2015 was a doozy when it came to television entertainment. There was over 400 originally scripted programs that hit the air this past year. There have been many heroes to cheer for and a few much-needed redemptions delivered along the way — you get a pass, Betty Draper!
But with the likable do-gooders, come those characters that incite anger, annoyance and flat-rage from audiences. Yet, somehow each week, viewers come back for more. As the year comes to a close, let’s take a look back on some of the best worst roles to grace the small-screen.
Tandy, “Last Man on Earth”
Oh, Tandy! You try so hard to be liked by everyone in the group but your psychotic nature always drives you to take things a bit too far. There’s a collective reaction from audiences that leave people polarized as to how to truly take Will Forte’s character on “Last Man On Earth.”
He could very well be clinically insane, or at the very least, extremely bi-polar. Sure, Season 2 has shown a more human lovable side to Tandy but there’s still something about him that makes people punchy.
Becca Barbara, “You’re The Worst”
Speaking of punchy, Becca Barbara (Janet Varney) is one of those characters that makes everyone leave the room once she enters. It’s difficult to picture Jimmy (Chris Geere) and her in an actual relationship and one can only feel a sense of pity when looking at her husband Vernon (Todd Robert Anderson).
Pass over some of that trash juice, Vernon. In fact, make it a double!
Chet Wilton, “UnReal”
One of the breakout series of 2015 came from one of the most unlikely places: Lifetime. “UnReal” documents life behind-the-scenes of a “Bachelor”-style reality show and the head honcho, Chet Wilton (Craig Bierko), is quite the piece of … work. Cheating on his wife with producer Quinn (Constance Zimmer), Chet has shown himself to be a dishonest, conniving pervert with a drug problem. In other words, he’s quite the believable Hollywood insider.
Father Gabriel Stokes, “The Walking Dead”
When thinking of Father Gabriel (Seth Gilliam) here, many words come to mind. Words like “snitch,” “wimp,” and straight up “liar.” It’s uncertain what the holy man’s fate will be when “The Walking Dead” returns on Feb. 14, but the collective consensus seems to be that Gabriel here shouldn’t last another day in the zombie apocalypse.
Although, in recent episodes, he has shown some initiative in finally helping the group, it’s really hard to trust the man who believes God is the only protection he needs against the hordes of walkers that lurk around every corner.
Lucious Lyon, “Empire”
The patriarch of the Lyon family, as well as the man behind Empire Entertainment, Lucious (Terrence Howard) is one complicated dude. Sure, his introduction to the world in the first season was that of an evil man who ends up murdering his best friend but his issues go much deeper.
From the homophobia thing, to his manipulative relationship with his children, and whatever the heck is going on between him and Cookie (Taraji P. Henson), it’s pretty safe to say Lucious has become a bit more likable in Season 2 of “Empire” but he’s still got a long way to go.
Noah Solloway, “The Affair”
If there was ever a lead character on a Golden Globe winning (seriously, how did that happen?) TV series that incites rage every time he graces the screen, it’s this guy. Noah Solloway (Dominic West) is the author who decided to leave his wife, his four kids, and his cozy life, for a waitress he meets in Montauk while on family vacation. What seems like a fleeting moment soon turns into many wrong choices as murder gets thrown into the mix.
There’s an emptiness in Noah that fuels his infidelity, his lies, and pretty much every other poor life choice the man makes. And while it’s pretty safe to say that the Showtime series is full of deplorable characters, Solloway here takes the proverbial cake.
The Countess, “American Horror Story: Hotel”
In the most recent iteration of Ryan Murphy and Brad Falchuk’s ongoing genre series, “American Horror Story” took things to the Hotel Cortez and pop singer Lady Gaga was thrown into the mix as The Countess. Stealing heavily from the storyline explored in 1983’s “The Hunger,” Gaga’s character is the queen of a gaggle of vampires — okay, fine, those infected with her blood disease — which leads to quite a bizarre story.
The thing is, no lead character in “American Horror Story: Hotel” is innocent — or likable for that matter — but it’s Gaga’s Countess that hammers home just how evil her character is. And while a few moments of good are shown in the character — mostly in flashbacks — it’s scenes like the one where she murders Liz Taylor’s (Denis O’Hare) beau right in front of him that truly incites a big middle finger to the TV. She’s so deserving of what’s coming to her. (Something’s coming to her, right?)
Ramsay Bolton, “Game of Thrones”
Iwan Rheon really has shown his range from playing the awkward Simon Bellamy in “Misfits” to the downright grossly despised Ramsey Bolton in HBO’s “Game of Thrones.” Not much really needs to be said here, right? Sure, he castrated Theon Greyjoy (Alfie Allen) and that was horrible and all … but all bets were off as soon as he sexual assaulted Sansa Stark (Sophie Turner). Not cool, Ramsay. Not cool at all!
Pablo Escobar, “Narcos”
Wagner Moura had his work cut out for him when he took on the role of Pablo Escobar in the Netflix series “Narcos.” How does one make a character seem scarier on-screen than his real life counterpart? Whatever the answer is, Moura achieved that and more with the series. And while it seems that “Narcos” is taking some liberties with how the events actually went down, revisiting the life and times of the Colombian drug lord has never been so entertaining.
Kilgrave, “Jessica Jones”
When it was announced that David Tennant would portray Kilgrave (the Purple Man) in Netflix’s “Jessica Jones,” many fans expressed jubilance in the casting. Sure, Kevin Thompson here doesn’t actually become purple all that much throughout the show’s first season, Tennant’s performance helps paint Kilgrave as one completely abhorable monster.
Stalker? Check. Remorseless? Check. Violent temper? Check. Egomaniacal? Big time check!
Plus, you know Tennant succeeded at striking a chord with audiences as many a “Doctor Who” fan repelled in horror at the actor who once played their favorite Doctor. If anything, it’s safe to say that none of us will look at David Tennant the same way ever again.