I used to like Howard when he was a "regular guy" pissed off at the world, but Hamptons Howie is disgusting. Robin was never particularly likable, but she wasn't the insufferable boor that she is now. I used to love Fred, but ever since Jackie left Fred is just an angry old spurned woman and ass kisser to Hamptons Howie. Gary was always likable and I always felt sorry for Boy Gary (as much as I loved to hear him do "repeat after me"). But ever since they gave that nigga money he has become almost as I likable as Robin. Ralph was always a detestable berry-faced faggot freeloader. Ronnie was always a douche, he's just a bigger douche now. Benjy only grows creepier and less funny by the day. Stuttering John, KC, Grillo, etc are still likable guys but Howard flushed them. Sal and Richard are OK, but not major characters. Etc... But Jackie Marlow is, and always will be, the same lovable loser that I would most enjoy hanging out and getting drunk with. Jackie's stories were the foundation of some of the best days on the show, his attacking/riling up of Robin made the best fights, Howard and the staff ragging on Jackie's fucked up shenanigans (cheapness, drunken antics, Nancy, selling his crap, etc), Billy West and the Jackie Puppet, etc... THAT was what made the HSS the best.