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Top Five Characters on Television Right Now

Updated on April 23, 2012

Until recently I was convinced that there was nothing on TV worth watching. I decided to give some well reviewed shows a shot and realized that I was wrong. There are actually several good shows, and they are for the most part extremely entertaining because of having well-written plots. But something else I have noticed in the TV shows that I really enjoy is that they have at least one strong character that almost makes the show. These characters are usually very smart or very funny, and they are often portrayed by a very good actor. I decided to compile this list of the five best characters I have seen on some of the shows I have watched.



Charlie Kelly

It's Always Sunny In Philadelphia is a show I have only recently started to watch. I probably would not watch it at all if it wasn't for Charlie Kelly. This is a character that is made my the actor, Charlie Day. In a show where every character is pretty much scum, Charlie is the most likeable of the group to me. Something about Charlie Kelly's high-pitched voice and his delivery makes the character absolutely hilarious. This statement was only confirmed to me when I watched the movie Horrible Bosses and found Kelly's character to easily be the funniest person in that entire movie.



Ron Swanson

Many people find Ron Swanson to be the funniest character on TV, and it is hard for me to disagree. From his staunch libertarian views to his manly personality this guy is just a hoot to watch. He is really unlike any character I have seen on tv, which makes him even better. Joel Keller from Zap2it has even gone so far as to call him the "best sitcom character since Cosmo Kramer". That's a pretty bold statement, but Swanson makes a very good argument for it.



Barney Stinson

People will probably disagree with me putting Barney ahead of Ron Swanson, but Barney Stinson is the freaking man. From the line "Suit up!" to many "encounters" he has with women, Barney Stinson is one of those guys that most men wish they were. No one knows exactly wat he does, they just know that he is very well paid for doing it, And anytime he is having a bad day all he does is simply start being awesome. How I Met Your Mother, which is my favorite comedy on TV right now, is totally made by the character Barney Stinson.



Don Draper

Don Draper is the man. The true definition of a Byronic hero, Draper makes a living as a partner is a prestigious advertising firm. He is very smart and very charming, but also very cynical and very mysterious. He is another man that many men strive to be like with his well paying job, brilliant ideas, and charm with the ladies, even though he is married. In fact, he was named the number one most influential man in the world by Ask Men in 2009, and he isn't even a real person. Just goes to show how great of a character he really is.



Tyrion Lannister

Tyrion Lannister is my favorite character on TV right now and possibly my favorite TV character of all time. Because he was born a dwarf, Tyrion relies on his wit and intellect to overcome the bad hand he was dealt by life. Tyrion also indulges in the many pleasures in life, such as mainly drinking and womanizing. His character is currently the Hand of the King in the series, and he appears to be the only Lannister in the kingdom who is actually capable of running a kingdom. He is also one of the funniest characters on tv, and actor Peter Dinklage does a fantastic job playing him. He won an Emmy for best supporting actor in the first season of the show, and I doubt that will be the last he wins.

These are my personal favorite characters on TV right now. I know not everyone will agree with this, and I know I definitely left off some great characters. I encourage you to leave comments with y`our agreements and disagreements, and I will definitely do my best to respond as quickly as possible. Thanks for reading.


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    • cfin profile image


      5 years ago from The World we live in

      #3 & #1 agreed! And what about Rick from the walking dead? Also check out love/hate. Great indie show.

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      Walter White 

      6 years ago

      what about me?

    • MelChi profile image

      Melanie Chisnall 

      6 years ago from Cape Town, South Africa

      Tyrion is so funny - he provides a good balance between all the gore and drama of Game of Thrones!

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      Alecia Murphy 

      6 years ago from Wilmington, North Carolina

      The only character I'm familiar with is Barney but this just goes to show that NPH is a comedic genius with a knack for making anything funny. Great hub!


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