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Celebrate National Receptionists Day With Our Five Favorite TV Receptionists

by Jean Bentley, posted May 11th 2011 9:00AM
Erin, The OfficeThe National Receptionists Association has declared today National Receptionists Day, a holiday to show our appreciation for the "front line personnel responsible for making a positive first impression for the company. Receptionists are also the person at the front desk, information desk, concierge, telephone operators, maitre d', and many others who are the first to greet and welcome customers, clients and the public to the company."

In honor of the holiday, here's a list of AOL TV's five favorite TV receptionists. Did your favorite make the list? Any egregious snubs? Share your thoughts in the comments.

Erin, 'The Office'
Like Pam before her, Erin is Dunder Mifflin's loyal receptionist and number one Michael Scott confidant. She might not be the brightest bulb, but she's willing to learn.

Michel, 'Gilmore Girls'
Though the snooty French concierge of the Independence Inn seemed to hate everything around him, we know he had a soft spot for his kooky boss Lorelai. He also had the best one-liners.

Megan, 'Mad Men'
Don Draper's wife-to-be started out as Sterling Cooper Draper Pryce's front desk girl before moving on to become Don's secretary and then his fiance. Talk about upward mobility.

Jerry, 'ER'
There would be no 'ER' without Jerry. Yes, the beloved desk clerk gave so much comic relief to the series. When he was fired, it was painful. When he returned, it was a joyous day. The lovable giant and his sidekick Frank are the stuff of desk clerk legends.

Amanda, 'Ugly Betty'
Mode magazine's scheming receptionist and her BFF Marc would stop at nothing to take down Betty, her ultimate rival. That is, until she begrudgingly came around to Betty's earnest charm.

Tell us: Which TV receptionist is your favorite?

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Oh, and Dell is not just a receptionist, but are gistered Nurse and midwife as well... brains and beauty ! :)

November 01 2012 at 6:52 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

How about Dell Parker from Private Practice? He's incredibly charming and sexy, always willing to learn more, and has a sentimental background story. And those abs! :D

November 01 2012 at 3:54 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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May 12 2011 at 6:38 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Really, the three most obvious, egregious omissions have been noted, but just for the sake of the tally:
Carol (Bob Newhart Show)
Jennifer (WKRP)
Agnes Dipesto (Moonlighting)

To miss one if them is a notable error. Missing two of them raises more than a few eyebrows. But to leave off all three? Why bother with the list in the first place?

May 12 2011 at 2:23 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Agnes DiPesto, of Moonlighting fame,
no one else has such acclaim

May 11 2011 at 1:57 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply

Once again, if it wasn't on TV within the last 12 months it never existed with you guys. You list favorite TV receptionists and there's no mention of Jennifer Marlowe from WKRP In Cincinnati (played brilliantly by Loni Anderson)? Criminal. And what about Carol Kester (played by Marcia Wallace) from The Bob Newhart Show? I love Mad Men, but Megan? With about 10 total minutes of screen time? Seriously. Guys, TV existed before 2003.

May 11 2011 at 10:16 AM Report abuse +4 rate up rate down Reply

Or Jennifer on WKRP.

May 11 2011 at 9:55 AM Report abuse +3 rate up rate down Reply

None of these can hold a candle to The Bob Newhart Show's Carol Kester, played by Marcia Wallace.

May 11 2011 at 9:27 AM Report abuse +3 rate up rate down Reply

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