Entertainment TV Shows You Wish You Were a Character On  

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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
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
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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The Big Bang Theory is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list TV Shows You Wish You Were a Character On
bojanthebest added Johnny Galecki, Jim Parsons, Kaley Cuoco
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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Once Upon a Time is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list TV Shows You Wish You Were a Character On
Ginnifer Goodwin, Jennifer Morrison, Lana Parrilla
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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167 187
Doctor Who is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list TV Shows You Wish You Were a Character On
brian-james added Christopher Eccleston, David Tennant, Matt Smith
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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178 202
How I Met Your Mother is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list TV Shows You Wish You Were a Character On
Josh Radnor, Jason Segel, Cobie Smulders
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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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
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 Airbender 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
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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Modern Family is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list TV Shows You Wish You Were a Character On
Ed O'Neill, Sofía Vergara, Julie Bowen
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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54 62
When Calls the Heart is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list TV Shows You Wish You Were a Character On
Megan Hamsher added Erin Krakow, Daniel Lissing, Lori Loughlin
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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The Office is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list TV Shows You Wish You Were a Character On
Rainn Wilson, John Krasinski, Jenna Fischer
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 Wars: The Clone Wars is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list TV Shows You Wish You Were a Character On
Jason M Hall added Tom Kane, Dee Bradley Baker, Matt Lanter
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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126 176
Cheers is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list TV Shows You Wish You Were a Character On
Ted Danson, Rhea Perlman, John Ratzenberger
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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Wizards of Waverly Place is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list TV Shows You Wish You Were a Character On
Ms.green added Selena Gomez, David Henrie, Jake T. Austin
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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Heroes is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list TV Shows You Wish You Were a Character On
Hayden Panettiere, Jack Coleman, Milo Ventimiglia
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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Star Trek: The Original Series 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
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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Firefly is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list TV Shows You Wish You Were a Character On
Nathan Fillion, Gina Torres, Alan Tudyk
Watch for Free with Amazon Prime Free Trial Firefly is an American space western science fiction drama television series created by writer and director Joss Whedon, under his Mutant Enemy Productions label. Whedon served as an executive ...more

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Criminal Minds is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list TV Shows You Wish You Were a Character On
Caitlin Smith added Shemar Moore, Matthew Gray Gubler, Thomas Gibson
Criminal Minds is an American police-procedural television program that premiered September 22, 2005, on CBS. The series follows a team of profilers from the FBI's Behavioral Analysis Unit based ...more

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Star Trek: Deep Space Nine is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list TV Shows You Wish You Were a Character On
brian-james added Avery Brooks, Rene Auberjonois, Cirroc Lofton
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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New Girl is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list TV Shows You Wish You Were a Character On
Zooey Deschanel, Jake Johnson, Max Greenfield
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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Gilmore Girls is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list TV Shows You Wish You Were a Character On
Lauren Graham, Alexis Bledel, Scott Patterson
Gilmore Girls is an American comedy-drama series created by Amy Sherman-Palladino, starring Lauren Graham and Alexis Bledel. On October 5, 2000, the series debuted on the WB to widespread ...more

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Parks and Recreation is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list TV Shows You Wish You Were a Character On
Amy Poehler, Jim O'Heir, Nick Offerman
Parks and Recreation is an American television sitcom starring Amy Poehler as Leslie Knope, a perky, mid-level bureaucrat in the parks department of Pawnee, a fictional town in Indiana. Created ...more

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The Walking Dead is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list TV Shows You Wish You Were a Character On
bojanthebest added Andrew Lincoln, Jon Bernthal, Sarah Wayne Callies
The Walking Dead (A&E, 2010) is an American post-apocalyptic horror television series developed by Frank Darabont, based on the comic book series by Robert Kirkman, Tony Moore, and Charlie ...more

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Arrow is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list TV Shows You Wish You Were a Character On
Jason M Hall added Stephen Amell, Katie Cassidy, Colin Donnell
Arrow 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 stranded on a hostile ...more

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Legends of Tomorrow is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list TV Shows You Wish You Were a Character On
Jason M Hall added Victor Garber, Brandon Routh, Arthur Darvill
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