Here’s a short list of (so far) the best characters in the comedy shows that I have watched.It was during my sixth grade when I started to get into foreign television shows; and the first ones that I got to watch are belonging to the comedy genre.
Back then, I used to watch random episodes on our old TV set. But due to the development in technology, my favorite sitcoms are now available to be streamed and viewed on my laptop and mobile phone (Thanks, Netflix!). My friends lend me their copies of the shows as well.
“Binge-watching” was never a part of my vocabulary in sixth grade but now, it’s probably ranked as the third thing that I all the time (next to eating and sleeping).
Anywaaaaay…here are the characters that I love from some of the small-screen comedies that I have watched. (Note: This list is not ranked in order.)
1. Chandler Bing (Friends)
A lot of people favor Joey or Phoebe as the best character in the sitcom. But for me, it’s Chandler. If fans of the show were asked about Chandler’s trademark, they’d probably say sarcasm, awkwardness, and the Chandler Dance. He’s probably a good example of character development, where he went from hopeless romantic to 1/2 of the show’s golden couple. But we can all agree with Chandler being great friend to the gang (especially Joey).
2. Max Black (2 Broke Girls)
Dark humor is Max’s specialty in life. I should get a bit mad for her offensive jokes, but I loudly laugh instead. Although having minimum salary and below average income, Max isn’t sad and whiny about it. I love how she’s even proud and real about having a few dollars in her bank account. But I think Max’s rudeness, angst, and jokes are her armor for hiding her emotions (like how she loves her best friend Caroline) and protecting her fragile heart that has been hurt by guys before.
3. Sheldon Cooper (The Big Bang Theory)
Come on, who doesn’t love Sheldon? I know, he gets under our skin sometimes and he annoys his buddies and us viewers in probably all episodes (Bazinga!). But in the end, Sheldon does not fail to soften our hearts and be a good boyfriend to Amy. I love Sheldon because although he’s that stereotypical geek or nerd like me, he was able to embody the words “cool” and “awesome”.
4. Samantha Jones (Sex and the City)
This iconic persona works in PR and is popular for her wild sexual drive and experiences. Beyond showing how she loves sex, the whole show somehow featured Samantha’s search for ‘the one’. I can relate to Samantha because she’s also the friend who doesn’t judge and instead, offers support and advice to her girlfriends. In the last season, Samantha got struck by a big life challenge, that she faced head on and with no giving up.
5. Jessica Huang (Fresh Off The Boat)
They say mother knows best, but for Jessica, the better phrase is mother knows everything. She’s my favorite in the show because she gives me the most laughs. Most jokes probably comes from her reactions with white culture. Although known for micromanaging things and being a mom with an iron fist, she does all of these to bring her family to a better future (by all means necessary?).
6. Barney Stinson (How I Met Your Mother, the first series I watched)
“LEGEND-wait for it-DARY!” But what makes up a Barney Stinson? Probably suits, awesomeness, his apartment, money, handsome face, challenges accepted, high fives, women, Bro Code and the Playbook. He’s definitely one of the most remembered characters on modern TV. From his wingman era to married days and search for his real father until his life with Ellie (his daughter), we will always love and be there for Barney.
7. Leslie Knope (Parks and Recreation)
In the pseudo-reality show, Leslie’s character showed the funny things that occur in real life. More so, I absolutely love Leslie for her optimism, quirkiness, awkwardness, and because she was played by Amy Poehler (sorry for the bias, LOL). But what’s better about her is that Leslie is a feminist who stands by putting women in government positions (She loves Hillary Clinton.), and that she is a good worker of the government.
8. Penny Hartz (Happy Endings, such an underrated show! I really recommend you to watch it!)
Penny is probably my all-time favorite character from a TV comedy. I even use her catchphrase “A-MAH-ZING” on a daily basis. In the three seasons of the series, she is often described as the the “hopelessly single one” and the one being “gayer” than her gay BFF, Max. Everyone in their gang treats her miserable dating life as a joke (which she often jokes about as well). Also, her birthday seems to be cursed (her new car gets trashed once).
9. Titus Andromedon (Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt)
Titus is the very talented aspiring broadway star who gets rejected in auditions constantly. Without a job, he resorts to being a robot mascot on Times Square. Andromedon is kind of self-centered and melodramatic, but he is protective and caring of his roommate Kimmy. Still, Titus tries to make it in the industry by quitting his mascot job and filming his viral music video, Peenot Noir. The song had many versions, “Honey Jar” and “Jaqen H’ghar“.
10. Raven Baxter (That’s So Raven)
One of those shows which were a big part of my childhood is That’s So Raven. Baxter is a teenager who gets these psychic visions of things that might happen in the future. Lately, I re-watched the first few seasons and Raven’s humor did not fail to make me laugh again. I love this girl for being one of my earliest body-positive icons, for the life lessons, and for her catchphrases (“Oh snap!”, “Ya nasty!”, “Oh no, he didn’t!”, “How y’all doin’?”).
11. Alex Dunphy (Modern Family)
I actually have two favorite Modern Family characters, the other one being Gloria. I chose Alex’s character because I can so relate to her trying to live up to the expectations of everyone and how she feels less appreciated than she deserves to be. My favorite Alex Dunphy scene is the one where she commanded the nerd bullies leave Haley alone, proving Haley that she has her own fans. (I actually have lots of favorites scenes for her!)
12. Chloe (Don’t Trust the B—- in Apartment 23, another very underrated show!)
I bet some of you guys are not familiar of Chloe, but she’s the “B” in the show. I love Chloe for her scams on her roommate June. I mean, i shouldn’t like her for being really mean but this attitude makes the show’s humor really good. Chloe is really self-centered and most of the things she do is usually for her own sake. But eventually, she had grown to care for June and become her friend.
So generally, I think what’s common among the characters listed is that I loved them not just for being funny, but also for their whole personality that is beyond the jokes and the humor.
Are your favorite characters also in the list? Or do you have other favorites in the shows mentioned above? I suggest you guys comment them below. By the way, I am planning to have a part two of this list! I just need to go research (binge watch) on more shows. Do you have a suggestion for a comedy show for me to watch? Go ahead and comment away!
Note: I haven’t finished watching the latest seasons of some shows here (Parks and Rec, Modern Family, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, The Big Bang Theory).
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