Ok, not saying I'll run it, I can't, but I can help get it going. I'll provide a list of popular TV Characters that I found on a website and you can second them, discuss them, add more, etc. We'll go from there. Also, lets figure out how many we want in this thing. 32 or 64 or something else.
50. Murphy Brown (Murphy Brown) This was a tough choice to put on the list for a couple of reasons. One, did I want people knowing that I watched Murphy Brown and two does she really deserve this spot. Believe it or not but this was a good show. There was a reason it stayed on for 10 years. The only likeable character on this show in my opinion was Murphy herself eventhough I didn't really like Candice Bergan.
49. Michelle Tanner (Full House) If you never said "You got it dude" or "you're in big trouble mister" back in the day then there is something wrong with you. Michelle was the most quotable character from this show and the sole reason a lot of people watched. If it wasn't for the horrible mullets Joey or Jesse may have made the list. Also theres the fact that the Olson twins are the only actors from this show who still have careers. Who cares if it involved an online clock counting down to their 18th birthday.
48. Big Bird (Sesame Street) Probably the show that took up most of my childhood was this show. I even had a Big Bird "blankie". Everyone my age has watched this show at somepoint, and everyone has been entertained. Big Bird is on this list because he somehow has manged to entertain us as well as teach us. Something I wish more professors knew something about.
47. Dick Solomon (Third Rock from the Sun) I still can't believe that John Lithgow pulled this character off after playing some of the meanest people in the movies. Although Kristen Johnston pulled in most of the hardware for this show Dick was the backbone. He was the one that always made me laugh out loud. Whether he was lusting after Dr Albright or failing to figure out the human race he was always on top of his game. After all, he was the High Commander.
46. Adrian Monk (Monk) For those of you who haven't seen the show, this show stars Tony Shaloub as Monk. He is an obsessive compulsive dectective who always manages to figure out the crime. Not only is Monk dramatic but funny as well. He won an emmy for this role after one season and as you will find out I'm a sucker for crime dramas.
45. Sophia "Ma" Spirelli (Golden Girls) I never thought an old woman could make me laugh so much. Especially on a show featuring four of them. Ma still managed to get the biggest laughs out of me and make me appreciate old people a little bit more all at the same time. Not an easy feat which is why she has earned a spot on my list.
44. John "J.D." Dorian (Scrubs) If I was writing this entry five years from now I'm sure JD would be much higher. I also haven't seen this show in a while due to my work schedule, which sucks. The reason I find JD so amusing is that he captures the wide eyed "newbie" so well in this show. It doesn't matter that he is being tormented by the janitor or his superiors hes just happy to be there. I'm sure he's just as happy to make my list.
43. Lenny Briscoe (Law & Order) Of course Mr. Law & Order was going to make this list. This show has been on forever and for good reason. Even though he is getting up there in age he still would scare the crap out of me if I were to see him coming at me. I don't watch this show on a regular basis but when I do I always seem to leave with a greater respect towards detectives. Yet I still don't like cops. Wierd.
42. Jim Dangle (Reno 911) Lets face it this guy is hilarious. The perfect cop parady. The short shorts, bike, bad moustashe, everything is there. This is another character that would be higher if I was writing this 5 years from now. He embodies everything we wish cops were. And this show is better than COPS. I will not argue this.
41. Jarod (The Pretender) What's not to like about this guy? He can be anything he wants. Hes good looking (or so I'm told). Hes a genius. He is constantly being chased by a hot woman. What more could you want in a character. Probably would have been ranked higher if he would have been played by a better actor. Then again I would probably be ranked higher if i was played by a better human being.
40. Lowell Mather (Wings) You could make a case for the Hacketts or Tony Shaloub's character but this is the one who stood out to me. He stole every scene he was in and the show was never really the same when he left. When he did leave I thought he was doing a spin off show. But that was just Ned & Stacy, which sucked.
39. Mimi Bobeck (The Drew Carey Show) Good thing I don't put any emphisis on looks in this list because she would freak me out if I saw her in real life. The reason Mimi is on the list is because she was so fun to dislike and dress up as for Halloween...or so I'm told. Its not often you see a crazy looking clown women who loves trolls and Antonio Banderas on network television. She probably would have ranked higher if she wasn't so one dementional.
38. Micheal Bleuth (Arrested Development) Currently the star of the best show on televison right now. He is constantly making me laugh out loud. What I like about him is that he seems to be the only normal one in a family full of lunatics but he's just as crazy as them. He would be way higher if I was writing this 5 years from now. Plus this character resurrected the career of the star of Teen Wolf Too. Thats saying something.
37. Nostradamus "Bull" Shannon (Night Court) Other than Dan this is the only character from this show worth mentioning. Bull had some of the most memorable moments of the show and some good quotes too. He also always comes to mind when i hear the song "Wooly Bully". I also find it amusing that the deciding reason the actor got this part was because he was bald at the time of the audition.
36. Doug Heffernan (King of Queens) The reigning heavyweight on this list. I like this character because he's a married guy who likes to play video games, watch and play sports, and drink. Most importantly he gives chubby guys like me hope because he has a hot wife who seems to like to put out, and let him play video games.
35. Frank Barone (Everybody Loves Raymond) I liked this character because he reminded me of my grandpa. Except my grandpa said worse things than "holy crap". He also seems to be enjoying life at his old age and theres nothing wrong with that. He also has a wife who will cook for him whenever he wants also something that you have to like.
34. Will Smith (Fresh Prince of Belair) I didn't know weather or not to put him on the list because this is his real name but I realized that this is just a character. It was such a good character that it turned a mediocre rapper into a movie star. The only reason he isn't higher is because he opened the doors for LL Cool J, Ice T, and Queen Latifah. People who should have just stayed behind the mic.
33. Alex P. Keaton (Family Ties) Everybody's favorite republican, well maybe not, but anyway how can you not like this guy. If it wasn't for him we would never have had Marty McFly or Doc Hollywood. Alex carried a show that I didn't think was good in the first place. He probably would be higher if the show was good. He still managed to entertain me dispite that.
32. Lt. Commander Data (Star Trek: The Next Generation) Yes I know I'm nerd. That doesn't mean Data wasn't a good character. Any episode that featured him was always better than average. I always like think what it would be like to have an android at my disposal. Of course I wouldn't use it for good. And ladies, hes a "fully functional android" if you know what I mean.
31. Mitch Buchannon (Baywatch) Of course I had to put the main character from the world's number one show of all time on here. You could make a case for CJ or Yasmine's character but they were just T&A. Mitch was the man, hairy chest and all. You could always count on him. He would be ranked higher but he doesn't look that good running in slow motion.
30. Bill McNeal (News Radio) This is the only character from this show that was a character. Joe Rogan pretty much played himself. Andy Dick was playing a version of Andy Dick. Dave Foley was Dave Foley. Phil Hartman played the egotistical McNeal so well that he was arugebly Hartman's best character ever. Even better than the Unfrozen Caveman Lawer or Troy McClure.
29. Karen Walker (Will & Grace) I really don't know why I find Karen so amusing. I don't know if its her constant drinking or pill popping. It could be that she's rich and lazy, which is my life long dream. However you look at her you can't deny that this show would not survive without her. Just think, If she wasn't in the show more air time would be given to Jack. Scary.
28. Douglas Howser (Doogie Howser, M.D.) Better known as 'Doogie' this character is everything we wanted to be, or at least what I wanted to be. I wanted to be a child prodigy who had a girlfriend and got invited to parties. The sad part about all this is that i was naive enough to believe that I could be as smart as Doogie. I think I proved how that turned out with that last sentence.
27. Carrie Bradshaw (Sex and the City) Here is another character that I thought twice about putting in here because I wasn't sure I wanted people knowing that I watched this show. Its bad enough that I watched it, but what's worse is that there were no females present when I did. Anyway, this is a great character. She holds the whole show together. She also managed to save Sarah Jessica Parker's career. Something I didn't think possible after 'Mars Attacks'.
26. Fox Mulder (The X Files) Other than the fact that his name is 'Fox and he happens to be on the FOX network this was an entertaining character. Fox is also another case where the show went downhill fast after he left. T1000 could not fill his shoes, although I doubt anyone could have.
25. Hayden Fox (Coach) Before I begin I want to tell you that it wasn't my intention to put two characters with Fox in their name back to back. Hayden deserves to be in this spot. Anyone who has ever had a coach can relate to him. Although I think he could have done better in the wife department. It also doesn't hurt that he was the coach of the Minnesota State Screaming Eagles and brought them to a National Championship. Thats as close as we're gonna get.
24. Doug Ross (ER) The dreamy doctor himself has made an apperance on my list and rightly so. He was by far and away the character that stood out most in this show. ER was never the same when he left. Hell, I even stopped watching it after he left and I wasn't even attracted to him. Honestly, I wasn't. Just think if he wasn't on the show Gilbert from 'Revenge of the Nerds' could have been playing Danny Ocean.
23. Dennis Finch (Just Shoot Me) I don't understand how someone can be a smart ass, prankster, and marry a model all while collecting porcelain kitties. Somehow David Spade pulls it off and pulls it off well. I can honestly say that Dennis is the only reason I watch this show. I didn't think Spade could do anything on his own without the help of Chris Farley (see Lost & Found) but this character proved me wrong.
22. Roseanne Conner (Roseanne) My mom loved this show and so did I. This show, to me, was the first show that actually featured a real family. They didn't have a lot of money. The kids were a pain in the ass. The family didn't consist of beautiful people. All of this centered around Roseanne, who always seemed to be a step ahead of everyone. Except when she sings the National Anthem
21. Zack Morris (Saved by the Bell) At one point or another Zack made every girl I know tingle in their "special place". Not only that but I know a lot of people that tried to be him in high school. I can still sing the theme song to Saved by the Bell at the drop of a hat and I'm sure many of you can too. Some of you may think that he should be higher. He would be....if he was the best character from that show.
20. Andy Sipowicz (NYPD Blue) Anytime you can have a body like Sipowicz and get away with showing your ass you must be special. He's the only one who has stayed with the show and the only one who has made it good. He has had so many partners that he is a borderline whore, including Mr. Zack Morris.
19. George Costanza (Seinfeld) George has always been one of my favorite characters. Without him this show would not have considered the greatest of all time. Everyone can remember him claiming to be Art Vandelay the Archetect or Sleeping under his desk. I think the fact that he was always so high strung made him so funny and entertaining.
18. Gil Grissom (CSI:) The thing I like about Grissom is that he is the only character with a badge that doesn't carry a gun in all of the cop shows. The man seems to know everything and can be somewhat funny. He is why the original CSI is still better than all the rest, and most likely the reason that it was the number one show for so long. Topping all the crappy reality shows.
17. Thomas Magnum III (Magnum P.I.) Hawaii's favorite private investigator has made the list. This show bearly qualifies because it last aired in 1988. The series finally is first show I remember watching. Anyway, Magnum was a great character and the reason Harrison Ford got the role of Indiana Jones. There was nothing that you didn't like about him. Women still find him sexy today dispite the really short shorts and the huge moustache....or so I'm told.
16. Sam Malone (Cheers) You could make a case for a lot of people on this show, but I could make a better one for Sam. He was a likeable womanizer and gambler who was overly competitive. He would have probably ranked higher if he was the best character on the show.
15. Raymond Barone (Everybody Loves Raymond) Ray is entertaining because he is always saying the wrong things yet never really seems to get into trouble. The show is always better when it is focused on him. You have to like someone who can have so much yet not have a clue. There's a reason this show won an Emmy for best comedy.
13. Chandler Bing (Friends) Could this guy BE any funnier? Ok, bad joke. Sometimes known as 'Ms. Chinandeler Bong'. I loved the sarcasm that Chandler, whos middle name is Muriel, used it always got a laugh out of me. I do think his character suffered a little when he got married, but that happens to every guy when they get married so I didn't use it against him. One of the most memorable scenes from the show is when he told Ross that he pictures his mom durning sex.
12. Angus MacGyver (MacGyver) The guy do anything with nothing. I didn't know there were so many uses for a paper clip. He is a pop culture icon. I don't know if you do it but whenever someone displays any kind unique ingenuity I say 'Good work MacGyver'. MacGyver was also from Minnesota and rocked the mullet. So as you might have guessed he liked hockey. MacGyver is one my heroes.
11. Eric Cartman (South Park) The funniest of the foul mouthed fouth graders. Its funny how you can tolarate ingnorance and racism when its coming from the mouth of a little animated kid. Some of my favorite moments are when he had a huge satellite coming out of his ass and when he dressed up like Hiler for holloween. Also, he's not fat, he's big boned.
10. Elaine Benes (Seinfeld) The greatest show ever would have never been if it wasn't for this character. Elaine is arguably the best female character of all time, which why she is so high on my list. It would have been a mediocre show if it were just Jerry and Kramer. Elaine made a good show great and anytime you have someone like that you have to have them in the top ten.
9. Cliff Huxtable (The Cosby Show) Cliff was everything we expected from a TV father and husband. He was always entertaining in every episode which is something you can't say about a lot of characters. I'm almost certain that half the stuff he said was made up on the spot, and if thats the case then he deserves this spot. No question about it.
8. Steve Urkel (Famliy Matters) When this show was on TGIF everyone was doing Urkel impressions. We didn't care that he was in love with a below average girl or had an unhealthy fetish for cheese. Urkel is rated so high because of his impact on pop culture. Its true. I know I'm not the only one who did the Urkel laugh snort back in the day. When one character can ruin a promising young actor's career you have to put him in the top 10.
7. Peter Griffin (Family Guy) Peter and family are back on the air and better than ever. I can't believe they cancelled him in the first place. Anyway, here is another character whos ignorance made him hilarious. Its also interesting that Peter is a piano prodigy......only when he's wasted.
6. Samuel "Screech" Powers (Saved by the Bell) There is no way this show would have done nearly as good as it did without Screech. Screech was always getting the biggest laughs. Hell, he even made the college years bearable something that shouldn't have been possible. Also, people tend to forget that Screech had a severe case of 'Jungle Fever'.
5. Tony Soprano (The Sopranos) Tony is the one and only reason I get uncomfortable when I'm around a group of Italians. What made this character so good is that he had real problems, not just where to hide the bodies. This show inspired a spin off movie (Analyze This). Anyway, this character was so good that he once inspired me to sit down and watch 6 straight hours of season one of The Sopranos on DVD.
4. Al Bundy (Married with Children) Here's someone who made misery entertaining. Nobody had it worse than Al on TV, and thats why we liked him. He had a ton of great one liners on the show, enough for a poster. His "wisdom" is unmatched by any other character in any other show. Where else could you learn that you don't need blood to keep your brain functioning, all you have to do is keep it wet.
3. Joey Tribbiani (Friends) Everybody loved Joey's dumb but not so dumb persona. This show would have never gone anywhere if it wasn't for him and Chandler. Those two could have had a great show just starring them. Joey is so likeable that he got his own spinoff and got a nomination for it. I've said 'how you doin' way too many times. Whenever I think of Joey the first theing that comes to my mind is when he is is wearing ALL of Chandler's clothes......commando style.
2. Homer Simpson (The Simpsons) This guy has been making me laugh for almost 10 years. He has almost been everywhere (including space) and done everything. You have to like the fact that dispite being on for so long, Homer is still on top of his game. There would be no show without Homer. Primetime cartoons would not exist if it wasn't for the success of this character. I still hear people saying D'oh whenever they do something wrong.
1. Norm Peterson (Cheers) Anytime you can walk into a bar and have everyone yell your name and be happy to see you there's something special about you. Norm was everything you could want in a character and a life. He had enough financial independence to go to the bar whenever he wanted. Everyone liked him. He has some of the best quotes of all time. The show became a lot better when they started to feature him in some episodes. Everyone remembers the Beer Taster one. That episode is a classic. There will never be anyone as likable as him.
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I think that list just made me throw-up in mouth a little bit. Maybe it was geared towards just the most recent shows (although it has a bunch of cheesy 80s sitcom stars in there). Any list that doesn't include Archie Bunker, Lucy Ricardo, or the Fonz is either worthless or written by someone who about 15 years old and never got to watch Nick at Night. I would also throw out nominations for Captain Kirk, Fred Sanford, and Hawkeye Pierce.
46. Adrian Monk (Monk) 44. John "J.D." Dorian (Scrubs) 43. Lenny Briscoe (Law & Order) 38. Micheal Bleuth (Arrested Development) 35. Frank Barone (Everybody Loves Raymond) 30. Bill McNeal (News Radio) 26. Fox Mulder (The X Files) 20. Andy Sipowicz (NYPD Blue) 19. George Costanza (Seinfeld) 12. Angus MacGyver (MacGyver) 11. Eric Cartman (South Park) 9. Cliff Huxtable (The Cosby Show) 5. Tony Soprano (The Sopranos) 4. Al Bundy (Married with Children) 2. Homer Simpson (The Simpsons) 1. Norm Peterson (Cheers)
I'll also add Barney Fife, Archie Bunker, Lucy Ricardo, The Fonz, Hawkeye Pierce, Fred Sanford, George Jefferson, Lt. Columbo, Capt. James T. Kirk, Red Forman, Walker Texas Ranger, Jean-Luc Picard, Maxwell Smart, Dr. Cox, Dwight Schrute, Cosmo Kramer.