My Top 10 Favorite TV Characters

March 6, 2007

I watch a lot of TV shows on DVD. The only negative to doing this is that I have to wait nearly a year before I get to watch each show, but the positives easily outweigh the negatives. High Definition quality, no commercials, you don’t have to wait a week between episodes, and you never miss a single episode, so the show makes a lot more sense. Here is a list of my top 10 favorite TV characters from the shows that I’ve seen.

drcox.jpgNUMBER 10: Dr. Perry Cox, “Scrubs”

There’s nothing on TV that can make me laugh the way that Dr. Cox’s rants can. From the way he calls JD a different girl’s name every time he seems him to the way he feuds with Dr. Kelso, and for his love/hate relationship with his wife; I can’t help but laugh every time. He’s witty and sarcastic, and in my opinion, he’s the best part of the already excellent show, “Scrubs”.


NUMBER 9: Nate Fisher, “Six Feet Under”

I watched all five seasons of “Six Feet Under” in a row. The show is an interesting drama, which follows the Fisher family, who run a funeral home. Nate Fisher is a great character. Nate is much different from the rest of his family, as he isn’t quite as odd. He’s just a regular guy, who moved from sunny California to help out with his family’s business. Working in the Funeral Home business changes Nate drastically, and throughout the show, you can see the effects it has on him. You desperately want Nate to be happy, but it seems he always seems to take the route in life that makes other people happy, not him.


NUMBER 8: Ryan O’Reilly, “Oz”

Ryan O’Reilly was the kind of guy that you would hate if you ever met him in real life. He is as selfish as it gets, always putting himself ahead of everyone. But what makes you like the guy, is that he somehow manages to trick everyone into helping him out, and doing the dirty work for him, never realizing they’re being used by O’Reilly. You can see that deep down, O’Reilly is a good enough guy, but that unfortunate circumstances in his life have made him feel he always needs to choose the bad route in situations. O’Reilly was my favorite character in a show that had an abundance of interesting, original ones.

vicmackie.jpgNUMBER 7: Vic Mackie, “The Shield”

Vic Mackie is as bad ass as they come. He doesn’t let little things like the law get in his way. His methods are nearly that of a corrupt cop, but you can’t argue the fact that he gets results. He works the streets, and his job is to lower the crime rate, and it’s something he does very well, but not without bending the rules a bit. He also has his own interests at hand as well, protecting some drug dealers in exchange for money. Like I said, Vic is as bad ass as they come, but the great thing about him is that he believes he’s even more bad ass than he actually is. It’s almost cheesy… but it makes you like him even more.

sydneybristow.jpgNUMBER 6: Sydney Bristow, “Alias”

In a way, Sydney Bristow is the type of girl you’d want to marry. She’s beautiful, smart, sweet, caring and loyal. But then again, if you ever pissed her off, she could probably kill you in 146 different ways. Sydney is the main character in the TV show, “Alias”, and plays a CIA agent. I won’t say much about the show, as I know people who read this blog haven’t watched the whole series yet. Sydney is a great character, and to me, she’s what made Alias different than most shows. Not often do you see a kick-ass kind of woman like her, and Jennifer Garner does an excellent job in playing the part. I watched all five seasons of Alias, and although the storylines were great, Sydney made the show even better.

dwightandmichael.jpgNUMBER 5: Dwight Schrute and Michael Scott, “The Office”

I’m listing both Dwight and Michael as #5, as together they make one of the greatest comedic teams on TV. Michael is the regional manager of Dunder-Mifflin Paper products, and Dwight is the assistant (to the) regional manager. Michael is as delusional as the come, in that he believes his employees love him and find him hilarious, whereas it’s the complete opposite. Every office has a guy like Dwight. He is the ultimate brown-noser, doing whatever he can to suck up to Michael, and Michael uses this to his advantage every chance he gets. They are what makes The Office one of the best comedies, or possibly even best show, on TV.

ari.jpgNUMBER 4: Ari Gold, “Entourage”

I love Ari. He is the ultimate asshole, and he doesn’t even try to hide it. He is the perfect Hollywood agent. He wants money, he wants success, and he’s willing to say or do anything to remain the top agent in the business. His hate/hate relationship with Eric brings about some of the best insults on TV, and his witty comments and one liners are hilarious. Entourage is one of the best shows on TV, and it wouldn’t be the same without Ari.

tony.jpgNUMBER 3: Tony Soprano, “The Sopranos”

Tony Soprano is the head of the family in HBO’s incredible TV drama, “The Sopranos”. Tony also heads a different kind of family… the Italian Mob. Tony is a modern day “godfather”, and although he can be ruthless, he is also a loving father and husband, and will do anything for his family. He is a criminal above all and has done some horrible things, but in the end, you can’t help but love him. He’s both brash and gentle; evil and good… all at the same time. The Sopranos is arguably the best drama on television, and Tony Soprano is without a doubt, the reason why.

al.jpgNUMBER 2: Al Swearingen, “Deadwood”

Al Swearingen is definitely the most evil guy on this list. On HBO’s “Deadwood”, Swearingen runs “The Gem”, a bar/whorehouse during the late 1800’s. He is feared by nearly everyone in town, and for good reason. He will kill those who oppose him, and without regret or remorse. He will do whatever he can for power and money. However, he is such a great, interesting and almost heartbreaking character. Deadwood is not very popular in the mainstream, but for those who haven’t seen it, I highly recommend it.

jackbauer.jpgNUMBER 1: Jack Bauer, “24”

If Jack Bauer was a real person, he’d be my vote for the world’s greatest person. Jack Bauer puts his country and those he loves ahead of absolutely anything, risking his own life on… well, an hourly basis. He has no qualms about torturing or killing someone looking to harm his country. He will, by any means necessary, stop the world’s terrorists. Jack is incredibly intelligent and as resourceful as anyone can possibly be. He always seems to get himself out of impossible situations, and you’re constantly thinking to yourself, “how the hell is he going to get out of this?!?”. Jack Bauer is as cool as it gets, and it’s his almost superhero like qualities that probably makes him so endearing to viewers. Jack Bauer is the epitome of what every guy wants to be, and he is, without a doubt, my favorite TV character.



  1. Jack Bauer as “World’s Greatest Person” is kind of funny. Like Ghandi with a gun.

    I love the idea of a top ten TV Personality list. Most of the people you picked would be my picks as well, although the order differs a lot, especially because I haven’t seen Deadwood.

    10. President Palmer – 24
    9. “Turk” – Scrubs
    8. Claire Bennet – Heroes
    7. Jim – The Office
    6. “Lem” – The Shield
    5. Dwight – The Office
    4. Jack Bauer – 24
    3. Sidney Bristow – Alias
    2. Hiro – Heroes
    1. Nate Fisher – Six Feet Under

    I like VIc Mackey a lot but he makes a lot of stupid descisions in the fifth season, and most seasons. I love the Sopranos but I have to say I dont really root for any of the characters. To me its more like peering through a window at an interesting world full of interesting characters I wouldnt want to know or ever be around. I haven’t seen OZ in years and I have yet to get Deadwood. Maybe next year this list differs, maybe next year your list is full of Heroes.

  2. Yeah, it was really hard for me not to include some characters.

    I’m also really looking forward to Heroes.

    Here’s my list of honorable mention characters… all of which could easily make my list on any given day:

    – President Palmer, 24
    – Michael Scofield, Prison Break
    – Michael Vaughn, Alias
    – Johnny Drama, Entourage
    – Tobias Beecher, Oz
    – Seth Cohen, The OC
    – Simon Adibisi, Oz
    – Jim, The Office
    – David Fisher, Six Feet Under
    – John Dorian, Scrubs
    – Tony Almeda, 24

  3. After watching Entourage Season 3, Part 1… I think Johnny Drama would make my top 10 list here. He’d probably slot in somewhere between 7-10.

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  5. called jack bauer from the start…zach braf-scrubs should be on there

  6. 10) willow rosenburg
    9) temperance brennan
    8) jack mcfarland
    7) karen walker
    6) jim halpert
    5) buffy summers
    4) stewie griffin
    3) Michale Scott
    2) Dwight Schrute
    1) Phoebe Buffay

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