Some of Our Favorite Animal Stars of Network TV
Published on May 29, 2012
As we bid good-bye to the current TV season, we thought we'd take a moment to recognize a few of our favorite characters — which, naturally, are the ones who walk on four legs. (Well, OK, one has only 3 legs.)
Here are a several talented (and furry) actors that make us anxious for next season to get here!
Modern Family, Glee, The Voice -- these shows and more feature much-loved co-stars of the animal kind. Who is your favorite furry character?
Fans (and Revenge characters) bid an emotional farewell to Sammy, the yellow Lab belonging to Jack Porter (Nick Wechsler). The dog originally belonged to the show's mistress of payback, Emily Thorne (Emily VanCamp) when she was still an innocent child, and while this show has seen much death and drama, saying goodbye to Sammy may have been the toughest blow so far. At least it was for us.
Yakult, Dallas Royce's little dog on Suburgatory, gets a lot of screen time on the show. She was once kidnapped by the high school principal Mr. Wolfe (Rex Lee pictured above) and in another episode, Yakult gave her hallucinating owner (played by Cheryl Hines) some straight talk about life.
It might have taken Stella, the French Bulldog on Modern Family, a while to wiggle into Gloria's (Sofia Vergara) heart, but she won audiences over immediately. This unbelievably cute canine actor is a cast — and fan — favorite now.
"NCIS: Los Angeles"
He might not play a big role in the West Coast NCIS series, but when Monty, a retired bomb-sniffing dog, makes an appearance, we pay attention. On the show Monty belongs to Marty Deeks (played by Eric Christian Olsen), and is said to suffer from PTSD, or, as one character calls it, "Puppy Traumatic Stress Syndrome." While Sam Hanna, LL Cool J's character didn't start off being a fan, even he's been won over by the charmingly scruffy mutt.
"Parks and Recreation"
Parks and Recreation includes many animals in its storylines. There is the 3-legged dog Champion owned by Andy Dwyer (played by Chris Pratt), beloved town miniature horse L’il Sebastian, and in one of the final episodes of the season, the closing of the local animal shelter sparks the not-very-successful adoption event shown in the photo above.
Lord Tubbington continues to be one of our favorite characters on the musically-minded show. Though we have to wonder, what's a cat gotta do to get a solo on that set? This feline has serious star power and Glee should take advantage of it.