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With the golden age of television now on the rise, one can't help but appreciate the noticeable progression in both comedies and dramas as they begin to introduce new layers to their characters never seen before. Though norms and stereotypes still abound on the small screen (take the uber-geeky scientists on "The Big Bang Theory" and the eccentric foreigner on "Community"), many shows have taken presumptions about their characters and turned them on their heads, bringing audiences some of the most fascinating, challenging and entertaining new figures in recent TV history.  Here are five TV characters who notably overturn any easy labels: Selina Meyer on "Veep" (played by Julia Louis-Dreyfus): Anyone who's seen "Veep" has to wonder if the character of Vice President Selina Meyer is at least loosely based on VP candidate Sarah Palin. But while Palin's political buffoonery and ignorance on matters foreign and historical highlighted a growing national political divide, »

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