I would go further and say that, as well as they (and throw the Barone family in here too) play off of each other, if taken individually there are only 2 - 4 total among the four shows that I would even seriously consider for this list.It's unfair that Seinfeld, Friends, and Will & Grace get their casts lumped together. Individually, those characters wouldn't fair as well as they do, and at least one from each may have been off the list entirely.
Maybe it's just a quirk of my exact age (at home in high school for the first couple seasons of "Soap"; at college without a TV for the first few prime seasons of "Benson"), but I *still* always think of Benson more as a character in "Soap" than as a central lead of his own series.Benson (Benson)
And my personal favorite somewhat-obscure person to make it on the list who TOTALLY deserves it:
Doctor JOHNNY FEVER!
... covered a BROAD RANGE of characters which IMO such a list should do.
You know whats odd, is that they grouped so many of those casts together...but Cheers of all shows they kept seperate. They listed Sam and Diane together, but had Carla, and Fraiser (Im sure because he also had his own show) seperately. So they had 4 Cheers members, but should have just listed the cast. That show is legend though...
Ironically, I think Seinfeld himself doesnt belong on there, but Kramer for SURE, and probably George as well.
isn't really a character as much as he is an exaggerated version of the actor as a real person, and Elaine is really more of a female balance for the group. Kramer & George are neurotic enough to be unique on their own.
I don't like Will & Grace, so it's hard for me to be objective, but I'm guessing only Karen, and maybe Jack, could stand up on their own. From Friends, only Chandler because of his wit. Arguably, you could go for Joey & Phoebe because their quirks & challenged intellects are just extreme enough to make them unique. The other three are just filler in comparison.
By any chance are there any soap-opera characters on it?