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TV's Top 10 Cheaters

by Jane Murphy, posted Sep 27th 2010 2:30PM
Love makes the world go 'round, but there's nothing like infidelity to drive story.

These memorable TV characters, from shows of the '80s, '90s, '00s and present -- very married or allegedly monogamous -- broke their vows in most spectacular fashion.

Heroes, anti-heroes and villains, they have one very naughty thing in common -- two-timing.

Roger and Joan, 'Mad Men.' Mr. Sterling and Mrs. Harris have elbowed now-divorced Don aside as the show's super-cheaters. Fans wanted Roger (John Slattery) and Joan (Christina Hendricks) to forget their spouses and reunite – so why do we feel so queasy after last weeks post-mugging tryst (and resulting pregnancy)?

"Bob/"Robert", 'Lone Star.' This businessman/con man has a wife and a girlfriend -- who know him by two different names. Unfortunately, the highly-praised drama's premiere sank in the ratings, so it's uncertain if if 'Lone Star' will survive the season. And will we ever find out if Bob/Robert can keep up his two lives?

Jack Donaghy, '30 Rock.' Last season, Jack (Alec Baldwin) was torn between a cable Money Honey (Elizabeth Banks) and a hometown gal (Julianne Moore). In love with Banks and Moore at the same time? Who wouldn't be?

Tony Soprano, 'The Sopranos.' Of the indelible Jersey capo's many affairs, Tony's (James Gandolfini) dalliance with Gloria Trillo (Annabella Sciorra) almost took the whole family down.


Vic Mackey, 'The Shield.' Often doing bad things in order to keep the peace, Vic (Michael Chiklis's Emmy-winning role) tried to have it both ways at home too, impregnating Officer Danni (Catherine Dent) while still married to his wife.


Shane, 'The L Word.' Played by Katherine Moennig, hardscrabble hairdresser Shane's commitment issues reached a peak when she left her fiancé Carmen at the altar.


Lady Catherine Mason Beaton, 'Gossip Girl.' While married to a nobleman, Lady Beaton (Madchen Amick) had affairs with Nate (Chace Crawford) and her stepson. Ewww.


Elliot Weston, 'Thirtysomething.' Before an infinitely more charming role on 'The West Wing', Timothy Busfield played whiny man-child Elliot to perfection. TV wife Nancy's pained reaction to Elliot's infidelities led to a boatload of Emmys for Patricia Wettig.


Sue Ellen Ewing, 'Dallas.' It wasn't the number of times Sue Ellen (Linda Gray) cheated on J.R. (who was Southfork's Cheater-in-Chief), it was with whom. Always playing with fire, she slept with the man J.R. hated most -- unstable in-law Cliff Barnes and followed it up with rodeo rogue Dusty Farlow.

Tad Martin, 'All My Children.' The iconic Tad the Cad, played for over three decades by Michael E. Knight. Tad has mellowed with age, but not to worry. His long lost son Damon is aiming to be Pine Valley's resident rascal.


Whose unfaithful ways made your blood boil? Let us know in comments.

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Brett Alan

TV's all-time greatest cheat was undoubtedly Chester Tate on Soap.

September 27 2010 at 11:46 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
John Hewitt

Is this a top ten list of "the first ten you can think of" list?

September 27 2010 at 6:05 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Sam

A one episode wonder like Lone Star gets a mention in a Top 10 list that doesn't include the word flop?

September 27 2010 at 4:07 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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