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Top ten TV psychos

by Paul Goebel, posted Sep 13th 2007 10:01AM

America's Favorite Serial KillerFor the most part, television is filled with wacky whimsical characters designed to help us forget about the darkness that invades our daily lives. However once in awhile a character comes along who dares to make us face our own evil within. What follows are my personal favorites.

Dexter Morgan (Dexter)
Just because Dexter only preys on bad people doesn't excuse the fact that he has a compulsion to kill people in very sadistic ways. Dexter may be the perfect psycho because he is completely self-aware. He knows full well that what he is doing is unacceptable but also firmly believes that he can do nothing to change who he is.

"Crazy" Joe Davola (Seinfeld)
Although his innate hilariousness might make him seem harmless, let's remember a few important points. Crazy Joe kicked Kramer in the head so hard that it cracked his motorcycle helmet. Crazy Joe tried to assassinate Jerry at the taping of his pilot. Crazy Joe listens to Pagliacci alone in his apartment. Also you have to be a little crazy to date Elaine.

Larry David (Curb Your Enthusiasm)
While technically not dangerous, Larry's anti-social, selfish behavior has proven to be source of irritation not only for him but for his family and friends as well.

Oliver Trask (The OC)
Clearly one of the best head cases in prime time. The best part about Oliver was that he wasn't just nuts but he was a true manipulator. The way he made it seem that Ryan was the bad guy would have made Machiavelli proud.

Adrian Monk (Monk)
I know we all get a big kick out of Monk's "quirks" but, seriously, if you knew a guy who had a fear of milk wouldn't you be worried about him? The sad truth is that without his problems Monk probably wouldn't be the brilliant detective that he is.

Drusilla (Buffy the Vampire Slayer)
Dru was my favorite kind of crazy. No rules, no reasoning, just flat out batshit crazy with an occasional neck biting thrown for good measure. I always enjoyed how she seemed so placid and calm but even Spike knew how dangerous she was.

Uncle Fester Frump (The Addams Family)
The insanity gene ran pretty strong in the Addams/Frump bloodline but in Fester's case it was working overtime. What was his deal anyway? The guy was practically invulnerable, had tons of electricity coursing through his veins but was still shy around women.

Chuck Campbell (Soap)
I've always felt that most ventriloquists are a little crazy but Chuck made no excuses. He and Bob went everywhere together, dressed alike and whenever Chuck couldn't bring himself to say something out loud, Bob was more than happy to do it for him. The proof that Chuck was nuts was that he was a gifted ventriloquist but he never worked as one.

George Williams (Desperate Housewives)
Not satisfied with just being the creepy pharmacist, George entered psycho territory when he killed Rex Van de Camp and threw Bree's shrink off of a bridge.

Paulie 'Walnuts' Gualtieri (The Sopranos)
When it comes to nut cases on The Sopranos there's plenty of flavors to choose from but Paulie's mood swings and excessive acts of violence definitely put him on top. Remember the look on his face as he tore up Christopher's lawn with his car? Truly scary.

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Eric

Dr. Kimberly Shaw from Melrose Place.

September 19 2007 at 6:15 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Jeremy

The top pyscho on TV as far as I'm Concerned, that I'm surprised failed to make the list is Dr. Charles Henry Moffett from the 80's tv show Airwolf.
Though Moffett only appeared as himself in the pilot episode and once again in season two as a ghost in Airwolf's computer his behavior isn't anything short of pyscho.

What makes him a canidate?
To begin with he stole the ultra high tech attack helicopter, Airwolf. Used the weapons on the aircraft to destroy the test site and his coworkers.
He also stuck a revolver in the mid-air refueling port in Airwolf, cocked the hammer and fired only to get an empty 'click'
Upon this, a Lybian soldier said: "You are insane Doctor"
To which he replied "No I'm actually bored"
Then in order to 'question' a dancer at a bar on behalf of the Lybians he uses Airwolf to sink an American Naval Destroyer.
But what makes him the top pyscho is when he staked another dancer who was the love of the hero Stringfellow Hawke, to a sand dune in front of the Mediterrian Ocean. and told her "We can be there in ten minutes, but no that would be cruel the Mediterrian is very salty."
In season two, he was a ghost that controlled Airwolf's onboard computers.
So even in death he was insane.

September 17 2007 at 2:41 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
tkmedia

no Jim Profit? That guy was insane! Instead of killing people himself like Dexter, he makes others do it for him!:D

September 16 2007 at 5:05 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
ray

I have to agree about Nancy Grace - i realize that's what they pay her for, but I wonder how she feels about the woman she drove to suicide?

September 16 2007 at 3:43 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Film Noir Johnny

Nancy Grace, John (America's Most Wanted) Walsh, O'Reilly, Sean Hannity, and Glen Beck, are the biggest psychos on TV.

September 15 2007 at 2:35 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Tim

I can't believe you left out two of the GREATEST TV psychos of all time! Bob from "Twin Peaks," and the never-seen television personality who had one of the best theme songs of all time as well: Psycho Dad from "Married With Children."

September 14 2007 at 7:31 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Sam

Dru is pretty awesome, though pretty much all vampires psychos, probably coulda squeezed Angelus on in place of Monk, who is almost painfully benign in his "craziness."

And ditto on Oz. The way Schillinger (the neo-nazi) systematically killed all of Beecher's family including mailing him his 8 (?) year old daughters hand, or how keller broke both beecher's arms and legs, and then AFTER that managed to seduce him into an absurdly twisted relationship. It took me years to be able to watch Chris Meloni on SVU and not see a psychokiller/rapist (Which makes SVU very confusing). Oh and which guy was it who chained the priest and built a brick wall in front of him, leaving him to starve to death?

Oz was psycho-city, seriously.

September 14 2007 at 2:47 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Mel

Come on, you have to have Sylar!! He's the first person I thought of when I read the article title. I also put forth River Tam, T-Bag, and possibly House.

September 13 2007 at 7:56 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Matt

There was no need for the others. You could've easily ended the topic with ten entries about how amazing Dexter Morgan is.

Though, no Sylar is kind of a shame. =/

September 13 2007 at 5:40 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
penguendedektif

T-Bag from Prison Break, Lincoln Meyer from Boston Legal, Cartman from South Park, The Master from Doctor Who, Stewie from Family Guy, Catbert from Dilbert are just a few that popped in my head...

September 13 2007 at 4:40 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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