#6 Tara Thornton from “True Blood”
We’ve now known Tara for three seasons, and what do we actually like about her? What makes her an interesting character that we care about? She’s become the whipping girl for the writers, having been in abusive (both emotionally and physically) relationships with Maryann, Eggs, and Lettie Mae, three of “True Blood’s” most underdeveloped characters. Lafayette works better when he’s off doing his own thing, and Franklin—well, as awful as it sounds, considering all the things Franklin did to Tara, most fans still prefer him over her. Her pain is our pain, and not in the way Alan Ball & Co. intended us to feel.
#5 Sonny from “Treme”
Maybe it’s too early to call “Treme” a great show, but it certainly has the pedigree to become one, thanks to David Simon and the ensemble cast—well, everyone in the cast except for Sonny. His worst offense: treating Annie anything less than the goddess she is. He’s also a drunken, drug-abusing narcissist. Can the show somehow go back in time and swap Sonny for John Goodman’s Creighton?
[Editor's Note: I hope David Simon doesn't incorporate this gruesome story into Sonny's arc. I'd hate to see Annie cooked and eaten.]