The Fug Girls Herald TV’s Most Unheralded Actors


Thanks to hungry television networks and the proliferation of cable channels who want in on all the Emmy gold that used to belong to HBO, we're living in a golden age for juicy small-screen roles. But only a handful yield household names, and for every television actor who is regularly showered with praise — Julianna Margulies, Bryan Cranston, everyone on Mad Men, and the Pivens of the world — there are countless others propping up their shows and/or co-stars with awesome performances week after week, but who aren't likely to get any significant attention unless they punch out a co-star or turn up naked and walletless in a New York hotel room while a hooker naps in the closet. Consider this slideshow our attempt to change all that ­— a tender aria to those heroic boob-tube actors who, until now, have gone unsung but never unloved. For more from the Fug Girls, visit