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’09 In Review: The most entertaining/enticing characters on TV

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…I’m throwing in one more year in review listicle before I move on to 2010 and new business…for all you TV junkies out there, here’s my pick of the best TV characters of 2009 (in random order):

  • Joan Holloway/Mad Men (Christina Hendricks)–she had fewer appearances this season than the previous two, which had us wanting her more. She is stunning, fierce and endearing, and the most compelling female character on the show.
  • Charlie Kelly/It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia (Charlie Day)–he’s more than Paddy’s handyman, Dennis and Mac’s sidekick, and Frank’s roommate—sometimes, believe it or not, he’s the smartest one in the bar.
  • Abed/Community (Danny Pudi)–he had me at The Breakfast Club quotes…Abed provides the contrasting slapstick to Jeff’s (Joel McHale) smug and smart-ass remarks, and also, a plethora of pop culture references (awesome!).
  • Sue Sylvester/Glee (Jane Lynch)–at first she simply enchanted us with her tough-talking ruthlessness, only to be revealed as one of the most complex characters on TV, with some of the most whip-smart memorable lines ever.
  • Gemma Teller Morrow/Sons of Anarchy (Katey Sagal)–she’s more than just Clay’s (Ron Perlman) ‘old lady,’ she’s the most bad-ass mom currently on television, and she’s the heart and soul of this show.
  • Phil Dunphy/Modern Family (Ty Burrell)– the fun-loving pushover father/husband steals the scene every time, with his antics, excuses and young-at-heart energy which keeps us laughing and always rooting for him to finally get it right.
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Glee=the best new comedy of the fall TV premieres

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That’s right, I’m putting it out there–-Glee is the best new comedy of the fall TV premieres. A musical comedy about high school, primarily through the eyes of the members of glee club, which includes kids from various stereotypical cliques, as they not only try to get through their own issues, but navigate through the club’s moments of glory and humiliation, and actually win their singing competitions

Unfortunately, the adults around them aren’t all that helpful as they are caught up in their own dysfunctional entanglements, demonstrating the notion that even grown ups aren’t grown up. Glee is full of over-the-top characters and antics, and brims with sharp dialogue. And the musical performances–varying in genres and decades–kicks up the energy and of course help move along the narrative.

And above all that, it’s got Jane Lynch, and every single scene she’s in—bullying her way through the halls of William McKinley High School as the cocky and abrasive cheer coach, the Cheerios as they are called, sparking a confrontation, scheming with her cheerleaders, ridiculing her archenemy, Spanish teacher and director of the glee club, Will Schuester (Matthew Morrison), giving that unflinching stare while brilliantly delivering some of the most absurd yet whip-smart lines in TV history—she steals it.

Lynch is primarily known for her performances in Best in Show and The 40-Year-Old Virgin, but watching her as the tough-talking, ball-busting, manipulative, extremely competitive, political-correctness-what’s-that Sue Sylvester, I can’t imagine her in anything else.  And for that I not only expect that she will be nominated for an Emmy, but that she will probably win.

Below is an eight minute clip from last night’s episode…the first part includes Lynch, but of course I recommend watching the whole clip…

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