Saturday September 19, 2020

Arts Feature: Rise of the anti-hero

They're unscrupulous, ruthless and amoral - and TV viewers can't get enough of them. Ed Power examines why, in modern television, there's never been a better time to be bad.

23rd February, 2014
Bryan Cranston as the meth-dealing chemistry teacher Walter White in Breaking Bad.

If you're holding out for a hero, television is the last place you should look nowadays. Whether it's Mad Men's Don Draper gloomily ruminating over his latest infidelity, House of Cards' Frank Underwood literally getting away with murder, or Breaking Bad's Walter White standing up for weedy middle-class guys by mutating into a satanically bearded meth dealer, in modern TV it's good to be bad.

The rise of the anti-hero will arguably reach its apotheosis...

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