Matt Reed put up a thread of your favorite ten actresses of all time but because it was in the Movies forum insisted that television performers be excluded. Which is fair, but it left out a lot of people I might have considered otherwise.
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So, who do you like who's best known from the world of the small screen? Just ten, please, with the usual caveats about not including honorary selections, bonus rounds, and what not.
Performers can certainly have done movies. Lucille Ball did, but I think we can all agree she's best known for her work on television. Also, as with Matt Reed's thread, bonus points are given for listing your favorite shows or performances.
My first choice has to be...
Paula Marshall (CUPID; My favorite actress of all time, but with such a small film resume, I wasn't able to include her on the Movies section list. She's a gifted comedienne, a dancer, and well, I'm probably just smitten, but she's the person I always list when asked who my favorites are.)
Adrienne Palicki (FRIDAY NIGHT LIGHTS; I know her more from her roles on film, but since there only two of those that I know of, and she is currently starring on TV, I'll list her here.)
Connie Britton (FRIDAY NIGHT LIGHTS; She appeared in the pilot for CUPID and was funny on SPIN CITY before I saw her in WOMEN IN TROUBLE, where she really made an impression. Oddly, it took a while before I put it together that those three favorite performances were all the work of the same woman. I followed her into FRIDAY NIGHT LIGHTS and did not regret it.)
Teri Hatcher (LOIS AND CLARK; Hey, I tried to watch DESPERATE HOUSEWIVES, okay? After the first year, it wouldn't let me.)
Lindsay Wagner (THE BIONIC WOMAN; Revisiting those episodes impressed me a great deal. Whatever weaknesses the show may have had as a tepid 70's action-er, Lindsay Wagner was not one of them.)
Joanna Cameron (ISIS; I did enjoy my 70's era superheroes, no doubt about it. A crush who very much set the pattern for the sort of individual I tend to fall for; Confident, compassionate, intelligent with a winning, self-assured smile. An idealized figure, sure, but that is the point when playing someone channeling the powers of a goddess, right?)
Judy Strangis (ELECTRA-WOMAN AND DYNA-GIRL; Okay, I may have enjoyed my 70's era superheroes a bit too much, but really, the always-excitable, always-electra-determined Dyna-Girl is fun to watch every minute she's onscreen. And Strangis was good on Room 222, as well, playing the far-less assured Helen Loomis. I wish there were more performances by this charming actress out there to track down and enjoy. I bought the BARBARY COAST DVD set for the one episode she did there. That... is dedication, people.)
Kristen Bell (VERONICA MARS; and so many other things, I couldn't list them all. She sings, she dances, she keeps Craig Ferguson on his toes; What can't she do? The world may never know.)
Sarah Michelle Gellar (BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER; I could just do a thread about your top ten favorite actresses from this one program alone and it wouldn't be enough. Looking back over it all, however, the woman at the center of it all, tying it all together with selfless dedication and a deft flair for comedy is the star of the show. I could have watched her for a few more years in this role or just about any other.)
Alison Brie (COMMUNITY; Hokey Smokes, but Annie was adorable. Super-funny too. That Christmas-themed Glee Club episode is time capsule worthy. I'm enjoying her on GLOW as well. You should see who I had to take off the list when I remembered Brie. These top ten lists are a harsh mistress...)
Okay, over to the rest of you. No need to drown yourselves in swampy nostalgia as I did here. I clearly overlooked some gifted and talented individuals in favor of childhood favorites, but what's done is done. Who did the rest of you enjoy watching in the comfort of your own living rooms?
Edited by Brian Hague on 10 June 2018 at 2:59am