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Ten Years And Two Cents – Top 10 Favorite Characters

On March 1, 2007, TwoCentsTV started as the result of a night-school project of our Founder – KP. Now, in 2017, TwoCentsTV marks our Ten Year Anniversary of focusing on all things Television!

To celebrate, the Senior Editorial staff compiled a series of TEN “Top 10” lists showcasing our favorites things about television in the ten years since TwoCentsTV began. For the past nine weeks we’ve been unveiling these lists. This week we are on our tenth and final list!

Here are the lists we’ve compiled thus far:

This final week we are focusing our Favorite Characters. They are the individuals from shows that will stand the test of time and will be remembered for years after their shows end.

Jack Bauer (24)

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Saving the world in 24 hours is no small feat – and Jack Bauer did it over and over again! He suffered great personal loss, and definitely spent too much time on his phone with Chloe, but when the world is on the bring of disaster, there isn’t anyone else we would call. Speaking of, anyone have Jack’s number right about now?

John Diggle (Arrow)

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As one third of the core of Arrow, John Diggle has served at times as the heart and the conscience of Team Arrow (as they all alternate). Digg’s always been a dependable friend and a shoulder to cry on or the one that doles out the tough love (when necessary) and through the years we’ve also seen him grow and work through his own island with his brother, his relationship with Lyla, and fatherhood. He’s become the steady example for his friend and it’s why we love Digg.

Tami Taylor (Friday Night Lights)

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Tami or Coach – was nearly a coin flip to pick one for this list. But in the end, it’s the strength of Connie Britton’s performance that won us over. Tami Taylor is the text book example of a strong female character. But you don’t need to focus on gender, Tami is just a strong character. One that will always fight for what’s right, for her family, for her life. She was sassy, funny and so smart. She’d be there for you, in any way that she could and we absolutely loved her for it.

Barney Stinson (How I Met Your Mother)

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When a character can truly stand out in an ensemble show, it really spotlights the writing and acting of that character. A perfect example is the legen-dary performance of Neil Patrick Harris as Barney. A ladies man, magician, star wars fan, singer/dancer, and always – ALWAYS – photogenic – Barney was a character with as many levels as he had ladies. In the final episodes it was amazing to witness who Barney had become over the years. We just keep reading his Bro Code over and over. Think we need an INTERVENTION!

Annalise Keating (How To Get Away With Murder)

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At the core of the whole series is Annalise Keating who manages to exude a confident ruthlessness and vulnerability so well (thanks to the amazing Viola Davis) and it really is amazing to see her take on those crazy How To Get Away with Murder stories in such compelling ways and still has fans so engaged and invested in her story after everything she’s done.

Jane Villanueva (Jane the Virgin)

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Jane Villanueva is just one of those characters that has a charmingly disarming quality about her. From her empathy for others to her dedication to her family and her endless optimism, she’s a refreshing character to see on TV and balances out a time in TV where biting wit and cynicism has become so popular.

Hugo “Hurley” Reyes (Lost)

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He wasn’t just comic relief – he was the HEART of Lost. Every moment, every scene, that featured Hugo was one that would mean something. He befriended everyone. He took care of everyone. He wasn’t the strongest, smartest or fastest, but he’s the one we’d want to be stranded on a bizarro island with smoke monsters, others and polar bears!

Jim Halpert (The Office)

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Choosing one character from The Office was like trying to choose your favorite child. Nearly impossible. But through all the seasons, the one constant was Jim. He was completely endearing in all he did – his pursuit of Pam, his friendship with Michael, his pranks with Dwight, his care for friends and family. And those looks at the camera?! Want someone to go have a beer with and talk you through a rough time? Give Jim Halpert a call.

Ron Swanson (Parks and Recreation)

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While Leslie was the heart of this show, Ron was the standout. He delivered some of the best one-liners and scenes and his dead pan emotion about everything was always memorable. We loved seeing him explore the outdoors, deal with the Tammys, eat his steaks (until the placed closed) and through it all he hardly ever showed any emotion (except when he learned Charles Mulligan’s closed). As the director of the parks and recreation department he may have cared little for the place he ran, but deep down, he really did care about his colleagues and that’s why we loved Ron so much despite everything else.

Veronica Mars (Veronica Mars)

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What can we say? She’s a marshmallow. Getting to see her grow over the years was a treat as Veronica faced everything with a mix of determination and quick wit (that we all wish we had, honestly) with a hint of compassion as she tried to help the people who came to her while also trying to figure out her own mysteries, from finding her assailant to figuring out who her father was.

How about you? Share your TwoCents about our list and what other favorite characters of the past ten years would have made your list.

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