On most TV shows, it's pretty easy to tell which characters are good and which are evil. More often than not, TV fans identify with the good guys and loathe the bad guys.
But surprisingly, some of TV's most beloved "good guys" have more than their fair share of haters. Are these "good" TV characters delightful or dastardly?
Jessica Pearson: "Suits"Fans of "Suits" like Jessica. She's empowered, clever, cunning, and beautiful. But this fan-favorite character also has plenty of detractors. She's meant to be a "good" character on the show, but she is often shown doing cruel or unethical things. She played some wicked pranks on a former classmate that really crossed the line. She also frequently abuses Louis Litt's loyalty and is hypocritical about enforcing drug policies in the workplace. The more fans get to know Jessica, the more evil she becomes.
Don Draper, "Mad Men"Don Draper has done some bad things, but he's still basically a sympathetic cowardly hero in the eyes of most "Mad Men" viewers. But one LA Times article famously compared Don Draper to Satan himself.
"Don Draper is the devil," the article argued. "Both the devil and Don Draper need to sell it big; neither one can create, he can only attempt to sway. Satan's greatest achievement, after all, was convincing Eve that the thing she thought she could not have was the one thing she really wanted. ... Which is pretty much what Don Draper does every day."
President Jed Bartlet, "The West Wing"In many ways, fictional President Jed Bartlet is the ideal American leader. He's an eloquent speaker, highly educated, passionate, diplomatic, and kind. But as beloved as his character was, there are some critics who say Bartlet was actually a pretty lousy leader.
ThinkProgress.org featured a scathing assessment of Bartlet's presidency, arguing "Bartlet's policies ranged from uninspired on issues like health care to downright destructive on Social Security and education. … Although the first-term Bartlet White House had ambitious plans for education reform, the second-term Bartlet wound up supporting school vouchers."
And then, of course, there's the whole matter of Jed hiding his illness during the election.
Harry Morgan, "Dexter"
Harry Morgan was a good cop who kindly took an orphaned child into his home. But was Harry justified in turning his adopted son into a serial killer in order to clean up the mean streets of Miami? Some fans argue that Harry's actions were monstrous. What young Dexter needed was counseling, not training in the killing arts.
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