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Spoilers Abound: The 10 Television Characters We'll Miss the Most This Fall

By Dustin Rowles | Seriously Random Lists | August 20, 2013 | Comments ()


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Spoiler’s for “Boardwalk Empire,” “Sons of Anarchy,” and “The Walking Dead,” if you’re not caught up.


James Van Der Beek — So long The B—— from Apt. 23. It was not a great show, but it was an amusing one, and we will miss seeing James Van Der Beek’s attempt at a career comeback both within the show and outside of it. YOU DESERVED TO WIN DANCING WITH THE STARS, BEEKS!

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Owen Sleater — His death last season crushed me into little bitty pieces, and I have no idea how Margaret is going to go on without him. You deserved better than spending your afterlife lining a wooden crate.

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Opie Winston — We had most of the fifth season of “Sons of Anarchy” to adjust, but losing the show’s best and most likable character has weighed down a drama that has already gotten too heavy. This show used to have some heart and an occasional dose of humor, and now without Opie, all it has is violence and Jax’s nose flares.

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Gyp Rosetti — Gyp’s terrible outbursts, and his irrational, tyrannical, temperamental need to kill for absolutely no reason (not to mention his weird sexual fetishes) will be sorely missed this fall. There are calculating monsters, and then there are those who just f**king kill because they feel like it, and the latter always seems so much more unpredictably dangerous.

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Merle Dixon — Merle was a racist, good-for-nothing piece of sh*t, but hell if he wasn’t one of the most entertaining characters on television. There was just something about Merle that we kind of wanted to root for, despite everything our brains was telling us.

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Walter Bishop — It was “Fringe’s” time to go, and the final season went out with something of a thud, but the kooky Walter Bishop was often the best reason to turn on your television’s on a Friday night. The man loved a good snack, and that’s something missing in our television characters.

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Mark Cyr — Jason Ritter has moved on to another sitcom, where he’ll be dating Rory Gilmore instead of Lorelai, which is sad because of all the good people on “Parenthood,” Mark may have been the best. He deserved better than Sarah Braverman, although Sarah’s consolation prize, Ray Romano’s Hank, ain’t so bad.

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Jim and Pam — Oh, I know the end of “The Office” was long overdue, but after spending nine years with Jim and Pam, and seeing their romance turn into marriage and kids and a little suburban malaise, there will still be a certain lack on Thursday nights. I don’t want “The Office” to return, in any way, but it would be nice if someone kept tabs on Jim and Pam for us.

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The Entire Cast of “Happy Endings” — TOO SOON. I will miss Jane’s acerbic, mean-spirited wit; I will miss Max’s gay stereotype subversions (and his mean-spirited wit); I will miss Penny’s terrible love life (and her mean-spirited wit); I will miss Brad’s bromance with Max (although, not so much either his high-pitched catch phrases or his baby talk with Jane); I will miss Dave’s food truck; but most of all, I will miss Alex, who had proven herself to be one of the least likely and most enjoyable sitcom actresses on television.

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Liz Lemon and Jack Donaghy — For the first time since 2006 (except for that year that Tina Fey’s pregnancy pushed the debut to the winter), our fall will not have Liz Lemon and Jack Donaghy in it, and their endlessly amusing platonic relationship, their co-dependence, their dysfunctional employees, Tracy Jordan’s hijinx, and the most illuminating, hilarious perspective on a female in the workplace on television since Mary Tyler Moore. Hurry back, Tina Fey. Television needs more of you.

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Comments Are Welcome, Bigots and Trolls Are Not


  • Jo 'Mama' Besser

    I don't care, I liked Bitch 23 more than Happy Endings. Chloe was the best dressed and most appealingly batshit woman on television and Luther's pregnancy scare had me in stitches. That show was fun on a bun.

  • APOCooter

    Of course Sarah Braverman's consolation prize isn't so bad. Any prize for that character is going to be too good for her. Romano's character is taking a huge step down with her.

  • Dush Ku

    What about Larry Braverman? He was the best.

  • Barancy Peloma

    no, we don't need more tina fey. she is EASILY the most overrated 'comic' in the last decade plus. no one watched 30 rock. by all justification, that show should have never made it out of season 1.

  • Chloe from Don't Trust the B. HER, I'll miss, with her wretched psychotic, utterly hot self.

    Tracy Jordan’s hijinx

    No. TV is better off without this, and 30 Rock would have been a better show without them.

  • Sara

    1. I am convinced CONVINCED that the people in charge of Dancing with the Stars sabotaged the B* in Apt 23 - missing episodes, ones shown out of order - BACKSTAGE SHENANIGANS!
    2. Happy Endings - sad face
    3. Yes to Liz Lemon and Jack Donaghy, but will miss Jenna's brand of crazy the most

  • dizzylucy

    I will miss Liz and Jack a lot. Though at least I will never have that slightly uncomfortable feeling of watching 30 Rock and realizing how very similar to Liz Lemon I am.

  • Sean

    Stefon

  • I want to give this all the upvotes.

  • dagnabbit

    Cooper, Lydia, Sherman, hell...even Sammy. Take your pick. I'm going to miss the hell out of Southland.

  • I'll miss Jack and Liz but I will NOT miss anyone else. Maybe Dot Com. But definitely not Kenneth, who became the most irritating character there;s ever been.

  • Franceypants

    I disagree. Kristen Schaal's character was far more irritating and in a shorter time period too.

  • kirbyjay

    Tracy Jordan Morgan. I would turn the sound off when that idiot appeared on screen
    and I agree. Too much of Kenneth is not a good thing, but I don't believe I've ever seen a better donkey impression anywhere.

  • Maguita NYC

    I won't be missing Merle at all. He was one of the most despicable characters on TV, his only redeeming quality was his love for his brother.

    His death brought us however the best we've ever seen of Norman Reedus. That moment where (SPOILER ALERT) he had to kill his brother was beyond amazing acting. I knew Reedus was good, but never imagined he was that good!

  • apsutter

    I will miss Liz and Jack but that show as a whole overstayed its welcome. The second to last season I had to stop watching halfway through because it was just terrible. Luckily they redeemed it at the end.

  • oilybohunk7

    Somehow I missed the Happy Endings cancellation news (dissociative fugue state?) and now I feel like I've been punched in the throat.

  • apsutter

    That's alright, I keep forgetting that it's been cancelled and everytime I'm reminded I get a major case of the sads

  • logan

    i loved Walter and I loved Fringe when they just solved weird cases. Then they decided they had to save the world and make it all huge and epic and it just became a fail. It was a nice little show and a nice little man and of course they ruined it.

  • Siege

    YES. I thought I was the only one who missed the procedural nature of the first few seasons.

  • Al Borland's Beard

    It doesn't help that NBC has nothing to replace 30 Rock or The Office with. Sure, there's Parks and Rec and maybe Community will return to being watchable, but that Sean Hayes show? Not with your fucking eyes and ears. The Michael J Fox one? Slightly better, but still not optimistic. At least I'll still have Archer to make up for all the crappy comedies.

  • dizzylucy

    Yeah, I looked at the Thursday night lineup and felt very sad. I loved the Community/Parks/30 Rock/Office combo.

  • $65530708

    YES to Don't Trust the B In Apartment 23.

    Also Southland.

    *I don't care if some of them already have other shows lined up. I want Chloe and June and John Cooper.

  • Michelle

    I am really going to miss Jason Ritter on Parenthood. He was SO GOOD. I am just going to have to settle for that adorable Matt Lauria, I guess. He better stay - Amber needs to be happy, damnit!

  • I keep waiting for Happy Endings: Season 3 to come out on DVD so I can cocoon myself in a blanket fort and not leave the house for two days...

  • I'm still not over Owen Sleater's death.

    I'll miss Jack and Liz so much, but I think I'll miss Dennis Duffy even more.

  • katy

    We'll always have the Allstate commercials.

  • Jifaner

    I will miss Happy Endings so, so much (I needed much more Jane in my life!) and I'm still mad that Sarah picked Hank over Mark. WTF were you thinking, lady?!

  • Repo

    Yeah, I really don't like Hank so that turn of events makes me sad,

  • lowercase_ryan

    I recommend retreating to the youtubes once a month for doses of Happy Endings. It truly helps.

  • SinBrad

    RIP Happy Endings. Gone too soon.

  • Ruthie O

    Good idea! I may have to wait a while before I can handle it, though. I'm gonna miss those kids. They all may get other jobs, but never all together. It was truly ensemble magic, the kind other sitcoms dream of having. Sadface.

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    Of course Sarah Braverman's
    consolation prize isn't so bad. Any prize for that character is going
    to be too good for her. Romano's character is taking a huge step down
    with her.

  • Ruthie O

    Gasp! I got spambotted. I feel like I'm really a part of the community now. *tear*

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