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Television Actors Who Overact Way Too Hard  

Candice Darden
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Overacting doesn't always have to be a bad thing; some actors have managed to make a career despite it, or maybe even because of it. From exaggerating expressions, to over-the-top displays of sadness, joy, anger, happiness, and everything in between, we present to you an over the top list of the top TV actors who overact.

Jerry Seinfeld was clearly a comedian with less refined acting chops as his costars, yet he managed to have his own show despite his tendency to constantly overplay scenes. William Shatner is a notoriously cringeworthy actor, known particularly for his roles where he overreacts to, well, nearly everything. Zooey Deschanel, as Jessica Day on New Girl, is either endearing in her overacting or the epitome of annoying, depending on who you ask. Sofia Vergara also has a polarizing effect - obnoxious or endearing in her overreactions on Modern Family, it's your call.

No matter the network, no show is immune to overacting actors. Check out the actors below, and be sure to vote up the television stars who need to seriously take a chill pill.
William Shatner is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Television Actors Who Overact Way Too Hard
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From Star Trek  to T.J. Hooker, William Shatner is infamous for his over-delivery and belaboring of every single emotion. Just STAAAAHHHP.

Credits (TV): Star Trek: The Original Series, Boston Legal, Star Trek: The Animated Series, T. J. Hooker, Eek! The Cat, + more

Birthplace: Côte Saint-Luc, Canada

Nationality: Canada

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David Schwimmer is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Television Actors Who Overact Way Too Hard
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Friends arguably wouldn't be complete without Ross over-reacting to something, whether it's Rachel dating Fabio or Phoebe not believing the theory of evolution. Yet David Schwimmer manages to overplay nearly each and every moment, leaving us wondering, at times, which cry face Ross is going to make this time - and how long it's going to last.

Credits (TV): Friends, Band of Brothers, Joey, Little Britain USA, Monty

Birthplace: Flushing, New York City, New York, United States of America

Nationality: United States of America

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Claire Danes is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Television Actors Who Overact Way Too Hard
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Claire Danes as Carrie Mathison from Homeland has some intense facial expressions... and they're all variations of the same open-mouthed, horror-struck slightly pouty look. 

Credits (TV): Homeland, My So-Called Life

Birthplace: New York City, USA, New York

Nationality: United States of America

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Kerry Washington is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Television Actors Who Overact Way Too Hard
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Kerry Washington's character, Olivia Pope, arguably leads an intensely dramatic life in the show Scandal. However, overblown and drawn-out dramatic expressions seem to be the consistent modus operandi. We get it, Olivia. Dramatic sh*t is dramatic.

Credits (TV): Scandal, Black Panther, 100 Centre Street, Standard Deviants

Birthplace: New York City, New York, United States of America

Nationality: United States of America

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