March Madness has infected the country. Everybody is seeing brackets and I decided to take it upon myself to leech the bracket fun into pop culture. I, David Hennenhoefer created the Best Characters of “Golden Age” of T.V. bracket. The “Golden Age” of television started in the late ’90s with E.R., The West Wing and Friends. It took its big revolutionary boom when HBO aired The Sopranos and The Wire. We are now at the tale end of this movement with Mad Men and Breaking Bad wrapping up. But what lives on is the characters. Those people the public got to know every week. That is why I asked my friends and contributors at State-Lines to vote and decide what character is truly the best. We are voting on some all time classic characters as well as some surprises with the automatic qualifiers. The automatic qualifier is if the actor won an Emmy for their role. The bracket has to mimic and feel like the NCAA tournament.

  • Winner of M.A.S.H Region vs. Winner of Law & Order Region
  • Winner of Twin Peaks Region vs. Winner of Seinfeld Region

M.A.S.H. Region

1. Tony Soprano (The Sopranos)
16. Alicia Florrick (The Good Wife)

8. Vic Mackey (Shield)
9. Nancy Botwin (Weeds)

4. Carrie Bradshaw (Sex and the City)
13. Ned Stark (Game of Thrones)

5. Rachel Green (Friends)
12. John Carter (ER)

2. Dr. House (House)
15. Petty Hewes (Damages)

7. Tommy Gavin (Rescue Me)
10. Olivia Benson (Law & Order: SVU)

3. John Locke (Lost)
14. “Cam” Tucker (Modern Family)

6. Roger Sterling (Mad Men)
11. Hank Moody (Californication)

Law & Order Region 

1. Jack Bauer (24)
16.  Selina Meyer (Veep)

8.  Leslie Knope (Parks and Recreation)
9.  Leo McGarry (The West Wing)

4. President Bartlet (The West Wing)
13. Gus Fringe (Breaking Bad)

5. Tyrion Lannister (Game of Thrones)
12. Will McAvoy (The Newsroom)

2. Michael Scott (The Office)
15. Alan Shore (Boston Legal)

7. Ray Barone (Everybody Loves Raymond)
10. Charlie Harper (Two & A Half Men)

3. Omar Little (The Wire)
14. Bill Compton (True Blood)

6. Nick Brody (Homeland)
11. Allison DuBois (Medium)

Twin Peaks Region 

1. Walter White (Breaking Bad)
16. Schmidt (New Girl)

8. Christopher Moltisanti (The Sopranos)
9. Jack Donaghy (30 Rock)

4. Sheldon Cooper (The Big Bang Theory)
13. Abed Nadir (Community)

5. Coach Eric Taylor (Friday Night Lights)
12. Francis Underwood (House of Cards)

2. Dexter Morgan (Dexter)
15. Ben Linus (Lost)

7. Jack Shepard (Lost)
10. Nucky Thompson (Boardwalk Empire)

3. Adrian Monk (Monk)
14. Rick Grimes (The Walking Dead)

6. Carrie Matheson (Homeland)
11. Jackie Peyton (Nurse Jackie

Seinfeld Region

1. Don Draper (Mad Men)
16. Brenda Leigh Johnson (The Closer)

8. Sue Sylvester (Glee)
9. Carmela Soprano (The Sopranos)

4. Jesse Pinkman (Breaking Bad)
13. Agt. Dana Scully (X- Files)

5. Sookie Stackhouse (True Blood)
12. Ron Swanson (Parks and Recreation)

2. Fraiser Crane (Fraiser)
15. Saul Berenson (Homeland)

7. Dwight Scrute (The Office)
10. Hannah Horvath (Girls)

3. Agt. Fox Mulder (X-Files)
14. Tim Riggins (Friday Night Lights)

6. J.D. (Scrubs)
11. Michael Bluth (Arrested Development)

The comment section is open for debate. Check back for the updates and breakdowns of the panel’s decisions.

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