We live in an age of failed institutions and political upheaval, our society is left with nothing to worship – except perhaps the anti-hero. The individual that will make a difference, no matter what. Recently, the storytellers of television have created lead characters that are complicated and dubious, flawed and deluded, radical and enigmatic. TV is flooded with these types, as the simplicity of the uncomplicated “good guy” fades into the past.
In honor of the return of AMC’s Breaking Bad this Sunday, we have compiled a list of our favorite TV anti-heroes: 18. The gang from It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia17. Tyrion Lannister from Game of Thrones 16. Michael Scott from The Office15. Nancy Botwin from Weeds 14. Gregory House from House 13. Jack Donaghy from 30 Rock 12. Bart Simpson from The Simpsons 11. Larry David from Curb Your Enthusiasm 10. Dexter Morgan from Dexter 9. Tony Soprano from The Sopranos 8. Eric Cartman from South Park 7. Omar Devone Little from The Wire 6. Nucky Thompson from Boardwalk Empire 5. Stephen Colbert from The Colbert Report 4. Boyd Crowder from Justified 3. Al Swearengen from Deadwood 2. Don Draper from Mad Men 1. Walter White from Breaking Bad
Read more about the moral complexities of Walter White at the LA Review of Books.
What does it mean if these are all my favorite characters…