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Top 5 Small Characters that Became Our Favourite Part of the Show

Television screenwriters always have to create a variety of characters and occasionally they stumble across a gold mine without even realising it, which means that the best part about the show gets brought forward and everybody thinks for a second… why was this guy in the background to begin with?

5. GUNTHER (FRIENDS)

Friends always revolved around the six key players, but an underrated character on the show was Gunther, the owner of Central Perk, where the friends all hung out.Even though at first he was cast because he was the only extra who could work the espresso machine, he was later given a name and finally (in season 3) Gunther was given the longest running gag on the entire show, the fact that he was in love with Rachel.

His confrontations with Ross often resulted in classic jokes such as this. He is the epitome of the ascended extra, i.e. somebody that goes from being nothing but a background character to somebody who appears in the most episodes other than the main cast. He was such a small character, but he quickly became a fan favourite for his on-going gags and his great interactions with the key performers.

4. SPIKE (BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER)

With Angel already on Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Joss Whedon didn’t see much point in having Spike hang around for too long on the show, so he had intended for him to get killed. Whedon didn’t want another romantic type, so Spike was pure villain, but he proved so popular that not only did Whedon not kill him off as early as he intended to, but he actually made him become a big anti-hero that appeared in 97 episodes of the 145 broadcast (which is 40 more than Angel appeared in).

Spike was a routine badass with a punk rock look similar to Sid Vicious, which made him such a standout character in a world of high order vampires that the audience took a shine to him so much it let him survive. He looks like Billy Idol, he speaks in a British accent and he has some of the best zingers in the entire show, no wonder we loved him so much.

3. EFFY (SKINS)

Within the first two series of Skins, Effy is just shown as Tony’s quiet sister. She is barely seen other than a background character, until suddenly in season 3 when she is catapulted to the limelight and becomes one of (if not the) biggest character from the entire show. She is literally just a background character that waddles into frame every now and again, with Tony joking that “she’s taking part in a sponsored silence”, because she never speaks.

Suddenly, she’s the main character and easily the most interesting one throughout the entire show, so interesting in fact that for the proposed final season (number 7) Effy is actually going to make a return, because the fans just loved her character so much. She is somewhat of a femme fatale, which the audience latched onto since you’ll hardly ever see a really cool teenage girl character that everybody can connect with (a large round of applause for the writers, oh go on, writers in general).

2. DARYL DIXON (THE WALKING DEAD)

Daryl was one of a few original characters when The Walking Dead premiered in 2010 (as many were based off of the original comic book series). When the show started his only real storyline revolved around how his brother Merle is left behind in the department store and subsequently goes missing. Every now and again he would pop up, shooting things with his awesome crossbow and having an uncanny ability to track things down.

As the episodes went on, Daryl’s character grew a lot as he produced ass kicking one liners (“Zombie growls” *Daryl shoots a crossbow into its head* “Shut up”), and actually started to show a lot of compassion for his fellow survivors, which can especially be seen within his want to search for Sophia and Andrea during season 2. Now season 3 has finally come around, Daryl has become the big damn hero, surpassing Rick in the most recent episode, Say the Word.

With Rick going completely insane, Daryl is likely to step up and become the main protagonist. He’s already everybody’s favourite part of the show (just check any internet forum), even though he was just a supporting member of the cast when he first appeared. Without Daryl, I don’t think The Walking Dead would ever be the same.

1. THE FONZ (HAPPY DAYS)

That’s right, even though everybody thinks he’s the main character from Happy Days, during the first two seasons of the classic sitcom, Arthur Fonzarelli was just a supporting cast member. Fonzie was supposed to be an incidental character, somebody who popped up in the background of Richie Cunningham’s life. As a greaser, his tough persona and top notch catchphrases proved to be a massive hit with the audience, which caused the writers to rewrite the entire central focus of the show in time for season 3.

He was just a small character to begin with but if anybody remembers anything from Happy Days as their favourite part of the show, it’s definitely Fonzie. People loved the cool guy with the leather jacket who could miraculously work technology with a slam of his fist so much that the network actually wanted to rename the show. Ron Howard (and other members of the cast) threatened to resign if the show was renamed Fonzie’s Happy Days.

Even if Fonzie did jump over that shark in the weirdest storyline on a sitcom of all time, he’s still the smallest character of a show that broke out and become our favourite thing on TV.

Written by Tom Sams - a TV fanatic working for Youview - a new catchup TV service in the UK which helps you never miss the shows you love.

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Picture Quality
Superior high def resolution is a huge element of the reason why Blu Ray movies look excellent. This means you'll see a much more detailed picture: much more clearly defined features of people faces, colors of nature, close ups of wrinkles, facial imperfections, etc. The technological distinction is that Blu Ray's maximum resolution is 1920 x 1080 (1080p), while DVD is restricted to 720 x 480 (480p). Further than image resolution, Blu Ray additionally employs much better video-compression methods, producing much more contrast as well as better colors. It truly is the best quality of video you can get inb the market today, with a comparable, if note better than picture that you get at the movies, when the Blu Ray player is used in conjunction with an HDTV.

Audio Quality
Audio quality is also much better. New high-resolution soundtrack formats, such as Dolby TrueHD and DTS-HD Master Audio, are basically the same as the studio master, consequently you will be hearing sounds just as the director and audio editors designed.

Special Features
Blu Ray also has extra unique functions that DVD never did. The most basic innovation is the pop-up menu, allowing one to access the menu features as the movie keeps playing. Also, there is BD-Live, picture-in-picture video commentary, Internet connectivity, including models with built-in Wifi for streaming movies, videos, tv shows and all kinds of media from the Web.

Main Blu Ray Features
While most basic features of Blu Ray Players are the same, there are some specific things to consider when buying a player, especially, Internet connectivity options.

Player Options for Connecting to Internet
There are several options, depending on the player model and brand, for linking up your smart Blu-ray player to the Internet

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WiFi Built In - Smart Blu Ray Players - Connect to Internet and stream movies, music, TV shows and more with WiFi built in.
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BD-Live
BD-Live is a Blu-ray feature that enables you to access content, features and activities via your smart Blu-ray player. On some movies you'll be able to download a variety of up-to-date content (for example, refreshed previews and exclusive special features). There are also a host of next generation possibilities, such as ringtone/wallpaper downloads, peer-to-peer interactions, live events and gaming activities. For example, on the Blu Ray version of Julie & Julia with BD-Live, you can bookmark Julia Child's actual recipes while you watch the movie. At the end of the film, you can e-mail yourself the recipes, pretty cool!
Bonus View
The Bonus View and lets you play back picture-in-picture content, which allows for a second video and audio stream.


Playing DVD's
The transition from DVD to Blu Ray is an easy one since all Blu Ray players play standard DVD discs. Actually, each and every Blu Ray player is also an upconverting DVD player.

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