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Why all of our favorite movie and TV characters are antiheros

By Lauren Gilger
Published: Wednesday, January 31, 2024 - 10:56am
Updated: Wednesday, January 31, 2024 - 5:56pm

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It’s awards season and that means Hollywood — and what we’re all watching — is front and center. The Oscars will be here before we know it and the Emmys made a big comeback earlier this month after a year of tumult and strikes.

And one big theme of the best television and movies to emerge of late is our collective love of the antihero. Those every-complicated, often downright awful characters who have dominated much of popular entertainment in recent years. 

So, does it matter if we like the characters on these nominated shows? The Show explored that idea with Melissa Kirsch, deputy editor of culture and lifestyle at the New York Times. She recently wrote about it for the Morning newsletter. 

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