Favorite TV characters draw varied responses

Photo by Joe Bellacomo

Photo by Joe Bellacomo

Everybody has their favorite TV shows and characters. It might have been "Ralph Kramden" on the "Honeymooners" during the 1950s or "Deputy Barney Fife" and "Sheriff Andy Taylor" from the Andy Griffith Show during the 1960s or "Archie Bunker" of "All in the Family" and "Fred Sanford" of "Sanford & Son" during the 1970s.

If law and the courtoom are your favorite type of shows, the character could be from the original "Dragnet," "Defenders," "Perry Mason," "Kojak," "Hill Street Blues," "Cagney & Lacey," "L.A. Law," "NYPD Blue" or "Law & Order."

Family shows? Your character may be from "The Waltons," "Family Ties," "Growing Pains," "Alice"or the "Cosby Show."

Medical shows? Try "Medic," "Dr. Kildare," "Ben Casey," "Marcus Welby, M.D.," "St. Elsewhere" or "E.R."

So many shows, so many characters.

Virtually everyone spends time watching TV. People started watching TV from the time they were toddlers and continued throughout their lifetime. They might prefer soap operas or cartoons or dramas or comedies, but everybody has their favorite characters and for widely diverse reasons.

Here's are some selections for favorite characters.

Selena Jones, 29, a Jill-of-all-trades at Golden Corral for the past 2 1/2 years, has a special reason for liking the "Lucy" characters played by Lucille Ball.

"Lucy reminds me of my mother and grandmother because we always used to watch her on TV and, in fact, my grandmother looked a little like her. ... It really brings back a lot of memories," said the perky Jones, a lifetime Albany resident.

Nancy Roberson, 51, of Leesburg has been waitressing in metro Albany for approximately 15 years, the last 3 1/2 at the Golden Corral in Albany, and her favorite performer was the late Michael Landon who starred in "Bonanza," "Little House on the Prairie" and "Highway to Heaven."

The outgoing waitress preferred Landon in his role as Charles Ingalls in "Little House," which originally aired from 1974 to 1983 and is now in syndication.

"He had great character roles, but his best was as Charles Ingalls as a real strong, honest man. ... He was just good at what he did," Roberson said.

Lucy Bunn, 63, of Dawson likes the quirky Abby Sciuto, played by Pauley Perrette, on NCIS. A member of the cast since the show first aired in 2003, Sciuto serves as a forensics specialist who loves the gothic style.

"Abby is a strong woman who is true to herself. She has an innocence about her and believes in the best of everyone. ... She is a strong judge of character and is incredibly intelligent and loyal," said Bunn, a member of the staff of Dr. Robert Johnson, a Dawson dentist, since 1998.

Leon Chambers of Albany, a 32-year-old waiter at Johnny Carino's Italian Restaurant in Albany, likes Hank on "King of the Hill," an animated show which has aired since 1997. The show depicts the life and times of Hank Hill, his family and neighbors in Arlen, Texas.

"He just epitomizes what everybody is going through these days," Chambers explained.

Sylvia Hatcher, 51, of Albany has worked as an assistant manager at Winn Dixie in Albany for the past 17 years and likes "Gil Grissom" of "CSI." He is portrayed by William Petersen.

Grissom served as the night supervisor at the Las Vegas crime lab from the show's inception in 2000 until 2009.

"It's his personality on the show. ... It's just something about him," Hatcher explained.

Kristin Johnson, 27, who has worked at Kay Jewelers in the Albany Mall for two years, selected Ray Romano's portrayal of "Ray Barone" in "Everybody Loves Raymond," which aired from 1996 to 2005.

"He definittely was funny, and you really could relate to him. He was just very real," she explained.

Marianne Humphrey, 58, who has served as manager of Hallmark Gold Crown in the Albany Mall for the past three years, picked "Jed Clampett," played by Buddy Ebsen, on the "Beverly Hillbillies."

"I just liked his character. He was an easy-going guy who handled so many difficult situations with ease," she said.

The show aired from 1962 to 1971 before going into syndication.

"Bear"Atteberry, 58, who has worked for the past 11 years for the Dougherty County School System in the facilities department, simply loves the "Three Stooges."

The "Three Stooges" started in the movies with "Soup to Nuts" in 1930 starring Moe, Larry and Shemp. They did more than 15 movies before a handful of "Three Stoogies" shorts appeared on TV in 1949. In 1958, they went into national syndication with 76 episodes.

"They just make me laugh, they really do," said Atteberry. "If I had a bad day, I'd turn on the 'Three Stooges' and they'd make me laugh, and my whole mood would change," the Sylvester resident explained.

Jodie Brogdon, 36, of Leesburg has been working as a medical technician for the past 14 years and currently is employed by Dr. Thomas A. Hilsman of Albany.

Brogdon's favorite character is Rose Nylund, portrayed by Betty White on the "Golden Girls." White received 20 Emmy nominations for her TV work and received seven Emmys."Golden Girls" aired on NBC from 1985 to 1992.

"She's just funny, very believeable and down to Earth. ... I've watched her since I was a kid and still enjoy her," Brogdon said.

Heather Rogers, 20, of Sylvester has worked in sales at Victoria's Secret for the past year and likes "Stewie" from "Family Guy," an animated show that first aired in 1999.

"Stewie" is the youngest of three children in the Griffin family.

"He's just funny," Rogers said succinctly.

A lifetime Albany resident, Ruth Hayes, 82, revealed her favorite character was "Matt Dillion" portrayed by James Arness on "Gunsmoke," a Western drama which aired from 1955 to 1975.

"He was a very strong character and a good, honest person. He was tough, but he showed his soft side when dealing with 'Miss Kitty,' " said Hayes who is making a great recovery from her cracked hip and pelvis.

Even Otis, my 125-pound black Labrador, had a selection. His favorite character was "Lassie" from the show by the same name which aired for nearly two decades beginning in 1954.

"Woof ... Woof ... Woof," Otis said. Translation: She was cute, cute, cute.