Despite what most people seem to think, not all TV boyfriends are Prince Charming, some of them are the complete opposite. We thought men on TV are supposed to be gentleman, role models and set an example, but that’s not always the case; and it gets worse: most of the time, their ranking on the bad-boyfriend list goes up according to their hotness! They may seem sweet and innocent, but the fact is, some of the most popular TV boyfriends are absolute garbage when it comes to relationships and commitment. This is our list of the worst TV boyfriends of all times – you’re welcomed to add your own!
Mr. Big, Sex and the City
There are two kinds of people in the world: Team Big and Team Aidan, and you can guess which team we’re on. You could claim Aidan Shaw wasn’t the perfect boyfriend either, and that’s true, we have our grievances against him, but we’d take him any day over Mr. Big. Let’s be honest, as cute and charming as he might be, Big is a bad influence on Carrie, and frankly, at times it seems as if he doesn’t truly love her (and that perhaps he’s not even capable of loving anyone), bur rather it’s all a big game for him, and Carrie is the prize. He’s extremely self-centered and arrogant, and if that wasn’t enough, he’s a cheater – if he could cheat on Natasha with Carry, who’s to say he’d never cheat on Carrie? You know what they say – once a cheater, always a cheater.
Derek Shepherd, Grey’s Anatomy
Derek Shepherd, also known as Dr. McDreamy, is the opposite of dreamy when it comes to relationships. Much like Mr. Big, Derek Shepherd has too many shortcomings to count, but perhaps his biggest flaw (and what ultimately makes him a lousy boyfriend) is that he’s a narcissist. He cares about himself more than he does for anyone else, and he thinks too highly of himself (we’re just going to say it – he’s not even that good looking). His narcissism is probably what makes him belittle Meredith all the time, and it stands in his way of supporting her. All in all, not much of a boyfriend.
Sheldon Cooper, The Big Bang Theory
This one seems pretty obvious, but we’ll go ahead and explain anyway. Sheldon isn’t an easy person to be around, he’s quite high-maintenance, and he’s self-absorbed, but Amy knew this going into this relationship, so perhaps it’s not completely on him. Nonetheless, at times it seems as if Sheldon isn’t even trying to be a good boyfriend. He can’t get over his annoying habits and his narcissism, and he has a hard time supporting Amy and acknowledging her success in her field. You could argue he goes through a significant change throughout the show, which is true, and yet, he’s still the same condescending, self-centered person he’s always been, because that’s just who he is.
Jon Snow, Game of Thrones
Jon Snow, portrayed by Kit Harrington, is one of the most beloved characters of the show, and he ultimately turns out as the “hero”, and yet when it comes to relationships, his character is lagging behind. There’s a reason why Ygritte keeps telling him he knows nothing. His so-called relationship with Daenerys was an epic fail from the very beginning (we won’t get into the whole incest thing, but that was messed up). Although he initiates this relationship, he can’t seem to be fully supportive of her, and – this contains spoilers – he eventually kills the woman he loves, instead of trying to help her out back the pieces of her broken heart.
Chandler Bing, Friends
We love him as a character, but not so much as a boyfriend. We’re not talking about his marriage to Monica, which, personally, we’re no fans of, but mostly about the way he treats his mythological ex-girlfriend, Janice. She may be annoying, yes, but no one deserves to be treated this way. We tend to forget this – because the show wants us to forget this – but at one point, at the very beginning of the show, Chandler actually had strong feelings to this woman, and by the end of it, he suddenly hates her. What happened to all those feelings? He blames everything on poor Janice, who’s only crime was to love him.
Ross Geller, Friends
Last but not least, Ross Geller, because this list simply won’t be complete without him. There “were they on a break” question lingers at the background of the show throughout most seasons, and every now and then it surfaces. It should be quite clear where we stand on this pressing matter: they were not a break, and even if they were, who goes on and sleeps with someone else less than a day after breaking up with the love of their lives? What does it say about him? We had to get that off our chest. Even before that colossal mistake, Ross wasn’t the embodiment of a perfect boyfriend, despite what he seems to believe: when he was dating Rachel, he was ridiculously jealous (over nothing) and possessive of her, and eventually all this jealousy was for nothing, because the minute he thought they were on a break, he never hesitated to jump in bed with another woman.