Thanksgiving is associated with food. However, you know what is the worst part of a Thanksgiving day meal? The turkey. Granted, I’m vegetarian now, but even before that I never got that into turkey. It’s not a pleasant meat to eat. And yet, the Thanksgiving meal is full of tasty things. Sweet potatoes, stuffing, cranberry sauce, pumpkin pie, and more. The sides are what makes Thanksgiving dinner enjoyable.
That got me thinking. What TV shows are like Thanksgiving dinner, if any? By that I mean a show where I like the secondary characters but I don’t really care for the main character. The center of the show is whatever, but around that center is quality.
Ensemble shows where you don’t like one character don’t count. You can’t just call Ross the turkey of Friends and be done with it. I thought of Seinfeld, but while Jerry Seinfeld is clearly not that good of an actor, his character is still really funny. On That ‘70s Show Eric is the ostensible lead, and while he’s not the best character he’s totally fine. It’s not that I dislike him. I just like the other characters more. Then, there’s a show like How I Met Your Mother where Ted is probably the worst character, but none of them are any good.
Out of curiosity, I decided to research this phenomenon, by which I mean I Googled it. A lot of people say this is true for Sex and the City and Dawson’s Creek, but I never watched either of those shows. It does happen, though. Some shows are focused on the turkey when we just want the potatoes and the pie. Of course, many shows don’t feature that circumstance, and for that I am thankful.