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TV Shows You Wish You Were A Character On

Updated May 22, 2020 10.9k votes 1.0k voters 5.7k views94 items

List RulesShows 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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  • New Girl1
    250
    134

    New Girl

    Zooey Deschanel, Jake Johnson

    Premiered2011

    Genres (Tv)Sitcom

    New Girl (Fox, 2011) is an American sitcom television series created by Elizabeth Meriwether....  more
  • Fringe2
    155
    123

    Fringe

    Anna Torv, Joshua Jackson

    Premiered2008

    Genres (Tv)Sci-fi, Supernatural drama

    Watch for Free with Amazon Prime Free Trial
    Fringe (Fox, 2008) is an American science fiction television series created by J. J. Abrams,...  more
  • The Flash3
    122
    106

    The Flash

    Grant Gustin, Candice Patton

    Premiered2014

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

    The Flash (The CW, 2014) is an American superhero television series developed by Greg...  more
  • Friends4
    209
    199

    Friends

    Jennifer Aniston, Courteney Cox

    Premiered1994

    Genres (Tv)Sitcom

    Friends (NBC, 1994) is an American sitcom television series created by David Crane and Marta...  more
  • Once Upon a Time5
    193
    190

    Once Upon a Time

    Ginnifer Goodwin, Jennifer Morrison

    Premiered2011

    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...  more
  • Doctor Who6
    157
    168

    Doctor Who

    Christopher Eccleston, David Tennant

    Premiered1963

    Genres (Tv)Sci-fi, Adventure, Drama

    Doctor Who (BBC, 2005) is a British science-fiction television show created by Sydney Newman,...  more
  • Wizards of Waverly Place7
    51
    49

    Wizards of Waverly Place

    Selena Gomez, David Henrie

    Premiered2007

    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...  more
  • The Big Bang Theory8
    157
    185

    The Big Bang Theory

    Johnny Galecki, Jim Parsons

    Premiered2007

    Genres (Tv)Sitcom

    The Big Bang Theory (CBS, 2007) is an American television sitcom created by Chuck Lorre and...  more
  • Sherlock9
    95
    107

    Sherlock

    Benedict Cumberbatch, Martin Freeman

    Premiered2010

    Genres (Tv)Crime drama, Mystery

    Sherlock (BBC One, 2010) is a British crime television series created by Steven Moffat and...  more
  • Avatar: The Last Airbender10
    80
    88

    Avatar: The Last Airbender

    Zach Tyler, Dee Bradley Baker

    Premiered2005

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

    Avatar: The Last Airbender (Nickelodeon, 2005) is an American television series created by...  more
  • The Office11
    118
    147

    The Office

    Steve Carell, Rainn Wilson

    Premiered2005

    Genres (Tv)Sitcom, Mockumentary

    The Office (NBC, 2005) is an American mockumentary sitcom television series developed by Greg...  more
  • Parenthood12
    81
    101

    Parenthood

    Peter Krause, Lauren Graham

    Premiered2010

    Genres (Tv)Drama, Comedy-drama

    Parenthood (NBC, 2010) is an American television drama series created by Jason Katims. Four...  more
  • How I Met Your Mother13
    145
    190

    How I Met Your Mother

    Josh Radnor, Jason Segel

    Premiered2005

    Genres (Tv)Sitcom, Romantic comedy

    Watch for Free with Amazon Prime Free Trial
    How I Met Your Mother (CBS, 2005) is an American sitcom created by Craig Thomas and Carter...  more
  • Modern Family14
    124
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    Modern Family

    Ed O'Neill, Sofía Vergara

    Premiered2009

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

    Modern Family (ABC, 2009) is an American comedy television sitcom created by Francisco...  more
  • Charmed15
    5
    1

    Charmed

    Shannen Doherty, Holly Marie Combs

    Premiered1998

    Genres (Tv)Drama, Fantasy, Supernatural

    Charmed (The WB, 1998) is an American fantasy drama television series created by Constance M....  more
  • Star Trek: The Next Generation16
    78
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    Star Trek: The Next Generation

    Patrick Stewart, Brent Spiner

    Premiered1987

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

    Watch for Free with Amazon Prime Free Trial
    Star Trek: The Next Generation is an American science fiction television series created by...  more
  • Star Trek: The Original Series17
    53
    70

    Star Trek: The Original Series

    William Shatner, Leonard Nimoy

    Premiered1966

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

    Star Trek is an American science fiction television series created by Gene Roddenberry that...  more
  • Criminal Minds18
    47
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    Criminal Minds

    Shemar Moore, Matthew Gray Gubler

    Premiered2005

    Genres (Tv)Crime Fiction, Police procedural, Crime, Suspense, Drama

    Criminal Minds (CBS, 2005) is an American police-procedural television program. The series...  more
  • Gravity Falls19
    29
    38

    Gravity Falls

    Jason Ritter, Alex Hirsch

    Premiered2012

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

    Gravity Falls is an American animated television series created by animator Alex Hirsch for...  more
  • Puella Magi Madoka Magica20
    4
    2

    Puella Magi Madoka Magica

    Chiwa Saitō, Junko Iwao

    Premiered2011

    Genres (Tv)Animation, Magical girl, Drama, Tragedy, Horror Film

    Puella Magi Madoka Magica is a Japanese anime television series produced by Shaft and Aniplex....  more
  • Little Witch Academia21
    4
    2

    Little Witch Academia

    Megumi Han, Erica Mendez

    Premiered2017

    Genres (Tv)Anime, Fantasy

    Little Witch Academia (Netflix, 2017) is an anime television series created by Yoh Yoshinari....  more
  • Star Trek: Enterprise22
    39
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    Star Trek: Enterprise

    Scott Bakula, John Billingsley

    Premiered2001

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

    Watch for Free with Amazon Prime Free Trial
    Star Trek: Enterprise is a science fiction TV series and a prequel to the original Star Trek....  more
  • The Mandalorian23
    11
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    The Mandalorian

    Pedro Pascal, Gina Carano

    Premiered2019

    Genres (Tv)Drama, Space Opera, Science Fiction

    The Mandalorian (Disney+, 2019) is an American space opera web television series set in the...  more
  • Buffy the Vampire Slayer24
    5
    5

    Buffy the Vampire Slayer

    Sarah Michelle Gellar, Alyson Hannigan

    Premiered1997

    Genres (Tv)Supernatural, Horror, Comedy-drama, Teen drama, Action

    Buffy the Vampire Slayer (The WB, 1997) is an American supernatural drama television series...  more
  • Penny Dreadful25
    7
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    Penny Dreadful

    Josh Hartnett, Timothy Dalton

    Premiered2014

    Genres (Tv)Horror, Supernatural, Mystery

    Penny Dreadful (Showtime, 2014) is a British-American horror drama television series created...  more