best tv character that ever existed

The groundbreaking thing about Kurt, and Glee in general, was that his flamboyance and fabulousness was meant to set him apart. It was because he was different that he was embraced.

His message was to design your own, absolutely fierce freak flag, and proudly wave it high. An act so simple, while polarizing, is enough to change people perceptions about you and your fellow freak-flag waving brethren.

Funnily enough, considering how progressive his storyline was at the time, Kurt might actually seem retrograde today, when the Jamals of Empire and the Conors of How to Get Away With Murder are out to prove they’re not defined exclusively by their gayness. Kurt never was either, but there’s a discernible difference between what we hoped for in our LGBT characters then and what demand of them now. Of course, no gay character currently on TV could exist the way they are if it were not for Kurt paving the way.
—  Don’t Forget, ‘Glee’ Used to Be the Best TV Show Ever [The Daily Beast]
Not enough people watch psycho-pass.
  • it is one of the best animes I have ever watched
  • it is one of the best tv shows, anime or otherwise, i have ever watched
  • it has a thought-provoking, unique and relevant plot 
  • it manages to exist in a futuristic sci-fi world whilst still maintaining an amazing amount of realism
  • all of the characters are enigmatic and intriguing, as well as being fully-fleshed out within the narrative
  • doesn’t rely on a romantic sub-plot to develop a meaningful relationship between akane and kogami, or akane and any other male character for that matter
  • unlike a lot of shows the dub is actually very well acted!!
  • gore/violence/adult themes are present without being gratuitous


I don’t understand you, SU fandom. Usually you’re doing everything in your power to prove characters are gay on a shoestring of evidence. But when you finally have some of the very gayest content ever aired on television, and several episodes devoted entirely to a character’s infatuation with another, you say “yup definitely straight”


In all absolute seriousness, I love Alycia Debnam-Carey to death and I will support her in every project she’s a part of and I wish her nothing but the best.

But it really ticks me (and others, apparently) off that one of the main reasons she was free to do FT/WD is because The 100 didn’t have the sense to see how brilliant the character of Lexa was and book her with a long-term contract. She could be playing Lexa right now. But instead she’s playing a character that, while I enjoy it simply because it’s ADC in the role, it’s just… BLEH!

Alicia (at least the ADC version) wouldn’t exist if Lexa were still alive. And given the choice between the two, who do you think we’d take? If Jason and Co had any kind of business or storytelling sense, they would have signed Alycia. But nope. And that pisses me off. That we lost Lexa, one of the best characters I’ve ever seen on TV, and instead we have… not Lexa.

I seriously can’t get over Simon’s face in this picture. Because what he says he actually believes. He’s not just making up a lie, he truly believes in Kieren and that smiles just a winner. 

And then the next picture Kieren’s face in just amazement. He’s just looking at that man in front of him and he can’t believe his eyes or that Simon would say anything like that to him. I just can’t even believe these two perfect characters exist. 


Wham, Bam, Thank You, Pam (Beesly)!

      I didn’t watch The Office in prime time.  I had dance on Thursday nights, and by the time I didn’t anymore, the show was already in its sixth season.  I’d missed a lot.  When I started college, I turned to Netflix in my down time because I don’t like beer.  This was one of the best television decisions I have ever made.  A lot of times, the characters on this show are thoughtless and mean, but one character who is never that way?  Pam Beesly.  I love Pam, and if Dwight Schrute didn’t exist, she would be my very favorite character.  Pam is legendary because she is kind, never selfishly motivated, and endlessly awesome.

     Most people at Dunder Mifflin – Scranton are self-serving and the worst.  They make us laugh, but none of them are exactly upstanding moral citizens.  None of them except for Pam Beesly.  Even when she’s aware of how ridiculous her fellow employees can be, she doesn’t hate them or maliciously plot against them.  Sure, she’ll play a joke on Dwight here or there, but Pam isn’t out for herself alone.  She’s a good friend.  When she gives Meredith lice, and Meredith shaves her head, Pam isn’t just simply apologetic.  She takes Meredith out for a drink and has a genuinely good time.  Pam cares about people.  In the season seven episode, “Classy Christmas” she actively tries to make the holiday fun for Darryl’s daughter.  Not only does she care about making kids happy; she cares about Darryl.  It might not be realistic for office mates to like each other this much, but Pam reminds us that what matters in this world is to be kind.  Kindness gets you far.  Pam is a natural born mother and nurturer.  Your twenty-first century sensibilities probably just freaked out, didn’t they?  “How dare she suggest that?” you probably asked and then reblogged this to talk about how horrible I am.  But let me remind you, Tumblr generation, that being maternal isn’t sexist.  It’s a pretty damn strong thing to be, and Pam’s mighty great at it.  Let’s hear it for her.

      But just because Pam is a natural nurturer (take that, high school psychology class, I combined your two oppositional terms and made it awesome) doesn’t mean she isn’t shrewd as a serpent.  She is, and that’s part of what makes her so cool.  Pam is clever and witty pretty much always.  Some of her pranks and ideas are the best ever.  She’s the one who conceives the idea for a comic book and actually DRAWS THE PICTURES INSIDE.  That requires skill, attention, and a quick wit.  Pam has all three of these things, and that’s awesome.  She’s the one who’d been sending Dwight messages from the CIA all year until his “top, super secret mission” at Christmas.  That calls for a smart, funny person, and who better than Pam Beesly?  She is an abundantly talented artist, and while I am sad that the writers didn’t have Pam graduate from Pratt, she never gives up on her dreams and skills.  She perseveres even when it seems silly.  Jim’s brothers might have tried to “prank her” by telling her that art school is a waste of time, but Pam knows otherwise.  When you’re passionate about something and good at it, you go for it no matter how it looks or if it doesn’t work out perfectly.  Also, let’s all bow down to Pam for a minute to be the only one brave enough to do the coal walk in the season three episode, “Beach Games.”  I don’t even want to know how much guts you would have to have to do that.  That’s the bravest thing anyone ever did in the nine seasons The Office was a show.  I mean, tell that to anyone who says a woman can’t be strong, right?

     The Office was really great at making well-rounded characters, so of course Pam has flaws.  I think her chief flaw is that for many, many years (and probably too many) she was too timid.  Yes, Roy was a jerk who couldn’t commit, and Pam shouldn’t have been with someone who didn’t make her feel like a damn queen.  But she is so powerfully awesome and doesn’t even realize it.  She could have told Roy exactly what she wanted out of life, out of a relationship, and instead, she let him walk all over her.  That spiraled into some pretty heinous behavior on Roy’s part, none of which is Pam’s fault.  I just don’t know if Pam was smart for staying in that relationship before it got really, really bad.  She deserved hella better than Roy BEFORE she got together with him. She just doesn’t have enough confidence in herself, which doesn’t make a lot of sense because she rocks.  No woman on The Office rocks as hard as she does because there is only one Pam Beesly.  Not a one could take her place.

      I don’t even think this short article did Pam justice.  Every time I watch this show, she just impresses me more and more.  She’s such a good friend, a good mom, and all around, a really upstanding person.  If there were more people like her in the world, not only would our world be totally legendary… but can you really suspect it wouldn’t be a better place?  Wham, bam.  Thank you, Pam.

Why Stella Gibson from The Fall is my favourite television character to date

Gillian Anderson as Stella Gibson in The Fall

Stella Gibson from The Fall is the best character I’ve ever seen on television. From the first episode to the end of the electric second season, watching the Detective Superintendent conduct herself felt like both a privilege and a relief. Where had she and her creator, Allan Cubitt, been all my life?

Gillian Anderson’s character is the first televised portrayal of a woman I’ve seen to handle her existence as she sees fit, without once giving in to spoken or unspoken demands that she apologise for her actions.

Everything we have learned to expect from female characters in police dramas is conspicuously absent from The Fall’s lead. Stella has no apparent addictions. There is no evidence of a lost love nor the desire to find a new one. Her lack of a social life is never questioned, and she doesn’t hide anything about her sexual encounters that she doesn’t want to.

Some of this is, in part, due to the decision Cubitt made to cast her as a transplant. Inserting a high-ranking, English detective from the Metropolitan police into a tense situation in the Northern Irish capital enables the show to function as it does. There is no need to question DSI Gibson’s lack of a social life because she isn’t expected to have one while working away from home. For similar reasons, it doesn’t seem strange that she cares so little about what her colleagues in Belfast think of her because she won’t be there long enough for it to matter. Not that it necessarily would. Her otherness is part of her appeal.

For me, the intense fascination surrounding Stella Gibson seems to emanate from the way she embraces her right to choose. It hinges on the way she isn’t stopped or slowed by the friction other people, mainly men, create in response to her behaviour. As cool as that makes her appear, it also makes her seem so spectacularly human, particularly in her slightly warmer, less guarded moments. Sleeping on Reed’s office couch, crying for the way she knows Spector’s daughter’s life will be affected by her father’s crimes, or how kind she is to Burns after he tried to force her to have sex with him are a few notable examples.

Her clothes, much discussed and oft emulated by power dressing advocates everywhere, are also a nice embodiment of how Stella is beholden only unto herself. She doesn’t dress for anyone else, she dresses to assert her own authority, or rather her distinct power. The detective is always immaculately turned out, with her  sexuality coursing through each appearance though never forced nor leveraged for the wrong reasons. She isn’t sexualized by her clothes, they’re sexualized by her.

Above all else, the thing I relish most about watching Stella is how uncomfortable she can make the others around her. It’s a singular superpower that challenges everything, especially the perception of sexuality, be it hers or anyone else’s. This discomfort, however, isn’t strictly a bad thing. Stella Gibson’s presence, her way of being and her self-possession act as a kind of mirror, daring her fellow humans not to disappoint her.

Ultimately, a leading female character who won’t stand for any kind of misogyny, one who doesn’t ever just “let it slide” because it’s simply not in her nature, is important. The consequences of this, better phrased as the lack thereof are also important. She doesn’t morph into the “barren spinster” Spector tries to tell her she is during the series two finale, nor is she a bitter misandrist, despite a well-placed observation that “maleness is a kind of birth defect.” In any case, I think all she really did by saying that was point out how nonsensical the patriarchy is which doesn’t happen often enough in mainstream television.

Really, I’m just so glad to watch such an intelligent, compelling show orbit around a character as truly interesting as Detective Superintendent Stella Gibson.


Excuse you, Entertainment Weekly, you said ‘first female superhero’ so where’s my Fantomah movie?

Or how about Supergirl (which yes, was awful (the movie, not the series)) or the Jessica Jones tv show. Catwoman (also terrible), Bard Wire (oh god why) and Elektra (well, it’s the best movie Daredevil’s ever seen) also don’t go away, no matter how much we wish they would.

Well okay, those are almost all terrible examples which mostly relied on sexualizing the characters absurdly (just like in the comics, HEYOOO), but Wonder Woman is hardly the first superheroine in existence. And let’s not forget the fact that a Wonder Woman movie should have happened MORE THAN TWENTY YEARS AGO.

I guess I’ll always have the Powerpuff Girls and My Life As A Teenage Robot.