Best TV characters of all time

In honor of the 75th anniversary of television, which publicly debuted at the 1939 World's Fair in Flushing Meadows on April 30, TV critic Verne Gay offers his 75 greatest characters of all time. From Cliff Huxtable to Don Draper, Lucy Ricardo to The Fonz and on, see if your favorites made the list.

75. Lorelai Gilmore 74. Patty Hewes 73. Gil Grissom 72. Carrie Mathison 71. Steve Urkel 70. Dr. Gregory House 69. Erica Kane 68. Arnold Jackson 67. Fred Flintstone 66. Gilligan 65. Liz Lemon 64. Dexter Morgan 63. Christine Cagney & Mary Beth Lacey 62. Sonny Crockett & Ricardo Tubbs 61. Carmela Soprano 60. Roseanne Conner 59. Alexis Colby 58. Dr. Marcus Welby 57. Mary Hartman 56. Batman 55. Dr. Richard Kimble 54. Luke Spencer 53. Mork 52. Fox Mulder & Dana Scully 51. Kojak 50. Beaver Cleaver 49. Frasier & Niles Crane 48. Dr. Bob Hartley 47. Jessica Fletcher 46. Rhoda Morgenstern 45. Frank Pembleton 44. Morticia Addams 43. George Burns & Gracie Allen 42. Michael Scott & Dwight Schrute 41. Sgt. Joe Friday 40. Andy Taylor 39. Laverne DeFazio & Shirley Feeney 38. Maxwell Smart 37. Al Bundy 36. Florida Evans 35. Sgt. Ernie Bilko 34. Maude Findlay 33. Arthur (Fonzie) Fonzarelli 32. Ray Barone 31. Samantha Stephens 30. Murphy Brown 29. Felix Unger & Oscar Madison 28. Will Smith 27. Alex Keaton 26. Jed Clampett 25. Veronica Mars 24. Marshal Matt Dillon 23. Fred G. Sanford 22. Andy Sipowicz 21. Perry Mason 20. George & Louise Jefferson 19. Jack Bauer 18. Rob & Laura Petrie 17. Lt. Columbo 16. Don Draper 15. Hawkeye Pierce 14. Buffy Summers 13. Lou Grant 12. Bret Maverick/Jim Rockford 11. J.R. Ewing 10. Ralph & Alice Kramden 9. Cliff & Clair Huxtable 8. Walter White 7. Homer & Bart Simpson 6. Captain Kirk & Mr. Spock 5. Jerry Seinfeld & Elaine Benes 4. Archie & Edith Bunker 3. Mary Richards 2. Lucy Ricardo 1. Tony Soprano
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Project contributors: Matthew Cassella, Polly Higgins and Kaydi Poirier.

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