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THE BEST TV CHARACTER EVER (IMHO)

 
 
Reply Sun 18 Jun, 2006 07:29 am
Id like to start a running talley of who you think was the best Tv character that you recall. ALso why you think so.

FOR me, its BARNEY FIFE--He was the total embodyment of sel- assured , incompetence. He had no idea what a doofus he was and by being so clueless, created a character that defined comedy.
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Phoenix32890
 
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Reply Sun 18 Jun, 2006 08:30 am
Archie Bunker- He was a man of his time. He embodied the attitudes of the average working class man, at a time when the world was rapidly changing.
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dadpad
 
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Reply Sun 18 Jun, 2006 08:37 am
Has to be Lucille Ball............. No contest.
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xguymontagx
 
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Reply Sun 18 Jun, 2006 08:57 am
Now I introduce the fact that I'm a nerd.
Hands down my all time favorite is Jean-Luc Picard from Star Trek the Next Generation.

number 1 he's very intelligent even for an intellectual.

number 2 he has(and sticks to) all the principles i wish I had.

number 3 he's a real warrior whose not afraid to fight physically or verbally for what he believes.
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edgarblythe
 
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Reply Sun 18 Jun, 2006 09:05 am
be back later
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Slappy Doo Hoo
 
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Reply Sun 18 Jun, 2006 09:11 am
Phoenix32890 wrote:
Archie Bunker- He was a man of his time. He embodied the attitudes of the average working class man, at a time when the world was rapidly changing.


Off the top of my head, gotta agree here. Plus just a great show overall.
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Letty
 
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Reply Sun 18 Jun, 2006 09:15 am
Book mark
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farmerman
 
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Reply Sun 18 Jun, 2006 09:24 am
member this is IMHO,so no fistfights will be tolerated.


Snother contender for me ws John Cleese as Basil Fawlty.
I never watched much of all in the Family but I understand that it was really ground breaking and Archie Bunker was pretty much a "compassionate bigot"
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Acquiunk
 
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Reply Sun 18 Jun, 2006 09:29 am
John Cleese definitely. But in a sense, Cleese transcends any character he plays.

Among the mortals, my favorite personality is Ed Asner, as an editor, both for a TV show (Mary Tyler Moore, and for a newspaper.
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xguymontagx
 
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Reply Sun 18 Jun, 2006 09:30 am
again a nerd
Jean-Luc could destroy your other TV characters in a fist fight.

after all he is a Captain.
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farmerman
 
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Reply Sun 18 Jun, 2006 09:37 am
I vood paint Jean LuUcs heead vis zee 'Appy Face! EE ees sew much , ow yewe zay, zeee pooossy. He ees too musch sayink "mek it zo"! Cool

Theres another show I missed , the mary Tyler Moore sghow, there were whole multile tear periods when I didnt see much TV at all. I wish theyd have them in reruns, except , since MTM was in teh 70's Im sure everyone would be dressed in Barney Miller suits.
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Letty
 
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Reply Sun 18 Jun, 2006 09:43 am
Let's not forget Sanford and Son. Loved it! and yes, All in the Family broke all the rules. Especially liked the Quincy Jones music behind Red Foxx's show.
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farmerman
 
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Reply Sun 18 Jun, 2006 09:47 am
Chrissakes, runnin one of these threads is like herding quail. Now who's the character you like, Sanford or Lamont?
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Letty
 
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Reply Sun 18 Jun, 2006 09:51 am
I bet you never had a humble opinion in your life, farmer. (saw Big Fish again last night). Razz

Well, Sanford then. I misread your subject.
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farmerman
 
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Reply Sun 18 Jun, 2006 02:27 pm
That isw one show I always hadda see.
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Letty
 
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Reply Sun 18 Jun, 2006 02:35 pm
You know, farmer. It's hard to separate a cast from the main actor sometimes. There are others, but I will have to think.
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farmerman
 
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Reply Sun 18 Jun, 2006 02:37 pm
I always had been told that the concept of "ensemble" casts began and grew with MASH for comedies and Gunsmoke for westerns
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edgarblythe
 
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Reply Sun 18 Jun, 2006 02:40 pm
I have a list of characters I like:

I would have to put Archie Bunker at the top, for reasons already given by others.

Palladin was my favorite: Intellectual, sensitive, able to shoot it out with the best of them.

Hawkeye Pierce: started out out as a clown, but became a complex character, with a lot of heart. I particularly like the episode in which he prevails upon Radar O'Rielly to send a message to the president. "Dear Harry, Who's responsible?"

If we were discussing radio, I would list Marshall Matt Dillon, but, TV took the heart out of him.

The Sienfeld cast. I love those kooks dearly.

Lucille Ball, for her great comedy.

Amos McCoy, loveable, cantankerous old hillbilly. He could be exasperating, or wrench a tear out of me on occasion.
There are a few others, but that's enough for now.
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djjd62
 
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Reply Sun 18 Jun, 2006 02:50 pm
edgar mentioned seinfeld, george costanza does it for me, can i be an architecht, i always thought i would've made a great architect, and i'll call myself art vanderlay

who hasn't wanted to do that, an everyman and a nobody all at the same time
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Merry Andrew
 
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Reply Sun 18 Jun, 2006 02:59 pm
Gotta agree with Phoenix and Slappy -- Archie Bunker not only defined a changing era, he innovated some unforgettable phrases that have become a part of the language. I still tell people to stifle themselves!
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