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.
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.
Actor: Hugh Laurie
Created By: David Shore
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Actor: Matthew Perry
Created By: David Crane, Marta Kauffman
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Series: Family Guy
Actor: Seth MacFarlane
Occupation: Office Worker
Created By: Seth MacFarlane
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Series: The Big Bang Theory
Actor: Jim Parsons
Created By: Bill Prady, Chuck Lorre
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