Greatest Performances In a TV Series

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The Top Ten

1 Bryan Cranston as Walter White (Breaking Bad)

Hands down one of the greatest performances in anything. - DamnFineCupOfCoffee

hands down

2 Michael C. Hall as Dexter Morgan (Dexter)
3 Matthew McConaughey as Rust Cohle (True Detective)
4 Kyle MacLachlan as Dale Cooper (Twin Peaks)
5 David Duchovny as Fox Mulder (The X-Files)
6 Benedict Cumberbatch as Sherlock Holmes (Sherlock)
7 Peter Dinklage as Tyrion Lannister (Game of Thrones)
8 Hugh Laurie as Gregory House (House MD)
9 David Morrissey as The Governor (The Walking Dead)

A great character risen from the electrifying performance by the awesome David Morrissey. - DamnFineCupOfCoffee

10 Jeremy Piven as Ari Gold (Entourage)

The Contenders

11 Aaron Paul as Jesse Pinkman (Breaking Bad) Aaron Paul as Jesse Pinkman (Breaking Bad) Aaron Paul Sturtevant, known as Aaron Paul, is an American actor. He is best known for portraying Jesse Pinkman in the AMC series Breaking Bad, for which he won several awards, including the Critics' Choice Television Award for Best Supporting Actor, the Saturn Award for Best Supporting Actor, and the ...read more.
12 Tatiana Maslany as Sarah Manning & others (Orphan Black)

Fairly new series but man isn't she absolutely magnificent. - DamnFineCupOfCoffee

She has to play somany diffrent carictors all with different voices and personality come on you can be an amazing actor for a T.V. show but it must take skill to play more than 7 I believe so far

13 David Duchovny as Hank Moody (Californication)
14 Kevin Spacey as Francis Underwood (House of Cards) Kevin Spacey as Francis Underwood (House of Cards)
15 David Tennant as The Doctor (Doctor Who) David Tennant as The Doctor (Doctor Who) David Tennant is a Scottish actor known for his roles as the Tenth Doctor in the British television series Doctor Who, Alec Hardy in Broadchurch, Giacomo Casanova in the TV serial Casanova, Kilgrave in Jessica Jones, and Barty Crouch, Jr. in the Harry Potter movie series.

David Tennant is a excellent doctor and his performance is one of the best on T.V..

16 James Gandolfini as Tony Soprano (The Sopranos)
17 Edward James Olmos as Admiral William Adama (Battlestar Galactica)
18 Hugh Bonneville as Lord Grantham (Downton Abbey)
19 Naya Rivera as Santana Lopez (Glee) Naya Rivera as Santana Lopez (Glee) Naya Rivera Dorsey is an American actress and singer, known for playing Santana Lopez on Fox's musical comedy-drama television series Glee.
20 Terry O'Quinn as John Locke (Lost)
21 Andrew Lincoln as Rick Grimes (The Walking Dead)
22 Neil Patrick Harris as Barney Stinson (How I Met Your Mother)
23 Norman Reedus as Daryl Dixon (The Walking Dead)
24 Jonathan Banks as Mike Ehrmantraut (Breaking Bad)
25 Michael K. Williams as Omar Little (The Wire)
26 Charles Dance as Tywin Lannister (Game of Thrones)
27 Christopher Eccleston as The Doctor (Doctor Who)
28 Bob Odenkirk as Saul Goodman (Breaking Bad)
29 John Lithgow as Arthur Mitchell (Dexter)
30 Idris Elba as Russell 'Stringer' Bell (The Wire) Idris Elba as Russell 'Stringer' Bell (The Wire)
31 Giancarlo Esposito as Gustavo 'Gus' Fring (Breaking Bad)
32 Lara Flynn Boyle as Donna Hayward (Twin Peaks)
33 Anna Gunn as Skyler White (Breaking Bad)
34 Sherilyn Fenn as Audrey Horne (Twin Peaks) Sherilyn Fenn as Audrey Horne (Twin Peaks)
35 Ray Wise as Leland Palmer (Twin Peaks)
36 Jim Parsons as Sheldon Cooper (The Big Bang Theory) Jim Parsons as Sheldon Cooper (The Big Bang Theory) Sheldon Lee Cooper, Ph.D., Sc.D., is a fictional character in the CBS television series The Big Bang Theory, portrayed by actor Jim Parsons.
37 Woody Harrelson as Marty Hart (True Detective) Woody Harrelson as Marty Hart (True Detective)
38 Martin Freeman as John Watson (Sherlock)
39 Charlie Hunnam as Jax Teller (Sons of Anarchy)
40 Ron Perlman as Clay Morrow (Sons of Anarchy)
41 Billy Bob Thornton as Lorne Malvo (Fargo)
42 Will Arnett as Gob Bluth (Arrested Development)
43 Charlie Cox as Matt Murdock / Daredevil (Daredevil)
44 Ben McKenzie as James Gordon (Gotham)
45 Patrick Stewart as Captain Jean-Luc Picard (Star Trek: The Next Generation) Patrick Stewart as Captain Jean-Luc Picard (Star Trek: The Next Generation) Sir Patrick Stewart is an English actor whose career has included roles on stage, television, and film.
46 Kiefer Sutherland as Jack Bauer (24) Kiefer Sutherland as Jack Bauer (24)
47 Bobby Cannavale as Gyp Rosetti (Boardwalk Empire)
48 Alan Alda as Captain Benjamin Franklin Pierce (M*A*S*H)
49 Allison Tolman as Molly Solverson (Fargo)
50 Mandy Patinkin as Saul Berenson (Homeland)
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1. Bryan Cranston as Walter White (Breaking Bad)
2. Matthew McConaughey as Rust Cohle (True Detective)
3. Kyle MacLachlan as Dale Cooper (Twin Peaks)
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1. Bryan Cranston as Walter White (Breaking Bad)
2. Peter Dinklage as Tyrion Lannister (Game of Thrones)
3. Hugh Laurie as Gregory House (House MD)
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