Screw uplifting TV that makes you feel all warm and fuzzy, you need TV about terrible people that make you say ‘At least I’m not them’.
5. House, M.D.
House is a brilliant, obsessive Doctor who can solve the most complex cases imaginable, but he’s a huge douche canoe to everyone who gets close enough to care about him. His long suffering best friend Wilson should probably get a sainthood with the amount of shit he puts up with as House tries over and over again to destroy his own life, and drag anyone around him down with him. You can’t help but love House and want to both punch him and protect him at the same time, which makes sense when you consider he’s a loose and updated version of Sherlock Holmes. The show is streaming on Netflix now
4. Rick and Morty
Rick is a scientist who explores space with his grandkid, Morty. Rick is a very good scientist… He’s a very bad grandfather. There are so many alternate reality universe versions of Morty through space that he really couldn’t care less if his version dies – he’ll just go grab another. He’s constantly drunk, his attitude is disgusting and he ran out on his daughter when she was a child which he honestly couldn’t care less about. It’s hard to find anything to like about Rick but his adventures are pretty rad and his nihilistic one liners have elevated the show to cult legend territory. It’s not for everyone, but check it out.
3. Mad Men
Painting by all rights a pretty accurate picture of the sixties, Mad Men follows an advertising agency chock full of wonderfully sexist characters. Don Draper, the protagonist, has a complex backstory and he’s well versed in fucking his life up so bad you almost think he might be doing it on purpose. He’s an alcoholic, a philanderer and he thinks you’d be a lot prettier with your mouth shut. The female characters on the show are ballsy and awesome, but they’re also terrible people. The only pure character is Bob Benson who I will protect until the day I die.
Some seemingly normal people do some very bad things in this show. A small town in Minnesota is populated by characters who are urged to murder, forced to cover up accidents and become tangled up with local gangs. The show is based on the Coen Brothers film of the same name and the scripts have attracted some high profile actors as the years have gone on. Kristen Dunst, Ewan McGregor and Billy Bob Thornton have all taken starring turns in the blackly comic and frosted town of Fargo.
1. It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia
Four friends run a bar in Philadelphia and Danny DeVito is the disaster of a father to at least one of the characters. You should already be sold… The show is hilarious and it’s written and created by the three lead actors so they’re seriously multi-talented. Episodes include such gems as "Charlie Got Molested", "The Gang Goes Jihad", and "The Gang Turns Black" and the writers embrace the darker side of life in their humour. There are twelve seasons already on Netflix, making it tied for the longest running sitcom in US history and its cult following is constantly growing. Join usssss.