25

So Joss Whedon made a list of his favorite 25 TV characters ever in no particular order. I was bored, so I did the same thing. My list probably doesn't seem as exciting, because I'm not a TV/film writer/producer with a frighteningly dedicated cult audience, but I'm sharing my list anyway, which is also in no particular order. Enjoy.

  1. The Doctor (Doctor Who) - All of them, really, but if I had to pick a specific one, it's a toss up between Patrick Troughton, Tom Baker, and Christopher Eccleston.
  2. Emma Peel (The Avengers) - Brains, beauty, sophistication, wicked sense of humor, looks good in a catsuit and can blow shit up. Honestly, she's the perfect woman.
  3. The Fonz (Happy Days) - C'mon, who doesn't dig the Fonz? He's practically a real-life superhero!
  4. Bill Haverchuck (Freaks & Geeks) - I pretty much was this kid growing up. Probably still am.
  5. Jaye Tyler (Wonderfalls) - I can relate to her cynicism and lack of clearly-defined life goals. Also incredibly cute.
  6. Benson DuBois (Soap, Benson) - Never really figured out how one goes from butler to Lt. Governor, but he made the ride seem convincing. Also, kind of a real prick to just about everyone and doesn't care who knows it.
  7. Number 6 (The Prisoner) - You have to admire the guy's fortitude. Also, it's interesting to see a TV hero who's actually on the losing side of things as often as he wins in the end.
  8. Rupert Giles (Buffy the Vampire Slayer) - Kick-ass library folk, represent!
  9. Kelly Garrett (Charlie's Angels) - Well, her or Kris. They were always my two favorites. I wholeheartedly admit that this choice is based more on attractiveness than actual merit. I honestly don't care.
  10. Grover (Sesame Street) - Television's greatest unsung comedic genius. Go rewatch the "Near and Far" clip if you don't believe me. I'm sure it's on YouTube somewhere.
  11. Maxwell Smart, Agent 86 (Get Smart) - It wasn't his incompetence that made him funny, it was that he had no idea he was incompetent.
  12. Julio Mendez (The Flash) - No reason. Alex Desert always seemed really cool.
  13. Dr. Perry Cox (Scrubs) - As well-formed and complex a character as I can ever remember seeing on a sitcom.
  14. Ted Baxter (The Mary Tyler Moore Show) - See my explanation for Maxwell Smart.
  15. Crewman Specialist Cally (Battlestar Galactica) - I think Laura Roslin may actually be a better character, but I think Cally's really cute. Again, not caring.
  16. Alice Nelson (The Brady Bunch) - Kept The Brady Bunch from becoming too sappy and earnest. Much needed comedy relief there.
  17. The Question (Justice League Unlimited) - I liked how his characterization clashed with the rest of the League, but they still kept him around because they couldn't argue with his results.
  18. Willow Rosenberg (Buffy the Vampire Slayer) - Probably had the best-realized character arc of the entire series. Also, again with the cuteness.
  19. Artie, the Strongest Man in the World (The Adventures of Pete & Pete) - The episode where he's forced to leave the younger Pete behind? Heartbreaking.
  20. Mel the Dog (Jack's Big Music Show) - Who wouldn't want a dog like Mel?
  21. Captain Jean-Luc Picard (Star Trek TNG) - Patrick Stewart is just damn cool. Also, significant character growth over the course of the series. The guy who sits down to the poker table at the end of "All Good Things..." is much different than the guy we meet in "Encounter at Farpoint."
  22. The Riddler (Batman) - Frank Gorshin only, though. I didn't like the John Astin version)
  23. Lorne (Angel) - Every ensemble needs a song and dance man.
  24. Captain Jim Brass (CSI) - Every list needs one grizzled cop character. He's mine.
  25. Barbara Cooper (One Day at a Time) - Probably the most uncomfortable sitcom ever (all that yelling!), but once upon a time, Valerie Bertinelli was the Roman Goddess of TV Cuteness, so I am compelled to include her here.

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