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Jake Johnson, New Girl
Who ever thought underachieving Nick Miller — with his dead-end job, lack of social skills and penchant for getting angry over the littlest things — could be so darn endearing? The will-they-won't-they relationship between Nick and Jess has been highlighted by Johnson's sweet, funny and self-deprecating performance, which often steals the show from his titular counterpart. Lending a sensitive credibility to the role, Johnson elevated Nick beyond a cantankerous caricature and into a well-rounded — albeit unhinged — protagonist we can't help but love.