We’re Still Offended By the Worst TV Boyfriends Of All Time
If there is one thing that TV knows how to do well, it’s serving up some good romances. Typically, dramas and sitcoms love to draw out romantic relationships, keeping us on the edge of our seats. Decades later, we’re still exhausted from all of the back and forth from Sam and Diana on Cheers. Sometimes, we know that a couple’s relationship is destructive, but we need to see them together anyway. We always knew it would be impossible for Angel and Buffy to sustain a relationship on Buffy the Vampire Slayer, but that didn’t prevent us from holding on to the slightest inkling of hope.
And yet amongst the good, there have been some TV relationships that have been so mind-boggling and absurd that we literally get mad at our favorite protagonists for continuing to waste their time and ours. From the horror that was Carrie and Mr. Big on Sex and the City to the frustrating dynamic between Ross and Rachel on an entire decade of Friends, we’re still disturbed by the 15 worst TV boyfriends of all time.
15. Dawson from Dawson’s Creek
Dawson Leery was a whining, whiner who whined. First, he was so selfish and self-absorbed that he couldn’t see that his best friend Joey was in love with him. Then, anytime something in his life went wrong, he blamed her. Everything he did was to benefit himself, and in the end, when his two best friends fell in love, he couldn’t stomach it because it was no longer the Dawson show.
Next: A very dull first boyfriend
14. Dean from Gilmore Girls
This might sound a bit rude, but we’re just going to say it, Dean was kind of dumb. Yes, he was tall and beautiful, and nice (mostly), but when you think of it, he and Rory never had anything in common. He was also possessive and jealous because she was super smart and had a life outside of him.
When they finally broke up, he was OK for a while until he got married and started cheating on his wife with Rory. The worst part, however, was that he had the nerve to blame Rory for his absurd marriage. We can’t even.
Next: The worst Scott brother
13. Lucas from One Tree Hill
Lucas was supposed to be the good Scott brother but he was kind of the worst. There is nothing worse than a self-proclaimed “nice guy” which is precisely what Lucas was. Not only did he cheat on Brooke with her best friend Peyton, but he did it more than once.
He was indecisive, and he used the fact that he was “sensitive” to hide behind it. However, he couldn’t bear for is best friend Haley to make a decision for herself which quite frankly had nothing to do with him. He then randomly got engaged to some girl and wrote a book about his beloved Peyton. Barf.
Next: Mindy would have been better off without him.
12. Danny from The Mindy Project
For most of The Mindy Project, Danny pretended to be repulsed by Mindy even though he always had an opinion about who she dated and how she dressed. Then suddenly he was obsessed with her, and they decided to have a baby together. However, what we are most disturbed about is that even knowing Mindy and how passionate she was about being an OBGYN, Danny wanted her to give it all up to be a stay-at-home mom.
He was also super wishy-washy about his feelings for her in general.
Next: A wretched loser
11. Emmett from Switched at Birth
Emmett was trash. First he and Bay were great together until he randomly cheated on her and broke her heart. After she gave him a second chance, he decided to ghost her when he learned about her sexual assault. His trash behavior didn’t stop there. Without even consulting her, he made a film about HER assault.
Ugh, he was garbage.
Next: A repulsive bad boy
10. Jess from Gilmore Girls
In a time before Milo Ventimiglia was our beloved Jack Pearson, he was the awful and stoic Jess Mariano. We sort of get where Rory was coming from when she first connected with Jess. Dean was about as exciting as a lamp, and Jess was mysterious and shared her interest in books, but that’s pretty much where the appeal stopped. A notorious bad boy who was rude and nasty to Rory’s friends and family, Jess also pressure Rory for sex and showed up randomly after vanishing from her life.
He was aggressive, stood her up, refused to call, and he was basically just everything wrong with immature men. He even tried to get her to give up on her Ivy League dreams to run away with him. Running away to where sir?
Next: An obsessive man and a terrible friend
9. Ross from Friends
Fight us if you want to, but Ross from Friends was an abysmal human being. He was indecisive, jealous, and absurdly needy. Not only did he call his wife the wrong name while they were at their actual wedding, but he was also obsessed with the idea of Rachel. However, he couldn’t be bothered to show an ounce of interest in her career or hobbies.
For an entire decade, we watched him whine about Rachel, but at the first sign of trouble he jumped up and slept with someone else. In the end, we had to watch her give up her dream job to be with him. We’re getting mad just thinking about it.
Next: The worst vampire.
8. Bill from True Blood
First and foremost why would anyone choose Bill, when Eric was also an option? When Sookie initially meets vampire Bill, he’s gentle and woes her, but it turned out he was actually a horrible vampire. Not only was their entire relationship a lie since Bill pursued her because he was following orders, he almost killed and raped Sookie at one point.
If we’re being real about it, Eric was the one who always helped Sookie when she was in trouble.
Next: The worst boyfriend Rory ever had
7. Logan from Gilmore Girls
Rory Gilmore had terrible luck with men. When she finally got over the Jess and Dean drama, she ended up with Logan (who is also most likely her baby’s father as we discovered in Netflix’s Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life). When Rory first meets Logan at Yale, he acts as if he could care less if she’s alive or dead.
Logan was continually trying to turn Rory into some version of a woman that he could control, and in doing so, she constantly questioned herself. It’s a no for us, sis.
Next: A man who embodied 1960’s sexism and misogyny.
6. Don from Mad Men
First and foremost remaining faithful was clearly a joke to Don Draper. He only cared that his wife Betty was pretty and silent and anytime she tried to speak up for herself he literally lost it. The only woman who stood up to him was the exceptional Rachel Menken, but he couldn’t take the fact that she was a strong woman.
Even for 1960’s standards, Don was so entrenched in sexism and misogyny that it made us sick. Also, he was a lying liar who lies. He couldn’t even be bothered to go see after his kids when he found out Betty was dying.
Next: A man who never deserved to wear a cape.
5. Mon-El from Supergirl
Mon-El literally made The CW’s Supergirl unbearable to watch. First and foremost he was gross and pathetic. He also thought that having slavery on his home planet was an acceptable thing to do. He was very rude to Kara and made her question her abilities as a superhero and as a woman. The show is literally called, Supergirl, so we’re confused as to why Mon-El couldn’t even support Kara.
He was beyond toxic and emotionally abusive, and every time he was on screen we literally cringed.
Next: A controlling disaster
4. Roy from The Office
Watching Roy and Pam in the first season of The Office made us want to pull out our hair. Not only was he rude and dismissive, but she was also always at his beck and call. We barely knew anything about him, but we knew that he was manipulative and kept pushing back their wedding (thank God).
The man was as exciting as a moldy blanket, and when Pam FINALLY decided that she’d had enough, we were thrilled. We were also secretly delighted that she just didn’t run into Jim’s arms straight away.
Next: One of TV’s worst presidents
3. Fitz from Scandal
Just thinking about Olitz and their back and forth love affair makes us want to vomit. At first (even though it was wrong) we quietly shipped the married president and his lusty relationship with Olivia Pope, his House Press Secretary, but then it became a tired hot mess that just exhausted everyone.
Fitz was the king of hot and cold and he couldn’t bear not to have Olivia under his thumb. He was emotionally abusive to both her and his WIFE Mellie, and he was just a dreadful person all around.
Next: Mr. Withholding
2. Mr. Big from Sex and the City
Talk about a withholding man-child. There are so many terrible things that Mr. Big did that we don’t have the time or the space to go through it all, but let’s do a quick recap shall we? He tried to buy Carrie’s affection with a trip when he couldn’t tell her he loved her. He cheated on his wife, randomly moved to Paris without talking to Carrie about it. He also used her as a shoulder to cry on and generally came back to ruin her life just as she was moving on.
We will never forget in the final season whey he pops back into her life just before she moves to Paris talking about, “I’m ready now.” Sir, if you don’t fly away! If we’re honest, Aiden was no prize either.
Next: The most horrid aspect of “Gossip Girl.”
1. Chuck Bass from Gossip Girl
So we were never a huge fan of Gossip Girl, and it’s basically because one of the first times we ever saw Chuck Bass, he was attempting to rape someone, and it was never talked about or discussed. Chuck was pretty much a psychopath who reeked of misogyny, and privilege. We’re honestly not sure how Blair even dealt with him.
He was everything women should be wary of, considering how gross and selfish he was. He was truly a diabolical human being who treated Blair like an object.
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