Some do it for selfish gain. Others to benefit what they perceive as a good cause. Whatever their reasons, TV is filled with lying liars telling lies. We've got ten of the biggest benders of the truth on television today. Whether they're anti-heroes or just anti-everything, it's often the bad guys that are the most fun to watch.
HBO April 2011 - Present
It's so hard yet so easy to hate Jaime (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau). Yes, you pushed little Brian Stark out of a window to hide exactly how close you are with your sister. Jaime's just too gorgeous to really hold that against him
AMC July 2007 - Present
Donald Draper doesn't tell lies, he is a lie. His entire background is completely stolen from another man. He got his job by getting Roger Sterling blackout drunk and convincing him he'd hired Don the next morning. Though he's made ad campaigns for hundred of products, there's one thing Donald Draper can pitch perfectly: himself.
AMC January 2008 - Present
Maybe you had sympathy for Walter after learning he had cancer. But some of that feeling went away after he sold meth and lied to his family about it. Lots of empathy drained once he transitioned to cold-hearted killer. After season 4's shocking ending (not going to spoil it, but go watch it immediately) it's time to stop feeling sorry for Walter, there's no hero left in this antihero.
Showtime August 2005 - Present
Similar to Walter White, Nancy's so surrounded by characters far eviler than her that it's hard to remember she's not a good person at all. Sure, she's never trafficked humans like Guillermo or abused her family like Celia Hodes. Nancy just turned a grief-stricken family into a mini drug cartel. Wait, is that bad again? Man, keep forgetting that.
Clay Morrow (Ron Pearlman) -- Sons of Anarchy
FX September 2008 - Present
Clay's a contradiction. He loves his family more than anything else. Early on, the man is a loving father figure for Jax Teller. Then you find out he loves SAMCRO more than his family. Enough to kill Jax's father and cover it up for years.
Fox 2003 - 2006
George Bluth is the only person who can spend years in prison and make deals with Saddam Hussein while keeping audiences laughing the whole time. He'll reprise his role in 2013 when an entire new season of Arrested Development drops onto Netflix.
Conway Stern (Coby Bell) from Archer
FX January 2011 - Present
Yeah, he was only around one episode. But in that episode Conway failed stealing classified intelligence he manage to steal the show. Masterfully embedding himself in ISIS, he stabbed Archer in the back (literally) and spouted more hilarious one-liners than you can shake Lana's gorilla-like hands at.
Everyone Who's Ever Been on InterventionA&E 2005 - Present
While having every type of disorder and addiction, there's one unifying characteristic tying all of Intervention's subjects together: they're humongous, big, fat fibbers. They'll lie to cover up drinking a handle of vodka for breakfast. Stretch the truth to buy pills. Yes, it's painful to watch but these real life liars have mastered their craft.
Comedy Central 1997 - Present
Cartman's the most miserably heinous child to grace our TV screens since Rosemary's Baby. While he's usually straightforwardly callous (chili made out of parents, anyone?) he's also incredibly manipulative. Remember the tantrums he pulled with his mom trying to get an iPad?
Fox 2009 - Present
Sue's done everything wrong. Tried to bring down New Directions insidiously from the inside in the first season. Attempted to ruin their benefit with "The League of Doom" in the second. However, there's constant reminders of her humanity, like when she donates money to make the school wheelchair-friendly.
That's our list of the most loathsome liars to con their way into our hearts. Which ones do you love to hate, or hate yourself for loving? Did we leave anyone off the list? Comment and let us know!
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