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TV Shows You Wish You Were A Character On

Updated May 22, 2020 11.3k votes 1.0k voters 5.5k 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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  • Mad Men1
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    Mad Men

    Jon Hamm, Elisabeth Moss

    Premiered2007

    Genres (Tv)Period drama, Serial drama

    Mad Men (AMC, 2007) is an American period drama television series created by Matthew Weiner.... more on Wikipedia
  • Sex and the City2
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    Sex and the City

    Sarah Jessica Parker, Kim Cattrall

    Premiered1998

    Genres (Tv)Romantic comedy

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    Sex and the City (HBO, 1998) is an American romantic comedy-drama television series created by... more on Wikipedia
  • Fringe3
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    122

    Fringe

    Anna Torv, Joshua Jackson

    Premiered2008

    Genres (Tv)Sci-fi, Supernatural drama

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    Fringe (Fox, 2008) is an American science fiction television series created by J. J. Abrams,... more on Wikipedia
  • The Flash4
    140
    108

    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 on Wikipedia
  • Once Upon a Time5
    196
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    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 on Wikipedia
  • Friends6
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    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 on Wikipedia
  • 247
    108
    109

    24

    Kiefer Sutherland, Mary Lynn Rajskub

    Premiered2001

    Genres (Tv)Espionage, Crime Fiction, Action/Adventure, Drama, Thriller

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    24 (Fox, 2001) is an American drama television series created by Joel Surnow and Robert... more on Wikipedia
  • Doctor Who8
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    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 on Wikipedia
  • Wizards of Waverly Place9
    51
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    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 on Wikipedia
  • Sherlock10
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    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 on Wikipedia
  • Avatar: The Last Airbender11
    81
    91

    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 is an American television series that aired for three seasons on... more on Wikipedia
  • The Big Bang Theory12
    157
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    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 on Wikipedia
  • Parenthood13
    82
    102

    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 on Wikipedia
  • The Office14
    114
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    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 on Wikipedia
  • How I Met Your Mother15
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    How I Met Your Mother

    Josh Radnor, Jason Segel

    Premiered2005

    Genres (Tv)Sitcom, Romantic comedy

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    How I Met Your Mother (CBS, 2005) is an American sitcom created by Craig Thomas and Carter... more on Wikipedia
  • Modern Family16
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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 on Wikipedia
  • Criminal Minds17
    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 on Wikipedia
  • Star Trek: The Next Generation18
    79
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    Star Trek: The Next Generation

    Patrick Stewart, Brent Spiner

    Premiered1987

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

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    Star Trek: The Next Generation is an American science fiction television series created by... more on Wikipedia
  • Star Trek: The Original Series19
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    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 on Wikipedia
  • Star Wars: The Clone Wars20
    60
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    Star Wars: The Clone Wars

    Tom Kane, Dee Bradley Baker

    Premiered2008

    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... more on Wikipedia
  • Gravity Falls21
    29
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    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 on Wikipedia
  • Penny Dreadful22
    7
    7

    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 on Wikipedia
  • Star Trek: Enterprise23
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    Star Trek: Enterprise

    Scott Bakula, John Billingsley

    Premiered2001

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

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    Star Trek: Enterprise is a science fiction TV series and a prequel to the original Star Trek.... more on Wikipedia
  • Buffy the Vampire Slayer24
    4
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    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 on Wikipedia
  • Star Trek: Voyager25
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    Star Trek: Voyager

    Kate Mulgrew, Robert Beltran

    Premiered1995

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

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    Star Trek: Voyager is a science fiction television series, set in the Star Trek universe. The... more on Wikipedia