Alison Brie

25 Favorite Television Characters

My intense love for certain fictional characters generally stems from four reasons:

  1. I wish they were real so I could marry them,
  2. I wish they were real so they could be my best friend,
  3. We’re the same exact person except they have a significantly better wardrobe and a hot boyfriend,
  4. Their life is so shitty that all I want to do is reach through the screen and give them a hug.

There’s also a line between characters I genuinely like as characters and not because their portrayer was obviously created on a day that God was channeling The CW Network. Is Ian Somerhalder good looking? Uh yeah. Do I worship the altar of Damon Salvatore? No. Stefan5eva. And it goes both ways. So, taking in no (or as little as I could) consideration of how much I love/hate the actor or their face, these are my favorite television characters: In alphabetical order…

Andie McPhee
“Don’t play dumb. When dumb people play dumb, it’s very disconcerting.”

You’re going to see a lot of Type A personalities on this list, because I have a great love for the straitlaced constantly stressed workaholic who is always on the precipice of a complete mental breakdown. Enter Andie, the future Harvard medical school grad who finally cracked under the pressure of being a severe perfectionist and started hallucinating her dead brother, Tim.

Annie Edison
I’ve been worried about how uptight I am and how I’m no fun. And then I was worried I wouldn’t fit in here or be able to hang out with you guys. But you know what? Why don’t you ever ask yourselves whether you can hang with me? Why am I always the one who has to adapt?

Forced to attend community college after suffering from a nervous breakdown and narcotics addiction, book-smart Annie has always been my favorite member of the Greendale 7.

Caroline Forbes
“So youre saying that now I’m basically an insecure, neurotic, control freak on crack?”

Prior to joining the League of the Undead, Caroline Forbes was my least favorite character on TVD. Seemingly shallow yet overwhelmingly insecure, the future vamp was not my cup of tea. Since being turned into kick-ass Vampire Barbie, that title has been passed on (congratulations, Bonnie!) and Caroline has become my favorite. Who knew all it took was becoming a night-walker to make me like you…

Cassie Ainsworth
I stopped eating, and then everyone had to do what I said. That was powerful. I think it was the happiest time of my life.

Generation 1 of Skins will always be my favorite, thanks in large part to the eccentric but lovably innocent, Cassie.

Chandler Bing
I’m not great at the advice. Can I interest you in a sarcastic comment?

Each Friends character is amazing in their own right, but Chandler is hands-down my favorite. I’d never want to date a Chandler, but as my BFF4LYFE? Hell. Yes.

Chuck Bass
“So you’re finally learning there are upsides to pissing off your family?”

Chuck Bass is an ass. He sold his girlfriend for a hotel. He wears purple sparkly suits. Worst of all, he bumped uglies with Jenny Humphrey. And I could seriously care less.

Cristina Yang
“I have an MD and a PhD. I’m a freaking cardiothoracic surgeon. I’m supposed to be studying for my boards, the most important exam of my life. And I’m locked in the bathroom crying because of a boy!”

It took three seasons for me to appreciate Cristina Yang. I was a big fan of her and Burke, but after he left her at the altar and she was so happy to finally be free, that moment made me a Cristina fan. Yes, she can be callous, emotionless, and, well, a bitch, but she always means well.

Debra Morgan
“We can play who’s the better asshole. But I guarantee you I’ll win.”

Deb is a character that grows on you. Her dropping an F-bomb every five seconds was initially annoying as all hell and her bitchy, cold demeanor seemed impenetrable. But I guess falling for a serial killer aka your adopted bro’s real bro and then almost becoming a victim of his tends to soften people up…spoilers?

Hannah Rogers
“I’m not beautiful. And that’s okay, because I’ve got other stuff. And eventually I will remember what that other stuff is and why it’s more important. It’s just taking longer than I thought.”

As much as I wanted to like Amy, the lead female character of Everwood, I never found her particularly relatable. Her “nerdy,” deer-in-the-headlights bestie on the other hand? Instant favorite.

Jack Shephard
“But if we can’t live together, we’re going to die alone.”

I have a tendency to like characters who are hated by the general viewing population. And it pains me that Jack is one of them. The Man of Science turned Man of Faith had one of the most compelling arcs on LOST and if his ultimate sacrifice didn’t make you cry the Pacific Ocean, we can’t be friends.

Jason Stackhouse
“Sometimes you need to destroy something to save it. That’s in the Bible or the Constitution.”

He’s pretty. He’s dumb. He’s pretty dumb. And it’s one of the many reasons why I love him. A serial ladies’ man with a heart of gold, Jason always has the best of intentions even when he eventually effs everything up.

Jesse Pinkman
“For what it’s worth, getting the shit kicked out of you? Not to say you get used to it, but you do kind of get used to it.”

I’ve never wished happiness for a character more than for Jesse. Poor guy has had it rough. Yeah, he’s a murderer, a drug dealer, and an addict, but he’s also been playing the role of Walter White’s bitch for far too long.

Jim Halpert
“A lot of people told me I was crazy to wait this long for a date with a girl I work with. But I think even then I knew that I was waiting for my wife.”


Oh Jim Halpert. You have set the bar for my future husband so impossibly high. I would brave the Dunder-Mifflin offices to work alongside Jim.

Matt Saracen
“You don’t care about me. You left me for a better job. Your daughter left me for a better guy. Carlotta left me for Guatemala. My dad left me for a damn war. Everybody leaves me. What’s wrong with me?”

Thrust into the spotlight after the first string quarterback is paralyzed during a game, Matt Saracen overcame all odds to become the starting QB the small, football-loving town of Dillon, Texas, needed. He navigated thru the perils of wooing Coach’s daughter and the arrival of his MIA parents. And he was a good friend to the ever-annoying Landry, and that more than anything makes him a hero.

Michael Scofield
“Preparation will only take you so far. After that you got to take a few leaps of faith.”

He may hold a serious grudge and talk like a serial killer, but the guy’s kind of a bamf seeing as he broke out of two prisons, successfully broke his wife out of a third, and helped clear his brother of a murder charge.

Nathan Young
“We had it all. We fucked up bigger and better than any generation that came before us. We were so beautiful!”

A smart-ass with an even smarter mouth, vulgar-mouthed Nathan was my favorite Misfit from the start. Let’s hope he wiggles his way out of prison soon so he can return with all his immortal glory.

Phil Dunphy
“I’m the cool dad. That’s my thing. I’m hip. I surf the Web. I text. LOL: laughing out loud. OMG: Oh my God. WTF: Why the face? Um you know, I know all the dances to High School Musical.”

He knows all the dances to High School Musical. ‘Nuff said.

Quinn Fabray
“I may not look like the head cheerleader anymore, but I’m still her on the inside.”

I get the hate that Quinn gets, the former HBIC of McKinley was needlessly cruel at first to pretty much every member of glee club. But Quinn hasn’t been season 1 Quinn since well….season 1. At her core, Quinn is someone who was dealt a super shitty hand and just wants someone there at the end of the day. And I don’t think anyone can argue with that.

Ron Swanson
“I’m not big on charities. Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day. Don’t teach a man to fish and you feed yourself. He’s a grown man. Fishing’s not that hard.”

Ron Swanson is my best friend. But seriously. If my best friend worked for the city government and grew a mustache (amongst other things) she’d be Ron Swanson.

Schmidt
“Schmidt happens.”

Douche-bag characters are often one-dimensional and they remain only douche-bags for the entirety of the series. Luckily for Schmidt, douchey as he may be, the New Girl writers took a trip to the Wizard and blessed him with a brain, heart, and courage.

Seth Cohen
“Dude. You’re a Cohen now. Welcome to a life of insecurity and paralyzing self-doubt.”

Unabashedly nerdy and self-deprecating,  leave it to Orange County to make the tousled-hair, pop-culture enthusiast the laughing stock of the Harbor School.

“Stiles” Stilinski
“I’m 146 pounds of pale skin and fragile bone, okay? Sarcasm is my only defense.”


Stiles may be one of the only true “humans” left on Teen Wolf, but he has the super-human power of sarcasm to get him thru the day. And it’s not like every other word I say is sarcastic…not at all. Clearly, we were not meant to be bffs.

Summer Roberts
“Ew. But I like it.”

As Marissa started get more and more annoying with her drug and drinking problems, Summer got more and more endearing by falling for the nerd and showing off her geeky side (Princess Sparkle, helloooo). A tiny whirlwind of shopping bags and boho dresses, Summer, thankfully, easily overcame her rich bitch trope to become the best female character on The O.C.

Veronica Mars
“Congratulations, you’ve been named World’s Biggest Cockroach. This award is given in recognition of your unparalleled lack of humanity. Bravo. You’re going to die friendless and alone.”

If the voice inside my head manifested into a person, it would be Veronica Mars. Shamelessly snarky and unbeatably honest, it’s easy to see why she was either revered or abhorred by her peers. The teen sleuth had her character flaws: she was easy to piss-off, meddled in everything, held grudges like whoa, and served payback like a bitch. But in tandem, she was fiercely loyal to those who upheld the Mars Code of Ethical Behavior and was never afraid to put it all on the line for a friend.

Wes Mitchell
“I am way too hungry to be mature about something like this.”

I started planning my nonexistent wedding to Wes immediately after the pilot of Common Law aired. A former lawyer who swapped depositions for an LAPD badge after sending an innocent man to prison, Wes is a classic OCD-level perfectionist. He constantly clashes and bickers with his partner and (arguably) best friend, Travis, because of his laid-back stance on life. And while I feel like the show presents Travis as the guy we’re supposed to immediately root for, Wes’ personality is much more to my druthers. It also doesn’t hurt that he likes flashy cars and dresses like a GQ fashion spread, either.

7 Reasons Why I Love Jeff & Annie

Community is arguably a show that doesn’t place a huge emphasis on romantic relationships. And this is one of many reasons why it’s currently my favorite comedy on air. I love the whole dynamic between the “Study Group.” I love Troy and Abed’s bromance. And I even find Pierce and Annie’s “father-daughter-like” friendship to be some what endearing. But just because romance takes a backseat doesn’t mean that those few and rare moments don’t make me grin like an idiot, because they do. I am proud to say that I am 150 percent on Team Jeff/Annie, and no amount of Dan Harmon’s love for Britta will make me abandon this ship.

You’d think that a relationship between a [then] 18-year-old girl and a guy pushing 40 would make me sick to my stomach. But on the contrary, these two have such a unique chemistry that I couldn’t help but root for them. This past season came and went, with Jeff denying that there is an “Annie of it all” and refusing to accept his feelings for Annie. And even though we got glimpses of Jeff’s apparent jealousy of the Black Rider and Abed in the season finale, nothing concrete was said between the two.

I always like to go into new seasons optimistic and this time my hopes are already getting dangerously high. It was this particular TVLine article that sent Milady + Milord shippers like me into hysterics. I sincerely hope this isn’t some ruse, because I don’t know if my inner fangirl can handle that.

And since the third season premiere of Community is still over 2 weeks away, I thought I’d take a stroll down memory lane and reminisce on the pivotal JA scenes that made them one of my OTPs:

1. “What do you think?” “Yeah…”

Obviously, the entire Debate 109 episode is JA gold, but I love this scene in particular because there is something in the way Jeff says “yeah” when Annie asks what he thinks that just makes my little shipper heart so happy. This is also the moment that I jumped on board the Milady+Milord express.

2. “You’re becoming dangerous, Annie. It’s those doe eyes. Disappointing you is like choking The Little Mermaid with a bike chain”

Even though their screentime was brief, it really showed how Annie could potentially make Jeff a better person. And I know that one of the biggest criticisms about their relationship is that Annie is “always trying to change him” or what not, but I think that Jeff has just as much influence on Annie as she does on him.

3. “I took that kiss for the team.” “What?!”

I love this whole exchange because it’s obvious that Annie did not just take that kiss for the team and that it wasn’t “strategic and joyless” for Jeff. And it’s like he’s testing her to see if she’ll break.

4. “Greendale is where I belong.”

Britta has just professed her love for Jeff. And who does he end up with? Not Britta, not Slater, Annie.

5. “You precocious little bitch!”

Hello sexual tension. I just wish Britta would have gotten out of the freaking way!

6. “Either you want me or you don’t, what is it going to be?”

This is the most outright either of them have been about their relationship, mostly from Jeff. And no, he doesn’t directly answer her question, but I think his expression in the last cap after Annie tells him she’s going to ask out Rich is telling enough.

7. “Resolved.”

This was adorable and if Pierce hadn’t interrupted, they would have so would have gone in for the kill.

REVIEW: 2010-2011 Television Season

I have always watched a crap-ton of tv, but this year seemed particularly heavy. I had at least two shows per day Monday thru Thursday and I discovered the brilliance of British television. It’s been a busy television season and on the whole, I’m satisfied with the finales we got.

Shows That Premiered This  Season…

After watching the pilot episode, I stuck with only four shows this year: Being Human, Shameless, Happy Endings and The Walking Dead. I always bitch about how much I hate American remakes of British tv shows…and yet two of them made the list. However, unlike Skins, these remakes are actually good. People have been listing Happy Endings on their comedy Emmy wishlists, and while I think that is a wee bit of a stretch, this show surprised me. Any sitcom revolving around a group of friends is immediately likened to, well, Friends. I found the overall premise of Happy Endings to be relatively weak, but the show definitely improved over the course of its short season.

FAVORITE NEW SHOW: Being Human, hands down. The show just gives such a fresh spin on the whole vamp-werewolf dynamic and it totally holds its own against the U.K. counterpart. Although, it’s official, I can’t stand the Josh/George character aka the werewolf in either version.

Discovered shows already on air…

This year, I discovered so many wonderful programs that are already on air. I love this, because then I have oodles of episodes to watch without an annoying hiatus. Thanks to blogs and mostly Tumblr, I had heard only high praises for the British shows, Misfits and Skins. Misfits is by far one of the funniest shows I’ve ever seen and I kind of have a crush on Robert Sheehan. I also randomly stumbled upon The Big Bang Theory bloopers on YouTube and even those made me crack up, which gave me the incentive to blindly purchase the dvds. And it’s amazing. I am making it my mission to attend a taping before I leave LA.

While I am still making my way through Parks and Recreation & 30 Rock, I have to say, I love NBC’s Thursday night comedy line-up. I know I am so late to The Office party, it’s not even funny. Within a course of 4 days, I watched every single episode on Hulu. What can I say? It was a boring finals week. And unlike other fans, I don’t think the show has necessarily lost its mojo, I for one, loved season 6. I caught the last few episodes of season 7 on air and while I do agree that it will be a different program, I think the show has potential to be great without Michael Scott / Steve Carell. One of my roomies always sang the praises of Chuck, so I gave that a try, too. It’s a great dramedy and I kind of have a crush on Zachary Levi, too.

FAVORITE NEW SHOW ALREADY ON AIR: This is such a tough decision because I love each and every one of the programs shown above. But it has to be Community. If Glee gets an Emmy nod and Community doesn’t, there’s officially no justice in the world. Even Community‘s “weaker” episodes are better than most shows’ best. And it’s two-parter paintball season finale was damn near flawless. Community‘s comedic style is exactly my cup of tea and I am officially the biggest Jeff & Annie fan ever. I would normally find a relationship between a 20-year-old girl and a guy who is nearly 40 to be disgusting, but they are absolutely adorbs. And to think I only discovered this gem because it was on sale at Target…I have so much love for Target.

Returning shows…

FAVORITE RETURNING SHOW / BEST OVERALL SEASON: This was really not a tough call, as a lot of these shows had lackluster seasons, The Vampire Diaries. Now, I am not one of those crazy TVD fans who stakes out polls on Entertainment Weekly until TVD reigns supreme, but this season was very strong overall. I am such a fan of Tyler & Caroline and I cannot wait to see where the writers take this storyline. We finally saw some progression in the Stefan / Elena / Damon triangle and Jeremy finally got some lovin’ and a relationship I approve of. No sophomore slump here.

ONE TREE HILL: Much like Glee becoming the Kurt Show at times, One Tree Hill morphed into the Brooke & Julian Show. And I love Brooke and Julian, but it was overkill with the babies. If the network would have let Mark Schwahn & crew do the abortion storyline intended for Brooke in season 4, it would have added another dimension to the fact that she is unable to have children. It just seemed too easy to have Brooke get magically pregnant, with twins no less. I love me some Stephen Colletti, but I think the fact that he is now a series regular says enough. We all know that One Tree Hill should have ended after season 6, if not season 4. Although OTH never racked up high numbers, as a long-time fan, it’s horrible to see how its fallen not only in ratings but in quality.

LIGHTS OUT: I won’t divulge too much because it hasn’t aired on NBC yet, but I thoroughly enjoyed the finale. It was the perfect end to a nearly-perfect show. Can we get some Emmy love, pwease?

I generally enjoyed 90210‘s season 3. I think the first half of the season why stronger, but it overall was exponentially better than Gossip Girl. The only thing I really liked about Glee season 2 was the return of Fuinn and we all know how that ended. As for Grey’s, hopefully this season will be its last and it can go out on a high note. It’s already losing its magic, I don’t buy any article that claims Grey’s is having a comeback. Just limit the Calzona, give Alex a substantial love interest, bring back Addison and reunite Mark & Lexie and you’ll be back on track.

So what’s going to be my summer obsession? Well, So You Think You Can Dance, obvi, but I also started watching Six Feet Under today and I’m loving it so far. I am also planning to spend this summer checking out Fringe, Parenthood, Modern Family and The Good Wife.  All I can say is, thank God for Netflix.

Seven LOL Community Moments

In anticipation of part II of Community‘s season finale / paintball extravaganza, I’ve compiled a list of my favorite Community moments to date. I limited myself to strictly comedic moments, or else this would have been solely Jeff & Annie moments (a few still slipped through). It’s refreshing to find a show that doesn’t revolve around the ships. As always, click through for video.

1. Annie chloroforms the janitor.

Troy: I don’t know what to do, my whole brain is crying!

2. Flashback montage

Britta: Are you sure you guys have the group’s best interest at heart? Feast your ears-tongues on these memories pops…

Annie: Those are just stories about us being cute.

3. Annie blows everything off

Jeff: Do me a favor and be very un-Annie and blow it off too.

Annie: Oh sure. I’ll just blow it off. I’ll just blow eeeeeverything off. Heck, I guess I’ll blow off walking. And now I’ll just blow off standing. Just blowing eeeeverything off. Maybe I’ll blow off talking language. Blee bloo blah blee boo bluh bluh.

4. The boys krump

Troy: We’re krumping.

Jeff: No you’re not.

5. The entire “Cooperative Calligraphy” episode (only Community can make an entire episode about a lost pen and still have me LOLing the entire time)

Jeff: Annie, relax.

Annie: No, you relax, Jeff. Or are you scared that if you do, MY PEN WILL FALL OUT?!

6. Pierce is psychic

Pierce: This investigation is going nowhere. You need a psychic.

7. Troy & Abed mocking others

Jeff: I can hear you through the window, morons.

Troy: Just pretend like you were sleeping…

REVIEW: Community

Most people know that when I find a new tv show, I move to the “obsession stage” pretty damn fast. In fact, every show I have ever watched loyally qualifies as an obsession, because I am not going to waste an hour of precious tv time on something I merely “like.” Well, I am proud to introduce the newest inductee into my Television Obsession Museum, NBC’s Community.

You know that moment when you’re perusing the New Releases section at Target, Best Buy, etc. and there’s something on sale for half its original price and an alarm starts blaring through your head, “MUST HAVE. MUST HAVE”? I had one of those this weekend. I have heard nothing but good things about Community and season 1 was on sale for $14.99. That’s a steal this tv lover just cannot pass up.

Community is centers on a group of seven students, who through various circumstances are attending Greendale Community College in the fictional Greendale, Colorado. The series’ protagonist (or antagonist, depending which way you look at it) is Jeff Winger (Joel McHale), a 30-something ex-lawyer who is forced to go back to college after his degree is revealed as fake. On his first day at Greendale, he accidentally forms a study group in his attempt to pursue Britta (Gillian Jacobs). Other fellow students, Annie (Alison Brie), Troy (Donald Glover), Abed (Danny Pudi), Shirly (Yvette Nicole Brown) and Pierce (Chevy Chase).

The show is very cleverly written and frequently uses pop-culture references. Most of the humor is from sarcasm and one-liners. It reminds me of a less raunchy Misfits.

And I may be only 13 episodes in, but I have already found my OTP: Jeff & Annie. After the couple made the finals of E!Online’s tv couple showdown poll, I had planned to look them up on YouTube, but never got around to it. Watching the first episode, I just couldn’t picture them working as a power couple. Their personalities majorly clash, they’ve got at least a 10 year age difference and he seemed 100 percent into Britta. But after episode 1×09, “Debate 109”, my mind has completely changed. I freaking love them.

As soon as I’m sure I cannot add another show to my weekly tv schedule, something will come along that forces me to make yet another adjustment. Sadly, Community will probably not bump The Vampire Diaries for my Thursday 7 p.m. slot, but it will definitely be my first iTunes download come Friday morning.

My Top 5 Favorite Television Couples (2010 Edition)

UPDATED JUNE 4, 2012

I have always had a horrible track record of supporting the one couple in a show that is just destined to fail. It wasn’t until the LOST finale that I experienced the amazing feeling of having my OTP be endgame. But despite the imminent heartbreak, I’ve never jumped ship from these ships.

Dawson Leery & Joey Potter, DAWSON’S CREEK

He was whiny and adolescent. She was annoying and indecisive. But these best friends turned lovers made for a highly combustible couple that brought forth my first television heartbreak: their eventually demise.

Jack Shephard & Kate Austen, LOST

I was pretty much a blubbering mess throughout the entire LOST finale, but when Jack & Kate kissed on that clifftop I completely lost it. And when she found him at the benefit concert in the sideways world, I was inconsolable. And when the bright light filled the church and it was confirmed that Jate was endgame, I proclaimed it the perfect ending to a near-perfect show.

Nathan and Haley Scott, ONE TREE HILL

I never doubted that Nathan and Haley weren’t going to get their happy ending, even throughout their brief hiatus in season two and Nathan’s alleged infidelity. Married at sixteen, first child at eighteen, and all the challenges that came afterward, Nathan and Haley have always been a constant on One Tree Hill and I loved them for it.

Jeff Winger and Annie Edison, COMMUNITY

I have proclaimed my love for this not-even-a-couple couple multiple times, and I refuse to quit. Despite the fact that they’re not even a couple or had an official declaration, this May-December relationship has become a highlight of the show for me.

Mark Sloan and Lexie Grey, GREY’S ANATOMY

Shonda Rhimes, why do you insist on killing all of the beautiful things on your show? I’ve grown tired of Meredith and Derek, and I’ve never fully wrapped my head around Owen and Cristina. Alex and Izzie were perfect and now they’re dunzo. Mark and Lexie were on their way to a reconciliation, let’s kill off Lexie. Insert my pathetic cries.