21 TV Characters to Celebrate on Administrative Professionals Day

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The Office's Pam Beesly once said, "I don't think it's many little girls' dream to be a receptionist."

I don't know if that's necessarily true. Once upon a time, it was kind of exciting to imagine working in an office in an administrative capacity, but the job has never gotten the respect it deserves.

To that end, those who occupy the available positions have become stronger, sassier and more efficient. In many cases, their bosses – if not the company they work for – would fall apart without their presence. Think Della Street on Perry Mason and Donna Paulsen on Suits.

For every fabulous, go-to wonder there's a snarky lazy-bones like Karen from Will & Grace or Cheryl on Archer. Find out who else makes the cut and give a shout out to some of the most memorable administrative employees in television history.

There are some fun similarities running through throughout the characters. Not only are there a lot of sexy, sassy and capable types, but red hair is a common theme.

Judy Greer happens to play two of the characters in our slideshow and David Spade has the honor of playing both an executive assistant and the boss of one of the other assistants on the list!

When you flip around, do you find anything else that stands out? Did we miss any of the admins throughout history that stand out in your memory? Let us know. No matter your profession, work hard and play harder.

Carissa Pavlica is the managing editor and a staff writer and critic for TV Fanatic. She's a member of the Critic's Choice Association, enjoys mentoring writers, conversing with cats, and passionately discussing the nuances of television and film with anyone who will listen. Follow her on Twitter and email her here at TV Fanatic.

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