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8 TV Actors We Loved In Shows That Are Not Their Own

By Joanna Robinson | Seriously Random Lists | March 18, 2013 | Comments ()


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Timothy Olyphant -- "The League": This little FX gem has a fantastic history of guest stars. Jeff Goldblum as Nick Kroll's father may be the best bit of father/son casting I've ever seen. But when ol' Raylan Givens showed up as a laid back, surfer-brah sushi chef, it was pure delight. "Arigatou, Racists" may be my favorite catchphrase of all time.
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Carrie Preston -- "The Good Wife": We talk a lot about Elsbeth Tascioni on this site. It's because she's one of the best TV characters on a show you're not paying nearly enough attention to. I don't know if Preston's character is too quirky to hold down her own show, but she's spin-off material if ever I saw it. Preston is fine and dandy on "True Blood" but she's in another class altogether here.
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Andrew Rannells -- "Girls": Rannells is, without a doubt, a talented fellow. You need only look at his impressive run in "Book Of Mormon" too see it for yourself. But the hacky writing on "The New Normal" was excruciatingly hard to watch. Rannells was much better served by Lena Dunham's scripts during his guest arc on "Girls." As was often the case this season on that show, the boys got the best material.
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Allison Williams -- "The Mindy Project": Speaking of "Girls," I had been having a hard time divorcing Allison Williams from her dreadful, hateful character Marnie. Say what you will about Hannah, I think Marnie is the real villain of that show. But Williams was delightfully dry as Chris Messina's brief flame "Eye Patch" on "The Mindy Project."
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Dermot Mulroney -- "New Girl": I tried watching "Enlightened." I really did. In my opinion, the only saving grace in the first season was Luke Wilson. He was pretty much replaced in the second season by Dermot Mulroney who was...well...boring. Thank goodness he'll be back on "New Girl" this April. Fingers crossed "True American" won't be far behind.
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Walton Goggins -- "Sons Of Anarchy": This right here made the whole sh*tshow that was Season 5 of "Sons Of Anarchy" worth it. Maybe the best thing I've seen all year.
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Mark Duplass -- "The Mindy Project": Everything Duplass touches turns to gold. And as much as I love his bro-y character on "The League," his smarmy midwife Brendan Deslaurier his comedic gold. I hope he and his brother Jay stick around for the entirety of "The Mindy Project"'s run.
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Matthew Perry -- "The Good Wife": Matthew Perry has been punching below his weight all season on NBC's "Go On." If the promos for next week's "The Good Wife" are any indication, however, he'll be back in fine form. It's not quite Sorkin, but it's close.
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  • Kate

    Dean Winters as Dennis Duffy in 30 Rock.

  • Buck Forty

    "Walton Goggins — “Sons Of Anarchy”: This right here made the whole sh*tshow that was Season 5 of “Sons Of Anarchy” worth it. Maybe the best thing I’ve seen all year"

    YESSSSSS!
    a.k.a I thought so too. I watched it and thought "OMFG!" (It truly deserved an OMFG). I can only imagine what that day on set must have been like. That bit was owned.

  • Colin Hanks in "Happy Endings".

    Game. Over.

  • dizzylucy

    Nothing will top Venus, but I really live Carrie Preston on The Good Wife. She also pops up on her husband's show

  • e jerry powell

    Carrie Preston and Michael Emerson are such an adorkable couple of fruit files, I'd watch almost everything they're in, all the way back to Straight-Jacket.

  • Bodhi

    My husband doesn't watch Justified, so he didn't understand why I loved Timothy's appearance on the League. . I don't watch SOA but Boyd in drag is something I think I have to see

  • Sara_Tonin00

    That is a ridiculous tuxedo, and yet somehow Perry is making it work.

  • quadrigae

    That's not a tuxedo, it's a tail coat.

  • Sara_Tonin00

    I stand sartorially corrected. I know not all the vernacular for men's formal options. And perhaps it was a white-tie event and necessitated such formality, though it still seems more suited (no pun intended) for someone about to sit down to a grand piano.

  • Dylan McDermott or Dermot Mulroney?

  • Brooke the Replicant

    Dylmot MulDermott

  • PerpetualIntern

    Almost as popular as Filliam H. Muffman.

  • AngelenoEwok

    WE WILL NEVER KNOW THIS.

  • MrsAtaxxia

    Venus Van Dam is a goddess and the look that Tig gives her is wonderful. Never have I seen a more mournful and poignant combination of longing and forbidden hard-on depicted on television.

  • F'mal DeHyde

    I liked Tig's reaction but then he's one of the best characters on the show. I'm probably in the minority here but I thought Goggin's part was cheap stunt casting.

  • lowercase_ryan

    OMG Carrie Preston!!! Elsbeth is my favorite thing on TV at the moment. She's just too much GD fun. Except it's never too much. Her little head to head with Kyle MacLachlan was the shit.

  • theotherone

    Timothy Olyphant - Lucas Troy - Archer (same for Anthony Bourdain, Patrick Warburton, David Cross).

    Most guest spots on Archer have rocked.

    John Hamm - Toilet / Bob's Burgers / 30 Rock

  • theotherone

    + Lucy Liu - Southland and Rosemarie DeWitt / Abigail Spencer - Mad Men.

  • JJ

    Allison Williams also popped up in the third season of The League as Mark Duplass's lineup-tinkering girlfriend. Mindy Project/The League synergy!

  • Tinkerville

    Would also add: Neil Patrick Harris in Adventure Time and Megan Mullally in Parks and Rec.

  • Three_nineteen

    Megan Mullally as multiple characters in Bob's Burgers. Her songs are awesome.

  • Emma

    Yes! Did you enjoy Donald Glover's turn as Marshall Lee, as well? I thought he was perfect!

  • Lovely Bones

    Really, one could say almost any of the guests that AT has featured, if not any and all of them. George Takei, Clancy Brown, Mark Hamill, Cloris Leachman. . Matthew Broderick was one of the only guest actors, if not the only, to be kind of wasted.

  • Tinkerville

    Love, love, loved Donald Glover as Lee! Great voice casting there.

  • AvaLehra

    Adventure Time AND Regular Show, FTW.

  • Lovely Bones

    Drugs have absolutely nothing to do with the series' appeal, JoRo, but if that's where the discussion's going to start, I don't want to be a part of it. I can understand not being interested in the show, though. And to be fair, I'm barely an adult, by physical, official terms. And Tinkerville, you aren't exactly helping the image of the show or its fans that way. Sorry for being the overly serious guy, but I really love the show, and the drug thing constantly gets used by people that don't understand the show and want to bash it. It dismisses the fans as shallow.

    Edit: Damn it, I hit the wrong reply button. .

  • You are correct, Megan Mullally is freaking glorious when's she's on P&R! When I see Tammy 2 I know it's going to be an amazing episodeand all I can think of is Ron missing his eyebrows & stache and then having dreadlocks.

  • JoannaRobinson

    Are you one of those adults who watches Adventure Time? How do you do that? Is the answer An Elephant F*ck Ton Of Drugs?

  • Steph

    It's really funny and packs a lot into ten minutes. It's better than every show on this list too, it's not even close.

  • Personal preference. I understand that. But just because a show is a cartoon and lots of kids watch it, that does not make it juvenile.

  • Emma

    Doctor Who is a children's show as well, you know. Just sayin'.

  • Fabius_Maximus

    Bad comparison. Doctor who is a family show.

  • Hazel Dean

    Semantics. Those words ("family" and "children") can be and are often used interchangeably. If anything, Adventure Time can at times be for more mature audiences than Doctor Who, and deals with more adult, darker themes. Have you ever even watched the show?

  • Fabius_Maximus

    No. I find the art style repulsive.

    But if you and Jessica say it deals with these adult issues, then it's not a show for kids alone, either.

  • Considering Adventure Time covers more emotional terrain than a lot of shows; such as abandonment, mental illness, acceptance, queer issues, suicide, etc., it can hardly be considered just a show for kids. Anyone with ability to see beyond the absurd fantasy fist-bumping fun will be rewarded with rich characters and story-telling.

  • Adventure Time is amazing!! I love good cartoons and not only is it extremely funny but its also silly and weird which I love.

  • Rochelle

    I watch Adventure Time instead of taking drugs (non-prescription anyway). It's some crazy sh*t.

  • Tinkerville

    I am indeed. Join us! Ours is the psychedelic way of bountiful liquor, special brownies, and endless iterations of "what in the holy fuck did I just watch." It is not a path for the faint of heart, so choose yours wisely.

  • Still not as creepy as grown men watching My Little Pony.

  • apsutter

    I'm a grown woman who enjoys the hell out of My Little Pony along with my bf. That show is goofy and funny as hell and totes enjoyable.

  • You're absolutely right about Walton Goggins' Venus Van Dam bit on Sons of Anarchy. Definitely the best five minutes of the entire season.

  • dizzylucy

    I am such a huge WG fan I had to see that episode, and then ended up watching the whole show. That was definitely the best part.

  • emmelemm

    I don't watch Sons of Anarchy, but, damn, Walton! Drag does you proud.

  • Joe Grunenwald

    I look forward to Matthew Perry wiping the floor with Peter Florrick. Perry is spectacular as an even less likable person that Peter.

  • moppy

    Is that also cousin Johnny in the background?

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