How your favorite TV characters are voting
November 5th, 2012
06:00 PM ET

How your favorite TV characters are voting

With the race between Mitt Romney and President Obama being neck-and-neck, even fictional characters have weighed in on the "who are you voting for?" conversation.

While we're used to seeing political humor on shows like "Saturday Night Live" in an election year, the coverage of the road to November 6 has spilled over into lighthearted but timely plotlines on a number of TV sitcoms.

"30 Rock" has spent the past few episodes zeroing in on the election, showing the divide between Tina Fey's Liz Lemon and Alec Baldwin's Jack Donaghy.

In the October 25 episode, the politically polar opposite pair each tried different tactics to support their candidate of choice: Republican Jack Donaghy paid Don Cheadle and Jazz from "Transformers" to get them to do a pro-Romney ad, while the liberal Liz Lemon attempted to get a celebrity endorsement from "Twilight" star Kellan Lutz ... which didn't quite work the way she planned. In the end, they realized they'd need to sway the undecided vote, through Jenna Maroney, no less.

NBC's "The New Normal," which centers on a single mother (Georgia King) and a gay couple (Justin Bartha and Andrew Rannells) who select her to be their surrogate, also tackled the election in its September 25 episode,  "Obama Mama." Ellen Barkin portrays King's conservative mother, and she gets into a lengthy, terse discussion with Bartha and Rannells' characters over her support of Mitt Romney.

"You have two clearly gay liberal guys at the heart of the show, but we thought it would be great to do an episode where you presented the conservative point of view in a way that hopefully was as eloquent and certainly was given equal time," co-creator Ryan Murphy explained to TVGuide.

ABC's "Last Man Standing" took the same approach with its premiere on Friday, having Tim Allen's character, Mike Baxter, try to sway his daughter to cast her first vote for Romney, while her older sister tries to get her to vote for Obama. Allen's Baxter, of course, has shown his conservative side throughout the series:

Actress Alexandra Krosney, whose character squared off against Allen's as the Obama supporter in the house, told "Entertainment Tonight" that she thinks a political storyline helps rather than hurts.

"I'm really proud of us for doing this," she said. "I think it's the easy way out to just kind of like, keep things ambiguous. I think the fact that we're just speaking up and having a voice about it, and we're trying to do it in a way that's unbiased and raising a dialogue ... I hope it gets people to go out there and vote."

Animated characters are no exception, as even Mr. Burns and Homer Simpson have revealed which candidate wins their vote. It turns out, they're both Romney supporters (although they definitely have varying reasons):

The surprise with many of these examples isn't which candidate the character supported, but rather how it impacted their relationships - played, of course, for our amusement.

Do you think it's effective for a sitcom or comedy to write-in a political arc during election year, or do you prefer they leave politics out of it?


Filed under: Celebrities • television

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  1. And 4-One More Time

    i hope he heads into politics someday. He's a man in my eyes. He speaks his mind – he has his own projects going on even with marriage..he's not stuck with the same boring faces everyday yet able to hopefully keep this marriage working for him.

    He is permitted to talk to others...he is not a puppet ( not that alec would tolerate some b-tch anyway) he's a gutsy guy. He's a good actor he wins awards for this show every single year. Good for you Alec. Keep Plugging

    November 6, 2012 at 11:50 am | Report abuse |
  2. send it in

    :) :)

    November 6, 2012 at 11:48 am | Report abuse |
  3. And 3

    I'll say it again

    i hope he heads into politics someday. He's a man in my eyes. He speaks his mind – he has his own projects going on even with marriage..he's not stuck with the same boring faces everyday yet able to hopefully keep this marriage working for him.

    He is permitted to talk to others...he is not a puppet ( not that alec would tolerate some b-tch anyway) he's a gutsy guy. He's a good actor he wins awards for this show every single year. Good for you Alec. Keep Plugging

    November 6, 2012 at 11:47 am | Report abuse |
  4. and 2

    I'll say it again

    love Alec Baldwin

    i hope he heads into politics someday. He's a man in my eyes. He speaks his mind – he has his own projects going on even with marriage..he's not stuck with the same boring faces everyday yet able to hopefully keep this marriage working for him.

    He is permitted to talk to others...he is not a puppet ( not that alec would tolerate some b-tch anyway) he's a gutsy guy. He's a good actor he wins awards for this show every single year. Good for you Alec. Keep Plugging

    November 6, 2012 at 11:46 am | Report abuse |
  5. I'll say it again

    love Alec Baldwin

    i hope he heads into politics someday. He's a man in my eyes. He speaks his mind – he has his own projects going on even with marriage..he's not stuck with the same boring faces everyday yet able to hopefully keep this marriage working for him.

    He is permitted to talk to others...he is not a puppet ( not that alec would tolerate some b-tch anyway) he's a gutsy guy. He's a good actor he wins awards for this show every single year. Good for you Alec. Keep Plugging

    November 6, 2012 at 11:46 am | Report abuse |
  6. 00-here he goes.

    alec baldwin is important to us–

    November 6, 2012 at 11:45 am | Report abuse |
  7. Richard

    Correction: The part of the oldest daughter in "Last Man Standing" is played by Amanda Fuller. Alexandra Krosney played the role in season 1 but was replaced by Fuller starting with the episode mentioned in the article. .

    November 6, 2012 at 10:47 am | Report abuse |
  8. Spaceman Ben

    TV actors are all communist, mostly. They will all vote for Obama.

    November 6, 2012 at 9:02 am | Report abuse |
    • Harry from Va

      Here is another fact about "Liberal" Americans. Most 76% of all college graduates are Democrats or vote for a more moderate politician. Which is a shocker since education seems to make smarter choices over all. The MBA's all who run our companies into the ground. Which sucks for you and me but hell Mitt Romney pockets millions from bankrupting a company Bain and Capital thats all they did. Buy a company sell its patients and assets and move on to next victim.

      November 6, 2012 at 10:34 am | Report abuse |
  9. send over

    Geachte klant,

    November 6, 2012 at 8:58 am | Report abuse |
  10. Tina

    is gross–sorry there is nothing attractive about her at all.

    November 6, 2012 at 8:50 am | Report abuse |
  11. TriumphTheInsultComicDog

    I would absolutely love to poop on Tina Fey's face and then spread it around. Give her a facial with it.

    November 6, 2012 at 8:43 am | Report abuse |
  12. I love Alec Baldwin

    i hope he heads into politics someday. He's a man in my eyes. He speaks his mind - he has his own projects going on even with marriage..he's not stuck with the same boring faces everyday yet able to hopefully keep this marriage working for him.

    He is permitted to talk to others...he is not a puppet ( not that alec would tolerate some b-tch anyway) he's a gutsy guy. He's a good actor he wins awards for this show every single year. Good for you Alec. Keep Plugging

    November 6, 2012 at 5:12 am | Report abuse |
    • Important Guy

      I think he is just a big ol fat pile of P00P. Diahreah P00P.

      November 6, 2012 at 9:04 am | Report abuse |
  13. Sokman

    I'm sure the Democrats will count these fictional character's votes. I mean, they do somehow get deceased people vote for Nobama, why not Homer Simpson?

    November 5, 2012 at 8:58 pm | Report abuse |

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