In honor of Administrative Professional's Day, we've rounded up TV's top secretaries, receptionists, and personal assistants. Here are our 15 filing, faxing, and phone-answering favorites:
14. Kitty (Judy Greer) on Arrested DevelopmentGeorge Bluth's "assistant" had a hard time keeping some things straight (not to mention covered up)—but whether she was competent or not, she was impossible to fire.
13. Cheryl/Carol/Cristal/Carina (Judy Greer) on ArcherISIS's kinkiest office assistant is a woman of many names and, er, talents. (P.S. What's up with Judy Greer's proclivity for playing hilarious nympho assistants?)
12. Bubble (Jane Horrocks) on Absolutely FabulousBubble was so eccentric that she made even her self-absorbed employer Eddy seem normal. The perky space cadet was simultaneously the most enlightened and most idiotic character on the show.
11. Laura (Laura Silverman), Dr. KatzThe dismissive and grumpy receptionist at Dr. Katz' office was totally crush-worthy, even in Squigglevision. Plus, she had enough moxie to let David Duchovny hang out in the office broom closet.
10. Dawn Tinsley on The (British) OfficeDawn, the quiet and very lovely receptionist at the Wernham Hogg Slough office, was always able to appease the boss while ignoring his painfully awkward kerfuffles
9. Carol Kester (Marcia Wallace) on The Bob Newhart ShowThose outfits! That curly red hair! Those practical jokes! Let's face it, Carol was kind of the ultimate receptionist for a psychologist's office. Fun fact: The relationship between Carol and Bob was revived on Murphy Brown, when Carol became one of Murphy's assistants and Bob tried to win her back to work for him again.
8. Mrs. Wiggins, (Carol Burnett) on The Carol Burnett ShowBetween Mr. Tudbull's messed up 'do and funny talk and her teased hair, gum-chewing, waddling, and general dimwitted-ness, Mr. Tudball and Mrs. Wiggins (pronounced Missez Huwigginz) were meant for each other.
7. Jennifer Marlowe (Loni Anderson) on WKRP in CincinnatiMs. Marlowe, the doe-eyed, bombshell receptionist at WKRP headquarters, directed calls, deflected oglers, and managed to charm even the grumpiest of head honchos with assured grace. Plus, she was one of the few ladies who could actually get away with wearing a sweater dress.
6. Waylon Smithers, Jr. on The SimpsonsDespite his father's dying of radiation poisoning while working for Mr. Burns at the Springfield Nuclear Power Plant, Smithers became a hopelessly devoted assistant to the most powerful man in all of Springfield.
5. Jonathan (Maulik Pancholy), 30 RockFew assistants are more loyal to (or in love with) their bosses than Jonathan, who would likely jump at the chance to sacrifice himself (or at the very least, his virginity) for Jack Donaghy.
4. Marc St. James (Michael Urie) and Amanda Sommers (Becki Newton) on Ugly BettyIt's hard to say which one of these officemates is more memorable, so fourth place goes to the fantastic assistant/receptionist duo that is Marc and Amanda. They're so endearingly catty!
3. Beth (Vicki Lewis) on NewsradioAn invaluable addition to the WNYX team, Beth managed to get away with wearing bare-midriff tops and convincing her colleagues that Donald's hat from Fat Albert could be stylish again. Fun facts: Vicki Lewis also played assistant No. 69 on Murphy Brown and appeared as a secretary to George on Seinfeld.
2. The Rotating Cast of Assistants on Murphy BrownMurphy's revolving-door roster of incompetent assistants was pretty epic; Paul Reubens, Bette Midler, J.F.K., Jr., Rosie O'Donnell, and even Don Rickles all served stints in her office. (Eventually, Murphy's former secretaries formed a support group to help them cope with the trauma of working for such a hard-ass.) The running gag even pervaded other TV shows—like when Seinfeld's Kramer got a job as one of her assistants.
1. Joan Holloway (Christina Hendricks) on Mad MenJoan really doesn't need any introduction; she is stunning, feisty, subtle, smart, capable, and knows exactly what to do when a man's foot is run over by a lawnmower.
Which TV admin do you wish worked in your office?