Ben Wyatt, Parks And Recreation
It was Scott’s tightly wound but thoroughly decent government auditor Ben Wyatt who became central to the show and its creative success, as he became both a well-matched love interest to Leslie, and an ideal straight man to the rest of the cast.
Sue Ann Nivens, The Mary Tyler Moore Show
The fourth-season premiere, “The Lars Affair,” introduced Betty White as Sue Ann Nivens, chipper host of WJM’s Happy Homemaker (and, in her off-hours, an unrepentant homewrecker). Ed Weinberger’s script described Sue Ann as “an icky sweet Betty White type,” a fit for the actor who rose to prominence hosting NBC’s presentation of the Tournament Of Roses Parade—but the character came to define a completely new “Betty White type.”
Professor Buzz Hickey, Frankie Dart, and Elroy Patashnik, Community
Each character compensated for what the departed characters took with them, but in a subtle way that never made them seem like imitations. It helps that each character was brought to life by actors with crack comic timing, which is even funnier since none of them looks the part.
Worf provided the show with yet another character capable of carrying entire episodes, adding still more to its storytelling arsenal. Besides, it’s damn hard to imagine the Dominion War storyline reaching its greatest heights without the franchise’s most fearsome warrior along for the ride.