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TheReverend
10-23-2009, 12:20 PM
Vote. If your choice is other, please state who below.

Poll pending

SureShot
10-23-2009, 12:21 PM
Without looking its easy. Homer Simpson.

TheReverend
10-23-2009, 12:23 PM
Without looking its easy. Homer Simpson.

Wouldn't even crack my top 10 but did make this list.

Man-Goblin
10-23-2009, 12:24 PM
Tony Soprano.

SureShot
10-23-2009, 12:25 PM
Wouldn't even crack my top 10 but did make this list.

Nonsense. I know your top five consists entirely of Always Sunny cast.

TheReverend
10-23-2009, 12:26 PM
Nonsense. I know your top five consists entirely of Always Sunny cast.

Charlie is my #2. They keep going and he'll overcome Al Bundy for the 1 spot... Al just made me laugh longer and is such an icon of sitcom history at this point.

BroncoDoug
10-23-2009, 12:26 PM
Married with Children is one of my favorite shows of all time!

TheReverend
10-23-2009, 12:27 PM
Tony Soprano.

Tony Soprano, Ari Gold and Jack Bauer were supposed to go up but I completely whiffed.

UberBroncoMan
10-23-2009, 12:28 PM
Love Eric Cartman, also like Gregory House.

But Dwight Schrute takes the cake for me.

Popps
10-23-2009, 12:28 PM
Golden Girls.

LOL

TheReverend
10-23-2009, 12:30 PM
Golden Girls.

LOL

Rose almost made it, but Sophia really owned on that show.

ak1971
10-23-2009, 12:30 PM
what no ponch? thought he was your hero.

TheElusiveKyleOrton
10-23-2009, 12:30 PM
http://i86.photobucket.com/albums/k90/crunchgear/March%202007/gob-magc.jpg

GOB Bluth

Rohirrim
10-23-2009, 12:37 PM
http://blogs.courierpostonline.com/fishhead/files/2009/09/Samurai-belushi.jpg

delany
10-23-2009, 12:39 PM
Not my favorite.. but for an alltime greatest list.....Archie Bunker has to be there.

His character was iconic. He changed television sitcoms forever.

baja
10-23-2009, 12:43 PM
This guy


http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_2DTWFQf3sC4/R_FDlgaFEzI/AAAAAAAAAmw/PjfqUH2Ak40/s320/archie+bunker.jpg

Durango
10-23-2009, 12:47 PM
This guy


http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_2DTWFQf3sC4/R_FDlgaFEzI/AAAAAAAAAmw/PjfqUH2Ak40/s320/archie+bunker.jpg

Easily Archie Bunker. Without a doubt.

BroncoSojia
10-23-2009, 12:50 PM
Turk from Scrubs

R8R H8R
10-23-2009, 12:51 PM
This guy


http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_2DTWFQf3sC4/R_FDlgaFEzI/AAAAAAAAAmw/PjfqUH2Ak40/s320/archie+bunker.jpg

This is my vote. He's timeless.

gyldenlove
10-23-2009, 12:52 PM
Basil Fawlty

Rohirrim
10-23-2009, 12:52 PM
Yeah. Archie was the best.

gtown
10-23-2009, 12:53 PM
George Costanza. "I was in the pool!!"

TailgateNut
10-23-2009, 12:54 PM
Boss Hog AKA BF7

Bronx33
10-23-2009, 12:54 PM
al bundy no contest when MWC came out it was an instant classic....

Doggcow
10-23-2009, 12:54 PM
"Greatest Television Character of all time not from this millennium" should be the thread title :)

TheReverend
10-23-2009, 12:58 PM
"Greatest Television Character of all time not from this millennium" should be the thread title :)

5 are from this millennium not including "other"...

jhns
10-23-2009, 01:01 PM
There are lots of good ones but I think the two I admire most are on now. Those two being the guy from Hung and Hank from Californication. The Showtime/HBO shows are so much better than anything regular cable ever had.

Dukes
10-23-2009, 01:04 PM
I voted Dwight. IMO he's one of the most unique characters ever. My #2 would be Bundy.

Miss I.
10-23-2009, 01:04 PM
Other:
1. Some female choices: Lucille Ball, Carol Burnett (though I grant you, she played many characters) and then to the newer batch of ladies, Kristen Bell as Veronica Mars, Sarah Michelle Geller as Buffy the Vampire Slayer), Dana Scully (X-Files), Elaine on Seinfeld, Mary Richards (Mary Tyler Moore), Marge Simpson, etc. My favorite is Buffy the Vampire Slayer, but that's just me.

2. Men: If I had to pick a guy, there are a lot, I love Homer and Stewie, but I love Al Sweringen from Deadwood a lot, also Hawkeye Pierce is classic, and I love Barney Stinson on How I Met your Mother. And Lenny Briscoe on Law and Order is my fave L&O for certain, but ultimately I guess I just love my Dexter Morgan.

TailgateNut
10-23-2009, 01:09 PM
How about the big guy from Honeymooners ( I forget his name)

baja
10-23-2009, 01:09 PM
The Top 100 Sitcoms of All-Time
Here's The List:

#100 - "Family Guy" (1999-2002)
Has been said to have been 'one funniest animated sitcoms'.

#99 - "My Favorite Martian" (1963-1966)
A "fantasy" sitcom classic.

#98 - "Petticoat Junction" (1963-1970)
A Paul Henning Favorite.

#97 - What's Happening!! (1976-1979/1985-1988)
Another Norman Lear Sitcom.

#96 - "California Dreams" (1992-1997)
Another teen sitcom.

#95 - "Rhoda" (1974-1978)
The most successful spin-off of the it's parent show.

#94 - "Here's Lucy" (1968-1974)
Stars America's First Lady of American Television, Lucille Ball. Was CBS's #1 show during the 1970-1971 season.

#93 - "The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis" (1959-1963)
The cast included the pre-'Gilligan' Bob Denver.

#92 - "WKRP In Cincinnatti" (1978-1982)
A classic in it's own right.

#91 - "Wings" (1990-1997)
Another successful 90's sitcom

#90 - "Coach" (1989-1997)
Another successful 90's sitcom.

#89 - "The King of the Hill" (1996-Present)
An original.

#88 - "The King of Queens" (1998-Present)
TV's most current successful spin-off.

#87 - "Newhart" (1982-1990)
Bob Newhart's most successful sitcom.

#86 - "The Nanny" (1993-1999)
Has proven to be one of Lifetime's most successful shows.

#85 - "Who's the Boss? (1984-1992)
Not one of your traditional gender shows.

#84 - "Hangin' with Mr. Cooper" (1992-1997)
The black version of "Three's Company".

#83 - "Good Times" (1974-1979)
Another highly successful Norman Lear sitcom.

#82 - "Charles in Charge" (1984-1985/1987-1990)
Stars Scott Biao, one of American's teen heart-throbbers.

#81 - "Dinosaurs" (1991-1994)
A pop culture classic. "Who's the mama?"

#80 - "ALF" (1986-1990)
ALF is one of great popular icons.

#79 - "Welcome Back, Kotter" (1975-1979)
This show had one successful theme song.

#78- "Saved By The Bell: The New Class" (1993-2000)
Another classic teen sitcom.

#77 - "Futurama" (1999-2003)
Arguably, Matt Groening's most creative series.

#76 - "Boy Meets World" (1993-2000)
One of TGIF's most successful sitcoms.

#75 - "Sabrina, the Teenage Witch" (1996-2003)
The most recent "Fantasy" sitcom.

#74 - "That Girl" (1966-1971)
This is the series that set the tone for future "independent" women sitcoms.

#73 - "Mister Ed" (1961-1966)
This show is the very first "fantasy" sitcom to be created. The show paved the way for future successful fantasy sitcoms such Bewitched, I Dream of Jeannie, and many others.

#72 - "The Donna Reed Show" (1958-1966)
A show that inspired other situation comedy familes.

#71 - "Mork and Mindy" (1978-1982)
The Best "Alien" sitcom ever. This show features the talented comedian, Robin Williams.

#70 - "Make Room For Danny" / "The Danny Thomas Show" (1953-1964)
One of television's first shows to feature a family.

#69 - "The Lucy Show" (1962-1968)
Another classic sitcom featuring America's favorite funny lady, Lucille Ball. This is probably the very first American sitcom to feature a woman working outside of the home.

#68 - "Get Smart" (1965-1970)
Highly entertaining show.

#67 - "Maude" (1972-1978)
Behind All In The Family, this was the most controversial sitcom of the 1970's era.

#66 - "The Partridge Family" (1970-1974)
American's most music-loving family in a situation comedy.

#65 - "Taxi" (1978-1982)
Another sitcom considered to be well-written.

#64 - "Perfect Strangers" (1986-1992)
Another buddy sitcom.

#63 - "Family Affair" (1966-1971)
Another cute show from the 1960's.

#62 - "Gomer Pyle, U.S.M.C." (1964-1969)
One of television's first successful spin-offs. The first military sitcom to score high in the ratings.

#61 - "Family Matters" (1989-1998)
One of television's longest-running spin-offs.

#60 - "Mama's Family" (1983-1985,1986-1990)
America's then-only spin-off series from a variety show.

#59 - "Family Ties" (1982-1989)
Ronald Reagan's then favorite show.

#58 - "The Bob Newhart Show" (1972-1978)
Considered to be one of Television's well-written shows.

#57 - "Diff'rent Strokes" (1978-1986)
This tv series had perhaps one of TV's most-popular catchphrases of all time.

#56 - "Malcolm In the Middle" (2001-Present)
Saluted as a future classic by TV Land.

#55 - "South Park"
Another groundbreaking sitcom.

#54 - "The Monkees" (1966-1968)
A one of a kind show.

#53 - "Dennis the Menace" (1959-1963)
TV's most adorable sitcom ever created. A very cute show.

#52 - "Growing Pains" (1985-1992)
A family classic from the start. A show not to be missed.

#51 - "Step By Step" (1991-1998)
Another show based on a concept of an older show; "The Brady Bunch" of the 1990's!

#50 - "Soap" (1977-1981)
Another groundbreaking sitcom of the late 1970's.

#49 - "The Adventures of Ozzie & Harriet" (1952-1966)
America's longest-running family sitcom.

#48 - "Murphy Brown" (1988-1998)
What can I say? It's the MTM of 1990's!

#47 - "The Facts of Life" (1979-1988)
At one point in time, this cleverly written sitcom was Nick-at-Nite's #1 Highest-Rated show.

#46 - "Green Acres" (1965-1971)
Paul Henning's absolute best sitcom ever created. This show had some of most wildest TV characters ever created.

#45 - "I Dream of Jeannie" (1965-1970)
A pure classic. Catchy theme song.

#44 - "Beavis and Butthead" (1990's)
Gave the word 'cartoon' a new meaning. MTV's most popular sitcom during the 1990's.

#43 - "Married With . . . Children" (1987-1997)
Fox's first successful sitcom.

#42 - "8 Simple Rules" (2002-Present)
A great family show of the 2000's decade.

#41- "Everybody Loves Raymond" (1996-Present)
One of TV's most humorous shows.

#40 - "Laverne & Shirley" (1976-1983)
Garry Marshall's absolute best sitcom ever created. One of the first "buddy" sitcoms.

#39 - "My Three Sons" (1960-1972)
One of America's most longest-running sitcoms in the history of television.

#38 - "Saved By The Bell" (1990-1993)
One of the first sitcoms geared solely towards the teen audience. Great theme song.

#37 - "Frasier" (1993-2004)
Another well-written, highly-praised show.

#36 - "Home Improvement" (1991-1999)
A great family classic of the 1990's.

#35 - "Ren & Stimpy" (1991-1993)
The classic sitcom that took the word 'cartoon' to a different level. One of America's most popular culture shows.

#34 - "The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air" (1990-1996)
Starred one of American's most recognized personalities: Will Smith. 'Nuff Said.

#33 - "Chico and the Man" (1974-1978)
This show was perhaps American's first "Latino" sitcom. Nevertheless, it's truly a television innovator for classics after its time.

#32 - "The Jeffersons" (1975-1985)
Norman Lear's absolute best sitcom ever created.

#31 - "The Odd Couple" (1970-1975)
Another great classic that's well-remembered.

#30 - "Roseanne" (1988-1998)
Another groundbreaking show of the 1990's.

#29 - "Leave It To Beaver" (1957-1963)
A very tradition family-oriented show. This show showcased, perhaps, America's "Perfect" Family.

#28 - "M*A*S*H (1972-1983)
One of the most influential sitcoms in all of TV history.

#27 - "The Love Boat" (1977-1986)
One of American's most popular sitcoms throughout TV history.

#26 - "Cheers" (1982-1993)
A great classic. The show the practically changed overnight: from a bomb to a run away hit.

#25 - "The Beverly Hillbillies" (1962-1971)
The most recognized "rural" sitcom. Very well-remembered.

#24 -"The Addams Family" (1964-1966)
The most oddest by spookiest family ever. Very clever show for it's time.

#23 - "Full House" (1987-1995)
A very heartwarming show that's often touching.

#22 - "The Golden Girls" (1985-1992)
An original.

#21 - "Sienfeld" (1990-1997)
A well-written TV show. Possibly, considered the best sitcom of 1990's.

#20 - "The Cosby Show" (1984-1992)
The show that's responsible for "reviving" the situation comedy.

#19 - "The Honeymooners" (1955)
A pure classic of the 1950's.

#18 - "Friends" (1994-2004)
The most caring group of friends ever seen in television history. A classic in it's own right.

#17 - "The Wonder Years" (1988-1993)
A very unique show. Almost anyone can relate to this classic.

#16 - "The Dick Van Dyke Show" (1961-1966)
A very smart comedy for it's time.

#15 - "The Flintstones" (1960-1966)
The first prime-time animated series. Set a high standard.

#14 - "The Munsters" (1964-1966)
The most loving family ever seen in television.

#13 - "Sanford and Son" (1972-1977)
If you ask me, this IS the first african-american sitcom. It set a very high standard for those black shows that followed.

#12 - "Will and Grace" (1998-Present)
The most recent groundbreaking sitcom. A show that had one of sitcom's firsts: a show based around a gay character.

#11 - "Bewitched" (1964-1972)
The Best special effects show of the 1960's. The longest-running fantasy sitcom.

#10 - "Three's Company" (1977-1984)
Yet, another groundbreaker of the 1970's. Very funny show starring the late talented John Ritter.

#9 - "Gilligan's Island" (1964-1967)
The most overplayed TV sitcom is television history. Possibly the most recognized.
Possibly, the world's most favorite sitcom.

#8 - "Mary Tyler Moore" (1970-1977)
Another groundbreaker of the 1970's.

#7 - "Ellen" (1994-1998)
The ultimate groundbreaker of the 1990's.

#6 - "The Simpsons" (1989-Present)
The longest-running animated sitcom. A very smart show.

#5 - "Happy Days" (1974-1984)
The highlight of the 1970's in television history. Truly a gem.

#4 - "The Andy Griffith Show" (1960-1968)
A show with very high morals. Anyone could learn a lesson or two from this highly-rated sitcom. Perhaps, America's most beloved sitcom.

#3 - "The Brady Bunch" (1969-1974)
The number one cult classic. 'Nuff said.

#2 - "All In The Family" (1971-1979)
The most groundbreaking sitcom ever. The show that changed television.

#1 - "I Love Lucy" (1951 - 1957)
The mother of all sitcoms, starred the Queen of Comedy, gave birth to the rerun, Need I say more?

elsid13
10-23-2009, 01:09 PM
No love for the A-Team???

TailgateNut
10-23-2009, 01:10 PM
Larry, Curly and Moe

elsid13
10-23-2009, 01:10 PM
And Spider votes for the monkey from BJ and the Bear

Killericon
10-23-2009, 01:10 PM
Either one of these guys.

http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/8/88/BoBWintersNixon.jpg

Beantown Bronco
10-23-2009, 01:12 PM
Dan Fielding from Night Court was a great character and deserves at least an honorable mention.

Al Bundy for the top spot though.

TailgateNut
10-23-2009, 01:13 PM
Klinger form the M A S H series.

One for the REV.

broncocalijohn
10-23-2009, 01:15 PM
Sam Malone picked up chicks at an alarming rate. Dude had so much game plus he could rap called "Groin Injury". His black book made War and Peace look like Cliff notes.

R8R H8R
10-23-2009, 01:18 PM
How about the big guy from Honeymooners ( I forget his name)



Ralph Kramden. He would be my #2 after Archie Bunker.

broncocalijohn
10-23-2009, 01:19 PM
Either one of these guys.

http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/8/88/BoBWintersNixon.jpg

when did Band of Brothers become a sitcom? Situational Comedy is what a sitcome is. Please dont tell me you think that was a comedy. It wasnt MASH you know.

broncocalijohn
10-23-2009, 01:20 PM
Larry, Curly and Moe

You ARE almost dead.

baja
10-23-2009, 01:20 PM
Damn I thought Giligan's Island had a 20 year run given the number of times it came up in channel surfing. Amazingly it had only a 4 year run.

TheReverend
10-23-2009, 01:21 PM
My top 5:

#1
http://i231.photobucket.com/albums/ee271/caldwelljones/AlBundy33.jpg

"4 touchdowns in a single game..."

#2
http://a933.ac-images.myspacecdn.com/images01/41/l_46343ab51882717c5dc68ae1caeb7c44.jpg

"I eat stickers ALL the time, dude"

#3
http://mms.tvland.com/asset_upload/assets/reel_max86.jpg

"Missed it by that much"

#4
http://www.debbieschlussel.com/archives/costanzanaked.jpg

"My name is George, I'm unemployed and live at my parents."

#5
http://blog.newsarama.com/gallery/albums/userpics/10006/f2c2365240d2c33f53990d789120d8e4.jpg

"Do you ever watch Battlestar Galactica? No? Then you are an idiot."

TailgateNut
10-23-2009, 01:21 PM
Ralph Kramden. He would be my #2 after Archie Bunker.

That guy would just crack me up, and Archie was one of a kind.

TailgateNut
10-23-2009, 01:23 PM
You ARE almost dead.

:spit:

Not really, I too damn hard headed!

TheReverend
10-23-2009, 01:23 PM
Poll options are holding up pretty well.

Naturally everyone has their own tastes, but 21 votes for the listed options and 11 for other is pretty damn good.

Should have had Archie Bunker, Tony Soprano, Ari Gold and Jack Bauer on the list.

Killericon
10-23-2009, 01:24 PM
when did Band of Brothers become a sitcom? Situational Comedy is what a sitcome is. Please dont tell me you think that was a comedy. It wasnt MASH you know.

The poll/thread is "Greatest television character of all time". Band of Brothers qualifies.

Eldorado
10-23-2009, 01:27 PM
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baja
10-23-2009, 01:29 PM
Funny Archie Bunker Quotes - Funny Quotes about Archie Bunker
God don't make no mistakes. That's how He got to be God. - Archie Bunker
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A four-letter Italian word for good-bye...BANG - Archie Bunker
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Certainly I'm innocent, Edith. But of what? - Archie Bunker
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Entertainment is a thing of the past, today we've got television. - Archie Bunker
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I got a lotta best friends. Some o' them I don't even hardly know! - Archie Bunker
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I got nothin' against mankind. It's people I can't stand. - Archie Bunker
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If society is at fault that we got killers running around murdering innocent people, then it's simple. We turn the killer loose, give him a pension for life and shoot the rest of the city. - Archie Bunker
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If you liberals keep gettin' your way - we're all gonna hear one big loud flush. The sound of the U.S. of A. goin' straight down the toilet. - Archie Bunker
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I'm saying I can't afford to make no donations to no Catholic charities. If you need the money that bad, wire the Pope! He's got more money than God! - Archie Bunker
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In fifty years, he never worked a day. To him, nine to five was odds on a horse. - Archie Bunker
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It ain't supposed to make sense; it's faith. Faith is something that you believe that nobody in his right mind would believe. - Archie Bunker
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It's a proven fact that Capital Punishment is a detergent for crime. - Archie Bunker
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Jesus was a Jew, yes, but only on his mother's side. - Archie Bunker
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Listen Edith, I know you're singing, you know you're singing, but the neighbors may think I'm torturing you. - Archie Bunker
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The Bible's full of wine. God ain't got nothing against a little drink to celebrate His Son's birthday with. - Archie Bunker
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There's nothing wrong with revenge - it's the best way to get even ! - Archie Bunker
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Was Uncle Oscar's death very untimely, you ask? Well, it was near lunch. - Archie Bunker
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Rohirrim
10-23-2009, 01:29 PM
Man, how could I forget?

Barney!
http://www.thecancerblog.com/media/2006/02/donknottsphoto.jpg

cmhargrove
10-23-2009, 01:30 PM
I'm an Office fan as well, I love Dwight, but the show wouldn't run without Michael Scott.

Raymond - from "everybody loves"
No love for Kramer? there's only one assman...
Frasier was a great series, but that seemed to be the whole cast, rather than an individual.

Am I just into comedies?

broncofan7
10-23-2009, 01:31 PM
Screech.

Miss I.
10-23-2009, 01:33 PM
The poll/thread is "Greatest television character of all time". Band of Brothers qualifies.

You know that's true. I just realize the poll says greatest televison character, but the characters listed are mostly from comedies if not all from sitcoms. It's also heavily oriented male, with only one female on the list and most of the shows are post 1980 so it misses out on a lot of really good stuff. Eh, got a narrow it I suppose, but of that list, only Homer really holds my interest enough to say greatest. He's such a bounty of pop cultural references. Doh! I love Homer.

Though I do have to say, I also enjoy the comedy stylings of Mr. Bob Newhart, he's so deadpan. I loved the whole Larry, Darryl and my other brother Darryl shtick on his latter sitcom.

hookemhess
10-23-2009, 01:36 PM
Hank Moody.

Killericon
10-23-2009, 01:41 PM
You know that's true. I just realize the poll says greatest televison character, but the characters listed are mostly from comedies if not all from sitcoms. It's also heavily oriented male, with only one female on the list and most of the shows are post 1980 so it misses out on a lot of really good stuff. Eh, got a narrow it I suppose, but of that list, only Homer really holds my interest enough to say greatest. He's such a bounty of pop cultural references. Doh! I love Homer.

Though I do have to say, I also enjoy the comedy stylings of Mr. Bob Newhart, he's so deadpan. I loved the whole Larry, Darryl and my other brother Darryl shtick on his latter sitcom.

I want to put so many names...Hank Moody, President Bartlett, Sam Seaborn, Al Swearengen, Liz Lemon, Jack Donagee, Any of the Bluths...I just put those two cause they weren't getting any love.

Anyways, yeah, it's hard to compare sitcom characters to drama characters, especially miniseries characters, but the thread is just TV characters in general.

R8R H8R
10-23-2009, 01:46 PM
Funny Archie Bunker Quotes - Funny Quotes about Archie Bunker

God don't make no mistakes. That's how He got to be God. - Archie Bunker
More funny Carroll O'Connor quotes
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It ain't supposed to make sense; it's faith. Faith is something that you believe that nobody in his right mind would believe. - Archie Bunker
More funny Carroll O'Connor quotes
***
Jesus was a Jew, yes, but only on his mother's side. - Archie Bunker
More funny Carroll O'Connor quotes
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Listen Edith, I know you're singing, you know you're singing, but the neighbors may think I'm torturing you. - Archie Bunker
More funny Carroll O'Connor quotes
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Hilarious!
:rofl:

R8R H8R
10-23-2009, 01:49 PM
Man, how could I forget?

Barney!
http://www.thecancerblog.com/media/2006/02/donknottsphoto.jpg

Yep, he would be in my top 5.

Bronx33
10-23-2009, 01:52 PM
Fife qote: Now here at the Rock we have two rules. Memorize them until you can say them in your sleep. Rule number one: obey all rules. Rule number two: no writing on the walls.

Miss I.
10-23-2009, 01:56 PM
I want to put so many names...Hank Moody, President Bartlett, Sam Seaborn, Al Swearengen, Liz Lemon, Jack Donagee, Any of the Bluths...I just put those two cause they weren't getting any love.

Anyways, yeah, it's hard to compare sitcom characters to drama characters, especially miniseries characters, but the thread is just TV characters in general.

Good choices all, love Al Swearengen particularly and Tina Fey as Liz Limon, she is so awesome. And of course the Bluths, I really love that episode with both the Batemans.

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baja
10-23-2009, 02:04 PM
Memorable quotes for
"All in the Family" (1971) More at IMDbPro

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Gloria: Do you know that sixty percent of all deaths in America are caused by guns?
Archie Bunker: Would it make you feel any better, little girl, if they was pushed out of windows?
Archie Bunker: Well, let me tell you one thing about Richard E. Nixon. He knows how to keep his wife, Pat, home. Roosevelt could never do that with Eleanor. She was always out on the loose. Running around with the coloreds. Tellin' 'em they was gettin' the short end of the stick. She was the one who discovered the coloreds in this country; we never knew they was there!
Archie Bunker: If your spics and your spades want their rightful share of the American dream, let 'em get out there and hustle for it like I done.
Mike Stivic: So now you're going to tell me the black man has just as must chance as the white man to get a job?
Archie Bunker: More, he has more... I didn't have no million people marchin' and protestin' to get me my job.
Edith Bunker: No, his uncle got it for him.
Archie Bunker: When your mother-in-law and me was goin' around together, it was two years - we never - I never - I mean absolutely nothin', not 'til the wedding night.
Edith Bunker: Yeah, and even then...
Gloria: I'm sorry, Mr. Davis, sometimes my father says the wrong things.
Sammy Davis Jr.: Yeah, I've noticed that.
Lionel Jefferson: But he's not a bad guy, Mr. Davis. I mean like, he'd never burn a cross on your lawn.
Sammy Davis Jr.: No, but if he saw one burning, he's liable to toast a marshmallow on it.
Archie Bunker: Now, no prejudice intended, but I always check with the Bible on these here things. I think that, I mean if God had meant for us to be together he'd a put us together. But look what he done. He put you over in Africa, and put the rest of us in all the white countries.
Sammy Davis Jr.: Well, he must've told 'em where we were because somebody came and got us.
Mike Stivic: I just thank God I'm an atheist.
[Describing a nightmare he had regarding organ donation]
Archie Bunker: My hands was pickin' pockets... my feet was runnin' away from bank robberies... and my eyes was lookin' at hard pore cornography.
Archie Bunker: Now, thinking quick, I start giving her mouth to mouth restitution.
Mike Stivic: You got me, Ma, Gloria and Joey.
Archie Bunker: Aw geez what a bunch that is: A meathead, A dingbat, a woman's lib and a bald headed kid.
Archie Bunker: Let me tell you something else, wise guy, between Jerry Ford and Jerry Carter I know which way I'm going.
Mike Stivic: Too bad you couldn't vote for your real favorite, Jerry Reagan.
Archie Bunker: Let me tell you one thing about Richard E. Nixon. He knows keep his wife, Pat, home. Roosevelt could never do that with Eleanor. She was always out on the loose. Runnin' around with the coloreds. Tell'in them they was getting the short end of the stick. She was the one that discovered the coloreds in this country, we never knew they was there.
Archie Bunker: Who put the last roll of terlit paper on the spool up there?
Mike Stivic: I did.
Archie Bunker: I mighta knew that. The terlit paper is supposed to go over the spool not under.
Mike Stivic: Hey it just occurred to me, Mickey Mouse is black.
Archie Bunker: Mickey Mouse ain't got no race. He represents all men.
Mike Stivic: Oh, I guess that's why Walt made him a mouse.
Mike Stivic: Watergate. Watergate. Watergate. Watergate. Watergate.
Archie Bunker: Cut that out. GOD DAMMIT.
Edith Bunker: You shouldn't swear like that. Ever since this Watergate thing it's been GD this and GD that.
Archie Bunker: I didn't swear. GD. The first word is God. How can that be a swear word? It's the most popular word in the bible. The second word, damn, that's a perfectly good word, you hear it all the time, like they dam the river to keep it from flooding it. And you read in the Bible that some guy was damned for cheating or stealing or having insex in the family. And who damned him? Who else? God. God damned him. Edith, beautiful words right out of the Bible.
Archie Bunker: That guy is a blackbuster.
Mike Stivic: Did you ever think that possibly your father just might be wrong?
Archie Bunker: My old man? Don't be stupid. My old man? Let me tell you, he was never wrong about nothing.
Mike Stivic: Yes he was, Arch. My old man used to call people the same things as your old man. But I knew he was wrong. So is your old man.
Archie Bunker: Don't tell me my father was wrong. Let me tell you something, a father who made you is wrong? A father, the breadwinner of the house there? The man who goes out and busts his butt to keep a roof over your head and clothes on your back you call him wrong? Father, that's the man that comes home, bringing you candy. Father is the first guy to throw a baseball to you. And take you for walks in the park holding you by the hand? My father held me by the hand, hey, my father had a hand on him though I tell you. He busted that hand once, and he busted the other on me to teach me to do good. My father, he shoved my in a closet for seven hours to teach me to do good, 'cause he loved me. Don't be looking at me. Let me tell you something, you're supposed to love your father 'cause your father loves you. How can any man who loves you tell you anything that's wrong?
Archie Bunker: George Jefferson is the only black guy I know that calls Abe Lincoln a honky.
Mike Stivic: You know, you are totally incomprehensible.
Archie Bunker: Maybe so, but I make a lot of sense.
Archie Bunker: Little boys who play with dolls grow up to be other boys' roommates.
Paul: Every person knows that Homo Sapiens is a killer.
Edith Bunker: Homo Sapiens. Is he an Arab?
Archie Bunker: No, Edith. Homo Sapiens. That's a killer fag.
Edith Bunker: This is a nice restaurant, and it's called the Gay Paris.
Gloria Stivic: That's Gay Paree, Ma.
Archie Bunker: Gay, gay, what'd you do? Bring us into a fag hangout?
Archie Bunker: Now wait a minute, Meathead, I never said your black beauties was lazy. You don't believe me, look it up.
Gloria Stivic: He's prejudice, there's no hope for him at all.
Archie Bunker: I ain't prejudice, any man deserves my respect and he's gonna get it regardless of his color.
Mike Stivic: Then why are you calling them black beauties?
Archie Bunker: Now that's where I got you, wise guy, there's a black guy who works down at the building with me, he's got a bumper sticker on his car that says 'Black is Beautiful' so what's the matter with black beauties?
Edith Bunker: It's nicer than when he called them coons.
[after Archie stuffs his breakfast into his pockets and leaves]
Mike Stivic: That man is on something.
Gloria: Bananas.
Edith: He's on bananas?
Archie Bunker: [after being sung awake] I musta died and gone to the wrong place. 'Cause yas all sure sound like hell.
Nurse: You wanna stand up?
Archie: Yeah sure. Okay. I feel right as rain. Tell 'em they can keep the ambulance in the garage.
Archie Bunker: [Seeing a Chinese man at the blood bank] They're a yellow race.
Mike Stivic: And so naturally they've got yellow blood? Look there's an Irish man with green blood. Hey look over there, there's Governor Rockefeller.
Archie Bunker: Where?
Mike Stivic: There, the guy with the blue blood.
Mike Stivic: Alotta places have the same names like Portland, Maine and Portland, Oregon.
Gloria Stivic: Yeah, Birmingham, England and Birmingham, Alabama.
Edith Bunker: New York, New York.
Archie Bunker: [on the lawyer he hired] So what does their religion got to do with it?
Mike Stivic: That's what we wanna know.
Archie Bunker: Now look here, Mr. Liberal, you brought up their religion, not me. If they're good lawyers, for all I care they could be Chinks.
Archie Bunker: Don't talk that way about Ford. He's doing damn well for a guy that was hit in the head playing football.
Archie Bunker: [about bug he finds in the kitchen] There's gonna be a lot more of them things around here since Carter made friends with the Chinks.
Mike Stivic: Why couldn't they say "Buddha, bless you" in Chinese?
Archie Bunker: Because they don't say that, that's why. If they say... Well, if they say anything at all, it's "Sayonara".
Mike Stivic: That's Japanese.
Archie Bunker: Same thing.
Mike Stivic: It's not the same thing!
Archie Bunker: What are you talking about? You put a Jap and a Chink together, you gonna tell me which is which?
Mike Stivic: That's right, because I find out about them. I talk to them as individuals.
Archie Bunker: Sure you talk to them. You say, "Which one of you guys is the Chink?"
Mike Stivic: [yells] I don't believe this. He's making me crazy!
Archie: I ain't gonna eat this food with these Chink pick-up sticks.
Mike Stivic: How can you say that, Arch? With one word you attack an entire race of people and not just the Chinese, the Laotians, the Cambodians, the Vietnamese.
Archie: Wait a minute, Meathead, I never call them countries Chinks.
Edith: He calls them Gooks.
Archie: I'm saying they're all a yellow race. They ain't exactly Chinks, but they are definitely offshoots of your Chinks, they're what you call Chinkish.
Archie Bunker: Edith, I'm always nice. Go let the jerk in.
Gloria: [doorbell rings] Oh, that must be Uncle Kasim. Daddy, now please be nice. Please?
Archie Bunker: I'm always nice, little girl. Now go and open the door and let Uncle Polack in.
Lionel Jefferson: Now listen, Mr. Bunker, I was 19 when we first moved into this neighborhood and I got a big kick out of you then but I'm pushing 21 now and I'm not getting that big of a kick out of it anymore.
Archie Bunker: Now, Lionel, put a lid on that.
Lionel Jefferson: I'm not finished now we've been friends and we can go on being friends, but when it comes to black and white and all the other wonderful thoughts you have in between, put a lid on that, Archie.
Mike Stivic: So you must be Mr. Bunker.
Archie Bunker: You figured that out, huh?
Mike Stivic: [to Gloria] You know, ever since we got separated, you got fat.
Archie Bunker: Well if all blood's the same, let me ask you this: how come they ain't got no Swedes in the mafia?
Mike Stivic: What does that got to do with anything?
Archie Bunker: Because your Italians got a lock on it. That's why. It's in their blood. Same way it's in your blacks' blood to do the 'scooby-dooby-doo'.
Mike Stivic: Double header today huh Arch?
Archie Bunker: What do you mean?
Mike Stivic: You're gonna cheat the insurance company and Ma.
Archie Bunker: Why don't you mind your own beeswax.
Archie Bunker: Hey, Edith, open a fresh box of Twinkies for Mr. Davis.
Sammy Davis Jr.: Twinkies?
Mike Stivic: It's kind of a wasp soul food.
Archie Bunker: This country was ruined by Franklin Delano Roosevelt.
Maude: You're fat.
Gloria Stivic: Robin's burning incense. I think it smells nice.
Archie Bunker: It smells like a house of Ill Refute.
Archie Bunker: Well in the words of Harry S. Truman, if it's too hot in the kitchen, stay away from the cook.
Archie Bunker: I ain't gonna carry that umbrella, Edith, if the guys at work saw me walk in with that, they'd thing I've turned into an English fruit.
Edith Bunker: You better take your rubbers too.
Archie Bunker: I don't want no rubbers, every time I put 'em off, my shoes come off with 'em.
Archie: [Mike is at the door] Oh, I thought there was somebody at the door. There's a beard out there with a nobody under it.
Mike Stivic: Why is Jefferson number 2?
Archie Bunker: Because, Meathead, there can only be one number 1 and one number 2 and life made Jefferson number 2 long before I come along.
Gloria Stivic: So then Puerto Ricans are number 3 then, huh Daddy?
Archie Bunker: Well not necissarily there, Little Girl, your Puerto Ricans can be 4. Your Japs and your Chinks can be 3 - 3A, 3B.
[when Mike is worried that he failed his college exams]
Irene Lorenzo: Don't worry so much Mike, as I always say Que Sera, Sera.
Edith Bunker: That's right Mike, if at first you don't succeed, try, try again.
Archie: Let me tell you something Mister Stivic. You are a MEATHEAD. As in Meathead... dead from the neck up.
Archie Bunker: Roosevelt sold us out to Joe Stalin at Gibraltar.
Maude: They met at Yalta.
Archie Bunker: He sold us out there too.
Archie Bunker: I know all about your woman's troubles there, Edith, but when I had the hernia that time, I didn't make you wear the truss. If you're gonna have the change of life, you gotta do it right now. I'm gonna give you just 30 seconds. Now c'mon and change.
Edith Bunker: Can I finish my soup first?
George Jefferson: If he's gonna have the last laugh, I'm gonna have it first.
Archie Bunker: Some red nail polish, Edith? Why didn't you just buy her some rouge, high heels and a lamp post.
Archie Bunker: That ain't the American Way, buddy. No, siree. Listen here, professor. You're the one who need an American History lesson. You don't know nothin' about Lady Liberty standin' there in the harbor, with her torch on high screamin' out to all the nations in the world: "Send me your poor, your deadbeats, your filthy." And all the nations send 'em in here, they come swarming in like ants. Your Spanish P.R.'s from the Caribboin, your Japs, your Chinamen, your Krauts and your Hebes and your English fags. All of 'em come in here and they're all free to live in their own separate sections where they feel safe. And they'll bust your head if you go in there. *That's* what makes America great, buddy.
[exits Stivic house]
Mike Stivic: [to Gloria] I think we just heard Archie Bunker's Bicentennial Minute.
Archie: ...So I started giving her mouth to mouth restitution, there.
Edith: Mike, how did you hurt your back?
Mike Stivic: Lifting a hibachi.
Archie: What a dope, you lifed a motorcycle?
Archie Bunker: Uh, no intense offended there.
Archie Bunker: Will you vacate the chair meathead?
[after returning from the bathroom]
Archie Bunker: Lemme tell ya, Edith, you can't really *buy* beer... you can only rent it.
[when a presidential speech interrupts his TV show]
Archie Bunker: Aww, geez... if Nixon keeps goin' on like that, he won't have Archie Bunker to kick around anymore.
Sammy Davis Jr.: If you were prejudiced, Archie, when I came into your home, you would have called me a coon or a ****er. But you didn't say that, I heard you clear as a bell, you came right out and called me colored. And if you were prejudiced, you'd go around thinking that you were better than everybody. But after spending these wonderful moments with you, Archie, I can tell ya - you ain't better than nobody.
Archie Bunker: Can I have your hand on that, Mr. Davis?
[after watching kids dance to Jesus Christ Superstar]
Archie Bunker: The Lord wants you to come to him on your knees, not wigglin' and jigglin' 'til your parts fall off.
Archie Bunker: Go ahead, ask your mother, *she* believes in capital punishment.
Gloria Stivic: Do you Ma?
Edith Bunker: Well, sure.
Gloria Stivic: MA?
Edith Bunker: Well, as long as it ain't too severe.
Archie: Free treatment for VD. VD. Do you know what *that* means, Edith?
Edith: oh, yeah. V-D day.
Archie Bunker: Everyone I like stays the hell away from me.
[after Archie stuffs his breakfast into his pockets and leaves]
Mike Stivic: He's on something.
Gloria: Bananas.
Edith: Archie's on bananas?
Archie: I feel like Rip Van Heussen.
Mike, Gloria, Edith: Winkle.
Archie: Alright, Winkle Van Heussen.

~Crash~
10-23-2009, 02:08 PM
well I voted The Fonze but you missed 6 or so people 3 from Gun smoke 2 from little house on the prairie . 1 from Sanford and son

Peoples Champ
10-23-2009, 02:11 PM
Peter Griffin from Family didnt make the list?

Irish Stout
10-23-2009, 02:20 PM
Peter Griffin from Family didnt make the list?

Homer was the original Peter Griffin.


How does one determine greatest television character of all time? Is based on the new creativity of that character, does he/she have to be something we've never ever seen before? Does the character have to just be compelling, so that we feel for them even when we know they are wrong/stupid/evil/funny?

I suppose the more creative a character the more compelling they are. I think that comedic characters like Peter Griffin (Homer) or Dwite Shrute (Kramer) are captivating, but I feel their places have been set by their sitcom predecessors.

Its really hard to ever say... but I will take Al Swearengen for $1,000 Alex.

hookemhess
10-23-2009, 02:24 PM
Two of my favorite gems from Hank Moody:

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Rohirrim
10-23-2009, 02:25 PM
http://i72.photobucket.com/albums/i188/dburdyshaw/Andy%20Griffith%20Show/AndyGriffithShowBarneyFifeExpressio.jpg

Rock Chalk
10-23-2009, 02:30 PM
I voted for Homer because I still love the Simpsons even after all these years.

Besides those in the poll and those mentioned in the thread here are some notably absent yet memorable characters:

Barney Fife
Boss Hogg
Dobey Gillis
Gomer Pyle
ALF
Lowell (From Wings)
Kramer (Seinfeld)

Gort
10-23-2009, 02:31 PM
eric cartman.

Beej
10-23-2009, 02:33 PM
http://sarahdobbs.files.wordpress.com/2009/08/captain-kirk2.jpg

Rock Chalk
10-23-2009, 02:33 PM
Montgomery Burns!

"Excellent"

TheReverend
10-23-2009, 02:34 PM
I tried to avoid multiple characters from the same show, and picked the one that I thought best represents the shows greatness or the most popular for each.

Kramer also could've been fielded, as could Michael Scott, Bud Bundy, Frank Reynolds, Butters, Woody, and more.

There have been some great suggestions as well in this thread. But there's no ****ing way in hell Elaine from Seinfeld could've made any list. Necessary character on the show, but never funny. Was funny because she gave way to funny characters like Puddy, Peterson, Mr Pitt, etc, but Elaine was NEVER funny. "Get out!!!!" push catch phrase but moderately amusing at best.

Rock Chalk
10-23-2009, 02:36 PM
Man how did Captain Kirk go unmentioned until post 68?

TheReverend
10-23-2009, 02:37 PM
Man how did Captain Kirk go unmentioned until post 68?

Lack of nerds?

jk Khan

Rock Chalk
10-23-2009, 02:37 PM
I tried to avoid multiple characters from the same show, and picked the one that I thought best represents the shows greatness or the most popular for each.

Kramer also could've been fielded, as could Michael Scott, Bud Bundy, Frank Reynolds, Butters, Woody, and more.

There have been some great suggestions as well in this thread. But there's no ****ing way in hell Elaine from Seinfeld could've made any list. Necessary character on the show, but never funny. Was funny because she gave way to funny characters like Puddy, Peterson, Mr Pitt, etc, but Elaine was NEVER funny. "Get out!!!!" push catch phrase but moderately amusing at best.

Fair enough, though some shows had multiple memorable characters.

Seinfeld, The Simpsons, South Park, MASH, pretty much the entire male cast of Cheers was awesome in some way or another.

Rock Chalk
10-23-2009, 02:38 PM
Lack of nerds?

jk Khan

Greatest TV Character of all time and Kirk is most certainly one of them. Nerd or no, Kirk is iconic.

chadta
10-23-2009, 02:45 PM
Marcy (http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0000294/): Oh, it's too bad some men don't know how to give up their sports gracefully instead of lingering on like big babies.
Al (http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0642145/): Yeah, doggone it. If we could only be comfortable with our age like you darn gals. You know, I mean, in the morning you go into the bathroom, a little blush, a little mascara and voila. You got an old woman scared of rain. Then you try and clean and jerk your breasts into a bra, ease some exercise pants over that front and back belly, go down to the market and flirt with the bag boy. I guess what I'm trying to say is it's just pretty pathetic when we guys try to cling to our youth.

Rohirrim
10-23-2009, 02:46 PM
Man how did Captain Kirk go unmentioned until post 68?

And Spock. :thumbs:

orangeatheist
10-23-2009, 02:47 PM
While Al Bundy and Gilligan are certainly top-notch choices, and while the incomparable Archie Bunker has already been mentioned, two others leapt to mind when reading the poll who were not mentioned. These two easily complete the Top 5 in my humble opinion:

Andy Taylor
http://www.mickeymentzer.com/blog/uploaded_images/griffith-721849.jpg

and James T. Kirk
http://sci-fi.lovetoknow.com/wiki/images/Sci-Fi/1/1e/Captainkirk.jpg

DB Doom
10-23-2009, 02:51 PM
John Locke..Crockett AND Tubbs...Peter Griffin

jhns
10-23-2009, 02:51 PM
There are lots of good ones but I think the two I admire most are on now. Those two being the guy from Hung and Hank from Californication. The Showtime/HBO shows are so much better than anything regular cable ever had.

I thought about this and have to change my answer. My favorite shows are all current ones: Hung, Californication, Entourage, and Weeds. Entourage has a lot of good characters but obly one that is over the top and great. That would be Arie(no idea how to spell that). The Hung guy is a great character but I wouldn't put him with the best ever.

The best two characters to ever be on TV has to be Nancy from Weeds and Hank from Californication. I can't pick the top one still. If you haven't watched these, I would highly recommend them. They are all a season or three in now though.

TheDave
10-23-2009, 03:00 PM
http://casinader.files.wordpress.com/2009/01/dexter-season-two-promo-picture.jpg

Bronx33
10-23-2009, 03:01 PM
dave you get a time out.....

DenverBrit
10-23-2009, 03:02 PM
This guy


http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_2DTWFQf3sC4/R_FDlgaFEzI/AAAAAAAAAmw/PjfqUH2Ak40/s320/archie+bunker.jpg

Based on this guy, Alf Garnett. 'Till death do us part" was a ground breaking show, but sometimes tough to watch. ;D

http://www.bbc.co.uk/comedy/content/images/2007/08/17/tilldeathusdopart_3_396x222.jpg

bowtown
10-23-2009, 03:02 PM
None of the above.

Buddy Lembeck and it's not even close:

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Paladin
10-23-2009, 03:03 PM
Dick Van Dyke......

DenverBrit
10-23-2009, 03:03 PM
The poll needs Basil Fawlty and Frasier Crane.

Golden Girls? :giggle::curtsey:

TheDave
10-23-2009, 03:03 PM
followed closely by this thing...

Vern Schillinger - OZ

http://img5.allocine.fr/acmedia/rsz/434/x/x/x/medias/nmedia/18/35/64/45/18680128.jpg

Houshyamama
10-23-2009, 03:06 PM
Dwight Schrute? Really?

Gareth Keenan is twice as funny IMO.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/comedy/theoffice/images/400/gareth02.jpg

"Will there ever be a boy born that can swim faster than a shark?"

Punisher
10-23-2009, 03:11 PM
Krang - Teenage mutant Ninja Turtles

brother love
10-23-2009, 03:12 PM
Al Swearngen, Deadwood. I love that character

crawdad
10-23-2009, 03:14 PM
Coach was a great series and Jerry Van Dyke was a kick! The list is too short to name all the good ones. I voted for Charlie Harper cause 21/2 men is FS. Doesn't anyone remember Slip Mahoney and Sach and Lewie Dombrosky

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DenverBrit
10-23-2009, 03:15 PM
For originality and dark humor......."The League of Gentlemen"

Edward and Tubbs.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/cult/ilove/years/1999/gallery/340/league.jpg

Houshyamama
10-23-2009, 03:15 PM
dave you get a time out.....

What? that's a great show

DenverBrit
10-23-2009, 03:16 PM
What? that's a great show

One of the best!!:thumbsup:

Miss I.
10-23-2009, 03:22 PM
Seriously, you guys are a bunch of sexist jackasses sometimes. When the lone female on your list is from Golden Girls, first I am questioning your sexuality, then your ability to notate great female characters. yes, I agree Elaine not the best choice, but given your proclivity to only mention characters from sitcoms in the last 20 years disproportionately, I didn't know you if you would actually remember or know who Lucy was or hell even give Roseanne the props for launching a sitcom that really was pretty groundbreaking until the last 2 seasons got stupid.

As for what makes a great character, it's all subjective. I mean I like characters who stand the test of time. Not just a great character in the moment, but in 10 years after the show is gone will they be a relic of the decade they were made in or will they still be iconic? Homer will be I think as far as that goes. I also think quality plays a part. Fonzie for instance is a fun character and certainly an icon, but his character is pretty one note if you look at him. Hawkeye for me is another one that is just awesome in any generation.

And DEXTER is just Brilliant! Funny, yet dark. Not really a sitcom, but funny in its own twisted way.

Rohirrim
10-23-2009, 03:23 PM
These guys were pretty good:

http://www.broadcastnow.co.uk/pictures/586xAny/6/5/3/1101653_monty_python.jpg

Houshyamama
10-23-2009, 03:24 PM
Seriously, you guys are a bunch of sexist jackasses sometimes. When the lone female on your list is from Golden Girls, first I am questioning your sexuality, then your ability to notate great female characters. yes, I agree Elaine not the best choice, but given your proclivity to only mention characters from sitcoms in the last 20 years disproportionately, I didn't know you if you would actually remember or know who Lucy was or hell even give Roseanne the props for launching a sitcom that really was pretty groundbreaking until the last 2 seasons got stupid.

As for what makes a great character, it's all subjective. I mean I like characters who stand the test of time. Not just a great character in the moment, but in 10 years after the show is gone will they be a relic of the decade they were made in or will they still be iconic? Homer will be I think as far as that goes. I also think quality plays a part. Fonzie for instance is a fun character and certainly an icon, but his character is pretty one none if you look at him. Hawkeye for me is another one that is just awesome in any generation.

Who let you out of the kitchen?

Mr.Meanie
10-23-2009, 03:25 PM
If I had to rate my top 5 characters it would go:
1. Charlie (Always Sunny)
2. Commander Adama (Battlestar Galactica)
3. Don Draper (Mad Men)
4. Peter Griffin (Family Guy)
5. House (House)

Paladin
10-23-2009, 03:25 PM
That's Sexist!

Rohirrim
10-23-2009, 03:25 PM
I loved these guys:

http://www.radiotimes.com/content/features/galleries/cult-of-sunday/04/mainImage.jpg

Especially Siegfried.

TheReverend
10-23-2009, 03:26 PM
Seriously, you guys are a bunch of sexist jackasses sometimes. When the lone female on your list is from Golden Girls, first I am questioning your sexuality, then your ability to notate great female characters. yes, I agree Elaine not the best choice, but given your proclivity to only mention characters from sitcoms in the last 20 years disproportionately, I didn't know you if you would actually remember or know who Lucy was or hell even give Roseanne the props for launching a sitcom that really was pretty groundbreaking until the last 2 seasons got stupid.

As for what makes a great character, it's all subjective. I mean I like characters who stand the test of time. Not just a great character in the moment, but in 10 years after the show is gone will they be a relic of the decade they were made in or will they still be iconic? Homer will be I think as far as that goes. I also think quality plays a part. Fonzie for instance is a fun character and certainly an icon, but his character is pretty one none if you look at him. Hawkeye for me is another one that is just awesome in any generation.

Lucy was too before my time to find amusing enough to place on this list. Doesn't mean she doesn't belong, but for me, she belongs in the other category for whoever thinks she's the best.

Roseanne was a terrible show. She's not funny and neither is Sandra Bernhart (spelling?)

Who else is a potential name for the list?

Ellen? No thanks
Candice Bergen from Murphy Brown? Ehhhhhhhh

Honestly I think Elaine and Kelly Bundy are as close as it comes, but as I mentioned earlier, both are extremely outclassed by the other people on their shows.

On second thought, I'd have to say THE closest it comes to another female character making the list with Sophia from Golden Girls would be Chandler from friends.

Pick Six
10-23-2009, 03:29 PM
Seriously, you guys are a bunch of sexist jackasses sometimes. When the lone female on your list is from Golden Girls, first I am questioning your sexuality, then your ability to notate great female characters. yes, I agree Elaine not the best choice, but given your proclivity to only mention characters from sitcoms in the last 20 years disproportionately, I didn't know you if you would actually remember or know who Lucy was or hell even give Roseanne the props for launching a sitcom that really was pretty groundbreaking until the last 2 seasons got stupid.



Women have traditionally not given a chance to be iconic, but Roseanne was definitely an example of a strong female presence in the 80s. Carol Burnett is another example of a woman who changed television. The most recent example of a strong female presence on television would be Liz Limon from 30 Rock...

TheReverend
10-23-2009, 03:31 PM
Women have traditionally not given a chance to be iconic, but Roseanne was definitely an example of a strong female presence in the 80s. Carol Burnett is another example of a woman who changed television. The most recent example of a strong female presence on television would be Liz Limon from 30 Rock...

Ooooooooooooh there you go. She DOES belong on the list, imo.

Miss I.
10-23-2009, 03:34 PM
Ooooooooooooh there you go. She DOES belong on the list, imo.

Jackhole I mentioned her 2 pages ago. But since you were going for a specific character and she played numerous ones I wasn't sure it woudl work with this topic. But I am deeply fond of you anyway. ;D

As for others, Tina Fey is well on her way to being there, so would Gilda Radner if you don't tie her to a specific character on TV, just her SNL stuff. She was hysterical. And I still argue Roseanne was pretty iconic for female comedy. Most chicks since are kind of softened in comparison. Though I alwasy liked Phoebe on Friends, totally goofy.

DenverBrit
10-23-2009, 03:38 PM
Seriously, you guys are a bunch of sexist jackasses sometimes. When the lone female on your list is from Golden Girls, first I am questioning your sexuality, then your ability to notate great female characters. yes, I agree Elaine not the best choice, but given your proclivity to only mention characters from sitcoms in the last 20 years disproportionately, I didn't know you if you would actually remember or know who Lucy was or hell even give Roseanne the props for launching a sitcom that really was pretty groundbreaking until the last 2 seasons got stupid.

As for what makes a great character, it's all subjective. I mean I like characters who stand the test of time. Not just a great character in the moment, but in 10 years after the show is gone will they be a relic of the decade they were made in or will they still be iconic? Homer will be I think as far as that goes. I also think quality plays a part. Fonzie for instance is a fun character and certainly an icon, but his character is pretty one note if you look at him. Hawkeye for me is another one that is just awesome in any generation.

And DEXTER is just Brilliant! Funny, yet dark. Not really a sitcom, but funny in its own twisted way.

Oh, all right. Here's some famous women...and Eddie Izzard. ;D

http://orangecow.org/pythonet/pics/pythonnight/pythonnighthead.jpg

Miss I.
10-23-2009, 03:38 PM
Okay, okay, my favorite female-male character is this one, truth be told:

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TheReverend
10-23-2009, 03:38 PM
Jackhole I mentioned her 2 pages ago. But since you were going for a specific character and she played numerous ones I wasn't sure it woudl work with this topic. But I am deeply fond of you anyway. ;D

As for others, Tina Fey is well on her way to being there, so would Gilda Radner if you don't tie her to a specific character on TV, just her SNL stuff. She was hysterical. And I still argue Roseanne was pretty iconic for female comedy. Most chicks since are kind of softened in comparison. Though I alwasy liked Phoebe on Friends, totally goofy.

SNL stuff was too broad to tie down for me, otherwise list would've been crushed by:

http://adamsandler.jt.org/tv/saturday_night/operaman/operaman4.jpg

http://www.nerve.com/CS/blogs/scanner/2008/04/01-07/Chippendale%20skit.JPG

http://www.angelfire.com/ny2/russkafin/images/norm2.jpg

If we start talking SNL characters as well, no women even make the top 10 of SNL characters of all time.

That'd be a good thread and poll though...

BroncoBuff
10-23-2009, 03:39 PM
Voted Homer ... but Archie and Ari are prolly better.

loborugger
10-23-2009, 03:42 PM
http://www.transparencynow.com/images/hawk2.jpg

How did not only this guy, but no one from this series get nominated. And only a mention of Klinger in the thread.

UberBroncoMan
10-23-2009, 03:42 PM
http://i86.photobucket.com/albums/k90/crunchgear/March%202007/gob-magc.jpg

GOB Bluth

O **** forgot about him... he'd probably be #3 for me.

R8R H8R
10-23-2009, 03:46 PM
Jackhole I mentioned her 2 pages ago. But since you were going for a specific character and she played numerous ones I wasn't sure it woudl work with this topic. But I am deeply fond of you anyway. ;D

As for others, Tina Fey is well on her way to being there, so would Gilda Radner if you don't tie her to a specific character on TV, just her SNL stuff. She was hysterical. And I still argue Roseanne was pretty iconic for female comedy. Most chicks since are kind of softened in comparison. Though I alwasy liked Phoebe on Friends, totally goofy.

Gilda's Roseanne is up there, imo.

I would also vote for Mary in the Mary Tyler Moore show. Absolutely one of the best. Betty White's character was great too.

However, imo, I think Ted, the bumbling & egotistic newsman may have been the best character on the show, and should definately be on the best of all time list, somewhere according to your tastes.

Miss I.
10-23-2009, 03:51 PM
In all seriousness, now that my pal DenverBrit jogged my memory, the entire Monty Python troupe is my vote for best ever, though I guess it falls into the SNL category as well. They are my favorites. Bless that John Cleese and the Minister of Silly Wallks or Eric Idle as the Effeminite Lumberjack.

And you know as far as the Golden Girls are concerned it was a great show, Blanche was my favorite. You know who you didnt' include, I just remembered, Designing Women, Dixie Carter (Julia) was awesome as was Annie Potts (Mary Jo). Loved that show. And it isn't white trash, ahem. And Gerald McCraney was well cast, loved him on Simon and Simon also. I know, I know chick show, but still funny.

TheReverend
10-23-2009, 03:52 PM
In all seriousness, now that my pal DenverBrit jogged my memory, the entire Monty Python troupe is my vote for best ever, though I guess it falls into the SNL category as well. They are my favorites. Bless that John Cleese and the Minister of Silly Wallks or Eric Idle as the Effeminite Lumberjack.

And you know as far as the Golden Girls are concerned it was a great show, Blanche was my favorite. You know who you didnt' include, I just remembered, Designing Women, Dixie Carter (Julia) was awesome as was Annie Potts (Mary Jo). Loved that show. And it isn't white trash, ahem. And Gerald McCraney was well cast, loved him on Simon and Simon also. I know, I know chick show, but still funny.

Please NEVER mention Designing Women ITT ever again.

Miss I.
10-23-2009, 03:55 PM
Please NEVER mention Designing Women ITT ever again.

Not a linda bloodworth thompson fan I take it. Whatever....does anyone know what a flogger is? ;D

Mr.Meanie
10-23-2009, 03:55 PM
Oh man totally forgot about Gob!

Gcver2ver3
10-23-2009, 03:58 PM
George Costanza by a wide margin IMO...and i'm a sitcom junky, i've seen them all...including the black & white classics...

but after him i'd like to give out a shout out to Ralph Kramden from Honeymooners and Martin Payne from Martin...

Rohirrim
10-23-2009, 04:01 PM
Damn! I almost forgot about two of my favorites of all time. These two would definitely be in the top:

http://www.grouchoreviews.com/content/films/3165/1.jpg

Augustus McCrae and Woodrow Call

baja
10-23-2009, 04:19 PM
That's Sexist!


http://theinvisibleagent.files.wordpress.com/2008/12/sexist-ad-5.jpg

Irish Stout
10-23-2009, 04:24 PM
For Miss I.

Glenn Close in Damages was extremely good, and Veronica Mars was one of my favorite shows through the first and second season because of the wit of the title character... by season 3, she just didn't seem to be evolving as a character.

Those two rank up there for me though for females, along with Ari and Swearengen... I almost want to say McNulty from the Wire, but the show itself was so compelling because of all the different characters and McNulty wasn't always the most compelling character.

The Joker
10-23-2009, 04:31 PM
Five pages and no mention of Niles Crane?

Shocking.

Archer81
10-23-2009, 04:32 PM
Top 5 male actors on TV:
1. Homer
2. Al Swearengen(sp)
3. Al Bundy
4. Michael from The Office
5. Booth from Bones

Top 5 females"
1. Grace from Saving Grace
2. Carrol Burnett-Anything she was in
3. Bones from Bones
4. Maryanne from TrueBlood
5. Marge Simpson

:Broncos:

DenverBrit
10-23-2009, 04:32 PM
http://theinvisibleagent.files.wordpress.com/2008/12/sexist-ad-5.jpg

Someone say Sexist? ;D

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broncogary
10-23-2009, 04:47 PM
Man, how could I forget?

Barney!
http://www.thecancerblog.com/media/2006/02/donknottsphoto.jpg

Got to agree with this one. :rofl:

HAT
10-23-2009, 04:48 PM
Then: Hawkeye Pierce
http://1.bp.blogspot.com/_lAw0HHr2mOc/SmjQTbM9TXI/AAAAAAAAAj8/PzohNfTamvk/s400/%2323-Dr.+Hawkeye+Pierce.jpg

Now: Benjamin Linus
http://g-ecx.images-amazon.com/images/G/01/askville/1695487_8887088_mywrite/lost_-_benjamin_linus.jpg

elsid13
10-23-2009, 05:21 PM
Seriously, you guys are a bunch of sexist jackasses sometimes. When the lone female on your list is from Golden Girls, first I am questioning your sexuality, then your ability to notate great female characters. yes, I agree Elaine not the best choice, but given your proclivity to only mention characters from sitcoms in the last 20 years disproportionately, I didn't know you if you would actually remember or know who Lucy was or hell even give Roseanne the props for launching a sitcom that really was pretty groundbreaking until the last 2 seasons got stupid.



Both theDave and Spider will now hate you forever for dissing Bea Arthur and rest of her sex posse.

McDman
10-23-2009, 05:39 PM
Charlie is my #2. They keep going and he'll overcome Al Bundy for the 1 spot... Al just made me laugh longer and is such an icon of sitcom history at this point.

I just don't understand this. Always Sunny just isn't that funny. All it consists of is a group of idiots screaming half the show, everyone gets mad when I tell them that.

Plus, Charlie just has never developed, he's the same as he has always been and all he does is yell and be retarded.

Costanza is pretty much the best character of all time.

gunns
10-23-2009, 05:45 PM
This is a tough one, can't be just one

Archie Bunker
John Belushi
Hawkeye
Andy and Barney...an absolute favorite, their chemistry was legendary.

phillybroncosnut
10-23-2009, 05:51 PM
How can you not include Ralph Kramden??