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most compelling TV character ever

Post by RustyShackleford » Tue Mar 17, 2009 12:36 pm

My short list would be:

1. Al Swearengen (Deadwood)
2. Andy Sipowicz (NYPD Blue)
3. Tony Soprano (The Sopranos)
4. President Bartlett (The West Wing)
5. Omar Little (The Wire)

Interestingly, my top two are written by the same genius, David Milch.
Nor, IMHO, is anyone else close to these two. It's curious indeed that
they have the same initials, yet one is a fictional character, while the
other is written a decade later based on a real person.

I put Tony there not having watched the show much, but on what I've
been told by respected friends.

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Post by Petrocelli » Tue Mar 17, 2009 12:59 pm

1. Hank Hill (king of the Hill)
2. Kramer (Seinfeld)
3. Archie Bunker (All in the Family)
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Post by chaz » Tue Mar 17, 2009 1:03 pm

Mark Harmon in NCIS.
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Post by Petrocelli » Tue Mar 17, 2009 1:07 pm

chaz wrote:Mark Harmon in NCIS.
Mark Harmon coached one of my kid's baseball teams. Notably, this resulted in an marked increase in attendance at practices by moms.
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Post by freedomfunds » Tue Mar 17, 2009 1:10 pm

If compelling means favorite.

1. Archie Bunker.
2. Gregory House, MD
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Post by RustyShackleford » Tue Mar 17, 2009 1:10 pm

Petrocelli wrote:1. Hank Hill (king of the Hill)
2. Kramer (Seinfeld)
3. Archie Bunker (All in the Family)
Ok, ok, we can have a comedy division and a drama division.

1. Dale Gribble (KotH) - who knew I'd pick THAT one ?
2. Jerry (Seinfeld)
3. William Fontaine De La Tour Dauterive (KotH)

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Most??

Post by GIS Guy » Tue Mar 17, 2009 1:12 pm

I immediately thought of Alan Alda, MASH.

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Post by CABob » Tue Mar 17, 2009 1:15 pm

I'm not sure how to define "compelling" in my response, but, affected by what I am currently watching I would say Jack Bauer (Kiefer Sutherland) in 24.

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Post by WheatThin » Tue Mar 17, 2009 1:24 pm

Dexter.

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Post by Goldfinger » Tue Mar 17, 2009 1:38 pm

I completely agree with GIS guy - Alan Alda seems like the obvious pick.

Larry Hagman (JR Ewing of the show "Dallas") seems pretty compelling.
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Post by Bounca » Tue Mar 17, 2009 1:49 pm

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Post by chaz » Tue Mar 17, 2009 1:59 pm

Petrocelli wrote:
chaz wrote:Mark Harmon in NCIS.
Mark Harmon coached one of my kid's baseball teams. Notably, this resulted in an marked increase in attendance at practices by moms.
Mark Harmon was a good football player at UCLA. His father, Tom, played at Michigan.
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Post by Rob5TCP » Tue Mar 17, 2009 2:01 pm

Palladin (Have Gun Will Travel)
Gregory House (House)
Pembleton (Homocide - Life on the Streets)
Patty Hewes (Damages)

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Post by nisiprius » Tue Mar 17, 2009 2:12 pm

Are real people allowed?

Edward R. Murrow.

Walter Cronkite.
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Post by bearcub » Tue Mar 17, 2009 2:12 pm

1. Learch (Adams Family}
2. Jethro Bodine (Beverly Hillbillies)
3. DR. Zackery Smith (Lost In Space )

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Post by 1210sda » Tue Mar 17, 2009 2:15 pm

Topol who played Tevye on Fiddler on the Roof

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Post by ryuns » Tue Mar 17, 2009 2:22 pm

Tobias Funke (Arrested Development)
Jack Donaghey (30 Rock)
Brian Griffin (Family Guy)
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Post by jml39 » Tue Mar 17, 2009 2:26 pm

Glenn Close as Patty Hewes on Damages.

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Post by Jim Profit » Tue Mar 17, 2009 3:51 pm

WheatThin wrote:Dexter.
I second this. One of the most consistently underrated shows on (premium cable) television.

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Post by chaz » Tue Mar 17, 2009 4:01 pm

Rob5TCP wrote:Palladin (Have Gun Will Travel)
Gregory House (House)
Pembleton (Homocide - Life on the Streets)
Patty Hewes (Damages)
Hugh Laurie as Gregory House (House) is outstanding.
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Post by sotaboy » Tue Mar 17, 2009 4:11 pm

James Garner, Rockford Files, and earlier, Maverick.

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Post by gkaplan » Tue Mar 17, 2009 4:19 pm

The Fugitive
Gordon

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Post by CyberBob » Tue Mar 17, 2009 4:30 pm

Any/all of the characters of Firefly.

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Re: most compelling TV character ever

Post by NYCPete » Tue Mar 17, 2009 4:42 pm

RustyShackleford wrote: 5. Omar Little (The Wire)
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Outstanding character, and he is on a show filled with wonderfully complex, compelling characters!

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Post by Bharat » Tue Mar 17, 2009 4:48 pm

1. Al Swearengen (Deadwood)
2. Baltimore City (The Wire)
3. Bubbles (The Wire)
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Post by matt » Tue Mar 17, 2009 5:21 pm

A few unheralded choices for compelling comedy.

Vicki Lawrence as Thelma Harper, The Carol Burnett Show and Mama's Family
John Laroquette as Dan Fielding, Night Court
Joey Lawrence as Joey Russo, Blossom
Bronson Pinchot as Balki Bartokomous, Perfect Strangers
Shelley Long as Diane Chambers, Cheers

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Post by chaz » Tue Mar 17, 2009 5:32 pm

All of Ted Danson's supporting actors on Cheers.
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Post by dore » Tue Mar 17, 2009 5:40 pm

1) Frasier Crane
2) just about the entire cast of Northern Exposure

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Post by deepdrive » Tue Mar 17, 2009 5:44 pm

Petrocelli wrote:1. Hank Hill (king of the Hill)
2. Kramer (Seinfeld)
3. Archie Bunker (All in the Family)
Those are three absolutely outstanding choices. You gotta love Hank. He just wants Bobby to be a normal boy, but it ain't happenin'. That boy ain't right.
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Post by deepdrive » Tue Mar 17, 2009 5:46 pm

Gregory House
Peter Griffin
Doug Heffernen
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Post by johnjtaylorus » Tue Mar 17, 2009 5:51 pm

Mrs. Emma Peel.

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Post by fishndoc » Tue Mar 17, 2009 6:00 pm

Gotta love Hank Hill - every time I travel to Texas and am dining at some BBQ joint, I really expect he and Bobby to drive up.

Also Cartman of South Park, and can't forget the immortal Joe Friday.

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Post by peter71 » Tue Mar 17, 2009 6:10 pm

Bounca wrote:Image
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cartoon_Wars_Part_I

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cartoon_Wars_Part_II

Bounca (aka Kenny from South Park),

FWIW I believe the creators of your avatar are on the record as claiming that Family Guy is written by manatees . . . :D

P.S. The links should also be of interest to Simpsons and KOTH fans!

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character

Post by gatorking » Tue Mar 17, 2009 6:19 pm

Kwai Chang Caine (David Carradine) in Kung Fu

Master Po: Close your eyes. What do you hear?
Young Caine: I hear the water, I hear the birds.
Po: Do you hear your own heartbeat?
Caine: No.
Po: Do you hear the grasshopper that is at your feet?
Caine: Old man, how is it that you hear these things?
Po: Young man, how is it that you do not?

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George

Post by bcboy57 » Tue Mar 17, 2009 6:39 pm

George Costanza on Steinfield. George is 'everyman'.

Who hasn't done or thought things George has done or thought ? Luckily our little superegos protects us some of the time. :wink:

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Re: Most??

Post by Tall Grass » Tue Mar 17, 2009 7:36 pm

GIS Guy wrote:I immediately thought of Alan Alda, MASH.
Compelling: 1. To use force or influence to cause a person to do something. 2. To arrouse irresistibly.

Instead of compelling, I might have phrased it...the most unforgettable character on television...but anyway.

Me too...Hawkeye Pierce; the most marvelous character in the history of television.

Second place goes to Mr. Spock (Leonard Nimoy)... "Most illogical Captain..."

I remember going to the original movie of Startrek...when Spock made his first appearance in the movie you could have heard a pin drop while the audience waited for his first words, and the majority of the audience were not geeked out Trekkies.
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Post by BigFoot48 » Tue Mar 17, 2009 8:13 pm

Battlestar Galactica Commander William Adama
Jack Bauer
Detective John Munch
Jack Donaghy, 30 Rock
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Post by smike » Tue Mar 17, 2009 8:40 pm

Leonard Nimoy Spock

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Post by Derek Tinnin » Tue Mar 17, 2009 8:51 pm

Barney Fife
Maxwell Smart

I also like Mike Rowe from Dirty Jobs for the reality slot:

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Post by SP-diceman » Tue Mar 17, 2009 8:52 pm

Human:

1) Columbo (TV)
2) Archie Bunker (TV)
3) Don Knotts (TV)
4) Kramer (TV)
5) Andy Griffith (TV)

Non-human:

1) The Terminator
2) Metal Man T-1000
3) Robby the Robot
3) Mr. Spock (StarTrek TV)
4) Predator


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Post by beardsworth » Tue Mar 17, 2009 10:07 pm

For purposes of this forum:

John Beresford Tipton, “The [Multi, Multi, Multi] Millionaire,” who gave a million dollars to an ordinary person every week, did it anonymously through a faithful courier, never even fully appeared in the series named after him (and the people who received the weekly gift), never gave financial advice to anyone, shunned publicity, and would surely have been appalled by phenomena like CNBC, derivatives, and “naming rights.”

Whether he was a Boglehead in his private financial behavior I cannot say, due to a pledge of confidentiality. 8)

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Post by longjohnsilver » Tue Mar 17, 2009 10:17 pm

1.Dexter
2.Vic Mackey (The Shield)
3.Troy and Cristian (Nip/Tuck)

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Post by Bulldawg » Tue Mar 17, 2009 10:17 pm

chaz wrote:
Petrocelli wrote:
chaz wrote:Mark Harmon in NCIS.
Mark Harmon coached one of my kid's baseball teams. Notably, this resulted in an marked increase in attendance at practices by moms.
Mark Harmon was a good football player at UCLA. His father, Tom, played at Michigan.
Yes, Tom Harmon won the Heisman Trophy in 1940. Mark Harmon's UCLA Bruins upset the defending national champs ( Nebraska) in 1973.

And my wife cares for none of that, but would be at every practice/game/fundraiser if Mark Harmon coached our son's team !
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Post by JoeBob » Tue Mar 17, 2009 10:33 pm

1. Carrol O'Connor (All in the Family)

2. Jackie Gleason (Honeymooners)

3. Clint Eastwood (Rawhide)


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Post by beenaround » Tue Mar 17, 2009 10:48 pm

Mary Tyler Moore
Lucy
Rhoda
Oprah
Elaine. Seinfeld jw

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Post by sergeant » Tue Mar 17, 2009 11:37 pm

Petrocelli wrote:
chaz wrote:Mark Harmon in NCIS.
Mark Harmon coached one of my kid's baseball teams. Notably, this resulted in an marked increase in attendance at practices by moms.
I spent several days as his police escort during the filming of a movie he made with Elizabeth Taylor. He was a complete gentleman. Very kind to the elderly fans who mentioned his father. He stayed an hour after filming every night to sign autographs and best of all he left a case of my favorite beer for me when he left for the night. 8)
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Post by SP-diceman » Tue Mar 17, 2009 11:49 pm

Petrocelli wrote:
Mark Harmon coached one of my kid's baseball teams. Notably, this resulted in an marked increase in attendance at practices by moms.
They should be careful. He portrayed Ted Bundy
in a movie.


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Post by markh » Wed Mar 18, 2009 12:16 am

Dexter
Spock
Al Swearengen

Can't think of any others to compare.

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