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Joss Whedon & James Gunn’s Top TV Characters

August 21, 2006 by  

I have two confessions to make, neither of which will come as a shock to long time GMMR readers, but might be a bit shocking to our newbies.

Joss Whedon(1) I best know Joss Whedon from his stint as the car rental guy on Veronica Mars.

Ok, well that’s not entirely accurate. I have known “of” Joss Whedon for years. But as someone who has never seen Buffy, Angel, Firefly or any of his TV shows, I can’t say that I know much of his work beside his guest appearance on VM. And before the “are you crazy” and “OMG you have to see Buffy” emails come flying in, please let me say this: I believe every single one of you that tout Buffy as an amazing show – probably one of the best, EVER!! But I didn’t get into it while it was on, and now there just aren’t enough hours in the day for me to catch up with the series. I can’t keep up with my TiVo as it is now. Sadly, Buffy and the other now-defunct Joss Whedon shows might become part of my DVD library when I retire (if I live that long).

James Gunn(2) I only first heard of James Gunn as Jenna Fischer‘s husband and Kirk from Gilmore Girls brother.

I am NOT, repeat NOT a fan of horror movies. I know some of you love them, but I am a big old scaredy cat and I just can’t watch them. I get freaked out too easily, and I can’t sleep for weeks. So until you guarantee me that John, Josh, Jason or Ryan will hold me tight while watching, I may never see any of James Gunn’s already classic movies. That being said, I thought he was fantastic in Lollilove, and anyone that had the foresight to marry the fabulous Jenna Fischer years before she made it big in The Office…well, the guy must know what he’s doing, right?

Now that you know the extent of my knowledge of both men’s body of work, you may be a bit shocked to know that I am crazy about both these guys. I read their stuff online all the time, and I really enjoy their take on all things pop culture. Whether it’s Joss’s comments on or James’ MySpace blog updates, I love love love when these guys have something new to say.

So here we are….both men have recently shared their take on the Top 25 TV characters of all time. First it was James Gunn’s list on MySpace, then his comments back to the legion of fans on WHEDONesque, and now finally it’s Joss Whedon’s response to James Gunn’s list and Joss’s own personal take on the best in TV characters. Did you follow that? Yeah, me neither.

I wanted to share my favorites from both lists. But make sure to check out the rest for yourselves.

From the list of James Gunn (full list can be found here)

Pam Beesly (Jenna Fischer), THE OFFICE (American)
David Brent (Ricky Gervais), THE OFFICE (British)
Creed (Creed Bratton), THE OFFICE (American)
Reverend Jim Ignatowski (Christopher Lloyd), TAXI

…yeah, just because the guy is married to someone on the list (a list which also includes one of her co-workers, and her boss) doesn’t detract from his overall opinion. Those are some of the best characters – so there!!

From the list of Joss Whedon (full list can be found here)

George Michael Bluth (Michael Cera) – Arrested Development is impossible to choose from, but the buttoned-down kid is usually the character I can’t stand and George Michael is frikkin’ adorable. Poor little guy.

Logan Echolls (Jason Dohring) from V Mars. Smirking his way into TV history.

Jim Halpert (John Krasinski) – The American Office is another throw-a-stone (hit-a-favorite), but I’m giving it up for Jim, ’cause I’ve watched that scene between him and Pam in the season 2 finale like 17 times and his readings are smooth like booze. Also, he’s the person in that scene who’s not married to James Gunn, so I can rant and nobody gets freaked. (I fear James as I fear few things.)

Dr. Gregory House (Huge Laurie) – House. If you saw him in Blackadder, even more so, but if you haven’t, House. The last great humanist.

So now that you have their take…who are YOUR favorite TV characters of all time and why? I’m dying to see what y’all think. Make sure you post your favorites here. I’ll be compiling a list for a future post. Maybe your reponses will be included.

Filed under TV Comedy, TV Drama


10 Responses to “Joss Whedon & James Gunn’s Top TV Characters”

  1. sabrina on August 21st, 2006 4:34 pm

    Wow Joss Whedon watches “The Office?” I think I love him even more!!

  2. Sus on August 21st, 2006 6:42 pm

    I swear Joss Whedon is secretly like 16 years old. Look at that baby face! 😉

    I never got into Buffy but I have a lot of respect for Joss. He really seems to know what he’s talking about.

    As for James Gunn, I’m pretty sure I’ve never seen anything he’s been in (I’ll have to consult imdb to be sure) but he gets love from me for being Jenna’s hubby and Sean’s brother. I heart Kirk a thousand times over. Also, his list is pretty cool.

  3. GMMR on August 21st, 2006 6:43 pm

    SUS – Besides Lollilove, James Gunn hasn’t been in a lot. He’s a writer and a director. Very well respected, esp within his genre

  4. Julie on August 21st, 2006 6:44 pm

    Joss likes all the boys I do. Why am I not surprised? He has excellent taste. Also, his comments are rambling and hilarious.

  5. Scooter on August 21st, 2006 6:56 pm

    Top of my head in no particular order:

    1. Col. John “Hannibal” Smith – The A-Team
    2. Bo Duke – Dukes of Hazzard
    3. Dick Casablancas – Veronica Mars
    4. Sledge Hammer – Sledge Hammer!
    5. Brisco County Jr. – The Adventures of Brisco County Jr.

  6. Kris on August 21st, 2006 8:19 pm

    OMG you haven’t seen Firefly?! Ha ha, teasing. But i do love that show. Awesome awesome characters!

    I definitely agree w/ the characters they’ve chosen. I absolutely love GOB, House, Jim, Pam, David Brent, Creed, etc. etc.

    Some other favorites of mine are: Mike and Tim from the show Spaced, and Mal and Jayne from Joss’ own show Firefly.

  7. Sara on August 22nd, 2006 11:25 am


  8. TheNextKristin on August 22nd, 2006 3:14 pm

    GMMR, I can’t believe you’re not a Joss fan. I’m almost completely certain that you’d LOVE his work.
    That being said, I’ve got to admit that the only other thing I knew about James Gunn, that you didn’t mention, was that he was friends with Joss (which IMO made him more than good enough for Jenna Fischer). I love their lists.

  9. GMMR on August 22nd, 2006 3:19 pm

    I never said I wasn’t a FAN of Joss Whedon’s work, just that I never watched his shows. It was never a matter of not thinking they were worth my time, but more of a circumstance and timing issue.

  10. tubetalkgirl on August 23rd, 2006 2:23 am

    GMMR, we can no longer be blogging buddes. Never an episode of Buffy or Angel? You’re killing me here. Thanks for the heads up on this list….Scooter, Bo Duke? LOL I had the Bo Duke t-shirt and poster.