Published: Wednesday August 14, 2013 MYT 12:00:00 AM
Updated: Wednesday August 14, 2013 MYT 7:14:49 AM

Trivial pursuits

Cooking up something tasty: Forget about men in uniform, its all about men in chef jackets like the scruffy and extremely serious Colin Fassnidge who is just so hot.

Cooking up something tasty: Forget about men in uniform, its all about men in chef jackets like the scruffy and extremely serious Colin Fassnidge who is just so hot.

Some characters on TV simply stand apart from the rest, for better or for worse.

This week, the Sofa Spudniks have compiled a Top Five list of some of the TV characters they spend a lot of time with. Who are your favourites in this list?

1. Best bromance

Indra: Forget about romances, bromances are way more fun and have fewer issues. Chandler (Matthew Perry) and Joey (Matt LeBlanc) had a fantastic bromance going on for years on Friends. So did JD (Zach Braff) and Turk (Donald Faison) on Scrubs. In fact, I liked their bromance more than each of their romances.

Also, who can forget Andy (Ian Gomez) and Bobby (Brian Van Holt) from Cougar Town? Sure, girlfriends are awesome, but sometimes – just sometimes – I wish I could be a guy and have a bromance going on with a best bud. So. Much. Fun.

Ann Marie: Troy and Abed of Community (Donald Glover and Danny Pudi, respectively). When two men are so in sync they are willing to take over each other’s place Freaky Friday style, there’s no doubting their kindred spirit status. They even have a special handshake. Now, which other TV bromance duo has that, I ask you? Troy and Abed rock.

2. Most screwed up mother/family

Indra: If you’ve watched Bates Motel (the TV prequel to the classic Alfred Hitchcock film, Psycho), you would realise that Norman Bates (played excellently by Freddie Highmore) never had a shot in Hell to be normal. Sure, the series hints that Norman has an inherent mental disorder – he snaps at people when he’s angry, becomes violent and then blacks out – but it is his mother, Norma (Vera Farmiga, how good is she?!) who is largely to blame for the “psycho” Norman grows up to become.

Mothers smother their sons; that’s a universal truth, but Norma’s smothering that borders on being oedipal would have been more than enough to mess up a normal child, let alone one who is already disturbed.

Ann Marie: When it comes to screwed-up mums, I always think of Ruth Fisher (Frances Conroy) on Six Feet Under. She had a new boyfriend for every season, believe it or not. That was one superb show, and Ruth was as dysfunctionally lovable as mums get. I always feel I have a bit of Ruth in me.

This undated publicity image released by A&E shows Freddie Highmore as Norman Bates, left, and Vera Farmiga as Norma Bates in a scene from A&E's
Freddie Highmore stars as Norman Bates and Vera Farmiga as Norma Bates in Bates Motel.

3. The nicest bad guy ever

Indra: Who else but Dexter (Michael C. Hall)? He’s a serial killer, so yes, he is a bad guy. But the poor fella witnessed his mother’s murder and was left to sit in a pool of her blood until the police found them. Anyway, he only kills bad guys, so maybe he’s doing the world a favour. Right? Oh, I also have a fondness for Tyrion Lannister (Peter Dinklage) from Game Of Thrones. He’s the only one in his family with a semblance of a conscience and let’s face it, compared with Joffrey (Jack Gleeson), he’s practically angelic.

Ann Marie: By the end of Game Of Thrones Season Three, I even had some fond feelings for Jaime Lannister for crying out loud. And what about Sandor Clegane aka the Hound (Rory McCann)? Hero or villain? Don’t you just love them when they’re all tormented and neither clearly black or white?

If we’re really going for the truest nice bad guys, though, then I would have to include Robin of Loxley aka Robin Hood from Robin Of Sherwood. Oh my lord, I was in love with Michael Praed (who starred in the British TV series in the mid 1980s) for a long time. Nothing is forgotten!

4. Somebody please give this character a break

Indra: My life isn’t peachy all the time but there are many “silver linings” in my playbook – family, friends and TV. But some TV characters never seem to catch a break. Take Deacon Claybourne (Charles Esten) of Nashville. The guy’s been down and out of luck since forever. He was in love with Rayna James (Connie Briton) but had to go into rehab for some serious substance abuse issues. While he was in rehab, she got married and had two children.

Out of rehab, he is still pining for her while playing in her band (he’s a guitarist and she’s a big country singer). He gets tired of waiting for her (she’s in a loveless marriage) and gets into several superficial relationships. Just when he and Rayna finally sort out their issues, he discovers she’s been lying to him for years (they had a child that he knew nothing of). He starts drinking again and meets in a terrible accident. Tragic or what?

Ann Marie: Okay, this is an open goal lah. I will have to go with Wile E. Coyote (of The Road Runner Show fame – Beep! Beep!) on this one. I’ve spent the last 45 years of my life watching the dude get blown up by Acme dynamite sticks. How cool if for ONCE they decide to let this “dog” have his day. I live in hope.

5. Forget about the food; the tastiest chef on TV is …

Indra: Where do I begin? I used to think guys in uniform were hot, but these days, since the evolution of television food programming, I think a chef’s jacket has to be the sexiest uniform EVER. MasterChef Australia seems to have the best casting directors of all when it comes to inviting hot chefs to the set. My favourites include British chef Darren Robertson who runs his own restaurant Three Blue Ducks in Bronte, Australia. Robertson is a little nerdy, but once he starts slicing, oh my, oh my!

Also, the slightly scruffy and extremely serious Irish chef Colin Fassnidge who owns three restaurants in Sydney, Australia, terrifies me but he’s so sexy!

Ann Marie: Let’s see. I think Curtis Stone is pretty dishy. Then, there’s Adrian Richardson (Secret Meat Business) … okay, so he’s not the best looking of blokes, but there’s just something about that accent that gets me everytime. And hey, he makes the best sausages.

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