25 Characters That Keep You Glued to Your TV: Rank Them!

With so many excellent small-screen choices these days, what makes a particular character stand out?

by and | June 16, 2017 | Comments

Thandie Newton, Rami Malek, Lena Headey, Bob Odenkirk (HBO; Nadav Kander/USA Network; HBO; Michele K. Short/AMC/Sony Pictures Television)
(Photo by HBO; Nadav Kander/USA Network; HBO; Michele K. Short/AMC/Sony Pictures Television)

Characters who make us laugh our asses off and those who rip our hearts out can be equally as engaging. There are enigmatic characters so intriguing you have to learn more about them and others so damaged that, like a car wreck, you can’t look away. Some characters grab you with their strength, while others suck you into their world of pain.

We’ve compiled a list of characters currently on TV and streaming that we find complicated, hilarious, engrossing, enigmatic, scary, and more — what they all have in common is that they keep us coming back for more.

Rank our picks of the most compelling characters on TV below, and tell us which you think is the hardest character to quit.

Think there’s a character we’ve missed? Tell us which compelling TV character you would have included in the comments!

Spoiler warning: Some of these descriptions refer to plot details from the characters’ respective shows.

Tag Cloud

TBS Reality Competition TLC Sundance YA Musical HBO Mystery TCA 2017 based on movie GLAAD Cartoon Network Countdown CBS Ghostbusters IFC Crackle NYCC Year in Review CMT CNN adventure travel Mindy Kaling Comic Book Opinion WGN BBC America President Interview crime discovery Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt Tomatazos Polls and Games GIFs Spring TV American Society of Cinematographers Drama Reality Marvel Infographic The CW Horror Winners Logo Awards RT History MSNBC Bravo sitcom harry potter The Arrangement Musicals Action cinemax Masterpiece Dark Horse Comics Best and Worst boxoffice Trailer Rocky period drama Writers Guild of America singing competition Extras Trivia Toys psycho technology NBC A&E Emmys Schedule thriller 24 frames PaleyFest Netflix 007 Mary Tyler Moore X-Men zombie GoT SundanceTV ITV Martial Arts Nickelodeon vampires Sci-Fi Hulu Podcast Super Bowl E3 VH1 TNT Music Food Network Red Carpet Disney VICE SDCC 2016 docudrama Showtime FXX crime drama TCM TruTV cooking Comedy Central Oscars Valentine's Day TV Land E! Election crime thriller Tumblr comiccon DC Comics Calendar supernatural Amazon Rom-Com Pop politics Esquire 2017 First Look aliens Teen Cosplay serial killer biography Photos Sneak Peek PBS TIFF Nat Geo Star Trek Ellie Kemper Fox News Freeform historical drama Thanksgiving ABC Starz MTV Rock Lifetime LGBTQ Disney Channel Comedy diversity Animation war Marathons dramedy TV ABC Family Summer Universal APB CBS All Access Adult Swim Fall TV composers cops AMC Box Office Video Games Character Guide Superheroes Premiere Dates OWN BBC Holidays social media El Rey Kids & Family Syfy Biopics BET USA Nominations FOX science fiction Winter TV DirecTV political drama transformers Watching Series FX Lionsgate Pirates Set visit Certified Fresh Grammys police drama 2015 History ESPN Country sports TCA Fantasy Star Wars