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On Monday night, Adjmi’s play was read once more before a live audience for the first time since its closing night at the Rattlestick Playwrights Theater three years ago. What the show was telling me was that I was the punch line to a joke.” , Adjmi wasn’t particularly concerned with how he would make a decades-old show relevant to modern audiences.

It was hilarious, queasy, and—actually—very topical. stand-ins—John Ritter’s Jack Tripper becomes the clumsy Brad. Anxious florist Janet Wood (Joyce De Witt) becomes the even more anxious florist Linda. “In a way, I liked the fact that it was dated,” Adjmi said.

Roper’s bigotry is insidious enough—but in In the play’s most insightful and heart-wrenching addition, Brad—the Jack Tripper character—is actually gay, not pretending to be gay in order to room with the girls.

He didn’t know anyone who could represent him, and without allies, it seemed like the play would be shut down and kept in a drawer for good after its short off-Broadway run.

Oh well, at least the guy who ranks #1 is an honest to goodness sweetheart. Almost every single character in the top 50 came from a show that ran in the current century. ’s Jodie Dallas who left the airwaves 32 years ago in 1981. A part of it is probably “out of sight, out of mind,” but it is also true that television overall has just vastly improved in quality since the proliferation of cable, and with that has come an explosion of a multidimensional LGBT characters.

There’s just more for gay men to relate to on television these days.

But Linda is far more burdened than Janet ever was; Connie constantly remarks, “Hope I don’t get raped,” subverting Chrissy’s obliviousness and her friends’ repeated concern about her getting taken advantage of. Wicker and from Terry, whose interactions with Brad oscillate between homoerotic and aggressive—drive him to a near breaking point.

The incessant homophobia and ridicule he faces—both from Mr.