Best Characters from a TV Series

After listing my top 5 HBO characters, I decided to add a few to a list that wasn’t so confining. Here are 5 more that span cable as well as subscription channels.

Anders Holmvick – Workaholics

If you aren’t familiar with Anders, this is a good time to get acquainted. Anders is the “leader” of the gang on Workaholics which airs at 10:30 Tuesdays on Comedy Central. Anders is the self proclaimed leader of Adam and Blake and rightfully so. He is the most grounded of the group (not saying much) and has the ability to unleash “the Ders.” Anders seems like a hard worker but has a tendency to get sucked into whatever dumbass scheme Adam and Blake are caught up in. He’s extremely difficult to take seriously but always acts serious. Ders can also be combined with other words to make great nicknames like Blonders, Shaunders and Dersatello. Let’s not forget his love to buck. I actually find Adam hilarious too but the show wouldn’t be the same without “the Ders.” His “let’s see how close we can get without kissing” is memorable.

Ruxin – The League

I had a really tough choice between Ruxin and Andre but I felt Ruxin earns it by a tad. Ruxin is played by Nick Kroll and he is starting to pop up in more movies so keep a look out. Ruxin plays a Jew lawyer in the League and is always making sure he gets the best of the sitiuaton. He has a smoking hot wife which he is always mentioning and “baby” Jeffrey whose name makes me laugh every time I hear it. I thought the scene where they were explaining that he didn’t know the power of his sarcasm was funny because every sentence he says could be construed that way. I feel like he carries the show which airs at 10:30 on FX. I’m not saying I don’t like Kevin, Pete or Jenny but without Ruxin (and Andre), I don’t think it would be as big of a hit.

Tyrion – Game of Thrones

Since I’m just about done the 5th book of this series, I’m a bit biased towards Tyrion. If I was just going off of the first season of Game of Thrones, I’m not sure I’d have him up here. Nevertheless, I’ve read the books and his chapters are my favorites. The actor is played by Peter Dinklage and he does a phenomenal job in the series but his acting days are far from over with this character. Why do I like him so? He’s intelligent. He’s always using his wits and it shows in just about every sentence he speaks. Not to mention he’s handicapped as a dwarf born into one of the wealthiest, most powerful family’s so it’s interesting to hear his take on the world. I’m excited for the 2nd season of Game of Thrones to see how HBO portrays him as it continues.

Brenda – 6 Feet Under

This isn’t really fair because I’m only 10 or so episodes into the series but it’s my blog and I’ll do as I want to. I like, actually hate, this character for the same reason I liked Tyrion, they make her smart. With her 180 IQ, you know that the directors are putting thought behind every one of her moves. With characters like these they make you think why they are acting like they do. I personally find myself wanting Nate to beat Brenda with a bat but I’ll hold my judgement until I finish the series. I think the phrase “love to hate her” might fit.

Arnold Rothstein – Boardwalk Empire

Arnold is played by Michael Stuhlbarg and I love every scene with Rothstein. Boardwalk can be a slow show and I find myself not relating to the the characters. I watch the show just because I’ve been watching it. I don’t know if I’m entertained or not but I just keep watching it because I have nothing better to do. Nucky and Margaret isn’t wild, Jimmy with Al Capone and the crew is ok, and all the politics is interesting but the pace moves like a glacier in the arctic. For some reason though I find Arnold’s scenes fascinating because he’s a thinking character. He’s based off of Arnold Rothstein in real life who was behind the rigging of the World Series in 1919. He’s a gambling man who is always looking for an edge. I thought his quote last night was genius:
AR – “Do Nothing. When you have no move, Mr Thompson, you do nothing.”
JT -“He’s under attack.”
AR – “All the more reason patience. I’ve made my living in a large part as a gambler. Some days I make 20 bets, some days none. There are weeks, sometimes months where I don’t make a bet at all simply because there is no play. So I wait, plan, marshal my resources. When I finally see an opportunity and there is a bet to make, I bet it all.

I was going to pick Dexter but I find it better to pick someone other than the main character. Let me know if I’m missing anyone on any good shows out there.