10. Jade West from the Nickelodeon show Victorious tops my list because she was most definitely a childhood favorite of mine. Played by the sensationally versatile actress, Liz Gilles, who was in 13! The Musical with Ariana Grande, she was an atypical character for a tween show, and I liked her rough-around-the-edges look and attitude. Plus, she dated Avan Jogia's character, which by definition, can never be a bad thing. Don't emulate her character, though, kids. Not a good way to live life.
9. Michael Barret from Zoey 101, another old Nickelodeon show, is next on the countdown. Christopher Massey played the hilariously adorable character, and personally, I thought he brought life to an overacted and sometimes annoying TV show. All my favorite moments of the show include him in someway, and I always find myself laughing when he's on screen.
8. Continuing the comedy trend, number 8 is Josh Nichols from Drake & Josh. Sure, Drake was more attractive in the series, but Josh was always on point and funny in every episode. However, since then, I do believe that the attractive roles have reversed between actors Josh Peck and Drake Bell. With that said, Peck's character was also very smart and endearing. How could you not love the big teddy bear? If you don't agree with me, I'm not calling you a liar, but I ain't calling you a truther. Inside joke I guess.
7. My generation could be defined as that of Hannah Montana, and though I know that Miley Cyrus has converted her image drastically, Miley Stewart/Hannah Montana is next on my list. Looking back, I'm not sure why we were all so fascinated by the TV show, but we were and I think about the series as part of my growing up. By the way, cool picture right? Wish I could take credit for it.
6. Getting away from the Disney/Nickelodeon scene, my number six pick is Callie Jacob from The Fosters. If you've read my posts from the beginning, you know how much I adore the off-beat drama, and I think that Callie, played by Maia Mitchell, is a genius character. She struggles with a lot of things in life, but she is constantly striving to be a better her. I love watching her slowly connect to the people in her life, and I think Mitchell's acting is right on point. If you don't watch The Fosters, you should. Case and point.
5. Sadly, Twisted on ABC Family was cancelled, but I still loved Jo Masterson, played by Maddie Hasson. Jo was a quirky, guarded girl who had really been through a lot though she was just in high school. The series kind of followed her specifically through her not so average teenage life. After all, she was best friends with a murderer. Dun dun dunnn. If you're curious, Twisted is now on Netflix.
4. Since Dan Schneider basically named iCarly after me but misspelled my name, I had to pick a character for my countdown. Surprisingly, I chose Sam Puckett, played by Jennette McCurdy, not Carly Shay, played by Miranda Cosgrove. I loved Sam's imperfect tomboy act, and I found it hilarious when she and Freddy dated. Talk about an old couple. Plus, when Jane Lynch played Sam's mom, my mom and I couldn't stop laughing.
3. Leo Hendrie from Chasing Life, a new ABC Family series, takes number 3. It seems to be the trend these days to create a gruff male character who refuses to accept love, and I guess Leo, played by Scott Michael Foster, is just that. In case you don't know, Chasing Life is about a young woman diagnosed with cancer in the height of her career. Leo plays another cancer patient who April, the main character, slowly falls for. I think what he doesn't realize is he's falling too.
2. I think one of the biggest failures in television was cancelling the Broadway-themed show SMASH. There was so much potential and talent in that show, and it still boggles my mind that it's gone. Anyway, my favorite character from the show was Karen Cartwright, played by American Idol alum Katherine McPhee. Karen was a green performer, who actually made it on Broadway despite many fumbles. She was talented, compassionate, and easy to watch on screen. It was kind of hard not to like her.
1. Woohoo! We reached number one. I'm sure you all predicted that my numero uno would go to a character on Gossip Girl, and hey, you were right. Against popular opinion, I pick Dan Humphrey, portrayed by Penn Badgley. I chose him because sure, he was a hypocrite and thought he was better than everyone else, but he really tried to be the best person he could be. I was in love with him in season one when he dated the Serena van der Woodsen, and in following seasons, I just couldn't forget the adorable high school boy that he once was. All he wanted was to fit into the Upper East Side world, and you can't blame him for that. Plus, he was a writer too, so I can relate.
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