Not every husband on TV is Phil Dunphy - hardworking, honest, and heartwarming. Sure, he's a goofball and he messes up, but he's a good guy at his core. But for every Phil Dunphy, there's a Homer Simpson or Peter Griffin waiting to sneeze Cheez-It dust into their collars and insult your outfit. What a lot of people don't realize is that there are actually quite a few lazy TV husbands on shows like the best sitcoms or the greatest television dramas.
Some TV shows may have you fooled when it comes to crappy husbands. It may not have dawned on you that beneath those layers of humor or loving-but-empty words lies a self-serving dickhead. If you stop to think about it, you may realize that your favorite television husband is actually a total letdown. Check out the list below of TV husbands who are total deadbeats, and vote up the ones who are the biggest pieces of sh*t.
Another paragon of sh*ttiness from Married... With Children, Jefferson D'Arcy is the no-good parasite living off Marcy Bundy's money after she divorces her husband. Jefferson never puts any real effort into making money, convincing himself that his duties in bed with Marcy are enough to get him by. Oh, and he's the reason Marcy has to change her name to Marcy D'Arcy. For that, he should be held accountable.
Underneath his handsome, charming veneer, Tom Scavo is literally the worst. Due to societal pressure to have children, he uses guilt, manipulation, and constant begging to convince his wife, Lynette, to bear his kids, even though she never wanted any. This forces her to put her treasured career on hold while Tom goes out into the world and pursues his selfish dreams. Over the years, Tom forces Lynette to weather drunken escapades, a mid-life crisis, incessant begging, and countless bad jokes.
By all accounts, Doug Hefferman in The King of Queens is a childish slacker. It's a widely accepted fact that his wife, Carrie, is a saint. But this show actually glosses over quite a bit of terribleness. Doug isn't just a slacker - he is also a liar and a cheater, and he doesn't even look good in a UPS truck driver uniform. Plus, whenever Doug does anything romantic, it is just so he can get something in return. For example, he takes his wife to a luxury spa, just so he could go on a weekend trip to Vegas.
Everyone loves Norm, but that makes it easy to forget he is actually avoiding his wife whenever he is at the bar. While you only meet his wife once, when Cliff accidentally throws a pie at her face, it's not hard to imagine how miserable she must be with an absent, drunken husband.