My Top 9 TV Show Crushes

I watch a lot of TV. I was raised on it, and I still have several shows going on at once, whether on they're on DVD or in-season. Inevitably, the reason I keep watching shows is because of my unhealthy obsession with fictional characters' lives . So in the spirit of obsession and me loving to make lists, I'd like to share my Top 9 TV Show Crushes. My rules for choosing were that 1) the characters had to be show regulars, 2) I could have no more than one crush per show, 3)I had to be seriously attached to their character, and 4) they had to be male (a list for the ladies will come soon). I've included short clips of the shows the characters are on so you could see the men in action. So, without further ado, my favorite men of television:

9. Dr. Luka Kovac (Goran Visnjic) from ER - In the post-Clooney ER world, Dr. Kovac stepped out as the best looking and most charming character in the cast. Even when he became a man-whore, I still loved him, and the fact that he had a tortured past didn't hurt either. But to be honest, it's mostly because of the Croatian accent. Here's a clip from Luka's early days featuring his accent:

8. Dr. Sam Beckett (Scott Bakula) from Quantum Leap - I remember watching this show many an afternoon during my childhood. Sam is such a nice Everyman who can sing, get the girl (a kiss was the perfect time to leap), and even cross-dress well. This clip is a great example of Sam's bickering relationship with Al--comedy gold:

7. Henry Grubstick (Christopher Gorham) from Ugly Betty - Even thought this show has only been on for little more than one season, Henry has already become a favorite. He's a nerdy accountant who looks really really good in glasses. His awkwardness is instantly endearing. In this clip he's flirting by sharing fun facts:

6. James "Sawyer" Ford (Josh Holloway) from Lost - Sawyer definitely has bad-boy appeal. I always found him more attractive than whiny, boy scout Jack and thought his method of self-preservation was probably one of the better ideas to survive on the crazy island. This video features his sleazy and undermining attitude toward Jack as well as his well grown scruff:

5. Josh Lyman (Bradley Whitford) from The West Wing - I love Josh mostly because he has at least 3 meltdowns per episode and walks with a distinctive lilt during the "walk and talk" parts of the show. He's such a great ranter and he's so passionate about his job working for the President. Plus, his chemistry with his assistant Donna is magic. So, here's a clip of him freaking out (as well as the lovable Toby):

4. Jim Halpert (John Krasinski) from The Office - Jim Halpert: adorably normal. He just seems like a regular guy that, by comparison to other people, seems so reasonable, smart, funny, and good looking. Granted, he is charming on his own, but just by working at Dunder-Mifflin Scranton, he becomes even more so-- especially with his knowing camera glances. Here's a clip of the many ways he messed with Dwight, more proof of his awesomeness:

3. Fox Mulder (David Duchovny) from The X-Files - Crazy ideas, monotone speech, and the occasional outburst of inappropriate humor. How can you resist? Plus, Mulder frequently has the irresistible combo of a loosened tie and rolled-up sleeves when he's working late into the night in his basement FBI office. Oh Mulder, the show wasn't the same once you (kind of) left. Here's a ridiculous clip of Mulder and Scully kind of flirting:

2. Dr. Joel Fleischman (Rob Morrow) from Northern Exposure - A Jewish doctor from New York gets sent to the small town of Cicely, Alaska. This is fodder for some great television moments. Fleischman is so cocky, condescending, and neurotic you can't help but love him, especially when his personality clashes with those of the quirky townspeople. This clip shows the huge difference between him and his monosyllabic secretary Marylin:

1. Michael Vaughn (Michael Vartan) from Alias - Vaughn captured my heart when I was a freshman in high school, and he hasn't gotten less attractive 6 years later. He's hottest when he's being defiant against higher-ups and even Sydney. He's a good-looking guy with boy scout tendencies in a relationship destined to work out eventually. This clip is from the great early Alias days when stakes were high and Vaughn and Syd couldn't hook-up. Best ever:


House--Still Awesome

So I really like House. This is a picture with the old core cast, and it looks like at least two of them are staying besides Hugh Laurie, although probably in a limited role. Each season they come up with more ridiculous ways House can be jerkier and more of a Vicodin addict. This season's big thing is House picking a new team of doctors. The last episode House narrowed down 40 potential team members to 5. The best part? There's a Mormon.

Some things that make me actually excited about it: 1. He's black, so therefore not what most people think of when they think "Mormon." That could be good for the Church; 2. He was willing to get wasted on hard liquor to diagnose a patient. Context makes it make slightly more sense, but the Mormon guy did state that the LDS Church doesn't govern every detail of the members' lives. He's got spunk and I like that; 3. Dr. House will have more of his questioning-the-existence-of-God episodes, which are always interesting and pretty intelligent. Shows that actually explore issues give me hope for the world.

So, thanks House, for being awesome and having the balls to explore issues and create intriguing characters.