Over the years a handful of TV series characters have lit up our small screens with their sense of humor, charm and charisma. They have educated us, enlightened us and parodied our lives by offering a weekly dose of excitement and entertainment at a fixed time of the day. These are the characters that stay in our thoughts for long and make a particular TV show our ‘favorite’ one. Below mentioned are such ‘awesome’ TV series characters of all time that are still alive in the viewer’s mind even after the show went off air ages ago.
10. Lucy Ricardo, I Love Lucy:
It’s really hard to think of TV without paying homage to Lucille Ball. A woman encompassed with unmatched talent for physical comedy, Lucille gave Lucy Ricardo an eternal place in pop culture. A housewife with huge goals and ambitions with an ability to easily get into trouble, Lucy Ricardo was the heart of I Love Lucy – watching her just once conveys us all with the show’s title.
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9. Archie Bunker, All in the Family:
Before the existence of Archie Bunker, the term “lovable bigot” appeared incredibly oxymoronic. But, Carroll O’Connor confirmed it could subsist. A blue-collar man with outspoken scrutiny Archie Bunker was portrayed as being biased but he was also portrayed as a man whose outlook were formed by the period in which he was brought up and not by an evil heart. Finally, as the show went on, Archie Bunker became a more decent personality. Packed with audacity ahead of his time, this solid character altered television forever.
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8. Tony Soprano, The Sopranos:
Tony Soprano isn’t on this list for the fright that omission would leave me sleeping with the fishes; he is in this list of TV series characters of all time simply because he was one of the greats. Enacted by James Gandolfini, Tony Soprano permitted us to see everybody even mob bosses with tribulations. Forced to juggle his family, personal life and his fondness for whacking people, Tony Soprano made crime folks human and strangely enough, even likeable.
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7. Dr. Tobias Funke, Arrested Development:
The television show, Arrested Development, was packed with cranky characters that all enriched it, especially Tobias Funke who was amazingly appealing. A psychiatrist turned actor, both an over fanatical braggart and bathing in oblivion, Tobias Funke was a man conflicted by a homosexual laden vernacular and a never-nude syndrome. All of this greatly worked collectively and made his character extremely funny. Moreover, when he imitated the plan of Mrs. Doubtfire by dressing up as Mrs. Featherbottom, he went from extremely funny to ache-in-the-stomach hysterical.
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6. Newman, Seinfeld:
While Wayne Knight’s representation of Newman didn’t do a good deal for the stereotypes linked to postal workers, it did make us laugh and chuckle. As Jerry Seinfeld’s nemesis, Newman was the icing on top of an amazing show. Whether he was foiling one of Jerry’s actions or cooking up hair brained plot in the company of Kramer, a scene with Newman was always the best.
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5. Karen Walker, Will and Grace:
Megan Mullally got hold of a feat similar to Lisa Kudrow’s – she laid down the bar on a sitcom where everybody was great. Playing Karen Walker, the high, sharp-tongued, haughty, snobbish, almost not working assistant to Grace, Megan Mullally took this show to a great new level. The Jack and Karen duo was memorable and so was the love/hate relationship Karen and her maid Rosario shared.
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4. Cliff Huxtable, The Cosby Show:
Cliff Huxtable was the ultimate father we all craved for – smart, funny along with a youthful liveliness. And Bill Cosby fitted this role phenomenally well, giving more value to the character. He not only helped in setting a new standard for prime time television but also tossed NBC’s Must See TV and left every kid in America wishing to be one among the Cosby kids. Isn’t this a feat great enough to have him in the list of TV series characters of all time?
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3. Kermit the Frog, Sesame Street:
If Sesame Street is one of the greatest TV shows ever then Kermit the Frog is definitely one of the greatest TV series characters of all time. This beautifully created puppet with deep red tongue and two bulging eyes was affable and extremely adorable. Voiced by Jim Henson, the character ruled the television bandwagon and made Sesame Street, the most popular show of its time. Kermit the frog then started appearing in numerous sketches, children show and community service messages. Later on he became the stage executive of a theater where he was supposed to entertain viewers by squabbling different guests and celebrities.
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2. Dr. Perry Cox, Scrubs:
Take a spoon of ego, a dart of narcissism, a drop of heart, brown it in sarcasm and you have Dr. Cox. Played by John C. McGinley, Dr. Perry Cox serves as the mentor of J.D., the central character on Scrubs. He is arrogant, he is cruel and he has an affinity for calling his employees by humiliating names but still Dr. Cox is hilarious. He also tends to shack his sturdy exterior and disclose humanity at the most appropriate and poignant moments.
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1. Phoebe Buffay, Friends:
The quirkiest of the Friends protagonists, Phoebe Buffay, was drowning in anonymities. She grew up on the streets, sang a song about a stinky cat, she had a twin sister with whom she barely talked, her real mom-turned-fake mom committed suicide and of course, she gave birth to her brother’s triplets. In a show where the whole star-cast was strong, Lisa Kudrow made Phoebe Buffay stick out like an adorable and unusual thumb. This weirdness earns her the top place in the list of top 10 TV series characters of all time.
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