#4. Sue Sylvester from “Glee”
Here’s something I thought I’d never say: Ed O’Neil was right. When the “Modern Family” actor called Jane Lynch’s character on “Glee” “one-dimensional,” he wasn’t lying. Some stupid Canadian journalist had to screw up the quote, though, and attention deflected from someone finally having the balls to speak ill of Sue Sylvester to TV Guide Canada apologizing about misquoting O’Neil. But she is one-note!
Clearly by the show being on this list, I’m a fan of “Glee” (although not a Gleek), but I do think it has a lot of structural problems, many of which are because of Sue. The show’s writers expect us to genuinely care about their characters, but that’s tough to do when Sue’s plots are so ridiculous. Just this season, Sue made a student lie and say she was sexually harassed by a teacher to increase the cheerleading’s club budget; complained about the over-the-top sexuality of Britney Spears, even though we know she’s a big time fan of Madonna; and somehow became principal of McKinley after getting the normal principal sick with the flu. Worst of all, there’s an entire episode about how Sue intends to marry…herself. The writers also use a cheap gimmick by expecting the viewers to like an awful person just because she has a mentally challenged sister. A good villain should be scary, clever, and remorseless, and Sue is none of those. Listen to Al Bundy, folks.
#3. Buddy Garrity from “Friday Night Lights”
With “Breaking Bad” on hiatus until July, “FNL” has temporarily taken the torch for the best show on television. Even with all the casting changes (goodbye, Matt, Riggins, and Lyla), the show pulled off the rare feat of making us care about a whole new group of kids (hello, Vince, Luke, and Jess — who played Michelle Tanner’s friend, Denise, on “Full House,” which freaked me out when I found out about it). It’s because of these casting changes that Buddy Garrity, who mostly stayed in the background during seasons 1 through 4, actually appears on the promo poster for season five. He’s not charming or funny, and he cheated on his now ex-wife. Plus, all high school football boosters deserve to be shot. His son, of course named Buddy Garrity, Jr., might be even worse.