1. Ron Swanson on Parks and Recreation
You cannot argue this one. Ron Swanson is the best character on TV. Hands down. With each season, he continues to get better. This season started off with a glimpse into Ron's past as all three Tammys showed up - his first wife, second wife, and his mom. Yep, all named Tammy. You also couldn't help but love Ron Swanson as a no-nonsense wilderness camp leader. I am constantly craving more Ron Swanson and his mustache.
2. Jess Day on New Girl
Why has Zooey Deschanel not been on tv until now? There are quirky, nerdy little girls (and big girls like me) who need to know it is okay to be quirky and nerdy. Jess is our role model. Plus, she has this awkward yet loving relationship with her three male roommates. By far the best Jess line so far:
"I brake for birds. I rock a lot of polka dots. I have touched glitter in the last 24 hours. I spend my entire day talking to children. And I find it fundamentally strange that you’re not a dessert person. It freaks me out. I’m sorry that I don’t talk like Murphy Brown. And I hate your pants suit. I wish it had ribbons on it or something just to make it slightly cuter but that doesn’t mean I’m not smart and tough and strong."Glorious. I want to be more like Jess.
3. Temperance Brennan on Bones
Those Deschanel sisters are awesome, right? Bones is not on right now due to Emily Deschanel's maternity leave, but I cannot wait for it to come back. I think her character is perhaps one of the most under appreciated on tv. She is basically brilliant, but terrible at reading social cues, which makes for some interesting moments. Plus she gets to solve murders and hang out with a hot FBI agent. Now that's my idea of a good time. Smart girls are awesome.
4. Cam on Modern Family
I am pretty sure that Cam is on everyone's list. How can you not love him? Especially when he was laughing as his daughter dropped f bombs. Wouldn't we all want to do the same? Best cold open this season - his sleep clowning. Funny and frightening at the same time.
5. Sheldon Cooper on The Big Bang Theory
I'm a little late to the game on The Big Bang Theory. I just started watching this year, and went through five seasons in just a few months. How on earth had I been missing out on the delightful geeky awkwardness that is Sheldon Cooper? The episode when he loses it and is popping around in a kiddy ball pit was perhaps the funniest thing I have ever seen. And of course, I love "Soft Kitty."
6. Emily Thorne on Revenge
Most of what I watch is comedies, but I happened to start Revenge earlier this year and was immediately hooked. That Emily Thorne is so stinkin smart and crafty. Plus she's uber wealthy, so she gets to wear fancy clothes and go to fancy parties. That would be pretty cool...
7. Alex on Whitney
I know there are a lot of Whitney haters, but I enjoy the show. It has gotten tons better since it started. Mostly I keep watching because I love Alex, and his relationship with Whitney. He puts up with those times that she is totally neurotic, which is most of the time, but he also messes up sometimes too. I like that their relationship is a little more equal than most that you see on tv. The episode that showed how they met was the one that stole my heart.
8. Tom Haverford on Parks and Recreation
At first, I found Tom kind of annoying. Probably because he is supposed to feel like your immature little brother, that somehow grew up and has a big kid job, yet still acts like he is five. Eventually though he grew on me. I think it was when I heard all of his variations on food names (if you don't know what I am talking about, see this website.Who doesn't want to eat Chicky chicky parm parm (chicken parmesan), or apps and zerts (appetizers and desserts)?