Networkiest TV Characters (Readers' Choice)

Some say people like Bob Metcalfe and Vint Cerf got networking going. We say it was these techie TV icons who really did the trick.

Networkiest TV characters (readers' chocie)

Earlier in the year we showcased the Top 15 'networkiest' TV characters of all-time, and readers had a thing or two to say about the critics top choices.  You can't make everyone happy, but here's our best attempt.  We've compiled all the reader responses and e-mails to come up with the Network Worlders top picks.

Since that first list, a techie-trend in television has been on the rise and new stars are taking the spotlight. Take a look and let us know what you think.

Robot (Lost in Space)

Actor: Performed by Bob May in a suit built by Bob Stewart, with voice by Dick Tufeld, who was also the series' narrator

Character description: The Robot is a Model B-9 Environmental Control Robot, which had no given name. The Robot was designed by Robert Kinoshita and performed by Bob May in a suit built by Bob Stewart, with voice by Dick Tufeld, who was also the series' narrator.

Show info: Created and produced by Irwin Allen, Lost in Space ran for three seasons on CBS. 83 episodes aired between September 15, 1965 and March 6, 1968. Show Website


Inspector Gadget

Actor: Voiced by Don Adams

Character description: A bumbling cyborg detective. Often cluelessly stumbling through any case he is given. A sort of high-tech Inspector Clouseau.

Show info: The animated television series about a clumsy, absent-minded, and oblivious detective who is a cyborg with various gadgets built into his anatomy. The syndicated cartoon show, and ran from 1983 to 1986 in syndication.


Tim (NCIS)

Actor: Sean Murray

Character description: McGee is a young agent attached to Gibbs' team at the beginning of Season 2. He is a conservative dresser, apparently nervous around women, and gifted with computers.

Show info: NCIS is a CBS network show about a team of special agents from the Naval Criminal Investigative Service of the United States Navy and United States Marine Corps. Show Website.



Mikhail (Lost)

Actor: Andrew Divoff

Character description: Mikhail Bakunin originally claimed to be the last living member of The DHARMA Initiative, but was one of the Others.  As an Other, he served many functions, mainly as communications expert.

Show info : Lost is a drama which follows the lives of plane crash survivors who land on a mysterious island.  The show was created by Damon Lindelof, J. J. Abrams and Jeffrey Lieber. The ABC pilot episode was first broadcast on September 22, 2004. Show Website


Jake Foley (Jake 2.0)

Actor: Christopher Gorham

Character description: Jake Foley is a computer expert who works for the U.S. government's National Security Agency (NSA) and was accidentally infected by nanobots which give him superhuman powers. He is able to control technology with his brain, making him "the ultimate human upgrade" according to the show's introduction. Show Website .

Show info: Originally broadcast on UPN in 2003, Jake 2.0 was cancelled in mid-January 2004 due to low ratings, leaving four episodes unaired in the United States. It was picked up by The Sci Fi Channel on January 5, 2007.


Twiki (Buck Rogers)

Actor: Embodied by Felix Silla, voice provided by Mel Blanc

Character description: On Buck Rogers in the 25th Century , Twiki was a robot or an "ambuquad." The character's name, "Twiki," is derived from the robot's alphanumeric designation: TWKE-4. Twiki was well known for saying "bidi-bidi-bidi."

Show info: Buck Rogers in the 25th Century is an American motion picture produced by Universal Studios and released in 1979, and is also the title of a television series based upon the film that was aired by NBC for two seasons between 1979 and 1981. The film and series were based upon the Buck Rogers character that had been featured in comic strips and novellas since the 1920s.


Sayid (Lost)

Actor: Naveen Andrews

Character description: One of the crash survivors on Lost , Sayid Jarrah is the son of an Iraqi war hero, Sayid serves as a communications officer in the Iraqi Republican Guard. During the Gulf War, Sayid's base is captured by the Americans.

Show info: Lost is a serial drama television series that follows the lives of plane crash survivors on a mysterious tropical island, after a passenger jet flying between Australia and the United States crashes somewhere in the South Pacific. Show Website .


Jaime Sommers (Bionic Woman)

Actor: Michelle Ryan

Character description: Jaime Sommers is a bartender who is involved in a near fatal car accident and becomes the Bionic woman.

Show info: NBC's Bionic Woman is a re-imagining of the original television series, The Bionic Woman , created by Kenneth Johnson and based upon the novel Cyborg by Martin Caidin. Show Website .


Number 6, Number 3, Athena (Battlestar Gallactica)

Actor: Tricia Helfer (Number 6), Lucy Lawless (Number 3), Grace Park (Number 8)

Character description: Three, Six, and Eight are each strong, seductive Cylons who have infiltrated the humans in one form or another. The identity of each of these Cylons have been discovered by the humans, but a few more remain unknown. Cylons are by nature networked to a central base where they are downloaded or reborn if they happen to killed.

Show info: Battlestar Galactica chronicles the journey of the last surviving humans from the Twelve Colonies of Kobol after their nuclear annihilation by the Cylons. The survivors are led by President Laura Roslin and Commander William Adama in a ragtag fleet of ships with the Battlestar Galactica, a powerful but out-dated warship, at its head. Pursued by Cylons intent on wiping out the remnants of the human race, the survivors travel across the galaxy looking for the fabled and long-lost thirteenth colony: Earth. Show Website .


Borg Queen and Seven of Nine

Actor: Jeri Ryan

Character description: Seven of Nine, aka Tertiary Adjunct of Unimatrix Zero-One, is a human being who was assimilated by the Borg at an early age, and later rescued by the crew of Voyager, whereupon she tried to regain her humanity. She sports several cybernetic implants which give her, among other abilities, superior visual acuity, speed, strength, intelligence, and the ability to sense when the Borg are nearby.

Show info: Star Trek: Voyager was produced for seven seasons from 1995 to 2001. Voyager takes place at about the same time as Deep Space Nine. The series' pilot shows the USS Voyager and its crew stranded in the Delta Quadrant, 70,000 light years from Earth. Faced with a 70-year voyage to Earth, the crew must avoid conflict and defeat challenges on its long and perilous journey home. Show Website .


The IT Crowd

Actor: U.K. Roy (Chris O'Dowd), Maurice Moss (Richard Ayoade), Jen Barber (Katherine Parkinson) | U.S. Roy (Joel McHale), Maurice Moss (Richard Ayoade), Jen Barber (Jessica St. Clair)

Character description: Moss and Roy, the two technicians, are portrayed as socially inept geeks. Despite the company's utter dependence on their services, they are despised by the rest of the staff. Jen, the newest member of the team, is hopelessly non-technical, despite claiming on her CV that she has "a lot of experience with computers."

Show info: The IT Crowd is a BAFTA-nominated British sitcom. Two series of six episodes each have been producedby BBC's Channel 4. While a success in the U.K., NBC's American version has a more skeptical future. Richard Ayoade reprises his role as Maurice Moss. NBC has the show scheduled as a midseason replacement. Both show versions focus on the shenanigans of the three-strong IT support team. It makes the list for being the first IT dedicated sitcom. Show Websites: U.K. | U.S.


Sadiq (The Office)

Actor: Omi Vaidya

Character description: Sadiq does tech support. In "E-mail Surveillance", he shows Michael how to read his employees' email. His turban led Michael to assume he is a terrorist. He later attends Jim's barbecue. In "Fun Run", he cleans a computer virus from Pam's computer. He is a Sikh but resents being only classified by his religion, telling a meeting during "Fun Run" that he likes listening to National Public Radio and is restoring a 1968 Corvette.

Show info: Based on the hit BBC show of the same name, The Office is a parody of the fly on the wall documentary technique that intersperses traditional situation comedy segments with mock interviews with the show's characters, provides the audience access to the ongoing interior monologues for all of the main characters, as well as occasional insights into other characters within the show. Show Website .

Chuck

Actor: Zachary Levi

Character description: Chuck Bartowski is an affable, anxious Nerd Herd associate at a Buy More (a parody of Geek Squad and Best Buy). In the Pilot episode, Chuck accidentally downloads the entirety of CIA and NSA secrets into his brain.

Show info: Chuck was created by Josh Schwartz and Chris Fedak. The series premiered on September 24, 2007 on NBC, airing on Monday nights at 8PM/7c leading into Heroes. Show Website .


Hiro (Heroes)

Actor: Masi Oka

Character description: Hiro Nakamura is a programmer from Osaka with the ability to manipulate the space-time continuum. He is convinced that he is a hero, and with other "special persons", he can change the future.

Show info: Heroes was created by Tim Kring. It premiered on NBC on September 25, 2006. The show tells the story of several people who "thought they were like everyone else...until they realized they have incredible abilities." These people soon realize they have a role in preventing a catastrophe and saving humanity.


Uhura (Star Trek)

Actor: Nichelle Nichols

Character description: Uhura served as Communications Office on the USS Enterprise. She is significant as one of the first major black characters on an American television series.

Show info: Star Trek aired on NBC from 1966 - 1969. The show, starring William Shatner as Captain James T. Kirk, Leonard Nimoy as Mr. Spock, and DeForest Kelley as Dr. Leonard "Bones" McCoy, tells the tale of the crew of the starship Enterprise and that crew's five-year mission "to boldly go where no man has gone before."


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