The 5 Best Supporting Characters In TV History

Thursday, July 12 by Steve Silverman

When you watch your favorite television comedies or dramas, you usually care about the stars and the main protagonists on the show. But many times, it's what the supporting characters say and do that will stick in your memory. Here's a look at the 5 best supporting characters in TV history.

 

Susie Greene, "Curb Your Enthusiasm"

 

Susie (Susie Essman) is the wife of Hollywood agent Jeff Greene (Jeff Garlin). Jeff's top client and best friend is Larry David (played by Larry David) and Susie is never shy about speaking her mind to her husband or Larry. Susie is an ex-New Yorker and she curses like a longshoreman. There is no hesitation where Larry is concerned and she gives him withering looks and upbraids him with lectures. When she gets done with him, he often looks like a child who has been taken to task by his mother or teacher. Despite Susie's hot temper, she is incredibly funny. Her uninhibited nature makes her one of the most memorable characters in TV history. 

  

         Christopher Moltisanti, "The Sopranos"

Christopher (Michael Imperioli) was Tony Soprano's (James Gandolfini) nephew and a key member of the Soprano crime family. For much of the series, Tony believes Christopher has the tools needed to be a leader in the crime family, but he later gives up his belief because Christopher can't kick his drug habit. Christopher goes out with Adriana La Cerva (Drea de Matteo) throughout the majority of the series and she is a beautiful woman with an amazing body. You often wonder what she sees in her weasel-like boyfriend.

 

   Kalinda Sharma, "The Good Wife" 

 

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Kalinda (Archie Panjabi) is a private investigator at a top Chicago law firm and she is astute and good at her job. She is usually able to give her employers the answers they are seeking about 10 minutes after she gets an assignment. On top of her skills and intelligence, she is strikingly beautiful with a near-perfect body. Alicia Florrick (Juianna Margulies) is the star of the show and is outstanding in her own right, but Kalinda captivates viewers every time she is on screen.

  

Dr. Niles Crane, "

Niles Crane (David Hyde Pierce), a psychologist in his own right and the brother of radio star Dr. Frasier Crane (Kelsey Grammer), is one of the most insecure and indecisive men in Seattle. So is his brother, and therein lies the thrust of "Frasier." While the two brothers often find themselves in humorous situations, it's clear that they are in need of great help themselves yet they are the ones dispensing the advice. For much of the series, Niles can't seem to find the courage to tell Daphne Moon (Jane Leeves) how he feels about her. His fears and self-loathing helped make the show a classic.

 

 George Costanza, "Seinfeld"

George (Jason Alexander) is a lost soul who can't seem to figure out a career path, find the right woman, or get away from his overbearing parents. Yet he does have one gift-his ability to tell a lie at the drop of a hat. He can also come up with funny and clever one-liners and that allows him to pitch a pilot to NBC with his buddy Jerry Seinfeld (played by Jerry Seinfeld). Give credit to Seinfeld and Larry David for writing a funny character. Alexander has never had another good role in movies or television which means that while he may not be a great actor, he could sure play George to the hilt.