Every once in a while, a television show comes along with a male character that I become so attached to, his fate becomes almost as important to my well being as my own and my friends/family members. I’m typically very attracted to these characters and want them as my own husband, boyfriend, lover etc, but because I know it’s not possible (they’re not real people and probably wouldn’t give me a second glance if they were), I pull for them to couple up with a female character on the show with whom I feel they have a connection. I thought it would be fun to list some my favorites here.
I wonder if you’ll share my adoration for these characters. I hope not, and do you want to know why? Because they’re mine. MINE!!!
Without further ado:
Gunnar Scott – Nashville.
I love him for so many reasons. For one thing, he’s sexy as all get out with an amazing smile. I love his tall, lean build. But I mostly love that he’s sweet, romantic, and not Mr. Smooth with the ladies. I’m attracted to creative types and Gunnar is a song writer and performer. The only female character he’s allowed to love is Scarlett, and I’ve become angered when the writers have him temporarily bumping uglies with someone else. When I thought the show was going off of the air, my only consolation was that Gunnar and Scarlett kissed and made up in the middle of a concert during the series finale. I’m sure they’ll be torn apart in the new season, but true love will win out in the end.
Jim Harper – The Newsroom
Jim is the epitome of dorky-cute. He has a quick wit and is brilliant at his job. He has strong principles and is stubborn. Like Gunnar, he’s not a player and doesn’t seem to be aware of his sex appeal. Also like Gunnar, his career as a news producer is creative. Since Jim was not available to date me, I pulled for him and Maggie to be together and was stressed out when he was dating Lisa and Hallie.
Peter Quinn – Homeland
I fell in love with Peter Quinn the first time he made an appearance on Homeland during season two. This was well before he became a main character and when I had no idea how long his character would stick around. He was mysterious and brave and hot as hell. (Those lips!) And his growing love for Carrie only made him more attractive to me. Once Brody was killed off, I waited and waited for a Carrie and Quinn pairing until the end of season 4 when it seemed like it might happen. And then it didn’t. And now…well now I don’t even know if Peter Quinn is alive. Last I saw him, he was in a hospital bed with Carrie about to pull the plug. I can’t even.
James “Sawyer” Ford – Lost
When I watched my first episode of Lost in 2011, I thought I was going to be team Jack (played by Matthew Fox). I was a big fan of Party of Five and excited to see Matthew Fox starring in another show. (Apparently not anxious enough to watch the series first run, but better late than never, right?) It became quickly clear that my loins quivered for Jack’s nemesis: Sawyer. Sawyer was your typical bad boy: tragic childhood, trust issues, rough exterior with a huge heart. Sawyer won me over with his famous nicknames for the other castaways, like Freckles and Doc . And let’s not forget those dimples! Even though I was team Sawyer, I still wanted a Jack/Kate pairing as opposed to Sawyer/Kate. I’m not sure why, but the writers agreed with me, although not before letting Sawyer and Kate give into their attraction first. When I was deep into my binge-watching, my late best friend Alan would tease my crush on Sawyer asking if I’d agree to a three-way with Kate and Sawyer if it were the only way I’d get Sawyer in bed. I’ll never tell 😉
Cary Agos –The Good Wife
Despite being Team Logan on Gilmore Girls, I didn’t have a crush on Logan. It’s not the actor himself to whom I’m attracted in this case at all. But Cary Agos had something, at least in the first few seasons when his moral compass was questionable. When he smiled, there was a little bit of the devil in the curl of his lips. When his eyes twinkled, he also had a bad boy vibe. I never knew what he was up to and of how much he was capable and I liked it. I thought his chemistry with Kalinda was off-the-hook and waited impatiently for them to finally surrender to their attraction. It ended up being an anti-climactic pairing, but the tension kept me excited.
And there you have them. I’ve been physically attracted to many other male characters on television shows past and present, but the five men above really did a number on me. What about you? Agree? Disagree? Who are your favorites?