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A Month of TV Commentary: A Meme in 30 Parts: Day 14

Day 14 – Favorite male character

If I’d been keeping up with this and written t his back when I first started this “one month” meme *mumble* months ago, I’d have had an entirely different answer to this question, but I’ve since acquired a new obsession favourite TV show, namely USA Network’s White Collar

Which brings me to Neal Caffrey.

The short premise of the show is “He’s a charming con-man with a heart of gold. He’s the FBI agent who put him in prison. They fight crime!” Specifically, they fight the kind of high-stakes, big money crimes that you’d expect the “white collar’ division of the FBI to tackle: art heists, stock swindles, counterfeiting, etc. The sorts of crimes that Neal specialised in, and quite often ends up going undercover to help solve, because he moves easily in that world.

I like Neal Caffrey because he has style. He dresses well, he’s charming, extremely intelligent and well-spoken, has a wicked sense of humour, a great sense of fun and adventure, and a taste for the finer things in life. I remarked recently to kitanzi that I often “aspired to a level of sophistication that I do not always possess.”, and this is a character that embodies all of those traits that I admire and covet. (Well, except for the “criminal” part of it. But, hey, nobody’s perfect.)

I will even admit that he directly inspired me to take a critical look at my own personal sartorial style and make some needed changes. So this show has done me a great deal of personal psychic good.

If you’re not watching White Collar, do give it a try. Many of the things I love about the show (particularly the relationship between Neal and FBI Agent Peter Burke, Burke’s relationship with his wife Elizabeth, the amazingly crisp dialogue, the fantastic undercover heist plots, and the narrative sub-plot that runs throughout the entire show) lie outside the scope of this entry. But it’s hands-down my favourite show on television, and USA just announced that it is being renewed for a 3rd season. I recommend it highly to anyone.

Day 01 – A show that should have never been cancelled
Day 02 – A show that you wish more people were watching
Day 03 – Your favorite new show (aired this t.v season)
Day 04 – Your favorite show ever
Day 05 – A show you hate
Day 06 – Favourite episode of your favourite t.v show
Day 07 – Least favorite episode of your favorite t.v show
Day 08 – A show everyone should watch
day 09 – Best scene ever
Day 10 – A show you thought you wouldn’t like but ended up loving
Day 11 – A show that disappointed you
Day 12 – An episode you’ve watched more than 5 times
Day 13 – Favourite childhood show

Day 15 – Favorite female character
Day 16 – Your guilty pleasure show
Day 17 – Favorite mini series
Day 18 – Favorite title sequence
Day 19 – Best t.v show cast
Day 20 – Favorite kiss
Day 21 – Favorite ship
Day 22 – Favorite series finale
Day 23 – Most annoying character
Day 24 – Best quote
Day 25 – A show you plan on watching (old or new)
Day 26 – OMG WTF? Season finale
Day 27 – Best pilot episode
Day 28 – First t.v show obsession
Day 29 – Current t.v show obsession
Day 30 – Saddest character death


From Twitter 09-29-2010


From Twitter 09-30-2010


  1. The actor himself is openly gay which in these days of dumb takes an admirable dose of personal courage.

  2. Hmm, I think it depends which show I’ve just watched. Today it’s G. Callen, but it could be Jethro Gibbs, or Ducky, or Peter Bishop. [NCIS:LA, NCIS, Fringe]

    • Yeah, I’m sure that my answer here is heavily influenced by the fact that I’m just now thoroughly hooked on the show!

  3. I have not seen White Collar.

    That picture, however, is incredibly drool-worthy. Wonder if he’ll be appearing at any cons at which I could quietly drool over him from a socially acceptable but physically present sort of distance.

  4. Third place is held jointly by the two Ambassadors, Londo Mollari and G’Kar. They’re by far the most interesting characters, who went through the biggest changes, in my favorite SF show.

    Second place goes to Josiah “Jed” Bartlett, POTUS, who was originally supposed to be a supporting presence on The West Wing, and became its soul.

    My final choice, though, is a character who joined a show in its second season, and immediately ramped up the energy level and made the show more interesting. Over the next several years, he had the most unusual and varied character arc, and the actor carried it all off beautifully. For me, the title of “favorite” goes to William the Bloody, aka Spike.

    • All good choices!

      The West Wing is still on the “to be watched” list. We have the complete series on DVD, thanks to an excellent sale, so I’m hoping we’ll jump into it soon.

      • OMG, watch it. You will not be sorry. 🙂

        • Heh. I don’t need convincing, just more spare time than I have at the moment. 🙂 When put the whole series on sale for about 45% of the normal list priced, I jumped on it, so it’s sitting here waiting for us. 🙂

          I’ve seen some half-dozen random episodes of The West Wing, so I’m quite prepared to love it, since I’ve yet to see an episode I didn’t thoroughly enjoy.

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