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Who is the Television's Comedic Successor to Ron Swanson?

By Lord Castleton | Miscellaneous | March 30, 2016 |


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I caught an episode of Parks and Rec last night and it just made me miss the hell out of Ron Swanson.

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I’ve been in search of a new favorite comedy character for a little while now (since Liz Lemon and Jack Donaghy went off the air, anyway).

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Here’s who’s been tiding me over in the meantime.

Erlich Bachmann on Silicon Valley though I didn’t love all the choices they made for his character in season two.

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Father Jude Sutton on You, Me and the Apocalypse is good but I’m not connecting with the whole show so it feels like a grind to get to him.

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I love me some Captain Ray Holt on Brooklyn-99.

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Obviously, I’m nuts about both Martha and Louie Anderson’s Mama Baskets on Baskets.

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If Louie Anderson doesn’t win a best supporting actress Emmy for this show I’m gonna burn this motherfucker DOWN. (Or would it be actor? Drama!)

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Rick Sanchez isn’t as well known as many of the other characters here but can absolutely hang with them.

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I thought it would be the Rob Lowe character I’d love on The Grinder, but Fred Savage’s Stewart Sanderson is the MVP of this show. He’s incredible. Subtle and smart and everything you want in a straight man who can be funny as well, without mucking up the joke machine.

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Eric Cartman transcends all words, of course. He is everlasting. And this season of South Park, 19 years in, was its best ever.

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I can’t shake my love for Always Sunny and while it’s impossible to pick a favorite character because they’re all fucking amazing, I’m gonna give the nod to Sweet D.

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Under-reported and underwatched on a fourth tier network that is actually doing some great things, (TV Land), Michael Ian Black’s Daniel was a sublime foil for Jim on The Jim Gaffigan Show.

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And from another underwatched show, Hamish on Another Period

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…and actually Peepers and Chair on Another Period

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Really everyone on Another Period.

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So obviously, there’s some great stuff out there. But when I really need that Nick Offerman fix, this is what I turn to.

The Gunfighter.

It’s a short film from 2014 that you may have already seen, but it’s so so so much fun. With this type of thing, the writer comes in with a high concept and they usually either over-milk it or under-develop it. This version is spot on. I absolutely love it, and nine minutes from now, I bet you will too. Note: It contains NSFW language

I give you The Gunfighter.

Enjoy.



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