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Tuesday, March 01, 2005

 
Farewell to Andy, and ADD's Top 10 TV Characters -- My wife and I got married in 1993, and watching NYPD Blue has been a tradition for us for the entirety of our marriage, save the occasional taping mishap. Much as I would like to make an event of it and watch tonight's finale live, she'll be at work, so it'll have to wait until tomorrow morning when we watch it on tape.

Dennis Franz's arc this season has been especially moving, and while I saw his ultimate fate "on the job" coming way in advance, I have to say his amazing acting chops have totally sold it as believable and altogether appropriate. Andy Sipowicz has got to be one of the best TV characters ever created, thanks to a combination of sublime acting and wonderful material with which to exercise those skills. I'm gonna miss this show more than just about any other series I've watched in my life.

ADD's Ten Favourite TV Charcters

Andy Sipowicz - Dennis Franz on NYPD Blue
Number Six - Patrick McGoohan on The Prisoner
Agent Dale Cooper - Kyle Maclachlan on Twin Peaks
George Costanza - Jason Alexander on Seinfeld
David Brent - Ricky Gervais on The Office
Buffy Summers - Sarah Michelle Gellar on Buffy the Vampire Slayer
Batman - Kevin Conroy on Batman Animated, Batman Beyond, Justice League Unlimited, etc.
Captain Kirk - William Shatner on Star Trek
Basil Fawlty - John Cleese on Fawlty Towers
Tony Soprano - James Gandolfini on The Sopranos

[Just missed the Top Ten: Giles from Buffy, Spock and Dr. McCoy from Star Trek, Mulder from The X-Files, Vic Mackey from The Shield, Sheridan, Ivanova and G'Kar from Babylon 5, John Carter and Abby Lockhart from E/R, The Fifth Doctor (Peter Davison) from Doctor Who]

Edited to Add: Christopher Jones has begun a thread on the Galaxy message board for others to run down their own Top Ten TV Characters, so stop by and add yours to the list.

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