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Post by Easy Rhino » Wed Mar 18, 2009 2:38 am

Goldie Hawn in Laugh-In
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Post by chaz » Wed Mar 18, 2009 10:59 am

Bulldawg wrote:
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 !
Bulldawg, Your wife can see Mark Harmon by watching NCIS.
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Post by Alysa Lyle » Wed Mar 18, 2009 1:50 pm

Great Question.

1. Omar Little
2. Edith Bunker
3. Carmela Soprano
4. Spencer Reid (Criminal Minds)
5. Larry Fleinhart (Numb3rs)
6. Rube Sofer (Dead Like Me)

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Post by TnGuy » Wed Mar 18, 2009 5:52 pm

Some of the most compelling to me have been:

Mr. Haney - (Green Acres)
Mr. Peabody - (The Rocky and Bullwinkle Show)
Hop Sing - (Bonanza)

But, by far, truly head-and-squiggly-tail above the rest has to be:

Arnold Ziffel - (Green Acres)


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Post by Tall Grass » Wed Mar 18, 2009 5:55 pm

That reminds me, I forgot two that were truely unforgettable...Ernest T. Bass and Floyd the barber on The Andy Griffith Show...

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Post by FCM » Wed Mar 18, 2009 8:37 pm

Dr. Gregory House

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Post by p14175 » Thu Mar 19, 2009 10:00 am

You can't forget Flipper, Lassie, and Mr Ed for their heroics and loyalty!

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Post by Bulldawg » Thu Mar 19, 2009 6:26 pm

chaz wrote:
Bulldawg wrote:
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 !
Bulldawg, Your wife can see Mark Harmon by watching NCIS.
Yes, we catch that show regularly...and she always reminds me how hot he is even his late 50s !
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dore wrote:
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the entire cast of Northern Exposure
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Columbo
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Post by FireSekr » Sat May 05, 2018 12:28 pm

In no particular order,

JR Ewing - Dallas
Tony Soprano - The Sopranos
Kramer - Seinfeld
Raymond Reddington - The Blacklist
Columbo - Columbo

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Post by danielrhall » Sat May 05, 2018 12:38 pm

Walter White (Breaking Bad)
Tony Soprano (The Sopranos)
Larry David (Curb Your Enthusiasm)
Al Swearengen (Deadwood)
Tyrion Lannister (Game of Thrones)

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Post by dm200 » Sat May 05, 2018 12:41 pm

Ralph Kramden ...

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Jeremy Brett as Sherlock Holmes

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Michael Scott (The Office)
Lester Freamon (The Wire)
Matt Dillon (Gunsmoke)
Perry Mason
Andy Taylor (Andy Griffith Show)
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Michael Scott (The Office)
Phil Dumphey (Modern Family)
Ron Swanson (Parks and Rec)

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Hank Scorpio

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Captain James T Krk. (William Shatner)
Captain Jean-Luc Picard (Patrick Stewart)

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Post by obgraham » Sat May 05, 2018 3:06 pm

Maybe not THE most compelling, but getting there:

Andy Sipowicz, NYPD Blue (Dennis Franz)

The rest of the cast was wonderful also.

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Post by bob60014 » Sat May 05, 2018 3:13 pm

Maynard G Krebs.

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Rob5TCP wrote:
Tue Mar 17, 2009 2:01 pm
Palladin (Have Gun Will Travel)
Gregory House (House)
Pembleton (Homocide - Life on the Streets)

Patty Hewes (Damages)
The 2 above plus Barney Stinson (How I met your Mother)
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Post by SrGrumpy » Sat May 05, 2018 4:20 pm

obgraham wrote:
Sat May 05, 2018 3:06 pm
Maybe not THE most compelling, but getting there:

Andy Sipowicz, NYPD Blue (Dennis Franz)

The rest of the cast was wonderful also.
Definitely the most complex. I was just watching the pilot the other day. I'm not sure it would be able to air on network TV these days. The supporting cast certainly provided some balance, and as the show unfolded over the years we saw Sipowicz's deep and multiple facets.

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Post by Barefootgirl » Sat May 05, 2018 4:56 pm

Oh my goodness, gaping holes in this thread:

Bryan Cranston, Breaking Bad

Lucille Ball - so much, so many
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Post by DanMahowny » Sat May 05, 2018 4:58 pm

Lt Columbo
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Post by stlutz » Sat May 05, 2018 5:04 pm

Completely agree with Gregory House, as least from the first several seasons

The entire cast if the B&W Andy Griffith as well. Andy, Barney, Opie, Aunt Bea, Floyd, Goober. All of them are so memorable. The later seasons in color were terrible.

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Post by fortfun » Sat May 05, 2018 5:06 pm

Walter White. 2nd Saul Goodman.

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Post by 02nz » Sat May 05, 2018 5:16 pm

Most compelling character who never appears in person: Maris Crane on Frasier.

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Post by Murgatroyd » Sat May 05, 2018 5:31 pm

I’m good with Kramer, Columbo, Hawkeye Pierce & Archie Bunker.

I would add Dr. Jeffrey Geiger from Chicago Hope.

Fun thread!

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Post by wm631 » Sat May 05, 2018 5:35 pm

Patrick McGoohan as No. 6 in "The Prisoner". Also the best opening credits in T.V. history.

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Post by Tamales » Sat May 05, 2018 5:37 pm

As a sidebar comment if you like older TV shows, many cable/satellite networks have a cluster of channels with older shows, but you have to look for them since they can be far away from the mainstream channels.

To find if available on your cable system (or over-the-air in your area) go to:

Me.TV (www.metv.com), Get.TV (www.get.tv), Laff (www.laff.com), and AntennaTV (antennatv.tv), to name a few.

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Post by winterfan » Sat May 05, 2018 5:39 pm

Tony Soprano and Walter White for sure. I wasn't a huge fan of either show, but my husband was and I always got sucked in when he was watching because of them.

My favorite characters are Mary Richards, Lou Grant, Martin from Frasier, Kramer and Lucy Ricardo.

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TheTimeLord wrote:
Sat May 05, 2018 3:23 pm
Rob5TCP wrote:
Tue Mar 17, 2009 2:01 pm
Palladin (Have Gun Will Travel)
Gregory House (House)
Pembleton (Homocide - Life on the Streets)

Patty Hewes (Damages)
The 2 above plus Barney Stinson (How I met your Mother)
Stinson was truly "Legen... wait for it... dary! Legendary!" :)
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Post by bob60014 » Sat May 05, 2018 5:47 pm

Mrs Peel!

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Post by oldcomputerguy » Sat May 05, 2018 5:57 pm

John Spencer as The West Wing’s Leo McGarry
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Post by topper1296 » Sat May 05, 2018 6:10 pm

Can't pick one.....
Jack Bauer - 24
George Costanza - Seinfeld
Dr Mark Green - ER
Cam - Modern Family
Stewie Griffin - Family Guy
Carrie Mathison - Homeland
Howard Cosell - sports broadcaster
Niles Crane - Fraizer
Harvey Spector - Suits

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Post by Eagle33 » Sat May 05, 2018 6:11 pm

X-Files
- Fox Mulder
- Cigarette Smoking Man
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Post by keepingitsimple » Sat May 05, 2018 6:19 pm

Michael Scott (The Office)

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Post by ThePrince » Sat May 05, 2018 6:24 pm

Red Forman: That 70’s Show.

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Post by SrGrumpy » Sat May 05, 2018 6:25 pm

A pointless thread if people are merely listing their favorite TV characters without elaborating on their compelling qualities.

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Post by frugalecon » Sat May 05, 2018 8:05 pm

Jane Tennison (Helen Mirren), Prime Suspect
Larry Sanders (Garry Shandling), The Larry Sanders Show

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Post by Old Guy » Sat May 05, 2018 8:25 pm

Buffy. Sarah Michelle Gellar.

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Post by NightFall » Sat May 05, 2018 8:35 pm

Tyrion. An immensely complex, self-deprecating but very witty character. Received the gift of intelligence that his siblings lack yet physically deformed and so rejected. Mother died during birth for which he has been punished and has punished himself his whole life. Deprived of love and then sought love through various meaningless gestures each an echo of his first love (can't go into more detail due to spoiler... the book is much better than the show here but wow...). Analyzing this character could take a long time. Plus he's pretty funny.

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Post by Darth Xanadu » Sat May 05, 2018 9:14 pm

Al Swearengen will always hold this spot for me. I can't imagine anybody dethroning him.

Tyrion Lannister is pretty awesome though.
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Post by Goldfinger » Sat May 05, 2018 9:19 pm

Alan Alda from *MASH*. For me, nobody else even comes close. The episodes with Col Flagg were nothing short of priceless.
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Post by dustinst22 » Sat May 05, 2018 9:30 pm

Dexter (Michael C. Hall)
Gus Fring (Giancarlo Esposito)
Tyrion Lannister (Peter Dinklage)
Walter White (Bryan Cranston)

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Post by jlawrence01 » Sat May 05, 2018 10:36 pm

Perry Mason
Andy Taylor

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Abed Nadir (Danny Pudi), Community

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dore wrote:
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the entire cast of Northern Exposure
I loved that show. And every character was unique.
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Post by Ready3Retire » Sat May 05, 2018 11:20 pm

Jim Rockford! I’m surprised no one else mentioned this great TV character.

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Post by Nicolas » Sat May 05, 2018 11:30 pm

Festus Haggen (Gunsmoke)
Maynard G. Krebs (The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis)
Chatsworth Osborne, Jr. (ditto)
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