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17 of The Best Television Casting Decisions Made in the Last 10 Years

By Cindy Davis | Seriously Random Lists | January 29, 2015 |


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Watching this week’s episode of Justified, it struck me for about the nine millionth time how perfect Olyphant is as Raylan Givens; he just embodies the character, twang and soul. And while there are many fine actors on television these days, there are some who — every time they’re onscreen — we know the casting directors got it exactly right. Given the opportunity, maybe someone else could have done a damned fine job, but these folks? They inhabited their characters so completely, we can’t imagine it any other way. In no particular order (well, maybe my favorite is last), here are seventeen of the best casting coups.

Martin Freeman as Lester Nygaard, Fargo

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Elisabeth Moss as Peggy Olson, Mad Men

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Matthew McConaughey as Rust Cohle, True Detective

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Giancarlo Esposito as Gustavo Fring, Breaking Bad

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Bryan Cranston as Walter White and Aaron Paul as Jesse Pinkman, Breaking Bad

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Garret Dillahunt as Cromartie (aka John Henry), Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles

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Hayley Atwell as Peggy Carter, Agent Carter

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Timothy Olyphant as Raylan Givens, Justified

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Katey Sagal as Gemma Teller, Sons of Anarchy

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Walt Goggins as Venus Van Dam, Sons of Anarchy

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Paul Ready as Lee and Neil Maskell as Arby, Utopia

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Claire Danes as Carrie Mathison, Homeland

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Pedro Pascal as Oberyn Martell, Game of Thrones


Peter Dinklage as Tyrion Lannister, Game of Thrones

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Mads Mikkelsen as Hannibal Lecter, Hannibal

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Cindy Davis, (Twitter)



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