In honour of Female Fridays, a blog post I dedicated to my favourite female characters on television, I would like to dedicate this post to some of my favourite male characters on television.
So let’s get to it….
1. Felipe Lobos (Portrayed by Enrique Murciano)- Power
Most Memorable Quote:When I detect disloyalty, I cut it out.
Power is a drama that revolves around the lives of people who run a drug cartel in New York City. In a series filled only with anti-heroes, Felipe Lobos is perhaps the most villainous of them all.
Enrique Murciano, although only semi-recurring, manages to deliver a stellar and memorable performance through his portrayal of Lobos during his limited screen time. As the head drug trafficker, Lobos holds no mercy for people who attempt to deceive him or play him for a fool (which he clearly isn’t).
Although clearly lacking any sense of humanity or compassion, this sinister character manages to become someone you may find yourself rooting for precisely because they are so enjoyable to watch on screen (it also helps that Murciano is incredibly sexy in my opinion).
2. Marco Diaz (Portrayed by Enrique Murciano)- Bloodline
Most Memorable Quote: What is it about your fucking family that you guys think that you can lie and lie and lie until it’s convenient to tell the truth?
Murciano’s performances reserve so much recognition that I have decided to give two of his characters a shout-out in my top 5.
Marco Diaz is the polar opposite of Felipe Lobos- Diaz is a a genuinely good guy who is a cop. There is nothing corrupt about Marco, and he spends much of his time on the original Netflix series fighting for justice and trying to get to the bottom of exactly what the dodgy Rayburn family is up to. Despite being romantically involved with Meg, one of the Rayburn siblings, he refuses to allow his feelings get in the way of the law or truth.
The fact that Murciano can successfully portray such contrasting characters proves that he deserves an immense amount of recognition, and I hope to be seeing him on my tv screen again soon.
3. Josh Chan (Portrayed by Vincent Rodriguez III)- Crazy Ex-Girflriend
Most Memorable Quote: What? I’m fine with being alone. Listen, I love solitaire, I love Solo cups, I love playing Uno…
Josh Chan is the male lead of the series, and the character that the main female lead (Rebecca Bunch) leaves New York City for in hopes of rekindling her summer camp fling with Chan.
On the surface, Chan would appear to be the stereotypical male lead depicted in high school films: He’s a womaniser, charming, gorgeous, popular, and a jock. However, the more you get to know this character, you will realise that Chan is incredibly sensitive and has huge self-esteem issues that he seeks to reassure through his relationship with women. Despite this, he becomes a very loveable character that you root for.
It’s worth noting Rodriguez’s portrayal of Chan deserves credit because he is another character breaking the mould of Hollywood casting- he is an Asian American male who is not defined by his ethnicity. Hollywood notoriously casts Asian American actors to play the role of the anti-social and awkward nerd, so it’s always refreshing to see a character that defies the stereotype.
4. Captain Ray Holt (Portrayed by Andre Braugher)- Brooklyn Nine-Nine
Most Memorable Quote: So much time with your ear to the pavement, it’s a pity a truck hasn’t run over your head.
Not one to wear his emotions on his sleeve, Ray Holt is the captain of the nine-nine precinct in this situational comedy that follows the lives of NYC detectives. As an African American and homosexual captain, Captain Holt has had to overcome an immense amount of discrimination and racism to get to the position he is in today.
Despite being homosexual, his character is in no way defined by the gay stereotype that Hollywood often likes to exploit in order to garner more views.
In fact, Braugher delivers an outstanding and intentionally humorous performance of Holt through a character that is mostly monotone, stiff, and serious. He is generally unamused by his squad’s antics, which is why when he does participate, it makes it oh so enjoyable. Despite his cold demeanour, viewers quickly learn that Holt is incredibly passionate about his job and will do anything to protect his squad.
5. Harvey Specter (Portrayed by Gabriel Macht)- Suits
Most Memorable Quote: The only time success comes before work is in the dictionary.
Arrogance has never looked as good as it does worn on Harvey Specter. One of the main male leads in this corporate law firm drama, Harvey doesn’t always play by the rules of the law, but his heart is always on the right side.
Despite his overt confidence in any interaction he has, viewers will realise that Harvey has a great sense of compassion and protection over the people in his life.
He’s also incredibly entertaining due to his wit, banter, and one-liner zingers that never manage to get old.