Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Dan Stark is no Joshua Lyman

Tonight my husband and I had a lively conversation regarding Bradley Whitford.  Don't know who he is?  Shame on you.  He is only responsible for one of the greatest characters ever portrayed on TV.  

Have you ever watched a show and been so taken with a character that the actor became a favorite.  Not because you liked the actor who played the character, but because you loved the character.  (To be honest I had never seen Mr. Whitford in anything before The West Wing.)

One of my all time favorite TV shows was the West Wing.  I fell in love with Josh Lyman.  I loved everything about this character from his cocky arrogance to his know-it-all political savvy mind.  

I loved how when it came to his job he was unflappable, but when it came to his personal life he was the most insecure man on the planet.  After seven seasons we had to say good-bye to Josh as this show went off the air.  

Just recently a new show came on Fox called "The Good Guys."  Bradley Whitford is playing a has-been, washed up detective who also happens to be a drunk.  This show is Keystone cops meet Starsky and Hutch.  

I have seen the first six shows and while I am not in love with Detective Stark (your not supposed to be), I have a hard time reconciling this version of Mr.  Whitford with the one that was my Joshua Lyman.  I miss him.  I wish I could bring him back.  I know I can't but a girl can dream.  

In all fairness Mr. Whitford is doing a great job at portraying this character, but I don't believe he will ever capture my heart the way he did when portrayed Joshua Lyman.  

Thank goodness for DVD's and syndication.  Now if you will excuse me I need to go and watch some "West Wing."  Okay so I just turn the TV on and leave the volume on mute so I can just stare at him, but it still fills a need.
So tell me, who is that one character on TV you don't want to live without?


Candyland said...
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Karla Nellenbach said...

I did love Josh Lyman on the West Wing...he was so sarcastic...always had me laughing, but now, I have to say that my fave character on TV is Dr. House...he's such and a**hole and I love him! lol

Linda G. said...

Okay, I have to admit I have a crush on Gibbs (NCIS). He can arrest me any time. *waggles eyebrows*

A Girl From Texas said...

I missed The West Wing when it first came out. It's available now through netflix and I've been working my way through the 7 seasons since early January. I have about 3 episodes left. I totally agree with you regarding the quality of his acting in this show. I'm so sad to know that I'm about to say good-bye to all of these fabulous characters. I was deeply saddened to know that John Spencer passed away before they finished the season. What a fabulous cast and story!

A Girl From Texas said...

Linda G..... I totally agree with you regarding Gibbs. Totally.