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The Best TV Character Ever

 
 
Roberta
 
Reply Sat 25 Sep, 2010 03:16 am
This can be from a sitcom or drama. A lead part or supporting character. It's not so much about the actor as it is about the part the actor plays. However, I suspect that the actor and the part are inextricably linked.

My first choice is a character who was brilliant, quirky, funny, sneaky, and mysterious. Also this character was always right. Who? Columbo.

Second choice is a supporting role--Ed Norton in the Honeymooners. Always funny. A good friend. A good guy. And not the brightest bulb on the chandelier. What would the show have been without him?

Mr. Spock, only half human, is in third place for me. Brilliant, a little strange, cool, and overly analytical. Again I have to wonder what the show would have been like without him.

I await your contributions.

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contrex
 
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Reply Sat 25 Sep, 2010 03:40 am
Nate in "Six Feet Under". Such a shame about "Dirty Sexy Money". Or wait... maybe Tony Soprano.
Roberta
 
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Reply Sat 25 Sep, 2010 03:45 am
@contrex,
Haven't seen Six Feet Under, contrex. But Tony Soprano. Definitely someone to consider. Complex. Evil. Violent. And I sometimes found myself rooting for him. How did that happen?
Roberta
 
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Reply Sat 25 Sep, 2010 07:22 am
I'm throwing in another one, which is a little out there.

Oliver Dragon from Kukla, Fran, and Ollie. He was cute, endearing, funny, and goofy. I think the perfect character for a kids' show. I was a kid. I loved that goofy guy.
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eoe
 
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Reply Sat 25 Sep, 2010 07:39 am
Right off the bat, I'd say J R Ewing from Dallas. I won't say he was the best tv character but he was and will always be one of my favorites. He was so despicable, it was comedic.
Roberta
 
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Reply Sat 25 Sep, 2010 07:49 am
@eoe,
You gotta admire extreme despicability, especially if it makes you laugh. Good un, eoe.
dyslexia
 
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Reply Sat 25 Sep, 2010 07:57 am
@Roberta,
Miss Kitty (Amanda Blake) from Gunsmoke. Her character really had a significant influence on my thoughts re women's roles is society. She was a very independent self-defining woman, sure of herself and at the same time had a marvelous loving relationship with Matt Dillon.
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Ceili
 
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Reply Sat 25 Sep, 2010 08:09 am
Archie Bunker..
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Arella Mae
 
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Reply Sat 25 Sep, 2010 08:25 am
The Rifleman, Chuck Connors. What a dad, what a hero, and yet sensitive. Oh, and let's not forget good looking!
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edgarblythe
 
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Reply Sat 25 Sep, 2010 08:28 am
Hawkeye - Alan Alda
Paladin - Richard Boone
George Costanza - Jason Alexander
Elaine Bennis - Julia Louis-Dreyfus
Joe Friday - Jack Webb
Ozzie Nelson - Ozzie Nelson

I did not name a few because they have already been named
Irishk
 
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Reply Sat 25 Sep, 2010 08:38 am
Laverne, Shirley, Lenny, Squiggy - just typing the names makes me laugh.
Joey, Phoebe from Friends
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Roberta
 
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Reply Sat 25 Sep, 2010 03:03 pm
Throwing in a few more:

Barney Fife. A deputy sheriff who carries a bullet in his pocket.

Klinger. A corporal with a not-so-strong fashion sense.

Rhoda. In MN. In NY not so hot.

Fury. Loved dat horse, and unlike Lassie who was a goody-goody and who spent a considerable amount of her time rescuing Timmy from a well, Fury was a more well-rounded character.

http://horsefame.tripod.com/images/bkleet.jpg
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Roberta
 
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Reply Sat 25 Sep, 2010 06:10 pm
Don't know what happened to the picture. Here's another:

http://www.whirligig-tv.co.uk/tv/children/westerns/fury2.jpg
thack45
 
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Reply Sat 25 Sep, 2010 06:15 pm
C. Montgomery Burns.
Roberta
 
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Reply Sat 25 Sep, 2010 06:19 pm
@thack45,
thack, Sorry. I don't know who C. Montgomery Burns is. Please enlighten me.
Arella Mae
 
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Reply Sat 25 Sep, 2010 06:21 pm
@Roberta,
Roberta wrote:

Don't know what happened to the picture. Here's another:

http://www.whirligig-tv.co.uk/tv/children/westerns/fury2.jpg
I am going to have to do some research but I'm guessing that is an American Saddlebred horse.
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Rockhead
 
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Reply Sat 25 Sep, 2010 06:21 pm
@Roberta,
allow me...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2pqcESS0gRc&feature=related
Arella Mae
 
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Reply Sat 25 Sep, 2010 06:25 pm
@Roberta,
Fury was an American Register Saddlebred. I found it on a site but it kept freezing up and I wasn't able to even copy the addy. He looks like my trainer's horse Doc, only a little smaller. That was a great show.
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Roberta
 
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Reply Sat 25 Sep, 2010 06:57 pm
@Rockhead,
Thanks for the enlightenment, RH.

It was because of Fury that I decided that I wanted a horse. Yes, in our tenement in the Bronx. Don't bother me with details.
farmerman
 
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Reply Sat 25 Sep, 2010 07:41 pm
@Roberta,
Im going to have to go with PAuley Walnuts.
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