Monday, September 18, 2006


I picked this meme up from Avitable, my Spiritual Advisor. It was apparently started by James Gunn, the writer/director of Slither, and then continued by Joss Whedon. Because I have watched a TV show or two in my lifetime, I thought I would give it a shot.

25 Favorite Television Characters

The rules:
* Does not have to be a show currently airing

* No puppets or cartoons
* No reality show people
* All characters must be regulars on the show
* No mini-series

This was harder than I thought, especially since the no puppets or cartoon rule shot a few of my all time favorite shows out of the water(Simpsons, Futurama, Sifl & Olly)but here are my choices, in no particular order.

1.Willow Rosenberg(Buffy The Vampire Slayer): A kickass witch,and hot to boot.

2.Jack Bauer(24): What can I say ? He's like frickin' Superman without the cape.

3.Dr. Johnny Fever(WKRP In Cincinnati): One of the funniest characters ever, I still laugh about the episode where his reflexes got BETTER the more he drank. Priceless.

4.Arvin Sloane(Alias): Just plain evil, but deliciously so.

5.Lorelei Gilmore(Gilmore Girls): I cannot say it better, so I will quote Avitable: "The sharpest tongue and best ass on television." Amen!

6.Bill McNeill(NewsRadio); Quite possibly the greatest sitcom character EVER.

7.Lt. Columbo(Columbo): "Just one more thing, sir..." Nuff said.

8.Tobias Funke(Arrested Development): David Cross is one of the funniest people on the planet, and the fact that he could play this character with a straight face will never cease to amaze me.

*9.Faith(Buffy The Vampire Slayer): Leather pants, maybe evil ? I don't care, I love her. DISQUALIFIED.(See Edit below)

10.Sabrina Duncan(Charlie's Angels): Always my favorite Angel.

11.Les Nessmann(WKRP): "More news, and Les Nessmann. One of the great clueless characters on TV. You must hear him pronounce Chihuahuas and Chi- Chi Rodriguez.

12. Veronica Mars(Veronica Mars): Brilliant, pretty, crafty- also happens to be the best show on television.

13.Matthew Brock(NewsRadio): Andy Dick at his best. I seem to like the clueless characters a lot, I wonder why that is ?

14.Reverend Jim Ignatowski(Taxi): Jim taking his driving test is one of the funniest moments on TV, ever, I think.

15. Stephen Keaton(Family Ties): Waaaay underrated character on a show that was funny until they had to wrap the episodes up, then it got sappy. " If this was a pop-tart, we'd be dead right now."

16. Fox Mulder(X-Files): Cool AND geeky.

17. Dana Scully(X-Files): Smart, hot and packing a gun.

18. Lyndsey Weir(Freaks & Geeks): She was such a rich character, I really, really, really wish they had kept this show on the air.

19.Chloe O'Brien(24): A pain in the ass, but always comes through when it's needed.

20. Richard Lewis(Curb Your Enthusiasm): Is he playing himself ? Maybe, maybe not...Either way, he is fucking hilarious, and a great foil for Larry David.

21. Logan Echolls(Veronica Mars); A bad boy, but he's always there for Veronica. I secretly hope they end up together.

22. Chuck Noblet(Strangers With Candy): Stephen Colbert at his deadpan best.

23. Hank Kingsley(The Larry Sanders Show): A clueless character(again), but funny as hell,and just a little bit sad.

24. Michael Bluth(Arrested Development): Again, the fact that he kept a straight face is just amazing to me.

25. Jim Rockford(Rockford Files): I love this show, and I just think That Jim Rockford kicks ass.

There they are. Feel free to give it a try. It's fun.

*Edit: I have been informed that including Faith from Buffy the Vampire Slayer is in violation of the rules, as she was not a regular on the show. Therefore, I must replace her, which makes me sad, but I must obey the rules if I am to play the game properly, so, the new number 9 is...
Special Agent Dale Cooper(Twin Peaks)- I can't believe I didn't include him the first time around.


Jenn of the Jungle said...

How can you put Faith and Willow and not add Spike????

Come on now, or Buffy herself????

I did like faith though, and heck, why not the Mayor too?

Paticus said...

Buffy, Spike and the Mayor were ALL very close to getting on. i had to draw lines somehwere- The debate is what's great about these lists anyway. I also realized I didn't include anyone from Twwin Peaks !! Agent Dale Cooper, Audrey Thorne, The Log Lady...The list could probably be 50 characters or longer !!
Thanks for stopping by, by the way.

m said...

Faith is not a series regular and therefore is in violation of the rules.

Otherwise, she'd be on mine too.

Same with the Mayor.

Paticus said...

How come she doesn't qualify as a regular ?

Avitable said...

A regular is someone who is in the opening credits.

I think Faith appeared in enough episodes, but m is the Holy Princess of Television, so his word is law.

Good list, though! Very impressed with some of your choices.

Avitable said...

Dale Cooper is a good substitution for Faith.

Jenn of the Jungle said...

Well then, there's no excuse for leaving Spike off. :)

I'm such a Buffy geek, my husband bought me the entire series for christmas last year. And it was my favorite present.