19 Inspiring TV Characters We Admire

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We all want to see our favorite characters succeed, grow, and use their determination to get everything they want. And we root for them to do so, but what about ourselves?

We watch TV to lose ourselves in the characters, the stories, or the setting, yet we often don't pull from our favorite characters to make us better people, or at the very least, better friends/loved onces.

The characters listed below are inspiring and we admire them quite so, but they should also be looked at for their flaws, their development, and how they are with their friends and families.

We can learn a lot from TV, so why not use this chance to learn a little about these characters?

1. Jack Pearson - This Is Us

Jack Pearson - This Is Us
Jack’s battle with alcoholism on This Is Us Season 2 has been heartbreaking to watch, but it’s refreshing to see he’s as committed as ever to making his relationship with Rebecca work and being the best father he can be. He shows that—no matter what you’re dealing with—you can get through it and be the best person you can be.

2. Jacqueline Carlyle - The Bold Type

Jacqueline Carlyle - The Bold Type
After we found out on The Bold Type Season 1 Episode 10, Jacqueline Carlyle is a survivor of sexual assault and she’s the perfect example to those dealing with something similar to look up to. Even after what she went through, Jacqueline became the Editor-in-Chief of Scarlet Magazine and is the baddest bitch in the business.

3. Annalise Keating - How to Get Away with Murder

Annalise Keating - How to Get Away with Murder
Don’t admire her ability to get involved with murders, but Annalise hitting rock bottom with her alcoholism in the last season has become Annalise taking control of her life, even with all of the messes she’s involved in, and ending her terrible habit of using alcohol as a coping mechanism. She’s taking the high road and trying to get her life back together.

4. Leslie Knope - Parks and Recreation

Leslie Knope - Parks and Recreation
Parks and Rec may have ended years ago, but Leslie Know is someone we can always aspire to be. Her optimism, all-around conquering attitude toward the harder things in life, and her relationship with her friends are all aspects of her life we can admire and aspire to achieve. As she would say, “We need to remember what's important in life: friends, waffles, and work. Or waffles, friends, work. Doesn't matter, but work is third.”

5. Barry Allen - The Flash

Barry Allen - The Flash
Barry may be a hero with superpowers now, but he was someone every should aspire to be long before. He lost his mother and father so young, yet he stayed kind, respectful, and treated others the best way he knew how. Was he perfect? No. (Is he now, though? Nope.) But Barry tries his best to always be there for everyone, even now when he’s being accused of a murder he didn’t commit.

6. Elizabeth McCord - Madam Secretary

Elizabeth McCord - Madam Secretary
Elizabeth is a hero. She’s always fighting for the good of all people. Using her diplomatic position, she searches for every position option to handle a situation and goes for the one she believes is best for the people. What is Dalton’s presidency without Elizabeth McCord? Worthless.

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