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->''"It's a fez. I wear a fez now. Fezzes are cool."''
-->-- '''[[Series/DoctorWho The Eleventh Doctor]]'''

* ''Series/{{Angel}}'': Doyle's porkpie hat, similar to the one worn by Whistler in Season 2 of ''[[Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer BtVS]]'' (on whose character Doyle is based).
* ''TheTudors'' displays quite a fantastic plethora of {{Nice Hat}}s, most notably those worn by King Francis I and Charles Brandon. The good people of England never complained about Henry VIII creating his own church because they were too DistractedByTheSexy.
** The Tudors made good justification of FluffyFashionFeathers.
* In ''Series/{{Merlin}}'', the official servant's ceremonial clothes include a huge feathered monstrosity of a hat. Gwen even comments, "nice hat," in between giggles.
* Johnny Carson's shtick as Carnac the Magnificent was well known for the giant turban that apparently granted him psychic powers.
* On the A&E TV series ''Series/ANeroWolfeMystery'', Archie Goodwin (Timothy Hutton) always dressed very well whenever he went out on business or pleasure, frequently topping off his outfit with a snappy fedora. Wolfe himself (Maury Chaykin) sported a few Nice Hats of his own on the rare occasions when he left the brownstone.
* In the SciFiChannel's production of ''{{Dune}}'' there were several {{Nice Hat}}s, mostly notably the Bene Gesserit, [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Image:Ghm.jpg seen here]] (the hat is the thing extending back from her head).
** And the Spacing Guild representative; you know the Guild has been knocked down a peg when he appears without his bizarre black headgear.
* ''Series/{{Defiance}}'' has Sukar, who looks rather steam-punkish with his goggles wrapped around his top hat.
* Mention ''must'' go to Jayne Cobb's "cunning hat" in the ''Series/{{Firefly}}'' episode "The Message"... knitted for him [[EvenBadMenLoveTheirMamas by his mom]]. It is an inversion of NiceHat.
-->'''Wash:''' [[StealthInsult A man walks down the street in that hat, people know he's not afraid of]] '''[[StealthInsult anything.]]'''
-->'''Jayne:''' [[ComicallyMissingThePoint Damn straight.]]
** There's also Badger, who, despite being a villain with a questionable taste in ties and suits and sports a bare chest under his coat and vest, wears a ''nice'' little derby, referred to by Mal as a "very fine hat".
** Also, an inversion, where a NiceHat doesn't help:
--->'''Mal:''' That's a mighty fine gun. Gun like that, boy must be your best shooter.\\
'''Patience:''' We call him Two-Fry. He always makes it quick and clean.\\
'''Mal:''' Two-Fry. Nice hat.\\
''(Jayne's sniper shot puts an entry hole in Two-Fry's hat, and his head)''
** Even Mal aspires to Nice Hat-dom with these comments:
---> "And I'd like to be king of all Londinium and wear a shiny hat."\\
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"I swear by my pretty floral bonnet I will end you." \\
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'''Saffron:''' I thought last night during the ceremony that you were pleased. \\
'''Mal:''' Well, yeah, last night I was. Had some mulled wine, pretty girl gave me a [[http://media.tumblr.com/tumblr_lka2a1EswD1qalw95.jpg hat made out of a tree]]. Nobody said I was signing up to have and to hold.
** It is worth noting that the ''vast'' majority of characters on the show who wear hats are bad guys. Joss Whedon half-jokingly said it was how you could always tell who the bad guys were. They always had hats.
* Benton Fraser's Mountie standard issue wide-awake hat in ''Series/DueSouth'', which has a brim stiff enough to ''knock someone out'' when hurled Frisbee-style.
** Some fans point out that Fraser's susceptibility to injury and harm is dependent on whether or not he has his hat. If he has his hat, he is invincible (the hat once saves him from being shot at point-blank range, by ''taking the bullet'' no less). The bullet went straight through the hat front-and-back, but without the hat, he'd spend an episode in the hospital. Inversely, through the entire episode of ''Victoria's Secret'', he almost never wears the hat, [[spoiler: and ends up accidentally being shot and wounded by his partner.]]
* Several incarnations of [[Series/DoctorWho the Doctor]] sport some distinctive headgear, notably the [[http://newsimg.bbc.co.uk/media/images/42714000/jpg/_42714351_sarahjane_seeds400.jpg fourth]], the [[http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_uiRi-iHWGHo/RrSQnZTP5sI/AAAAAAAABaA/AcSgQmKVUi0/s320/200px-Fifth_Doctor.jpg fifth]], and the [[http://farm1.static.flickr.com/75/173072935_e70ba9e64c.jpg?v=0 seventh]] (owned by the actor).
** Not one to be outdone in the fashion department, Romana sported at least four (if you count "Shada"). Not counting the awful Burberry one from "The Stones of Blood" that today screams uncool, there's "The Androids of Tara", "City of Death" ([[FetishFuel topping off a rather memorable outfit]]), "Shada" and the time she wore the entire Fourth Doctor get-up.
** Though they're all tame compared to what most Time Lords wear.
** The Second Doctor didn't wear a hat that often but experienced a serious fascination with them, especially [[CharacterizationMarchesOn early on]] ("I should like a hat like that" was an early catchphrase of his). Most important is his stovepipe hat, which [[http://doctorwhomindrobber.files.wordpress.com/2013/10/second-doctors-hats-stove-pipe-power.jpg?w=652 needs to be seen]].
** The Third also tried on a flat cap in his first appearance, before settling on a fedora. In his other installments, he went bare-headed.
** Even the First Doctor [[http://www.bbc.co.uk/doctorwho/classic/gallery/firstdoctor/images/640/hartnell01.jpg wore a hat in his very first story]].
*** Susan was also spotted sometimes wearing a fetching '60's style cap.
** Eleven has a fondness for hats which, combined with his rampant AttentionDeficitOohShiny, often results in him acquiring a new one in the middle of saving the world. In "The Big Bang", he picks up a fez out of a museum, claiming that "Fezzes are cool". Amy and River take initiative to stop him from adding this to his accoutrements (which already contains [[BowtiesAreCool a bowtie]]) by snatching it off his head, throwing it into the air, and ''blowing it up''. The fez has now reached MemeticMutation levels, both in the show and fandom. It has become the Doctor's ongoing battle to ''try and keep a fez''. He even steals one from Einstein. In the first episode of Series 6, he turns up in America wearing a Stetson (which makes additional appearances later on), only to have River Song ''shoot it off his head''. Top hats, a pirate captain hat and a bowler hat have also made their way onto his head.
*** In ''Series/DoctorWhoConfidential'', it was revealed that Creator/StevenMoffat had anticipated Creator/MattSmith growing attached to the fez and devised a [[KickTheDog cunning]] plan to kill the fez in its introductory episode, [[TheChessmaster before Matt even knew about it]].
** The Seventh Doctor was the first to indulge in fezzes, briefly swapping out his usual hat for one episode.
** The Tenth Doctor briefly sported a fez in the 50th anniversary special.
** During the Fourth Doctor's time, we were introduced to the White Guardian and the Black Guardian, who wore surprisingly tasteful headgear made from ''birds''. (A white dove and a black raven, presumably.)
* On ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration'', Whoopi Goldberg's character Guinan often wore what looked like a card table draped with velvet on her head. Behind the scenes, these hats were chosen because they hid Whoopi Goldberg's dreadlocks, which they thought wouldn't look right on Guinan (in later episodes, however, we end up seeing her dreadlocks anyway). She also had a hexagonal version.
** Spoofed in ''Sev Trek: Pus in Boots'' where Guinan's hat is used as a tray for serving drinks in Ten Forward, then as WeaponizedHeadgear against a rampaging alien shapeshifter.
* In ''Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine'', Worf first meets Kira and Dax as they're exiting the Holosuite in ridiculous medieval regalia, complete with huge garish headgear. Worf's only response: "Nice hat."
** Apparently ''Deep Space Nine'' actually had a specific part of their budget allocated toward making hats for various PlanetOfHats aliens. Unfortunately the camera operators kept complaining the hats were obscuring the actors' faces, so the idea was dropped.
** There's also Kai Winn's omnipresent [[http://ds9.trekcore.com/castcrew/images/cast/Kai%20winn.jpg little yellow hat]]. It was a lot neater than the ridiculous headgear she had to wear as a mere Vedek that looked like the Sydney Opera House.
* Spock would frequently wear hats when visiting human planets incognito on the original ''Series/{{Star Trek|The Original Series}}''. Ostensibly to cover his ears and eyebrows so he could pass for human, according to many sources it was really so Leonard Nimoy didn't have to wear the ear pieces, which made his ears very sore by the end of each season.
* Michael Garibaldi on ''Series/BabylonFive'' had a film-noir style fedora that he would occasionally wear for doing detectiv-y things. When G'kar leaves the station to search for him, he takes (and wears) the hat.
* Cousin Itt from ''Series/TheAddamsFamily'' wore a derby hat (the only thing, other than his CoolShades, that he wore).
* Played with in ''TheMightyBoosh'' episode "Electro." Howard meets the Spirit of Jazz, an intimidating ghost with a white top hat that's always on fire. At the end of the scene, the Spirit freaks out because he didn't realize that his hat was on fire. Howard apologizes for not warning him, saying he thought it was "just his look."
** The Hitcher also wears a rather nice top hat, with polo mints imbedded into the band.
* Of course, ''KolchakTheNightStalker'' never went anywhere without his porkpie hat.
** It should be noted, however, that everyone who isn't the eponymous Kolchak thinks the hat's ratty and ugly. Ms. Emily tried to get him to wear a genuinely nice (if unsuited to him) cowboy hat. It...didn't take.
* In one episode of ''Creator/MichaelPalin's New Europe'', he wears a huge hat made of oak leaves whilst celebrating a Latvian midsummer festival at which it's traditional for men to dance wearing one.
* When Cain escapes from the Longcoats in ''Series/TinMan'', he takes the time to wreak a little extra vengeance on the one who stole his hat.
* In the Canadian children's show ''TodaysSpecial,'' the main character, Jeff, is a mannequin brought to life by his magic hat (cap, really). When he takes it off, or it comes off, he turns back into a mannequin.
* The ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'' episode where she has the flu and is languishing in the hospital as Das Kindestod stalks the hall of the children's wing. It wears a Nice Hat, and when she brawls with it, the hat comes off. He seems to defeat her, picks the hat back up, and -- this is the key point -- makes sure the brim is straightened as he stalks off.
* Frank from ''Series/ThirtyRock'' has a collection of humorous trucker hats, a variation on the FunTShirt.
* Angel Batista from ''Series/{{Dexter}}'' usually sports a very sharp-looking hat.
* Steed from ''Series/TheAvengers'' always wears an impeccable bowler hat, as befits his status as a perfect English gentleman. The steel plate concealed in the crown is just a bonus.
* You will see Jamie Hyneman of ''Series/MythBusters'' without his beret only while he is in the middle of putting on diving equipment or fireproof suits, and even then he will not been wearing it only for as long as absolutely neccessary.
** Meanwhile, his co-host Adam Savage will put just about anything on his head.
** He does wear a nice, brown IndianaJones number pretty regularly.
* The first season of ''Series/GhostWhisperer'' had a recurring evil spirit best-known as "Wide-Brim" after his distinctive, and yes, very nice hat.
* Fruit from ''TheWire''; in fact his pimp hat is a necessary distinguishing feature to get the audience to recognize him among the huge influx of new drug dealer characters in season three.
** Also, in Season 1, Bubbles used a bag of Hats as a way of marking drug dealers for the watching police and their cameras. He had a particular red NiceHat that he only put on major players.
* A recent episode of ''Series/TheDailyShow'' featured the Secretary of the Interior giving Jon Stewart an exceedingly nice cowboy hat, matching the one the Secretary was already sporting.
* Sister Bertrille was known as ''TheFlyingNun'' because her hat was so nice it let her fly.
* ''Series/JeevesAndWooster'' actually lets us ''see'' the hats that were only described in the [[Literature/JeevesAndWooster original novels]] and that have driven ''so'' many plots with the arousal of Jeeves' Ultimate Fashion Police ire: The Alpine, the 42nd Street skimmer, the 10-gallon...
* ''Series/{{Battlestar Galactica|Reimagined}}''. While on New Caprica, Brother Cavil wears a hat that gives him a suitably sinister look, especially when he's arranging for the arrest and execution of several hundred hostages.
* In ''HomicideLifeOnTheStreet'', Detective Lewis is rarely seen outside of the station house without his cool trilby. Detective Pembleton is also at times given to wearing a pretty sweet fedora. Various other rather cool hats make their appearance throughout the show.
** Played with in the latter half of season three, wherein Bolander frequently wears a trilby... because he's been recently shot in the head and wears it to conceal the horrific scars.
* 1975's ''The Ghost Busters'' was pretty much all about the nice hats. Tracy, the gorilla sidekick, would go through about 10 hat-changes or more through the course of each episode.
* In the pilot episode of ''WhiteCollar'', Agent Burke's probationary agent compliments Neal Caffrey on his hat when she first meets him, leading Caffrey to think that she's flirting with him, when Burke tells Caffrey that [[spoiler:"She'd rather be wearing the hat"]], implying that [[spoiler:she's actually a lesbian (which is confirmed later in the episode)]].
** SharpDressedMan Neal has continued to wear the fedora, much to Peter's annoyance. In one episode, a witness for a case starts fanboying over Neal and gets a fedora of his own. He even changes his online dating profile picture to include the hat, which later allows Neal to take his place on a blind date with a suspect.
* ''Series/StargateSG1'':
** Since he keeps his gut-pouch covered, the only thing preventing Teal'c from [[HumanAliens passing for human]] is his gold forehead tattoo. The obvious solution is a selection of {{Nice Hat}}s, or in one case a [[FunnyAfro fake Afro]] and bandanna.
** Meanwhile on the "Jayne Cobb's knitted hat" end of the trope, we have [[http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v639/nebulan/Thunkage/goauld/zipacna/3x155F0189.jpg the absurd headdress]] worn by the minor Goa'uld Zipacna in "Pretense".
* ''Series/{{Leverage}}'': If Nate Ford (also played by Timothy Hutton) can wear a hat, he will. And he looks damn good doing it.
* Shotaro Hidari, the eponymous ''Series/KamenRiderDouble'', has a whole collection of Cool Hats he [[TakeUpMySword took up]] upon the death of his mentor, Sokichi Narumi. [[spoiler:TheMovie shows that Shokichi wore his Cool Hat before ''and'' after transforming into Kamen Rider Skull, a trait retained when the Dummy Dopant impersonates him. The way to tell the real Skull apart from the Dummy impersonating him is that the real Skull's hat has a notch in the brim, gained when one of the Taboo Dopant's energy bombs nicked it.]]
** Worth pointing out, out of all Sokichi's hats, the only one Shotaro never touches is the white hat he was wearing when he died. In the penultimate episode, he finally takes that hat off the wall, signifying to one and all that [[LetsGetDangerous the time for silliness has ended.]] [[spoiler:And then he uses it in the fight where he kicks the [[BigBad Utopia Dopant's]] ass. Without transforming into Double.]]
* Princess Ariel and her handmaiden Cassandra sport some pretty spectacular headdresses on ''Series/WizardsAndWarriors''. Evil Wizard Vector claimed ''not'' to wear a hat - which means he had very odd hair.
* ''Series/{{Lidsville}}'' was a literal PlanetOfHats.
* Abby Bartlet, ''TheWestWing'''s First Lady, occasionally wore scary wide-brimmed cartwheel hats, mostly for solemn occasions like funerals.
* ''{{Scrubs}}'': The rather outlandish hat that Turk wore after becoming Chief of Surgery probably qualifies. The fact that it was made by [[AlmightyJanitor The Janitor]] probably nets it some sort of bonus points.
* ''Series/{{Justified}}'': Deputy Marshall Raylan Givens is usually seen with his large beige cowboy hat.
* ''{{Oz}}'': Adebisi always wore a small knit cap perched on the top of his head. One of the other characters once asked him how he got it to stay there.
* The ''AmericasGotTalent'' contestant Hannibal Means' actual performance is based on his singing, which is excellent, but he is also remembered for his unusual dressing habits, one of the most memorable of which featured a hat shaped like a rooster. More than that, he actually ''crochets'' these hats, and got Nick Cannon to wear one (which probably wasn't hard) during his most recent performance.
* ''Series/{{Farscape}}'': When Crichton said that War Minister Ahkna scares him, Claudia Black ad-libbed the line "It's the hat."
* [[Series/TheAdventuresOfShirleyHolmes Shirley Holmes]] has a plethora of hats, they're her signature look.
* Vince Noir from ''TheMightyBoosh'' sports a wide array of awesome hats throughout the series. In one episode Howard curses Vince that the next hat he tries on will not suit him, prompting Vince to say that "All hats suit me! My hair is virtually a hat!"
* ''HeeHaw'': Minnie Pearl's flowery straw hat with the price tag hanging from it. She was apparently mortified after her first appearance with it, when she realized she'd been in such a hurry to dress that she forgot to remove the tag. But the audience thought it was hilarious, so she kept it after that.
* Bobby Singer on ''Series/{{Supernatural}}'' is almost never seen without his trucker cap.
* ''XenaWarriorPrincess'': ''the Xena Scrolls'' is a ClipShow about Xena's and Gabrielle's descendants in 1940. Gabrielle's umpteenth great grand-daughter is an IndianaJones expy complete with hat, whip and IndyHatRoll.
** In an earlier episode, Xena had let herself be arrested by a corrupt ruler, in order to contact a rebel leader who was already in prison. Gabrielle, wearing what looked like a bowler, later arranged to get arrested as well, in order to smuggle in Xena's chakram (which was disguised as the brim of her hat), as well as her whip (which Gabrielle wore around her waist like a belt).
* Mike's wool hats in ''TheMonkees'' (also see Music below)
** Also from ''TheMonkees'', the beginning of the episode ''Captain Crocodile'' saw the series' protagonists having cute little leafy green bathing caps put on them (albeit to keep cream out of their hair when they each subsequently received a {{Pie in the Face}}). These same caps were worn by the members of the band The Jolly Green Giants in the earlier ''Find the Monkees'' story.
* ''Series/TheShadowLine'' has Gatehouse, who wears a nice trilby in most of his appearances.
* Star-burns on ''Series/{{Community}}'' acquires one for the second season.
* Walter White from ''Series/BreakingBad'' wears a black porkpie when in his Heisenberg persona.
* Cowboys Jet & Cord from Seasons 16 & 18 of ''Series/TheAmazingRace'' would never be seen without their cowboy hats, and always kept them on, even while bungee jumping. On the final leg of Season 16, Jet's character avatar at the Industrial Light & Magic challenge was even given a cowboy hat.
* When the Rangers from the future in ''Series/PowerRangersTimeForce'' get 21st-century clothing, Wes gives Trip a bucket hat to top off his ensemble (and to disguise the fact that he's a HumanAlien by obscuring the crystal in his forehead.)
--> '''Wes:''' I don't know if the public is ''quite'' ready for a Xybrian yet.
** If we're going to get into that franchise, we ''must'' mention the ''Series/KaizokuSentaiGokaiger'', {{Space Pirate}}s with the requisite hats (or a do-rag in the case of the SixthRanger) built into their Ranger helmets ''and'' their Megazord!
** Speaking of the Megazords, the ones in ''Series/MahouSentaiMagiranger''/''Series/PowerRangersMysticForce'' and ''Series/SamuraiSentaiShinkenger''/''Series/PowerRangersSamurai'' also have Nice Hats (a pointy wizard hat and a samurai helmet, respectively).
** ''[[Series/PowerRangersLightspeedRescue Lightspeed Rescue's]]'' Joel had a cowboy hat (though ''he'' was decidedly ''less'' nice when he wore it).
** And long ago there was a MonsterOfTheWeek, [[Series/MightyMorphinPowerRangers Bones]]/[[Series/KyoryuSentaiZyuranger Dora Skeleton]], who had a nice musketeer-style hat and a rapier to match.
** Here's something interesting: two other [[MonsterOfTheWeek Monsters of the Week]], Professor Longnose from ''Series/MightyMorphinPowerRangers'' and Fortissimodo from ''Series/PowerRangersZeo'' had Nice Hats... And despite the fact that both were blown up in the obligatory Megazord battle, in both cases, their hats appeared to survive.
* Being set in a medieval-style world, ''Series/GameOfThrones'' is as full of {{Nice Hat}}s as it is full of ChronicBackstabbingDisorder. A special prize should be awarded to King Renly Baratheon, who wears a fancy, golden crown shaped like stag antlers. It's arguably the most striking piece of headwear in the series.
* In universe, Series/{{Sherlock}}'s hat becomes this, much to his dismay.
* Laura Holt on ''RemingtonSteele'' often wore a hat, mostly Fedoras.
* Don Draper's fedora in ''MadMen''.
* Steve Gonsalves on ''GhostHunters'' was not seen without a hat for the first several seasons of the show, leading to some amusing fan theories for what the hat was hiding.
* Both Cora and Violet sport amazing hats throughout DowntonAbbey. The other girls have them sometimes too but Cora and Violet are the most consistent.
* In the science/health EdutainmentShow ''Head to Toe'', there's a teaching skeleton in the classroom named Mr. Bones who [[DifferentInEveryEpisode wears a different hat each episode]]. The host of the show will walk by him and say "Hello, Mr. Bones. Nice hat."
* Del Boy's market cap from ''Series/OnlyFoolsAndHorses''.
* The 1990's Australian survival series ''The Bush Tucker Man'' was hosted by retired army major Les Hiddins who always wore an unusually-shaped Akubra hat.
* ''Series/TheBlacklist'': [[VillainProtagonist Raymond Reddington]] sports a classic villainous fedora.
** One of his agents, the Cowboy (Lance Reddick) wears a pretty neat Stetson, which Red compliments him on at one point.
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