A Ranking of Beloved TV Characters Who Are Actually the Worst
CARRIE BRADSHAW, SEX AND THE CITY
Carrie isn't a good friend or a good girlfriend. There, we said it. The columnist, who admitted to having spent $40,000 on shoes (what?) in one episode, repeatedly cheats on perfect-boyfriend Aidan with Big then kisses Aidan years later in Sex and the City 2 while married to Big. Let's also please take a moment to slow-clap for Charlotte who delivered this epic line after Carrie got mad at her for not jumping at the chance to lend her friend money in season 4: "I love you. But it's not my job to fix your finances. You're a 35-year-old woman. You need to learn to stand on your own." By the end of the episode, Charlotte ends up installing a payment plan for Carrie that we can only hope she followed through with since no mention of the sticky financial dilemma was ever made again.
ROSS GELLER, FRIENDS
Not only does Ross think he's better than everyone else, but Monica's older brother is a pretty possessive and jealous person. Just take a look back at his relationship with Rachel, who he gets sulky around when she starts feeling professionally fulfilled at her new job at Bloomingdale's. Or when he neurotically keeps an eye on Rachel at work to make sure she isn't cheating with a co-worker.
JULIE TAYLOR, FRIDAY NIGHT LIGHTS
Sure, Julie's entitled attitude could be a product of her adolescence, but Friday Night Lights featured plenty of teenaged characters who were at the very least tolerable. She's disrespectful to her parents, doesn't acknowledge her little sister Gracie Belle and embarks on a fling with a Swedish lifeguard, thus becoming totally unworthy of too-good-for-this-world Matt Saracen's undying love.
DAN HUMPHREY, GOSSIP GIRL
Where do we begin? Dan is an obnoxiously tortured artist who exposes his best friend's secrets in his novel, ruins Blair's chances of going to Yale and, oh yeah, manages to withhold the series' most important nugget of information: He's the all-knowing (and reputation-ruining) blogger behind — spoiler alert! — Gossip Girl.
ARIA MONTGOMERY, PRETTY LITTLE LIARS
She may be a fan-favorite, but Aria is every bit problematic as the obvious villains on the long-running show. Not only does she betray her friends big time when she joins the A Team (and subsequently destroys Emily and Alison's nursery!) but she's also done really ridiculous things for love — like blackmailing her own dad and cheating on her sweet boyfriend Liam — during her on-again, off-again relationship with Ezra Fitz, her high school English teacher. Ugh.
CARRIE MATHISON, HOMELAND
We'd like to preface this by saying Carrie is a badass CIA agent who isn't afraid to take risks that have, in turn, prevented numerous terrorist attacks. But we can't help but lament her shortcomings, like her rude, unprofessional manner and cry-face. (And no, before you ask, Carrie's bipolar disorder diagnosis isn't the reason she's on this list.) One of her most infuriating moments on Homeland? When she takes a young medical school student's virginity in Pakistan upon learning his uncle is a most-wanted terrorist. Carrie ends up getting the student killed after his uncle finds out he had been working with the CIA.
PIPER CHAPMAN, ORANGE IS THE NEW BLACK
While most of Litchfield's inmates are in survival mode, Piper seems to use her time in prison as a way to prove she's "quite gangsta" and hardly privileged. She's also selfish. Remember that time she schemed to get her girlfriend, Alex Vause, back in Litchfield because she was lonely? Yeah, we rest our case. She has a few redeeming moments, though, like the time she put her savviness to good use when she launched an illegal dirty prison panty business that benefited her and her inmates.
TED MOSBY, HOW I MET YOUR MOTHER
Ted is less endearing than he is selfish and a little pretentious if we're being generous. Harsh? Maybe. Honest? Most definitely, considering Ted almost always does the opposite of what his friends advise and can't seem to take "no" as an answer whenever faced with an ambivalent love interest.
RORY GILMORE, GILMORE GIRLS
To sum it up: She quickly rejects her mom's dating advice — despite always throwing a fit whenever Lorelai fails to follow through with Rory's relationship suggestions — and just can't seem to recognize how privileged she truly is. Her disastrous taste in men is equally problematic, but that's for another time.
LUKE DANES, GILMORE GIRLS
And hey, Luke isn't any better. We may be suckers for his flannel and backwards-baseball-hat, but that doesn't excuse his grumpiest moments throughout the show's run. Remember that time he didn't tell longtime friend (and future wife) Lorelai that he had moved out of town? Yeah, pretty brutal. "You think everything is your business. Everything is about you," he tells Lorelai, surprising her with a tantrum at her place of work, upon learning she was upset about his impromptu move. "Well here's a newsflash, some things aren't about you. I don't have to tell you anything." Sit down, Luke.
CLAY JENSEN, 13 REASONS WHY
Oh, Clay. Pegged as the Netflix show's good guy, Mr. Jensen has tried to bring justice for Hannah Baker since news of her suicide made its way to Liberty High School. But throughout season 1 and 2, his actions are eclipsed by subtle slut-shaming comments he makes about his late friend, who he also happens to be in love with, after learning more about her dating history. Friends like Justin Foley (my, how the tables have turned) point out the hypocrisy, but Clay just doesn't seem to get it.