A film only allows us limited time to spend with its characters. In the case of television, it is different. This is because TV shows last for as long as they need to. Therefore, it becomes extremely important for the makers to ensure viewers relate to the characters to keep them hooked.
What, then, makes a television character unforgettable? Usually, it is a combination of factors like relatability, depth and uniqueness. Over the years, television has given us characters that have been more than just mere plot devices. They have managed to stay in our hearts and minds. Here is a list of five such characters:
Walter White, Breaking Bad (2008-2013)
It is safe to say that it would be rather hard for any other character to beat this one. Walter White (played by Bryan Cranston), truly went on to acquire the status of an icon. Not only is he intriguing and riveting, but he also made the idea of having an anti-hero a necessity in every show that came after Breaking Bad.
Carrie Mathison, Homeland (2011-present)
Carrie Mathison (Claire Danes) plays a CIA agent suffering from bipolar disorder. She may be one of those dark, messed up characters, but she still maintains her confidence and strength. Out of all the things that Mathison is, it is indeed her vulnerability, that makes the show compelling.
Peggy Olson, Mad Men (2007-2015)
Elisabeth Moss plays a simple, underrated, trying-to-fit-in character, Peggy Olson. She is extremely relatable because of her deeply human choices in career, love and friendships. It is the confidence with which she walks out in Mad Men that touched us.
Tony Soprano, The Sopranos (1999-2007)
James Gandolfini plays a character, Tony Soprano, whose ignorance and poignancy could be uncovered with just a single look. He not only gave us the opportunity to understand a troubled mind with ease, but also crafted a storytelling technique that was never seen before The Godfather of TV, The Sopranos.
Nate Fisher, Six Feet Under (2001-2005)
Nate Fisher, played by Peter Krause, is a reflection of the human condition. He isn't exactly the conventional hero you may expect, but he definitely has a serene presence that makes him relatable and unforgettable. Having this soul-searcher seeking redemption at its core, is what makes Six Feet Under one of the most wonderfully structured shows of all time.