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TV Shows You Wish You Were A Character On 

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Updated May 22, 2020 12.1k votes 1k voters 5.1k views 94 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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Friends is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list TV Shows You Wish You Were A Character On
bojanthebest added Jennifer Aniston, Courteney Cox, Lisa Kudrow

Premiered: 1994

Genres (Tv): Sitcom

Friends (NBC, 1994) is an American sitcom television series created by David Crane and Marta Kauffman. The personal and professional lives of six friends (Jennifer Aniston, Courteney Cox, Lisa ...more
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Once Upon a Time is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list TV Shows You Wish You Were A Character On
Ginnifer Goodwin, Jennifer Morrison, Lana Parrilla

Premiered: 2011

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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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

Premiered: 2007

Genres (Tv): Sitcom

The Big Bang Theory (CBS, 2007) is an American television sitcom created by Chuck Lorre and Bill Prady. A woman (Kaley Cuoco) who moves into an apartment across the hall from two brilliant but ...more
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The Flash is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list TV Shows You Wish You Were A Character On
Jason M Hall added Grant Gustin, Candice Patton, Danielle Panabaker

Premiered: 2014

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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How I Met Your Mother is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list TV Shows You Wish You Were A Character On
Josh Radnor, Jason Segel, Cobie Smulders

Premiered: 2005

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 Bays. Through a series of flashbacks, Ted Mosby (Josh Radnor) recounts to his children the journey he ...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

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

Genres (Tv): Crime drama, Mystery

Sherlock (BBC One, 2010) is a British crime television series created by Steven Moffat and Mark Gatiss, based on stories by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. The brilliant yet insensitive detective ...more
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Modern Family is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list TV Shows You Wish You Were A Character On
Ed O'Neill, Sofía Vergara, Julie Bowen

Premiered: 2009

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

Modern Family (ABC, 2009) is an American comedy television sitcom created by Francisco Bobadilla. Three different but related families face trials and tribulations in their own unique way from ...more
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Avatar: The Last Airbend... is listed (or ranked) 9 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

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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Wizards of Waverly Place... is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list TV Shows You Wish You Were A Character On
Ms.green added Selena Gomez, David Henrie, Jake T. Austin

Premiered: 2007

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 Office is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list TV Shows You Wish You Were A Character On
Steve Carell, Rainn Wilson, John Krasinski

Premiered: 2005

Genres (Tv): Sitcom, Mockumentary

The Office (NBC, 2005) is an American mockumentary sitcom television series developed by Greg Daniels, based on the 2001 British series. Led by manager Michael Scott (Steve Carell), the office ...more
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When Calls the Heart is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list TV Shows You Wish You Were A Character On
Megan Hamsher added Erin Krakow, Daniel Lissing, Lori Loughlin

Premiered: 2014

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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Star Wars: The Clone War... is listed (or ranked) 13 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

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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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

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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Star Trek: The Original ... is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list TV Shows You Wish You Were A Character On
brian-james added William Shatner, Leonard Nimoy, DeForest Kelley

Premiered: 1966

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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Gravity Falls is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list TV Shows You Wish You Were A Character On
Geiger-SchutzElla added Jason Ritter, Alex Hirsch, Kristen Schaal

Premiered: 2012

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
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Cheers is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list TV Shows You Wish You Were A Character On
Ted Danson, Rhea Perlman, John Ratzenberger

Premiered: 1982

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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The Mandalorian is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list TV Shows You Wish You Were A Character On
Pedro Pascal, Gina Carano, Nick Nolte

Premiered: 2019

Genres (Tv): Drama, Space Opera, Science Fiction

The Mandalorian (Disney+, 2019) is an American space opera web television series set in the Star Wars universe created by George Lucas. Taking place after the events in Return of the Jedi, but ...more
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Heroes is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list TV Shows You Wish You Were A Character On
Hayden Panettiere, Jack Coleman, Milo Ventimiglia

Premiered: 2006

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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Star vs. The Forces of E... is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list TV Shows You Wish You Were A Character On
Tamia Cerrate, Eden Sher, Adam McArthur

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 Trek: Deep Space Ni... is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list TV Shows You Wish You Were A Character On
brian-james added Avery Brooks, Rene Auberjonois, Cirroc Lofton

Premiered: 1993

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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Penny Dreadful is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list TV Shows You Wish You Were A Character On
bobo69 added Josh Hartnett, Timothy Dalton, Eva Green

Premiered: 2014

Genres (Tv): Horror, Supernatural, Mystery

Penny Dreadful (Showtime, 2014) is a British-American horror drama television series created by John Logan. Explorer Sir Malcolm Murray (Timothy Dalton), American gunslinger Ethan Chandler (Josh ...more
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Star Trek: Enterprise is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list TV Shows You Wish You Were A Character On
brian-james added Scott Bakula, John Billingsley, Jolene Blalock

Premiered: 2001

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

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. The series premiered September 26, 2001, on the UPN television network with the final episode airing ...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

Premiered: 2012

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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American Horror Story is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list TV Shows You Wish You Were A Character On
bobo69 added Connie Britton, Dylan McDermott, Evan Peters

Premiered: 2011

Genres (Tv): Anthology, Horror, Supernatural

American Horror Story (FX, 2011) is an American anthology horror television series created by Ryan Murphy and Brad Falchuk. An anthology series centering on different characters and locations, ...more