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The Six Coolest Characters Currently on TV

I love scripted TV. I have a ton of favorite shows. Some are currently airing and some won’t be back till later in the year  Each of these shows have an intriguing cast of characters.  Here is a list and some thoughts about the six most interesting characters on my favorite shows that are currently airing new episodes

Saul Goodman

Show: Breaking Bad

Played by: Bob Odenkirk

In the second season of AMC’s “Breaking Bad” budding drug kingpins Jesse Pinkman and Walter White needed a lawyer to defend one of their dealers who had gotten busted.  Jesse pointed out that the type of lawyer they needed didn’t just practice criminal law, he thought like one. So they sought out Saul Goodman. At first Glance Saul, seemed like a schmuck and shyster, but as you got to know him it turns out that’s one of his strengths, because that’s what Saul wants you to think. Underneath that exterior is a cunning and enterprising mind.  Bob Odenkirk is great at playing both sides. So Saul is a funny and compelling character who steals every scene he’s in

Raylan Givens

Show: Justified

Played by: Timothy Olyphant

In the opening episode of FX’s  Justified US Marshal Raylan Givens is a cool and confidant man, especially when it comes to violence. In the pilot he calmly warns two criminals that if they don’t get out of town he’ll be forced to gun them down. When they don’t Raylan shows that like the Marshal’s of the Old West he also has a lightning fast draw.  It seems like these two elements really shouldn’t go well together in a realistic character, but they do. That’s because there’s another element to Raylan’s character that his ex-wife identifies at the end of the pilot when she calls him one of the angriest men alive.  Timothy Olyphant expertly juggles all these elements to make Raylan a believable and incredibly charismatic character. I was a fan of his work on Deadwood, where he played a similar type of character and here he shows he can play that same type of character in a modern day setting

Hugo “Hurley” Reyes

Show: Lost

Played by Jorge Garcia
Picking one of the coolest characters on Lost is tough. It’s a show with so many great and interesting characters.  Michael Emerson’s Benjamin Linus was almost my pick, but as of late Hurley has become incredibly interesting.  That’s because he seems to be changing and really coming into his own. Hurley was never one of the dashing action hero types , but he was always an important part of the story. He was sort of the soul of the group. He cared a lot about everybody and tried to make people happy. Over the course of the show he’s stayed that but he’s become so much more. He started seeing ghostly visions who would talk to only him. At first he felt like he was crazy and then he felt burdened by the knowledge that the ghosts would share with him. Now as the show is coming to an end Hurley is accepting his role as speaker for the dead. He’s still the same good natured soul, but he’s suddenly become very important to the show’s mythology and I’m glad he did. Jorge Garcia does a great job conveying Hurley’s every man qualities and both his reluctance and budding confidence in his new role

Dean Winchester

Show: Supernatural

Played by Jensen Ackles

When I first started watching Supernatural the only thing I liked about Dean Winchester was his music collection. Over the course of five seasons (the fifth is currently airing) he’s really grown on me and I’ve discovered there’s a lot to like about the character. He’s got a great sense of humor,  a resolve and strength that allows him to push through and get past horrors that would drive most poeple insane, and a doofy suaveness.  He’s also got a closetful of personal demons. He’s haunted by his childhood which he spent learning to kill demons and monsters. He  also desperately craved the approval of his emotionally distant father, and then his father died and he came to realize how crappy of a father his dad actually was.  Now he’s haunted by the fact that the biblical apocalypse is unfolding and he has a significant role to play in it. He’s like a combination of  Spider-Man and Han Solo. Jensen Ackles has a natural charisma about him that makes Dean seem  even more likable.

Gene Hunt

Show: Ashes to Ashes

Played by Philip Glenister
Gene Hunt isn’t just one of the coolest characters in the crop of TV shows currently airing. He’s easily one of the greatest police characters in the history of television. Hunt made his debut in Life in Mars a UK Cop drama about a modern day police detective mysteriously transported back to the 1970s where he met his new boss DCI Gene Hunt. Hunt was an arrogant, obnoxious, brutal, loud mouth, chavaunist, and a bit of a jack-ass. And  Thanks to Glenister’s portrayal you loved him. Part of that portrayal showed that even though  Hunt was all those negative things he was still a dedicated and caring cop.  Life on Mars only lasted two seasons but thankfully it was followed up by a spin off series called Ashes to Ashes, which is currently in it’s third and final season. Recent developments on the show seem to indicate that Gene is perhaps harboring a terrible secret and I can’t wait to find out what it is

The 11th Doctor

Show: Doctor Who

Played by: Matt Smith

As I write this I’ve only seen two episodes of the current season of Doctor Who (Three have aired in the UK and one in the US). So some of you are probably wondering, why the hell I chose this character? That’s because the two episodes I’ve seen have been really, really good. I loved David Tennant’s Doctor so I thought I would really be missing him when Matt Smith took over the role, but to Smith’s credit  I haven’t and like I said it’s only been two episodes. That’s a pretty big feat. I’m by no means a Doctor Who expert, I’ve only really seen the newer series, but to me it seems like the Doctor has two major character traits: his sense of wonder and his sense of anger and moral outrage. In the pilot episode, Smith showed he was great at the former and in the second episode we got a hint at how he would handle the later and he appeared to knock that out of the park as well. So I’m definitely eager to see what’s next for the 11th incarnation of the UK’s premier sci-fi hero.

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  1. April 20, 2010 at 2:53 am

    Nice Info, thanks For share, I Will Visit Back

  2. Lucy
    May 1, 2010 at 12:32 pm

    Ï fully agree with the choice of Dean Winchester. Jensen Ackles is one of the most talented actors on television today, IMO, and his way of portraying DW makes the character really special!

  3. steve
    August 2, 2010 at 1:17 am

    Are you serious?? No Hank Moody?? Dexter Morgan??? Don Draper??I would have figured them for shoe-ins. Seriously, this list is terrible. Hugo Reyes is cooler than Hank Moody? Hank Moody may be the coolest tv character in history.

    • August 17, 2010 at 4:58 am

      It may not have come across as clear but my intention was for this to be a list of the six coolest characters on TV at the time, which meant shows that were airing at the time. Sorry if that didn’t come across. Also the list is obviously subjective. You have your opinion and I have mine. Both of us are right and both of us are wrong. I’ve never seen Californication. I’ve been meaning to give it a try. Thanks for your post

  4. January 1, 2012 at 12:58 am

    I borrowed your picture of Saul Goodman, hope you don’t mind!

    • January 6, 2012 at 8:10 am

      No problem I borrowed if from google images 😉

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