mtv.com's "top 50 tv characters of 2011"

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49. Louie ("Louie") 4
50. Finn ("Adventure Time" 2
22. Coach Taylor ("Friday Night Lights") 2
10. Gus Fring, "Breaking Bad" 2
4. Tyrion Lannister, "Game of Thrones" 2
25. Abed ("Community") 2
35. Mags Bennett ("Justified") 1
1. Ron Swanson, "Parks and Recreation" 1
30. Adam Demamp ("Workaholics") 1
17. Richard Harrow, "Boardwalk Empire" 1
24. Anthony Bourdain ("No Reservations," "The Layover") 1
9. Constance Langdon, "American Horror Story" 1
8. Fat Mac, "It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia" 1
2. Walter White, "Breaking Bad" 1
3. Nicole "Snooki" Polizzi, "Jersey Shore" 1
21. Jesse Pinkman ("Breaking Bad") 1
38. Marty Funkhouser ("Curb Your Enthusiasm") 1
5. Eric Northman, "True Blood" 1
6. Phil Dunphy, "Modern Family" 1
40. Skip Bayless (ESPN's "First Take") 1
14. Scott Disick, "Keeping Up With the Kardashians" 0
13. Daryl Dixon, "The Walking Dead" 0
20. Walter Bishop, "Fringe" 0
19. Wilfred, "Wilfred" 0
18. Elliot Stabler, "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" 0
11. Santana, "Glee" 0
16. Jenna, "Awkward." 0
7. Milania Giudice, "Real Housewives of New Jersey 0
12. Arya Stark, "Game of Thrones" 0
15. Randy Marsh, "South Park" 0
23. Wayne Unser ("Sons of Anarchy") 0
44. Doctor John Watson ("Sherlock") 0
39. Victoria Grayson ("Revenge") 0
41. Richard Castle ("Castle") 0
42. George Christopher ("Bored to Death") 0
43. Jeff Medolla ("The Bachelorette") 0
45. NeNe Leakes ("Celebrity Apprentice," "Real Housewives of Atlanta") 0
46. Stefon ("Saturday Night Live") 0
47. Andy Bernard ("The Office") 0
37. Jimmy Fallon ("Late Night With Jimmy Fallon") 0
36. Abby Lee Miller ("Dance Moms") 0
31. A ("Pretty Little Liars") 0
26. River Song ("Doctor Who") 0
27. Klaus ("The Vampire Diaries") 0
28. Saul Berenson ("Homeland") 0
29. Tammy One ("Parks and Recreation") 0
32. Carla Hall ("Top Chef: All-Stars") 0
33. Kalinda Sharma ("The Good Wife") 0
34. Astro ("The X Factor") 0
48. Boston Rob ("Survivor") 0


Mr. Stevenson #2, Friday, 9 December 2011 14:15 (ten years ago) link

Funkhouser vs Abed vs Walter White.

River Song does not belong here.

Matt DC, Friday, 9 December 2011 14:17 (ten years ago) link

Decent top ten, except for Snooki and I've never seen True Blood or Housewives.

I left my login in El Sandboxo, Friday, 9 December 2011 14:18 (ten years ago) link

Should I be proud or ashamed for not knowing a single one of these? (I guess #11 isn't Santana the guitarist, otherwise I do know him.)

Tuomas, Friday, 9 December 2011 14:22 (ten years ago) link

my top 10 would be like

25. Abed ("Community")
30. Adam Demamp ("Workaholics")
42. George Christopher ("Bored to Death")
35. Mags Bennett ("Justified")
4. Tyrion Lannister, "Game of Thrones"
19. Wilfred, "Wilfred"
6. Phil Dunphy, "Modern Family"
23. Wayne Unser ("Sons of Anarchy")
46. Stefon ("Saturday Night Live")
29. Tammy One ("Parks and Recreation")

Mr. Stevenson #2, Friday, 9 December 2011 14:26 (ten years ago) link

Tuomas when have you not been proud to not know shit?

Mr. Stevenson #2, Friday, 9 December 2011 14:27 (ten years ago) link

of the characters I know, this is an amazingly OTM list

OH NOES, Friday, 9 December 2011 14:29 (ten years ago) link

yeah they did a pretty good job

Mr. Stevenson #2, Friday, 9 December 2011 14:33 (ten years ago) link

although i still feel like P&R's breakout character being "right wing guy has a MUSTACHE and loves BACON omg omg omg omg" kind of says it all about that overrated fuckin show

Mr. Stevenson #2, Friday, 9 December 2011 14:35 (ten years ago) link

There is a lot more to Ron Swanson than just that, but given the rest of your post you haven't given much time to the show anyway. I don't think he's #1 worthy, but definitely belongs in the top ten.

I left my login in El Sandboxo, Friday, 9 December 2011 14:36 (ten years ago) link

Arya Stark should have been #1

OH NOES, Friday, 9 December 2011 14:38 (ten years ago) link

fwiw i've watched probably every episode of P&R aired in the last 2 years, because i think it's good, just not wall to wall amazing heartwarming hilarity

Mr. Stevenson #2, Friday, 9 December 2011 14:41 (ten years ago) link

I love Parks and Rec, but the Cult of Ron Swanson is a little tiresome, IMO.

jaymc, Friday, 9 December 2011 14:41 (ten years ago) link

esp since Andy is the best character on the show

OH NOES, Friday, 9 December 2011 14:43 (ten years ago) link

lol @ Skip Bayless

Johnny Fever, Friday, 9 December 2011 14:45 (ten years ago) link

yeah a lot of these operate under a v loose definition of 'characters'

Mr. Stevenson #2, Friday, 9 December 2011 14:47 (ten years ago) link

actually Top Chef Carla should have been #1, luv u awesome weirdo chef

OH NOES, Friday, 9 December 2011 14:55 (ten years ago) link

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-rKi_VF0Yvs

OH NOES, Friday, 9 December 2011 14:57 (ten years ago) link

threads v much in character

boof troop (dealwithit.gif), Friday, 9 December 2011 15:11 (ten years ago) link

25. Abed ("Community")

is this childish gambino, i didnt read it

boof troop (dealwithit.gif), Friday, 9 December 2011 15:12 (ten years ago) link

No

acid mothers against drunk driving (henrietta lacks), Friday, 9 December 2011 15:19 (ten years ago) link

i wonder if anyone else is posting v much in character in this thread

Mr. Stevenson #2, Friday, 9 December 2011 15:28 (ten years ago) link

esp since Andy is the best character on the show

OTM. I get why people like Ron Swanson so much, but I fail to understand why Andy Dwyer doesn't get more fanfare. Chris Pratt is hilarious every time he's onscreen.

The characters who are, y'know, actual characters in this list are pretty solid choices. I look forward to Breaking Bad topping MTV's 'Best Films Of 2011' list.

Hairplug Receipts, Friday, 9 December 2011 15:31 (ten years ago) link

See I kinda feel like they've overdone Andy this year and his character has lost some of the charm.

I left my login in El Sandboxo, Friday, 9 December 2011 15:32 (ten years ago) link

John Ralphio, duh

boof troop (dealwithit.gif), Friday, 9 December 2011 15:51 (ten years ago) link

he even spells his own name in the show, duh

The Larry Sandbox Show (sic), Friday, 9 December 2011 16:09 (ten years ago) link

the correct #1 is Charlie from Always Sunny

Shakey Mo Collier, Friday, 9 December 2011 17:08 (ten years ago) link

Finn, the human

Mordy, Friday, 9 December 2011 21:33 (ten years ago) link

Skip bayless is huh???

Jeff, Saturday, 10 December 2011 14:57 (ten years ago) link

Louie!

Nicole, Saturday, 10 December 2011 15:01 (ten years ago) link

well, over 1/5th of the list is hosts and people on reality shows rather than characters played by actors (xposts)

some dude (Mr. Stevenson #2), Saturday, 10 December 2011 15:02 (ten years ago) link

Rafi on "The League"

Prezkeyes, Saturday, 10 December 2011 21:24 (ten years ago) link

<3 Mags, but Raylan and/or Boyd deserved to be in there too.

Simon H., Saturday, 10 December 2011 21:36 (ten years ago) link

Victoria!

surm, Saturday, 10 December 2011 22:47 (ten years ago) link

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Connoisseur of Christmas
On the spectrum?
None of your business

Tarfumes the Escape Goat, Sunday, 11 December 2011 02:36 (ten years ago) link

OTM. I get why people like Ron Swanson so much, but I fail to understand why Andy Dwyer doesn't get more fanfare.

this is like saying "i wish other people watched the wire" in 2011

zachylon, Sunday, 11 December 2011 06:47 (ten years ago) link

I watch tv.

youtube cover, Sunday, 11 December 2011 06:49 (ten years ago) link

xp like what p+r fanzine are you reading where no one appreciates andy

zachylon, Sunday, 11 December 2011 06:50 (ten years ago) link

voting fat mac but write-in vote for cm punk

big popppa hoy, Sunday, 11 December 2011 07:18 (ten years ago) link

There's so much more character development on Regular Show than Adventure Time. Feel like mtv.com just included Finn out of network tokenism.

rusty flathead screwdriver, Sunday, 11 December 2011 11:41 (ten years ago) link

xp like what p+r fanzine are you reading where no one appreciates andy

I'm reading a P&R fanzine called 'MTV.com's Top 50 TV Characters of 2011', wherein the character of Ron Swanson appears in the number one position and the character of Andy Dwyer appears not at all. Which seems to jibe with the lack of fanfare that the entertainment media gives to the character of Andy Dwyer relative to that which they give to Ron Swanson.

Or, if you prefer: Dude for serious bro no one appreciates Andy at all!!!!1!1!!

In Your Velour Slacks (Hairplug Receipts), Sunday, 11 December 2011 12:34 (ten years ago) link

there is a lot more to Ron Swanson than just that

http://storyballoon.org/wp-content/uploads/2011/06/cornrows-Nick-Offerman.jpg

Pollbix, Sunday, 11 December 2011 12:40 (ten years ago) link

torn b/w Gus Fring & Louie tbh

Pollbix, Sunday, 11 December 2011 12:41 (ten years ago) link

I think the scale might tip toward Louie, the clincher being his wrenching unrequited love confessional to Pamela Adlon in that one episode.

Pollbix, Sunday, 11 December 2011 12:55 (ten years ago) link

although i still feel like P&R's breakout character being "right wing guy has a MUSTACHE and loves BACON omg omg omg omg" kind of says it all about that overrated fuckin show

― Mr. Stevenson #2, Friday, December 9, 2011 9:35 AM (2 days ago) Bookmark

they based a character on whiney?

dayo, Sunday, 11 December 2011 13:00 (ten years ago) link

glaring omission: Walton Goggins as Boyd Crowder on Justified

Pollbix, Sunday, 11 December 2011 13:01 (ten years ago) link

boyd and raylan are cool obv but i feel it was good to reward a one-season villain as awesome as mags

some dude (Mr. Stevenson #2), Sunday, 11 December 2011 15:45 (ten years ago) link

although i still feel like P&R's breakout character being "right wing guy has a MUSTACHE and loves BACON omg omg omg omg" kind of says it all about that overrated fuckin show

― Mr. Stevenson #2, Friday, December 9, 2011 9:35 AM (2 days ago) Bookmark

they based a character on whiney?

― dayo, Sunday, December 11, 2011 8:00 AM (2 hours ago) Bookmark Permalink

what?

boof troop (dealwithit.gif), Sunday, 11 December 2011 15:48 (ten years ago) link

remember how you outed yourself as a closet republican on #OWS threads? ; )

dayo, Sunday, 11 December 2011 15:52 (ten years ago) link

It's Gus. Really, just vote Gus.

Jeff, Sunday, 11 December 2011 17:16 (ten years ago) link

Okay, I voted for Gus, whoever that is. But didn't they misspell his name? Should it be 'Fringe'? Wait, is Breaking Bad a Fringe spinoff?

In Your Velour Slacks (Hairplug Receipts), Sunday, 11 December 2011 17:21 (ten years ago) link

(Seriously, though, I do wish Mike had shown up on this list, even though it's already lousy with Breaking Bad characters.)

In Your Velour Slacks (Hairplug Receipts), Sunday, 11 December 2011 18:33 (ten years ago) link

entertainment media

yeah that's what i mean

ron swanson is the big mnstrm breakout character because he is easily marketable and full of memes, has an appearance that is already kinda funny in itself, is a central character, and the show does memey promotional things like the ron swanson pyramid. andy doesn't have memes because NBC isn't releasing like, knockoff mouserat promos i guess, his appearance isn't inherently funny (season 1), and he's mostly a side character who comments on the central action unless it's an april/andy plot which is rarely the main plot. and a deal of his greatness comes from that -- he isn't in the spotlight so we savor his lines more. shouldn't be surprised who the entertainment media runs with.

meanwhile when it comes to actual fans of the show i read more "why doesn't anyone talk about andyyyyyy" more than i read anything about ron at all

zachylon, Sunday, 11 December 2011 18:33 (ten years ago) link

boyd and raylan are cool obv but i feel it was good to reward a one-season villain as awesome as mags

I think Tim O is great and all, but Raylan is best when playing the straight man to Boyd and/or Mags. The exchange of duplicitous oneupmanship b/w them was the noteworthy aspect of this past season.

Pollbix, Sunday, 11 December 2011 18:48 (ten years ago) link

Okay, I voted for Gus, whoever that is. But didn't they misspell his name? Should it be 'Fringe'? Wait, is Breaking Bad a Fringe spinoff?

― In Your Velour Slacks (Hairplug Receipts), Sunday, December 11, 2011 12:21 PM (1 hour ago) Bookmark Permalink

this post is very 'texts from bennett'

skrillex pretend (Mr. Stevenson #2), Sunday, 11 December 2011 18:53 (ten years ago) link

Automatic thread bump. This poll is closing tomorrow.

System, Tuesday, 13 December 2011 00:01 (ten years ago) link

There's so much more character development on Regular Show than Adventure Time. Feel like mtv.com just included Finn out of network tokenism.― rusty flathead screwdrive

Really? I haven't seen much character development on Regular Show or Adventure Time but Finn is fleshed out quite a bit. Plus Adventure Time is way better

CaptainBurlapSax, Tuesday, 13 December 2011 22:09 (ten years ago) link

i haven't watched a lot of Regular Show but using the phrase "character development" in relation to that show is o_O to me

Mr. Stevenson #2, Tuesday, 13 December 2011 22:10 (ten years ago) link

never got bumped for results while the sandbox was down, but maybe that was a good thing w/ these lame results

Mr. Stevenson #2, Wednesday, 14 December 2011 22:13 (ten years ago) link

who voted Finn w/ me? u r hero

Mordy, Wednesday, 14 December 2011 22:16 (ten years ago) link

ayp shipz can i just say that i read yr top 50 tv shows post w/great interest. i figured youd be the only other person to rep hard for suits and then gave up on it showing up the higher i got in the countdown but #5!!!

є(٥_ ٥)э, Wednesday, 14 December 2011 22:58 (ten years ago) link

where can this top 50 be read?

Mordy, Thursday, 15 December 2011 00:03 (ten years ago) link

man there are just soooo many tv shows

є(٥_ ٥)э, Thursday, 15 December 2011 01:42 (ten years ago) link

some dude, you are insane. but keep bein' you.

polyphonic, Thursday, 15 December 2011 02:22 (ten years ago) link

that is a maverick list alright

Number None, Thursday, 15 December 2011 02:27 (ten years ago) link

some dude, your dedication towards watching (apparently) every show on television is admirable. You do have some good and underrated stuff on that list, I will say (Onion News Network, Eagleheart). And I agree that How I Met Your Mother would probably fall just outside of any reasonable top 10 list.

In Your Velour Slacks (Hairplug Receipts), Thursday, 15 December 2011 02:42 (ten years ago) link

onion news network is so wonderfully insane

some dude (Mr. Stevenson #2), Thursday, 15 December 2011 03:00 (ten years ago) link


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