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2010 top supporting players on TV

December 30, 2010 | 10:06 am


Lead characters get all the glory.  But think Mr. Shuester (“Glee”) could do all that rapping without the random mute dude on the piano? Well, maybe. But that can sometimes be awkward. And sure, we like awkward, but preferably in a kiss between Mr. Shue and Coach Beiste.

Supporting-gallery She and other supporting characters like her are what keep a show complex and interesting. And this television season would not have been the same without their assistance.  For that, we salute them.

Click on the gallery to the right for a list of our picks of the top supporting players on TV — because without them, we’d just be seeing Don Draper answer his own phone or watching the parents on “Modern Family” as they parent themselves.

 — Yvonne Villarreal

Photo: It's a zombie acopalypse on "The Walking Dead." Credit: AMC.