Braugher won a lead drama Emmy for “Homicide” and he’s back playing a cop, but this time his deadpan delivery is used to mine big laughs.
No employee is more loyal or sycophantic than Hale’s aide to the VP Gary Walsh; the role scored him a deserved Emmy win last year.
“The Big Bang Theory”
Howard Wolowitz began the show as a self-imagined ladies’ man, but has become a loving husband and wonderful partner to Bernadette (Melissa Rauch), with whom Helberg shares fantastic chemistry.
Driver has grown from Hannah’s strange, unemployed hookup in season one to the now loving boyfriend and responsible actor who lands a part on Broadway.
“The New Girl”
In lesser hands, Schmidt could be a one-note ladies’ man, but Greenfield shows us the insecurity and humanity behind the (very funny) bravado.
As a father, lawyer and partner to Eric Stonestreet’s Cam, Ferguson is both hilarious and heartwarming in his role as Mitchell Pritchett.
Whether he’s trying to sell a house, nail a magic trick or bond with his kids, Emmy winner Burrell brings a refreshingly relatable vibe to his interpretation of “cool dad” Phil Dunphy.
He may play a grandfather, but O’Neill shows no signs of slowing down as the commanding yet endearing head of an exceptional ensemble cast.
“House of Lies”
The hilarious Schwartz pulls double-duty, getting laughs as Jean-Ralphio on “Parks and Recreation” and portraying spin doctor Clyde Oberholt on the Showtime show.
Playing the lovable, passionate Cam is a natural fit for the versatile Stonestreet, who garners laughs from his physical comedy while delivering the show’s witty dialogue.
As the stalwart husband and doting dad, Whitford makes it easy to see why women like Malin Akerman, Marcia Gay Harden and Michaela Watkins would fall for him.
“Parks and Recreation”
It’s hard to believe Emmy has managed to overlook Offerman’s one-of-a-kind portrait of bacon-loving new dad Ron Swanson.