What makes a television character great? Is it charisma, uniqueness or relatability? I believe it’s a combination of all those and some other factors including edginess, vulnerability and depth, to name a few. Very rarely has television offered characters that stay in your head; compelling you to constantly think about them as human beings you knew and not just as plot devices.
Before I delve into the business at hand, I must mention some characters I couldn’t include in the list, because the 10 listed are better indicators of my experience with television over the years and I completely understand how everyone would have a different take on this one. That just goes to show that we really do live in the “Golden Age” of television. Here is the list of top tv characters ever created in modern television.
10. Leslie Knope, ‘Parks And Recreation’
Leslie Knope is the good one. Television (in both its comedy and drama formats) is so full of dark, messed up characters that finding a constantly upbeat, joyful and intelligent one working in a government department is a rare feat. Making it funny and female is just simply groundbreaking. Leslie Knope can be a Congresswoman, (possibly) a President and still have the spark in her to be both utterly ridiculous and genuinely caring to keep every relationship in her life going. She’s also deliriously hilarious, with Poehler’s apt comedy timing and glorious command of the material (she even wrote some of the episodes) accentuating Knope’s stature as the heart of the show. She can be scathing and satirical but also adorably goofy. In a time when being dark and sad is the new sexy, Leslie Knope was a glorious ray of sunshine; a perfect sitcom character: one you can laugh at, but also look up to.
9. Jon Stewart, ‘The Daily Show with Jon Stewart’