You & Your Wonderful TV Boyfriend

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Imagine this: A gorgeous, smart and witty man shows up in your living room, or perhaps even your bedroom, once a day or several times a week.

He doesn't leave dirty dishes in the sink or wet towels on the bathroom floor. He never looks anything other than incredible every time you see him. And unlike some of the guys you know in real life" he never makes wisecracks about your mom, your shoes or your weight.

Patrick Dempsey: Your TV Boyfriend
Thing is, he doesn't know you're alive.

He's your TV Boyfriend.

The Chicago Sun-Times recently asked its readers to tell us which guys on the small screen make them swoon -- and inspire them to move heaven and earth just to catch them on TV. We probably don't have to tell you who was high atop the list.

It's no surprise that TV doctors were big favorites, with both Mekhi Phifer and Goran Visnjic of ER, and Patrick Dempsey and Eric Dane (a.k.a. McDreamy and McSteamy) from Grey's Anatomy leaving their mark on viewers.

Perhaps because they took votes away from each other, none of those TV docs claimed the top spot. Thorsten Kaye, the dark-haired cutie who plays rich casino owner Zach Slater on All My Children, was the top vote getter.

Readers also flip for Comedy Central's Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert, 24's Kiefer Sutherland and CSI's Carmine Giovinazzo.

When inviting readers to choose their dream TV boyfriends, the Sun-Times didn't ask women whether they were single, married or otherwise involved.

This is pure fantasy, ladies.

"Part of what people like about TV and entertainment is it takes them out of their lives [so they can] be in another world for a while," says Sarah D. Bunting, who co-wrote Television Without Pity: 752 Things We Love to Hate (and Hate to Love) About TV.

"Being in a world where you work with Patrick Dempsey [of Grey's Anatomy] is not a bad state of affairs for a lot of people. A woman's TV boyfriend might be a bad boy who she wouldn't be into in real life. There's an escapism element to it."

Many women pick their TV boyfriends based on actual boyfriend attributes, such as being smart and having a sense of humor.

But, Bunting says, "some people just do want to gaze upon this man for 47 minutes. It's like watching a bad sitcom, but not asking too many questions.

Steve Marsi is the Managing Editor of TV Fanatic. Follow him on Google+ or email him here.


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You guys are great. Where do you find all of this information that involves Grey's? Wish I had seen this in the SunTimes and have taken time to respond. How fun to think about our tvboyfriends. Particularly when the tvboyfriend is a fictional character and not even a real human being. I completely rearrange my schedule, turn down opportunities to do other things, and absolutely refuse to work late on Thursday nights to have some time to be with Dr. Burke. But it isn't really a true tvboyfriend, because I love seeing him with Dr. Yang. It is kind of like living vicariously though Cristina for an hour. So, not only do I have a tvboyfriend, but I also have a tvalter ego. Although I have been very lucky in my life in relationships, I have to say Dr. Burke is an ideal and not based on anyone I know in reality. I have never met anyone in real life that is that same balance of strength and vulnerability, confidence and self doubt, integrity and caring all rolled into one. Shonda did a wonderful job of creating my ideal guy and Isaiah does a wonderful job of giving him substance and bringing him to life, if only for an hour on my television on Thursday (and now Friday) night.


Grey's Anatomy Quotes

[narrating] "At some point, you have to make a decision. Boundaries don't keep other people out, they fence you in. Life is messy, that's how we're made. So you can waste your life drawing lines or you can live your life crossing them. But there are some lines that are way too dangerous to cross. Here's what I know. If you're willing to throw caution to the wind and take a chance, the view from the other side... is spectacular."


[narrating] The human life is made up of choices. Yes or no. In or out. Up or down. And then there are the choices that matter. Love or hate. To be a hero or to be a coward. To fight or to give in. To live. Or die. Live or die. That's the important choice. And it's not always in our hands.