Last night I was watching TV (which is not something I get a chance to do very often) and I noticed once again, as I'm sure many of you have noticed many times before, that most male characters on television are just plain unmanly. So I was wondering, do you think there are any manly television characters on the air these days, and, if so, who do you think is the manliest?

Off the top of my head, I can think of a few manly television characters: Leroy Jethro Gibbs and Tony DiNozzo from NCIS, Michael Weston and his buddy Sam Axe from Burn Notice, but my vote for the manliest character on television these days may surprise you....

It's Patrick Jane from the Mentalist. I find him to be the manliest mostly because he uses his street smarts and practical intelligence to get to the truth; he gathers facts through keen observation, and "reads" people's faces and body language to discover their true motive. Even though I know that there are plenty of other characters currently on television who do the pretty much the same thing, I like the approach with Patrick Jane, because there is something particularly manly about the way he goes the about what he does with a calm confidence and self-assuredness that doesn't exist in the character's of other shows.

What do you think?

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"Come a day there won't be room for naughty men like us to slip about at all. This job goes south, there well may not be another. So here is us, on the raggedy edge. Don't push me, and I won't push you."

Shiney selection!  If firefly were still on, and it is a crime it isn't, I'd gone with Mal too.

Dr. Sheldon Cooper, played by Jim Parsons.

 

Self controlled, self actualized, brilliant and witty.  He's a bit of an oddball, but eccentricity is a manly trait, too.  Rational, logical, insightful, and fiercely loyal to those few who he considers to be true friends.

 

One of my favorite characters on TV.

But he's very selfish and lacks humility and humbleness.

House is kind of a badass, in a Sherlock Holmes kinda way.  Drug addicted off-and-on.  A bit unhinged.  But, insightful, clever, and willing to do what it takes to get the job done.

 

The entire male cast of 'The Unit'.  It ain't difficult to be manly when you're playing a career commando.

 

Marshal Raylan Givens (Timothy Olyphant) from 'Justified'.  Sheriff Rick Grimes from 'The Walking Dead'.  Michael Westen from 'Burn Notice'.

 

JB

I actually haven't watched much of last season or this one.  I know a little here and there, though.


JB

beat me to Givens.  hard to beat him.  not sure i agree with westen, though i love the show.  maybe sam.
Walking Dead  -what a show!

Tom Selleck's Frank Reagan, of Blue Bloods.  Reminds me of one of the best Men I ever knew, my grandfather.  And my Dad.

Jim Caviezel as John Reese; a former CIA agent, presumed dead on CBS' series Person of Interest.
yes!  "person of interest" may be mine and The Redhead's favorite new show.  the most recent episode showed  Reese at his most manly sofar.  he's a good man being a bad man so the good men can be good men.  very much like.
I don't watch TV because there is none.

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