The best shows we watch often have one character (or sometimes more than one character) who practically carries the whole show. You could replace the whole cast except for that character and still love it. Maybe there's something quirky about them, something unique to that character that you won't find in another character on other shows. Maybe their character is so intriguing, the more you see of them, you more you want to know about them.
Tell us who you would pick as your favorite tv characters.
My picks (in no particular order):
Eli Stone and his therapist, Dr. Chen (from Eli Stone): I was just going to list Eli but the doctor was also a unique individual and added so much to the show. Honestly, the whole cast was great but those two really stood out.
Sylar (from Heroes): Man, he had to be about the greatest tv villain ever!!! Spooky as heck, good-looking, intelligent, yet also surprisingly sensitive and tortured. It was because he was so human that we could identify with him and forgive the atrocities he committed.
Monroe (Grimm): To be honest, I don't think I would have continued watching Grimm if it wasn't for my love of Monroe. It took me a long time to warm to the main character (Nick) and I'm still not thrilled about him but I warmed to Monroe right away. He provides much needed comic relief in a show that might be too intense without it. Plus he knows a lot about things that are new to Nick so he works as a source of information for Nick and the audience.
David Hayward (All My Children): It's mostly the actor I love in this case. I loved Vincent Irizarry on Guiding Light long before he joined AMC. He brings so much to the characters he portrays and he became an invaluable addition to AMC when he joined it. I would have quit watching AMC long before it ended if it weren't for my interest in David. I couldn't wait to see what he would do next and how he would get out of whatever trouble he was in. I kept hoping things would straighten out for him and David would get people off his back and be happy so we could see more of his good side. Unfortunately, we never got to the point because the show got cancelled.
Tim Gunn (Project Runway): Yeah, I know he's not portraying a character on a tv show, but I felt like I had to mention him. Project Runway would not be the same without him. He gives the designers perspective and support plus keeps us viewers entertained with his interesting vocabulary and catchphrases. He really makes the show work.
That's all I have off the top of my head. I'll post more as I think of them.