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PODCAST: The Best of Rob Lowe’s TV Performances, Ranked

PODCAST: The Best of Rob Lowe's TV Performances, Ranked

Because there’s simply no way we can introduce this week’s topic better than co-host and Indiewire TV Critic Ben Travers did, here are his words: 

For roughly three-and-a-half seasons, Rob Lowe appeared on “Parks and Recreation” as the overtly positive, constantly energetic and enthusiastically supportive Chris Traeger. With iconic catchphrases, a fearless commitment to the part, and some of the most — original — dancing we’ve ever seen, Lowe created an icon on a show of icons. Yet, like the show in general, he was never given his just reward. This is as objective as I can be in stating the following: Rob Lowe not winning an Emmy for playing Chris Traeger is akin to choosing New Coke over Classic Coke, Donald Trump winning an election for “best hair,” or anyone thinking “Game of Thrones” is better than “Mad Men.” So today, Very Good TV Podcast will try to right that wrong by honoring the man whose brought us eternal joy through television, by ranking his best accomplishments in the medium. Oh, and he has two new series coming out so that’s relevant, too.

READ MORE: Rob Lowe on ‘The Grinder,’ Breaking Into the Cool Comedian Cliques and Why He Literally Won’t Say ‘Literally’

Those two shows are “The Grinder,” premiering Tuesday at 8:30pm on Fox and “Moonbeam City,” which is already airing on Comedy Central every Wednesday at 10:30pm. Indiewire’s TV Team includes these latest efforts among the other great performances of his 25-plus year TV history, but you’ll have to listen to find out what role takes the top spot. (Hint: It was on NBC.)

Don’t forget to subscribe to Very Good TV Podcast via Soundcloud or iTunes. Follow Indiewire on Twitter and Facebook for all your pertinent TV news — as well as the latest reviews and analysis on all the best television shows out this fall, not just Rob Lowe’s — plus check out Liz and Ben’s Twitter feeds for more, more, more. Plus, don’t forget to listen to Indiewire’s other podcastsScreen Talk with Eric Kohn and Anne Thompson, as well as Indiewire Influencers, hosted by Editor in Chief Dana Harris and featuring various guests relevant to anyone tracking independent film or entertainment in general. 

Related Articles and News: 
– Ben recently interviewed Mr. Lowe about one of his new shows, “The Grinder.”

– Liz, meanwhile, learned a few interesting tidbits about Mr. Lowe during an interview with the creator of “Moonbeam City.”

– Get ready for all the new fall shows with Indiewire’s Fall TV Preview

– Did you hear what Steven Soderbergh is up to? No, not just “The Knick”…

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