I’ve been working my way through Breaking Bad. I have previously defended Skylar White when someone had the natural response of “I hate his wife.” My response: “She’s not as bad as some TV wives.” This was the group I was thinking of.
Now, this is not true of every show. Edie Falco seemed to do a fine job on the Sopranos as Carmella (not a show I watched, though), Katey Segal’s Gemma is the best character on Sons of Anarchy, I always liked Rachel Griffith’s Brenda on Six Feet Under and Keri Russell’s Elizabeth Jennings is one of the biggest badasses on television.
My apologies to the fairer sex. I couldn’t think of a male example.
5. Skylar White
This is definitely a more well-rounded example than future entries on this list. I think Anna Gunn is a fine actress and my dislike is aimed squarely at Skylar as a character. Her pathological liar streak and the fact she’s the one and has a extramarital tryst are interesting character developments.
She’s just as secretive as Walter with a bit of a mean streak to match; that’s why they work. I feel for many of the characters on Breaking Bad but Skylar is not one of them.
4. Winona Hawkins on Justified
I hated the season 2 plot line where Winona steals $50 K from the evidence room, inane and unnecessary. The show made the smart decision of moving her out of Raylen’s life in Season 3.
3. Rick’s Wife on the Walking Dead
This is character you are supposed to sympathize for. She’s between a rock and hard place when Rick comes back from his coma and she’s been linked up with resident bad boy Shane. She’s pregnant and she has another kid.
Still, I wanted her to get eaten by zombies so bad. I was rooting for it. I’m going to chalk this up to bad acting by Sarah Wayne Callies.
2. Betty Draper
You’re supposed to hate Betty. She is so cold and she is mean to her daughter. But, I hate her even more because January Jones is so wooden there are practically birds nesting in her perfect blond coif.
Now, Mad Men is the show I’m going to get into next. I’ve heard that she undergoes a bit of a character transformation in later seasons.
1. Dexter’s Wife
This is the perfect storm of a naturally annoying character paired with horrific acting by Julie Benz. It was a regular occurrence during season 3 for me to voice out loud, “Dexter, kill her please.” I think I actually cheered when she ended up dead at the end of that season.
That’s not supposed to happen. You see that baby? Her death was supposed to be tragic.