6 Not-So-Great Lead Characters from Great TV Shows

  1. Carrie Bradshaw, Sex and the City

Ok, so none of the Satc ladies are poster girls for good ethics, but human clothes horse Carrie has to be the worst. Whether she was sleeping with a married man, guilt tripping her friends into giving her money (because spending hers on Manolos was a much better idea than saving for an apartment deposit) or being generally judge-y about the dating habits of New Yorkers, it was often hard to sympathise with the spoilt socialite. Plus, Samantha was way more entertaining (why are they even bothering with this Sam Jones-free reboot?)

2. Jon Snow, Game of Thrones

Considering the many epic battles, satisfying character arcs, and shocking deaths that kept viewers on the edge of their seats for eight years, Jon Snow has to be one of the least interesting aspects of the cultural phenomenon that is Game of Thrones. While we did sympathise with the lowly lead when he was trudging around the North with the Night’s Watch, struggling to negotiate with rivals, or having to witness his former lovers deaths, he was far less interesting to watch than the likes of witty Tyrion, delightfully evil Cersei, or steely leader Daenerys.

3. Meredith Grey, Grey’s Anatomy

Meredith isn’t the worst character to have ever graced the corridors of Seattle Grace/Grey Sloan Memorial Hospital, but she certainly lacks some of the entertaining character quirks that made the show so popular, particularly in it’s earlier seasons. Back in the day, many viewers eye-rolled at the constantly on/off relationship between Meredith and McDreamy, while the character herself just didn’t stand up compared to the strong personalities such as Izzie, Bailey, and fan-favourite, Dr Cristina Yang. In all fairness, Meredith Grey has developed as a character over the years, and it has to be said – especially since the majority of the original cast have since left – nowadays Grey’s just wouldn’t be the same without, well, Grey.

4. Angel, Angel

While the show itself was a reasonable triumph, following the resounding success of Buffy, Angel was never the most interesting character in his self-titled spin off. Despite a fascinating backstory, and plenty of juicy demons to contend with, David Boreanaz’ vampire with a soul often fell flat, and was outshone by likeable new characters, alongside popular former Buffy pals such as Cordelia and Wesley.

5. Rory Gilmore, Gilmore Girls

The issue with a large cast of entertaining, eccentric characters is that it can make the leads seem like the least interesting people on the show. While dedicated GG viewers have long complained about both of the title duo, it’s the junior Gilmore girl that really grinds some fans’ gears. Despite supposedly being an academic over achiever with a strong moral compass, Rory frustratingly made bad decisions over and over. She was a bit of a bitch to her mom, too, who was actually a really great mother and made many sacrifices over the years to help her daughter on her path to Yale.

6. Piper Chapman, Orange is the New Black

Not unlike the Gilmores amongst the wacky inhabitants of Stars Hollow, boring and whiny Piper was one of the least compelling prisoners in Litchfield Penitentiary. While viewers sympathised with the dilemmas of other, more interesting, characters, Piper’s problems seemed almost pathetic in comparison. It has been argued that Piper was supposed to represent the average viewer, getting a glimpse into the harsh realities of jail from a place of privilege, it doesn’t make her any more likeable.

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