conducted by the UK’s Daily Mail, 60% of Britons do not get on with one or more of their neighbors, while 30% have a poor relationship with at least two of them.

And the feelings are most often out in the open: Half of respondents to the newspaper’s survey said they would look the other way if they bumped into their next-door neighbors; while 10% would give them a “frosty look.”

Reasons for the lack of rapport range from the slight to the scary—among them, adjoining families who are noisy, nosy, territorial, messy, rude, or just plain bonkers.

So, who would you choose for a neighbor, if that were a possibility? Those of us across the pond in the USA were asked that question by online realtor Zillow—as part of the 11th Annual Zillow Celebrity Neighbor Survey and the results released on December 27 find that Americans would most want to live across the hall or across the street from Leonard and Penny Hofstadter of CBS’s  The Big Bang Theory. Earning 19% of adults’ votes nationwide, the couple was described affectionately by viewers of different genders, generations, and educational levels—but was slightly less population among voters from the West, earning just 16% of their votes.

The Dunphys from ABC’s Modern Family and the Simpsons, from the Fox animated hit series, tied for the second most-desirable neighbors, with 11% of the votes each.

Will and Grace from NBC’s newly revitalized sitcom of the same name rounded out the top four rankings, earning just 10% of the votes; followed by Jack and Rebecca Pearson from NBC’s This is Us (9%) and the Johnsons from ABC’s Black-ish (5%).

Interesting enough, The Simpsons also topped the list of the least-desirable neighbors from television, with 31% of the votes. Adults over the age of 55 were most likely to name the family as the neighbors from hell (at 38%), while only 24% percent of Millennials cited them as the least desirable neighbors in the poll.

The Lannisters from HBO’s Game of Thrones came in second on that list, with 21% of the votes, ranking much higher than the rest of the competitors.

Although Leonard and Penny made it to the more desirable list, Sheldon Cooper and Amy Farrah Fowler from The Big Bang Theory received 9% of respondent’s votes for neighbors to be avoided at all costs. Olivia Pope from ABC’s garnered 5%.

“The Big Bang Theory is one of the most popular shows on television, so it is not surprising that American adults chose its leading couple as the most desirable neighbors for 2018,” said Jeremy Wacksman, chief marketing officer at Zillow. “On the other hand, it wouldn’t be easy to live next to the Simpsons, who have spent nearly 30 seasons causing chaos for neighbor Ned Flanders and the rest of Springfield. However, as the stars of one of TV’s longest-running shows, The Simpsons are certainly beloved by some: They also tied for second on the most desirable neighbor list.”

Thirty-five percent of surveyed adults said they would not want to live next to any of the characters listed in the poll.

Research contact: @wacksman

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