Thursday, September 18, 2008

13 of my favorite TV characters of all time

I'm delving into the archives of Notes in the Key of Life to participate in the Thursday Thirteen meme! This was originally posted , so you'll see references to some shows which were airing then, but are no longer on.

What are YOUR favorite TV characters? Let me know in my comments section! no particular order (and yes, some of these go waaaay back...)

--Lisa on "Green Acres," played by Eva Gabor...she was so ditzy and quirky, she cracked me up.

--Barney, played by Don Knotts, on "The Andy Griffith Show." Need you even ask why?

--The Virginian (I don't think they ever gave his name), played by James Drury, on "The Virginian." know, the strong, silent type

--Al, played by Dean Stockwell, on "Quantum Leap." Not sure why...I just really liked him.

--Phyllis, played by Cloris Leachman, on "The Mary Tyler Moore Show." She made an art form out of being snobby and clueless at the same time.

--Herman Munster on "The Munsters," played by Fred Gwynne. Again, he was just funny...and he had that great, deep voice. The thought of monster as lovable goof...

--Emily, played by Suzanne Pleshette, on "The Bob Newhart Show." She was just a cool character...a pleasure to watch.

--David Addison, played by Bruce Willis, on "Moonlighting." His smart-aleck wise-cracking kept me watching, and promised his future stardom.

--Rob Petrie, played by Dick Van Dyke, on "The Dick Van Dyke Show." Again, no explanation needed--he's a legend.

...and more recently...

--Hugo "Hurley," played by Jorge Garcia, on "Lost." Hurley's down-to-earth sense of humor is one of the things that keeps the show from spiraling into inaccessible weirdness.

Dr. Jack Shepherd, played by Matthew Fox, on "Lost." I know a lot of viewers don't care for Jack, but I think he's the heart and soul of the show.

--Peter Petrelli, played by Milo Ventimiglia, on "Heroes." His basic goodness and likeability make him immensely appealing. For me, there could be no show without Peter.

--Hank, played by Fred Ewanuick, on "Corner Gas." He's just so likably goofy!


Debbie said...

Thanks for the memories...

I loved Green Acres and Moonlighting!

Terry Lange said...

What about John Banner who played Sgt Shultz on Hogan's Heroes?

Barbara H. said...

I do remember the Virginian! It would be hard to say which Lost characters I like best, but Hurley and Jack are along the top. And I love Peter and Hiro on Heroes.

My T13 today was about classic commercials from my childhood, inspired by Linda's Rice-a-Roni post a few days ago.

Leaders In Learning said...

HAHA We have some of the same favorites.

Ganns said...

I like Lisa Kudrow's Phoebe Buffay of Friends and Estelle Getty's Sophia of Golden Girls. Those two ladies were awesome. :)

Smilingsal said...

So you're a Lost fan too? I never have been able to get into that show.

I did love Rob Petrie, though

Randy said...
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Randy said...


Some of my favs had to be, Chuck Connors as Lucas McCain in "The Rifleman." Another is Guy Williams who played John Robinson in "Lost In Space." (I liked men who were courageous but showed compassion as well.) And ultimately Peter Strauss. (You knew he would be added!) His potrayal of Rudy Jordache in "Rich Man Poor Man" made me a lifetime fan. He went on to win an Emmy for "Jericho Mile" and has done so many TV movies with conviction. He'll always be my all time favorite.


Ann-Marie said...

Great post Cindy! My all time favorite is Mary Tyler Moore with the amazing Carol Burnett as a veryclose second!

Malcolm said...

Seeing The Virginian on your list was a pleasant surprise. I have vague recollections of watching that series with my mother when I was really young. When my cable system added the Hallmark Channel a couple of years ago, I was so happy because they had a Saturday lineup of TV westerns (The Virginian, The Rifleman, and Rawhide to name a few). Unfortunately, the Hallmark Channel either dropped them or lost the rights shortly thereafter.

Brenda @ It's A Beautiful Life said...

What a FUN posting!

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