Best Of The Furry & Fuzzy: Top Supporting Animal Characters On TV
February 14th, 2008 12:00pm EST
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Spot - "Star Trek: The Next Generation"
Data's (Brent Spiner) orange shorthair was pampered and finicky but also a lovable companion to the android who dreamed of becoming human. Spot was tough and independent, much like any self-respecting cat. She had her feisty side, but she also cared a great deal for Data. And the fact that he had replicated 221 different formulas of cat food for her was only part of the reason why.
All of that is well and good, but the most fascinating aspect of Spot is her genetic makeup. In the episode "Genesis," every living thing on the Enterprise de-evolved into a more primitive genetic ancestor. Worf (Michael Dorn) became a Klingon-Beast, Riker (Jonathan Frakes) became a caveman and Spot regressed and became...an iguana! Apparently, somewhere in the past one of Spot's feline ancestors mated with an iguana (or some other such lizard) and begat Spot's crazy half cat/half lizard bloodline. Pretty neat.
Comet - "The Adventures of Brisco County Jr."
Comet is probably the closest on this list to being ineligible. We didn't want to include any leading characters, and Comet truly was one of the stars of this fondly remembered sci-fi western. Despite being billed in the opening credits, we decided to be flexible and allow Comet her rightful place on this list for a couple of reasons. First of all, although Comet is a major character, she technically is still the sidekick to Bruce Campbell's Brisco. More importantly, she is just too awesome to ignore.
Eddie - "Frasier"
Eddie may have been the bane of Frasier Crane's (Kelsey Grammer) existence, but he was an absolute delight on screen. Played by the talented father/son team of Moose and Enzo, this spunky little Jack Russell was always captivating whenever he appeared on screen. Whether he was staring at Frasier, stealing a breakfast pastry or bolting out of the room at the threat of being neutered, he always provided quality entertainment. And Frasier, for all of your complaining, it could have been much worse. Imagine if your dad had brought home a Chihuahua instead...
Buck - "Married With Children"
Buck distinguishes himself from other TV animals by actually telling the viewers what he thinks as opposed to just showing it. He doesn't actually talk like that freak of nature Mr. Ed, but he does allow us to delve deeper into the psyche of the only pleasant member of the Bundy household. His sarcastic thoughts were often times one of the funniest aspects of the show. And honestly, it seems a good bet that most pets actually are thinking the same things as good old Bucky Boy.
Marcel - "Friends"
This one is probably one of the more controversial choices on the list because a lot of people didn't really care for Marcel. Why is that? How could someone not love the simian with a 'tude? He was the perfect companion for Ross (David Schwimmer), even if he did have a somewhat limited taste in music. Too bad Katie the "actor" had to be so difficult on set or maybe Marcel would have stuck around a little longer. He could have been friends with the chick and the duck. Now that would have been a successful spin-off!
Oscar - Curb Your Enthusiasm
Last (but certainly not least) we have Oscar. Oscar makes the list because of his ongoing feud with Larry (Larry David). Now you might say, "What is so special about that? There are dozens of people on the show who have an ongoing feud with Larry." That may be true. There is nothing very unique about having it out with Larry, because who hasn't? Larry's even gotten into a few physical scuffles...but Oscar went a step further and took a bite out of him. Where it really hurts.
Agree with the choices? What are some of your favorites that were left off? Give them a shout out by commenting below!
Story by Derek Krebs
Starpulse contributing writer
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