Tony Soprano, Don Draper, and Walter White were not only flawed. They were, each in his own way, monsters. We loved every minute of it.
Perhaps that's why the anti-hero meme has extended to the traditional networks and even a woman. On "The Good Wife" Alicia Florrick is becoming mighty Machiavellian. There is no telling what she will be up to next. Sure, she cried when she heard that Cary Agos entered a guilty plea and could be off to prison. But maybe they were tears of joy to get rid of the competition from a more youthful partner at the firm.
Well, all this experience peering at the ugly underbelly of mankind has prepared us for the fall of one-time pop hero Bill Cosby. The pile-on of accusations keeps increasing. But, come on, who is totally shocked? Disappointed probably is a more accurate description of the nation's mood.
Everything is cyclical so the very good guys will be back. There will be the Jim Andersons from 1950s prime-time drama "Father Knows Best" returning us to a less dark view of human nature. Women characters, even professionals like Alicia, will be other-directed, just as Mary Richards had been on the "Mary Tyler Moore" show.
But those entities of wholesomeness likely won't re-surface for a long time. Sin is more titillating. In Milton's "Paradise Lost," Satan is the most interesting character. Would Bill Clinton have endured so long as a global personality had he been an old-world gentleman type like George H.W. Bush?