TV After Dark: 2013 Television Characters We’d Love To Have As Our BFF
From Monsters To Men & Witches To Women – TV After Dark’s Top Television BFF’s
When we think of our best friends, we wouldn’t normally use the terms “monster” or “telepathic” or “someone who’d hide a body for me” to describe them. We would, on the other hand, name them as “loyal”, “honest”, “kind” or “funny.” Perhaps we’d even call them our heroes. Of course, in the TV universe these terms are not mutually exclusive (and it’s much more acceptable to have a friend who’d kill for you – let’s be honest). As a part of our TV After Dark 2013 Time Capsule, we’ve compiled a list of characters we’ve love to have as our BFF. Be they sassy time travellers, loyal witches, dependable billionaires or give-it-to-me-straight White House representatives, these are the men and women we’d keep as our besties forever.
“It’s not every day you’d find someone who’d sacrifice their billion-dollar company and land themselves in jail for you.” ~ Jayne Balke
There’s no doubt in my mind who I’d want to be my best friend forever – Nolan Ross from ABC’s Revenge. I’ve spent most of this season raving about what a fantastic bestie he is, and so if I could tuck Gabriel Mann in my pocket for safe-keeping I would. Not only does Nolan stand by his girl Ems in everything – and give her much-needed kicks when she needs them – but he has done the unthinkable in order to protect her. That’s not even mentioning how isolated he’s been and the lies he’s told in order to safeguard her identity. It’s not every day you’d find someone who’d sacrifice their billion-dollar company and land themselves in jail for you. Besides, he could probably teach me a thing or two about my fashion sense. Can’t deny it, the man has style.
“[He’s] quite vulnerable at heart, genuine in his motives and loyal to a fault.” ~ Erin Brown
This is a tough choice for me, but I think if I had to boil it down to one BFF it would have to be Revenge‘s Nolan Ross, played by the ever marvellous Gabriel Mann. Actually marvellous and evergreen if we’re being totally honest – seriously, he like the prime time TV equivalent of Keanu Reeves – i.e. ridiculously hot guy who ages so slowly, you’d swear if it were an actual race that he’d get lapped by a concussed snail. I love that Nolan is at once sassy, cocky and mischievous, but at the same time quite vulnerable at heart, genuine in his motives and loyal to a fault to the people he truly cares about. He’d be a bit useless in a bar fight I think, but if push came to shove, I feel like he’d cover all the relationship bases a BFF should cover: i.e. someone who’ll give me a shoulder to cry on when my boyfriend behaves like a jackass, someone who’d tell me to get over myself if I needed to hear it, but would also help me hide a body if I asked without asking me any questions.
“He needs some friends as the network deserted him earlier this year and axed his show.” ~ Graham Eveleigh
The character that I would most like to be BFFs with would be Corky (played by Tom Weston-Jones) from BBC’s Copper – as a tireless, tough beacon of heroism, he would be very handy for any scrapes you may face! But he’s also a bright, gentle man, and they’re always good qualities. Besides, he needs some friends as the network deserted him earlier this year and axed his show! Yes we’re all still reeling about that…
“Her bravery is assured like many of the past companions; ultimately sacrificing.” ~ Alexandra Chambers
“Dare me” (BFF) If I could have one character as my BFF from 2013 It would have to be Doctor Who‘s Clara Oswald (Jenna Coleman). She’s a fantastic addition to the Doctor Who family – a sassy, strong character who is more than comfortable on her own as well as someone I am happy to watch when the Doctor isn’t there. In the past I have found the odd companion a little annoying and if you took the Doctor away they couldn’t handle an adventure alone. I love that the TARDIS doesn’t like her – that just makes me laugh, AND she dictates her arrangement with the Doctor a lot more than any of the previous companions, she’s in control, no, she’s the boss. Watch a Clip
She’s also not afraid to wear her heart on her sleeve, like in “The Rings of Akhaten” when she tells the touching story of her mother; and her bravery is assured like many of the past companions, ultimately sacrificing herself for the Doctor over and over again.
“I think it’d be ah-mazing to have a friend that can teleport anywhere in the world.” ~ Stephanie Flasher
Choosing one character to be my BFF is such a hard decision. There are so many great characters that I would just love to be friends with, but if I had to choose just one….I would pick Stephen Jameson (Robbie Amell) from The Tomorrow People. I think it’d be ah-mazing to have a friend that can teleport anywhere in the world and has the ability to take me with him.
“He’s the BFF everyone needs even if it’s not what they necessarily want.” ~ Romancia
He’s known as a monster, the devil and those who haven’t watched the show will quickly understand the dynamic and complex nature of Scandal‘s Cyrus Beene (played brilliantly by Jeff Perry). What we know is that Cyrus is willing to tell you the things you need to hear, he will quite literally do everything in his power to make sure you are at your best – even if it works him into a full-blown heart-attack. Not only that, you can confess your darkest secrets to him, and he will quite literally kill to protect you.
“I’ve moved heaven and earth to save you from yourselves. I have lied for you, I have stolen for you, I have killed for you and I’ve almost died for you.”
“If there is one character trait I value most in a friend, it’s loyalty.” ~ Connie Allen
When the magical series Witches of East End debuted this fall, I became an immediate fan. One of the big reasons for the show’s success – aside from the supernatural goodness- is the great ensemble cast. For me, Wendy Beauchamp played by Madchen Amick is the BFF of my choice. Why? Because if there is one character trait I value most in a friend, it’s loyalty. Wendy has that down-pat. Not only does she have the guts to do what must be done to protect her family, like drive a woman insane, but she will take one for the team. Not once, but twice, did Wendy nearly get choked to death in order to protect the Beauchamp clan. Now, if that’s not loyalty, I don’t know what is. Plus, she’s got a wicked sense of humor, and with magic on her side life would hardly ever be boring.
“One character this season is handsome, funny, smart, and as completely baffled at the world we live in as I am.” ~ Tiffany Brown
I tend to watch shows where the characters are extremely flawed, and I like them like that. So when asked to pick a character to be my BFF, I had to dig deep. Then it hit me: one character this season is handsome, funny, smart, and as completely baffled at the world we live in as I am. Sleepy Hollow‘s Ichabod Crane (Tom Mison) is all those things. As a man living in a time he never thought he’d see, Ichabod is constantly confused at how much civilization has changed in just 250 years. Like him, I often grumble over Starbucks coffee prices as I sip my venti green tea latte and wonder how they’re able to have a store on almost every corner. We could laugh over this insanity while I taught him how to use a phone and Twitter. Plus, he’s full of cool historical trivia and is pretty handy when it comes to keeping demons, witches, and headless horsemen at bay.
“What’s insane is a ten percent levy on baked goods. You do realize the Revolutionary war began on less than two percent. How is the public not flocking to the streets in outrage? We must do something.”