10 TV scene stealers

15268__jaime_lThere’s a list of TV’s top scene-stealers, so let the quibbling begin!

We’ll agree that Jaime Pressley (pictured) fits the bill as Joy on My Name Is Earl. But we’re all kvetching about the inclusion of Lost‘s Naveen Andrews: Can you steal a scene when you’re a principal character — and chances are the scene is yours to begin with? (Of course, poor Sayid’s been so effectively sidelined this season, I can see where he’d start to seem like a supporting player.)

I might add Michael Imperioli from The Sopranos for the brilliantly idiotic insights he peppers into each ep. My recent favorite:

TONY: ”Says here if all of human history were represented by the Empire State Building, humanity’s time on earth would be a postage stamp at the top.”

CHRIS (brief pause as he considers this; then): ”I don’t feel that way.”

Genius. And now… nominate away!


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  • Ceballos

    Neil Flynn (Janitor) on “Scrubs”

  • jcoop

    millhouse

  • Jay

    If Jaime Pressley doesn’t get the Emmy this year for her work on My Name Is Earl this year, then Emmy voters officially don’t have a pulse.

  • Giorgio

    Melanie Lynskey as the wacky neighbor on “Two & A Half Men”

  • Giorgio

    Or Holland Taylor or Conchata Ferrell on the same show for that matter…

  • Jill

    On Veronica Mars, Sheriff Don Lamb (Michael Muhney) and Kendall Casablancas (Charisma Carpenter, who was my favorite scene stealer on Buffy!)

  • debs

    Wally Langham (Hodges) on CSI.

  • jessica

    duh…harriet sansom harris on desperate housewives is at the top of my list.

  • Kelly

    Neil Patrick Harris as Barney on “How I Met Your Mother.” Talk about Emmy voters not having a pulse if Doogie gets overlooked. The dude rocks.

  • nathan

    Margene (Ginnifer Goodwin) on Big Love, she’s cute and funny as hell.

  • Nate

    Most definitely Liza Weil on “Gilmore Girls” on Paris, even in this weak season currently airing, she’s definitely the highlight.

  • The James

    Everytime Edie shows up on Desparate Housewives, the scene or set up becomes so memorable. It (almost) makes me glad she’s ot in every episode, she’s a great surprise.

  • The James

    And I have to agree, everytime Jaime Pressley says, “ooh snap” on Earl, I almost pee my britches.

  • dave

    brian austin green in freddie. i may be the only person watching that show, but he’s hysterical. makes me almost forget all about those david silver days…

  • tom

    Rachel Bilson or Melinda Clarke on the OC. And now Autumn Reeser as Taylor Townsend.

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