The arrival of HBO and most of its series reminds us of some of the most important characters in their television series. Which ones are yours?
NICKI GRANT (CHLOË SEVIGNY) IN ‘BIG LOVE’
Stubborn, manipulative, compulsive … Nicki was the shadow that moved everything in ‘Big Love’. The second wife of the fundamentalist Mormon Bill Henrickson was the one who stole all the scenes in the family and religious drama of HBO. Despite her character, for her the family always came first.
SAMSON (MICHAEL J. ANDERSON) IN ‘CARNIVALE’
The small co-director of the caravan of ‘Carnivale’, Samson, transmits the orders from the mysterious management to the other carnies. His dry humor and his way of seeing life made him stand out in this brief but iconic series of the chain.
SAMANTHA JONES (KIM CATTRALL) IN ‘SEX AND THE CITY’
Yes, Carrie was the heart of ‘Sex and the City’: her outfits, her comings and goings with Big, her projects … However, who really marked us with her sincerity, realism and freedom was Samantha Jones. It marked a before and after when it comes to talking about sex.
SOOKIE STACKHOUSE (ANNA PAQUIN) IN ‘TRUE BLOOD’
Sookie is, with all certainty, one of the best HBO characters that caused the least empathy in the viewers of ‘True Blood’. Either you liked (or very much) or at the minimum you put the cry in the sky in the purest style of Pamela Swynford De Beaufort.
DR. PAUL WESTON (GABRIEL BYRNE) IN ‘ON THERAPY’
Being a psychotherapist and being so shattered on the inside has its consequences, and Dr. Weston is the clearest example of that. He was very good at his job, but he also used it to run away from his own family and from himself.
NUCKY THOMPSON (STEVE BUSCEMI) IN ‘BOARDWALK EMPIRE’
With him we entered the Atlantic City of the dry law. Half mafioso, half political, Nucky took advantage of his situation to continue being the boss of the city, a throne that he tried to defend until the end.
RUST COHLE (MATTHEW MCCONAUGHEY) IN ‘TRUE DETECTIVE’
One more fascinating character from HBO performed by Matthew McConaughey, one of the finest Hollywood actors.
SELINA MEYER (JULIA LOUIS DREYFUS) IN ‘VEEP’
This character was also among the favorite of many people. There are many who liked the show and especially this character.
VALERIE CHERISH (LISA KUDROW) ON ‘THE COMEBACK’
Being an old queen of the sitcoms and return to the ring years later is not easy, and more if you are of nature pringada as our poor Valerie. However, in the end always win good or those who seem to be.
TONY SOPRANO (JAMES GANDOLFINI) IN ‘THE SOPRANOS’
A legend of television. The great work of James Gandolfini turned the figure of this capo of the Italian-American mafia into something more than a stereotype: a villain who maintained an internal war with himself, with his feelings, with his position in the family and with his vital desires. It was, in itself, a dilemma.
RUTH FISHER (FRANCES CONROY) IN ‘A TWO METERS UNDERGROUND’
Possibly one of the most credible, hard and impactful maternal figures on television. The struggle between his desire to live his own life and his love for his loved ones marked a path full of despair, sadness and loss.
LARRY DAVID IN ‘LARRY DAVID’
This fictitious version of himself showed us the actor and character trapped in all kinds of absurd and ridiculous situations that appeared in this other “series in which nothing happens.”
ARI GOLD (JEREMY PIVEN) IN ‘THE ENTOURAGE’
‘The entourage’ was, like the real Hollywood, a war between great characters (for example, how to forget Drama) in which there was always a clear winner: Ari Gold, the Jewish publicist with less patience of the universe.
RICHARD WINTERS (DAMIEN LEWIS) IN ‘BLOOD BROTHERS’
It is difficult to rescue a single character from the magnificent and tough ‘Blood Brothers’, but that of one of their leaders, Major Richard Winters, is the most representative. Through their eyes we saw the horrors of war and the destruction of countless human lives.
KENNY POWERS (DANNY MCBRIDE) IN ‘DE CULO Y CUESTA ABAJO’
From a former baseball player to a gym teacher and a team coach, the almost pathetic Kenny had an ambition almost as great as his failure was. And little did he care what he had to do to be great again.
HANNAH HORVATH (LENA DUNHAM) IN ‘GIRLS’
“The voice of his generation”. You can love her or hate her but what is clear is that if you can appreciate her, her message will resonate with you in a hard and simple way. What does not mean it is often unbearable and has no remedy.
OMAR LITTLE (MICHAEL K. WILLIAMS) IN ‘THE WIRE’
A mixture between Robin Hood and an unscrupulous gangster, Omar Little would make his hair stand on end every time he went out into the streets of Baltimore whistling his famous melody.
AMY JELLICOE (LAURA DERN) IN ‘ILLUMINATED’
Unbearable, selfish, ambitious but, above all, very spiritual, Amy had a great facility to get us out of control. Of course, the prospect of seeing her again having a crisis was always interesting.
WILL MCAVOY (JEFF DANIELS) IN ‘THE NEWSROOM’
Ready, redicho, successful and better than you, Will McAvoy was the less realistic character of ‘The Newsroom’ (which is already saying) but as an ideal of journalism it was practically perfect.
TYRION LANNISTER (PETER DINKLAGE) IN ‘GAME OF THRONES’
It is difficult to choose a single character from ‘Game of Thrones’, but it is clear that the one that has shown the most game in the series (although in the last season we have hardly seen his hair) is Tyrion Lannister. Every time he opens his mouth the bread goes up and someone dies.