Best Male Performance in a TV Show

The Top Ten

1 Jensen Ackles (Supernatural) Jensen Ackles (Supernatural) Jensen Ross Ackles is an American actor and director. He is mostly known for his role as Dean Winchester on the CW fantasy series Supernatural. He is also known for his roles in television as Eric Brady in Days of Our Lives, which earned him several Daytime Emmy Award nominations, as well as Alec/X5-494 more.

Jensen is simply the best and also he was always hot and talented

Do I even have to explain y I voted Jensen

he's talented, good looking and, funny and he really can pick some good roles to play... so he got it all. jensen ackles is great.

one word to describe jensen ackles "talented". I really hope one day jensen can find his way in the movies world. he's the best.

2 David Duchovny (The X-Files) David Duchovny (The X-Files) David William Duchovny is an American actor, writer, producer, director, novelist, and singer-songwriter.

What, David is a top class actor that deserves any award that exists, I have never seen Supernatural, but I am sure nothing can compare to David.

Jensen ackles is still a baby compare to David duchovny, why Teens girls are allowed on this site by the way? VOTE FOR DAVID! - mesh13

David rules! He is a fantastic actor and such a wonderful human being.

Not the best actor in the world but still good at what he does.

3 Matthew Fox (Lost)
4 Alec Baldwin (30 Rock)
5 Jeff Daniels (Newsroom) Jeff Daniels (Newsroom)
6 Rob Lowe (The West Wing) Rob Lowe (The West Wing) Robert Hepler "Rob" Lowe is an American actor. He garnered fame after appearing in such films as The Outsiders, Oxford Blues, About Last Night..., St.

The greatest actor of all time!

7 Larry David (Curb Your Enthusiasm) Larry David (Curb Your Enthusiasm) Lawrence Gene "Larry" David is an American comedian, writer, actor, playwright, and television producer.
8 Steve Carell (The Office) Steve Carell (The Office) Steven John Carell is an American actor, comedian, producer, writer, and director. He is well known for his portrayal of gaffe-prone boss Michael Scott on the American version of The Office, on which he also worked as an occasional producer, writer and director. more.
9 Kevin Dillon (Entourage)
10 Norman Reedus (The Walking Dead) Norman Reedus (The Walking Dead) Norman Mark Reedus is an American actor, television host and model. He is best known for starring in the popular AMC horror drama series The Walking Dead as Daryl Dixon and in the film The Boondock Saints as Murphy MacManus.

The Contenders

11 John Krasinski (The Office)
12 Hugh Laurie (House)

What's wrong with you people? This guy should be number 1 and you don't even have him listed!

13 Ted Danson (Bored to Death)
14 Wentworth Miller (Prison Break) Wentworth Miller (Prison Break) Wentworth Earl Miller III (born June 2, 1972) is a British-American actor, model, and screenwriter. He rose to prominence following his role as Michael Scofield in the Fox series Prison Break, for which he received a Golden Globe Award nomination for best actor in a leading role. more.

He is the best! He's such a talented and amazing actor!

Just plain HOT

15 Chad Michael Murray (One Tree Hill)
16 Matt Dallas (Kyle XY)
17 Telly Savalas (Kojak)

This was one of the top shows in the 70s. - RdrTech

18 Michael Weatherly (NCIS)
19 Isaiah Washington (Grey's Anatomy)
20 David Schwimmer (Friends)
21 Kiefer Sutherland (24) Kiefer Sutherland (24)
22 Geraint Wyn Davies (Forever Knight)
23 Michael Richards (Seinfeld) Michael Richards (Seinfeld)
24 Edward Asner (The Mary Tyler Moore Show)
25 Bryan Cranston (Breaking Bad)

How is he not even listed?!

One of the most amazing performance not only for a T.V. series, but for any kind entretainment.

A ma opens his door and gets hot and you think that of me
i am the one wo knocks
i am not in danger I am the danger

26 Matthew Perry (Friends) Matthew Perry (Friends) Matthew Langford Perry is an American-Canadian actor and writer. Perry is known for his role as Chandler Bing on the long-running NBC television sitcom Friends, as well as his portrayal of Ron Clark in the 2006 television movie The Ron Clark Story.

He is by far the funniest male character in Friends!

27 Jim Parsons (The Big Bang Theory)

He is one of the funniest actors of his generation and he made a character like Sheldon, that we would dislike in real life, likeable and a fan favorite!

28 Michael Rosenbaum (Smallville) Michael Rosenbaum (Smallville) Michael Owen Rosenbaum is an American actor, producer, and comedian. He is known for his performance in Sorority Boys and for portraying Lex Luthor on the Superman television series Smallville, a role that TV Guide included in their 2013 list of The 60 Nastiest Villains of All Time.
29 Michael Chiklis (The Shield)
30 Matt Smith (Doctor Who)

The top 3 people on this list should be Matt Smith, Peter Capaldi, and David Tennant. Which order they are in, is up to you.

31 Josh Duhamel (Las Vegas) Josh Duhamel (Las Vegas)
32 Jerry Orbach (Law and Order)
33 David Hyde Pierce (Frasier)
34 Chace Crawford (Gossip Girl)
35 Ian Somerhalder (The Vampire Diaries) Ian Somerhalder (The Vampire Diaries) Ian Joseph Somerhalder is an American actor, model and director. He is known for playing Boone Carlyle in the TV drama Lost and Damon Salvatore in The CW's supernatural drama The Vampire Diaries.
36 Benedict Cumberbatch (Sherlock)
37 Barney Stinson (How I Met Your Mother) Barney Stinson (How I Met Your Mother) Barnabus "Barney" Stinson is a fictional character portrayed by Neil Patrick Harris and created by Carter Bays and Craig Thomas for the CBS television series How I Met Your Mother.

Neil Patrick Harris plays a man whose suave, devil may care attitude falling apart over his feelings for a woman amazingly well.

Neil is fabulous

38 Billly Campbell (Once and Again)
39 Rainn Wilson (The Office) Rainn Wilson (The Office) Rainn Dietrich Wilson is an American actor, comedian, writer, director, businessman, and producer. He is best known for his role as Dwight Schrute on the NBC sitcom The Office, for which he has earned three consecutive Emmy Award nominations for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series.
40 Chris Colfer (Glee)

Such an ispiring performance!

41 Ed Westwick (Gossip Girl)
42 Colin O'Donoghue (Once Upon a Time)
43 Nick Merico (Every Witch Way) Nick Merico (Every Witch Way)

Nick Merico needs to be not far below #1, but very close because he's such a good and amazing actress for Nick.

44 Tyler Alvarez (Every Witch Way)

Tyler Alverez as Diego is so amazing and powerful, in season 2, he had the most realistic gradual-transformation off any character on any show since Star Trek, he's out of this world, please make this close to 1st place.

45 Raymond Cruz (Breaking Bad and Better Call Saul)

Cruz's toughest role, which he quit because he found too disturbing, was welcomed back with open arms in 'BCS'.

46 Peter Dinklage (Game of Thrones)
47 Jeffrey Dean Morgan (The Walking Dead) Jeffrey Dean Morgan (The Walking Dead)
48 Andrew Lincoln (The Walking Dead) Andrew Lincoln (The Walking Dead) Andrew James Clutterbuck (born 14 September 1973), better known by his stage name Andrew Lincoln, is an English actor. His first major role was in the BBC drama This Life, followed by roles such as Simon Casey in the Channel 4 sitcom Teachers and Mark in the Christmas-themed romantic comedy film Love more.
49 Matt Smith (The Crown)

Smith immerses himself so fully in the role of Prince Philip you forget that he's just playing a role. - SourNote2014

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List StatsUpdated 6 Sep 2018

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Top Remixes

1. Matthew Fox (Lost)
2. Alec Baldwin (30 Rock)
3. Jeff Daniels (Newsroom)


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