TV characters The Most Well-Acted Characters of All Time  

Ann Casano
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There’s such a huge different when discussing television characters versus film characters. The main distinction is that we get to know our TV characters much better. Instead of a two-hour movie, we get to see television characters in different situations, often over the course of several seasons and many years. We feel like we know them personally, and in some scenarios they might seem like our dad, sister, or best friend. Nothing affects how a television character comes across to a spectator like the person playing the role. Even the most mundane script or unfunny sitcom can be saved by an actor’s performance. These are the best-acted characters on television of all time.

This list includes both the best -cted characters currently on TV and old characters from the small screen's past. Nearly every genre is covered from sitcoms to police procedurals to political dramas. Some of these are cantankerous sorts (we’re looking at you, Dr. House), others have had incredible obstacles to overcome (we knew you could beat cancer, Christina Braverman), and a few of these characters are entertainingly evil (everyone feels guilty rooting for Francis Underwood.)

We’ve cried along with these characters and believed their every emotion. These well-acted television characters are what stays with fans when they shut off the television for the night. Of course, dialogue and story are imperative on any successful television program, but without the actor to deliver those lines and sell the narrative, the television screen may as well stay blank.

Make your voice heard. Be sure to vote up all the best acted current TV characters and the most expertly acted TV characters from previous eras of television.
Dr. Gregory House is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Most Well-Acted Characters of All Time
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Dr. Gregory House


Imagine having to play someone as mean as House. Dr. House is a genius, but his bedside manner could use some definite refining. A lot of credit has to be given to Hugh Laurie for making audiences fall in love with House, despite his cantankerous ways. House was so popular that he overtook David Hasselhoff in 2011's Guinness Book of World Records as the most watched man on television. Laurie earned two Golden Globes and six Emmy nominations for his portrayal of House.

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Series: House

Actor: Hugh Laurie

Occupation: Physician

Created By: David Shore

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Chandler Muriel Bing is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Most Well-Acted Characters of All Time
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Chandler Muriel Bing


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Series: Friends

Actor: Matthew Perry

Created By: David Crane, Marta Kauffman

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#17 on The Greatest TV Characters of All Time

#1 on The Best Characters on Friends, Ranked

#24 on The Best Fictional Characters You'd Leave Your Man For

#14 on The Funniest TV Characters of All Time

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Peter Griffin is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Most Well-Acted Characters of All Time
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Peter Griffin


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Series: Family Guy

Actor: Seth MacFarlane

Occupation: Office Worker

Created By: Seth MacFarlane

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#31 on The Best Dressed Male TV Characters

#3 on The Greatest TV Characters of All Time

#6 on Which TV Dad Do You Wish Was Your Own?

#4 on The Funniest Characters Currently on TV

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Sheldon Cooper is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Most Well-Acted Characters of All Time
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Sheldon Cooper


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Series: The Big Bang Theory

Actor: Jim Parsons

Created By: Bill Prady, Chuck Lorre

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#15 on The Greatest TV Characters of All Time

#5 on The Funniest Characters Currently on TV

#10 on The Best Male Characters on TV Right Now

#79 on The Best Fictional Characters You'd Leave Your Man For

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