Which TV Character Had the All-Time Best Introductory Scene?
Today, I’m asking you what TV character do you think had the all-time best introductory scene.
Pop Culture Theme Time is a feature where I put a question to you to see what you think about a particular theme. I might later revisit the theme for a future Drawing Crazy Patterns or Top Five.
A while back, I asked you to tell me what was the best introductory scene for a NEW character on to an established TV series, now I’m opening things up further and just saying “best introductory scene for a TV character period,” although I’d prefer we choose actual regular character (just in case a one-off character had a particularly good introduction).
This is obviously a tough category, but I’m going with Walter White on Breaking Bad. I mean, the sight of this dude driving an RV in a gas mask and his tighty-whiteys, crashing the RV, climbing out of the RV, recording a message to his family, then putting a shirt on and walking on to the road brandishing a gun, waiting for the police to arrive to arrest him? SO STRIKING!
Okay, that’s my pick. How about you?
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8 thoughts on “Which TV Character Had the All-Time Best Introductory Scene?”
I was trying to find Joel Fleischman’s or Chris’ first scenes on Northern Exposure because I feel like those might have been great (I can’t remember 30 years ago TV exactly) and couldn’t find them. I did find this great breaking the fourth wall scene on YouTube though! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AoZHUDZN-pI
Al’s first scene from Quantum Leap is…not a winner.
I’m Larry, this is my brother Daryl and this is my other brother Daryl.
Nice one Chuck.
Brian I was actually wondering about Newhart the other day – how it was a a dream. Has that ever been done in any other series finales?
st Elaewhere implied the entire show was a Fantasy by Westphal’s autistic son.
I’d vote for Woody from Cheers. From the very first scene, Woody slid into the cast of a established show as if he belonged the whole time.
President Bartlett’s entrance 45 minutes into the first episode of The West Wing, quoting the First Commandment “I am the Lord….” — which is either pious, sacrilegious, or both, considering the circumstances, and solving the conflict as a Deus ex machina.
Faith on Buffy.