Week after week, we have come to rely on these men to show up in our living room. With a click of a button, they are there to satisfy our every emotion. When we want to laugh, they make jokes. When we are scared, they protect us. If there are tears in our eyes, they dry them. These men in our lives know how to give us what we want... If only they weren't on TV.
However, it's safe to say that we've all done it: fantasizing over what it would be like to date (or snuggle up next to) one of them. Although many of these "bachelors" would never earn our mother's approval, we think they all have their charms.
These are the 20 most eligible characters currently on TV. (Sadly for Klaine fans, those two are very much in love and we aren't stepping in the way of that.) So who would you choose if you had the chance?
Actor: Wayne Brady
Show: How I Met Your Mother
James is the complete package. He’s an impressive orator (a talent we hope that serves other purposes), stylish, handsome, a devoted father and brothers with Barney (Neil Patrick Harris). Up until recently he was off our radar due to his marriage to Tom. But now that he’s back on the market (seriously Tom’s loss), he’s at the top of our list.
Actor: Rob James-Collier
Show: Downton Abbey
Sure Thomas is snide and conniving and downright devious, but that’s what also makes him so attractive. He’s our favorite bad boy with a disarming smile and when Downton Abbey ultimately crumbles, we’ll be there to scoop him up.
Actor: Murray Bartlett
Sure Dom may only be a waiter nearing 40, but he’s as youthful as he is determined. He may not have the money or the secure future, but he has the looks and the sexual appetite that makes us want to be the breadwinner coming home to this sugar daddy.
Actor: Nelsan Ellis
Show: True Blood
Lafayette has been through a lot during his time in Louisiana. Yet, he’s never lost his charm or sense of humor. Sure he saw his dark days following the loss of Jesus Velasquez, it just showed us that there’s more to him than sassy comebacks. While Bon Temps is not are ideal location, we can get into Lafayette’s deep southern style of cooking.
Actor: Chris Carmack
Man, we sure do love a good ole country boy. Will has that southern charm and sexy drawl that makes us weak to the knees when he sings. However, we are not interested in his beard, Layla. Everybody may love him but we want him all to ourselves.
Actor: Jonathan Groff
Just shy of 30, we can forgive Patrick for being ignorant. He’s still exploring life and we want him to find what he wants. We just hope that doesn’t always mean putting his foot in his mouth (unless that’s a euphemism for something else). Once he wises up, he’ll be a major catch. (Plus, we know what he looks like in leather.)
Actor: Adam Reed
During his time at ISIS, Ray has moved out of the control room and into the field. Now he’s rubbing elbows and trading turtlenecks with Sterling Archer (H. Jon Benjamin). He can be a bit of a sassy bitch but we like a man who can keep us on our toes. (If only he wasn’t a cyborg.)
Actor: Finn Jones
Show: Game of Thrones
The Knight of the Flowers may be engaged to Cersei but we know his heart still belongs to the brawnier sex. Loras knows how to ride, work a lance and fend off the scathing wrath of his future wife. His regard for shaving though makes us worried.
Actor: Travis Winfrey
Show: Single Ladies
Omar is fit, stylish and a bit of a dog. He likes to have fun but at his core, he’s a sensitive man. Omar always takes care of the women around him and that’s what matters most.
Actor: Andrew Rannells
Hannah (Lena Dunham) may have kicked Elijah out of her apartment but it doesn’t mean he’s out of the girls’ (or our) lives. He still has some growing up to do but for now he plays it fast and loose. And that’s okay... for now.
Actor: Jordan Gavaris
Show: Orphan Black
Felix is a struggling artist who is worldly beyond his age. At 23 he serves as the voice of reason among his friends, though, he can even be susceptible to peer pressure. But it's easy to forget all that when you stare into his eyes.
Credit: BBC America
Actor: Joseph May
As casting director, Andy is forced to make some tough decisions but that’s why he has the job. He’s a dashing, smart, successful man that we want in our corner. However, he better not recast us in a remake of our romance.
Actor: Dallas Roberts
Show: The Good Wife
Owen may be brother of the Governor’s wife but that hasn’t stopped his mischievous ways. He has a tendency to prod his sister Alicia (Julianna Margulies) but always offers his ear when she needs it. As a professor at Oregon University, he keeps professionally life steady. It’s that dating one that is spotty.
Actor: Stephen Wallem
Show: Nurse Jackie
Thor is one of the dedicated nurses at All Saints Hospital that we can rely on. Yes, he’s quick with a comment but he’s also quick to come to the aid of those who need it. Paired with his bearish looks, we like what we’re working with.
Actor: Bobby Moynihan
The bearish rapper may come across as crass and insincere but we know that all that outwardly gruff just masks the teddy bear inside. We like Chozen’s sense of humor and self-confidence. We just wish he’d get a proper job so he could pay the rent once in awhile.
Actor: Gabriel Mann
On the outside Nolan is a handsome, rich computer genius with a very big heart. He sounds like the perfect package. However, Nolan’s caught up in Emily’s plot for revenge so it’s hard to know what his true intentions are.
Actor: Rex Lee
Mr. Wolfe is a well-intentioned guy. He does right by his job (as principal at Chatswin High) and his boyfriend (Chef Alan, who cheats on him). Until he finally kicks Alan to the curb, we have to keep him at bay.
Actor: Jason Beghe
Like anyone in the world of Hank Moody (David Duchovny), they are bound to have some problems. For the writer and novelist Richard, that is a battle with sobriety. When he keeps it clean, he keeps things honest and focused. (And he’s another one that enjoys leather.)
Actor: Beau Bridges
Show: Masters of Sex
Barton is a late bloomer still coming to terms with his sexuality. He’s a man trapped in the wrong era, forced to decide between what is right and what’s true to his heart.
Actor: Michael Arden
Show: Anger Management
Patrick is certainly cute and scruff but comes with a lot of baggage. His passive aggressive nature tends to force everyone (including us) to keep him at arm’s length. Once he gets that in order, he might do all right for himself.