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Old 01-14-2012, 03:49 PM
 
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I like "Bones" and "House" every once in awhile but are there other dramatic or non animation shows where at least one main character is openly atheist? I do really like "The Big Bang Theory" but haven't watched it enough to actually hear any of the characters being extremely anti-religious.

BTW, doesn't "Family Guy" and "South Park" openly bash religion...once again shows I never really watched much.
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Old 01-14-2012, 03:57 PM
 
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"Bones" was the first one that came to my mind.

If you can stand blood and guts and violence, "Dexter" might be another one. Although I don't recall him ever stating that he is an "atheist," he often talks about not believing. Of course, he's a killer, too. The show's in hiatus right now but all episodes can be found on-line (that's how I watch it).

If you want to go back in time, and if you can find it, Archie Bunker's son-in-law, Michael "Meathead" Stivic is/was an atheist ("All in the Family").

There are probably others that have either slipped my mind or that I'm not aware of.
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Old 01-14-2012, 04:11 PM
 
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Pocoyo?

In all the episodes I have watched (and I have watched many), I have never once heard Pocoyo proclaim the Lord Jesus Christ as King of the Universe. In addition, the narrator is British - and some of our most prominent Atheists (recently) have been British, so.....

And - he dances. Pocoyo doesn't appreciate the other's dancing - and I believe the others dances are metaphors for philsophies/religions. Yes - yes I do. Pocoyo then treats us to his "dance" philosophy.
Did I mention Stephen Fry is involved?


Pocoyo - Dance Off - YouTube

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Old 01-14-2012, 05:24 PM
 
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I love the little dialogues between Brennan and Booth on Bones, reminds me of the "debates" between Christians and atheists on the internet
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Old 01-14-2012, 05:46 PM
 
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On Big Bang Theory Sheldon Cooper is openly atheist. The other guys haven't stated one way or the other.
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Old 01-14-2012, 07:51 PM
 
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I think "Family Guy" and "South Park" mock everything at some point or another.
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Old 01-14-2012, 07:59 PM
 
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Daria on MTV was atheist though she never used the word atheist to refer to herself.
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Old 01-14-2012, 08:33 PM
 
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Brian, the dog, on Family Guy is an atheist. In one episode he "de-converts" Meg. Seth McFarlane, who makes it, is also atheist. I think he's generally harsher on religion than the South Park guys who make fun of religion, but I think ultimately T&S lean toward a "some of religion might be good and if it makes you a better person keep doing it" kind of outlook on religion. McFarlane, mostly, goes for none of that in my experience. His shows are maybe the only ones I've seen to just straight up advocate "there is no God and religious people are deluded." Even Bones or House are kind of willing to let both sides have a fair say.

On Grey's Anatomy I think Cristina Yang is an atheist. (Or was when I watched it) I mean she talks about being Jewish some, her stepfather, but that seems to be a cultural thing as I recall. She's at least stated she "just believes in science", "quit religion when I was old enough to know better", didn't want a church wedding, and I think she told a kid considering atheism something like "I don't believe in God either."

The title character of The Mentalist is possibly atheist or is at least a skeptic. He's been clear that he doesn't think he will see his murdered wife and daughter again because there's no afterlife. Also that the supernatural and paranormal is "bunk" or words to that effect. He's never just said "I'm an atheist", but I think what he's said leads to that. Although I guess he could be a deist.
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Old 01-15-2012, 08:05 AM
 
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Some of the UK Whodunnit shows have bods who declare their god - disbelief with some asperity. There are other characters who are God - believers, though.
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Old 01-15-2012, 09:26 AM
 
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Pocoyo?

In all the episodes I have watched (and I have watched many), I have never once heard Pocoyo proclaim the Lord Jesus Christ as King of the Universe. In addition, the narrator is British - and some of our most prominent Atheists (recently) have been British, so.....

And - he dances. Pocoyo doesn't appreciate the other's dancing - and I believe the others dances are metaphors for philsophies/religions. Yes - yes I do. Pocoyo then treats us to his "dance" philosophy.
Did I mention Stephen Fry is involved?


Pocoyo - Dance Off - YouTube
The narrator may be British but Pocoyo was created and written by Spaniards The business owner strikes me as somewhat of a libertarian and not particularly conservative (despite having aristocratic origins), but I might be wrong. Besides, Spanish TV series, for children or adults, rarely mention religion at all. It's the sort of subject matter that most citizens just aren't interested in.

(I love that dance!)
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