As anyone visiting this site knows so well, television is an ingrained part of most people’s lives. Increasingly, that seems to also hold true for the people who exist on television. Community makes no secret of Abed’s devotion to Cougar Town. On Girls, Shoshanna effused about Sex and the City and the game show Baggage. Everyone from Parks and Recreation’s Leslie and Ben to The Big Bang Theory’s Leonard and Sheldon has tipped their hat to Game of Thrones.
Characters’ viewing habits often reveal something crucial to who they are. That’s why my crack research staff (i.e., me) has compiled (i.e., made up) this list of some of your favorite TV characters’ favorite TV programs. If you’ve got inside information on a character I’ve missed, please share it in the comments.
Emily Thorne (Revenge)
How does a hardworking gal unwind after a long day of revenging? With a few episodes of Veronica Mars on DVD, of course. Even during couch potato time, Emily can’t shake her zeal for nefarious rich people taken down a peg or twelve by a woman with superior wits.
Jesse Pinkman (Breaking Bad)
A man with new-found enthusiasm for the wonders of science can hardly resist the appeal of Mythbusters. Sometimes it’s nice to appreciate the physics of an elaborate, kind-of-bonkers plan without worrying about whether it will threaten and/or save his life.
Twilight Sparkle (My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic)
Ever since Netflix Instant became available in Equestria, the ponies have been enchanted by Freaks and Geeks. Yes, she’s more Geek than Freak, but the bookish Twilight also relates powerfully to Mathlete Lindsay Weir’s trials and tribulations discovering her own (somewhat askew) Elements of Friendship. Rainbow Dash is SUCH a Kim Kelly.
Damon Salvatore (The Vampire Diaries)
Damon never used to be much for the boob tube, but after the heart-rending death of his trusty partner Alaric Saltzman he’s been marathoning the BBC’s Sherlock and USA buddy dramedies like Suits and White Collar pretty hard, not to mention going through like three quarts of ice cream a day.
Kalinda Sharma (The Good Wife)
When she’s in the mood for a cathartic hate-watch, Kalinda fires up one of the many syndicated repeats of Criminal Minds. Prurient dirtbags whose asses she can envision kicking, bland cops she can yell at for running their investigations incorrectly—it covers all the bases for a satisfying snarkfest.
Schmidt (New Girl)
For an unapologetic douchebag like Schmidt, Archer qualifies as aspirational viewing. The animated comedy's titular star—a highly skilled, nattily tailored, and sexually voracious secret agent—proves that it’s possible to live high on the hog even if everyone you meet thinks you’re a majorly punchable tool.
Which TV characters do you think watch the most TV, and what do you think they're watching? List as many show/character pairings as you can think of in the comments!