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TV Shows You Wish You Were a Character On 

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Updated November 12, 2019 11.7k votes 986 voters 4.7k views 82 items

List Rules Shows from any era that you wish you could be a character on. No reality or sketch comedy.

You don't just love your favorite TV series; you're obsessed with them. You don't just want to watch them over and over again; you want to live the series. There are just some television shows you absolutely want to be a character in, for any number of reasons. No matter if you're looking to be in a hilarious comedy or a nail-biting drama, there are many shows that it would likely be tons of fun and/or super interesting to be a part of.

Are you a huge fan of sci-fi? Do you want to believe that science can transcend what we know of the laws of physics? Perhaps joining the crew of Battlestar Galactica is your jam. Do you want to hang out with a bunch of crazy classmates in a Spanish study group that does anything but study? Hey, Community's probably your style. Or perhaps you want to boldly go where no one has gone before? Star Trek: The Next Generation has got to be your choice. Whether you want to join the great big Modern Family, or you want to time travel with the cast of Doctor Who, there are plenty of awesome television worlds and TV shows you'd like to be part of.

So vote up the television series you wish you were a character on and maybe the Happy Endings gang will invite you to sit with them, or you'll get a job in the Pawnee Parks Department. Even if the show is off the air, if you think it would be fun to have been a character on the series, vote it up!
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The Flash is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list TV Shows You Wish You Were a Character On
Jason M Hall added Grant Gustin, Candice Patton, Danielle Panabaker

Premiered: 2014

Number of Seasons: 6

Number of Episodes: 114

Network: The CW

Genres (Tv): Superhero, Action, Sci-fi, Drama

The Flash (The CW, 2014) is an American superhero television series developed by Greg Berlanti, Andrew Kreisberg, and Geoff Johns, based on the DC Comics character. CSI Barry Allen (Grant ...more
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Friends is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list TV Shows You Wish You Were a Character On
bojanthebest added Jennifer Aniston, Courteney Cox, Lisa Kudrow

Premiered: 1994

Number of Seasons: 10

Number of Episodes: 236

Network: NBC

Genres (Tv): Television comedy, Sitcom, Comedy, Romance

Friends is an American television sitcom, created by David Crane and Marta Kauffman, which originally aired on NBC from September 22, 1994, to May 6, 2004. It lasted ten seasons and is now in ...more
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Once Upon a Time is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list TV Shows You Wish You Were a Character On
Ginnifer Goodwin, Jennifer Morrison, Lana Parrilla

Premiered: 2011

Number of Seasons: 2

Number of Episodes: 44

Network: American Broadcasting Company

Genres (Tv): Drama, Mystery, Fairy tale, Comedy-drama, Fantasy

Once Upon a Time is an American fairy tale drama series that premiered on October 23, 2011, on ABC. The show takes place in the fictional seaside town of Storybrooke, Maine, whose residents are ...more
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Wizards of Waverly Place... is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list TV Shows You Wish You Were a Character On
Ms.green added Selena Gomez, David Henrie, Jake T. Austin

Premiered: 2007

Number of Seasons: 4

Number of Episodes: 106

Network: Disney Channel

Genres (Tv): Drama, Children's television series, Comedy, Fantasy

Wizards of Waverly Place is an American fantasy teen sitcom which ran from October 12, 2007 to January 6, 2012 on Disney Channel. The series was created by Todd J. Greenwald, and stars Selena ...more
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The Big Bang Theory is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list TV Shows You Wish You Were a Character On
bojanthebest added Johnny Galecki, Jim Parsons, Kaley Cuoco

Premiered: 2007

Number of Seasons: 6

Number of Episodes: 135

Network: CBS

Genres (Tv): Television comedy, Sitcom, Comedy

The Big Bang Theory is an American sitcom created by Chuck Lorre and Bill Prady, both of whom serve as executive producers on the show along with Steven Molaro. All three also serve as head ...more
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Doctor Who is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list TV Shows You Wish You Were a Character On
brian-james added Christopher Eccleston, David Tennant, Matt Smith

Premiered: 1963

Number of Seasons: 26

Number of Episodes: 798

Network: British Broadcasting Corporation, BBC America, BBC One, S4C, BBC HD

Genres (Tv): Sci-fi, Adventure, Drama

Doctor Who (BBC, 2005) is a British science-fiction television show created by Sydney Newman, C. E. Webber, and Donald Wilson. The further adventures in time and space of the alien adventurer ...more
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Sherlock is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list TV Shows You Wish You Were a Character On
Amanda Renee Ash added Benedict Cumberbatch, Martin Freeman, Una Stubbs

Premiered: 2010

Number of Seasons: 3

Number of Episodes: 8

Network: British Broadcasting Corporation

Genres (Tv): Crime Fiction, Action/Adventure, Police procedural, Crime, Drama, + more

Sherlock is a British television crime drama that presents a contemporary adaptation of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's Sherlock Holmes detective stories. Created by Steven Moffat and Mark Gatiss, it ...more
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Avatar: The Last Airbend... is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list TV Shows You Wish You Were a Character On
Jason M Hall added Zach Tyler, Dee Bradley Baker, Mae Whitman

Premiered: 2005

Number of Seasons: 3

Number of Episodes: 61

Network: Nickelodeon

Genres (Tv): Animation, Action/Adventure, Steampunk, Romance TV, Children's television series, + more

Avatar: The Last Airbender is an American television series that aired for three seasons on Nickelodeon from 2005 to 2008. Avatar: The Last Airbender is set in an Asiatic-like world in which ...more
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How I Met Your Mother is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list TV Shows You Wish You Were a Character On
Josh Radnor, Jason Segel, Cobie Smulders

Premiered: 2005

Number of Seasons: 8

Number of Episodes: 184

Network: CBS

Genres (Tv): Romance Film, Sitcom, Comedy-drama, Comedy

Watch for Free with Amazon Prime Free Trial How I Met Your Mother is an American sitcom that originally ran on CBS from September 19, 2005, to March 31, 2014. The series follows the main character, Ted Mosby, and his group of friends in ...more
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Star vs. The Forces of E... is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list TV Shows You Wish You Were a Character On
Tamia Cerrate, Eden Sher, Adam McArthur

Network: Disney XD

Genres (Tv): Animation, Comedy, Family

Star vs. the Forces of Evil (Disney XD, 2015) is an American animated TV series created by Daron Nefcy. It follows the adventures of Star Butterfly (voiced by Eden Sher), the young turbulent ...more
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Star Wars: The Clone War... is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list TV Shows You Wish You Were a Character On
Jason M Hall added Tom Kane, Dee Bradley Baker, Matt Lanter

Premiered: 2008

Number of Seasons: 6

Number of Episodes: 121

Network: Disney XD, Netflix, Cartoon Network

Genres (Tv): Computer Animation, Animation, Children's television series, Action, Science Fiction

This show is an American 3D CGI animated television series created by George Lucas and produced by Lucasfilm Animation with the division Lucasfilm Animation Singapore, Lucasfilm and CGCG Inc. ...more
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Modern Family is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list TV Shows You Wish You Were a Character On
Ed O'Neill, Sofía Vergara, Julie Bowen

Premiered: 2009

Number of Seasons: 11

Number of Episodes: 234

Network: ABC

Genres (Tv): Sitcom, Mockumentary, Family, Comedy, Family Film

Modern Family is an American television sitcom that premiered on ABC on September 23, 2009, which follows the lives of Jay Pritchett and his family, all of whom live in suburban Los Angeles. ...more
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When Calls the Heart is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list TV Shows You Wish You Were a Character On
Megan Hamsher added Erin Krakow, Daniel Lissing, Lori Loughlin

Premiered: 2014

Network: Hallmark Channel

Genres (Tv): Western, Family drama

When Calls the Heart (Hallmark Channel, 2014) is a Canadian-American television drama series developed by Michael Landon Jr., inspired by the book by Janette Oke. Accustomed to a high society ...more
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Criminal Minds is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list TV Shows You Wish You Were a Character On
Caitlin Smith added Shemar Moore, Matthew Gray Gubler, Thomas Gibson

Premiered: 2005

Number of Seasons: 8

Number of Episodes: 186

Network: A&E, CBS

Genres (Tv): Crime Fiction, Police procedural, Crime, Suspense, Drama, + more

Criminal Minds (CBS, 2005) is an American police-procedural television program. The series follows a team of profilers from the FBI's Behavioral Analysis Unit based in Quantico, Virginia. The ...more
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The Office is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list TV Shows You Wish You Were a Character On
Rainn Wilson, John Krasinski, Jenna Fischer

Premiered: 2005

Number of Seasons: 9

Number of Episodes: 201

Network: Global Television Network, NBC

Genres (Tv): Sitcom, Mockumentary, Satire, Romance TV, Romantic comedy, + more

The Office is an American television comedy series that aired on NBC from March 24, 2005 to May 16, 2013. It is an adaptation of the BBC series of the same name. The Office was adapted for ...more
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Star Trek: The Original ... is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list TV Shows You Wish You Were a Character On
brian-james added William Shatner, Leonard Nimoy, DeForest Kelley

Premiered: 1966

Number of Seasons: 3

Number of Episodes: 79

Network: NBC

Genres (Tv): Action/Adventure, Drama, Adventure film, Action, Science Fiction

Star Trek is an American science fiction television series created by Gene Roddenberry that follows the adventures of the starship USS Enterprise and its crew. It later acquired the retronym of ...more
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Arrow is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list TV Shows You Wish You Were a Character On
Jason M Hall added Stephen Amell, Katie Cassidy, Colin Donnell

Premiered: 2012

Number of Seasons: 8

Number of Episodes: 170

Network: The CW Television Network

Genres (Tv): Crime Fiction, Drama, Mystery, Adventure film, Action, + more

Arrow (The CW, 2012) is an American superhero television series developed by Greg Berlanti, Marc Guggenheim, and Andrew Kreisberg, based on the DC Comics character. Five years after being ...more
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Legends of Tomorrow is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list TV Shows You Wish You Were a Character On
Jason M Hall added Victor Garber, Brandon Routh, Arthur Darvill

Premiered: 2016

Number of Seasons: 5

Number of Episodes: 67

Network: The CW

Genres (Tv): Superhero fiction, Action, Adventure, Science fiction, Fantasy

DC's Legends of Tomorrow (The CW, 2016) is an American superhero action-adventure television series spin-off from Arrow and The Flash, existing in the same fictional universe. Intending to stop ...more
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Stranger Things is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list TV Shows You Wish You Were a Character On
Allyson Mitchell added Winona Ryder, David Harbour, Finn Wolfhard

Premiered: 2016

Number of Seasons: 3

Network: Netflix

Genres (Tv): Sci-fi, Horror, Supernatural, Period drama

Stranger Things (Netflix, 2016) is an American science fiction-horror web television series created by The Duffer Brothers. When a young boy (Noah Schnapp) disappears, his mother (Winona Ryder), ...more
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Star Trek: Deep Space Ni... is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list TV Shows You Wish You Were a Character On
brian-james added Avery Brooks, Rene Auberjonois, Cirroc Lofton

Premiered: 1993

Number of Seasons: 7

Number of Episodes: 176

Network: UPN

Genres (Tv): Military science fiction, Action/Adventure, Drama, Adventure film, Action, + more

Watch for Free with Amazon Prime Free Trial Star Trek: Deep Space Nine is a science fiction television series set in the Star Trek universe. The show is set in the Milky Way galaxy, in the years 2369–2375. In contrast to the setting of ...more
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Heroes is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list TV Shows You Wish You Were a Character On
Hayden Panettiere, Jack Coleman, Milo Ventimiglia

Premiered: 2006

Number of Seasons: 4

Number of Episodes: 77

Network: NBC

Genres (Tv): Drama, Television drama series, Thriller, Science Fiction, Fantasy

Heroes is an American science fiction television drama series created by Tim Kring that appeared on NBC for four seasons from September 25, 2006 through February 8, 2010. The series tells the ...more
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Cheers is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list TV Shows You Wish You Were a Character On
Ted Danson, Rhea Perlman, John Ratzenberger

Premiered: 1982

Number of Seasons: 11

Number of Episodes: 273

Network: NBC

Genres (Tv): Sitcom, Comedy

Watch for Free with Amazon Prime Free Trial Cheers is an American sitcom that ran for eleven seasons between 1982 and 1993. The show was produced by Charles/Burrows/Charles Productions in association with Paramount Network Television for ...more
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Winx Club is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list TV Shows You Wish You Were a Character On
Ms.green added Liza Jacqueline, Caren Manuel, Helena Evangeliou

Premiered: 2004

Number of Seasons: 6

Number of Episodes: 156

Network: 4Kids TV, Rai 2, Nickelodeon

Genres (Tv): Animation, Magical girl, Children's television series, Adventure film, Action, + more

Winx Club is an Italian animated television series directed, created and produced by Iginio Straffi and his company Rainbow S.r.l. in co-production with Rai Fiction. It is part of the larger ...more
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New Girl is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list TV Shows You Wish You Were a Character On
Zooey Deschanel, Jake Johnson, Max Greenfield

Premiered: 2011

Number of Seasons: 2

Number of Episodes: 33

Network: Fox Broadcasting Company

Genres (Tv): Sitcom, Comedy

New Girl is an American sitcom television series that premiered on Fox on September 20, 2011. Developed by Elizabeth Meriwether under the working title Chicks & Dicks, the series revolves ...more
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Gravity Falls is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list TV Shows You Wish You Were a Character On
Geiger-SchutzElla added Jason Ritter, Alex Hirsch, Kristen Schaal

Premiered: 2012

Number of Seasons: 1

Number of Episodes: 18

Network: Disney Channel

Genres (Tv): Animation, Animated cartoon, Teen situation comedy, Children's television series, Mystery, + more

Gravity Falls is an American animated television series created by animator Alex Hirsch for Disney Channel, now on Disney XD. The series follows the adventures of Dipper Pines and his twin ...more