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  • Matt Noble
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    #241729

    G’Day,

    Me and my mate (for our podcast) recently ranked our top 20 sitcom characters of the past 20 years. It was pretty fun to do and I thought it would be fun for people here to name and argue over their favourite sitcom characters. We didn’t choose 2 people from the same show, count animated characters and did a list of 20. But don’t feel you have to stick to those rules. So let’s have it out, who are the greatest sitcom characters of the past 20 years?

    For those interested in our names here’s a link to a video I put together of them on youtube:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Rqh1LnlQpkM

    and you can listen to the podcast where we debate the list and rank them here: http://screenverdict.podomatic.com/entry/2012-03-15T19_08_03-07_00

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    efficiency
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    Well, this is a man’s world. An extremely male-oriented list. Only 2 female characters, really?

    Some women that I believe should have at least got a look in:
    – Elaine Benes, Seinfeld (1990-1998)
    – Phoebe Buffay, Friends (1994-2004)
    – Carrie Bradshaw, Sex and the City (1998-2004)
    – Grace Adler, Will and Grace (1998-2006)
    – Karen Walker, Will and Grace (1998-2006)
    – Christine Campbell, The New Adventures of Old Christine (2006-2010)
    – Leslie Knope, Parks and Recreation (2009-present)

     

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    It starts and ends with Karen Walker for me. Still misses her and the show.

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    efficiency
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    Megan Mullally breathed fire into that role – she was impeccable as Karen. And I just loved how she just evolved into more and more of an outrageous maniac as the series went on. 

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    Junk
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    No Phoebe Buffay? or how about Peter and Stewie Griffin, Family Guy.

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    Phoebe Buffay (“Friends”) without a question! 

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    Matt Noble
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    Well, this is a man’s world. An extremely male-oriented list. Only 2 female characters, really?

    Some women that I believe should have at least got a look in:
    – Elaine Benes, Seinfeld (1990-1998)
    – Phoebe Buffay, Friends (1994-2004)
    – Carrie Bradshaw, Sex and the City (1998-2004)
    – Grace Adler, Will and Grace (1998-2006)
    – Karen Walker, Will and Grace (1998-2006)
    – Christine Campbell, The New Adventures of Old Christine (2006-2010)
    – Leslie Knope, Parks and Recreation (2009-present)

     

    We briefly address in the podcast the lack of women on the list (and afterwards it was a concern I had). It’s a shame that me and Jonathan arn’t fans of Sex and the City, Will & Grace or Friends. I for sure think Mullullay and Kudrow gave great performances but didn’t love them enough to put them on my list. Also the rule about only having 1 actor per show hurt women as well, as I would have liked to see Elaine, Lucielle Bluth, Pam Beasly and Lesly Knope on the list but we just preferred the other characters on the show. At the end of the day we had to choose who we thought was best.

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    OnTheAisle
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    Iconic women sit-com characters on air in 1992 through present –

    Jackie Harris,
    Darlene Connor,
    Samantha Jones,
    Marie Barone,
    Sue Sylvester,
    Elaine Benes,
    Phoebe Buffay,
    Karen Walker,
    Sophia Petrillo,
    Carrie Bradshaw,
    Murphy Brown,
    Rose Nylund,
    Fran Fine,

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    Conrado
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    I would have liked some more love for Newsradio, one of my favorite shows of all-time, either Jimmy James (Stephen Root) or Bill McNeil (Phil Hartman) would have made my list. 

    You never seem to talk about this show on this forums? Is it because you didn’t watch, didn’t like it, or because it had so little impact on awards shows?  

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    Conrado
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    oh, and yeah, Jackie Harris is a wonderful choice too! 

    Also Elaine Benes, too bad you could only have one character per show. (I would have picked George too, but Elaine would easily be my second choice)

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    simali
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    #241740

    Blanche Deveraux 
    Rose Nylun
    Maude  

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    Madson Melo
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    #241741

    Phoebe Buffay and Sheldon Cooper.

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    Matt Noble
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    I would have liked some more love for Newsradio, one of my favorite shows of all-time, either Jimmy James (Stephen Root) or Bill McNeil (Phil Hartman) would have made my list. 

    You never seem to talk about this show on this forums? Is it because you didn’t watch, didn’t like it, or because it had so little impact on awards shows?  

    G’Day Coni, I havn’t really caught much of Newsradio. I do love Phil Hartman and Stephen Root so I should probably try to catch more of it.

    With the women stuff, it just seems like a lot of the female centric shows (Rosanne, Murphy Brown, Glee, Sex & City) I don’t really like. Although I hope that’s more about how those shows are written as opposed to it being about a sub-concious sexism. I do love Weeds (depending on the season), 30 Rock and Parks and Rec so I think it’s more how a lot of shows write women. Also I really wanted to include Rose from Golden Girls but really only 11 episodes aired in 1992 so I didn’t really count her.

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    Eric Cartman – South Park
    Troy Barns – Community 

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    Spenser Davis
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    I didn’t get a chance to watch the video, but Phil Dunphy and Ron Swanson best be on it. Two men who have (rightly) highjacked their shows and produced their own fan followings.

    Among women, I appreciate more supporting female roles than the lead ones. Liz Lemon seems like a dialed-up Tina Fey, but Jane Krakowski’s character is another beast entirely.

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