I do like a bit of escapism into a TV show. Whether it be a drama, thriller, horror or comedy, if it grabs me and entertains me, I am content.
I don’t watch any daytime TV or any of the soaps. In fact, when I think about what I do watch, it tends to be shows from the US, with a sprinkling of British programmes.
At the moment, I am loving Travel Man: 48 Hours in.. – I just laugh my entire way through this one. It’s brilliant. I’m watching Britain’s Bloody Crown which is both fascinating and gripping to me, and all serves as useful revision for my history degree. A new series of Bones has just started and I believe Elementary returns next week, too, so I’ll be watching those, along with Supernatural which is a firm favourite though I think this season is not it’s best. We have also just discovered Penny Dreadful, thanks to our NOW TV, and though we’re only a couple of episodes in, I can see it drawing me in.
Anyway, my TV pondering got me thinking about my favourite characters of all-time. You know, the ones that just stay with you. The ones you may love, hate, relate to or are just unable to look away from. A fair few sprung to mind, but when I decided to stick with just five, it had to be these men that made the list…
Michael Schofield – Prison Break
This was one of the first US dramas that I really got in to. I recall eagerly waiting for the second series to come out on DVD to the extent that I had the day off so that I could just sit and watch it all back to back. Ah, the days before kids when that was actually possible! The first season was the best, and how they managed to go that many episodes without him actually breaking out, yet thinking he might every time was genius! He was a hero, yet a prison breaker, friendly, yet ruthless when he needed to be. Fabulous.
Dr Gregory House – House
How grumpy, how rude, how smart? The character made the show, and he made for compulsive viewing. I remember first watching this many years ago, stumbling across it by accident one night when the Husband was out. It sucked me in from the first and I then rambled on about it to the Husband so he watched the next one with me, and that was that. We were both House fans. When I think about the ending, I’m still not sure how I feel about it. Probably perfect, quite unexpected and clever, just as you’d expect.
Dexter Morgan – Dexter
Who would have thought that they could make a series about a serial killer, and make no mistake, he definitely is and we see him kill a lot of people through the seasons, and that he could be likeable? You find yourself rooting for the man who kills someone in pretty much every episode, hoping that the Bay Harbor Butcher gets away with it all and this is a man that works within the police department, with his sister. It was brilliant. The Husband still laments that it’s all ended, this is probably his favourite show of all time. Dexter was a wonderful character.
Phil Dunphy – Modern Family
The entire cast are funny, the plotlines perfect and I’d say this is my favourite current comedy. But though I enjoy all of the characters, there’s just something about Phil that sets him apart. So many one-liners, looks to the camera, cringe-worthy dad moments and his eternal optimism all serve to make him irresistible. My favourite quote? ‘I’m cool dad, that’s my thang. I’m hip, I surf the web, I text. LOL: laugh out loud, OMG: oh my god, WTF: why the face…’ Oh, Phil.
Tyrion Lannister – Game of Thrones
I mentioned my addiction to Game of Thrones a few weeks ago here, and this was the very first thing we decided to see when I started working with NOW TV. It had me hooked after a couple of episodes and though I was unsure of Tyrion during the first season, by the end of season two, I absolutely adored him. I think the Battle of Blackwater and subsequent injustices cemented it, and how can you resist his intellect and charm mixed with vulnerability and his own brand of honour. Now, as it is Game of Thrones I know that anyone could die next, so I am hoping that Tyrion makes it through at least one more season, but who knows with that show?!
We do like our TV and films here and are always on the lookout for more to entertain us, so do feel free to recommend.
What are you enjoying watching at the moment? Do you have all-time favourite characters?