Today we return to the small screen to look at some of the most memorable TV characters who all have one thing in common. They’re rich!
Here’s my list of the Top 5 Millionaire Television Characters:
5. Thurston Howell III – Gilligan’s Island
Poor Mr Howell. All he wanted to do was take his wife for a simple 3 hour tour aboard the SS Minnow and he ended up getting stranded on a deserted island with a bunch of strangers. His financial wealth was useless on an faraway island where money had no value (though he did use it to bribe his fellow castaways a few times). It would have been easy for him to focus on the negative and fall into despair, but Mr Howell managed to keep his head up and stay happy despite his troubles.
4. Bruce Wayne – Batman
There have been many versions of Batman through the years, from the campy 1960′s tv show to the more realistic movies starring Christian Bale. But of them all I still think the best was Batman – The Animated Series.
Batman TAS’s version of Bruce Wayne is intelligent, noble, brave, and unbelievably motivated to do the right thing. He could easily sit back and live off his vast wealth but instead he busts his ass training to fight street thugs and super criminals like the Joker and Catwoman. He does more for his community than anyone else, and he does it anonymously. You’ve got to admire him.
3. Charles Montgomery Burns – The Simpsons
I’ve been a fan of The Simpsons from the beginning and one of my favorite supporting characters was always C.M. Burns. As the richest man in Springfield, owner of the town’s nuclear power plant, and Homer’s employer, Mr Burns has always been a regular character. He has rigged elections, stolen a million dollar bill, blocked out the sun to create a monopoly over town electricity consumption, filled his wardrobe using endangered species, and ordered the execution of the Rolling Stones.
His purpose in the show is to represent the stereotypical Big Business that cares only about its own profits. And he fits the role perfectly. Exxxcellent.
2. Scrooge McDuck – Ducktales
I know I’ve written about Scrooge McDuck before, but I really love this character. Scrooge’s rags to riches story shows the power of determination. Scrooge was a poor immigrant from Scotland without a penny to his name, but he used his wits to build an empire unlike any other.
Scrooge is like the Warren Buffett of cartoons. He understands the business world better than just about anyone else, and almost every move he makes is profitable. Of course he never sits still and is always looking for another opportunity. And though he is sometimes tempted by greed, he always ends up doing the right thing. Through it all he never loses sight of what’s really important…his family.
1. George Jefferson – The Jeffersons
George Jefferson should be an inspiration to us all. He grew up dirt poor in the slums of Harlem and moved on up to that deluxe apartment in the sky. He’s a self-made millionaire who started out by opening a small dry cleaning service in Queens. In just a few years his hard work and focus had brought him a whole chain of locations across New York City and a lifestyle most of us can only dream about.
George Jefferson is far from perfect. He’s got a bad temper, fights with his wife like crazy, and often isn’t very nice to people. But deep down inside he has a good heart and helps people when he can. And it is that imperfection that helps us relate to him all the better.
What about you? Who is your favorite millionaire TV character?