When people toss around the term “overrated,” it can come to take on numerous connotations. In the context of television characters, it often serves to highlight fictional creations that both serve the plot – albeit from the periphery – and seemingly always command the viewers’ attention even if their moment to shine is fleeting. As we’ve entered what many call the “Golden Age of Television” thanks to premium channels and upstart streaming services like Netflix, viewers are treated to more and more riveting content. With the ability to sift through hundreds if not thousands of hours of programming with a simple click, it’s easier than ever to get hooked on series from both the past and present. Here are 60 scene stealers we think deserve a closer look.

***SPOILERS FOLLOW***

Betty Dimello –  Masters of Sex
Played by: Annaleigh Ashford

While Showtime’s Masters of Sex has only just finished its sophomore run, it’s proving to be the medical equivalent of Mad Men – chock full of 1950s costumes and attitudes. Perhaps the biggest standout from the crowded peripheral players is Annaleigh Ashford’s portrayal of Betty Dimello – a brash, know-it-all prostitute who puts the “ding” in ding-a-ling medicine.

http://youtu.be/DJT3xZ9C5Ew

Gyp Rosetti – Boardwalk Empire
Played by: Bobby Cannavale

Nucky Thompson has never been short on competition – facing real world foes like Arnold Rothstein, Lucky Luciano and Meyer Lanksy during his time in Atlantic City. Gyp Rosetti proved to be not only the most vicious, but also the most dangerous given his unwillingness to put business in front of personal squabbles.

http://youtu.be/9oboLF5XBdc

Bubbles – The Wire
Played by: Andre Royo

How convincing was actor Andre Royo’s portrayal of heroin junkie, Bubbles? According to The New Yorker, “Once, a man pressed a package of heroin into [his) hands, saying, ‘Man, you need a fix more than I do.’ Royo refers to that moment as his ‘street Oscar.'”

Huell Babineaux & Patrick Kuby – Breaking Bad
Played by: Lavell Crawford & Bill Burr

For all the dark subject matter Vince Gilligan threw at viewers on a weekly basis, it was wise to inject a little humor – albeit still dark and fitting with the show’s theme. Enter Huell Babineaux and Patrick Kuby – played masterfully by comedians Lavell Crawford and Bill Burr. In an interview with Rolling Stone, Crawford said, “To me, comedians aren’t clowns who tell jokes. We’re more like the Joker. We could go evil at a switch.”

Frank Costanza – Seinfeld
Played by: Jerry Stiller

No matter your profession or amount of daily stress one feels in a day, inevitably everyone has a moment where things can go one of two ways: you can absorb the bad news and internalize it, or you can fly off the handle. Frank Costanza’s “Serenity now” remains one of the most life-relevant creations from Seinfeld. As a funny aside, when crafting the backstory for the Costanza’s – since creators Larry David and Jerry Seinfeld didn’t lay one out for him – he imagined that “they’re a Jewish family in the witness protection program.”

Dr. Bigelow – Louie
Played by: Charles Grodin

Played immaculately by Charles Grodin, Dr. Bigelow peppered in sage advice for Louie during season 4. His take on falling in love?

Dr. Bigelow: THIS is love. Missing her, because she’s gone. Wanting to die… You’re so lucky. You’re like a walking poem. Would you rather be some kind of a fantasy? Some kind of a Disney ride? Is that what you want? Don’t you see? This is the good part. This is what you’ve been digging for all this time. Now you finally have it in your hand, this sweet nugget of love, sweet, sad love, and you want to throw it away. You’ve got it all wrong.

Louie: I thought this was the bad part.

Dr. Bigelow: No! The bad part is when you forget her, when you don’t care about her, when you don’t care about anything. The bad part is coming, so enjoy the heartbreak while you can, for God’s sakes. Pick up the dog poop, would you please? Lucky sonofabitch. I haven’t had my heart broken since Marilyn walked out on me, since I was 35 years old. What I would give to have that feeling again… You know, I’m not really sure what your name is, but you may be the single most boring person I have ever met. No offense. Give me my dog. Come here. You… Don’t fall down.

Kevin Malone – The Office
Played by: Brian Baumgartner

Brian Baumgartner’s portrayal as dimwitted and often-confused, Kevin Malone, has direct correlations to the original British series – as he’s one of the few minor characters to be shipped over to the States (he’s Keith Bishop in the original series). With standout lines like, ” If anyone gives you 10,000 to one on anything, you take it. If John Mellencamp ever wins an Oscar, I am going to be a very rich dude.” On the rare occasion that he truly spoke his mind, viewers were really treated to a nincompoop for the ages.

Jonah Ryan – Veep
Played by: Timoth Simons

Whether it’s his large stature, personality or his punchable face, Jonah Ryan is practically a human bullseye for insults that come fast and furious on Showtime’s Veep. Consider just some of the insults lobbed his way.

1. What are you laughing at, Jolly Green Jizz Face?
2. Jonah, you’re not even a man, you’re like an early draft of a man where they just sketched out a giant, mangled skeleton but they didn’t have time to add details like pigment or self-respect. You’re Frankenstein’s monster if his monster was made entirely of dead dicks.
3. Go shoot yourself Long Tall Sally.

Veronica Fisher – Shameless
Played by: Shanola Hampton

In a world not dissimilar to a Petri dish that had been swabbed with a potentially dangerous virus, the Gallaghers are forced to navigate a subsection of Chicago where no one is looking to do you any favors. With a patriarch like Frank and a head of household like Fiona – who seems like she can’t get out of her own way – Veronica provides a much-needed helping hand without seeming corny or too morally righteous. There’s “bad” and then there’s “Shameless bad.”

http://youtu.be/Pbxk2pWBVRM

Roland Pryzbylewski – The Wire
Played by: Jim True-Frost

There’s no denying that there are tons of underrated characters in The Wire. But Roland Pryzbylewski is often overlooked as merely being incompetent. It could be argued that he undergoes some of the biggest and most positive changes throughout the show’s five-year run. He segued from policing the street with reckless enthusiasm, to being more cerebral (yet still ill-equipped), to attempting to make a difference before the young hoppers could turn into the Stringers and Avons of the Baltimore streets. His demise and subsequent rebirth is one of the most uplifting aspects of the show.

http://youtu.be/kKEZbgaqJWo

Calamity Jane – Deadwood
Played by: Robin Weigert

Most will agree that David Milch’s profanity-laden depiction of the Wild West was tragically too short. Existing in a world where real-world gunslingers mingled with fictional creations, it gave the writing staff the ability to show “heroes” at their most vulnerable moments. While Calamity Jane was lauded in the history books for her frontier work and affiliation with Wild Bill Hickok, the show and actress Robin Weigert chose to focus on the rawest human emotions that couldn’t be swallowed no matter how much booze she drank.

Crazy Joe Davola – Seinfeld
Played by: Peter Crombie

Seinfeld has the distinction of being the show with some of the most memorable one-off characters of all-time. While Davola shows up most notably in “The Pitch” and “The Ticket,” creators Larry David and Jerry Seinfeld always had his instability at their fingertips when finding new and awkward situations to put the main characters in.

Jack Dall – Louie
Played by: David Lynch

When you can get filmmaker David Lynch in front of the camera, you’re wise to seize the opportunity. When Louie is up for the Late Show, Jack Doll steps in as a late night Obi-Wan Kenobi of sorts. Originally written for actor Ben Gazzara, once Louis C.K. decided on who he wanted, he found out that the actor had literally died hours before he decided that he wanted to contact him. After that, he reached out to Jerry Lewis, Woody Allen, Al Pacino and Martin Scorsese who all passed on the project. As C.K. told The New York Times, “What I learned is that the level I’m at now, I get polite nos. It used to just be nothing but silence.”

After toying with other directors he could coax in front of the camera, he eventually locked in on Lynch – partly for his flat delivery and Midwestern charm (or lack thereof). He said, ” If I don’t get David Lynch, I’m not doing it.”

Boyd Crowder – Justified
Played by: Walton Goggins

According to Forbes, Walton Goggins’ portrayal of Boyd Crowder is on par with another famous antihero of the 21st century. “Why are we on his side,” they ask. “That’s because over the course of four seasons, [he] has become perhaps the most multifaceted—and appealing—antihero on television this side of Breaking Bad’s Walter White.”

Tom Kane – Boss
Played by: Kelsey Grammer

Boss was Starz’s attempt at original programming and explored the corruption associated with the mayoral office in Chicago. Cut shamelessly short after only two seasons, we were only given a piece of what ultimately would have been a wild ride involving Kelsey Grammar’s depiction of a less-than-savory politician who had just been diagnosed with dementia.

Mona-Lisa Saperstein – Parks and Recreation
Played by: Jenny Slate

What’s better than one Saperstein in Pawnee, Indiana? That question was answered with the appearance of Jean-Ralphio’s twin sister, Mona-Lisa, and the brilliant and maniacal portrayal of her by Jenny Slate.

Vince Masuka – Dexter
Played by: C.S. Lee

For those who stuck it out until the end, Dexter obviously proved to run out of steam and viewers were ultimately disappointed with the conclusion. Seemingly hitting its stride during season four, it became clear that the audience needed to get out of Dexter’s internal monologue every once in a while to avoid cliche, so it was always a welcome sight when Miami PD’s resident creep/pathologist showed up on screen.

Alice Morgan – Luther
Played by: Ruth Wilson

You’re not going to find a more sinister and evil femme-fatale on contemporary television than Alice Morgan. Plucked from the same layered and complicated family tree as the likes of Walter White and Boyd Crowder, her manipulation and stranglehold on titular character, John Luther, is so devious due in large part to our understanding of how savvy he really is. Keep an eye out for actress Ruth Wilson in the upcoming Showtime series The Affair.

http://youtu.be/Y31RoHC15pM

Jaqen H’ghar – Game of Thrones
Played by: Tom Wlaschiha

For even casual fans of the series, there’s an awareness that the thematic premise of Game of Thrones is about the ebb and flow of power, and the sacrifices and deaths that must occur in between. Jaqen H’ghar is one of the first people to instill that notion to Arya Stark – motivating her to seek revenge by stating, “A girl has many names on her lips. Joffrey. Cersei. Tywin Lannister. Ilyn Payne. The Hound. Names to offer up to the Red God. She could offer them all. One by one.”

Andy Botwin – Weeds
Played by: Justin Kirk

Weeds is another Showtime series that suffered from the same fatigue that Dexter faced as it segued from social commentary to telenovela. When it was good, it was real good. Particularly, when characters were forced to navigate subdivision politics as opposed to dodging bullets from Mexican drug lords. Andy set the tone for what the Botwin family was forced to face following a death that would go on to shape all of their lives.

http://youtu.be/3rdtkfIaF2M

Rafi – The League
Played by: Jason Mantzoukas

It’s no surprise that one of the minds behind The League, Jeff Schaefer, played a prominent role on Curb Your Enthusiasm as a writer/director/producer given the amount of morally questionable characters on the FX show. There’s perhaps no greater example of a character with no sense of decency and boundaries than Rafi. Called “an agent of chaos” by The Daily Beast, he further dispels the notion that The League is merely about fantasy football.

Pamela Swynford De Beaufort – True Blood
Played by: Kristin Bauer van Straten

In the seemingly never ending war between the living and the undead, Pam injected a voice of reason – albeit prickly – as a means to show that despite everyone’s best intentions, cooperation between vampires and humans would always lead to conflict.

Patty Hewes – Damages
Played by: Glenn Close

Damages was a tragically underrated series given that it ended its run on the hard to find Audience Network. For those that never got to see the nonlinear drama that centered on the happenings in and around a law firm that sought out multi-billion dollar civil litigation settlements for clients, Glenn Close’s Patty Hewes remains the personification of why people feel like the law is bendable.

Alex “Tig” Trager – Sons of Anarchy
Played by: Kim Coates

Whereas we’re still in the midst of ultimately finding out the fate of the various members of SAMCRO as the mileage ticks away on the final season, it’s quite surprising that Tig Trager has managed to make it to the end. Whether it’s his treachery in the past or his personal and outlandish ticks, when actor Kim Coates is given a line of dialogue, he delivers it like his hair is on fire.

Stan Rizzo – Mad Men
Played by: Jay R. Ferguson

One of the most interesting aspects of AMC’s Mad Men is seeing the inner workings of an ad campaign, and how ideas are judged given the political and moral climate of the 1960s. As time passes in the series, not only do the ideas at Sterling Cooper Draper Pryce become more progressive, so to do the people working on them. Stan Rizzo personifies this shift from suit and tie creatives to more freethinking individuals who still manage to sell products.

http://youtu.be/VawiILj2w3M

Artie Bucco – The Sopranos
Played by: John Ventimiglia

As The New York Times noted, “‘The Sopranos’ is a visual feast for the food-obsessed, who each week can vicariously enjoy a host of Italian delicacies like Carmela’s baked ziti and the baby zucchini flowers served at the Nuovo Vesuvio restaurant.” Of course, the latter was operated under the careful watch of master chef, and hand gesture extraordinaire, Artie Bucco.

http://youtu.be/n4BRpbN5oKE

Butchie – The Wire
Played by: S. Robert Morgan

Played by S. Robert Morgan who was also blind like the character he portrayed on The Wire, his subsequent death was a major driving force to bring Omar back out of retirement. While we were sad to see him go, we were certainly glad that to see “Omar comin…

Jackie Chiles – Seinfeld
Played by: Phil Morris

In the Seinfeld universe, when one needed legal advice you turned to Jackie Chiles. No doubt a composite of real life attorney Johnny Cochran who is most noted for his at times flamboyant defense of O. J. Simpson, Chiles’ penchant for wanting his clients to play victim fed into the main character’s beliefs that they were the ones being wronged, when in reality it was their own self-absorption that was the fire starter.

Jack Klompus – Seinfeld
Played by: Sandy Baron

Comedian Sandy Baron portrayed the role of Jack Klompus – the often cantankerous and perpetual thorn in the side of the Seinfeld family. Best remembered perhaps for his contributions to episodes “The Pen” and “The Money” – where in the latter Klompus ends up with the Cadillac Jerry bought for his father – Baron was actually in a coma at the time of the filming but came out of it just in time to execute the part to perfection.

Brandon “Badger” Mayhew – Breaking Bad
Played by: Matt Jones

Badger serves a visual reminder of what Jesse Pinkman’s life would have been like had Walter White never enlisted his help. Dimwitted, but seemingly carefree, he skated by and was always there to show us the difference between being in hot water with the law and being involved in one of the biggest drug operations in the Southwest.

http://youtu.be/fdQBYLO9ts0

Richard Harrow – Boardwalk Empire
Played by: Jack Huston

Boardwalk Empire’s Richard Harrow felt particularly tragic because unlike other “hitman” characters in television, he didn’t ever appear at ease with his profession. As seasons progressed and viewers were given a glimmer of hope that he might get a happy ending, Harrow would come to learn that there was nothing else he was good at.

http://youtu.be/O3wC5fQ2sBA

Ryan O’Reilly – Oz
Played by: Dean Winters

Without Oz and HBO’s willingness to attempt to transition from premium movie channel to a network producing original content, we probably wouldn’t have shows like The Sopranos and The Wire. Pulling no punches on what life was like inside a maximum security prison, we often latched onto the storyline of Ryan O’Reilly who preyed on the innocent and manipulated all those around him in a masterclass effort of criminal behavior.

Frank Pembleton – Homicide: Life on the Street
Played by: Andre Braugher

Based on real Baltimore Police Department Detective Harry Edgerton who figured prominently into writer turned show creator, David Simon’s book Homicide: A Year on the Killing Streets, Andre Braugher’s depiction of Frank Pembleton was the exclamation point on one of the greatest ensembles ever.

Buddy Garrity – Friday Night Lights
Played by: Brad Leland

Many people avoided the television version of Friday Night Lights – fearing that a small screen rehash of a recently released movie already based off a book wouldn’t bring anything new to the table. Boy were those people wrong. In order to understand the football-crazed folks of small town Texas where pigskin is the gospel, viewers needed to understand the motivations of those that wanted to win at all cost. Enter football booster extraordinaire, Buddy Garrity.

Sergeant Catherine Cawood – Happy Valley
Played by: Sarah Lancashire

A relative newcomer to the television landscape, the BBC’s Happy Valley and main character Catherine Cawood deserve a nod simply for the fact that more people need to be watching this show.

Camille – The Returned
Played by: Yara Pilartz

While French supernatural drama, The Returned, is slated for an English language remake on A&E and a similar show, Resurrection, airs on ABC, you’d be wise to only check out the original. Equal parts atmospheric and spike tingling, we’re introduced to the strange phenomenon in the form of Camille – a 13-year-old girl who died during a bus crash. Whereas most teenagers feel angst because people “don’t understand them,” this added twist really makes for a captivating performance.

Molly Solverson – Fargo
Played by: Allison Tolman

Add Allison Tolman’s character to an ever-growing list of strong, female characters. Cut from a similar cloth as Catherine from Happy Valley, Solverson’s desire to crack the case without abandoning her Midwest morality made for a nice update on an archetype that Frances McDormand made famous in the Coen Brothers film of the same name.

Dr. Walter Bishop – Fringe
Played by: John Noble

For a show that explored the scientifically unexplainable, creators of Fringe were wise to craft realistic and meaningful relationships amongst the three main characters as a way to balance the genre material. Dr. Walter Bishop figured prominently because his understanding of the mysterious was expert, yet his rationale when it came to everyday items provided both comic relief and a window into the world of someone whose gift trumped his quality of life.

http://youtu.be/Ggjs3udnwiE

Erlich Bachman – Silicon Valley
Played by: T.J. Miller

If there’s never another minute shot of Silicon Valley and it had to stand on its first season alone, the “dick joke” exchange goes down as one of the best in TV history.

Billy Walsh – Entourage
Played by: Rhys Coiro

For anyone who has even spent a couple minutes in Los Angeles, it becomes immediately clear that everyone is either in or aspiring to be in the movie business. Thus, Entourage takes on a whole new level of charm when the series honed in on the movie-centric side of the series rather than merely the excess that comes along with being a movie star. Billy Walsh is an over-the-top depiction of a filmmaker like Vincent Gallo whose own artistic insecurities make for a tug-of-war that ultimately forced Vinny Chase to choose between being mainstream, and being respected.

Lorna Morello – Orange is the New Black
Played by: Yael Stone

Orange is the New Black creator Jenji Kohan used the plight of a fish-out-of-water character to expose the audience to an eclectic mix of women and their various histories which led to their incarcerations. While Piper Chapman still serves as a penal system tour guide of sorts, she’s certainly taken the backseat. While there are a range of characters that have stood out, you can’t overlook or discount Morello because although she appears sweet, there’s something deep down inside of her that shouldn’t be messed with.

Daryl Dixon – The Walking Dead
Played by: Norman Reedus

When the show first began and there was at least an attempt at maintaining human behavior in the wake of the mysterious zombie outbreak, Daryl Dixon was already teetering on a moral edge that made him uniquely equipped for what would come. As moral characters like Rick slowly morphed into vessels for necessity, surprisingly enough, it’s Daryl who has actually gained compassionate traits along the way.

http://youtu.be/f-JmVLEkTKc

Randy Marsh – South Park
Played by: Trey Parker

In a town full of lively characters, Randy Marsh has the distinction of being both reviled for his bizarre antics, and beloved for the same line of thinking that can lead to things like being awarded the Nobel Prize. Consistently stealing the show when creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone choose to make him a critical cog in the plot, he continues to deliver.

Dr. Peter Benton – ER
Played by: Eriq La Salle

When Michael Crichton’s medical drama first aired, it felt like much more than simply a hospital procedure where doctors spent an hour trying to diagnose mysterious illnesses or treat car accidents. Rather, it explored the relationships amongst the staff – none more memorable than the Jedi/apprentice dynamic between Peter Benton and John Carter.

http://youtu.be/Wdey4D8mt4I

Tony Blundetto – The Sopranos
Played by: Steve Buscemi

The introduction of Tony Blundetto into the series during season 5 was the perfect marriage of exposition and penance. Whereas Tony Soprano felt obligated to look out for his cousin given that he was supposed to be with him the night he was arrested – but ultimately wasn’t due to a panic attack that would continue to plague him – Blundetto’s reemergence as rehabilitated, yet cash-strapped, ultimately led to his decision to get involved in the escalating Little Carmine vs. Johnny Sack beef.

Roger Sterling – Mad Men
Played by: John Slattery

If you strip away the various personal subplots in Mad Men, you’re left with the rift and power struggle that occurs between those tasked with the creative and those in accounts who have to ensure that the client is happy no matter what. John Slattery’s depiction of Roger Sterling gives the audience a glimpse at a person who can have a three-martini lunch and still belt out witty banter like a booze-infused Cyrano de Bergerac.

Artie – The Larry Sanders Show
Played by: Rip Torn

Actor Rip Torn’s portrayal of Artie – a tell-it-like-it-is-and-always-has-been kind of guy – gave viewers a sense of what it’s like to be in charge of a three-ring circus by day, and talk show by night.

Leon Black – Curb Your Enthusiasm
Played by: J.B. Smoove

People thought it was probably impossible for Larry David to find someone who shared a similar world view as himself. But with the appearance of Leon Black, we were treated to a filter-less friendship that gave David a kindred spirit as opposed to another person he could have a disagreement with.

Al Swearengen – Deadwood
Played by: Ian McShane

Creator David Milch’s Deadwood ended way too soon. Thankfully, he managed to leave a lasting impression on American folklore with his blend of real life characters intermingling with fictional residents of the new frontier town. Al Swearengen embodied the lawlessness and filthy language that made business disputes a matter that usually ended in bloodshed.

Detective Stephen Holder – The Killing
Played by: Joel Kinnaman

Imagine if Breaking Bad’s Jesse Pinkman managed to turn his life around days or even hours before Walter White got a hold of him. Aged, a tad broken, and still full of piss and vinegar, and you’re left with Detective Stephen Holder.

http://youtu.be/tFkWPNJAy14

Bodie Broadus – The Wire
Played by: J.D. Williams

The cat and mouse game between the Baltimore Police Department and the various corner boys like Bodie and Poot seemed like a plot device to illustrate that the drug game could only be influenced in law enforcements favor if figureheads like Avon, Stringer and Marlo could be brought to justice. But for Bodie – not quite a pawn and far from a mogul – the corners represented an inevitability as opposed to a choice.

Marcy Runkle – Californication
Played by: Pamela Adlon

Whether she’s stealing scenes in Louie or stealing even more scenes in Californication, actress Pamela Adlon has cornered the market on portraying vivacious and spunky women.

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Kareem Said – Oz
Played by: Eamonn Walker

As The New York Times noted in 1999, “somewhere in a gray area between good and evil is the prisoner Kareem Said.” When one considers the intended purpose of prison – to rehabilitate – Said was an example of how once inside the system, it was impossible to serve time without inevitably having the time serve you.

Hustle Man – Martin
Played by: Tracy Morgan

It’s safe to say that without Hustle Man, we probably wouldn’t have been exposed to comedic genius Tracy Morgan other than as a standup. “Martin Lawrence was the first one to put me on the national stage, doing a character, and it was called Hustle Man,” Morgan told The Wrap. “Yeah, it was pressure, but he taught me, ‘Don’t focus on the 10 million people watching, focus on the people in here. Have fun with the people in here and then it will spread to the people at home.’ It was some of the best times of my life. I got to work with one of my favorites, my dude. Martin Lawrence was the one who really mostly inspired me. And it just made my confidence go up. He taught me so much about stage direction. He taught me about acting. He taught me how to hit my marks, how to memorize my lines, he told me not to be afraid to make mistakes.”

Susie Greene – Curb Your Enthusiasm
Played by: Susie Essman

On the genesis of the abrasive nemesis of Larry David, actress Susie Essman said, “We never once discussed the character of Susie Greene. Not once, ever. The only thing he said in the first scene we did, where I had to shout at Jeff was: ‘I want you to rip Jeff a new a**hole’. And I thought: ‘OK, I’ve been in relationships before — I could do this.’ We did a run-through, and Larry kept pulling me aside and saying: ‘Go bigger, go bigger.’ Eventually I was going bigger and bigger, but he wanted more and he said: ‘Make fun of Jeff’s fat.’ I said: ‘I don’t want to make fun of what people look like. It’s not Jeff’s fault — he’s my friend,’ and Larry said: ‘He knows you’re acting, try it.’ So that’s when I first called him a fat f***, and the genie was out of the bottle.”

Freddy Hayes – House of Cards
Played by: Reg E. Cathey

If Frank Underwood has proved anything on House of Cards, it’s that he’s willing to go an extra mile to get whatever he wants. And in some cases, that meant eating BBQ before most people on Capital Hill had even had their morning coffee. Freddy, played by Reg E. Cathey, who most will recognize as Norman Wilson in The Wire and as Unit Manager Martin Querns in Oz, allows the viewer to get a look at Frank Underwood the man instead of just Frank Underwood the political maraca.

Vanessa – Louie
Played by: Sarah Baker

In a show where the main character often plays the subordinate in scenes to maximize both comedic and dramatic effect, there was perhaps no greater an instance than in season 4’s “So Did the Fat Lady.” As delivered by Sarah Baker, the nearly seven-minute monologue is a testament to the taboos explored in the show and how everything we deem “funny” is a moment away from turning tragic.

http://youtu.be/FYFdceIGBPI

Phil Leotardo – The Sopranos
Played by: Frank Vincent

If there was a Mount Rushmore for mafia film actors, Frank Vincent would definitely be on it thanks to not only his work on The Sopranos, but also memorable scenes in Goodfellas and Casino as well.

Creed Bratton – The Office
Played by: Creed Bratton

The hijinks at Dunder Mifflin got progressively more outlandish as The Office went on, allowing Creed Bratton to dart into various storylines without much plot purpose, but always a welcome respite that showcased his off-kilter persona.

Words by Alec Banks
Features Editor

Alec Banks is a Los Angeles-based long-form writer with over a decade of experience covering fashion, music, sports, and culture.

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