I said I couldn't stop with the lists. As I have the week off I have been thinking of TV a lot. (I've been reading too). I was meaning to make this list a while back. TV is a weird thing to judge because it is hard to remember a show that you used to really like and then reason whether you should go with how it effected you at the time and how objectively good it is. I think the list might change as I remember stuff.
Here are the surprises: There is only one girl. HBO is over-represented. Baltimore is over-represented. The last few years are over-represented. There are 12 on the list of top ten.
Here is the list:
1. Homer Simpson- The Simpsons
2. Omar-The Wire
3. Keith Charles- Six Feet Under
4. Tobias Beecher- Oz
5. Det. Frank Pembleton- Homicide: Life on the Street
6.Dan Fielding- Nightcourt
7. Dan Connor- Roseanne
8. Cliff Claven- Cheers
9. Calamity Jane- Deadwood
10. MacGyver- MacGyver
11. Gregory House- House M.D.
12.Tony Soprano- The Sopranos
1: I don't think I need to explain. Most quotable character of all time. WOuld it be too grandiose to say , 'Defines a generation"?
2: Openly gay badass. Streets clear when he goes to buy cereal.
3: Not sure why I identify with Keith so much, but he was always my favorite on the show.
4: When Toby finally went nuts and took a dump on Schillinger's face, a new exciting age began.
5: Every interrogation was a masterpiece. "It doesn't bother me because I don't let it bother me." "Yeah Frank, You, G. Gordon Liddy and Henry Rollins."
6: I think people forget how good Nightcourt really was.
7: The poorer I get, the better that show gets.
8: Come on. Cliff.
9: Just one diatribe or errant fart was enough to make me save the episode. hoping to save it for later. She looked like me on a Miyazaki Sunday morning.
10: The show doesn't hold up as well as I remember, but, a hero who carried duct tape and talked openly about hating guns...money.
11. This show seems to get worse and worse. The doctors I worked with hated it. Nevertheless, a show about a doctor who profoundly hates people cracks me up.
12: It was hard to leave him off the list. I don't know. We'll see.