Scott Armstrong

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Who is the greatest all-time TV character?

TV has been around for nearly 100 years. Who is the greatest ever TV character, in your opinion.

And why..?

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    Jan 14 2014: offhand I'd say Andy Griffith, nice guy, stood for rationality but wasn't too heavyhanded about it.
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    Jan 16 2014: without doubt & two thumbs up Latka Gravas the definition of a true sitcom star....
  • Jan 15 2014: I would say Ralph Kramden. He was every man trying to be successful without really working but loved his wife and a loyal friend.
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    Jan 15 2014: How about Al Bundy....he certainly was honest. And a football hero. And a great role model. Wait...maybe not.
    • Jan 15 2014: If Al Bundy, how about Archie Bunker - a mirror of certain part of American society.
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        Jan 16 2014: the only characters i can think of that reflect some of New Zealand back at itself is Fredd Dagg. He's a comedy sketch character. We've had a few poets/entertainers become tv personalities but they aren't really a character.
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    Jan 14 2014: My favorites were MacGyver - he taught us to be resourceful, and Gomez Addams - he knew how to live and love. ;) ...then of course there's Rocket J Squirrel, Freddie the Freeloader, Finn the human, Johnny Carson ... But probably the greatest and most abiding was Capt Kirk.
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      Jan 14 2014: good call on the Mac. my boys are into Adventure Time and I was mildly surprised to discover that I quite like it. C. Kirk was a beacon for the human race in space.
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      Feb 13 2014: I wish I could agree but the guy makes everything seem so darn easy
      the mac could most probably break out a Maximum security prison with nothing less then a sponge :)
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    Jan 14 2014: "Greatest" is subjective, of course. But I'll choose to define it by recognizably and impact on popular culture. By that measure, I chose (in order) Mr. Spock, Captain Kirk, Homer Simpson, and Lucy Ricardo.
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      Jan 14 2014: Homer is my choice for the greatest - was wondering how many posts before he showed up.
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    Feb 12 2014: Darlene Connor from Roseanne.

    Outspoken, sarcastic, intelligent, firm moral standing, non-conformist, take charge attitude, not easily swayed, artistically creative, empathetic, etc...

    She had an air of self confidence and seemed to know exactly who she was and what she wanted and also what she didn't want. She learned from the mistakes of the people around her and navigated her teenage life with direction to become an eventually well rounded and emotionally stable adult. She had the ability to see past the short comings of her family and accept that it was all necessary for her to become who she was.

    She didn't wear revealing clothes or allow people to view her as a sex object. Humor and sarcasm were her armor and she didn't have a tendancy to make mountains out of mole hills but rather took life as it came and handled it.
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    Jan 18 2014: Gotta go with Barney Fife

    In this day and age where public servants are portrayed as noble and selfless, I enjoy Don Knott's realistic portrayal of public servants.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oBuPQgV8yBM
  • Jan 16 2014: My own favorite is probably Edmund Blackadder, in his WWI army captain incarnation.
    Hilarious, haggard, only sane man, and unlike most of TV's flat characters, well rounded and very human. Something about him felt genuine in a way that most TV characters simply don't.
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    Jan 16 2014: Maybe I should edit the question to include the most well-played characters. there are some memorable characters because of the actor's take on it. Michael Knight's hair, for example ;)
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    Jan 16 2014: Lassie