Merry Christmas Open Thread

I’m home alone for Christmas (poor me) and it’s been quite pleasant. I was informed by my mother that my sparkling disposition makes me a scrooge, but I am actually quite busy preparing for my trip south. Dad is having another knee surgery down in South Carolina while they snowbird there, so I had to go to their house and pick up a bunch of stuff (walker, ice packs, etc.), as well as all their mail to date, so that I may drop it off on the way down. I’m going to stay the night with them tomorrow night and then finish the drive to South Beach on Thursday.

Currently taking a break and continuing my Boston Legal marathon on Hulu. I’ve decided that Denny Crane is up there with Chuck McGill from Better Call Saul as one of my favorite characters ever. I also love Louis Litt from Suits. What are your favorite characters from a tv show?

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    guachi says:

    In-laws are over and they are watching Murder, She Wrote (S1 E19). I’ve always liked Jessica Fletcher.

    Even watching it at the age of 10 I enjoyed a show largely aimed at adults and stuffed full of older actors largely because Angela Lansbury is so good.

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    MagdaInBlack says:

    That picture is so wrong, I sent it to 3 friends who would appreciate the wonderful wrongness ✨☺️

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    Burnspbesq says:

    President Bartlett and Hawk.

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    Greetings all, and Merry Christmas to those who partake.

    Had a lovely Christmas Eve dinner last night with friends. Today was the leisurely Christmas morning — and the first on my own terms, since Mom died earlier this year. (Yes, the holidays have been a bit bittersweet, on the whole I’m enjoying finally, at age 54, being able to do them the way I want.*)

    Lunching on an individual ham dinner meal I picked up the supermarket, which is surprisingly good, especially the stuffing. Plus some leftover creamed corn I made for last night’s get together. (The recipe is from a restaurant Mom and I always ate Thanksgiving at, which known for their creamed corn, so much so they have postcards with the recipe by the hostess’ desk. )

    In a bit I’ll head over for a get together of some extended relatives, who I’m not terribly close to, and who’s politics can be well… I may not go again in future years, but felt a bit obligated this year. However, I told them I can only drop by for a bit before dinner — no more 3 p.m. to 1 a.m. marathons like years of yore! And I do truly have an orphans dinner with chosen family tonight.

    All and all, a nice peaceful way to spend Christmas. The only downside is I same to be getting a resurgence of the lingering seven-week cold from hell that I thought I was finally over. Not the thing I want to come back when I’m headed down to Palm Springs on Thursday for a four-day R&R getaway.

    *As the spinster daughter with a brother who was only loosely in touch with us, I inherited the job of being the dutiful daughter who always visited/hosted Mom for the holidays.

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    aj says:

    Yes, also home alone and also not drinking which is awesome.

    Hope everyone is doing well and really glad BJ is here for some solace, intelligent posts (from the other FP’ers, John ;), and the occasional laugh.

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    Capt. Sisko, Kira, Garak, DS9 had great characters.

    BTW I like your nativity scene. But it is missing the kitteh!

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    Burnspbesq says:

    And McMurphy. Can’t forget McMurphy.

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    frosty says:

    That nativity scene is the berries. None of my family figured it out, I think the camels threw them off.

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    NotMax says:

    With hope that Adam is around to see this,

    Christmas is a time for fun, silliness and maybe even a little magic. That’s what the genre’s films have taught us anyway, but unfortunately, there are few superhero flicks that feature the holiday’s biggest mascot, Santa Claus. Luckily, the comics have featured plenty of collaborations between the character and DC and Marvel’s greatest heroes that make a fascinating premise if not the next holiday classic.

    Ok, perhaps that’s a bit extreme, but nevertheless here are some of Santa’s greatest encounters with superheroes that could (but probably never will) be made into movies.

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    Juju says:

    David Rossi and Penelope Garcia on “ Criminal Minds”, Dr. Daniel Auschlander on “St. Elsewhere” and Mark Harmon in his CSI show from time to time because he’s a mature hottie.

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    frosty says:

    @jeffreyw: you win.

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    khead says:

    Reinhold Daniel Fielding Elmore

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    James E Powell says:

    I’m home alone for Christmas

    You’re never really alone when you’re on twitter.

    So many great TV characters that it’s hard to choose one, but if I had to, I’d say Detective Arthur P. Dietrich, 12th Precinct, NYPD

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    Leto says:

    Leslie Knope, Ron Swanson, and company (Parks and Rec)

    John: which city are your parents snowbirding in? My parents headed back to Charleston for the holidays but will be back Jan 3rd to help take care of me. Kind of a reverse snowbird. They’ve complained a good bit about the PA cold already, but man, can’t wait to see them from Jan – April :)

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    gene108 says:

    Maxwell Smart, Secret Agent 86

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    Mornington Crescent says:

    Reverend Jim on Taxi.

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    MomSense says:

    I’m having way too much fun this Christmas. Kids are all here and we’ve been cooking, eating, drinking, and playing music all day.

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    Bruuuuce says:

    CJ Cregg and Susan Ivanova rock!

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    NotMax says:

    Ancient TV: Maynard G. Krebs, Connie Brooks
    Classic TV: Mr. Spock, Rhoda Morgenstern
    Modern TV: Cleaver Greene, Jaye Tyler

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    gene108 says:

    @Mornington Crescent:

    Christopher Lloyd is a great actor.

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    frosty says:

    Recent favorite: Detective Chief Superintendent Christopher Foyle, Foyle’s War. Michael Kitchen does a great job as Foyle.

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    MomSense says:


    Foyle’s War is such a good series.

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    Flanders Other Neighbor says:

    Spock: “Logic clearly dictates that the needs of the many outweigh the needs of the few.” (Although that’s a movie quote..)

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    frosty says:

    @Mornington Crescent: Thirded for Rev Jim. The best thing for me was the backstory they set up for how he ended up as a reverend.

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    Barbara says:

    Bobby Goren from Criminal Intent.

    Planning to go see On the Basis of Sex in a few minutes. Made Christmas late lunch/early dinner with my family and former au pair who will be dog sitting for us. We had an exotic fruit tasting before we launched the unwrapping. We also had a ginger ale tasting after lunch. We are really not very wild and crazy hereabouts.

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    @Bruuuuce: They absolutely do!

    @frosty: We just had dinner last week with someone who newly discovered Foyle’s War. She was getting it from the library.

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    frosty says:

    @MomSense: I’m a bit of a WWII history buff and they got the details right, like testing the skip bombing the Dam Busters used in the Ruhr.

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    Yutsano says:

    Maude. Bea Arthur was the ultimate ham in muumuus.

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    MP says:

    Omar from the Wire, Geoffrey Tennant from Slings and Arrows

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    Brachiator says:

    What are your favorite characters from a tv show?

    Ruth Wilson as Alice Morgan on the British tv series Luther. She is Luther’s Guardian Devil.

    Some broadcast tv station was recently running complete seasons of The Saint. I realized that I had a great fondness for Roger Moore’s Simon Templar.

    ETA. And I greatly love Foyle, of Foyle’s War.

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    SiubhanDuinne says:

    About to have dinner — filet mignon, with various sauces; baked potato, mushrooms, onions, Brussels sprouts; traditional pumpkin pie for dessert. Just two of us (my cousin and me), minimal gifts, and a pleasant leisurely afternoon.

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    frosty says:

    @gene108: Agent 86? Nah, Agent 99. A major crush for us boys. Well, along with Emma Peel TBH.

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    MomSense says:


    And the cars and clothes are also spot on.

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    A Ghost To Most says:

    Sheldon Cooper.

    We’re about to pull the chuck roast, and add salt and caraway seed to some nice kaiser rolls. Off to grate the horseradish root. Beef on wick!

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    Ferdinand says:

    Kara Thrace (Starbuck) and Gaius Baltar from Battlestar Galactica. Willow from Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Archie Bunker and Meathead. Adrian Monk. Tyrion Lannister. Westworld’s Maeve. Chuck’s Chuck. Bugs Bunny. Sookie Stackhouse of True Blood.

    Imma gonna stop cuz I just thought of Marvel …

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    NotMax says:


    Ever see the movie about that? Good flick, although the name of the canine mascot is, to be the most charitable, problematic squared. BTW, per Wikipedia:

    The attack on the Death Star in the climax of the film Star Wars is a deliberate and acknowledged homage to the climactic sequence of The Dam Busters. In the former film, rebel pilots have to fly through a trench while evading enemy fire and fire a proton torpedo at a precise distance from the target to destroy the entire base with a single explosion; if one run fails, another run must be made by a different pilot. In addition to the similarity of the scenes, some of the dialogue is nearly identical. Star Wars also ends with an Elgarian march, like The Dam Busters. The same may be said of 633 Squadron, in which a squadron of de Havilland Mosquitos must drop a bomb on a rock overhanging a key German factory at the end of a Norwegian fjord. Gilbert Taylor, responsible for Special Effects Photography on The Dam Busters, was the Director of Cinematography for Star Wars/.

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    Ferdinand says:

    Doctor Who!

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    RSA says:

    Some of my favorite TV series (a) produced great characters and (b) were canceled after one season. Offhand, I’m remembering John Glover as Satan in Brimstone, Paul Blackstone as Harry Dresden in the Dresden Files, and Caroline Dhavernas as Jaye Tyler in Wonderfalls.

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    Ruckus says:

    @Mornington Crescent:
    Reverend Jim.
    One of my all time favs. He’d almost always steal the scene.

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    NotMax says:

    Cute-ish short film found during insomnia time last night on the DUSTx channel, Orbit Ever After. Sort of “what if O. Henry wrote science fiction?” One of the actors in it is Mackenzie Crook (Detectorists).

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    A Sue says:

    Walter Bishop in Fringe

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    NotMax says:

    Bleary-eyed code fail. Fix.

    Cute-ish short film found during insomnia time last night on the DUSTx channel, Orbit Ever After. Sort of “what if O. Henry wrote science fiction?” One of the actors in it is Mackenzie Crook (Detectorists).

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    MagdaInBlack says:

    @A Ghost To Most:
    You’re grinding that outside, right?
    I have memories of being downwind of horesradish grinding.
    None good.

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    lollipopguild says:

    Leo, Toby, and Ainsley from the West Wing.

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    NotMax says:


    Bon appetit. Great minds eat alike. :·)

    Pulled out all the stops, budget-wise. Gonna be chateaubriand here.

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    tobie says:

    My family has been watching Mystery Road filmed in northwest Australia. The austere beauty of this unforgiving landscape reminded me of parts of New Mexico and West Texas. The nearness if the stars in the brush is also spectacular. Couple this with a police procedural and social commentary–what’s not to like?

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    Narya says:

    Belcher from Hill Street Blues.

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    debbie says:



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    Gozer says:

    Stringer Bell, Prop Joe, Omar, and Kima from The Wire

    Stan Rizzo, Roger Sterling, and Marie Calvert from Mad Men

    Big Pussy and Paulie from The Sopranos

    Ron Swanson and Andy from Parks and Rec

    Bronn, Tyrion, Lord Varys, and (the G.O.A.T.) Lady Olenna from Game of Thrones

    Gus Fring and Hector Salamanca from Breaking Bad

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    Shantanu Saha says:

    Spock. Of all the souls I have met in my travels, his was the most… Human.

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    Special agents Cooper, Mulder, and Scully.

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    JPL says:

    Chuck Bartowski favorite
    William Hinks horrifying. (count me as one of those viewers who pass on anything that Michael Emerson is in. He was too good)

    there’s lots of favorites though

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    Freemark says:

    Reverend Jim fifthed. Adrian Monk. Radar O’Reilly.

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    Ben Cisco says:

    I’m home but thankfully I have family around today. Feeling better than I had been.

    Favorite TV characters: Sisko, Spock, Data, Captain Mal, Judge Stone.

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    divF says:


    “Dr. Daniel Auschlander on “St. Elsewhere”.

    Norman Lloyd is now 104 years old and still working as an actor.

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    southend says:

    In no particular order:

    Barney Fife
    Frank Burns
    Peggy Hill
    Dan Fielding

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    Freemark says:

    @JPL: Really liked him on Person of interest.

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    JPL says:

    @Freemark: Did you watch him on the Practice? He is a really good actor, but maybe too

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    normal liberal says:

    Sunday evening, I think, Adam posted a photo of a POW camp in the War on Christmas; it looked strangely familiar. I swung past the suspect house last night, and sure enough, it’s the one, only more so. Our local newspaper referred to it as the homeowner’s annual tribute to polystyrene. What’s worse, it used to be a no-holds-barred contest with the house across the street. When both were fully lit, I think it could be seen from space.

    David McCallum in The Man From UNCLE. I’m going to rescue the broccoli from the steamer, carve the roast beast, and get dinner served.

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    patrick II says:

    Ii am with you on Luther’s Ruth Wilson/Alice Morgan character on Luther. It’s not often I like and am rooting for a murdering sociopath.
    Ii will add Andy Sipowiitz from NYPD Blue, Detective Morse on Endeavor, and Raylen Givens and Mags Bennet from Justified. I watch a lot of cop shows.

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    Citizen Alan says:


    And now, I would give anything for a buddy-detective show in which Hawk from “Spenser for Hire” and former president Jed Bartlett wandered around the country solving crimes. Bonus points if they also shared a Winnebago.

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    Van Buren says:

    Homer Simpson
    Special mention for LaVerne DeFazio

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    @James E Powell: Dietrich! Maybe not my all time fave but def in the top ten.

    “She opened up her robe and it fell to the floor. I figured……………………….gravity!”

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    rikyrah says:

    TV characters .
    Frank Pembleton
    Mason Capwell from Santa Barbara
    Jonathan and Jennifer Hart
    Damon Salvatore
    Jim Profit
    Edith Bunker
    Dominique Devereaux
    Stefan Cassadine from General Hospital
    Bobbie Spencer from General Hospital
    Elena from Orphan Black
    Capt. Jack Harkness

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    The Thin Black Duke says:

    Lincoln Hayes from The Mod Squad. Clarence Williams III single-handedly elevated a bad TV cop show into something special.

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    rikyrah says:

    @Citizen Alan:
    How could I forget Hawk?🤗🤗

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    Freemark says:

    @JPL: Never watched ‘The Practice’. Perhaps I will have to.

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    Freemark says:

    @patrick II: Forgot about Detective Morse from Endeavour. I love that character.

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    Brachiator says:

    @patrick II:

    I will add Andy Sipowiitz from NYPD Blue, Detective Morse on Endeavor,

    Love Endeavour, but my fave from the show would be DI Fred Thursday.

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    suezboo says:

    Is this where I get to say Merry Christmas to Cole and Lily aka Best Dog Ever ? Consider it said.

    Apart from all those great characters mentioned above, did nobody else have the hots for Booth in Bones?

    Enjoy your holiday, Cole, it is so hot in the Southern Hemisphere, I have the fan on all night.

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    @Major Major Major Major: also Lord Nibbler from futurama. Along with every other character from that show.

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    NotMax says:

    Anyone else watching Vanity Fair yet? Michael Palin got o-o-old (but he wears it well).

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    Doctor Who!

    The Doctor is great but he’s no Donna Noble.

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    JPL says:

    @Freemark: Boston Legal was the spinoff from the Practice. I’m not alone that after watching Emerson on The Practice, breaks out in sweats every time they see him in another role. He was really convincing in that role.

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    The Dangerman says:

    Huh. Ryan Leaf is a good guy. Whoda thunk it?

    Better guy than our current President, but, then again, there are invertebrates that would make better better Presidents than the one we got.

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    Brachiator says:


    Loved the contrast of Pembleton and Bayliss as partners on Homicide.

    I once ran into Kyle Secor, who played Bayliss, and had a chance to tell him how much I enjoyed the tv show.

    Also liked bad guy Luther Mahoney on the show, and his sister.

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    HeleninEire says:

    Vice President Selina Meyer

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    Heidi Mom says:

    Inspector Robbie Lewis and Dr. Lucien Blake — the two most decent characters ever to lead police procedurals.

    Chief Wallace Boden of Chicago Fire — leadership lessons in every episode.

    Detective Jimmy Perez of Shetland.

    Everyone on Criminal Minds, now that Aaron Hotchner is gone.

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    Brachiator says:

    DCI Jane Tennison, Captain Janeway, Ensisgn Ro Laren, Cathy Gale and Emma Peel, Honey West

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    Burnspbesq says:

    Another one I initially forgot:

    Tami Taylor.

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    The Thin Black Duke says:

    @Major Major Major Major: Wasn’t Donna Noble a Time Lord herself (all too briefly)?

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    japa21 says:

    Herman Munster

    Of course then I think of Eddie and that brings me to Paul Ryan which then ruins the whole thing.

    Also Radar O’Reilly and just about anybody from MASH

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    rikyrah says:

    Forgot Claire Huxtable

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    janesays says:

    Gregory House, MD, Head of Diagnostic Medicine, Princeton-Plainsboro Teaching Hospital

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    janesays says:

    Close second… Schmidt from New Girl.

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    Jeffro says:

    @NotMax: That’s awesome! Let’s not forget the times that Alpha Flight had to make the rounds for Santa, and the time that Larfleeze the Orange Lantern (the embodiment of greed, iirc?) had to learn the true meaning of Christmas.

    Also there was an Outsiders issue where they re-enacted “A Christmas Carol”

    Hmm…what others…the X-Men usually got attacked by the Sentinels on Christmas Eve, I think…it was practically a tradition!

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    Sort of on topic, I’m watching All The President’s Men. I was sure I’d seen this movie before, but it turns out I haven’t.

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    Raven from Teen Titans. Shinku from Rozen Maiden, Bow from She Ra, and Princess Luna from My Little Pony are really trying, though.

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    The Dangerman says:


    Gregory House, MD

    Great character and show. Reminded me of another favorite curmudgeony character that I love, though it is movie, and not TV. Samuel Gerard from the Fugitive (Tommy Lee Jones if that character was used in the TV show).

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    plato says:

    All sitcoms, including the shitty ones.

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    A Ghost To Most says:

    @MagdaInBlack: Grating by hand, inside. Compared with when my landlord grated enough for several gallons of prepared horseradish, this isn’t bad.

    The beef on wick was excellent. In homage to Colorado, a little heat was added.

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    plato says:

    A Xmas miracle.

    Thailand’s parliament has voted to approve cannabis for medical use, with a key lawmaker calling it a “New Year’s gift” to the Thai people.

    Recreational use will remain illegal.

    Marijuana was used in Thailand as a traditional medicine, until it was banned in the 1930s.

    South East Asia has some of the world’s toughest penalties for drug usage or possession, and Thailand is the first in the region to allow medicinal marijuana.

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    HeleninEire says:

    Eric Cartman, also, too.

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    Miss Bianca says:

    Al Swearengen from “Deadwood”
    Omar and Stringer Bell from “The Wire”
    Xena, Warrior Princess

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    Mary G says:

    John Mahoney who played Frasier’s dad, Martin Crane, and his dog Eddie.

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    A Ghost To Most says:

    @Major Major Major Major: I will never forgive Cigarette Man saying “The Buffalo Bills will never win a Super Bowl as long as I live”.

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    Gravenstone says:

    @Mornington Crescent: Probably my favorite TV moment ever was the first time Louie stepped down from his office to confront Alex. Also, Rev. Jim was a treat, especially for a sheltered midwestern boy who had no idea that people like that might exist in life.

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    A Ghost To Most says:

    Maybe it looks like a miracle in Thailand, but from here it looks like a small step.
    Of course, here is my grow room.

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    opiejeanne says:

    @Brachiator: Honey West! We watched that a million years ago when I was a teenager. She had a pet ocelot whose name I forget. I think I watched it more for that animal but I’m pretty sure we watched it because Dad liked her.

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    oatler. says:

    @Gravenstone: “Jim! Why do you have a stiptic pencil??”
    “In light of what happened, Alex, a better question is ‘why don’t you’?”

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    piratedan says:

    will go a little farther afield…

    I really enjoyed the first 7 seasons of MI-5, lots of good to great performances there imho
    for classic TV there were characters that stood out that I found them memorable (either thanks to the writers or the actors) Larry Storch (Corporal Agarn), George Takei (Lt. Sulu), Diana Rigg (Emma Peel), the entire cast of Barney Miller, and X-Files

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    Jeffro says:

    btw we interrupt this thread to note that McMegan is blaming the Trumpov slumpov on…wait…people not correctly pricing in Trumpov’s obvious instability to begin with.

    Take THAT, investors! You should have had another swig of that famous “libertarian” foresight that allows you to always make correct economic decisions and never get burned by the criminality or insanity of others!

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    Brachiator says:


    Honey West! We watched that a million years ago when I was a teenager. She had a pet ocelot whose name I forget.

    She drove a Jaguar and had a pet ocelot named Bruce.

    Again, some local digital broadcast channel had been running episodes. She was introduced on an episode of Burke’s Law, but had been a character in a series of novels.

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    Amir Khalid says:

    @A Ghost To Most:
    Here, just over the border from Thailand, possession of more than 15 grammes of ganja remains a capital crime.

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    Brachiator says:


    btw we interrupt this thread to note that McMegan is blaming the Trumpov slumpov on…wait…people not correctly pricing in Trumpov’s obvious instability to begin with.

    So, is she in favor of impeachment or an Article 25 remedy?

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    Amir Khalid says:

    @Major Major Major Major:
    Mulder and Scully, the greatest fictional office romance ever.

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    hitchhiker says:

    Young Claire Danes in My So-Called Life

    Charlie Young (Dule Hill) from The West Wing, along with Alan Alda, John Spencer, Allison Janney, and Jimmy Smits

    Idris Elba in The Wire and basically anything at all he’s ever done or will do.

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    David 🎅🎄Merry Christmas🎄🎅 Koch says:

    Colonel Flag
    Major Hochstetter
    Krusty the Clown
    Lorelai Gilmore
    Queen Elizabeth II

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    MisterForkbeard says:

    @lgerard: Yeah, but I’m pretty sure Mr. T isn’t a fictional character. :)

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    Hungry Joe says:

    Neighbors/sidekicks: Norton in “The Honeymooners,” Eddie Haskell in “Leave it to Beaver,” Howard in “Bob Newhart,” Rhoda in “Mary Tyler Moore,” Angel in “The Rockford Files,” Kramer and Newman in “Seinfeld.”

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    opiejeanne says:

    @Brachiator: We watched Burke’s Law but I only have a vague memory of it.

    Favorite characters: Emma Peel, Captain Tightpants and Kaylee, the entire cast of Modern Family, Rainbow (Bow) and Diane and Ruby and Pops from Blackish, off the top of my head.

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    captnkurt says:

    Cole, you forgot to include the Three Wiseguys*.

    *There are some ancient texts that claim that these are the Three Wiseguys, but these writings are considered apocryphal.

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    opiejeanne says:

    @Hungry Joe: Jim Rockford! I loved James Garner from the first time I saw him in 1957. Seven may be a little young for a crush like that.

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    opiejeanne says:

    And Lou. Bud was so mean to him.

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    lgerard says:


    Yeah, but I’m pretty sure Mr. T isn’t a fictional character. :)

    But he was a cartoon character

    Mr T
    Krusty’s Bar Mitzvah

    “I pity the Shul that doesn’t accept Krusty”

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    Ken says:


    people not correctly pricing in Trumpov’s obvious instability

    “If the market had dropped 95% on November 9 2016, as it should have, we wouldn’t be having the current slump.”

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    JoeyJoeJoe says:

    For me, they include Dr. Zoidberg, Eleven, Buddy Lembeck, Abed Nadir, Kirk, and Michael from the Good Place

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    Ken says:


    Yeah, but I’m pretty sure Mr. T isn’t a fictional character.

    He falls into the same hazy area as Stephen Colbert and Hulk Hogan.

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    Kathleen says:

    @Heidi Mom: I MISS MORGAN!!!!!

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    A Ghost To Most says:

    @Amir Khalid: All the more reason to stay here. Religion ruins everything.

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    Kathleen says:

    So many on the original L&O Franchise. Jack McCoy, Lenny Briscoe, Lt. Anita Van Buren, Ben Stone, Ed Green, plus the ensemble cast with the same actors playing many different characters throughout the years. Andre Braugher as any character (Frank Pembleton , Bayard Ellis (L&O SVU guest appearances), Captain Raymond Holt (Brooklyn Nine-Nine).
    James Garner in Rockford Files. Gordon Jump on WKRP. Raymond Burr in Perry Mason. Bill Paxton in Big Love. Elliot Stabler & Olivia Benson in L&O SVU. Gideon, Rossi, Garcia & Morgan on Criminal Minds.

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    Duane says:

    @Brachiator: McMegan still having that job is hard to understand. If she did it intentionally it’s brillant, but she’s not, so just world-class stupidity. At least she’s reliable.

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    JR says:

    Mike Ehrmentraut

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    germy says:

    Sierra Destiny Richards, the one in the commercial who asks “what does the dishwasher do?”

    I predict she will be a major motion picture star in a few years.

    I also liked the mother in law/grandmother in the old “Dinosaurs” sitcom. One episode she had a near death experience. They asked her what it was like. She replied “I had an overall feeling of peace and calm. Also, I was regular.”

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    Chetan Murthy says:

    @Duane: WaPo editorial board has always sucked. Fred Hiatt is a moral imbecile. Incorrigible. So why should we expect him to learn now, in the autumn of his life? I figure, I’m paying for Marty Baron’s reporters, and unfortunately, as in all things, some of that dosh gets scooted over to feed Hiatt and his trolls.

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    I finished watching “All the President’s Men,” which as I say I thought I’d seen but hadn’t. Honest to goodness, if it had been written to reflect on Trump, it couldn’t have been more on point.

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    frosty says:

    @NotMax: I think I saw Dam Busters many years ago. I’ll have to check out 633 Squadron. I love Mossies. Another great aircradt.

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    Baud says:

    CBS News

    Trump becomes first president since 2002 not to visit troops at Christmastime

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    germy says:

    We watched “I’m Gonna Get You, Sucka” a few nights ago and we were pleased to see Clarence Williams III in a small role as a Black Panther type leader. He offers bean pie flavored soda to the star of the movie.

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    frosty says:

    @RSA: One Season Wonders – everyone in Firefly but especially Mal and Kaylee.

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    Yutsano says:

    @Frankensteinbeck: Celestia still wins for me. Mostly because Nicole Oliver is awesome.

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    Immanentize says:

    The Log Lady.

    Nuff said

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    @frosty: Kaylee! I loved the episode where she gets the frou-frou dress.

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    Ruckus says:

    I enjoyed Firefly but the show seemed a bit uneven at times.

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    gene108 says:

    Jim West and Artemus Gordon from the Wild Wild West TV show.

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    Baud says:

    @gene108: I loved that show.

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    gene108 says:


    but I’m pretty sure Mr. T isn’t a fictional character

    BA Baracus then. Feel better?

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    gene108 says:


    So did I

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    cintibud says:

    My favorite – Garak from Deep Space Nine. For almost the entire run of the show we tried to figure out what he was – Cardassian spy? Double Agent? Exile? War Criminal? Past or present member of the Cardassian deep state? Rebel? Traitor? “But Doctor, everything I told you was true.” “Even the lies?” “Especially the lies!” –

    Most Iconic – so obvious I didn’t even think of it until others mentioned him above – Spock. Most other answers above are only known to folks who watched the show. Everybody knows Spock and his distinctive traits, even those who hate Star Trek. Spock is just so “fascinating”

    Most underrated – not even mentioned yet – Captain Frank Furillo, Hill Street Blues. The straight man in charge of the Hill Street zoo and all the wacky characters. Almost always outwardly calm, one could just feel his ulcers churning as he had to deal with yet another improbable or impossible situation.

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    MisterForkbeard says:

    @gene108: It’s like you’re saying the A-Team wasn’t a documentary or something.

    @cintibud: Garak would be one of my all-time favorites. His performance in “In the pale moonlight” is stupendous, but it’s also excellent on every other episode he’s in.

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    oldgold says:

    Omar Little in The Wire

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    frosty says:

    @Dorothy A. Winsor: Right! She’s got all the guys around her and they’re talking engines.

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    CaseyL says:

    It took me a minute to “get” the photo – at first I thought it was a commentary on spending Christmas alone; all those empty cans – and then I cracked up.

    “Favorite TV characters” is hard to pin down; there are so many. Some I just liked the character; others, I liked the script writing for that character. For someone to be my favorite, there have to be no or at least minimal “cringe” moments (when the character does something incredibly stupid.) Also, if I like the character enough, I may look for the actor in other roles.

    The original Spock, of course. (Speaking of Star Trek, I really really liked the Lorca character in ST: Discovery, and am pissed that he’s been killed off.)

    Detective Goren from L&O: Criminal Intent, particularly the first couple seasons.

    Maeve and Artemis from Westworld.

    …boy, this is harder than I thought.

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    Villago Delenda Est says:

    What are your favorite characters from a tv show?

    CJ Cregg, followed by Arya Stark

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    Skepticat says:

    @A Ghost To Most:

    Off to grate the horseradish root.


    I have memories of being downwind of horesradish grinding.
    None good.

    As I remember from one of my favorite family stories, grinding the root wasn’t that bad. When the vinegar hit the ground root, however, there was a tremendous rush for the kitchen door, as all five of us, our eyes streaming tears, tried to escape the choking, blistering fumes. Good times, good times.

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    Kathleen says:

    @germy: One of my favorite movies ever! Keenan Ivory Wayans is a genius.

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    Jeffro says:

    @Brachiator: appears to be more in favor of feeling smug, ignoring obvious remedies

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    Chetan Murthy says:

    @frosty: Jayne

    Passenger: What is his job exactly?
    Mal: Public Relations

    another episode:
    Jayne: I’ll be in my bunk.

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    Dr. Ronnie James, D.O. says:

    Deputy US Marshal Raylen Givens

    “When you run into an asshole in the morning, you’ve run into an asshole. When you run into assholes all day long… you’re the asshole.”

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    Zelma says:

    Bret Maverick. My teenage crush.

    Dating myself.

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    Johannes says:

    Cathy Gale;
    Rupert Giles;
    Jenkins the Caretaker;
    The Doctor (splendid fellows, all of them…including 13);
    Leo McGarry;
    Josh Lyman.
    ETA: Horace Rumpole. How’d I leave him out. And CJ Cregg, too.

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    J R in WV says:

    One of my faves is the guy played by Vincent d’Onofrio… his other roles are pretty good too. I’m not really capable of naming most actors, authors, etc, they just don’t stick in my head.

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    zhena gogolia says:


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    zhena gogolia says:

    @J R in WV:

    His greatest role was as the guy caught on the train track in Homicide: Life on the Street.

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    zhena gogolia says:


    Furillo was great.

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    zhena gogolia says:

    Marilyn on Northern Exposure.

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    Gin & Tonic says:

    @zhena gogolia: Yes. Also, Ren (if we allow animated characters.)

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    Gin & Tonic says:

    @zhena gogolia: I think his greatest role was “Gomer Pyle” in Full Metal Jacket.

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    zhena gogolia says:

    McPike on Wiseguy — that’s probably all-time favorite. (Jonathan Banks, for you Ehrmantraut fans.)

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    zhena gogolia says:


    Is it any good? I’m hoping to watch it soon. Does Palin play old Crawley?

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    zhena gogolia says:


    Oh, God, yes, forgot Morse (John Thaw version) and Thursday.

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    zhena gogolia says:



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    Lara says:

    Marie on Everybody Loves Raymond

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    TomatoQueen says:

    Preferred tv characters:
    Jane Tennison
    Ben Sisco

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    Chetan Murthy says:

    @Gin & Tonic: Thinkin’ the same thing myself. “Charlene”

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    NotMax says:

    @zhena gogolia

    Sorry for late reply, was off doing something else.

    Yeah, it’s pretty good, certainly moves right along smartly. Palin plays Thackeray and introduces each episode. Frances de la Tour as Aunt Matilda makes it a juicy pleasure for me.

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    Juju says:

    I forgot Sue Sue Heck on the “Middle”, plus a bunch of the others mentioned.

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    SWMBO says:

    Violet Crawley aka Dowager Countess played by the iconic Maggie Smith. The rest of the cast are good but Maggie just makes it all work for me.

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    janesays says:

    @CaseyL: Do you mean Armistice (played by Norwegian actress Ingrid Bolsø Berdal)? I don’t believe there is any character named Artemis on that show.

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