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7 Once Beloved TV Characters We've Come To Despise

By Joanna Robinson | Seriously Random Lists | January 30, 2013 | Comments ()


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There are more irritating TV characters on TV than you can shake a red cowboy boot at. But what's worse than a character who you hated from the start? One you used to love, of course. Here are seven characters who used to nestle gently in our heart. Most have out-worn their welcome, some are merely a victim of a bad plot line. Lo, how the mighty have fallen.

Jim Halpert-"The Office" Once a preppy, snarky little dreamboat, Jim Halpert has turned into a complete, raging asshole. Maybe this is a sophisticated cautionary tale about marriage or, more like, "The Office" writers are completely out of ideas and are, instead, throwing whatever they can against the wall to see if it sticks.
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Sue Sylvester-"Glee" I mean, we all pretty much hate the entire crew over at McKinley High at this point, right? But Jane Lynch (so very good in Christopher Guest films and on "Party Down") was a favorite. But the inconsistent and waffling way she's been redeemed/vilified over the past few seasons have made the lovely Lynch as much of an irritating bore as everyone else.
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Mr. Bates-"Downton Abbey" Such a lovely and unlikely hangdog heartthrob in Series 1 and such an utter waste of space these days. I regret the moment you limped into my life, Mr. Bates. I really do.
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Deb Morgan-"Dexter" Your mileage may vary on Jennifer Carpenter's acting ability (I think she's great), but the foul-mouthed, tough as nails Deb Morgan was a fantastic creation. I don't know why the writers have insisted on assassinating her character. Possibly because [OLD SPOILER ALERT] Rita isn't around to be the annoying one anymore. Regardless, it's been a tough thing to watch. I really wish Dexter had hung up his saran wrap two years ago.
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Phil Dunphy-"Modern Family" The entire Dunphy clan are irritating as h*ll these days, but since Phil was always my favorite, I feel his loss most keenly. Lord knows it's not Ty Burrell's fault. Given the critical and popular success of "Modern Family," I'm guessing Burrell's going to be tied to this role for many years to come. Shame.
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Ted Mosby-"How I Met Your Mother" Maybe you never loved Ted Mosby. But you certainly weren't supposed to hate him, right? The writers have started to have more fun with Ted's douchiness (much like latter-day Ross on "Friends") but he's still one of the smarmiest characters around.
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Daenerys Targaryen-"Game Of Thrones" Alright, fine, this is a cheat. We don't despise Dany. How could we? But compare your feelings about her plotline in Season 1 with that nonsense in Qarth in Season 2. I'm ever so glad she has her dragons back, maybe now she'll stop whinging.
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  • j

    Honestly curious: what's with people suddenly going with "whinging" instead of "whining"? I see this on all these pop culture websites. Why pick up this one Britishism?

    Honestly (and I expect, if there's any response to this, it will be to blast this part, but so be it), this is SUCH a hipster thing.

  • greg

    despicable characters make for good tv?

  • Aeryn

    i so hate Ted and I seem to tune out on some of his scenes. He has really grown into a huge annoyance over the years. I mean, if u look at the ads for the show, you would think Barney is the main character.

    Also, so upset with Jim. Geez, I almost stopped watching this year and I catch it on DVR when I got the time.

  • poopnado

    Halpert just needs to get the eff out of town. As he should have 6 seasons ago. I think he'll come back around by the end of the season, we'll remember why we loved him, and him and Pam will ride off into the sunset into the magical land of Philly cheese steaks.

  • Kal

    What about Nancy Botwin's slow descent on "Weeds"? I know it's long over, but she began as an offbeat, spunky little small-time dealer backed into a corner by her husband's death (thus somewhat legitimizing her forays into the weed world), and became a disinterested, unloving, selfish, slutty, hateful character.

  • apsutter

    Oh God...that show made me hate Mary Louise parker. When Andy finally knocked the damn coffee out of her hand I cheered! She became such an insufferable idiot, incredibly selfish, and a horrible mother. I hate how they dressed her too because it was just so unfitting. Near the end I was rolling my eyes at her immature ways during every episode. They took a woman who had been a responsible mom and turned her into on of those shitty 40 something moms who are desperate to be in their 20's again. They basically "Dina Lohan'ed"

  • semirose

    I always thought Daenerys was such a bore in the books, s1 of the show redeemed her and s2 reminded me why I never liked her.

    *sigh* I still can't believe the Anna of s1 married the Bates of s2. He is so useless and she was so awesome.

  • Jo 'Mama' Besser

    I feel like we should open this up to the soap opera fans and recurring SNL characters.

    It's a character from a departed show, but Rory Gilmore sure turned, huh?

  • Leelee

    You are spot on with Rory. It's a little worrying that I'm still irritated with how awful she became, so many years after the show ending.

  • YOU TAKE THAT BACK ABOUT BATES.

    .. snark aside, I'm starting to see the light re: Bates. He had such potential, and he's still so sweet, but he's such a letdown these days. We need more rage!Bates, not martyr!Bates. Love that rage!Bates.

  • F'mal DeHyde

    They released the entire season on amazon, so I don't know if this is a spoiler or not since I'm not sure what's played on BBCA already... if it is, it's a very small one. There's a scene where Bates looks on while Anna dances and the look on his face made me tear up a little. They need more scenes like that, those two are charming together. The prison nonsense was a terrible misstep for his character.

  • Are you talking about when she dances in season 3? That's the best scene of them for the entire season, besides the other thing at the end.

  • John G.

    How dare you say that about Dany. The beloved character I have most come to despise is Joanna.

  • Slash

    Whatever. I still like "Modern Family." And I still like Phil.

    So maybe you should use the word "we've" less liberally.

    I do miss "Better Off Ted."

  • JoannaRobinson

    You'll pry that presumptive Royal "we" out of my cold, dead hands.

  • Agree with most, but think that Julie Bowen is far more annoying in "Modern Family (rat on crack hysteric)" Earl of Grantham (useless vapid ditherer) in "Downton Abbey." Otherwise you were READING MY MIND.

  • Steph

    I like Daenerys. The writers are obviously playing a long game with her arc so I'm fine that nothing's really happening at the moment, and the stuff in Quarth looked cool so whatever. Also, she's a woman in show where the shitty misogyny is really emphasized, so she has leeway to be obnoxious. Same deal with Mad Men.

  • Natallica

    I think her pettyness in season 2 makes her all the more endearing. Nobody is perfect in Game of thrones, and the fact that Dany's good qualities can also be balanced with violent and stupid impulses makes her basically human and relatable

  • Aaron Schulz

    Daenerys for queen

  • Lindsey Gregory

    How can you hate Phil Dunphy and his Philboards? Are you Satan???

  • babykangarootribbiani

    i don't completely HATE ted yet, but it's heading in that direction. the epsiodes are best when they don;t focus on him.
    and i really can no longer stand tina on glee. i think her story is the worst because she was a solid character the first year, she faked a stutter, she liked artie, the principal thought she was a vampire. but as soon as season 2 started and she started dating mike chang, literally all her character did was "asian asian asian this is my asian boyfriend and we both do asian things asian asian asian" now her character is just obnoxious, from blaming marley to losing regionals to chasing after blaine when SHE was one of the people to tell mercedes she would only get hurt chasing after kurt.
    and even sadder than that is how much i;m still invested in glee. DAMN YOU RYAN MURPHY!!!!!

  • Cree83

    The hate I have for Phil Dunphy is like a physical thing. It makes my skin crawl and send shivers down my spine. Initially, it was a hatred that came from a completely shallow place, I admit. I didn't like his face, with his thin lizard lips, and I didn't like his scratchy gravelly voice, which is like nails on a chalkboard for me. But the hate bloomed into so much more as the character's buffoonery grew and grew. How I hate Phil Dunpnhy.

    Also, Daenerys was always the most annoying character in both the books and the show as far as I'm concerned, so there was no "coming to" despise her either.

    You know who was the king of characters that you end up hating? Nate Fisher.

  • BWeaves

    Bates was always a bit iffy. Were we supposed to feel sorry for him because he had to use a cane and so couldn't really pull his weight to do his job? I've noticed that they don't let him have a cane in prison, and he barely limps. Prison must be good for him. Oh, and in real life, not only would the whole Downton clan have washed their hands of Bates, but they probably would have fired Anna, too. Has Fellowes ever been in a prison, because I'm pretty sure that's not how they worked?

  • PDamian

    Well, quite a few historians have said that the closeness between upstairs and downstairs in Downton Abbey simply didn't exist in real life. If Downton Abbey were a real Edwardian household, none of the Crawleys would have known the names of any of the household staff but for Carson and the head housekeeper. The footmen would have been called "footman" or "man," and the maids would barely exist, as they would do most of the work before the upstairs folks awoke or after they were abed. In all likelihood, Bates and Anna would have been dismissed by Carson, and Lord Grantham and his family would have been none the wiser. It's a TV show, not history.

  • Lovely Bones

    Having struggled with trying to not be pretentious, or be less so, for a long time, I used to really identify with Ted. And we know that the primary reason he's terrible is that he can't grow as a character until we get to the mother and he learns to abandon his idea of fate and romantic perfection, and the show WILL NEVER FUCKING END. (Though he did grow some in the seventh season. The stuff with him and Robin was smartly done.) Nevertheless, yes, Ted's terrible. I quickly quit Modern Family because it was spinning its wheels, I didn't get the chance to start hating anyone besides Manny. I do not the rage over Dany or Qarth, though. The Qarth arc was such a well-done improvement on how it was done in the novel. I loved the arc of her learning humility at the Spice King's hands, though I admit I mostly like Qarth for the vast improvement of Xaro as a character.

  • AsdffAnon

    Ahhh, Ty Burrell's Phil Dunphy is still my favorite television personality. Ted Mosby is a bag of hammers and shit and always has been.

  • anon33

    I don't know exactly WHY I am still watching The Office, but I am, so there's that.
    Last week I COULD NOT BELIEVE how much of a dick Jim was. All that nonsense about "I'm doing this for you and our family?" FUCK NO. My husband was sitting right there and said "Uh dude? You already had a good job..."
    Yeah Jim we get it. You wasted your youth at being a slacker who played practical jokes. Now you want to be successful, except-OH WAIT!- you decided to have two kids. Get over yourself, prick.
    /sorry

  • DeltaJuliet

    Jim started out being the guy I'd love to marry. And he's turning into the guy I did marry. It's very unfortunate. I feel as let down as Pam lol

  • Mrs. Julien

    But it's all part of the writers' long game, right? It's a set up for them to come back together and take the big leap of faith into Philadelphia/Jim's new career/freedom from Dunder Mifflin when the show ends. I agree with the comments, but I'm more offended by the heavy-handed and obvious set up then by the characters out-of-character actions, or maybe those are the same thing. Anywho, I'm sticking it out to the end cringing all the way.

  • DeltaJuliet

    It's got to be. I mean, it's not as if they will have Jim and Pam divorce or anything. But I kind of hate that they have made these characters into such jerks to get there. I'd be just as happy for them to have a happy ending wtihout turning into assholes first. Although I should clarify, I don't think Pam is an asshole, just Jim. Poor Pam seems to be really confused by Jim's actions this season. They are so out of character for him.
    Hey, I'm there, cringing along with you. I can't give up now.

  • Mrs. Julien

    I did love it that Pam spoke to the sound guy because OF COURSE they would have developed personal relationships with the crew. It's all part of the "Jim alternative/jealousy subplot" they're lining up, but I thought it was well done.

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  • DeltaJuliet

    I thought that was a good touch, too.

    I'm not a fan of the whole jealousy angle though. I didn't like it that season where they had that girl throwing herself at Jim all the time either. (I can't even remember who that was anymore? It's like I blocked it out.)

  • jventurebros

    Yes I agree, the office, definitely does suck now....it was hurting right after Michael left, but now it's just straight up awful. All humor is gone, it's a drama series feat a chuckle from Dwight every now and then.

  • Rob

    They're both awful. While Jim is off being a douche in Philly, Pam has been sitting in Scranton, building up a big ball of resentment toward Jim while putting on a fake smile and making him think everything's OK. She was never OK with Jim risking their money on this company, or him going to Philly, or the possibility of moving to Philly, but she just kept playing nice instead of saying what the fuck was on her mind. Pam used to be cute and funny, now she's just a passive aggressive hag in the making. And all the while, Jim is just a blind doofus who thinks that his wife's obviously begrudging smiles count as some sort of consent for him to leave her with the kids. They've become an absolutely insufferable couple and that argument showed why, neither of them is likable anymore. And by the way, what is with the writers and their fetish for making Pam generally incompetent in everything she does? Pam sucks at sales, sucked at art school, sucks as an office manager, and now she can't even work a damn phone? And don't even get me started on her crying in another man's arms. It's like the writers realized that Jim was getting too unlikable so they thought they should also make Pam objectively worse than she was to even things out. Then there's the weird Erin/New Jim romance(I seriously forgot his name until this episode) which has completed Andy's turn to the dark side and the Nellie problem. Honestly, what character on the Office does anyone still like?

  • F'mal DeHyde

    Gawd, I'm glad I'm not watching anymore. I pretty much gave up after that awful episode where Michael promised a graduating class a large donation toward their college tuition. I couldn't even finish that one.

  • DeltaJuliet

    That episode was brutal. I always kind of enjoyed how Michael could make the viwers feel his discomfort, but that episode was just....too much awkwardness. Awful.

  • competitivenonfiction

    Creed?

  • JoannaRobinson

    The previous episode when Pam was having a breakdown and he was playing basketball with Dr. J and lying to Pam about it. RAAAAAAAAAGE!

  • apsutter

    Yes!! He has been such a complete prick to the woman he's supposed to love. He has lied to her all season about his company(first about being involved and then about how much of THEIR money he invested.) Then the ass tries to guilt Pam by acting like it's so difficult and he's sacrificing so much by staying in a city he loves and doing his freakin dream job while playing basketball with his childhood idols. While Pam is the one at home busting her ass at a full time job an taking care of two very young children while still trying to fulfill her own dreams in art. Jim clearly doesn't give a shit about Pam because he thinks so little of her that he lies to her constantly and he completely strongarmed her into being involved in that company. She knew it was going to suck and that she'd be left all alone and with the brunt of the work but she couldnt say no because then Jim would just become more and more resentful towards her.

  • NateMan

    Sam WInchester on Supernatural. He was great, and now I hate him. That fucker needs to cut his hair and stop being a whiny little pansy. "Ohhh, woe is me, I get to travel around the country in a kickass car and kill monsters and have sex with hot strangers who then turn evil or get killed, thus saving me from any boyfriend duties." Bitch, bitch, bitch...

  • InternetMagpie

    False.

    Sam was NEVER GREAT. SHUT UP SAM I HATE YOU.

  • NateMan

    I don't know, he was pretty good first season or two, when he was angsty but not whiny. And then he went downhill fast and they made it the Dean Winchester show for the most part, which was smart.

  • F'mal DeHyde

    Have you ever noticed how often he swallows? The guy's a spit generator. If Jensen Ackles wasn't on the show, I doubt I'd still be watching.

  • PerpetualIntern

    This just made me actually laugh out loud at my desk. Now that's all I'll be able to see.

  • Long_Pig_Tailor

    Dude, he's usually too whiny even to bother having sex. Last week, at the LARP thing? Totally hot girl in an elf costume flat out offers him sex in her tent and he turns it down. I swear they do this to Sam just to fuel Wincest speculation or something. Nobody is so noble they wouldn't hop in bed with Arwen in a damn second. NO. BODY.

  • Cas Bloom

    Probably because she looked like Jess and he doesn't want her to die in a fire.

  • Le sigh. I love Ted, although he's gotten pretty bad in recent seasons, but those early episodes of Ted, I could completely identify with him and his douchiness. I've even Mosbied a girl or two... Sad I know, but I've done it and usually under the influence of alcohol. I tend to over think everything and have crazy schemes to get the girl. I blame too many episodes of TV Sitcoms and Romantic comedies. I won't even tell you the story of the time Can't Hardy Wait inspired me to get a restraining order... Man. I need to take less cues from Popular culture...

  • Guest

    1. Alas, I was never a Jennifer Carpenter fan. Always wished they'd second guessed that casting decision before first day on set.

    2. IMO Ted Mosby is supposed to be douchy, right? Or is that just because he's the spitting image of an insecure misogynistic* little weasel I know IRL (well, not "spitting"--Ted's the taller, more symmetrical Hollywood version with better hair)? I can't judge TM rightly because of that, but he works for me as the dude on the show with the built-in-for-a-purpose ick factor.

    3. Don't get me started on the MF cast. I never made it past season one.

    4. Fie on your Dany slight!

    *NB: TM's not so misogynistic--I mean the other guy.

  • John G.

    agreed x1000. Debra Morgan has always been an unbearable character as played by Carpenter, who seems to have no control over her face.

  • Guest

    That's exactly it.

  • Sirilicious

    Buffy's Spike.

    Which for me had nothing to do with THAT scene in season 6.

  • Ah, classic Schmosby. Also, y'all, where are Dany's dragons? WHERE ARE DANY'S DRAGONS?

  • BendinIntheWind

    I can't wait for the Dorne seasons so we can have a whole new batch of characters to hate/not give a shit about.

  • MissAmynae

    But Arianne is going to be deliciously hot.....hopefully.

  • Matt Roney

    Qarth sucked in the book, too. My friends and I like to joke that Dany's Qarth plot line was so boring, the TV writers had to steal her dragons.

    Just wait, though. She gets AWESOME.

  • Deidra

    The mantra of the Go(and/or LB)T community: "it gets better."

  • Eva

    Dany does have fleeting kick ass moments...
    It's more her personality. She believes she's naturally destined to be an AMAZING ruling despite no formal education or experience. She *never* learns from her mistakes and routinely ignores good advice. She also has the best luck in the entire series. I don't want to get into spoilers, but, basically past Book/Series One she doesn't have to tried hard (or at all) to get anything verse everyone else in the series being unfairly punished or screwed over for the slightest mistake.

    Also....She's as dumb as a box of consistently naked rocks.

  • F'mal DeHyde

    She's royalty's royalty and that was drummed into her head all her life by her psycho brother who really DID have an inflated sense of self worth. I always liked her character but then I haven't gotten past book 4. Martin's books turned into the equivalent of Clan of the Cave Bear for me... a fascinating beginning which eventually focused on endless journeys with incredibly tedious descriptions of daily chores.

  • Salieri2

    ...and bra manufacture.

  • She's also 14 in the book. Show me a 14-year-old who doesn't believe the world owes them something, even without a tragic family past.

  • Eva

    No she doesn't.

    She stays entitled, intentionally ignorant about her family's past and the fact that Westoros doesn't want her to rule. She *never* learns from any of her mistakes.

    She seriously destory every place she goes and then gets sad/confused about why everyone doesn' think she's awesome.

  • Matt Roney

    Alright, how's this:

    From where I am in the middle of A Storm of Swords, Dany's story line gets, at the very least, significantly more interesting than it was in A Clash of Kings/GoT season 2.

    Better?

    (Sorry if the other version of this comment is still visible; I tried to delete it. This is what happens when you have a separate Disqus account for work.)

  • Enrique del Castillo

    Just wait for A Dance with Dragons and you'll agree with Eva

  • Mountain Man

    Exactly. Sadly.

  • Guest

    Alright, how's this:

    From where I am in the middle of A Storm of Swords, Dany's story line gets, at the very least, significantly more interesting than it was in A Clash of Kings/GoT season 2.

    Better?

  • dizzylucy

    I always hated Ted. Always, I tell you.

    I wouldn't say Jim is a raging asshole, but he's definitely not super likable these days. I wish the show had ended when Michael left.

    Phil is actually the only one on Modern Family I still find amusing.
    Deb has grown on me, but the whole storyline with her feelings about Dexter was such a huge turn off.

  • KatSings

    I think Deb's gotten to do some awesome stuff in the last few seasons, so I'll disagree there. Sooo with you on Bates, though.

  • The sex scene with Bates in Season 2 where we were forced to watch his pasty marshmallow toplessness still haunts my dreams. And not in a good way.

  • A-MEN on Modern Family. I've always been a little bit annoyed with the "special lesson" they impart at the end of every episode. But this season it's almost been enough to get me to stop watching entirely because each of the characters are so thoroughly unlikable.

    What's the value of a "special lesson" every week that tries to say family members should be more tolerant and patient with each other IF NO ONE LEARNS THE DAMN LESSON?

  • Sara_Tonin00

    isn't not learning the lesson just like real life though?

  • I suppose so. But do they have to be so damn earnest about it?

  • draeton

    The didactic epilogues break the first rule of cinema: show, don't tell.

  • Sara_Tonin00

    In a show with a documentary set up, the premise is that people are "telling" them things, while the camera filming is actually "showing" something different. (an inability to actually grow, a tendency towards self-congratulation, etc). It's a built-in irony.

    but that's more thought than it's worth. :) The characters get annoying, and that's because they are like actual people we know, except a tad crazier. (at least for me)

  • Irina

    The "lesson" part is what annoys me on another show, The New Normal. Even if I could forget about the whole Twitter tutorial episode, last night they had a whole pros-and-cons for breastfeeding your child, I swear it was like watching a highschool debate team.

  • Meg

    Modern Family's been irritating me this season, too. Haley's always been kind of a vapid brat, but was she this much of a vapid brat in past seasons?

    I think I'm the only person who watches The Middle, but I get way more laughs from that show each week.

  • Slim

    You and me, Meg. We're the only two watching the Middle, but I love it and have no shame.

  • DeltaJuliet

    Nope. Hubby and I watch it too.

  • kirbyjay

    I've always loved The Middle. The 3 best ( and weirdest) kids on television.

    I dunno that there is actually a "lesson" imparted at the end of Modern Family, more like a heartwarming moment. In any case, I still like the show and I love Phil Dunphy. He actually started out as my least favorite character.
    Lily is driving a little motorized car in the livingroom and smashes into a wall.
    Cameron: " Chances are she wouldn't have been a very good driver anyway.
    racist yet funny

  • Slash

    No, you're not. "The Middle" is a Top 20 show (per Nielsen last week).

  • Slim

    I should have clarified... I thought Meg and I were the only Pajibans watching The Middle. But now feel all warm and fuzzy with the Heck love.

  • Enrique del Castillo

    I love The Middle, but if any of my kids turn out to be like the ones in that show, I'll give them up for adoption. At least Neil Flynn is as awesome as always and I like to imagine that they are his punishment for being mean to JD

  • Guest

    That "special lesson" syrup ending thing is what bumped me out after one season. Just. Can't.

  • Deidra

    From Dustin's original review of Modern Family:

    "Give it a shot. Trust me on this one. If the pilot is any indication,
    'Modern Family' is the best comedy on ABC, this side of 'Better Off
    Ted,' which is ironic, since the latter show will probably take its
    place once 'Modern Family' is cancelled."

    There's no way to have foreseen this, but still that stings in a few different ways.

  • Anne At Large

    Now I am sad for Better off Ted all over again.

  • googergieger

    I'm still dick slapping people over Pushing Daisies.

  • foolsage

    Sigh. Better off Ted was hilarious. :(

  • Blake

    Yep, so was Andy Richter Controls the Universe which are both Victor Fresco shows.

  • pumpkin

    I loved both of those shows, too.

  • $27019454

    I haven't seen the Office since Season 6, and at that point Jim was still OK. I am so glad I am off that show because I'd hate to see Jim as an asshole. That's just SAD. Nice work, writers.

  • Meg

    Jim and Pam are both horribly obnoxious now. I miss season 2.

  • I threw the towel in when Pam breastfed the wrong baby. I knew the show could only go further down the toilet and gracefully I bowed out. and thank god! Jim and Pam were what I loved about the show, and to hear Jim has become an Asshole breaks my heart a little...

  • forza_rossi

    I stopped after season 7. I echo your sentiments. I think it sucks Jim has become an asshole.

  • Lucie

    I think their arc this season is making up for the past. It's taken the smugness of the characters and used it against them. Jim was so likable at first because he was pining after Pam and doing his best to work through it. Then Pam got her turn in Season 3. Once they finally got together, Pam's dreams of art school were dashed and Jim tried to work the fact that he was stuck at DM to his advantage, but he was never able to ascend to satisfactory heights. They got married and had their family and it was all adorable. But I think the cocky attitudes were masking the fact that they still didn't have quite what they want. Now Jim has this sports marketing job where he gets to live out his youthful fantasy, but Pam's art "career" has taken a much more realistic backseat to her family and life in Scranton. They're resentful of each other because it's a "compromise" that neither of them ever agreed on. Jim doesn't want to be settled in Scranton, and Pam doesn't want the life they've built to be viewed as settling, nor does she want to be sidelined while Jim is running around Philly.

  • Return of Santitas

    I haven't kept up with The Office for a few seasons now, so I don't know how all this resentment about Scranton has evolved on the show, but wasn't it Jim who bought his parents' house for them to live in...without even asking Pam first? So why is Jim suddenly all bitchy about Scranton?

  • Sara_Tonin00

    I'm glad I no longer watch. I've seen this played out in my family. Oy.

  • Bedewcrock

    I sadly didn't realize there have been more than 7 seasons. Sweet jesus, end it already.

  • Joe Grunenwald

    I think Deb got a lot better in the latest season of Dexter. They finally gave her something to do. And what she did in the season finale was powerful.

    Also, those must be the least-flattering photos of Jim Halpert ever. He looks downright maniacal in the second one.

  • Boothy K

    I just finished the latest season of Dexter and thought Jennifer Carpenter was pretty great....Also strikingly beautiful...I must learn how they did her eye makeup.

  • Kate at June

    Ted Mosby was always the douchiest douchebag to ever douche. He can't fall too far when he was always the worst.

    And *spoilers, I guess?* for Deb, we're talking about the creepy incest plotline, I agree.
    If we're talking about the end of last season, that had to happen that way. Tragic heroine and all.

  • PerpetualIntern

    I agree about the douchiest douchebag, but I love Drunk Ted.

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