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Telly Talkers are on a mission!

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That mission is to discover Telly Talk’s favourite fictional TV character of all time. To find out who that will be, we will go through a series of events. Each event will concentrate on one decade, apart from the first decade (the 50s) which will include any character created in that decade and before.

Each mission will last two weeks.

Once all missions have concluded, we will vote on the best characters of the 20th century and the best characters of the 21st century.

Our final mission will be the throw both centuries together and vote for the ultimate character.

If you wish to join this mission.

  • Vote by listing your top 20 characters for that decade.
  • Maximum of one character per show.
  • 20 characters are the max, but any less than 20 is perfectly fine.
  • The minimum requirement is to list your character and the TV programme they are from.
  • You can include your reasons behind each character, but it is not compulsory.
  • The character must be introduced on or after the 1st of January at the beginning of each decade.
  • All characters are included, whether they are animated, computer-generated, alien, muppet, puppet, or animal.
  • Any show, any genre, any country.
  • Fictional characters only.






Mission Three

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Please vote your favourite characters from the ‘70s and before by listing up to 20 characters by name and the TV programme they are from. If you wish to include your reasons, feel free to do so.

Last day for voting
Saturday

24th April



EXTRA REMINDER:

Please start with the character's name followed by the show they come from.
 

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This is very tricky. I keep remembering sitcoms that are full of terrific characters (which is how I've ended up with a pair of Penelope Keiths). And this is before I've seen other members' lists.
  1. Richard Avery from Knots Landing
  2. Basil Fawlty from Fawlty Towers
  3. Mildred Roper from Man About The House
  4. Blanche Hunt from Coronation Street
  5. Sister Grace Scott from The Young Doctors
  6. Mrs Slocombe from Are You Being Served?
  7. Margo Leadbetter from The Good Life
  8. Foggy Dewhurst from Last Of The Summer Wine
  9. Arkwright from Open All Hours
  10. Ben Parkinson from Butterflies
  11. Terry Fletcher from Happy Ever After
  12. Audrey Fforbes-Hamilton from To The Manor Born
  13. Robert Hiller from Two's Company
  14. Miss Ellie Ewing from Dallas
  15. Rupert Rigsby from Rising Damp
  16. Edie “Mummy” MacDonald from Number 96
  17. Battery Sergeant Major Williams from It Ain’t Half Hot, Mum
  18. Frank Spencer from Some Mothers Do ‘Ave ‘Em
  19. June Medford from Terry And June
  20. Jaime Sommers from The Six Million Dollar Man

Special mention to Beverly Moss from Abigail's Party, who was reluctantly excised in favour of characters from ongoing series.

 

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Finally, another award that you-know-who thinks is gonna win...

1- Miss Piggy (who else?) - The Muppet Show
2- Pamela Barnes Ewing - Dallas
3- Karen Fairgate - Knots Landing
4- Kelly Garrett - Charlie´s Angels
5- Mildred Roper -Man About The House
6- Dr. Helena Russell - Space: 1999
7- Jessica Tate - Soap
8- Sarah Moffat - Upstairs, Downstairs
9- Livia - I, Claudius
10- Abby Bradford - Eight Is Enough
11- George Smiley - Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy
12- Jennifer Hart - Hart to Hart

 

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1. Archie Bunker- All in the Family
2. J.R. Ewing- Dallas
3. Dr. David Banner- The Incredible Hulk
4. Daisy Duke- The Dukes of Hazzard
5. Fred Sanford- Sanford & Son
6. Mother Jefferson- The Jeffersons
7. J.J. Evans- Good Times
8. Chrissy Snow- Three’s Company
9. Mary Richards- The Mary Tyler Moore Show
10. Kelly Garrett- Charlie’s Angels
11. Abby Fairgate- Knots Landing
12. Arthur Fonzarelli- Happy Days
13. Laverne DeFazio- Laverne & Shirley
14. Oscar Madison- The Odd Couple
15. Gabe Kotter- Welcome Back Kotter
16. Diana Prince- Wonder Woman
17. Charles Ingalls- Little House on the Prairie
18. Emily Hartley- The Bob Newhart Show
19. Arnold Jackson- Different Strokes
20. Louie DePalma- Taxi
 

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My favorite characters of the 70s:

--Lt. Mike Stone, The Streets of San Francisco (Karl Malden)

--Dr. Bob Hartley, Chicago psychologist (Bob Newhart, The Bob Newhart Show)

--Capt. Barney Miller, NYPD 12th Precinct (Hal Linden, Barney Miller)

--Anthony J. Petrocelli, defense attorney (Barry Newman, Petrocelli)

--Jonathan Hart (Robert Wagner, Hart to Hart)

--Dan Tanna (Robert Urich, Vega$)

--Dr. John Francis Xavier McIntyre, Trapper John, M.D. (Pernell Roberts)
 
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  1. JR Ewing - Dallas
  2. Mr Benn - Mr Benn
  3. Shughie McFee - Crossroads
  4. Charles Kingsfield - The Paper Chase
  5. Kunta Kinte - Roots
  6. Arthur Fonzarelli - Happy Days
  7. Harriet Oleson - Little House On The Prairie
  8. David Banner/The Hulk - The Incredible Hulk
  9. Reginald Perrin - The Fall and Rise of Reginald Perrin
  10. Galen - Planet of The Apes
  11. Jeremy Brown - Mind Your Language
  12. Richard Avery - Knots Landing
  13. George Roper - Man About The House
  14. Arnold Jackson- Diff'rent Strokes
  15. Mr Humphries - Are You Being Served
  16. Audrey Fforbes- Hamilton - To The Manor Born
  17. Benson DuBois - Benson
  18. Lt. Mike Stone - Streets of San Francisco
  19. Lord Brett Sinclair - The Persuaders!
  20. Purdey - The New Avengers
 
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my top 20 - sorry JR I really feel you should be at No 1 but Momma was my fav :for:

  1. Miss Ellie – Dallas
  2. Starsky – Starsky and Hutch
  3. Basil Fawlty – Fawlty Towers
  4. George Smiley – Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy
  5. Norman Stanley Fletcher – Porridge
  6. Capt Ross Poldark – Poldark
  7. Jesus – Rbt Powell – Jesus of Nazareth
  8. Mike Stone - Karl Malden – Streets of San Fran
  9. Jim Rockford – Rockford Files
  10. Mrs Oleson – Little house on the prairie
  11. Mark Harris – Man from Atlantis
  12. Arthur Daley – Minder
  13. Petrochelli - Petrochelli
  14. Mr Rourke – Fantasy Island
  15. Theo Kojak – Kojak
  16. Quincy – Quincy ME
  17. David Banner -the incredible hulk
  18. Josie – Josie and the Pussycats
  19. John Boy – The Waltons
  20. Eddie Shoestring – Shoestring
 
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This decade was harder than I anticipated. It occurred to me that there are a handful of '70s shows that I love a lot, but otherwise I haven't seen that much TV from the decade. More than a few of these characters are included by grace of their reputation, rather than my own fondness for them.

  1. J.R. Ewing, DALLAS
  2. Archie Bunker, ALL IN THE FAMILY
  3. Rhoda Morgenstern, MARY TYLER MOORE
  4. Diana Prince/Wonder Woman, WONDER WOMAN
  5. Louie DePalma, TAXI
  6. Laverne DeFazio, LAVERNE & SHIRLEY
  7. Bob Hartley, THE BOB NEWHART SHOW
  8. Maude Findlay, MAUDE
  9. Fred Sanford, SANFORD & SON
  10. Mama Harper, THE CAROL BURNETT SHOW
  11. Miss Piggy, THE MUPPETS
  12. Jessica Tate, SOAP
  13. Kolchak, THE NIGHT STALKER
  14. Les Nessman, WKRP IN CINCINATTI
  15. Wonder Woman, SUPERFRIENDS
  16. Livia, I, CLAUDIUS
  17. Buck Rogers, BUCK ROGERS IN THE 24th CENTURY
  18. Dynomutt, SCOOBY DOO/DYNOMUTT HOUR
  19. Flo Castleberry, ALICE
  20. Steve Austin, THE SIX MILLION DOLLAR MAN
 

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John Hurt as Caligula in I, Claudius

Larry Hagman as JR Ewing in Dallas
Lindsay Wagner as Jaime Sommers in The Bionic Woman
Lee Majors as Steve Austin in The Six Million Dollar Man
Peter Wyngarde in ITC’s Jason King
 

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Is this because she shared a wardrobe with your #1?



Da Pig only wears "exclusive designs" (from the Sunday street market!). I´m sure she still has one gown she bought when "AbFab" was canceled (a Edina one, of course, because of the size...).

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Here is the proof...​
 

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This decade was harder than I anticipated. It occurred to me that there are a handful of '70s shows that I love a lot, but otherwise I haven't seen that much TV from the decade. More than a few of these characters are included by grace of their reputation, rather than my own fondness for them.

  1. J.R. Ewing, DALLAS
  2. Archie Bunker, ALL IN THE FAMILY
  3. Rhoda Morgenstern, MARY TYLER MOORE
  4. Diana Prince/Wonder Woman, WONDER WOMAN
  5. Louie DePalma, TAXI
  6. Laverne DeFazio, LAVERNE & SHIRLEY
  7. Bob Hartley, THE BOB NEWHART SHOW
  8. Maude Findlay, MAUDE
  9. Fred Sanford, SANFORD & SON
  10. Mama Harper, THE CAROL BURNETT SHOW
  11. Miss Piggy, THE MUPPETS
  12. Jessica Tate, SOAP
  13. Kolchak, THE NIGHT STALKER
  14. Les Nessman, WKRP IN CINCINATTI
  15. Wonder Woman, SUPERFRIENDS
  16. Livia, I, CLAUDIUS
  17. Buck Rogers, BUCK ROGERS IN THE 24th CENTURY
  18. Dynomutt, SCOOBY DOO/DYNOMUTT HOUR
  19. Flo Castleberry, ALICE
  20. Steve Austin, THE SIX MILLION DOLLAR MAN
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Get ready for her second coming...​
 

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10. Kelly Garrett- Charlie’s Angels
11. Abby Fairgate- Knots Landing
12. Arthur Fonzarelli- Happy Days
I hate to be "that person," but I have to point out that our dear Miss Abby was not introduced until the second season, which began in 1980. But look on the bright side: you can switch the vote for any of the season one characters....even our beloved Diana. :eek:
 

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1. Jessica Tate, Soap
2. Sarah Jane Smith, Doctor Who
3. Margo Leadbetter, Good Neighbors/The Good Life.
4. Mac Cory, Another World
5. Laura Avery, Knots Landing
6. Gretchen Kraus, Benson
7. Eunice Higgins, The Carol Burnett Show
8. Audrey Fforbes-Hamilton, To the Manor Born
9. Ria Parkinson, Buttrflies
10. Katherine Chancellor, The Young and the Restless
11. Sue Ann Nivens, Mary Tyler Moore Show
12. Blair Warner, The Facts of Life
13. Basil Fawlty, Fawlty Towers
14. Florence Johnston, The Jeffersons
15. Chrissy Snow, Three's Company
16. Sabrina Duncan, Charlie's Angels
17. Roger Thorpe, Guiding Light
18. Sue Ellen Ewing, Dallas
19. Daisy Duke, The Dukes of Hazzard
20. BJ McKay, BJ and the Bear
 
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What's the rule on spin-off characters? For instance, if I vote for Mary Richards (Mary Tyler Moore Show), can I also vote for Rhoda (Rhoda)?
Interesting question.

I think we should include them because it's a different show.

Gosh, now my head is spinning thinking about it. Technically, I could vote for Sue Ellen Ewing and Val Ewing because Val had her own show, but then she was first introduced in DALLAS, so would that be fair? Then I think she did all her best work in KNOTS, so why shouldn't she be allowed that vote.



I could go back and forth for a good few hours on this, so I'm going to say we can include them, as long as it's a different show.
 

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1. Kerr Avon – BLAKE’S 7
2. Lizzie Birdsworth – PRISONER CELL BLOCK H
3. Sapphire – SAPPHIRE & STEEL
4. Helena Russell – SPACE 1999
5. Sarah Jane Smith – DOCTOR WHO
6. Sky – SKY
7. Diana Prince/Wonder Woman, WONDER WOMAN
8. Jessica Tate - SOAP
9. Jaime Sommers – THE SIX MILLION DOLLAR MAN
10. Tucker Jenkins – GRANGE HILL
11. Sue Ellen Ewing – DALLAS
12. Ivy Tilsley – CORONATION STREET
13. Richard Avery – KNOTS LANDING
14. Sabrina Duncan – CHARLIE’S ANGELS
15. Purdey – THE NEW AVENGERS
16. Jesus – JESUS OF NAZARETH
17. Timothy Claypole - RENTAGHOST
18. Logan 5 – LOGAN’S RUN
19. Bodkin – GHOSTS OF MOTLEY HALL
20. Kenny – THE TOMORROW PEOPLE
 
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