The Phil Silvers Show

Phil Silvers (center) played on of TV’s first unlikable lead characters on CBS’s The Phil Silvers Show.

Phil Silvers was perhaps TV’s first unlikable lead characters: His Sgt. Bilko was known for tricking his underlings into doing his work for him, or for outright conning them — and others.

It’s no surprise that Larry David has cited him as an influence, crediting his Bilko character with “saying and doing things that no one else would say and do, nasty things — being unlikable and being deceptive.”