TV trivia challenge: name the show from the minor character

Here’s the premise: I will name a minor character from a TV show, one that is rarely seen, if ever, and maybe mentioned by name a bit more than that, and you tell me the show he/she/it is from. Special consideration needs to be taken for characters that, while might only have one or two appearances, are essential to the plots of those episodes and so are known much better (like Zathras.) As an example of what are good and bad minor character choices, here is a list:

Dr. Mickhead (Scrubs)
The Todd (also Scrubs)

Naomi Wildman (from ST: Voyager)

Reginald Barclay (from ST: TNG) (I realize he might actually only have a small number of episodes, but he is essential in them and is a memorable character.)

I’ll start it off with Ethan Tate.


His nickname is “Bubblegum Tate”

Ethan “Bubblegum” Tate: Physics professor at Globetrotter University (Futurama)

I’m not sure what you mean by “good vs bad minor character choices” but here’s some:

Bucky Dornster

Tony Profacci

Background detective character on Law & Order.

Try: Cosmic Cow.

Comic book character drawn by Mr. Rush in Too Close for Comfort .

How about:

Steve Richards



Rarely seen chief engineer on WKRP.

How about…

Bob Barsky

This has potential to be an extremely frustrating thread - all these names are vaguely familiar, but I can’t place them.

Here are a few:

  1. Bob Vance

  2. Patty the Daytime Hooker

  3. Dr. Molly Clock

  4. Tibor

  5. Proposition Joe

  6. Aaron Echols

  7. Todd Gack

#3 is from Scrubs. Heather Graham is a lust-object of mine.

Bingo! (Me too.)

Patty the Daytime Hooker is from My Name Is Earl
And Aaron Echols was Logan’s father on Veronica Mars

How about Bonnie and Ginger? I can’t remember last names, but I’m not sure their full names were ever used.

One of Elaine’s boyfriends, from Seinfeld.

Bonnie and Ginger were Sam & Toby’s secretaries on The West Wing.

Hmm… how about Andrea Planbee?

Allie’s husband towards the end of the run of Kate and Allie.

Okay, let’s try…

Big Rhonda

Easy one: Carlton.

from That 70s Show!

Captain Bass (not Brass)

Serena Benson

Jennifer Greene

The guy at Springfield Nuclear Power Plant who can’t speak English and is responsible for anything that goes wrong. He lost the key to Marge’s office, and he was promoted ahead of Homer.

I don’t think anybody said this one yet - it’s Phyllis’s fiance from The Office.

Bob Vance, Vance Refrigeration.

The doorman on “Rhoda.” You only ever heard his voice over the intercom.

Umm, let’s see…

Art Donovan

IRL Art Donovan was a member of the old Baltimore Colts football team who made many hilarious appearances on Dave Letterman’s show, talking old school about the old days, but I don’t think that’s who you mean.

Serena Benson is the mother of Det. Benson (Mariska Hartigay) on L&O:SVU.
Here’s some more:

Janice Wentworth

Zatelli (no first name given, but he does have an official title)

Elizabeth Miller

Ben Scanlon

Here’s a hint. All of these characters have a particular thing in common…