25 Greatest TV Characters

Here is a little list I cooked up of the 25 Greatest television characters (in my opinion)... at least the characters that make me keep watching television:

1) Ari Gold - Entourage

2) Juliet Burke - LOST

3) Michael Scott - The Office

4) Hawkeye Pierce - MASH

5) Josh Lyman - West Wing

6) Creed Bratton - The Office

7) The Janitor - Scrubs

8) Tobias Funke - Arrested Development

9) Andy Botwin - Weeds

10) Desmond Hume - LOST

11) Sam Seaborn - West Wing

12) Chandler Bing - Friends

13) Perry Cox - Scrubs

14) Charlie Pace - LOST

15) Commander Data - Star Trek: The Next Generation

16) Chuck Bartowski - Chuck

17) Ben Linus - LOST

18) James Wilson - House

19) Michael Bluth - Arrested Development

20) Thomas Magnum - Magnum P.I.

21) George Feeny - Boy Meets World

22) Johnny Drama - Entourage

23) Josiah Bartlett - West Wing

24) David Brent - The Office (UK)

25) Debra Barone - Everybody Loves Raymond



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Oct 29, 2008 12:25AM EDT

Awesome idea.I love some of your choices - and that you were diverse enough to throw in Data from Star Trek and Tobias from Arrested Development. Maybe a little heavy on the Lost though...Some more of my favorites not on here: Jack Bauer (24), Sydney Bristow (Alias), Samantha Jones (Sex and the City), Admiral Adama (Battlestar Galactica), Dexter Morgan (Dexter) and Tony Soprano (The Sopranos).

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Oct 29, 2008 12:46AM EDT

Darn, I shoulda thrown in Dexter! Good call.

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Oct 29, 2008 5:09PM EDT

yeah i agree with heavy on the Lost characters
I would have thrown in Tony Shaloub on Monk, but that's just me. Totally agree with Ari at the top. great picks!

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Oct 29, 2008 7:56PM EDT

I agree you definitely need Jack Bauer, Tony Soprano, and Dexter Morgan. Also cant go wrong with Hank Moody from Californication, Charlie from Always Sunny in PA, Kramer from Seinfeld, and Larry David from Curb Your Enthusiasm.

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Oct 29, 2008 11:58PM EDT

I thought about Larry DAvid, but I'm not sure I can count him seeing how he is a real person....

Oct 30, 2008 2:33PM EDT

Great picks! All those Lost characters are definitely those who make the show the most fascinating. My other big character loves from your list would be the adorable Chuck Bartowski, Michael Scott, Tobias and Michael, Wilson, Feeney, and of course Ari Gold. So many good ones! Also because of my current show obsessions, I'd have to add Ned & Chuck from Pushing Daisies, plus Charlie Crews from Life and Sookie from True Blood.

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Nov 2, 2008 6:37PM EST

if you have Andy Botwin there how is it you have missed Doug Wilson!

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Nov 2, 2008 7:33PM EST

i agree with adexal doug has to be on there but overall your list is way to narrow minded top 25 and only 16 shows(i think), would add barney from himym, spike and cartman if you count cartoons.

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Nov 3, 2008 12:22AM EST

i didnt count cartoons.

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Nov 3, 2008 5:08PM EST

haha... kramer from seinfeld... now he was brilliant.

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Nov 3, 2008 9:36PM EST

Cox or House? I say Cox kicks more ass, should be ahead of chandller bing, but good list none the less

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Nov 3, 2008 9:38PM EST

i met larry david, hes different in person

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Nov 9, 2008 5:07AM EST

personally, i would have to say dexter morgan, and miguel prado both are pretty high on my list. also, Irene from 2 Guys, a Girl, and a Pizza Place. and definately toby ziegler and jeff green from curb your enthusiasm

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Nov 13, 2008 10:26PM EST

COX over House. and i cant believe he aint in the list. but def the janitor is good. but i gotta say i love chandler bing too but yeah i think cox should be there somewhere but either way good choices :)

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Nov 19, 2008 12:28AM EST

Great list! i would have also added Michael Scofeild ( prison break ) Peter Petrelli ( hereos and Turk and JD ( scrubs ) (=

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Mar 25, 2009 8:01PM EDT

what about kojak? or barney stinson? and i gotta give a shout for andy sipowicz from nypd blue. also wilson instead of house, not sure about that :/

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Mar 25, 2009 9:22PM EDT

Barney Stinson, how can he not be there!:)
From your list my pick is Chandler :]

Aug 3, 2009 12:22AM EDT

You guys are forgetting about a little show called The Wire - Omar Little, Stringer Bell, Marlo Stanfield, Bunk Moreland, Jimmy Mcnulty

Aug 31, 2009 2:26PM EDT

Good to see so many LOST and West Wing characters on your list. I think Juliet is a little too high, and Ben is a little too low on the list, and I can't believe you left off Locke, but I'm glad there were so many LOST characters on there. Also, Frasier and Niles Crane should be near the top of any good TV fan's list.

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