Many TV series have had long-running success thanks to incredible dramatic or comedic scripts supported by a solid cast of actors. What turns the occasional viewer into a fan is the set of unforgettable characters, especially the protagonist(s).
The main character (or persons) must be distinguished by combining humor, intelligence, and attractiveness. Their story arc must be the most funny if it's a comedy or the most convoluted if it's a drama. However, this isn't always the case. Sometimes, a secondary character's story will overshadow everyone else's and win the audience's respect.
Sonia Ramirez in 'Modern Family'
Sonia Ramirez (Stephanie Beatriz) was Jay's second wife. She appeared in a handful of kooky and memorable episodes.
Sonia appears to be an unstable and somewhat dangerous person at first glance. The show attempted to portray her as the bad guy. However, as more information about Sonia's past was revealed, Gloria accepted everything that she received. Now, she's just trying to reclaim what she was given in the first place.
Ellis Grey in 'Grey's Anatomy'
Meredith Grey's medical career and life are still going strong after 18 seasons, according to this drama. Although the show concentrates on Meredith, the mother's unfinished life is the most fascinating.
Ellis Grey (Kate Burton) cheated on him with a coworker, never wanting to be a mother. She did it, winning twice the Harper Avery Award. She later developed early-onset Alzheimer's. A daughter born to be a tough surgeon herself, a doomed love child.
Frank Constanza in 'Seinfeld'
In the 1990s, the "show about nothing" centered on four New Yorkers' unlikely friendship. One was George Constanza (Jason Alexander), who had a complicated and strained relationship with his father, Frank Constanza (Jerry Stiller). But his actions were the source of many funny episodes.
Frank was a loud, angry, sabotaging, and very inexpensive husband, and his son was no exception. He invented "Festivus," a different Christmas holiday, and co-created the "Bro," a brassiere for men. His wife, Estelle (Estelle Harris), was a no-favorable kitten, and to see them interact was pure comedy gold.
Mary Cooper in 'The Big Bang Theory'
This series mash up the funny with the intellectual and became a smash hit. Dr. Sheldon Cooper (Jim Parsons) was the most charismatic and intelligent of the main protagonists. He was also unkind, selfish, and amoral. Therefore, it was quite a surprise to discover he was raised in a highly religious family by Mary Cooper (Laurie Metcalf).
Mary was a devout Christian, a mother of three, and a widow. With her natural warmth, she was the opposite of her son. Despite her no-nonsense attitude and political incorrectness, the few episodes featuring Mary Cooper left viewers wondering about Sheldon's childhood. It was the basis for a successful spin-off prequel, Young Sheldon, in which Sheldon's connection with his family is explored.
Janice Litman-Goralnik in 'Friends'
The program, set in Manhattan, New York, followed six young friends' lives, tackling jobs, relationships, marriage, and children. Yet, one recurring character made her mark, and her distinctive voice, laughter, and distinctive catchphrase made her a household name.
Janice (Maggie Wheeler) was never exactly irritated by the main characters; she was a loyal friend and loyal companion to Chandler (Matthew Perry) despite him unceremoniously breaking up with her on several occasions. The show desired her to be this irritating person with a nasal voice and obnoxious laughter.
Petra Solano in 'Jane the Virgin'
Jane Villanueva (Gina Rodriguez) was accidentally inseminated while still a virgin. This program was packed with unique and funny characters. Yet, no one's story was as compelling as Petra Solano (Yael Grobglas).
Petra's backstory gave more insight into who she truly was. Initially, she believed that cheating and theft were the way to go. But once she met Rafael Solano (Justin Baldoni), she was offered a decent life. However, her past kept catching up to her. Ultimately, she conquered her demons.
Paris Geller in 'Gilmore Girls'
Lorelai (Lauren Graham) and Rory (Alexis Bledel) Gilmore, a sassy mother-daughter duo with a rich knowledge of movies, books, and music, an unhealthy addiction to coffee, and cast-iron stomachs, dominated the program.
Paris, smart, and sociable, was a force to be reckoned with, and she made a living for everyone. She was surrounded by her Portuguese nanny, who encouraged her to strive for excellence. She sometimes fell into depression, but always rallied back. She was a loyal friend and an outspoken friend in Rory's ideal world.
Carol Peletier in 'The Walking Dead'
This moving program follows a group of survivors as they seek for a safe haven in a post-apocalyptic zombie world. Notorious for killing off well-known characters, one stand out from the rest of the program's original survivors. A shy, submissive, battered woman who rose to become a fearless warrior.
Carol Peletier (Melissa McBride) was in an abusive relationship when the world became overrun by a deadly virus that mutated everyone into zombies or "walkers." She also became the mother of a little girl named Sophia (Madison Lintz), who later died. She became a fierce survivor with a somewhat dubious moral compass who stopped at nothing to protect those she loved.
'The Fresh Prince of Bel Air,' says Geoffrey Butler.
Will Smith's acting career began with a story of a youngster from Philadelphia who was sent to live with his aunt and uncle in Bel Air. However, Geoffrey Butler, who played Will Smith, stole many scenes and had a long history.
Geoffrey was once an Olympic competitor. He cheated by returning to the Olympic stadium, where he was stripped of his gold medal. He moved to the United States and worked as the sparring butler of Chuck Norris before working for the Banks family, who never seemed to appreciate him.
Kitty Forman on 'That '70s Show'
Kitty Forman (Debra Jo Rupp) became the talk show's most-loved mom, despite her overbearing, jolly demeanor, which concealed a feisty little woman. With the clean house, the coiffed hair, and the pressed clothes, she created the impression of having it all.
Kitty, a Korean War veteran's wife, resisted retaliation and disguised her displeasure under a veil of forced laughter when life got in her way.