Active Topics | Member List | Search | Help | Register | Login
TV
Byrne Robotics > TV
Topic: Top Ten Actresses Best Known From Television Post ReplyPost New Topic
Author
Message
Brian Hague
Byrne Robotics Member
Avatar

Joined: 14 November 2006
Posts: 7630
Posted: 10 June 2018 at 2:55am | IP Logged | 1 post reply

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.

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
Back to Top profile | search e-mail
 
Peter Martin
Byrne Robotics Member
Avatar

Joined: 17 March 2008
Location: Canada
Posts: 10918
Posted: 10 June 2018 at 5:01am | IP Logged | 2 post reply

1. Cush Jumbo (Lucca in the Good Wife/Good Fight)
2. Helen Baxendale (Claire Maitland in Cardiac Arrest)
3. Kirstie Alley (Rebecca in Cheers)
4. Rose Leslie (Ygritte in Game of Thrones)
5. Sarah Michelle Gellar (Buffy in Buffy The Vampire Slayer)
6. Liz Sladen (Sarah Jane Smith in Doctor Who)
7. Felicity Kendall (Barbara in The Good Life)
8. Diana Rigg (Emma Peel in The Avengers)
9. Antonia Thomas (Claire in The Good Doctor)
10. Kristen Bell (Veronica Mars in the show Keith's Daughter Investigates)


Edited by Peter Martin on 10 June 2018 at 5:05am
Back to Top profile | search
 
Brian Miller
Byrne Robotics Member
Avatar

Joined: 28 July 2004
Location: United States
Posts: 25263
Posted: 10 June 2018 at 9:25am | IP Logged | 3 post reply

1) Julia Louis Dreyfus 
2) Elisabeth Moss
3) Keri Russell
4) Julianna Margulies
5) Alison Brie
6) Laurie Metcalf
7) Edie Falco
8) Maura Tierney
9) Linda Cardellini 
10) Sarah Chalke
Back to Top profile | search
 
Laren Farmer
Byrne Robotics Member
Avatar

Joined: 16 April 2004
Location: United States
Posts: 910
Posted: 10 June 2018 at 10:12am | IP Logged | 4 post reply

- Eliza Dushku (Everything...but I think her work as Echo on DOLLHOUSE was both excellent and overlooked)

- Gina Torres (Everything...but I'll go with Zoe on FIREFLY)

- Morena Baccarin (Inara on FIREFLY)

- Mila Kunis (Jackie on THAT 70s SHOW)

- Louise Jameson (Leela on DOCTOR WHO)

- Alyson Hannigan (very close but I'll take Lily on HOW I MET YOUR MOTHER)

- Meighan Desmond (Discord on XENA, HERCULES, and YOUNG HERCULES)

- Diana Canova (Corinne on SOAP)

- Catherine Disher (Natalie on FOREVER KNIGHT)

- Charisma Carpenter (Cordelia on ANGEL and BUFFY)
Back to Top profile | search | www
 
Petter Myhr Ness
Byrne Robotics Member
Avatar

Joined: 02 July 2009
Location: Norway
Posts: 2864
Posted: 10 June 2018 at 12:39pm | IP Logged | 5 post reply

Lots of great to chose from here as well!!

Number 1: Gillian Anderson (X-Files, The Fall, Bleak House and MANY more).

The rest in no particular order:

  • Katee Sackhoff (Galactica/Longmire)
  • Anna Torv (Fringe)
  • Jennifer Ehle (Pride & Prejudice)
  • Julia Louis Dreyfus (Seinfeld)
  • Ruth Wilson (Luther)
  • Elisabeth Moss (Mad Men)
  • Alfre Woodard (Luke Cage)
  • Sarah Michelle Gellar (Buffy)
  • Emelia Clarke (Game of Thrones)
Back to Top profile | search
 
Shaun Barry
Byrne Robotics Member
Avatar

Joined: 08 December 2008
Location: United States
Posts: 5744
Posted: 10 June 2018 at 1:18pm | IP Logged | 6 post reply


I'm gonna try and go with the first 10 that pop into my head:

-Lindsay Wagner (THE BIONIC WOMAN)
-Lynda Carter (WONDER WOMAN)
-Tina Fey (30 ROCK)
-Amy Poehler (PARKS & RECREATION)
-Alison Brie (G.L.O.W.)

-Shelley Long (CHEERS)
-Patricia Heaton (EVERYBODY LOVES RAYMOND)
-Bonnie Bedelia (SALEM'S LOT miniseries)
-Linda Cardellini (FREAKS & GEEKS)
-Cheryl Hines (CURB YOUR ENTHUSIASM)





Edited by Shaun Barry on 10 June 2018 at 1:22pm
Back to Top profile | search
 
Brian Hague
Byrne Robotics Member
Avatar

Joined: 14 November 2006
Posts: 7630
Posted: 11 June 2018 at 4:04am | IP Logged | 7 post reply

Lots of excellent mentions so far, including a few I'd like to have included on my list! A few that I may be tracking down as well.

Back to Top profile | search e-mail
 
Michael Arndt
Byrne Robotics Member
Avatar

Joined: 26 April 2004
Posts: 8358
Posted: 11 June 2018 at 8:19pm | IP Logged | 8 post reply

1) Elizabeth Montgomery -- BEWITCHED
2) Allison Janney -- MOM
3) Keri Russell -- THE AMERICANS
4) Holland Taylor -- TWO AND A HALF MEN
5) Suzanne Pleshette -- THE BOB NEWHART SHOW
6) Dana Delany -- CHINA BEACH
7) Anna Torv -- FRINGE
8) Kathryn Hays -- AS THE WORLD TURNS
9) Patricia Heaton -- EVERYBODY LOVES RAYMOND
10) Gillian Anderson -- X-FILES
Back to Top profile | search e-mail
 
Bill Catellier
Byrne Robotics Member
Avatar

Joined: 19 September 2007
Location: United States
Posts: 3220
Posted: 12 June 2018 at 11:57pm | IP Logged | 9 post reply

Hmmm. No particular order:
1- Kristen Bell: Veronica Mars, Good Place
2- Sarah Michelle Geller: Buffy TVS, Angel
3- Anna Torv: Fringe, Mindhunter
4- Allison Hannigan: Buffy, Angel 
5- Carol Burnett: Carol Burnett Show
6- Gillian Anderson: X-files
7- Amy Poehler: Parks & Rec
8- Katee Sackhoff: BSG
9- Caity Lotz: Arrow, Legends of Tomorrow
10- Krystin Ritter: Jessica Jones
Back to Top profile | search e-mail
 
Rebecca Jansen
Byrne Robotics Member
Avatar

Joined: 12 February 2018
Location: Canada
Posts: 1011
Posted: 13 June 2018 at 9:13am | IP Logged | 10 post reply

I don't have a list of ten in me I don't think, but I liked Felicity Kendal in Solo which ran after The Good Life (re-titled Good Neighbors in America). Later she was in a detective series Rosemary & Thyme.

I really like Sarah Lancashire as a police woman in Happy Valley, and Lesley Sharp as an unhappy psychic medium in Afterlife. All blondes so far...

Of course, Helen Mirren in Prime Suspect was amazing, Tyne Daly and Sharon Gless in Cagney & Lacy, Christina Pickles in Hill Street Blues, and going way back... Alexandra Moltke in Dark Shadows (the actor who played Willie who released Baranabas Collins was Tyne Daly's husband Harvey in Cagney & Lacey). So there's eight tv actresses at least. I guess I could add Dana Delany for China Beach, and Nichelle Nichols from Star Trek and hit ten. :^)


Edited by Rebecca Jansen on 13 June 2018 at 9:16am
Back to Top profile | search e-mail
 
Brian Hague
Byrne Robotics Member
Avatar

Joined: 14 November 2006
Posts: 7630
Posted: 13 June 2018 at 11:56pm | IP Logged | 11 post reply

Rebecca, I believe you're referring to Betty Thomas as Officer (later Sergeant) Lucy Bates from Hill Street Blues. Christina Pickles played head nurse Helen Rosenthal on St. Elsewhere. 

Thanks for contributing! I wasn't aware of John Karlen's involvement with "Dark Shadows." That might help explain his presence in the film "Daughters of Darkness." 

Back to Top profile | search e-mail
 
Rebecca Jansen
Byrne Robotics Member
Avatar

Joined: 12 February 2018
Location: Canada
Posts: 1011
Posted: 14 June 2018 at 10:55am | IP Logged | 12 post reply

I did watch St. Elsewhere even more devotedly than Hill Street Blues, so maybe I do mean Christina Pickles. Betty Thomas was good too on Hill Street.
Back to Top profile | search e-mail
 
Phil Kreisel
Byrne Robotics Member
Avatar

Joined: 03 February 2006
Location: Canada
Posts: 1542
Posted: 14 June 2018 at 3:44pm | IP Logged | 13 post reply

In no particular order:
1) Elizabeth Montgomery -- Samantha Stevens in BEWITCHED
2) Barbara Eden -- Jeannie in I DREAM OF JEANNIE
3) Barbara Feldon-- Agent 99 in GET SMART
4) Suzanne Pleshette -- Emily in THE BOB NEWHART SHOW
5) Kate Jackson - Sabrina Duncan in CHARLIE'S ANGELS
6) Jacklyn Smith -- Kelly Garrett in CHARLIE'S ANGELS
7) Diana Rigg -- Emma Peel in THE AVENGERS
8) Susan Blakely  -- Julie Prescott from RICH MAN POOR MAN (Mini Series)
9) Megan Mullally - Karen from Will and Grace
10) Debra Messing - Grace from Will and Grace
Back to Top profile | search
 
Stephen Churay
Byrne Robotics Member
Avatar

Joined: 25 March 2009
Location: United States
Posts: 8211
Posted: 14 June 2018 at 5:26pm | IP Logged | 14 post reply

You all make me feel old. Except for you,
Phil.

Elizabeth Montgomery-BEWITCHED
Barbara Eden-I DREAM OF JEANNIE
Mary Tyler Moore-DICK VAN DYKE and MARY
   TYLER MOORE shows
Florence Henderson-THE BRADY BUNCH
Suzanne Pleshette-THE BOB NEWHART SHOW
Lynda Carter-WONDER WOMAN
Lindsey Wagner-BIONIC WOMAN
Farrah Fawcett-CHARLIE'S ANGELS
Jaclyn Smith-CHARLIE'S ANGELS
Stephanie Powers-HART TO HART
Back to Top profile | search e-mail
 
James Best
Byrne Robotics Member
Avatar

Joined: 02 March 2014
Location: United States
Posts: 602
Posted: 14 June 2018 at 5:28pm | IP Logged | 15 post reply

This is a very tough call. I had to limit myself to those actresses whose TV shows I watched on the small screen on a regular basis or caught multiple seasons of on DVD. There are a lot of shows from the last few decades that I enjoyed but wasn’t able to follow closely due to work schedules and military commitments. I guess I will have to keep my eyes open for more candidates. In the meantime, in no particular order… 

Tina Fey – 30 Rock
Allison Janney – The West Wing
Teri Hatcher – Lois & Clark
Sarah Shahi – Life, Person Of Interest 
Emily Mortimer – The Newsroom
Kristen Bell – Veronica Mars
Janine Turner – Northern Exposure
Katee Sackhoff – Battlestar Galactica, Longmire
Gina Torres – Firefly, Suits
Lisa Edelstein – House, Sports Night, The West Wing

Back to Top profile | search
 
Brian Miller
Byrne Robotics Member
Avatar

Joined: 28 July 2004
Location: United States
Posts: 25263
Posted: 15 June 2018 at 11:36am | IP Logged | 16 post reply

Y’know, we should all have Betty White on our lists. 
Back to Top profile | search
 
Rebecca Jansen
Byrne Robotics Member
Avatar

Joined: 12 February 2018
Location: Canada
Posts: 1011
Posted: 15 June 2018 at 1:40pm | IP Logged | 17 post reply

I liked Betty White better on Match Game than on The Mary Tyler Moore show, Sue Anne was too over the top a 'character' for me. Other than Rhoda I'm not sure I liked any of the co-star women on Mary Tyler Moore... I especially found the Georgette character cringe-inducing with that horrible voice of hers.

Barbra Feldon was tres-cool though. There was a U.S. ska group I really liked named Agent 99 after her, and in a way Chrissie Hynde was like 99's younger sister more than Diana Rigg's.

Jacylyn Smith was almost a brunnete Grace Kelly for tv, very regal and mature where Kate Jackson had that cutesy thing. But I almost never watched Charlie's Angels, not sure why, lack of depth to the characters? Lack of good looking guys too? I did like The Bionic Woman a lot.
Back to Top profile | search e-mail
 
Stephen Churay
Byrne Robotics Member
Avatar

Joined: 25 March 2009
Location: United States
Posts: 8211
Posted: 15 June 2018 at 2:37pm | IP Logged | 18 post reply

I liked Betty White better on Match Game
than on The Mary Tyler Moore show, Sue
Anne was too over the top a 'character'
for me.

====
Let's not forget, HOT IN CLEVELAND and of
course THE GOLDEN GIRLS. She should be on
all of our lists.
Back to Top profile | search e-mail
 
Brian Hague
Byrne Robotics Member
Avatar

Joined: 14 November 2006
Posts: 7630
Posted: 15 June 2018 at 2:52pm | IP Logged | 19 post reply

Rebecca, Charlie's Angels didn't delve much into the characters' pasts or focus on the Angels' personal lives, but their camaraderie, humor, and ability to close cases were all well-done. When they did look back, as they did with Kelly's abused childhood in an orphanage, or make an Angel the episode's centerpiece, as when Sabrina fell for the wrong guy, the show could be effective there as well.

You might want to try some of the earlier episodes again. Tommy Lee Jones guest-starred in the pilot if that helps any. 

And I know I'm some kind of Godless Commie for saying this, but the allowable list of names would have to get pretty long before I'd put Betty White on mine. Hey, I liked her just fine on St. Elsewhere and Community, but she's not one of my favorites. 

Back to Top profile | search e-mail
 
Rebecca Jansen
Byrne Robotics Member
Avatar

Joined: 12 February 2018
Location: Canada
Posts: 1011
Posted: 15 June 2018 at 4:45pm | IP Logged | 20 post reply

It could even just be what shows were scheduled against some one else's favorite too, your work or school hours, and it was back before DVRs. I've probably seen one Golden girls ever, a handful of Community (luckily one had a psuedo Doctor Who convention story, Commander Space-Time, which I really enjoyed) and hard as it might be to imagine I don't think I've ever seen Hot In Cleveland. Maybe it was on when Malcolm In The Middle was or something, or I was always doing something else. I didn't really get involved in Hill Street Blues until it was rerun at a different time as I was usually out the weeknight it first ran on. People would tell me about it, kind of like Seinfeld (saw that only once on a first airing). It would be fun to watch the first few Charlie's Angels again.I can't say magnum P.I. which I did watch fairly often was any better of a show.

I remember one more tv actress I really liked but had forgotten; Susan St. James! She was on McMillan & Wife and then Kate & Allie later.
Back to Top profile | search e-mail
 
Brian Hague
Byrne Robotics Member
Avatar

Joined: 14 November 2006
Posts: 7630
Posted: 15 June 2018 at 8:32pm | IP Logged | 21 post reply

Charlie's Angels doesn't hold up well by modern standards. It certainly cannot be binge-watched, but the leads are all charming and an episode here and there makes for enjoyable viewing. The earlier ones were written with a bit more care and finesse. Later ones tended to rely more upon formula. Hey, if something's working, why mess with it, right? Also fun, the "Behind the Camera" film that cast Lauren Stamel (Professor Slater from Community) as Kate Jackson and Tricia Helfer as Farrah Fawcett-Majors. Again, kind of silly and lightweight, but wow, did those actresses nail those accents. 

So many good choices here. James Best's list has a number of women I wish I'd included. 

Back to Top profile | search e-mail
 

If you wish to post a reply to this topic you must first login
If you are not already registered you must first register

  Post ReplyPost New Topic
Printable version Printable version

Forum Jump
You cannot post new topics in this forum
You cannot reply to topics in this forum
You cannot delete your posts in this forum
You cannot edit your posts in this forum
You cannot create polls in this forum
You cannot vote in polls in this forum

 Active Topics | Member List | Search | Help | Register | Login