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Best Television Series-Long Performance -- All Time

By Dustin Rowles | Comment Diversions | June 2, 2009 |

By Dustin Rowles | Comment Diversions | June 2, 2009 |

Tonight’s diversion was actually inspired by a comment Steven Lloyd Wilson left in last night’s best acting performance diversion last night: “The entire cast of ‘Battlestar Galactica.’ Love or hate the finale, for seventy-odd episodes you could not look away from the television screen because of the raw power of that cast’s acting.”

It’s true, too, although I’d put the cast of “The Wire” up against “BSG” any day. But tonight’s question is a little more focused than best cast. Tonight I ask: All time, what actor or actress best inhabited their television character? In other words, who is responsible for the best series-long performance?

There’s a lot of seriously great performances I could rattle off, but if I have to limit myself to one, I’ll risk humiliation and go with my heart over my brain: Kyle Chandler in “Friday Night Lights.”

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