TV shows that are better than their lead characters?

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  • Daniel Montgomery
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    Not all TV characters are great, even on great shows, but on rare occasions the weak link seems to be the lead character. One that comes to mind is Bill Henrickson in “Big Love.” That was a mostly great show about the lives of three women in a plural marriage, but as the seasons progressed, the show seemed to mistake Bill as the hero of the piece.

    It’s not that he has three wives that’s the problem, it’s his domineering chauvinism as the priesthood holder and annointed decision-maker for his family.

    Any other examples, past or present, of shows that are better than their protagonists? 

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    Halo_Insider
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    I’m actually going to go back a bit and say WKRP in Cincinnati. Andy Travis wasn’t necessarily a bad character, but he was pretty vanilla and is far from the thing that people love most about that show.

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    Macbeth
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    Seinfeld – as much as I loved it, Jerry Seinfeld was the weak link of the cast, even though he was still quite good. 

    American Horror Story (seasons 1, 3 and 4) – Jessica Lange was MVP of Season 1, while Connie Britton and Dylan McDermott were very weak leads. In Seasons 3 and 4, Lange was the weak link, with Kathy Bates, Sarah Paulson and Frances Conroy upstaging her constantly

     Glee – Lea Michele was irritating, and most of the Glee kids were not that talented, or very weak. The only strong performers were supporting ones – Jane Lynch, Naya Rivera and Dot Jones

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    American Horror Story (seasons 1, 3 and 4) – Jessica Lange was MVP of Season 1, while Connie Britton and Dylan McDermott were very weak leads. In Seasons 3 and 4, Lange was the weak link, with Kathy Bates, Sarah Paulson and Frances Conroy upstaging her constantly

     

    Lange was by no means the “weak link” in seasons 3 and 4. She actually won a very deserved Emmy for her work in Coven and, even though people may find her german accent distracting in Freakshow, she was still one of the reasons that made the show worth watching. Kathy Bates and Sarah Paulson are also pretty amazing and Paulson may have had the tough role in season 4, but Lange is still the queen of AHS. Maybe you’ll be more satisfied with Gaga’s amazing acting skills in Hotel.

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    Orange is the New Black, can we just all agree that the show would be better of without Piper? 

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    Deniz Sisman
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    Ellen Pompeo comes first to mind.

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    Bradley Weir
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    Orange is the New Black, can we just all agree that the show would be better of without Piper? 

    She’s far from my favourite character, but Taylor Schilling is so great, I’d rather keep her around!

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    Entertain-me
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    Desperate Housewives would have been great without Teri Hatcher

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    Orange is the New Black, can we just all agree that the show would be better of without Piper? 

    no way

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    Seinfeld, The Wire, Boardwalk Empire, Orange is the New Black, The Leftovers, That 70s Show, Undeclared. That’s not really a knock against any of those leads though, the supporting characters just happen to be more valuable to the show’s quality.

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    How I Met Your Mother. Mainly based on the later seasons.

    We spent so much time hoping that Ted would find a woman who was good enough for him – but in the end, the mother was too good for him. It just kind of highlighted how much Ted wasn’t that great a leading character when the mother came into the fold. 

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    Desperate Housewives would have been great without Teri Hatcher

    She was so cute, charming, and adorable in seasons 1, 3, and 5. However, her other storylines were jokes. 

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    How I Met Your Mother-Ted was always annoying, Lilly and Marshall were obnoxious. Only redemming part was Barney and every once in a while Robin

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    I always felt The Good Wife. I think Julianna Margulies brings so much to Alicia, but I don’t think Alicia is enough to make that show really work, on the basis of never fully emoting, having too many dialemas and trying to convince herself she’s a good girl, it makes her a touch wet. It is the strenght of the ensemble and more colourful characters around her, mysterious Kalinda, energetic Will, meticulous Eli and poised Diane that make The Good Wife vivid.

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    OITNB and “Sex and the City”.

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