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Top ten TV characters of all time...

I was discussing TV characters with a good friend recently and we got on the subject of GREAT TV characters. Whom do you consider worthy of a mention in your top ten list? Many of these characters were in brilliant shows and some jumped the shark (as did the characters), but when the show was a hit, the characters were brilliant.

Mine (in no specific order): 1. Tony Soprano 2. Archie Bunker 3. J.R. Ewing 4. Mr. Spock 5. Stewie Griffin 6. Dorothy Zbornak 7. Roseanne Connor 8. Lucille Bluth 9. Carla Tortelli 10. Captain Jean-Luc Picard

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Lucy Ricardo

Mary Richards

Matt Dillon (Gunsmoke)

by Anonymousreply 106/10/2012

Barney Fife Granny on Beverly Hillbillies Ted Baxter.

by Anonymousreply 206/10/2012

Vic Mackey

Frank Pembleton

Ted Baxter

Lennie Briscoe

Lucas McCain


Claudette Wyms

Edith Bunker

Bob Hartley

JR Ewing

by Anonymousreply 306/10/2012

Al Bundy has to be in there somewhere.

by Anonymousreply 406/10/2012

Dexter Morgan

Walter White

by Anonymousreply 506/10/2012

Sheldon Cooper

Jeri Blank

Eunice Higgins

Blanche Devereaux

by Anonymousreply 606/10/2012

I'm going to name the top ten in terms of my TV experience. Characters like Mary Tyler Moore's in the MTM Show or Archie Bunker were WAY before my time and I feel I don't really have a true grasp of their place in the pantheon (even though I know they belong there), so I'll leave them out:

1. Lucy (the only old school rerun I recall) 2. Magnum PI (my first crush as a young boy) 3. Don Draper (my current crush) 4. Karen Walker (funniest supporting character ever) 5. Rose Nyland (I remember being a kid and loving her) 6. Cliff Huxtable (THE show of my childhood, I wanted Cliff to be my dad) 7. Miles Crane (my favorite character of all time) 8. Roseanne Connor (for all of us poor kids in the early 90s, this character was our mother) 9. Walter White (brilliantly acted) 10.The entire cast of Arrested Development (can't pick one, a true ensemble, and, for me, the best show on TV ever)

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by Anonymousreply 806/10/2012

This thread will go on forever as no one will ever agree.

I nominate Temperance Brennan from Bones.

by Anonymousreply 906/10/2012

A preliminary draft of the first ten that came to mind, reserving the right to update, and in no particular order...

Jerri Blank

Kevin Conroy's Batmam

Suzanne Sugarbaker

William the Bloody a/k/a Spike

Lucy Ricardo

Mister Ed

Sue Sylvester

Eddie Haskell

Darlene Connor

The Whammy

by Anonymousreply 1006/10/2012

Valerie Cherish

Roseanne Connor

Jackie (Roseanne's sister)

Darlene Connor

Ruth Fisher

Tony Soprano

Margaret Chenowith

Brenda Chenowith

Carmella Soprano

Adrianna LaCuerva

Suzanne Sugarbaker

Victoria Lord Buchanan

by Anonymousreply 1106/10/2012

[quote]7. Miles Crane (my favorite character of all time)

Your love is shallow, my friend.

by Anonymousreply 1206/10/2012

I agree with number 3 on r10's list.

by Anonymousreply 1306/10/2012

haha, r12. I really fucked up the whole post didn't I?

by Anonymousreply 1406/10/2012

On ANY list, Lucy would have to be #1.

by Anonymousreply 1506/10/2012

Alexandra Von Beaverhausen

by Anonymousreply 1606/10/2012

Walter White!

by Anonymousreply 1706/10/2012

Victoria Lord Buchanan?

Or is that Nicole Smith? Or Jean Carpenter?

can't have her on this list without having Erica Kane.

by Anonymousreply 1806/10/2012

In no particular order Top Lead characters

Don Draper

Brian Kinney


Cagney et Lacey

Samantha Stevens

J R Ewing

Regina Phalange (aka Phoebe)

Alexis Morrell Carrington Colby Dexter Rowan

Captain James T Kirk


by Anonymousreply 1906/10/2012

Karen Walker is definitely up there.

Archie Bunker is iconic, as is Mary Tyler Moore.

by Anonymousreply 2006/10/2012

Cast of Family Ties, especially Alex Keaton.

by Anonymousreply 2106/10/2012

Rachel Green and Ross Geller

by Anonymousreply 2206/10/2012

George Costanza

by Anonymousreply 2306/10/2012

Off the top of my head...

Livia Soprano (The Sopranos)

Tony Soprano (The Sopranos)

Janice Soprano (The Sopranos)

Margaret Chenowith (Six Feet Under)

Omar Little (The Wire)

Bunk Moreland (The Wire)

Niles Crane (Frazier)

Anna Forbes (This Life)

Frank Pembleton (Homicide: Life on the Street)

Al Swearengen (Deadwood)

by Anonymousreply 2406/10/2012

Fox Mulder and Dana Scully

by Anonymousreply 2506/10/2012

[R19], Brian Kinney? Then add Bette Porter.

Now, for real (I have only seen most of these in reruns):

Ed Norton and Ralph Kramden, Ben Casey, Perry Mason, Homer Simpson, Morticia Addams (does she count, since the character was from the cartoons?), Maude, Louis de Palma, Miss Piggy, and Livia Soprano.

by Anonymousreply 2606/10/2012

Jane Mancini - Melrose Place

John Bosley - Charlie's Angels

Officer Reed - Adam 12

Jennifer Keaton - Family Ties

Tracy Partridge - The Partridge Family

Mr. Defazio - Laverne and Shirley

Miss Bliss - Saved by the Bell

Carrie Ingalls - Little House on the Prarie

Belle - Alice

Cindy Snow - Three's Company

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Maurice Minnifield - Northern Exposure

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by Anonymousreply 2906/10/2012

Mother Jefferson. Seriously. Aside from maybe Lucy who else hit every line out of the park.

by Anonymousreply 3006/10/2012

Valerie Cherish would definitely be in my top 5.

by Anonymousreply 3106/10/2012

Ralph Furley

Sandra Clark

Blanche Deveraux

Stewie Griffin

Homer Simpson

Sheila Carter Grainger Forrester Warrick

Carlton Banks

Jack Donaghey

George Costanza

Jerri Blank

Alex P. Keaton

by Anonymousreply 3206/10/2012

Lucy Ricardo

Granny from the Beverly Hillbillies

Mary Richards

Captain Kirk

Beaver Cleaver

Archie Bunker


Alexis Carrington

J. R. Ewing


by Anonymousreply 3306/10/2012

Spock of course.

Jean Luc Picard.

Bart Simpson.

Murphy Brown.


by Anonymousreply 3406/10/2012

I'm staying in the recent....,Lucille Ball & MTM are too obvious

Don Draper

Jack Donaghy

Tony Soprano

Walter White

Elaine Benes/George Costanza

Larry David (even though it's himself - Curb Your Entusiasm)

The entire Arrested Development cast (was going to say Lucille or Tobias but GOB, Michael, Buster....such an amazing ensemble)

Phil Dunphy

Brenda Leigh Johnson

by Anonymousreply 3506/10/2012

How in the hay-ull have you gays all forgotten me already?

[aside] Sweetheart, why don't you run on down to the Koreans for me and pick up a pack of Lucky Strikes?

by Anonymousreply 3606/10/2012

Many of these wonderful characters, but I must add...

Rhoda Morgenstern

by Anonymousreply 3706/10/2012

1. Archie Bunker

2. Edith Bunker

3. Tony Soprano

4. Omar Little

5. The Fonz

4. Mary Richards

5. Ted Baxter

6. Lou Grant

6. Alex Keaton

7. George Jefferson

8. James Evans

9. Louie from Taxi

10. Cast of Barney Miller

by Anonymousreply 3806/10/2012


Seriously, she was the prototype for Carrie Bradshaw to follow.

The gays adored CITC in the 90s! An underappreciated show.

by Anonymousreply 3906/10/2012

Radar O'Reilly

Carlton The Doorman

Max Headroom

Gomer Pyle

Lisa Douglas and Eb Dawson from "Green Acres"

by Anonymousreply 4006/10/2012


Sister Bertril

by Anonymousreply 4106/10/2012

Love or hate the show, but ALLY MCBEAL must be on the list.

ALLY was iconic 1990s television. Everyone watched it and everyone talked about it.

by Anonymousreply 4206/10/2012

There's a lot of Eldergays in this thread. Some of the names of the older tv characters I have no idea who they are.

by Anonymousreply 4306/10/2012

Rob & Laura Petrie

Jim Phelps, Cinnamon Carter, and Rollin Hand

Thelma Harper

Lucille McGilicuddy Ricardo and Ethel Mae Potter Mertz

Ann Marie

Samantha Stevens

Stewart & Sally McMillan

Lt. Columbo

by Anonymousreply 4406/10/2012

I'm with R43.

Most of you need to be naming the tv shows you're talking about.

by Anonymousreply 4506/10/2012

Miles drentell, thirtysomething

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Lily Ruskin (Spring Byington--December Bride)

Joan Stevens (Joan Davis--I Married Joan)

Margie Albright (Gale Storm--My Little Margie)

Suzanna Pomeroy (Gale Storm--Oh! Suzanna)

Chester A Riley (William Bendix--The Life of Riley)

Bentley Gregg.(John Forsythe--Bachelor Father)

Donna Stone (Donna Reed--The Donna Reed Show)

Robinson Peepers (Wally Cox--Mr Peepers)

Bob Collins (Bob Cummings--Love That Bob)

Connie Brooks (Eve Arden--Our Miss Brooks)

Amos McCoy (Walter Brennan--The Real McCoys)

Mike Nelson (Lloyd Bridges--Sea Hunt)

by Anonymousreply 4706/10/2012

1. Omar

2. Tony Soprano

3. Tim Bayliss

4. Basil Fawlty

5. Brenda Chenowith

6. Walter White

7. Dorothy Zbornak

8. J.R. Ewing

9. Homer Simpson

10. George Costanza

Honourable mention:

Veronica Mars

Vic Mackay

The Littlest Hobo

Mary Richards

by Anonymousreply 4806/10/2012

Laverne deFazio

Shirley Feeney

by Anonymousreply 4906/11/2012

R47, are you 80 years old?

by Anonymousreply 5006/11/2012

R9 should be euthanized.

by Anonymousreply 5106/11/2012

1. Nobody said Al Swearingen?

2. Maris Crane. Best ever example of a character who is critical to the plot and sensationally memorable, yet never appears.

3. Diane Chambers. There's never been another like her.

4. Jed and Abi Bartlet and Leo McGarry - the administration to have if you can't have Al Swearingen.

5. Basil Fawlty is only the tip of the British iceberg. There's Alf Garnett, Fitz from Cracker, Callan (and Lonely) and many more over the years. Gregory House owes everything to Sherlock Holmes.

R48 is right. A whole generation was emotionally scarred by The Littlest Hobo, so he must be memorable!

by Anonymousreply 5206/11/2012



Carol Brady

Johnny Carson (his on-camera persona was nothing like his private one)

Fred Sanford

Carlton the Doorman


Dr. Zachary Smith


Mrs. Wolowitz on Big Bang Theory

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Jimmy James (Newsradio)

Kerry Weaver (ER)

Lilith Sternin-Crane (Cheers/Frasier)

Det. Munch (Homicide/L&O)

Lennie Brisco (L&O)

Coach (Cheers)

Skipper (Gilligan's Island)

Fox Mulder

by Anonymousreply 5406/11/2012

In no particular order of merit:

Edina Monsoon Edmund Blackadder JR Ewing Sgt Bilko Blanche Devereux Homer Simpson Jessica Fletcher Lt Columbo Derek Trotter Father Ted Crilly

by Anonymousreply 5506/11/2012

Dana Scully

Dorothy Zbornak

Karen Walker




Tony Soprano

Don Draper

Edina Monsoon

Arrested Development ensemble

Bonus: Hyacinth Bucket

by Anonymousreply 5606/11/2012

R55, ever heard of comma's?

by Anonymousreply 5706/11/2012


archie bunker

mary tyler moore



homer simpson

roger of american dad

blanch deveraux


eric cartman

sheldon of big banf

by Anonymousreply 5806/12/2012

r57 - [quote]ever heard of comma's?

Perhaps you should settle your own punctuation issues before you correct others.

by Anonymousreply 5906/12/2012

Who is this Walter White character other people have mentioned? What show is he from?

by Anonymousreply 6006/12/2012

Walter White is the main character from Breaking Bad, R60, played brilliantly by Bryan Cranston and who has three Emmys to prove it.

Of course, I can't see how these people can mention Walter White without bringing up his sidekick, Jesse Pinkman, a character every bit as memorable and as glorious as the lead....bitch.

by Anonymousreply 6106/12/2012

1. Mary Richards, 2. Spock, 3. Maxwell Smart, 4. Basil Fawlty, 5. Karen Walker, 6 & 7 Dana Scully and Fox Mulder, 8. Twin Peaks ensemble, 9. Brenda Chenowith, 10. Detective Chief Inspector Jane Tennison.

by Anonymousreply 6206/12/2012

Thank you, R61.

by Anonymousreply 6306/12/2012

I agree with R62 about Twin Peaks ensemble, Mulder and Scully and Spock. I also love George Costanza and Elaine Benes, Jean Luc Picard, James Wilson and Gregory House, Tobias Beecher and Chris Keller, Brian Kinney, Arnold Rimmer

by Anonymousreply 6406/12/2012

Walter White, Jesse Pinkman, Gustavo Fring, Saul Goodman, Badger, the Skank and Spooge family, Tuco, Tio Hector, Hank Schrader, Gale Boetticher, Wendy, Mike Ehrmantraut, the Salamanca cousins

by Anonymousreply 6506/12/2012

John Steed and Emma Peel

The Jewish psychiatrist Carmela goes to see on The Sopranos

Homer Simpson

JR Ewing

Mr Spock

by Anonymousreply 6606/12/2012

Blanche Hunt

Janice McCann

Valerie Cherish

Debbie Doonan

Terri McIntyre

Madge Harvey

Madge Allsop

Henry Ramsey

Donna Noble

Jason Stackhouse

by Anonymousreply 6706/12/2012

And thank you, R65. I agree. BEST SHOW EVER, with an amazing cast of characters.

Mulder/Scully---best 'couple' in the history of television couples.

I agree with the poster upthread who mentioned the ensemble of Arrested Development, but for the TOP character, Gob Bluth is a man for the ages.


by Anonymousreply 6806/12/2012

Another vote for Darlene Connor. Also pitching one in for Lois Griffin.

by Anonymousreply 6906/13/2012

I can't believe the anti MTM troll hasn't surfaced yet.

by Anonymousreply 7006/13/2012

1. Tony Soprano

2. Ruth Fisher

3. Omar Little

4. Livia Soprano

5. David Fisher

6. Dexter

7. Lorelai Gilmore

8. George Jefferson

9. J. J Evans

10. Kojak

by Anonymousreply 7106/19/2012

Homer Simpson

Mary Richards

Mr. Spock

Peggy Hill

Tony Soprano

Lucy Carmichael

Archie Bunker

Don Draper

Phyllis Lindstrom

Bob Hartley

by Anonymousreply 7206/19/2012


1) Lucy Ricardo

2) Ethel Mertz

3) Cordelia Chase

4) Elaine Benes

5) Dr. Marlena Evans

6) Buffy Summers

7) Jill Foster

8) Iris Cory

9) Rachel Davis

10) Kaye Buell


1) Angel

2) Don Draper

3) Spike

4) Omar Little

5) Stringer Bell

6) John Black

7) Maxwell Smart

8) Dexter

9) George Costanza

10) Gregory Sumner

by Anonymousreply 7306/19/2012

Little Joe Cartwright

Captain Kangaroo

Dr Kildare

Luke Spencer

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by Anonymousreply 7506/19/2012

President Jeb Bartlett

Hawkeye Pierce

Hot Lips Hoolihan

by Anonymousreply 7606/19/2012

Beverly La Salle, Archie Bunker's favorite drag queen.

by Anonymousreply 7706/19/2012

Jack McCoy

by Anonymousreply 7806/19/2012

May I do one with a bit of UK flavour to it? I will anyway.

1. Derek Trotter (Del Boy) - Only Fools and Horses

2. Doctor Who (Esp. Tom Baker and David Tennent)

3. Sherlock Holmes (Esp. Benedict Cumberbatch)

4. Captain Mainwaring - Dad's Army

5. Margot - The Good Life

6. Hercule Poirot

7. Phoebe Buffay - Friends

8. Alice Tinker - The Vicar of Dibley

9. Mr Spock - Star Trek

10. Niles Crane - Frazier

by Anonymousreply 7906/19/2012

we could do ensembles, too:

1. Twin Peaks, 2. Arrested Development, 3. MTM show; 4. Dick Van Dyke Show, 5. Six Feet Under, 6. Sopranos, 7. Breaking Bad, 8. The Office, 9. Parks and Recreation, 11. Will & Grace

by Anonymousreply 8006/19/2012

Oops! Frasier even.

by Anonymousreply 8106/19/2012

Jessica Fletcher- Murder, She Wrote Seth Hazlitt- Murder, She Wrote Amos Tupper- Murder, She Wrote Monk- Monk Cast of original 90210 Dean and Sam Winchester- Supernatural Vicki Lawrence- Mama's Family Brian Hackett- Wings Eric Brady- Days of Our Lives John Stamos- Uncle Jesse- Full House Cast of Facts of Life Alex P. Keaton- Family Ties Amanda Woods (Heather Locklear)- Melrose Place George Jefferson- The Jefferson's Sondra Clark- 227

by Anonymousreply 8206/19/2012

Agree the any list without Lucy is a problem. Lucy and Jackie Gleason were TV's first superstars when there were only two or three networks. The reuns of their respective shows still run in most markets.

by Anonymousreply 8306/21/2012

No order...

Homer Simpson

Tony Soprano

Elaine Benes

"Larry David"

Suzie Green

Carmela Soprano

Joan Holloway

Liz Lemon

George Costanza

Roseanne Connor

by Anonymousreply 8406/21/2012

This place is dead because of primetime.

by Anonymousreply 8506/21/2012

Eddie Haskell.

by Anonymousreply 8610/30/2012

Agent Cooper

Mulder and Scully

Walter White, Jesse Pinkman

Mr. Spock


Veronica Mars


Ally McBeal

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by Anonymousreply 8810/30/2012

Hyacinth Bucket (Keeping Up Appearances)

Mrs. Slocombe (Are You Being Served?)

Jack McFarland (Will & Grace)

Uncle Tonoose (Make Room for Daddy)

Artemus Gordon (The Wild, Wild West)

Joe Friday (Dragnet)

Arnold Ziffel (Green Acres)

Sophia Petrillo (Golden Girls)

Ilya Kuriakin (The Man from U.N.C.L.E.)

Sue Ann Nivens (The Mary Tyler Moore Show)

by Anonymousreply 8910/30/2012

Mary Tyler Moore as Mary Richards

Valerie Harper as Rhoda Morgenstern

Delta Burke as Suzanne Sugarbaker

Dixie Carter as Julia Sugarbaker

Dick Van Dyke as Rob Petrie

Mary Tyler Moore as Laura Petrie

by Anonymousreply 9010/30/2012

Just a few of my favorites:

Niles Crane

Frazier Crane

Carmella Soprano

Karen (Will & Grace)

Jack (Will & Grace)

Dr. Green (ER)

Lennie Brisco (Law & Order)

Squidward Tentacles

Both Diane & Rebecca (Cheers)

Cliff (Cheers)

Fonzie (Happy Days)

by Anonymousreply 9110/30/2012


One Ringy Dingy!

by Anonymousreply 9210/30/2012

Oh chiz, I forgot Cartman! (South Park)

Am I the only one that hates Lucy????

by Anonymousreply 9310/30/2012

Edie Brit

Kimberly Mancini

Valerie Cherish

Sydney (Melrose Place)

Brenda Chenowith

Jerri (SWC)

Dorothy (GG)

Jen Lindley

Brenda (90210)

Victoria Lord

by Anonymousreply 9410/30/2012

1. Archie Bunker

2. JR Ewing

3. Cliff Huxtable

4. Lucy Ricardo

5. The Fonz

6. Tony Soprano

7. Rose Nylin

8. Roseanne Connor

9. Karen Walker

10. Louie De Palma

I didn't not watch Mary Tyler Moore or Star Trek so I didn't include them but I know they are iconic but I cannot comment on them personally.

by Anonymousreply 9510/30/2012

OMG, I need to put George Castanza on my list, I don't know who I will kick off.

by Anonymousreply 9610/30/2012

Hey House of Dark shadows is on Demand TCM

by Anonymousreply 9710/30/2012

Oh, no what about Florida Evans, The Ropers (not the show the characters) Phoebe Bouffet

So many good characters. Television was really good. Not as good now but we will see how today's characters hold up next decade.

by Anonymousreply 9810/30/2012

Some more:

Benson (from Soap - not his own show)

Coach (Cheers)

Sophia Petrillo (Golden Girls)

Dylan (90210)

Alexis (Dynasty)

by Anonymousreply 9910/30/2012

Hyacinth Bucket

by Anonymousreply 10010/30/2012

Holland Taylor as the John Forsythe's wife (he played Governor Powers) in Norman Lear's 1992 "The Powers That Be."

Holland: "People. Don't get me started on people."

by Anonymousreply 10110/30/2012

R101 Wow! I remember loving that show. It didn't last long, though. Wasn't that the first time we saw David Hyde-Pierce in a series?

Also, Holland Taylor had two other memorable characters: on "Bosom Buddies" and "Two and a Half Men."

by Anonymousreply 10210/30/2012

Dr. Mark Craig

Dr. Wayne Fiscus

Dr. Jack Morrison

Dr. Philip Chandler

Dr. Daniel Auschlander

Dr. Donald Westphall

Dr. Robert Caldwell

Dr. Seth Griffin

Dr. Peter White

Ellen Craig

by Anonymousreply 10310/30/2012

R101, R102. 'The Powers That Be' was hysterical. It made fun of everything and everybody especially the political and wealthy class.

The cast was a riot. Of course it didn't last was an intelligent, witty, smart show starring Holland Taylor, Valerie Mahaffey and David Hyde Pierce pre-'Frasier.' The show was Norman Lear at his best.

by Anonymousreply 10410/30/2012

James Franciscus as Mr. Novak

by Anonymousreply 10510/30/2012

Richard Chambelain as Dr. Kildare

by Anonymousreply 10610/30/2012

Sheldon Cooper - Big Bang Theory

by Anonymousreply 10710/30/2012

Some other favorites:

Chandler Bing

Little Joe Cartwright and Candy

John Gage, "Emergency!"

Urkel, "Family Matters"

Antoine and Blaine, film critics, "In Living Color"

The "M-A-S-H" characters

Victoria Barkley, "The Big Valley"

Illya Kuryakin, "The Man from U.N.C.L.E."

The "Mission Impossible" leads.

by Anonymousreply 10810/30/2012

Ashley Schaeffer - Spin City

Margaret Wyborn - Becker

Ross Gellar - Friends

Cousin Oliver - The Brady Bunch

Dr. Harry Weston - Empty Nest

Lily Tucker Pritchett - Modern Family

Whitney - Whitney

Han Lee - 2 Broke Girls

Sugar Motta - Glee

Jimmy Cooper - The OC

by Anonymousreply 10910/30/2012

Erica Kane

Eric Cartman

Bart Simpson

Marcia Brady

Wilma Flintstone

Zack Addy

Mallory Keaton

Russell Hantz

Claire Huxtable

Wally Cleaver

/thread closed Arnold Jackson

by Anonymousreply 11010/30/2012

Oh and one honorable mention:

Scooter from The Muppet Show

by Anonymousreply 11110/30/2012

Can't believe no love for anyone from FNL.

In no particular order:

Coach and Mrs Taylor (can't separate them) - FNL Frank Furillo and Joyce Davenport - Hill St Blues Tim Riggins - FNL Sylar - Heroes David Fisher - Six Feet Under Buffy - no reference required Walter White - Breaking Bad Jesse Pinkman - Breaking Bad Dr Green - ER

And since I am British need to add some UK faves

Alan Partridge Hilda Ogden - Coronation Street Malcolm Tucker - The Thick of It

Sorry - more than 10 but can't take any off.

by Anonymousreply 11210/31/2012

Sam Malone

Cliff Claven!

Rebecca Howe

Diane Chambers


by Anonymousreply 11310/31/2012

R109's list is hilarious. The inclusion of Ross Gellar is inspired.

Mine are: Cartman Sophia Petrillo (sp?) Lucille Bluth Elaine Benes Lisa Simpson Shaggy Rogers Peg Bundy Steve Brule Peggy Hill Roseanne Connor

(A personal list. It's cartoon heavy. And mom heavy.)

by Anonymousreply 11410/31/2012

1. Ethel Mertz (Vivian Vance)

2. Jackie Harris (Laurie Metcalf)

3. Rhoda Morgenstern (Valerie Harper)

4. Phyllis Lindstrom (Cloris Leachman)

5. Carla Tortelli (Rhea Perlman)

6. Karen Walker (Megan Mulally)

7. Suzanne Sugarbaker (Delta Burke)

8. Simka (Carol Kane)

9. Lucille Bluth (Jessica Walter)

10. Amy Farrah Fowler (Mayim Bialik)

by Anonymousreply 11510/31/2012

MY TOP 10: Maude Findlay Thelma Harper Hazel Burke Ginny Wrobliki (One Day at a Time) Cassie Cranston (It's a Living) Mary Hartman Sabrina Duncan LaVonda (Sordid Lives) Florence Jean Castleberry Blanche Devereaux

by Anonymousreply 11610/31/2012

James West

James West

James West

by Anonymousreply 11710/31/2012

Lucy Ricardo. No explanation required period.

The entire cast of "Soap"

The entire cast of the bastard son of "Soap", "Arrested Development."

Sophia in "The Golden Girls" She centered that whole show like how an anchor does a ship.

Alice Kramden "The Honeymooners" Her timing and ability to keep a straight face are both letter perfect.

I can't think of anyone else off hand, sorry.

by Anonymousreply 11810/31/2012

Iris Carrington

Lucinda Walsh

James Stenbeck

Rose DeVille

Dr Marlena Evans

Jill Foster Abbott

Roger Thorpe

India von Halkein

Karen Wolek

Tina Lord Roberts

by Anonymousreply 11910/31/2012

One of my favorite Tina scenes at the link. I haven't laughed so hard at a death scene in my life:

by Anonymousreply 12010/31/2012

Estelle Getty was the worst actress of the Golden Girls, R118. No way was she the "center" of the show. Good with one liners but they all were.

by Anonymousreply 12110/31/2012

In no certain order-

1. Phoebe Buffay

2. Karen Walker

3. Lucy Ricardo

4. Mary Richards

5. Thelma Harper

6. Suzanne Sugarbaker

7. Rhoda Morgenstern

8. Kath Day-Knight

9. Roseanne Connor

10. Kimberly Craig nee Day

by Anonymousreply 12211/01/2012

1. Sheila Carter Grainger Forrester Warwick 2. Annie Dutton Lewis 3. Natalie Marlowe Dillon 3. Tina Lord Roberts 4. Gabrielle Medina 6. Cesar Faison 7. Anna Devane 8. Samantha Jean Brady 9. Dr Carly Manning 10. Alexandra Spaulding

by Anonymousreply 12311/01/2012

[quote]Mike Nelson (Lloyd Bridges--Sea Hunt)

Mike Nelson even has a restaurant named after him "Nelson's" You can't say that about many other TV characters.

by Anonymousreply 12411/01/2012

Assuming I can only pick one per show (in no order):

Lucy Ricardo Tony Soprano Edith Bunker Lou Grant Kermit House Walter Bishop Rose Nyland Alexis Morell Carrington Colby Dexter Rowan Samantha Stephens

I assume we're doing American television only. For the UK television shows appearing in the U.S.:

The Doctor Patsy Stone Hyacinth Bucket Basil Fawlty The Dowager Countess

by Anonymousreply 12511/01/2012

Lucille Bluth

Jack Donaghy

Karen Walker

The Doctor

Bender Bending Rodriguez

Don Draper

Sue Sylvester

Claire Fisher

Walter White

Barney Stinson

by Anonymousreply 12611/01/2012

Maude owns this thread and yet only two mentioned her. WTF?

Maude towers over everyone else including Archie Bunker who was mortified by her, which was amazing.

by Anonymousreply 12711/01/2012

Troy and Abed...

by Anonymousreply 12811/01/2012

Mel Sharples

by Anonymousreply 12911/01/2012


by Anonymousreply 13011/01/2012

Stewie Griffin? Seriously? Blech. I prefer George Jetson.

by Anonymousreply 13111/01/2012

Lady Prudence Fairfax

Sir Geoffrey Dillon

King Friday

Maynard G Krebs

Uncle Arthur

Parking garage owner, The Odd Couple

Ginny Sac

Tuco, Gus Fring

Henrietta Pussycat

by Anonymousreply 13211/01/2012

Chandler Bing (Friends)

Could there BE a more imitated TV character?

by Anonymousreply 13311/01/2012

Go to 3:05 of this clip to see the greatest one there ever was:

by Anonymousreply 13411/01/2012

Leroy Jethro Gibbs, NCIS

by Anonymousreply 13511/01/2012

When there's a thread about worst TV characters, I nominate Ross on Friends and the Nanny.

by Anonymousreply 13611/24/2012

BARNABAS Collins Erica Kain Victoria Lord Sue Ann Nivens Bozo the Clown Captain Mangaroo Mr. Rodgers I sort,have got a lot of mixed signals as a child, didn't I?

by Anonymousreply 13711/24/2012

75% of Americans have no idea who the hell Lucille Bluth is.

by Anonymousreply 13811/24/2012

Lucy Ricardo

Barnabas Collins

Mary Richards

J.R. Ewing

Alexis Carrington Colby

Stewie Griffin

Homer Simpson

Alex P. Keaton

Tony Soprano

Erica Kane

by Anonymousreply 13911/24/2012

So start one, R136.

by Anonymousreply 14011/24/2012

Sgt. Joe Friday

J. Fred Muggs

by Anonymousreply 14111/24/2012

Captain Penny Barnaby Woodrow the Woodsman

by Anonymousreply 14211/29/2012

One of the oldies station started playing WKRP in Cincinnati. I was in middle school when it aired but I'd forgotten how much I enjoyed it. It has held up really, really well. I like all the characters But my favorite on the show was Jennifer Marlowe. I thought it clever how little by little it became apparent that the supposed bimbo ran the place. I really like that character. I wish Loni had a more substantial career.

by Anonymousreply 14302/23/2015

For now:

~~Ralph Kramden

~~Capt. Kirk


~~Lennie Briscoe

~~Archie Bunker

~~Frasier Crane

by Anonymousreply 14402/23/2015

r10, Bwah! "The Whammy"!

~~Mickey Mouse, for darn sure!

by Anonymousreply 14502/23/2015

Nicholas Brody

Rhoda Morgenstern

Sue Anne Nivins

Tony Soprano

Walter White

Jesse Pinkman

Claire Underwood

Karen Walker

Jackie Payton

Norma Bates

by Anonymousreply 14602/23/2015

"Of all time" doesn't seem to mean much these days. TV didn't begin in the 21st Century.

by Anonymousreply 14702/23/2015

JR Ewing, Archie Bunker, Mary Richards, Charlie Brown, Homer Simpson, Stewie Griffin, Alexis Colby, Reva Shayne, Abby Ewing, Alex P. Keaton.

by Anonymousreply 14802/23/2015

Captain Jack Harkness (Dr. Who/Torchwood)

Captain Malcolm Reynolds, Wash, Shepherd Book, Zoe, River (Firefly/Serenity)

Captain Hammer, Dr. Horrible (Dr. Horrible)

Star Trek (main cast rebooted movies)

Tony DiNozzo (NCIS)

The Tick, Bat Manuel, Arthur, Captain Liberty (The Tick, Live Action)

Andy Richter Controls the Universe (main cast)

Karl Urban, Michael Ealy (can't remember the character's names from Almost Human)

by Anonymousreply 14902/23/2015

TV is over 60 years old. Listing only ten won't cut it. Let's do the Top Twenty.

by Anonymousreply 15002/23/2015




Thomas Magnum (yum)

Dr. Johnny Fever

Archie Bunker

Lucy Ricardo

Ricky Ricardo

Fred Mertz

Ethyl Mertz

by Anonymousreply 15102/24/2015

We are all going to be influenced by what shows were popular during our generation. Here are mine in no particular order.

1. J.R. Ewing (Dallas). Larry Hagman's characterization of the first villain you love to hate is iconic.

2. Ralph Kramden (The Honeymooners). When I occasionally catch a rerun, I'm amazed that Jackie Gleason's Brooklyn bus driver character from the 1950s holds up today.

3. Roseanne Conner (Roseanne). Roseanne Barr gave a voice to the lower middle class/working class that was missing from TV and was the perfect antidote to the ideal Huxtable family.

4. Darlene Conner (Roseanne). Sara Gilbert's ability to deliver wisecracks as a tomboyish kid stunningly morphed into one of the most realistic portrayals of an angst-ridden teen, and on a sitcom no less. I knew girls like her in high school.

5. Dr. Spock (Star Trek). Leonard Nimoy's portrayal of a half-human, half-Vulcan alien who struggled with his emotions was pitch perfect.

6. Karen Walker (Will & Grace). Probably one of the, if not THE, funniest supporting characters on a sitcom.

7. Tony Soprano (The Sopranos). James Gandolfini must have relished the complex portrayal of a mobster who struggles with anxiety and family issues.

8. Dorothy Zbornak (The Golden Girls). I know Rose Nylund is probably the more popular choice, but for me Bea Arthur was brilliant with her sarcastic quips and could crack me up with just a look. When she left the show and it went on as the dreadful Golden Palace, it was clear what Bea meant to the show. Without her, it wasn't even close to the same.

9. Alicia Florrick (The Good Wife). Juliana Marguiles plays Alicia just perfectly, with all her doubts, moral dilemmas, difficulties in her relationships, work stress, etc. Her character has changed believably over the course of the show. It's been amazing to watch.

10. Diane Chambers (Cheers). Shelly Long's pretentious pseudo-intellectural was a brilliant character. Shelly played it to perfection. Although Cheers went on successfully after she left the show, when I watch it back in reruns, Kirstie Alley doesn't even come close to filling in the gap.

by Anonymousreply 15202/24/2015

In no particular order:

Bobby Hill (King of the Hill)

Dr. Gregory House (House)

Michael Scott (The Office)

Lucille Bluth (Arrested Development)

Daria Morgendorffer (Daria)

Christopher Moltisanti (Sopranos)

Tony Soprano (Sopranos)

Niles Crane (Frasier)

George Costanza (Seinfeld)

Angela Chase (My So Called Life)

+ every character Dave Chappelle played on "Chappelle's Show"

Honorable mention to the casts of "Parks & Recreation" "Cheers" "The Wire" & "Bob's Burgers"

by Anonymousreply 15304/10/2015

J.R. is always on the top ten list. I miss Larry Hagman.

by Anonymousreply 15404/10/2015

Arnold Ziffel.

by Anonymousreply 15504/10/2015

A lot of these characters are funny or sexy or iconic, but they're not necessarily great characters.

Bea Arthur has her funniest lines as Dorothy Zbornak, for example, but she was not a rich and deep character. (But Maude Findlay was.)

And Stewie Griffin is pretty one-note. But Homer Simpson and Peggy Hill are both rich and complex characters.

by Anonymousreply 15604/10/2015

The original Opal Gardner

by Anonymousreply 15704/10/2015

The entire cast of "It's Always Sunny In Philadelphia". These guys are fucking BRILLIANT! Just when you think they've sunk to new lows, they come up with another crazy scheme that somehow gets totally fucked up.

Even the supporting cast members--The Waitress, The Lawyer, The McPoyle family, Cricket, Artemis, etc--are awesome.

by Anonymousreply 15804/10/2015

Ralph Kramden. Ed Norton. Archie Bunker. Edith Bunker. Lucy Ricardo. Fred Sanford. Mary Tyler Moore A/K/A Mary Richards. Aunt Clara.

Steve Erkle. Perry Mason.

by Anonymousreply 15904/10/2015

Emma Peal from the Avengers completely changed the image of the female action hero for TV and Film. A woman who could be smarter than most the men she met and beat the carp out of them. Plus Diana Riggs in that role was the most beautiful woman ever to be on the small screen.

by Anonymousreply 16004/10/2015


~~Roy Rogers/Dale Evans

~~Davy Crockett

~~Howdy Doody


~~Beaver Cleaver

~~Dobie Gillis

by Anonymousreply 16104/11/2015

James West

Eddie Monsoon

Jeff Winger

Mary Richards

Basil Fawlty

Karen Walker

Edith Bunker

Niles Crane

Rod Serling (as himself)

Diane Chambers

by Anonymousreply 16204/11/2015

Who's Lucille Bluth?

by Anonymousreply 16304/11/2015

Mr. Spock

Tony Soprano? Ugh.

by Anonymousreply 16404/11/2015

Mr. Hudson, the ideal butler on "Upstairs, Downstairs"

by Anonymousreply 16504/11/2015

Mary Richards


Granny (Daisy Clampett)

by Anonymousreply 16604/11/2015

Rosalie Aprile

by Anonymousreply 16704/11/2015

1. Iris Wheeler, Another World

2. Livia, I Claudius

3. Sydney Andrews, Melrose Place

4. Marco Dane, One Life to Live

5. Omar Little, The Wire

6. Melisandre of Asshai, Game of Thrones

7. Jill Foster Abbott, The Young and the Restless

8. John Dixon, As the World Turns

9. Stuart Jones, Queer as Folk (UK)

10. Holly Lindsey, Guiding Light

by Anonymousreply 16804/11/2015

Barack Obama. The first black president on tv. Talk about suspension of disbelief.

by Anonymousreply 16904/11/2015

David Brent

Carmela Soprano

Malcolm Tucker

Roseanne Connor

Sue-Ellen Ewing

Patsy Stone

Larry David

Lilith Crane

Leopold 'Butters' Stotch

Buffy Summers

by Anonymousreply 17004/11/2015

Honey West

by Anonymousreply 17104/11/2015

Lucy Ricardo


Arnold Jackson

Roseanne Connor

Bart Simpson

Alexis Carrington Colby

JR Ewing

Captain James T Kirk

Archie Bunker

Jerry Seinfeld

by Anonymousreply 17204/11/2015

If you listed more than one character per show, your post is invalidated. You have to do the HARD WORK of making choices, dammit. In chron order:

1 Ralph Cramden ("To the moon, Alice!") ("Alice you're the greatest")

2 Lucy Ricardo

3 Mr Spock

4 Mary Richards (or Laura Petrie, same actress, same character) ("ohhhh, Rob/Mr. Grant")

5 Archie Bunker

6 Maude (or Dorothy from GG -- same actress, same character) ("Oh come on, Rose")

7 Roseanne Connor

8 JR Ewing

9 Homer Simpson

10 Tony Soprano.

Whew. That was hard, leaving out Walter White, but it was between him and Tony Soprano, and Tony won. I had to switch out Cliff Huxtable for Homer Simpson. Mork, of Mork & Mindy, nanoo-nanoo, didnt last long enough.

Had to switch out George Costanza for Kramer, of Seinfeld, then Kramer lost to JR Ewing.

It's not who you loved personally, it's who were the top TV 10 characters of ALL TIME. These were era-defining game-changers. Although Omar Little of the Wire was terrific, not enough people saw him. And I didnt care for I Love Lucy that much either, r91, (or r93?) but Lucy was HUGE. Roseanne Barr was HUGE.

These are such indelible characters, and their shows were so big, they leaked out into the world. Once cable came along (1980s?) and TV audiences split up among all the different new channels with new shows (1990s?), it got too hard for one show or character to make as big an impact on the culture.

by Anonymousreply 17304/11/2015

Is JR Ewing the most iconic TV character of all time?

by Anonymousreply 17404/11/2015

[quote]It's not who you loved personally, it's who were the top TV 10 characters of ALL TIME. These were era-defining game-changers. Although Omar Little of the Wire was terrific, not enough people saw him.


by Anonymousreply 17504/11/2015

I dont personally think so, r174, but he keeps showing up on people's lists, so I picked him. Maybe he should be kicked out in favor of Walter White.

op's thread said, "when the show was a hit, the characters were brilliant." I wouldnt consider JR Ewing a "brilliant" character. Dallas was kind of a soapy show, but it went international, it was so big. Walter White was a brilliant portrayal. Yeah, WW should go in. Homer Simpson goes out.

R175 calm down honey it's just a parlor game. Here, have a sip of my martini. Better?

by Anonymousreply 17604/11/2015

Another vote for Ralph Kramden. He is one of the few TV characters that a statue (at the Port Authority bus terminal in NYC) has been erected in honor of.

by Anonymousreply 17704/12/2015

In no particular order (I'm British so this is heavy on British TV characters):

Tony Soprano

Francis Urquhart (House of Cards (original))

Grandpa Simpson

Mark Corrigan (Peep Show)

Alan Partridge

Captain Mainwaring

The 4th Doctor Who (Tom Baker)

Alf Garnett

Hank Hill

Jim Royle

by Anonymousreply 17808/13/2015

Actually, I'd like to replace Jim Royle with Victor Meldrew.

by Anonymousreply 17908/13/2015

Cliff Huxtable

by Anonymousreply 18008/13/2015

Simpson...Homer Simpson. He's the greatest guy in history.

by Anonymousreply 18108/13/2015

Kimberly Shaw

by Anonymousreply 18208/13/2015

No one on Melrose Place was in the top ten of anything, except assholes.

by Anonymousreply 18308/13/2015

All of these replies are lame.

Penny from Good Times OWNS this thread.

Thread closed, bitches. Stay PRESSED!

by Anonymousreply 18408/13/2015

Followed by #2 Greatest Character...

Charlene. There has NEVER been another character as charming or stunning.

by Anonymousreply 18508/13/2015

And the #3

Cleo. No other character has shown as much talent and range.

You are all dismissed.

by Anonymousreply 18608/13/2015

Ann Romano

by Anonymousreply 18708/13/2015

Mary Tyler Moore as Mary the top of the list.

Delta Burke as Suzanne Sugarbaker

Dick Van Dyke as Rob Petrie

by Anonymousreply 18808/13/2015

Joan Collins as Alexis Carrington

by Anonymousreply 18908/13/2015

Lucinda Walsh

by Anonymousreply 19008/13/2015
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