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Your ten favorite characters 2000-2013

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1) Omar Little on The Wire: The closest The Wire ever came to a larger than life character, but he was just human enough to feel real and apparently the real Omar did some even cooler stuff. He was frank about his homosexuality, the scariest gun-slinger in the 'hood and hates swearing. Funny too! What's not to love?

 

2) Veronica Mars on, uh, Veronica Mars: It was either her or Hank from Terriers and Ms. Mars had more time to be fleshed out.  Funny, tough, and soulful, Veronica Mars was a great 21st century P.I.

 

3) Walter White on Breaking Bad: Breaking Bad was fearless in the fact that they took Walter White from an anti-hero (His intentions were good, after all) to a flat-out sociopathic villain with a pretty high body count who has hurt a lot of others, including children. Obsessed with building an empire on a truly insidious drug. I can talk about the characterization of Walt for hours.  Tony Soprano could also fill this slot, but The Sopranos debuted in 1999.

 

4) Doctor Perry Cox on Scrubs: Scrubs had a lot of great characters and my second favorite was Turk, but the real heart of the show was John C. McGinley as Perry Cox, the gruff, suffers no fools, hard-working doctor and father, Always ready with a rant or an insult, or a tough lesson, he was just a great character. A crime he never got an Emmy

 

5) Michael Bluth on Arrested Development: Because he was smarter than the rest of his family and truly cared for his son, it's kind of surprising when you realize that he's just as bad as the rest of them (His treatment of George Michael's perfectly nice girlfriend, Anne, for example). A great straight man to the chaos around him. He grounded the show, even when I didn't care for it. (A good chunk of season 3 and when characters like his brother Tobias got too cartoony)

 

6) Vic Mackie on The Shield: A true noir anti-hero, the best James Ellroy protagonist that he never wrote. Arrogant, charismatic, a bully and psychopath. Every good deed he does has a second darker subtext. A true predator and king of his urban jungle. His actions destroyed so many people. The other most interesting protagonist of the 21st besides Walter White.

 

7) Charlie Crews on Life: I loved the cop drama Life and Damian Lewis as the cop turned convict turned zen following cop was the reason why. He was fascinating, always talking about peace and finding your center while bubbling over with rage and thinking like a hardened ex-con (one of the best things the show did was hint at the truly dark shit done to and by Crews in prison, but never showed it)

 

8) Barney Stinson on How I Met Your Mother: Probably my favorite traditional sitcom character ever. Barney is the typical horn-dog every show seems to have, but NPH and the writers add some real pathos to him as it's shown that he's actually a pretty damaged guy. His road from cartoon to real boy headed for marriage is completely believable.

 

9) Boyd Crowder on Justified: Probably my favorite anti-hero on TV. You never know what side he's on and the angle he's playing. Plus, he chews scenery like nobody's business and is entertaining about it rather than obnoxious.

 

10) Coach Eric Taylor on Friday Night Lights: FNL was a great show and Kyle Chandler's Eric Taylor was a big reason why as one half of the best marriage on TV. He was everyone's friend, a true man, a father figure and a MOLDER OF MEN, as his wife once said.

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Karen Sisco. In a perfect world, this show would still be running and Carla Gugino would be on the A list.

 

Burt Chance, Raising Hope. Garret Dillahunt built his rep playing skeevy villains, which makes his comic scene-stealing here doubly impressive.

 

Paris Geller, Gilmore Girls. The story goes that Liza Weil auditioned for Rory and the writers created a new character just for her.

 

Jack Donaghy, 30 Rock. AKA the second coming of Alec Baldwin's career.

 

Leslie Knope, Parks and Recreation.  The writers eventually figured out that someone could be unironically passionate about local government and it's been blue skies ever since.

 

Keith Mars, Veronica Mars. World's best TV dad. Smart, trusting, loving, and nobody's fool. Most of the time.

 

Veronica Palmer, Better Off Ted. Portia de Rossi's psychotically unflappable executive makes us see the softer side of the Boss From Hell.

 

Tyrion Lannister, Game of Thrones. Because all dwarves are bastards in their fathers' eyes.

 

Anya, Buffy the Vampire Slayer. "An orgasm friend?"

 

GOB, Arrested Development. "My ILLUSIONS, Michael! You don't have time for my stupid ILLUSIONS!"


Edited by Hammerhead - 1/29/13 at 8:35pm
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Karen Sisco. In a perfect world, this show would still be running and Carla Gugino would be on the A list.

 

Burt Chance, Raising Hope. Garret Dillahunt built his rep playing skeevy villains, which makes his comic scene-stealing here doubly impressive.

 

Paris Geller, Gilmore Girls. The story goes that Liza Weil auditioned for Rory and the writers created a new character just for her.

 

Jack Donaghy, 30 Rock. AKA the second coming of Alec Baldwin's career.

 

Leslie Knope, Parks and Recreation.  The writers eventually figured out that someone could be unironically passionate about local government and it's been blue skies ever since.

 

Keith Mars, Veronica Mars. World's best TV dad. Smart, trusting, loving, and nobody's fool. Most of the time.

 

Veronica Palmer, Better Off Ted. Portia de Rossi's psychotically unflappable executive makes us see the softer side of the Boss From Hell.

 

Tyrion Lannister, Game of Thrones. Because all dwarves are bastards in their fathers' eyes.

 

Anya, Buffy the Vampire Slayer. "An orgasm friend?"

 

GOB, Arrested Development. "My ILLUSIONS, Michael! You don't have time for my stupid ILLUSIONS!"


Anya was introduced in 1998, sorry man.

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You didn't specify date of origin. But OK:

 

Zoë Alleyne Washburne, Firefly. For being all woman and all soldier at the same time.

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You didn't specify date of origin. But OK:

 

Zoë Alleyne Washburne, Firefly. For being all woman and all soldier at the same time.


It's in the title! 2000-2013! And then I said in my own post that I would have listed Tony Soprano, but he was introduced in '99.

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Jack Bauer- 24- a hero for an unheroic 21st Century world

 

John Locke- Lost- the most satisfying emotional arc for a character on a show I've ever watched

 

Jack Donaghy- 30 Rock- Rosemary's Baby, Season 2: Watch it, thank me later

 

Don Draper- Mad Men- Hamm with a career performance, so much nuance

 

Ron Swanson- Parks and Rec- Nick Offerman never being nominated for an Emmy is borderline criminal

 

Troy- Community- Donald Glover does some next-level stuff on this radically underappreciated show

 

Mal Reynolds- Firefly- the coolest character on a 21st century show so far, pure cult love
 

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1) Barney Miller

2) Sam Malone

3) Tom Brokaw

4) Howdy Doody

5) Mama

5) Estelle Getty

8) Archie Bunker

9) Garrett Morris

10) Wheezy

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It's in the title! 2000-2013! And then I said in my own post that I would have listed Tony Soprano, but he was introduced in '99.

 

I read that as 'characters on the air during said time.' Moving on...

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1. Captain Malcolm Reynolds (Firefly) The man Han Solo wishes he was as cool as.

2. Abed (Community) Because he is one of us.

3. Stephen Colbert (The Colbert Report) He is as funny as he is insightful and does a great job of mocking right wing talking heads.

4. Michael Scott (The Office) Most of the time we weren't laughing with him, we where laughing at him, and yet we where happy when he finally landed the woman of his dreams.

5. Kara Thrice aka Starbuck (BSG) She did led humanity to its end, of course she makes the list. So say we all!

6. The Tenth Doctor (Doctor Who) A cheerful manic joy at seeing the universe that covers  the loneliness of being the last Time Lord.

7. Liz Lemon (30 Rock) She made quirkiness sexy.

8. Dean Winchester (Supernatural) Witty  tough guy with swagger to spare, but can also be the butt of the joke.

9.Lorne (Angel) Always a voice for optimism on a show filled with more than one brooding dude.

10. Barney (How I Met Your Mother) A 21st Century Sam Malone.

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1. Swearengen

2. Walter White

3. McNulty

4. Don Draper

5. Charlie Utter

6. Tyrion

7. Stringer Bell

8. Jesse Pinkman

9. Francis Wolcott

10. Atia

 

Only one woman! Shameful!

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Date of origin? So we're excluding Buffy characters here? Well, doesn't that just drive a stake through the heart of my #1 choice.

 

10) Sterling Archer, Archer - He's a boorish, rude, oblivious mama's boy. He's also an absolutely wonderful character. One of the best things about Archer is that he isn't incompetent. He's not bad at his job, in fact he's quite good at it, but he just doesn't care. He's James Bond if he cared about neither Queen nor Country. One of the funniest characters on TV. Seriously, if you're not watching Archer, you should be. It's worth it if only to hear H. Jon Benjamin hit every single, stinking line reading out of the freaking park.

 

9) Michael Scott, The Office - My roommate has been watching through old seasons of The Office recently, and it's made me remember that A) The Office was genuinely great for a few seasons, something that's been easy to forget the last couple years, and B) Steve Carell was constantly walking a tightrope with this character, and the fact that he pulled it off so well is, frankly, amazing. Michael Scott is a loathsome human being. You could make a list of 1/10th of the terrible things he did over the run of the show, and it would be enough to confirm that. However, what Carell does is also makes him a deeply sympathetic character, someone who you inexplicably root for even as he's wrecking everything around him. 

 

8) Jack Donaghy, 30 Rock - In a show that is essentially a giant punchline delivery system, Jack Donaghy is not just a great joke-spewer, but a great character. Alec Baldwin, in a career redefining role, brings the gravitas that makes Jack work, but also the insecurity that drives him. Oh yeah, he's also hilarious. The interactions between Jack and Liz are the highlights of 30 Rock, and though both are great characters, it's Jack who stands out as the star of the show.

 

7) Admiral William Adama, Battlestar Galactica - A podcast I love summed it up nicely. After listening to a quote of Adama addressing his crew in "33", one of the podcasters quietly remarked "Sorry, Dad". That's Bill Adama. He's noble and strong, stern but respectful of those under his command. He's the guy who makes you want to be better. There were plenty of hard, ethically challenging decisions Adama had to make over the course of the show, but the fundamental nobility of the character was never compromised. Few characters deserved a happy ending like Adama did.

 

6) Dr. Gregory House, House, M.D. - House was, at its best a pretty mediocre medical procedural that was raised to the level of greatness almost solely by one incredible central performance. For the majority of House's 8 seasons, Hugh Laurie propped up repetitive medical mysteries with his assured, magnetic performance as Greg House. Even at its worst (and it got real bad in those later seasons), House was always at least watchable, because you knew that Laurie was going to bring the goods as House. He's arrogant, rude, smug, selfish and vain, but you root for him anyways, because most of the time, he's right.

 

5) Dr. Perry Cox, Scrubs - Just call him the anti-House. Why is Dr. Cox awesome? Here's why.

 

4) Jesse Pinkman, Breaking Bad - It's a razor thin close call between Jesse and Walt, but I figure Walt's going to get plenty of love in this thread. With a mammoth presence like Cranston around, it can be easy to overlook how amazing Aaron Paul is as Jesse. As drastic as Walt's transformation is, you can argue that Jesse's has been just as drastic, if not moreso. Going back to watch the first season of Breaking Bad, it's almost impossible to think that the idiot punk is going to become such a sympathetic character, the guy who we ultimately root for. As Walt falls further and further, Jesse finally finds purpose and direction in his life. Of all the despicable things Walt has done, it's ultimately his deception and controlling of Jesse which makes me hate him the most, which says so much about how far the character of Jesse has come. He's great...Bitch.

 

3) Eric and Tami Taylor, Friday Night Lights - Is it cheating to list two characters together? Perhaps, but it would be a greater injustice to split apart TV's greatest marriage. Friday Night Lights is about a lot of things, and there are a lot of characters and plot threads that it follows. Wherever the show went and whatever stupid decisions the high schoolers (and Buddy Garrity) made though, you could be confident that the Taylors were going to be the steady, calming foundation that the show rested on. The football madness in Dillon never managed to shake the two people closest to it. Many of my favorite moments of FNL are the small interactions between Coach and Mrs. Coach (for whatever reason, her telling him to "stop whisper-yelling at me" absolutely killed me). I'verarely cared for two on-screen characters so much.

 

2) Gob Bluth, Arrested Development - Yeah, like the guy in the $6,000 suit is only the second best TV character. COME ON!

 

1) Captain Malcolm Reynolds, Firefly - I tried not to list characters from one season shows, I just feel like doing it over the long haul outweighs most short-lived characters. That said, Mal had to be my #1. He arrived on the scene essentially fully formed. From the first moments of Firefly, there is little doubt as to who this man is. He's daring, charming, funny, and fiercely loyal. Underneath all the bravado and wit though, there's a whole lot of sadness and responsibility in Mal. In short, he's the captain. It's just who he is. The moment he strides onto the ship in the pilot, pulls out his gun, and shoots the alliance agent in the head without breaking stride is the moment I knew this show had me. Malcolm Reynolds, the world's most charming badass. If there were any justice in this world, Nathan Fillion would be a gigantic star by now.

 

Honorable Mentions from short-lived shows/miniseries: Hank Dolworth/Britt Pollack (Terriers), Principal Cinnamon J. Scudworth (Clone High), Sherlock (Sherlock, sorry, 6 episodes doesn't cut it for me yet, much as I love him), Major Richard Winters (Band of Brothers), Carrie Matheson (Homeland, need another season to figure out what they're going to do with her. Season 1 Carrie is all-time great).

 

Honorable Mentions from shows where I picked another character: Matt Saracen (Friday Night Lights), Walter White (Breaking Bad), Liz Lemon (30 Rock), Gaius Baltar (Battlestar Galactica), Pam Beasley/Halpert (The Office)

 

Other Honorable Mentions: The cast of Parks and Rec (I can't pick just one, it's impossible. My favorite just changes depending on the moment), Barney Stinson (How I Met Your Mother, just barely missed the list), Winifred 'Fred' Burkle (Angel), Troy Barnes (Community)

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Walter White (Breaking Bad)

Benjamin Linus (Lost)

Jack Bauer (24)

Wesley Wyndham Pryce (Angel)

Tyrion Lannister (Game of Thrones)

Gemma Teller (Sons of Anarchy)

Dr. Perry Cox (Scrubs)

Rube Sofer (Dead Like Me)

Pam Poovey (Archer)

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Walter White (Breaking Bad)

Jesse Pinkman (Breaking Bad)

Skyler White (Breaking Bad)

Hank Schrader (Breaking Bad)

Gus Fring (Breaking Bad)

Saul Goodman (Breaking Bad)

Mike Ehrmantraut (Breaking Bad)

Gale Boetticher (Breaking Bad)

Huell (Breaking Bad)

Gomie (Breaking Bad)

 

Special Shout-out: Walt Jr. (Breaking Bad)

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In no particular order:

 

Jack Bauer (24)

Walter White (BREAKING BAD)

Desmond (LOST)

Al Swearengen (DEADWOOD)

Brother Justin Crowe (CARNIVALE)

Omar (THE WIRE)

Tyrion Lannister (GAME OF THRONES)

Don Draper (MAD MEN)

Sherlock Holmes (SHERLOCK)

Dr. Watson (SHERLOCK)

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Walter White (Breaking Bad)

Benjamin Linus (Lost)

Jack Bauer (24)

Wesley Wyndham Pryce (Angel)

Tyrion Lannister (Game of Thrones)

Gemma Teller (Sons of Anarchy)

Dr. Perry Cox (Scrubs)

Rube Sofer (Dead Like Me)

Pam Poovey (Archer)


Wesley was introduced in the 90's on Buffy.

 

And (saying this to whole thread)  I don't expect essays or anything because Lord knows I didn't write any, but just a list of names without explanation is boring to read.

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Walter White (Breaking Bad)

Jesse Pinkman (Breaking Bad)

Skyler White (Breaking Bad)

Hank Schrader (Breaking Bad)

Gus Fring (Breaking Bad)

Saul Goodman (Breaking Bad)

Mike Ehrmantraut (Breaking Bad)

Gale Boetticher (Breaking Bad)

Huell (Breaking Bad)

Gomie (Breaking Bad)

 

Special Shout-out: Walt Jr. (Breaking Bad)

 

 

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Walter White (Breaking Bad)

Jesse Pinkman (Breaking Bad)

Skyler White (Breaking Bad)

Hank Schrader (Breaking Bad)

Gus Fring (Breaking Bad)

Saul Goodman (Breaking Bad)

Mike Ehrmantraut (Breaking Bad)

Gale Boetticher (Breaking Bad)

Huell (Breaking Bad)

Gomie (Breaking Bad)

 

Special Shout-out: Walt Jr. (Breaking Bad)


What about Badger, man? WHAT ABOUT BADGER? And Skinny Pete!

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In no particular order:

 

Jack Bauer (24)

Walter White (BREAKING BAD)

Desmond (LOST)

Al Swearengen (DEADWOOD)

Brother Justin Crowe (CARNIVALE)

Omar (THE WIRE)

Tyrion Lannister (GAME OF THRONES)

Don Draper (MAD MEN)

Sherlock Holmes (SHERLOCK)

Dr. Watson (SHERLOCK)

 

Jack Bauer: The small-screen Jason Bourne.  He didn't always win the day, and the unpredictable outcomes actually gave him (and the show) an element of real peril that helped transcend it above the usual action fare.  Bauer himself was a kickass lead, and Sutherland gave him certain ticks and whatnot (DAMMIT!) to make him standout as a character.  He also did some really crazy shit over the course of 8 seasons (Bring me a hacksaw!).  

 

Walter White: He's been covered.

 

Desmond: I always liked him and his storyline, but 'The Constant' solidified him as the most compelling character on the show to me.

 

Al Swearengen: Come on.  His dialog alone made him one of the most watchable characters on TV.

 

Brother Justin Crowe: The slow-burn bad guy, played with scary intensity by Clancy Brown.  I had some issues with the show in terms of pacing, but I never had issues with Clancy.  The man made you believe in hell.

 

Omar: He's been covered.

 

Tyrion Lannister: He's been covered.

 

Don Draper: He's been covered.

 

Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson: Brilliantly updated for the 21st century as characters, and exquisitely portrayed by Cumberbatch and Freeman.  This never should have worked.

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What about Badger, man? WHAT ABOUT BADGER? And Skinny Pete!

 

It's all about Combo, man.

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Combo is tight, tight, tight! Blue, yellow, pink, whatever!

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Jack Bauer: The small-screen Jason Bourne.  He didn't always win the day, and the unpredictable outcomes actually gave him (and the show) an element of real peril that helped transcend it above the usual action fare.  Bauer himself was a kickass lead, and Sutherland gave him certain ticks and whatnot (DAMMIT!) to make him standout as a character.  He also did some really crazy shit over the course of 8 seasons (Bring me a hacksaw!).  

 

Walter White: He's been covered.

 

Desmond: I always liked him and his storyline, but 'The Constant' solidified him as the most compelling character on the show to me.

 

Al Swearengen: Come on.  His dialog alone made him one of the most watchable characters on TV.

 

Brother Justin Crowe: The slow-burn bad guy, played with scary intensity by Clancy Brown.  I had some issues with the show in terms of pacing, but I never had issues with Clancy.  The man made you believe in hell.

 

Omar: He's been covered.

 

Tyrion Lannister: He's been covered.

 

Don Draper: He's been covered.

 

Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson: Brilliantly updated for the 21st century as characters, and exquisitely portrayed by Cumberbatch and Freeman.  This never should have worked.


You're good people for going back to re-do it.

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Wesley was introduced in the 90's on Buffy.

And (saying this to whole thread)  I don't expect essays or anything because Lord knows I didn't write any, but just a list of names without explanation is boring to read.

Getting there. Busy morning.
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Veronica Palmer, Better Off Ted. Portia de Rossi's psychotically unflappable executive makes us see the softer side of the Boss From Hell.

 

"I'm not like other women, Ted...I'M BETTER."

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"This deal is too important and sex can screw things up. Why do you think the Three Stooges went through so many Curlys?"

 

"We believe the multi-language translator will create a furor in Germany, a furor that will sweep across Europe, crushing... no."

 

"Together, we're like Gandhi. I'm skinny, and you're tan."

 

"The company feels that if we ease up because someone dies, it will only encourage other people to die."


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(tries to narrow down 10 Deadwood characters)

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"That's the sound of me deflecting the whiny bitching with my happiness shield"

 

"God, you people are paranoid. No wonder the company has to secretly manipulate you.

 

"Of course it was an accident. Although, the man was cheating on me, and my subconscious is very protective, and sometimes kind of a douche."

 

"Children, so adorable. In a way, they're like people."

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In no particular order...

 

Charlie Kelly

Dennis Reynolds

Liz Lemon

Jack Donaghey

LJ Gibbs (NCIS...yeah that's right)

Bill Adama

Larry David

Adrian Monk

Shawn Spencer

Gregory House 

 

Yeah...I tend to favor the funny stuff

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In no particular order...

 

Charlie Kelly

Dennis Reynolds

Liz Lemon

Jack Donaghey

LJ Gibbs (NCIS...yeah that's right)

Bill Adama

Larry David

Adrian Monk

Shawn Spencer

Gregory House 

 

Yeah...I tend to favor the funny stuff

This is exactly why I want people to put a little effort into this and not just a boring list of names.

post #28 of 41

I might try to put together my own list later (though most of my choices have been covered), but props to the votes for Carla as Karen and Portia as Veronica.

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This is exactly why I want people to put a little effort into this and not just a boring list of names.

Boring because I didn't feel like writing why I like these carachters. Or boring because my list isn't just carachters from HBO/AMC dramas?

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Boring because I didn't feel like writing why I like these carachters. Or boring because my list isn't just carachters from HBO/AMC dramas?

Because it's just a list of names.

post #31 of 41

Controversial viewpoint: I've never gotten the love for Jack Bauer. Kiefer Sutherland is a terrible actor, and the character is an embarrassing, ridiculous right wing relic of the Bush administration.

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Controversial viewpoint: I've never gotten the love for Jack Bauer. Kiefer Sutherland is a terrible actor, and the character is an embarrassing, ridiculous right wing relic of the Bush administration.


Honestly, I've always thought of 24 as a comedy I secretly called The Jack Bauer Power Hour.

post #34 of 41

Saul Tighe

Paulie Walnuts

Jack Bristow

Buster Bluth

 

 

 

this post is to annoy Cameron

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I should preface this list by saying I've only seen a few episodes of shows such as Breaking Bad, Mad Men, The Walking Dead and Sons of Anarchy ...

 

1.) Omar Little "The Wire" - Gay, ghetto Robin Hood - one of the most fascinating characters I've encountered in any medium.

2.) Boyd Crowder "Justified" - So smart, funny and likable for a villain - an improvement upon Walton Goggins' already amazing work on The Shield.

3.) Raylan Givens "Justified" - The yin to Boyd's yang. These two are opposite sides of the same coin, and their banter is spectacular.

4.) Vic Mackey "The Shield" - He's the ultimate anti-hero. Someone who's despicable and yet you can't help but root for him. The resolution of his character may be the most satisfying I've ever seen on television.

5.) Richard Harrow "Boardwalk Empire" - The consumate lovable badass - loyalty personified.

6.) Al Swearengen "Deadwood" - Another lovable rogue who's hilarious to boot ...

7.) Troy Barnes/Abed Nadir "Community" - Sure, it's a cheat, but these dudes are the same side of the same coin and are an undeniably hilarious tandem.

8.) Gob Bluth "Arrested Development" - The funniest character in the funniest cast on the funniest show.

9.) Dexter Morgan "Dexter" - He's a serial killer with a heart of gold ... need I say more?

10.) Ron Swanson "Parks and Recreation" - He is the personification of man.

post #36 of 41

The first two picks that came to mind for me were Tony Soprano and Bill Haverchuck of Freaks & Geeks, but their shows started in '99. BAH.

 

I don't think Keifer is a terrible actor, but I do think that Jack Bauer is a one-note humorless killing machine that got tiresome over the course of several seasons.

 

Two that I haven't seen mentioned: Carrie Mathison and Saul Berenson, Homeland. For me, the show's plotting got sillier and siller towards the end of this past season, but I continue to watch for those two wonderful characters.

 

I wish Saul Goodman had been featured on Breaking Bad more this year. He'd be on my list as well. Basically, name a character Saul and I'm gonna love 'im.

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Two that I haven't seen mentioned: Carrie Mathison and Saul Berenson, Homeland. For me, the show's plotting got sillier and siller towards the end of this past season, but I continue to watch for those two wonderful characters.

 

I really wanted to put Carrie on my list, but I thought her characterization in season 2 was all over the map. She was great in season 1, and Danes does an amazing job of playing her, but I need to see them get her back on track in coming seasons before I'm willing to put her in the top 10.

post #38 of 41

Presented in no particular order...

 

Dexter Morgan (Dexter) - a completely unrealistic version of a serial killer, he's cool, smart, lives by a code but is somehow still human and struggles, albeit in some twisted ways, with the problems everyone in normal society has to work with, too. Over the many seasons, it's been a joy to watch him slowly, ever so slowly, grow a conscious and become just a little more human. And the performance by Michael C. Hall is consistently the best thing about the show (and sometimes, the only reliably good thing about it, too). Part wish fulfillment, part avenging angel, I still love my Sunday nights on Showtime because of him.

 

John Locke (Lost) - how the hell have we gone this long without him? The writers boned him in the end, resurrecting him as the manifestation of evil but for four or five seasons there he was one of the greatest characters on television, a man who never stopped looking for where he belonged and would fight with all he had to stay put when he may have actually found it. His reveal in episode 4 of the first season of Lost is one of the all time greatest television moments.

 

Alicia Florrick (The Good Wife) - this is the kind of feminist hero we need to be championing more in entertainment. Alicia started out as 'just the wife of a philandering husband' but as the series progressed, the show realized that she was oh so much more than that. She's a smart, extremely competent woman with many sides (she's on good, sometimes intimate terms with said philanderer, played by Mr. Big) and is as real a person, not just a woman, on tv. Excellent banter, beautiful, talented and Julianna Margulies is downright phenomenal in her portrayal of a character that has become so much more than the show title lets on.

 

Aang (Avatar: The Last Airbender) - an odd one, and given the amount of characters in the show, all of whom are memorable, I still turn back to the born in cliche 'last member of his tribe' Aang, who never wanted to be the Chosen One but took it because it was the right thing to do. He was never all grim, nor always playful, but a wonderful combination of both that elevated what could have been just another Hero's journey but through excellent writing and wonderful voice acting became something that much more.

 

Gaius Baltar (Battlestar Galactica) - the most confounding and frustrating member of the show, sometimes it seemed like no one knew quite what to do with them, but anchored by a great performance from James Callis. He's not a likeable dude but you are nonetheless always rooting for him to somehow weasel (or 'science') his way out of his tricky moral dilemmas, even if afterwards you sigh and mutter 'god dammit' to yourself, only to immediately start the next episode.

 

Vic Mackey (The Shield) - I've only seen three seasons of The Shield (holy fuck, FX get your streaming shit in order!) but god damn, this is the perfect anti-hero. The cop who doesn't play by the rules writ out on a more realistic stage. Like Baltar above, he's kind of a jerk, but he's a jerk you cant help but root for.

 

Walter White (Breaking Bad)- he's been talked about enough here, but he deserves a spot on every list. The purest expression of masculinity corrupted; doing the wrong things for all the right reasons because it's what he believes he, as a man, has to do. 'A man,' after all, 'provides'.

 

Tim Riggins (Friday Night Lights) - what started out as a douchey jock turned into one of the most memorable, vulnerable characters on television. He's the essence of the show, a football player who keeps getting in the way of himself despite his best intentions. It stops being less about his football life (if it ever was that) and more about him finally getting to the point where he can do the right thing, do the thing that doesn't directly benefit himself in the short run.

 

Dr. Perry Cox (Scrubs) - the good guy trying to act tough (unlike Vic and Gaius, who are tough guys acting good), JD might have had all the internal monologues, but it was Dr. Cox's epic putdowns (he called JD a girl's name in every episode and he never repeated himself) and his tireless advocacy for the patients at Sacred Heart that made him special. His breakdown when he lost four patients is still one of my favorite musical montages from a show that has so god damn many of them.

 

Captain Malcohlm Reynolds (Firefly) - frankly, he's the man I'd want to be. Tough, fair, with his own ideology that doesn't necessarily cloud his judgement and a good sense of right and wrong. Plus he looks damn good in a brown leather duster.

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Presented in no particular order...

 

Dexter Morgan (Dexter) - a completely unrealistic version of a serial killer, he's cool, smart, lives by a code but is somehow still human and struggles, albeit in some twisted ways, with the problems everyone in normal society has to work with, too. Over the many seasons, it's been a joy to watch him slowly, ever so slowly, grow a conscious and become just a little more human. And the performance by Michael C. Hall is consistently the best thing about the show (and sometimes, the only reliably good thing about it, too). Part wish fulfillment, part avenging angel, I still love my Sunday nights on Showtime because of him.

 

John Locke (Lost) - how the hell have we gone this long without him? The writers boned him in the end, resurrecting him as the manifestation of evil but for four or five seasons there he was one of the greatest characters on television, a man who never stopped looking for where he belonged and would fight with all he had to stay put when he may have actually found it. His reveal in episode 4 of the first season of Lost is one of the all time greatest television moments.

 

Alicia Florrick (The Good Wife) - this is the kind of feminist hero we need to be championing more in entertainment. Alicia started out as 'just the wife of a philandering husband' but as the series progressed, the show realized that she was oh so much more than that. She's a smart, extremely competent woman with many sides (she's on good, sometimes intimate terms with said philanderer, played by Mr. Big) and is as real a person, not just a woman, on tv. Excellent banter, beautiful, talented and Julianna Margulies is downright phenomenal in her portrayal of a character that has become so much more than the show title lets on.

 

Aang (Avatar: The Last Airbender) - an odd one, and given the amount of characters in the show, all of whom are memorable, I still turn back to the born in cliche 'last member of his tribe' Aang, who never wanted to be the Chosen One but took it because it was the right thing to do. He was never all grim, nor always playful, but a wonderful combination of both that elevated what could have been just another Hero's journey but through excellent writing and wonderful voice acting became something that much more.

 

Gaius Baltar (Battlestar Galactica) - the most confounding and frustrating member of the show, sometimes it seemed like no one knew quite what to do with them, but anchored by a great performance from James Callis. He's not a likeable dude but you are nonetheless always rooting for him to somehow weasel (or 'science') his way out of his tricky moral dilemmas, even if afterwards you sigh and mutter 'god dammit' to yourself, only to immediately start the next episode.

 

Vic Mackey (The Shield) - I've only seen three seasons of The Shield (holy fuck, FX get your streaming shit in order!) but god damn, this is the perfect anti-hero. The cop who doesn't play by the rules writ out on a more realistic stage. Like Baltar above, he's kind of a jerk, but he's a jerk you cant help but root for.

 

Walter White (Breaking Bad)- he's been talked about enough here, but he deserves a spot on every list. The purest expression of masculinity corrupted; doing the wrong things for all the right reasons because it's what he believes he, as a man, has to do. 'A man,' after all, 'provides'.

 

Tim Riggins (Friday Night Lights) - what started out as a douchey jock turned into one of the most memorable, vulnerable characters on television. He's the essence of the show, a football player who keeps getting in the way of himself despite his best intentions. It stops being less about his football life (if it ever was that) and more about him finally getting to the point where he can do the right thing, do the thing that doesn't directly benefit himself in the short run.

 

Dr. Perry Cox (Scrubs) - the good guy trying to act tough (unlike Vic and Gaius, who are tough guys acting good), JD might have had all the internal monologues, but it was Dr. Cox's epic putdowns (he called JD a girl's name in every episode and he never repeated himself) and his tireless advocacy for the patients at Sacred Heart that made him special. His breakdown when he lost four patients is still one of my favorite musical montages from a show that has so god damn many of them.

 

Captain Malcohlm Reynolds (Firefly) - frankly, he's the man I'd want to be. Tough, fair, with his own ideology that doesn't necessarily cloud his judgement and a good sense of right and wrong. Plus he looks damn good in a brown leather duster.


How To Save A Life came on the OR stereo once when I was going under a couple years after that Scrubs episode. I freaked and tried my best to stay awake.

 

I'll say it again for the one thousandth time, McGinley was robbed by never even being nominated for an Emmy, especially that episode. 

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Richard and Emily Gilmore (Gilmore Girls) - Lauren Graham and her performance got me into the show and kept me coming back, but I always had a soft spot in my heart for the parents.  They were products of a different era when people had different expectations and responsibilities placed on them and seeing them struggle with their daughter's decisions and come to terms with her life was one of the driving forces of the show.  They could easily have come off as one dimensional and cliched characters, but the writing and performances elevated them to real people.

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Richard and Emily Gilmore (Gilmore Girls) - Lauren Graham and her performance got me into the show and kept me coming back, but I always had a soft spot in my heart for the parents.  They were products of a different era when people had different expectations and responsibilities placed on them and seeing them struggle with their daughter's decisions and come to terms with her life was one of the driving forces of the show.  They could easily have come off as one dimensional and cliched characters, but the writing and performances elevated them to real people.

Totally agree. And the fact that the writers were brave enough to show that Lorelai was kind of a spoiled brat even in adult-hood and that her parents weren't just snooty WASPs, but two people trying to do what they thought was right for their child was great. Their pure love for Rory was awesome. The depth of all these characters is what made the show great.

 

Also, Lorelai totally got her talent for snark from Emily.

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