Ranking Go On's Weirdos: A Poll

In the very first episode of NBC's new mega-hit comedy Go On, Ryan King (Matthew Perry) attended his mandated support group and encouraged his fellow mourners to rank and compare their feelings of loss according to the degree of doodoo they're in. "Humans compete! We like rankings!" he said, before setting up a March Madness-style bracket to see who was rightfully the closest to suicide.

So using Ryan's lead, we've decided that we all need to figure out "who rules the land," and by "rules" we mean "is the best character" and "the land" we mean "on Go On," just in case you thought we were voting for the King of America or something. Below I've sorted out all the show's characters and at the bottom of this page I've included an OFFICIAL poll to determine which Go On actors will be happy for the rest of the day after reading this and which ones will end up sobbing into a bowl of ice cream or buying another cat.




RYAN
Actor: Matthew Perry

Why he's in therapy: His wife died in a car accident!

His deal: Ryan is a sports-talk radio dude who's been forced into therapy by his boss. He's a chatty guy and genuinely likes helping everyone with their problems. Everyone but himself, it seems.

Mental stability: Very questionable! Not only is he in complete denial about his recovery and the pain that is turning his heart into a dark pit, but he also talks to his wife's ghost (who doesn't even think she's a ghost). So yeah, he's crazy.

TV.com says: As far as a leading character with extreme bouts of oscillating vocal pitch and head-bobbing goes, he's solid.




LAUREN
Actor:
Laura Benanti

Why she's in therapy: She's the leader of the group, dummy!

Her deal: Lauren is just here to help, people. She may play the authority figure, but her only real training for the job was working for Weight Watchers as a success story. To earn extra cash, she works as a cashier at a hotel valet which is totally embarrassing! And sometimes she goes out in public on prescription sleeping pills and totally has no idea what's going on.

Mental stability: Strong! She's the leader, after all. Even when her authority is undermine, she likes to let things play out and crash down all over the underminer just to teach them a lesson.

TV.com says: Lauren should be totally lame, but she's surprisingly weird in her own way. Maybe it's just the low expectations I had for the person I thought would just be the obvious romantic interest for Ryan, but I like the direction she's headed in.




ANNE
Actor:
Julie White

Why she's in therapy: Her lesbian lover's heart exploded.

Her deal: She's been left sour after her partner's death, but I'm also willing to bet she was pretty pucker-y while she was alive, too. Her sadness has turned to anger, but take away the barrage of insults and short fuse and she's a pretty cool chick. Plus, the girl can drive!

Mental stability: Medium. Her anger could manifest into a nasty state of depression with disastrous results. But she's more of a danger to herself than anyone else, so keep the sharp objects away from her and enjoy yourself!

TV.com says: She's cranky. We like cranky.




CARRIE
Actor:
Allison Miller

What she does at Ryan's work: She's Ryan's overworked assisstant.

Her deal: With Ryan's wife Janie out of the picture, a lot of Ryan's needs for attention fall on Carrie, and she's usually up to the task. Until we learn more about her, I'll consider her the cute secretary.

Mental stability: She might be the most normal of anyone on the show. Which kind of makes her the weird one, when you think about it.

TV.com says: I barely remember that Miller was in Terra Nova, so she's doing something right. But does her character's personality stand out above the riches of the rest of the cast?




GEORGE
Actor:
Bill Cobbs

Why he's in therapy: He's old, blind, broke his hip, lost a toe... typical old people stuff times 100.

His deal: Do not underestimate George! Not only is he feisty, but there's an ocean of wisdom somewhere behind those non-functioning eyes. However, he still doesn't know what Megan Fox looks like, and that understandably bothers him.

Mental stability: No problems here. Perhaps he's just in the group to hang out?

TV.com says: He's one of the best in the group, easily. Put him near the top!




YOLANDA
Actor:
Suzy Nakamura

Why she's in therapy: We don't know for sure.

Her deal: Let's just say that Yolanda didn't exactly develop as fast as everyone else after living a sheltered life for the past couple decades. She's scared of sex and having fun, but extremely curious about both.

Mental stability: I wouldn't rule out the possibility of Yolanda going absolutely bonkers once she gets a taste of the good life. She's one Appletini away from a bender that's been stored up for years.

TV.com says: Yolanda started off as the character who didn't belong, but she's been built up with her own comedic voice. She's still a bit of an outlier, though, so let's wait until she goes on a rager before we put her in the top half.




STEVEN
Actor:
John Cho

What he does at Ryan's work: He's Ryan's boss and best friend.

His deal: Steven is in a position of power, but he's a real get-along-guy boss. Friends forever with Ryan, he's Ryan's first choice for a shoulder to lean on. Does not mix well with anesthesia, or women apparently. Not afraid to pretend to be black if blind people think he's black.

Mental stability: Solid as a rock. No problems here.

TV.com says: Steven's surprisingly rich for a boss character because he's not treated like a boss character. There's room in the upper half for a good guy, right? Plus, we love Cho.




MR. K
Actor:
Brett Gelman

Why he's in therapy: This is the greatest mystery in the universe. Will it ever be solved!?!?!

His deal: Origins unknown. His people sent him to Earth to learn about human emotions and packed him a space suitcase full of sweaters.

Mental stability: Despite what you might think, this guy is actually not in bad shape. He's just weeeeeeeeeeeeeeeird. He might cuddle you to death. But if you're gonna go, having the life squeezed out of you by old beardy face isn't the worst.

TV.com says: Mr. K for president!




OWEN
Actor:
Tyler James Williams

Why he's in therapy: His brother is in a coma!

His deal: Owen is the most closed-off member of the group, a classic case of building walls after a trauma to keep people out. He's been transformed by his grief, and when flashes of old Owen (Old-wen?) shine through, he lights up the room.

Mental stability: Medium, but of all the people in the group, he might be the one who's most in danger of going down that slippery slope of crippling depression and hermit-itis.

TV.com says: He's the one I'm rooting for, as there's clearly a great young man here who lost a lot more than a brother in the accident.




SONIA
Actor:
Sarah Baker

Why she's in therapy: Her cat died! She really liked her cat.

Her deal: Sonia's a sad, sad case, but her enthusiasm and desire to be loved make her irresistible. She fills her empty void with cats, and I can relate to that.

Mental stability: She's a crazy cat lady, sure, but that isn't so bad compared to her fellow grievers.

TV.com says: She's a shlubby man in a woman's body and so pathetic that her efforts to be cool are hilarious. Maybe it's the cats, maybe it's the cluelessness, but I want to see Sonia somewhere near the top.




FAUSTA
Actor:
Tonita Castro

Why she's in therapy: I'm still working on my Spanish, but I think her husband, brother, and maybe more family members and maybe even her house slippers are dead.

Her deal: As far as I can tell, she might think she's in an English class and not grief therapy. She's still a... what's the Spanish word for "enigma"?

Mental stability: Rock solid. She does everything with a smile on her face and plenty gusto. She might be there just for friends.

TV.com says: She seems like a cool chick to hang out with and have cook for us, but is she anything more than the foreign weirdo? Not yet. Until she gets some real story, she shouldn't be ranked ahead of many others.




DANNY
Actor:
Seth Morris

Why he's in therapy: His wife is sleeping with another man. In his house. While he still lives there.

His deal: For several episodes, Danny was just the guy in the back who smiles a lot. But in "Big League Chew," we found out he lives in Denial City. Seriously, the guy created a whole town in his mind, and he vacations there instead of confronting his problems.

Mental stability: Arguably the weakest member of the group. If someone's climb to the top of a watchtower with a sniper rifle, it's lovable old Danny! And he'll scope you with a smile on his face while humming some of his favorite barbershop quartet doo-wops.

TV.com says: Learning about his troubles helped us understand him a bit more, but it didn't really put us at ease. We say mid-to-low ranking.




THAT GUY WHO WAS IN THE FIRST EPISODE AND THEN DISAPPEARED
Actor:
Khary Payton

Why he's in therapy: Probably because he just lost his job on this show?

His deal: I don't really know. He was in the pilot, and then next thing you know he just disappeared.

Mental stability: Well, I guess he doesn't need therapy anymore, so he must be on the road to recovery. Congratulations, guy!

TV.com says: Right smack dab in last place. No one on Go On is annoying enough to be ranked after this disappearing act.


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I love Brett Gelman & Seth Morris so it's a tough call. In this particular show though I'm gonna have to go with Mr. K. I really like Owen a lot too.
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if the show was without a "Mr K " it wouldnt be fun



he is the weirdest of them all !
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I think Fausta said something like "se los llevaron a todos" (they were all taken away) when she was talking about her family in one of the first episodes, so I just assumed that they were deported.



I love Mr. K and Anne, especially after last week episode when they talked about how awesome Cyd Charisse was and then they reenacted the dance routine from Singing in the Rain.



Also, "what's the Spanish word for enigma?", LOL!



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I think Mr. K's issues are related to losing his (most likely pregnant) wife, because in one episode's montage we saw him attending what looked like a Lamaze class.
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Reading your comment made me realize I didn't put two and two together like that. When they showed him in the Lamaze class, I just assumed it was because he was crazy and as he once said, he "likes to watch." It certainly could have been alluding to him having possibly lost a pregnant wife. Hmmm...
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This is so hard. This is one of the few shows out there where all the characters relatively solid. I love them all but am partial to Mr. K because he is just weird. I have 3 cats so Sonia makes me crack up. Owen and George also probably make me laugh the most.
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I like almost all the characters on this show but my favs are:



1. Ryan. Duh.

2. Owen, George, Anne. They're good people whom I want to know in real life.
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Everything Mr.K says or does makes me laugh.
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carrie and mr.k, they are both hilarious
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This show is great because all characters are memorable. But lets not forget that the group therapy is to cope with grief, so they don't have to be mentally unstable to be there (although some of them are).

I speak Spanish so I understand Fausta. I think her deal is that her family was deported so she's been alone since then; also (and this is what she said during the competition in episode 1) her family worked really hard to build a house but then a flood came and her father and brother died.
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To rank them all:

1. Anne

2. Sonia

3. Steven

4. Owen

5. George

6. Ryan

7. Mr. K

8. Fausta

9. Yolanda

10. Danny

11. Lauren

12. Carrie

13. The guy who was in the first episode then disappeared

All of the top 8, especially the top 2, are really awesome!!! I don't really like Lauren or Carrie, though they do beat a person who was in just one episode!
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I like Anne!
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the spanish word for enigma is enigma

is even pronounced the same way

just fyi
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Not too crazy about Danny and Mr. K but I really like everyone else. My favorites are Anne, Ryan and Owen.
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ANNNNNNNN! Obvi.
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Mr. K is Go On's Creed. Love him.
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Not a huge fan of characters being creepy and weird without a purpose or explained motivation...so several of them bug me and I like the work group better than the "hey dysfunctional is supposed to be funny all on its own" therapy group. But I like Ryan and Anne and Steve and Owen and Carrie. Mr. K is awful.
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It's a good thing when I want to vote for like 5 people. I like Anne the most. And I honestly don't remember that guy in the Pilot. Maybe I should rewatch it.
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don't remember him either.
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I ADORE this show

It's like my Community-relief

My favourite characters are Ryan, Owen, Mr K, Anne and George. My absolute favourite is definitely Mr K. His crazy is awesome. I have a feeling it's going to be heartbreaking when we find out about his loss.
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Crazy cat lady! I think I love her so much because that's me in about five/ten years. But honestly, I agree with DavidJackson8, I don't dislike any of them.
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I LOVE this show!!

-Ryan because it's Matthew Perry and he's Awesome!

-Owen I'm a sucker for relationships and I love the brotherly bond he has with Ryan, I also like the fact that he's pretty sane and normal considering the other weirdos and I dig quiet characters who still have presence. Gee I wonder why.

-Steven he's a cool dude.

-Mr K.

-George

-Carrie

-Fausta

-Anne

-Danny

- sonia

-Lauren

-Yolanda

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One of the best things I can say for Go On so far is that I don't dislike ANY of the characters, which is such a rare feat. for a show with so many secondary characters, especially considering a significant number of them are crazy people (it's so easy to turn crazy into annoying, which many other shows fall prey to).

So far, I think my favorite of the secondary characters may be Sonia. I never thought I'd say these words, but I love that crazy cat lady.

If I had to rank them all, I'd say:

1. Sonia

2. Anne

3. Mr. K

4. Ryan

5. Steven

6. Carrie

7. Owen

8. Fausta

9. George

10. Lauren

11. Danny

12. Yolanda

George would be higher on my list if he didn't disappear from the cast every other episode. I guess if needed, they could attribute it to his age -- I don't expect a blind old guy with a bad hip and a bad everything to make every therapy session or go to Ryan's house at 1:23 in the morning or to go on a birthday scavenger hunt.
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totally agree... all the characters are great!
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My favourite is Owen. I love it when he suddenly chips in and reminds you he's there. Sanest of the bunch and his story turns me into a sniffly cough-to-hide-the-tear guy.
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Yolanda is in therapy because she was left at the alter by her fiance. We find this out in Season 1 episode 8.
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But we're only on episode sevennnnnnnnnn!!!
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Sonia makes me laugh so much. There but for the grace of God...
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Fausta's one liners are the best

"those masters make you study for them"

she cracks me up :D
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