Entertainment Weekly recently featured their 100 Greatest Characters of the Last 20 Years, and while I agreed with some (i.e. Harry Potter), there were others that had me scratching my head (Homer Simpson is number one?!) While I obviously couldn’t possibly make a top 100 list without it becoming ridiculously redundant and biased to sparkly vampires and pop musicals, I have selected my three favorite characters when it comes to comedy (drama, sci-fi and horror to follow).
1. Eric Matthews, Boy Meets World
Starting out as simply the girl-obsessed older brother, we didn’t get truly introduced to the pure idiocy and comic genius that is Eric Matthews until about season 5 of Boy Meets World. From the countless FEENY calls to his dimwitted attempts to earn Rachel’s affections, his simple one-liners can floor anyone with a sudden fit of the giggles. Eric Matthews was once and to this day remains the television character that can make me laugh and marvel in his stupidity for days on end.
Seriously, need I say more?
2. Seth Cohen, The O.C.
Witty, sarcastic humor; snappy comebacks, utter obliviousness to the world around him; and an affinity for emo bands, all wrapped up in a lovable comic-book geek. Seth Cohen has to be the most adorable self-proclaimed nerd to grace our television sets.
3. Sue Sylvester, Glee
Haters to the left. If there’s one good thing that came out of Glee, it’s the character of Sue Sylvester. Her compulsion to be utterly frank with just about anyone she meets be it about their hair, social status or ethnicity has made for some of the best comedy this past year. My roommate and I were in tears after watching her latest Sue’s Corner.