Guilty Pleasures: 10 TV Shows Women Love Despite Their Toxicity
The entertainment industry is full of iconic TV shows that have captured the hearts of audiences worldwide. However, some of these beloved productions may have toxic characters or plotlines. Recently on an online platform, women have admitted to loving certain shows despite their problematic aspects. Read on to find out which popular titles made the cut.
Confessing their love for Friends, one fan admitted that the six main characters could sometimes be a little self-centered. The show is renowned for its witty humor and heartwarming moments, but some viewers have noted that the characters can be portrayed as selfish and insensitive. Despite this, the show remains a timeless classic that many fans hold dear to their hearts.
2. That 70s Show
Irrespective of recognizing the toxic tendencies of the characters in That 70s Show, one enthusiastic viewer still enjoyed the show’s humor and depiction of high school friendships. The show tells the story of teenagers growing up in the 1970s who engaged in substance abuse, made inappropriate remarks, and acted selfishly. Viewers may root for the characters and their personal growth throughout the series despite their flaws.
3. How I Met Your Mother
Despite the questionable behavior of the protagonist, Ted Mosby, a devoted follower of How I Met Your Mother, still admires the show and its other characters. Throughout the series, Ted is portrayed as a desperate man chasing after his ex-girlfriend, Robin, even when she clearly doesn’t feel the same way. Despite this flaw, the user still loves the show for its other characters.
Fleabag may feature toxic behavior from its characters, but many viewers in the thread still find the show to be a masterpiece. The show follows Fleabag as she navigates through life while dealing with grief, dysfunctional relationships, and a failing business. Despite the characters’ complex and often toxic behavior, the show’s humor and unique storytelling style have earned it critical acclaim, challenging traditional narratives in storytelling.
5. Grey’s Anatomy
Even though acknowledging the problematic nature of many of the characters in Grey’s Anatomy, a devoted show fan still loves it. Following the personal and professional lives of a diverse group of doctors at a Seattle hospital, the show tackles important social issues like mental health, racism, and homophobia. While some have criticized the show’s portrayal of medical professionals and unrealistic plotlines, fans remain invested in the characters, flaws and all.
6. The Office
The humor and relatability of The Office keep ardent fans returning, even though they recognize the show’s characters can be toxic. Whether it’s the selfish and clueless Michael Scott or the smarmy Dwight Schrute, there are plenty of characters to love and hate. While cringing at the toxic behavior, the user still enjoys the antics of the Dunder Mifflin employees.
7. Mad Men
Despite the toxic characters and plotlines, one commenter can’t help but love Mad Men. Set in the 1960s, the show explores societal issues like sexism and racism amidst rampant intoxication and substance abuse. Its protagonist, Don Draper, is known for his manipulative and abusive behavior but is also praised for his style and appearance. While acknowledging the negative traits, fans are still drawn in by the show’s intriguing storyline.
8. Vanderpump Rules
Although the cast members of the reality TV show Vanderpump Rules often lie, cheat, and backstab, one user confesses to loving the show. Following the personal and professional lives of the staff at Lisa Vanderpump’s West Hollywood restaurant, SUR, the show is an addictive guilty pleasure. Despite the toxic behavior, fans can’t help but be drawn in by the outrageous antics of its stars.
9. Ren and Stimpy
Albeit the abusive behavior of many of its characters and the revelations about the show’s creator, a fan of the classic animated show Ren and Stimpy admits to still loving it. Ren often physically attacks Stimpy, and the creator was exposed as a pedophile groomer, causing the user to stop watching the show. However, the impact on the user’s childhood and entertainment preferences cannot be denied.
10. Bojack Horseman
A diehard fan of Bojack Horseman acknowledged the toxicity of its main character but appreciated the show’s complex portrayal of mental health and trauma. The show portrays a world where humans and anthropomorphic animals coexist, and it centers around the life of Bojack Horseman, a struggling actor with a history of abusive behavior. Despite his flaws, the show is widely praised for its nuanced exploration of the human condition.
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